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Program #21403RJ
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.
Equipment Requirements
Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.

Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 18, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 13 - Arrival, Check-in & Registration, Welcome Dinner,...
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the hotel lobby between 3:30-5:00pm. Your arrival packet will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session after dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel in the second floor dining area. The tasty buffet offers a choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, an assortment of desserts, and non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We will gather in our private meeting room. The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 14 - Overview of Richmond, Field Trips to Virginia Sta...
Overview of Richmond, Field Trips to Virginia State Capitol, St. John's Church

Note: Walking and stairs at Capitol building and St. John's Church where there are approximately 12 steps up to the churchyard; handicapped access available.

Breakfast: The extensive breakfast buffet offers choices of made-to-order omelettes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Signature City Richmond – History, Culture, Architecture. An overview of Richmond and how it came to be: site of an Indian village in 1607 where Pocahontas’ father, Chief Powhatan, grew up, and later a fortified place on the early frontier; where American patriots convened to call for Independence, and in 1780 the successor as capital to Jamestown and Williamsburg. The city today is a treasure trove of history, culture, and architectural gems with 45 designated National Historic Districts.

FIELD TRIP: Virginia State Capitol. This living landmark of American self-government has been home to the General Assembly — the oldest legislature continuously operating in the Western Hemisphere — since 1788. The capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson, inspired by classical Roman temple design, and has served as a prototype for countless capitols, courthouses, municipal buildings, churches, and even residences for more than 200 years. The famous marble statue of George Washington by Houdon has stood in the Capitol rotunda since 1790, among the most notable pieces of 18th C. art and probably the best likeness of our first President.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch of traditional Virginia fare at a private club on Church Hill, a neighborhood of restored 19th Century homes that has been designated an "Old and Historic District."

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: St. John's Church. Here at the namesake for Church Hill we'll learn its history and importance as the setting for the Second Virginia Convention in 1775, at which Patrick Henry made his famous "Liberty or Death" speech. On the drive back we'll take in the views from several of the "Seven Hills of Richmond." We'll return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel in the second floor dining area. The tasty buffet offers a choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, an assortment of desserts, and non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Capital Richmond. As the capital of what was then the largest state (before losing its western section), Richmond came to represent both Southern and mercantile interests. Its sons and daughters carried its values west to the middle states and beyond. Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and was later the focal point of Emancipation.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 15 - Museum and White House of the Confederacy/Valenti...
Museum and White House of the Confederacy/Valentine Richmond History Center/Maggie Walker House

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Field trip to the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. The Museum's rich collection of artifacts encompasses thousands of rare objects and artwork, and a wide range of military items that includes uniforms, weaponry and flags. The adjacent White House, which we'll also visit, has been restored to its condition as the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the War, including the office where, after Richmond's fall in April 1865, President Lincoln sat in Davis' chair with his feet on the desk.

Lunch: Lunch catered either at the garden of the Wickham House or at the Museum of the Confederacy

Afternoon: The field trip continues to the Valentine Richmond History Center, the museum of the City of Richmond, including the restored Wickham House (1812) and Edward Valentine's sculpture studio. Next is the Maggie Walker House, a National Park Service site, built by the African American female banker and civic leader of the late 19th-early 20th century period. We'll return to the hotel just before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

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

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 16 - Maymont/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts/Agecroft Hal...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: We go this morning to Maymont, notable for its 1890s Gilded Era mansion and its grounds, today a beautifully maintained public park. The mansion retains the furnishings it held when it was bequeathed in the 1920s, including the Swan bed and narwhale horn table. In the fashion of "Upstairs, Downstairs," even the basement where the household help ran the house has been restored. Next, on our way to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we will drive down Richmond's grandest boulevard, Monument Avenue, where we'll view monuments to Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and Arthur Ashe. Monument Avenue and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are both located in Richmond's Fan District, which holds one of the nation's largest collections of Victorian architecture.

Lunch: We will take lunch at the Best Cafe, located in the new wing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with a view of the sculpture garden, and an outdoor patio open in suitable weather.

Afternoon: After lunch we will have time to visit some of the special galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The VMFA is now one of the top ten comprehensive art museums in the US, displaying more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. Explore numerous permanent galleries connected by a 4-story atrium. The VMFA also contains a sculpture garden, reflecting pools, focus galleries for changing exhibits, and a museum shop. Next we will proceed to Agecroft Hall, an English Tudor mansion removed and rebuilt in America, and its boxwood gardens.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: This evening we will attend a performance at the Carpenter Center, a restored late-1920s movie palace that now hosts musical and other shows, just 4 blocks from the hotel, or at another of Richmond's fine theaters.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

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

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 17 - Class/free afternoon/dinner on your own/evening c...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Class: we'll carry the Richmond story forward to the late 19th C. and the rise of industry, especially tobacco, to the interesting people who grew up and lived in the city, and to the many effects, better or worse, of the Lost Cause: monuments, an affection for things old, a society slow to adopt new things.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: Your time is your own this afternoon. We'll be happy to provide suggestions and directions and maps, or help to figure out how to get to places. Within a range of 1-2 miles, there is a hotel courtesy van.

Dinner: Dinner on your own--downtown are a number of restaurants of varying specialties, including a dozen in the Shockoe Slip Historic District.

Evening: Class: Richmond enters the 20th century, the rise and fall of industries, the development of universities and museums, the wins and losses of historic preservation, a new appreciation for the James River, and the dawn of the 21st century.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Friday, July 18 - Class/Program conclusion
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Final summary class on Richmond history and culture, followed by early lunch at 11:30 am. Your program ends after lunch. Room check-out is 12:00 noon.

Lunch: Program ends after early lunch in the hotel. Check out time is 12 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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