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Program #2284RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Equipment Requirements
The outfitter provides 21-speed hybrid mountain bikes. Safety vests are also available. Participants must bring their own helmets.

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 17, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation recently completed. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus available; stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms. Call hotel directly at 757-220-2250 for reservations. If the hotel is sold out, call our office for suggestions at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 12 - Welcome/Program Overview
Afternoon: Check In, Welcome Class: "Introduction to Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg" Get an overview of the area and its rich history, which stretches from the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown through the revolutionary battlefields of Yorktown and the great James River plantations. This class will focus on the area immediately around Williamsburg and how the town was transformed from a sleepy small college town to a world renowned living history museum.

Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.

Evening: Program Overview, Introductions, Group Riding Tips

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation recently completed. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus available; stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms. Call hotel directly at 757-220-2250 for reservations. If the hotel is sold out, call our office for suggestions at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 13 - Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne
Note: The ride today is mostly along the Colonial Parkway, a winding, relatively light traffic byway paved in aggregate. The road is generally flat, but has some sections with gentle slopes. As on each day's ride, the support van will be with the group if anyone needs a break.

Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Jamestown in the Early Years." Learn about the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Explore the interactions between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan Confederation of the local Indians. Here in 1619 the first representative legislative body in North America met and established many of the governmental traditions that we continue to this day. Here also the first African Americans arrived in Virginia as indentured servants. Activity: Review of Virginia Road Rules for Biking; Bike Fitting Field Trip: "Bike to Jamestown Settlement" This trip follows the picturesque Colonial Parkway along the shores of the James River, the original "highway" sailed by the first colonists. Stop at several pull-offs with historical markers to discover more details about life in early English America. The route will end at Jamestown Settlement with its recreated depictions of the earliest Indian and colonial life.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage in the picnic area at the Settlement.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Enjoy a self-guided exploration of this site which includes a newly renovated museum with interactive permanent galleries and special loaned exhibits, along with a recreation of a typical Powhatan Indian village, a replication of the fort built by the English adventurers on nearby Jamestown Island, and replicas of the three ships used by the first colonists in 1607. Afterwards, bike over to Jamestown Island, actual site of that original fort. Tour the Visitor Center newly built for the 400th Anniversary celebrated in 2007, observe archaeologists uncovering the remains of the fort and its buildings, and be amazed by the incredible artifacts recovered from the fort site as they are interpreted in the Archaearium. Finish your visit to Historic Jamestowne by biking around the Island Loop Road.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "Colonial Instruments" Enjoy the talents of a skilled musician as he plays and discusses a variety of 18th century instruments, some familiar and others very unusual.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation recently completed. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus available; stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms. Call hotel directly at 757-220-2250 for reservations. If the hotel is sold out, call our office for suggestions at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 14 - Colonial Williamsburg
Note: Today's ride goes through the campus of the College of William & Mary and along some city streets. The road is mostly level with some gentle hills. Particularly on campus, the streets can be narrow and there will be a fair amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Most of the roads are asphalt.

Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Williamsburg" Take an in-depth look at the town that became Virginia's capital in 1699, exploring its beginnings, its society in black and white, and the institutions that made it the center of life in Colonial Virginia. Learn about some of the landed gentry who came to Williamsburg as students, teachers, or legislators and found themselves debating freedom as they became our founding fathers. Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Enjoy a casual guided walk along Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg. Learn about the government buildings, trade shops, gardens, and lives of the people of 18th century Williamsburg. After this stroll through the historic area, remount your bikes for a leisurely ride around some of the streets and by-ways of the town and the campus of the College of William & Mary.

Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Free Evening. Information will be provided about a variety of activities you can enjoy on your own. Transportation is not provided.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation recently completed. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus available; stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms. Call hotel directly at 757-220-2250 for reservations. If the hotel is sold out, call our office for suggestions at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 15 - Virginia Capital Trail and Berkeley Plantation
Note: The portions of the ride on the Capital Trail are specifically designed for biking. The pavement is smooth, wide enough for passing, and level to gently hilly. The public roads are paved in asphalt, rather narrow, winding and sometimes gently hilly.

Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Cultural Ecology of the James River" Learn about the interaction of climate, geography, flora, fauna and human inhabitants of Tidewater Virginia. The discussion includes an investigation of the native populations of the region and how they had adapted to their environment prior to the coming of the first English settlers. Field Trip: "Virginia Capital Trail" Take an leisurely ride along this new Virginia bike trail as it parallels the Route 5 Scenic Byway. The smoothly paved trail will eventually connect Virginia's three capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond. Excursion will travel on portion of the trail in Charles City County and also include side trips on local country roads, all level or gently rolling.

Lunch: Lunch at the delightful Courthouse Grill, featuring local menu favorites.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Berkeley Plantation and Virginia Capital Trail" Take a break from peddling at historic Berkeley Plantation, ancestral home of the Harrison family of Virginia that gave our country early statesmen and two presidents. Time will be included for a tour of the house and grounds. Afterwards, finish biking this segment of the Virginia Capital Trail before returning to Williamsburg in the van.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "A Visit with Marye Bucke, 1623" Enjoy the company of a seventeenth century gentlewoman as she describes her life in the growing Virginia colony as it refines its culture after the upheaval of the Indian uprising of 1620. Learn about the daily life of a lady of the early seventeenth century along with the latest gossip about politics and local notables.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful 303 room hotel, close to everything. Multi-million dollar renovation recently completed. AAA 3 diamond rating. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg. City bus available; stops at hotel every hour.

Contact info:
6945 Pocahontas Trail (Route 60)
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-220-2250
Room amenities: Classic, colonial decor in every room plus a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Remote control TV, free cable. Bring your laptop, high speed Internet data port and executive desk. Microwave/rollaway additional.

Facility amenities: Lounge, guest laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room with treadmill, stationary bike, sauna and more. 24 hour Front Desk, ATM, a sundry shop and complimentary newspapers in the lobby for early birds while they last. 24 hour room service, vending and ice machines on every floor, wake-up service, restaurant, fully air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $89-159.
Rate varies depending on availability. Limited rooms. Call hotel directly at 757-220-2250 for reservations. If the hotel is sold out, call our office for suggestions at 757-221-3649.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 16 - Colonial Parkway and Yorktown Battlefield
Note: The portion of the ride on the Colonial Parkway is similar to Day One's ride, with some longer, but not steep hills. The battlefield roads are aggregate and mostly level. There are steep hills going down to the waterfront village.

Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Class: "Introduction to Yorktown" Learn about the history of this quaint village that once was an important colonial port. Consider the military operations that brought an end to the American Revolution. An expert lecturer will explain the action and introduce you to Washington, Lafayette, and the French allies who found the perfect combination of forces to defeat Lord Cornwallis in the fields and earthworks along the York River. Field Trip: "Bike to Yorktown" Once again take to the Colonial Parkway, heading in the opposite direction from Jamestown, along a gently rolling, tree shaded road that closely follows the routes of armies in two different wars. Eventually your route meets the York River and follows the river's southern shore, past the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station where you may see ships loading or unloading at the docks. End at the earthworks around Yorktown that mark the decisive battle of the Revolution.

Lunch: Today's lunch comes from a popular local eatery and includes sandwich or wrap, pickle, brownie, and soft drink.

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Yorktown Visitor Center, Battlefield, and Riverwalk Landing" After time to explore the Visitor Center exhibits, bike over to Surrender Field where the British fifers played "The World Turned Upside Down" during the formal surrender ceremony. Then follow the 9-mile Battlefield trail and cycle through the quaint Yorktown village and down to the newly renovated waterfront. Return to the hotel in the van.

Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.

Evening: Performance: "An Evening of African-American Storytelling and Music" Enjoy three centuries of storytelling traditions and the African roots that so influenced American music. Learn of the trials and fortitude of a people who preserved their traditions in spite of their bondage. This is a captivating performance by a talented storyteller who intersperses her tales with songs delivered in a rich and moving voice.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza at Williamsburg Fort Magruder Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 17 - New Quarter Park
Note: This shorter concluding ride will be partly on the Colonial Parkway and partly on narrow, tree-lined residential streets. The terrain is fairly level to gently hilly. Traffic is not generally heavy.

Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.

Morning: Field Trip: "New Quarter Park" Enjoy a last leisurely ride that includes part of the Colonial Parkway, tree-lined residential streets, and bikeways through a local park. While you will enjoy some delightful scenery and perhaps notice a little wildlife in the secluded park, the trip along gently rolling terrain will leave you comfortable for the trip home afterwards.

Lunch: Pick up a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage before heading home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownWhen you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with activities; your free time will be limited. Since we won't be able to visit every interesting place in our historic area, consider staying an extra day or two at the end of the program for further exploration. Visit our web page with links to sample schedules, hotel web pages, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
For additional information, visit: www.roadscholar.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
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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