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On the Road: Along the Shores of the Chesapeake Bay

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Program #21002RJ
8 Days | 7 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 Sep 14 — Sep 21, 2014

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


Day One: Sunday, September 14 - Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
Afternoon: 3 p.m.: Hotel Check-In; 3-5 p.m.: Program Registration. 5:30 p.m.: Orientation and Welcome.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.: Dinner in the hotel.

Lodging: Doubletree by Hilton BWI

Meals Included: Dinner
Type:

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


Day Two: Monday, September 15 - Introduction to the Chesapeake
Note: Travel by motorcoach, ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing up to 2 miles, for up to 2 hours at a time on field trip at outdoor museum complex.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Depart to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and drive to Tilghman Island, Tilghman Island is a true working watermen's village, home to the last commercial sailing fleet in North America, the skipjacks. Learn about the life of the Maryland Blue Crab and its role in the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay with a marine biologist. Learn how the crab gets from the Bay to the table.

Lunch: Enjoy Eastern Shore specialties at a local favorite eatery.

Afternoon: The highway leading to St Michaels is dedicated to Frederick Douglass, The most significant African American of his time, Douglass and his relationship with President Lincoln led to changing the fate our nation. Proceed to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, to climb the steps inside the Hooper Strait Lighthouse and gain an introduction to the cultures that shaped this town and the surrounding area, through the nine exhibit buildings. The museum also has the historic Mitchell House, the home of Douglass’ sister, Eliza Bailey Mitchell, Douglass’ closest sibling, which depicts the life of a free black laborer. Free Time for independent exploration of St. Michael’s: Founded in 1672, the town became a thriving center for shipbuilding and shipping of local commodities, notably furs, timber and tobacco. You may wish to stroll the quiet streets to view modest ship carpenters’ houses, oystermen’s houses, or the replicas of cannons that defended the town from the British in 1813 at the waterfront Muskrat Park. Continue to Easton.

Dinner: In a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Tidewater Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type:

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


Day Three: Tuesday, September 16 - Historic Easton and the Eastern Shore
Note: Walking and standing for 1.5 hours. Motorcoach field trip with multiple stops, embarking and disembarking the motorcoach multiple times throughout the day.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Easton, the “Eastern Capital” of the Eastern Shore traces its settlement to the 1600s. FIELD TRIP on foot through historic Easton, tracing Eastern Shore history though the stories of local families and their homes and illustration of the Quaker way of life, the Colonial and Federal eras. Enjoy some time to explore the museum and local art scene on the historic Main Street.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP by private motorcoach to continue exploring one of the oldest centers of European settlement in the New World. Drawn by the wealth of natural resources and the transportation network provided by the prolific waterways, the Eastern Shore’s importance has evolved through the eras: from the early Colonial period, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and up to the present as a shipbuilding, seafood, agricultural and leisure center. Trace the footsteps of early settlers, the Underground Railroad and James Michener on an expert-led exploration of the enchanting hamlets and scenic shorelines.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Tidewater Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type:

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


Day Four: Wednesday, September 17 - The Timeless Ways of Watermen and Modern Chesapea...
The Timeless Ways of Watermen and Modern Chesapeake Scientific Research

Note: Motorcoach field trip with multiple stops, embarking and disembarking the motorcoach multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing in historic sites. Walking through a science facility laboratory. One hour boat ride.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Drive to the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory, the largest oyster hatchery on the East Coast. A LECTURE by a university faculty member and walk through the hatchery itself shows how scientists and local volunteers are working on the restoration of the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay as well as the challenges faced. Continue to the quaint and remote waterman’s village of Hooper Island.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Board a fifty-foot motorboat for a narrated cruise of the Honga River. Observe local watermen at work, harvesting the day’s catch. Learn local history and folklore from your boat captain, and keep an eye peeled for the abundant birdlife found along the shores: Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Egrets and Bald Eagles. Return to Easton via our private motorcoach.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Tidewater Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Step back in time to colonial 18th century America. The Historic Inns of Annapolis are comprised of three boutique hotels whose histories date back to the 17th and 18th century; the Governor Calvert House, the Robert Johnson House and the Maryland Inn and are the most historic lodgings in Annapolis. Located in the Historic District of Annapolis, the three hotels are steps away from each other and from the Maryland State House and mix historic charm with modern conveniences. The front desk for all three properties is located in the Governor Calvert House. Please note any requests for Ground Floor rooms on your Personal Information form.

Contact info:
58 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401 USA
phone: 410-263-2641
Room amenities: Each of the three inns boasts individually and uniquely furnished rooms with High-Speed Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. air-conditioning, ceiling fan, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Treaty of Paris Restaurant and Drummer’s Lot Pub in the Maryland Inn; Wi-Fi Internet access, Starbucks coffee shop, dry cleaning service, fitness center, complimentary local shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotels, complimentary coffee and hot apple cider in the lobby, daily newspaper in lobby, airport transportation (fee) and valet parking $24 plus tax per night.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, September 18 - London Town and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapol...
Note: Travel by motorcoach, embarking and disembarking motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing up to two hours at a time on field trips on foot and site visits.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Depart Easton by motorcoach and cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, returning to the Western Shore. FIELD TRIP: At the London Town Historic site, Explore the history and archeology of the “lost” London Town, established in 1683 and an important port in the colonial trans-Atlantic trade and north-south route. The once-vibrant town had only a few remaining building that endured to the 20th century, until recent archeological finds led to a reconstruction of some of the town’s original buildings. Learn about the town’s history on a docent-led exploration of the original c1760 house. Wander the historical gardens and the reconstructed site. Continue to Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Lunch: Dine on a light lunch in the Navy Dry Dock Restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Learn about the history and highlights of life at the U.S. Naval Academy, past and present. Check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Walk to dinner at the famous Phillips Seafood Restaurant.

Lodging: Historic Inns of Annapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Step back in time to colonial 18th century America. The Historic Inns of Annapolis are comprised of three boutique hotels whose histories date back to the 17th and 18th century; the Governor Calvert House, the Robert Johnson House and the Maryland Inn and are the most historic lodgings in Annapolis. Located in the Historic District of Annapolis, the three hotels are steps away from each other and from the Maryland State House and mix historic charm with modern conveniences. The front desk for all three properties is located in the Governor Calvert House. Please note any requests for Ground Floor rooms on your Personal Information form.

Contact info:
58 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401 USA
phone: 410-263-2641
Room amenities: Each of the three inns boasts individually and uniquely furnished rooms with High-Speed Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. air-conditioning, ceiling fan, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board and daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: Treaty of Paris Restaurant and Drummer’s Lot Pub in the Maryland Inn; Wi-Fi Internet access, Starbucks coffee shop, dry cleaning service, fitness center, complimentary local shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotels, complimentary coffee and hot apple cider in the lobby, daily newspaper in lobby, airport transportation (fee) and valet parking $24 plus tax per night.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, September 19 - Annapolis, Maryland’s State Capitol
Note: Two-hour field trip on foot: walking and standing on paved and cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT through four centuries of Annapolis’ history, with a special focus on the achievements of notable women from all walks of local life.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Historic Inns of Annapolis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type:

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


Day Seven: Saturday, September 20 - Baltimore’s Heritage and Role in America’s Histor...
Note: Walking up to 2 miles over the course of the day, mostly 4-5 blocks at a time, on paved and cobblestone streets. Ascend and descend motorcoach steps. Travel by motorcoach.

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Depart to Baltimore for a full day FIELD TRIP. Explore Baltimore by motorcoach and on foot to learn how three towns - Fell's Point, Jonestown and Baltimore Town - combined to form Baltimore City. Walk through the Historic Landmark District of Mt. Vernon Place and visit the Peabody Library and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. Learn the importance of Baltimore as a port city.

Lunch: In historic Fell’s Point.

Afternoon: Explore Fell's Point on foot. This is Baltimore's premier historic waterfront town with a history that pre-dates Baltimore City. Discover the alley streets and charming architecture of Fell's Point, learn about the role of Privateers out of Fell's Point in the War of 1812 and the importance of water commerce in Maryland and its role in the westward expansion of America. Continue by motorcoach to Fort McHenry, where during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1812, the valiant defense of the star-shaped fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Continue to the hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport for check-in and overnight.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Bid your Road Scholar companions farewell and exchange memories of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.

Lodging: Doubletree by Hilton BWI

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, September 21 - Departures
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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