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Program #11077RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & ...
Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Note: Due to the amount of boat activities included in this program time and dates of activities and subject to change depending on tides and weather. Some activities may be substituted for others in the situation of inclement weather or ocean/river conditions.

Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm

Afternoon: REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff, pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information.ORIENTATION: We'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet your fellow participants during an introductory, get-acquainted session. We'll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

Dinner: Dinner served at hotel

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Take a Gloucester Harbor Cruise, visit the Rocky ...
Take a Gloucester Harbor Cruise, visit the Rocky Neck Artist Colony, and journey around Cape Ann.

Note: Need to be able to climb 2-3 stairs to embark and disembark vessel. Walking up to 1/2 mile at a time on pavement and some uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: You've enjoyed lobsters at home and in restaurants. Have you ever wondered how lobsters are harvested? On this 1-1/4 hour tour and demonstration, you'll learn all about lobsters and lobstering. After your cruise, enjoy a guided historical art walk through the Rocky Neck artist colony. Walk in the footsteps of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper and a host of other pioneering American artists, and see first hand the iconic land and seascapes that gave rise to their illustrious artistic output.

Lunch: Lunch on Rocky Neck

Afternoon: This afternoon board your motor coach for a journey around Cape Ann. Visit the seacoast communities of Rockport, Gloucester and Essex. See what both the coast and inland areas have to offer. This journey will include multiple stops. Learn about the area's history, home to both a granite quarry and a commercial fishing industry.

Dinner: Enjoy a lobster dinner

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Essex Shipbuilding Museum/Cruise on the Essex Riv...
Note: Walk along a paved ramp to a floating dock, step over a gap to board the boat. There are padded seats on the boat.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Learn about the history of Essex's shipbuilding industry. The museum was established in 1976 as part of the town's observation of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial. Its primary purpose was to provide Essex families a local repository for their ancestors' shipbuilding artifacts and to stem the tide of artifacts that were going to other museums, being sold to private collectors, or simply being destroyed. Its collections include over 7,000 rare shipbuilding artifacts, photographs, tools, documents, builder's half-models and rigged ship models. Many of these items have come from attics, basements and barns in Essex.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Cruise on the Essex River, located in the village of Essex, Massachusetts, one of the four communities that comprise Cape Ann, along with Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester by the Sea.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Evening talk by local historian

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Cruise historic Salem Harbor and enjoy a free aft...
Note: Walk 50 yards on pavement from motor coach to dock. Walk on a gangplank with hand rails to dock (depending on tide the gangplank may be level or downhill). Walk 25 yards on a wooden dock to the boat, then step over gap to board boat.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Depart Rockport for historic Salem, established in 1626. Enjoy a narrated cruise that brings Salem Sound to life through an informative yet laid-back narration. This is not a recording so feel free to ask questions whenever. As we cruise by the beautiful shorelines of Salem, Marblehead, Beverly, Manchester-By-The-Sea and the Misery Islands you’ll learn of town history, the boom and bust of the local maritime industry, ocean life, historic landmarks and of course today’s latest gossip on all those multi-million dollar estates.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Salem

Afternoon: Enjoy further exploration of Salem or discover other highlights of Cape Ann on your free afternoon.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own - you might dine in Salem, Gloucester, Rockport or one of Cape Ann's other beautiful towns. All are accessible by the MBTA rail system.

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.

Contact info:
183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
web: www.rockportinnandsuites.com/

Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths

Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center

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

Additional nights before: Please contact hotel directly.
Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - Lecture on the fishing industry and whale watch b...
Lecture on the fishing industry and whale watch boat ride in the afternoon.

Note: Must be able to embark and disembark vessels using ramps and/or stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: While on a four hour whale watch, you'll learn about whales from our qualified naturalists, and have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with researchers working as trained crew members onboard the vessel. See real whale artifacts, and even participate in plankton tows, water visibility analysis, and temperature measurements.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Meet Captain Salvatore Novello and hear about his life as a fisherman, understanding this local industry from his perspective.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in Rockport

Evening: Tonight’s final evening program is an entertaining talk on the local area.

Lodging: Rockport Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Schooner cruise, lunch and departure.
Note: Walk 50 yards on pavement from motor coach to dock. Walk up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, walk five steps up and two steps down over gap to board boat. There is a bathroom on board, but it is down a steep flight of wooden steps so use on land before the boat departs is highly recommended. Schooner has sails and wooden benches.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Cruise on the Thomas E. Lannon, a classic schooner. Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65- foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze. Enjoy a two hour sail and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester's coastline.

Lunch: Boxed Lunches

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Rockport
Essex OnlineThe town of Essex Massachusetts, located on Cape Ann, just 30 miles north of Boston has historically been known as the oldest continuously operating shipbuilding area of the United States, boasting over 4,000 two-masted vessels. For nearly 100 years, Essex was recognized world-wide as North America's center for fishing schooner construction. You can relive that time in Essex today through the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. But the Essex of today has much to offer besides its shipbuilding hertitage. Come explore our over 30 antique or gift shops like Sea Meadow or sample fresh Essex steamer clams at our many fresh seafood restaurants like Essex Seafood. Included in Essex of course is world famous Woodmans, home of the first fried clam. Take an Essex River Cruise or pilot your own kayak on the Essex River. Play a round of golf or hike a country trail. There is plenty to see and enjoy in this small but vibrant New England town. This ever-expanding site will attempt to point you in the right direction so that you can experience all Essex has to offer.
For additional information, visit: www.essexma.com
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & IndustryA beautiful city on the ocean. Fun shops and good food. Historic 18th century buildings, movie theater, antique shops, Plum Island beaches and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry 38R Merrimac Street Newburyport, MA 01950 978-462-6680
For additional information, visit: www.newburyportchamber.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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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