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Program #20734RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Dec 11 — Dec 16, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, December 11 - Check-in/registration, followed by dinner at the ...
Check-in/registration, followed by dinner at the hotel and orientation/meet & greet.

Arrive To: Hotel; check-in starts at 4:00 p.m. Registration is from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the lobby.

Dinner: At the hotel, in the meeting room.

Evening: Following dinner, meet & greet your group leaders and fellow Road Scholar participants and go over the detailed program schedule at orientation.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, December 12 - Morning presentations by history experts and a fi...
Morning presentations by history experts and a field trip within the Historic District in the afternoon; dinner out followed by an evening activity.

Note: This will be an activity-filled day that will have the group on the go until late in the evening with one hotel break between outings.

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast in the hotel restaurant, DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Learn about the Moravians - early settlers in Savannah - and their interesting Christmas-related customs. This presentation will be followed by a short lecture/overview of Savannah's history with an emphasis on Christmases past.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant, The Gryphon, which occupies a former apothecary store.

Afternoon: A walking and riding field trip, exploring Savannah's fascinating historic district while learning some Christmas facts about our area.

Dinner: Enjoy a relaxed-paced dinner with your fellow participants at The River House Seafood Restaurant, a local restaurant filled with character and ambiance.

Evening: Evening event to be determined: Example: exploring the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights OR Bamboo Gardens Holiday Lights (walking/riding).

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

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

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, December 13 - Holiday Tour of Homes in the morning & afternoon ...
Holiday Tour of Homes in the morning & afternoon with lunch in between. After dinner, enjoy a holiday philharmonic performance our St. John the Baptist Cathedral.

Note: This is a day of extensive walking with few places to sit along the way and a quick lunch break back at the hotel between the morning and afternoon home visits.

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast in the hotel restaurant, DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Holiday Tour of Homes: visit holiday-themed, decorated private homes opened by their residents for just this special presentation.

Lunch: At the hotel in the meeting room.

Afternoon: Continue/finish the Holiday Tour of Homes from the morning excursion.

Dinner: At the hotel in the meeting room.

Evening: Enjoy a moving, beautiful performance of holiday music by Savannah's own philharmonic orchestra - the event will be held in the awe-inspiring St. John the Baptist Cathedral.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

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

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, December 14 - Visit a local historic museum home in the morning...
Visit a local historic museum home in the morning and attend a matinee presentation of Savannah's famous, longest-running holiday musical in the afternoon. Free evening afterwards.

Note: Extensive walking again today. Free evening starts after theater performance, which ends about 5:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast in the hotel restaurant, DeSoto Grille.

Morning: A visit to the Isaiah Davenport House for a presentation on holiday customs of the time period & the former residents of the house, presented by guides in period costume & featuring the house decorated as it would be during a Christmas season of the time period.

Lunch: Lunch at The 17Hundred90 Restaurant, a local restaurant with an abundance of local history.

Afternoon: The group will enjoy a matinee performance of Savannah's own "Christmas Traditions" - a very popular and critically acclaimed musical extravaganza, in the Historic Savannah Theater!

Dinner: On your own. Enjoy a local restaurant not included in the program.

Evening: Free evening. You may want to stroll the district or take a carriage ride to enjoy all of the outdoor holiday decorations on display.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, December 15 - Free morning and afternoon. Special evening excur...
Free morning and afternoon. Special evening excursion to a local museum home.

Note: Time to enjoy some of Savannah not included on the program. An optional, at-leisure lunch is included but everyone will come together for dinner, which will be included. Late afternoon and evening activities will be scheduled for late in the day; the visit to the museum home may take place before dinner, depending on scheduling considerations.

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast in the hotel restaurant, DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Free morning to explore and enjoy the Historic District on your own today.

Lunch: Buffet-style lunch in the hotel restaurant, DeSoto Grille.

Afternoon: Opportunity for an optional early afternoon visit to the Massie Heritage Center on your own time schedule (vouchers will be provided for entry). Later, the group will come together to experience a special early evening visit to a local museum home, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Our group will have the home and the guides to ourselves for this special holiday-themed event.

Dinner: Savor a delicious dinner with the group at Vic's on the River, located in a beautiful old cotton warehouse overlooking the Savannah River and historic River Street.

Evening: We'll linger over our final dinner together to chat about the week and enjoy socializing this last evening of the program.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, December 16 - Musical entertainment presented by local performe...
Note: After a delightful musical presentation, say good-bye to your group leaders and fellow participants and receive a special holiday gift from Armstrong Road Scholar!

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast in the hotel restaurant, DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Enjoy a holiday music sing-along led by our own very talented balladeer/ entertainer, Mr. Jamie Keena. Program ends after morning class. Lunch is on your own.

Lunch: Program ends after morning presentation. Lunch on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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