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BEGINS IN: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

On the Road: Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

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Program #21005RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Sep 6 — Sep 13, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked in advance to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 For pre and post night reservation: Online: Book online at http://bit.ly/RoadScholarBPP Phone: Call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm EST) Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, September 06 - Arrivals and Welcome
Afternoon: Independent arrivals to the program hotel. Program Registration 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Program Briefing and Welcome Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner

Evening: At leisure to stroll around the neighborhood (weather permitting)

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Wesley occupies an enviable location across from the Oak Bluffs harbor. It is one of the first buildings seen by travelers coming by land or by sea. Built in the late 1800s, the era of the “grand hotels”, the Wesley personifies the Victorian atmosphere seen throughout the town. Road Scholars are accommodated in the Wesley Arms building, a newer addition which has an elevator and ground floor rooms.

Contact info:
70 Lake Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 USA
phone: 180-063-8902 x7
web: http://www.wesleyhotel.com/index.php

Room amenities: Air-conditioning and heat, television, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby area, front porch with rocking chairs, self-service laundry, complimentary coffee and tea. Please note that the Wesley is a seasonal property and as such, does not have an interior telephone system.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, September 07 - Ferry to Martha's Vineyard and Introduction to Oa...
Note: The walk to the hotel is .3 miles (about 10 minutes) down a flat, paved sidewalk. A taxi will carry luggage for those participants who may have difficulty walking with their suitcase. Oak Bluffs is a small, easily walkable town. The walk through the Camp Meeting Association grounds is walking and standing for 1 hour on flat pavement. The walk to and from restaurants is about 5-10 minutes each way.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Falmouth, MA and the ferry pier in Woods Hole. The ferry crosses the 7 miles between the mainland and the island in 45 minutes.

Lunch: A box lunch is provided to eat during the ferry crossing.

Afternoon: Disembark the ferry and walk down along the waterfront to the hotel. FIELD TRIP: Walk over to the center of the Oak Bluffs Camp Meeting Association, the Tabernacle, for a resident docent-led walk through the campground, to learn about the gingerbread cottages and the residents who so carefully decorate them. Check in at the hotel. LECTURE by local long time resident. Learn about island life

Dinner: In a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Wesley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Wesley occupies an enviable location across from the Oak Bluffs harbor. It is one of the first buildings seen by travelers coming by land or by sea. Built in the late 1800s, the era of the “grand hotels”, the Wesley personifies the Victorian atmosphere seen throughout the town. Road Scholars are accommodated in the Wesley Arms building, a newer addition which has an elevator and ground floor rooms.

Contact info:
70 Lake Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 USA
phone: 180-063-8902 x7
web: http://www.wesleyhotel.com/index.php

Room amenities: Air-conditioning and heat, television, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby area, front porch with rocking chairs, self-service laundry, complimentary coffee and tea. Please note that the Wesley is a seasonal property and as such, does not have an interior telephone system.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, September 08 - The Island of Martha’s Vineyard: An Overview
Note: Walking and standing for 1 hour – up to one mile in Vineyard Haven. Embarking, riding and disembarking private and taxi vans used for transportation.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the island of Martha’s Vineyard with resident experts in private vans. Take in the scenic up-Island country-side, passing through the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark, catch glimpses of centuries old stone walls, views to the Atlantic shoreline, grazing livestock, rolling hills and historic homesteads in Chilmark and the picturesque and secluded fishing village of Menemsha. Stop at the multi-colored clay cliffs at Aquinnah. Then return to the busy harbor town of Vineyard Haven, the main port of entry for the island's residents.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: More than just a port of entry to Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven is an historic shipping port. Learn about its inhabitants and unique history, resiliency and transition over the centuries to the charming small town of today on a stroll through the old wharf, shipyard and historic district. Take some time to explore the art galleries and quiet lanes before returning to Oak Bluffs via taxi vans with your group leader.

Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare.

Lodging: Wesley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Wesley occupies an enviable location across from the Oak Bluffs harbor. It is one of the first buildings seen by travelers coming by land or by sea. Built in the late 1800s, the era of the “grand hotels”, the Wesley personifies the Victorian atmosphere seen throughout the town. Road Scholars are accommodated in the Wesley Arms building, a newer addition which has an elevator and ground floor rooms.

Contact info:
70 Lake Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 USA
phone: 180-063-8902 x7
web: http://www.wesleyhotel.com/index.php

Room amenities: Air-conditioning and heat, television, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby area, front porch with rocking chairs, self-service laundry, complimentary coffee and tea. Please note that the Wesley is a seasonal property and as such, does not have an interior telephone system.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, September 09 - Chappaquiddick Island's Nature Reserve and Histor...
Note: Walk on and off the Chappy Ferry. Riding in open “safari” type vehicles with canopy top through Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge for 1.5 hours. Be sure to bring your water bottle and wear sun hat and sunscreen. Excursions operate rain or shine except during thunderstorms and extreme wind conditions. Walking and standing for 1 hour, up to 1 mile in Edgartown.

Breakfast: Continental buffet

Morning: Transfer via taxi vans from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown for the Chappaquiddick Ferry and cross the 527 feet over to the island. FIELD TRIP: Board “safari” trucks for an exploration of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, encompassing ocean, sound, and harbor views. Learn the history of the Cape Poge lighthouse, originally built in 1801, only the second on the Vineyard. Stroll the Japanese style Mytoi garden that surrounds a verdant inland freshwater pond. Return to Edgartown via the Chappy Ferry.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: Stroll Edgartown’s narrow brick paths to learn the history and evolution of the town, from colonial settlement to busy whaling port with a local resident. Explore independently before returning to Oak Bluffs via taxi vans with your group leader, or independently on the island’s public bus.

Dinner: You may wish to remain in Edgartown for dinner on your own, or return to Oak Bluffs' many choices.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Wesley Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hyannis Harbor Hotel is situated in the heart of the Hyannis waterfront, overlooking the Hy-Line Ferry Service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Recently renovated, the hotel has a New England nautical theme.

Contact info:
213 Ocean Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
phone: 508-775-4420
web: http://www.hyannisharborhotel.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: 136 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with DVD player, CD/MP3 player with iPod connection, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; lobby fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, complimentary business center, self-service laundry, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, fire pit overlooking Hyannis Harbor. The hotel does not have an elevator. Please note any needs for a ground floor room on your Personal Information form.

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

Additional nights after: Varies by date
Rates vary by program date. Call Boston Road Scholar for more information. Participants extending their stay in Hyannis forfeit the return transfer to Boston Logan International Airport.


Day Five: Wednesday, September 10 - Historic Cape Cod: The Town of Sandwich
Note: Walk from hotel to ferry pier, taxi as needed. Each person carries his/her own luggage to the ferry boarding area, where luggage will be stored in the ship’s luggage cart. Forty-five minute ferry crossing. Each person collects his/her own luggage after disembarking the vessel in Woods Hole, then board private coach. The walk through the town of Sandwich is 30-40 minutes on flat pavement. Walking and standing in the museum on a self-guided visit.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast

Morning: Walk along the waterfront to the ferry pier to return to Woods Hole. The ferry crosses back to the mainland in forty-five minutes. Board motorcoach and drive to Sandwich.

Lunch: In a local seafood shack, with many options available.

Afternoon: Back on the main land enjoy a scenic transfer from Woods Hole to Hyannis, MA. En route experience first hand, the gems of Cape Cod.

Dinner: In a nearby restaurant.

Lodging: Hyannis Harbor Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hyannis Harbor Hotel is situated in the heart of the Hyannis waterfront, overlooking the Hy-Line Ferry Service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Recently renovated, the hotel has a New England nautical theme.

Contact info:
213 Ocean Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
phone: 508-775-4420
web: http://www.hyannisharborhotel.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: 136 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with DVD player, CD/MP3 player with iPod connection, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; lobby fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, complimentary business center, self-service laundry, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, fire pit overlooking Hyannis Harbor. The hotel does not have an elevator. Please note any needs for a ground floor room on your Personal Information form.

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

Additional nights after: Varies by date
Rates vary by program date. Call Boston Road Scholar for more information. Participants extending their stay in Hyannis forfeit the return transfer to Boston Logan International Airport.


Day Six: Thursday, September 11 - Exploring Nantucket
Note: The Ferry to Nantucket is located a few walkable blocks from the hotel. Activities on the island require walking up to 1.5 hours

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Walk to the nearby dock and board the ferry to Nantucket. Upon disembarking, meet a local guide for a FIELD TRIP through the town center. See the architecture and hear the stories of the houses and the families that lived here and illustrate the island’s history.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to the Nantucket Whaling Museum, housed in a restored 1847 candle factory. Enjoy the views Nantucket harbor from the rooftop observation deck. Take some time to go “laning” and explore “Town” independently before returning on the ferry to Hyannis.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hyannis Harbor Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hyannis Harbor Hotel is situated in the heart of the Hyannis waterfront, overlooking the Hy-Line Ferry Service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Recently renovated, the hotel has a New England nautical theme.

Contact info:
213 Ocean Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
phone: 508-775-4420
web: http://www.hyannisharborhotel.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: 136 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with DVD player, CD/MP3 player with iPod connection, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; lobby fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, complimentary business center, self-service laundry, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, fire pit overlooking Hyannis Harbor. The hotel does not have an elevator. Please note any needs for a ground floor room on your Personal Information form.

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

Additional nights after: Varies by date
Rates vary by program date. Call Boston Road Scholar for more information. Participants extending their stay in Hyannis forfeit the return transfer to Boston Logan International Airport.


Day Seven: Friday, September 12 - Exploring Scenic Cape Cod and the Arts
Note: This is a full day of motorcoach exploration, with stops en route to Provincetown. The ride through the dunes is in 4-wheel drive cars, driving over soft sand, up and down hills and may be bumpy. The return drive Provincetown – Hyannis is 50 miles and takes approximately 75 – 90 minutes, with return to the hotel scheduled for approximately 8 p.m.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: EXCURSION: A full day exploration of Cape Cod, all the way to the tip of the cape in Provincetown. Meander the scenic road and stroll a beach. Take in the changing landscape through small towns, inland cranberry bogs and coastal harbors.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP through the sand dunes of Cape Cad National Seashore in specially-authorized four-wheel-drive Jeeps, with local experts

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: Return to Hyannis.

Lodging: Hyannis Harbor Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, September 13 - Departure Transfer to Boston Logan International ...
Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. Group Transfer departs Hyannis Harbor Hotel. Drop Off Boston Logan International Airport. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 p.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Boston, MA
Museum of ScienceThe Museum's mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology. This role becomes ever more important as science and technology shape and reshape our lives and world.
For additional information, visit: www.mos.org
New England AquariumFounded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.
For additional information, visit: www.neaq.org

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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