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Program #13032RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 27 — May 3, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Recently renovated with all new bedding and guest room redecorating. Hotel features the popular local restaurant "Johnny's Italian Steakhouse", which is the location of our first and final meals.

Contact info:
6800 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321 USA
phone: 515-285-7777
web: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/iowa/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-des-moines-airport-DSMFDDT/index.html

Room amenities: Newly decorated with all new bedding, carpeting and art in a contemporary design, complimentary newspaper, 24-hour room service, cable TV with pay-per-view movies, complimentary high speed Internet access, coffee maker in room, laundry/valet services, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, wake-up service.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool and hot tub, Johnny's Italian restaurant, bar/lounge, elevator, 24-hr business center with computer and Internet service, copier, small fitness center, free parking, recreational vehicle parking, located only 1/2 mile from the airport with free shuttle.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by date
Contact the hotel directly to book additional nights. Our very special group rate is $99 + tax, which includes the hot buffet breakfast. Explain you are with the "Iowa State University Road Scholar" group to receive this special rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 27 - A special evening of group introductions and pres...
A special evening of group introductions and presentation about the people we will visit tomorrow.

Afternoon: Hotel check in. Complimentary hotel shuttle available from the Des Moines airport. Program begins with important program announcements at 5:00 p.m. in the hotel's restaurant.

Dinner: Dinner and discussion.

Evening: Short presentation with discussion: Introduction to the Old Order Amish.

Lodging: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Des Moines Airport

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within walking distance to downtown Nauvoo and many historic sites. Rooms and hallways are decorated in a homey atmosphere, with paintings of Mormon Nauvoo history.

Contact info:
1875 Mulholland St
Nauvoo, IL 62354 USA
phone: 800-416-4470
web: www.nauvoofamilyinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature phone, cable TV, ESPN, HBO. Many rooms offer a refrigerator and/or microwave.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool and whirlpool, laundry facilities, complimentary business room with Internet. Restaurant and a gift shop are located inside the facility, and complimentary coffee is available in the lobby. A convenience store is one block from the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Monday, April 28 - A Road Scholar exclusive and very rare experience...
A Road Scholar exclusive and very rare experience! We go into the private home of Old Order Amish and visit personally about their beliefs and lifestyle. We are the only non-Amish group invited inside.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: We travel to Drakesville, Iowa, home of many Old Order Amish families. Our day's activities include a personal visit with an Amish family, learning about their beliefs, their businesses, and their lifestyle.

Lunch: Lunch provided.

Afternoon: Continuation of Amish activities listed above; then a photo stop at the American Gothic House, Grant Wood's setting for his classic American Gothic. We continue to Nauvoo, Illinois, stopping for dinner along the route.

Dinner: Dinner provided at local restaurant enroute to Nauvoo.

Evening: Our coach crosses the Mississippi River to Nauvoo, Illinois for hotel check in. Evening free to relax at the hotel or take an evening stroll through restored Nauvoo.

Lodging: Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located within walking distance to downtown Nauvoo and many historic sites. Rooms and hallways are decorated in a homey atmosphere, with paintings of Mormon Nauvoo history.

Contact info:
1875 Mulholland St
Nauvoo, IL 62354 USA
phone: 800-416-4470
web: www.nauvoofamilyinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature phone, cable TV, ESPN, HBO. Many rooms offer a refrigerator and/or microwave.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool and whirlpool, laundry facilities, complimentary business room with Internet. Restaurant and a gift shop are located inside the facility, and complimentary coffee is available in the lobby. A convenience store is one block from the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, April 29 - Narrated horse-drawn wagon tour through restored ...
Narrated horse-drawn wagon tour through restored historic Nauvoo; sip Icarian wine at Illinois' oldest winery; musical evening performance.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We enjoy the entire day in charming Nauvoo, learning about the Mormons and what lead to the murder of Joseph Smith; and about the Icarian settlement of Nauvoo. Our coach stops briefly at Ilinois's oldest winery, which started with the Icarian commune in 1857, and is still operated by Icarian descendents today. Our morning continues with a horse-drawn wagon tour of the restored Nauvoo settlement.

Lunch: Lunch provided

Afternoon: Free time will permit independent exploration of Nauvoo's historic district with guides in period costumes. Also available are 19th century demonstrations of period skills such as brick making, printing press, tinsmithing.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in local restaurant.

Evening: LDS senior missionaries present a light-hearted musical drama of the history of Nauvoo.

Lodging: Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Relive history as we overnight inside the original Amana Colonies, in the tiny quaint village of Homestead. Our rooms are in two listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally used as the village’s communal kitchen and circa 1850’s stagecoach hotel, our modernized rooms are in two small inns located 1 block apart. Zuber’s Homestead Hotel and Die Heimat Inn are not chain hotels, nor do they feature cookie-cutter rooms. Each room is uniquely different. Both inns have guest rooms on two stories. Handicap rooms and elevators are not available, but group leaders will portage luggage.

Contact info:
4434 V Street
Homestead, IA 52236 USA
phone: 319-622-3911
web: www.zubershomesteadhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room shows a love of local landmarks and Amana’s simple style of living. Each room is uniquely decorated with authentic Amana artifacts or Iowa themes. Most rooms have one queen bed; however, roommates with different mailing addresses will have two beds. All rooms are nonsmoking and have a private bath with shower. Some rooms feature handmade quilts, antiques or items from signature Amana collections in an otherwise simple style. All rooms offer cable television, individual air conditioning units, free wireless Internet, and a hot home-cooked breakfast buffet.

Facility amenities: Experience the simple authentic charm of the Amana Colonies with an overnight stay in an original communal building. Both inns are National Register listings and are modern guest rooms in hand-hewn circa 1850's two-story buildings. Each inn features a main level gathering room reserved for our group, where you may visit with other participants over coffee, play cards or read in a quiet and relaxed setting.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, April 30 - Another Road Scholar exclusive! We go inside the ...
Another Road Scholar exclusive! We go inside the unique town of Maharishi Transcendental Meditation practitioners. Oprah Winfrey visited this place in 2012, calling it "America's Most Unusual Town".

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: We travel to Fairfield, world headquarters of Maharishi; and to the newly developed area known as Vedic City, capital of the "Global Community of World Peace". Conditions permitting, our day's activities include a visit to the Golden Dome, where meditation and yogic flying are practiced twice each day; the elementary school, where students are taught Sanskrit; the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center to learn about pulse diagnosis and treatments; and Vedic City, which uses its own unusual currency. We'll learn about the purpose of the unique architecture and lifestyle.

Lunch: Organic vegetarian lunch at the Raj Resort in the Ayurveda Health Center, Vedic City.

Afternoon: Our activities continue from above; then we travel to our next lodging in the Amana Colonies.

Dinner: Catered dinner from local restaurant.

Evening: Hotel check in with optional evening discussion and social time together.

Lodging: Amana Colonies Lodging

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Relive history as we overnight inside the original Amana Colonies, in the tiny quaint village of Homestead. Our rooms are in two listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally used as the village’s communal kitchen and circa 1850’s stagecoach hotel, our modernized rooms are in two small inns located 1 block apart. Zuber’s Homestead Hotel and Die Heimat Inn are not chain hotels, nor do they feature cookie-cutter rooms. Each room is uniquely different. Both inns have guest rooms on two stories. Handicap rooms and elevators are not available, but group leaders will portage luggage.

Contact info:
4434 V Street
Homestead, IA 52236 USA
phone: 319-622-3911
web: www.zubershomesteadhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room shows a love of local landmarks and Amana’s simple style of living. Each room is uniquely decorated with authentic Amana artifacts or Iowa themes. Most rooms have one queen bed; however, roommates with different mailing addresses will have two beds. All rooms are nonsmoking and have a private bath with shower. Some rooms feature handmade quilts, antiques or items from signature Amana collections in an otherwise simple style. All rooms offer cable television, individual air conditioning units, free wireless Internet, and a hot home-cooked breakfast buffet.

Facility amenities: Experience the simple authentic charm of the Amana Colonies with an overnight stay in an original communal building. Both inns are National Register listings and are modern guest rooms in hand-hewn circa 1850's two-story buildings. Each inn features a main level gathering room reserved for our group, where you may visit with other participants over coffee, play cards or read in a quiet and relaxed setting.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, May 01 - The Amana Colonies (not Amish) were one of the lo...
The Amana Colonies (not Amish) were one of the longest-lasting communes in America. We explore the seven charming villages to learn their fascinating history, sample authentic German foods, and laugh with the stories told by a popular local author.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: We visit the "Community of True Inspiration", settled by Germans in the 1800's as and continuing as one of the longest lasting communal societies in the world, known today as "the Amana Colonies". Our day's activities include visits inside restored buildings, which today house museums and handcraft businesses.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in one of the original communal kitchens, converted into a charming restaurant today.

Afternoon: Activities continue from above, plus free time to explore the many quaint shops and wineries of Amana on your own.

Dinner: Dinner will be at one of the delightful historic Amana restaurants.

Evening: We meet with popular author and Amana Colony resident, Dr. Peter Hoehnle, for a delightful discussion about the history and unusual practices of the the Amana Colonies.

Lodging: Amana Colonies Lodging

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Recently renovated with all new bedding and guest room redecorating. Hotel features the popular local restaurant "Johnny's Italian Steakhouse", which is the location of our first and final meals.

Contact info:
6800 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321 USA
phone: 515-285-7777
web: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/iowa/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-des-moines-airport-DSMFDDT/index.html

Room amenities: Newly decorated with all new bedding, carpeting and art in a contemporary design, complimentary newspaper, 24-hour room service, cable TV with pay-per-view movies, complimentary high speed Internet access, coffee maker in room, laundry/valet services, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, wake-up service.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool and hot tub, Johnny's Italian restaurant, bar/lounge, elevator, 24-hr business center with computer and Internet service, copier, small fitness center, free parking, recreational vehicle parking, located only 1/2 mile from the airport with free shuttle.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by date
Contact the hotel directly to book additional nights. Our very special group rate is $99 + tax, which includes the hot buffet breakfast. Explain you are with the "Iowa State University Road Scholar" group to receive this special rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 02 - What a fun day! We visit Pella's famous tulip fes...
What a fun day! We visit Pella's famous tulip festival and have the best seats for the colorful parade, costumed dancing and unique Dutch foods. Free time permits paid entry into the most popular attractions, including America's tallest working windmill.

Breakfast: Breakfast provided.

Morning: Festival Day! We travel to the charming Dutch town of Pella and enjoy a day filled with activities at Pella's annual Tulip Time festival. Your ticket into all of the major attractions includes stadium seating along the parade route.

Lunch: Choose from the many ethnic food stands and home-cooked meals for lunch on your own during the festival. Favorite treats include Dutch letter pastries and poffertjes.

Afternoon: Afternoon activities include your choice of many festival activities. Watch costumed Dutch dancing, street scrubbing, narrated activities and parade. Take an elevator to the top of the tallest working windmill in the U.S. and explore the historical Dutch village with demonstrations by craftsmen.

Dinner: Farewell dinner provided.

Evening: We share experiences and our program highlights during our final evening together.

Lodging: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Des Moines Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, May 03 - Departures. No sessions are scheduled this mornin...
Departures. No sessions are scheduled this morning, permitting early departure.

Depart From: Complimentary airport shuttles (1/2 mile or 5 minutes from the airport) are provided by our hotel 5:00 a.m - 11:00 p.m.


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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
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