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Program #14977RJ
7 Days | 6 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.
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Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 4, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located close to all major Lancaster attractions.

Contact info:
545 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601 USA
phone: 717-299-1200
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Room amenities: Once you've arrived at our hotel, you'll find a lot of great amenities waiting for you in your room. Need to get some work done while you're with us? We offer free wireless high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch a favorite show on the 32" LCD HD TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental ◾ Business Center ◾ Complimentary Printing Service ◾ Fax ◾ Meeting Rooms ◾ Modem ◾ Photo Copying Service ◾ Printer Beverage Area, Complimentary ◾ Breakfast Area, Complimentary ◾ Coin Laundry ($1.00) ◾ Electric Service ◾ Elevators ◾ Laundry/Valet Service ◾ Multi-Lingual Staff ◾ On-Site Convenience Store ◾ Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room ◾ Pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $149
Call hotel for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 28 - Individual arrivals and registrations/Dinner is s...
Individual arrivals and registrations/Dinner is served at the hotel/Program Orientation

Arrive To: CHECK IN: Please arrive at the Inn between 3:00-5:00pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information. You will then have until 5:45 PM to settle into your room.

Dinner: Enjoy an old fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixin's at Your Place Restaurant.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientation. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will ask participants to introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Lancaster

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located close to all major Lancaster attractions.

Contact info:
545 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601 USA
phone: 717-299-1200
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Room amenities: Once you've arrived at our hotel, you'll find a lot of great amenities waiting for you in your room. Need to get some work done while you're with us? We offer free wireless high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch a favorite show on the 32" LCD HD TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed®.

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental ◾ Business Center ◾ Complimentary Printing Service ◾ Fax ◾ Meeting Rooms ◾ Modem ◾ Photo Copying Service ◾ Printer Beverage Area, Complimentary ◾ Breakfast Area, Complimentary ◾ Coin Laundry ($1.00) ◾ Electric Service ◾ Elevators ◾ Laundry/Valet Service ◾ Multi-Lingual Staff ◾ On-Site Convenience Store ◾ Safety Deposit Box Fitness Room ◾ Pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $149
Call hotel for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 29 - Breakfast/Pennsylvania Railroad Museum/Picnic lun...
Breakfast/Pennsylvania Railroad Museum/Picnic lunch at the Strasburg Railroad/Ride the Strasburg Railroad/Dinner in an Amish home

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is served this morning at the hotel. Features selections of pastries, juices, coffee and whole fruit.

Morning: FIELD TRIP:This morning we visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania where we will have a guided exploration of one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society, the museum: Displays over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, including the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection. Has restored many of these unique survivors to original appearance, and pursues a major restoration program. Conducts educational programs for all ages, provides tours and holds special events, many in cooperation with outside organizations. The innovative Railway Education Center provides a focus for exciting learning. Houses extensive exhibits of railroad artifacts, plus priceless art work, books, photographs and corporate railroad material. Recognizes that railroad history is alive and continues being made in this new millennium. The Museum uses new technologies to preserve and interpret the unfolding story. Seeks to enhance its world-class status through a process of steady improvements involving public-private partnerships. PRESENTATION: Re-group in the class room where Ivan Frantz will discuss the Pennsylvania Railroad's vital role during the Civil War.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is served at the Strasburg Railroad featuring a selection of deli sandwiches.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy an afternoon journey aboard the Strasburg Railroad. The Strasburg Rail Road, a historic operating railroad located directly across the street from the Railroad Museum, runs their train rides in vintage coaches, mostly with steam locomotives. The rides are well narrated, with great views of Amish farmlands. Taking a trip on the Strasburg Railroad is an experience not to be forgotten!

Dinner: EVENING EXCURSION: Tonight a local guide takes us to a real Amish home for a traditonal Amish Meal. Following dinner he will take us through the true Amish countryside with a quick stop at an Amish Craft Store before sunset.

Lodging: Hampton Inn Lancaster

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Woodlands Inn and Resort is a AAA three star hotel situated along the beautiful Laurel Run Stream on 40 wooded Pocono acres. Located close to Steamtown USA and other attractions near Wilkes-Barre. The Woodlands Inn & Resort is located west of Interstate 81 off exit 170B. This Inn is also very near local attractions for Wilkes Barre tourists, such as the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Downs Harness Track, Pocono International Raceway, Montage Ski Area and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours.

Contact info:
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA
phone: 570-824-9831 xor8007622222
web: www.thewoodlandsresort.com/managers.asp

Room amenities: Renovated in 2006: iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, guestroom print capabilities, 80 pay per view movies, 26 flat screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Discover wellness in the woods! If you're tired of feeling like you have to be in shape to get in shape, you don't have to feel that way anymore in our fully equipped fitness center. Our health club is an intimate non-intimidating fitness studio dedicated to your well being. Let the pulsating jets and the 100 + degree water temperature soothe away any bumps or bruises in our 17,000 gallon Jacuzzi. Located alongside is our indoor pool where you can cool down after you dip in the Jacuzzi. During the warmer months our outdoor pool is open, cocktails and lunch are also served poolside. The weight training and aerobic center features a comprehensive array of weight resistance and cardiovascular conditioning equipment.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, September 30 - Breakfast is served at the hotel/Morning Travel t...
Breakfast is served at the hotel/Morning Travel to the Pioneer Tunnel Railroad & Coal Mine/Lunch/Wilkes-Barre Station/Dinner

Breakfast: A full breakfast is included this morning at Your Place Restaurant. We will have a buffet with cold and hot selections.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel back through time on an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive, the Henry Clay. Built in the 1920's, The Henry Clay takes you on a scenic three-quarter mile ride around the side of Mahanoy Mountain to show you another kind of mining called strip mining. You'll visit the Mammoth Stripping, an area where an unusually thick seam of anthracite known as the Mammoth Vein outcrops to the surface of the earth. Here, in days gone by, monstrous steam shovels ripped out millions of tons of coal from the exposed vein and left a wall of solid rock 150 feet high extending westward as far as the eye can see. Much of the coal was pulled out by the narrow gauge predecessors of our own Henry Clay . . . a lot of it on the same track bed. You'll learn about the Centralia mine fire as you gaze across the valley to find smoke rising out of the ground. This perpetual underground fire has resisted all attempts to extinguish it, and has necessitated the relocation of many residents. Nearby is a relic "bootleg" coal hole. This and others in the area were dug by men who were willing to defy trespass laws and brave cave-ins to obtain a few bags of coal to sell or heat their homes. Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800 feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine motor. The mine is inspected daily by the mine's foreman and periodically by state mine inspectors. The temperature inside the mine averages 52 degrees, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. Deep inside the mine, you will alight from your car and follow your miner-guide as you are given an explanation of how coal is mined. There are storyboards inside the mine depicting the mining operation. Your guide will point out the numerous coal seams and describe various configurations of passageways, some cut from solid rock in order to reach the coal. The tour is educational as well as entertaining.

Lunch: Lunch is included today at Vonz Restaurant, a lovely Victorian style depot turned restaurant.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: During lunch, we enjoy a presentation from a local architect who was instrumental in the restoration of this lovely, historic depot. Then we depart for our hotel in Wilkes-Barre.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is served at a local buffet restaurant and features many different entree's both cold and hot.

Lodging: The Woodlands Inn & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Woodlands Inn and Resort is a AAA three star hotel situated along the beautiful Laurel Run Stream on 40 wooded Pocono acres. Located close to Steamtown USA and other attractions near Wilkes-Barre. The Woodlands Inn & Resort is located west of Interstate 81 off exit 170B. This Inn is also very near local attractions for Wilkes Barre tourists, such as the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Downs Harness Track, Pocono International Raceway, Montage Ski Area and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours.

Contact info:
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA
phone: 570-824-9831 xor8007622222
web: www.thewoodlandsresort.com/managers.asp

Room amenities: Renovated in 2006: iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, guestroom print capabilities, 80 pay per view movies, 26 flat screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Discover wellness in the woods! If you're tired of feeling like you have to be in shape to get in shape, you don't have to feel that way anymore in our fully equipped fitness center. Our health club is an intimate non-intimidating fitness studio dedicated to your well being. Let the pulsating jets and the 100 + degree water temperature soothe away any bumps or bruises in our 17,000 gallon Jacuzzi. Located alongside is our indoor pool where you can cool down after you dip in the Jacuzzi. During the warmer months our outdoor pool is open, cocktails and lunch are also served poolside. The weight training and aerobic center features a comprehensive array of weight resistance and cardiovascular conditioning equipment.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, October 01 - Breakfast/Program at the Steamtown National Histo...
Breakfast/Program at the Steamtown National Historic Site/Lunch/Anthracite Heritage Museum/Dinner/Evening presentation

Breakfast: A full hot buffet breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy guided exploration of Steamtown which concludes with a train ride. Established by an act of the United States Congress on October 30, 1986, Steamtown officially opened to the public in the summer of 1995, and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2005. Congress established Steamtown to interpret the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. Much of the collection of steam (and a few diesel) locomotives and freight and passenger cars was originally part of Steamtown USA. That collection was originally assembled by the late F. Nelson Blount and was located in several places in the northeast United States before moving from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Scranton in 1984. Blount's death in an airplane accident in 1967 had cut off the main financial support for Steamtown USA, but much of his original dream to have a museum in a working railroad yard with excursions on steam trains and a functional locomotive shop has been realized at Steamtown NHS. Also at this location, enjoy self guided exploration at the Electric City Trolley Museum. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the activities of the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. The association is an outgrowth of predecessor preservation groups including Buckingham Valley Trolley Association and East Penn Valley Traction, which conveyed to the museum most of the trolleys and artifacts in its historic collection. Association members support the Electric City Trolley Museum with their time, talent, trolley expertise and contributions. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is IRS recognized as a 501(c)(3)

Lunch: Delight in a lovely buffet lunch at the beautifully restored Lackawana Station Hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a guided exploration of the PA Anthracite Heritage musuem. The Anthracite Heritage Museum is located in McDade Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Museum tells the story of the people who came from Europe to work in the anthracite mining and textiles industries. On a tour of the facility visitors will experience the lives of proud people who endured harsh working conditions yet carved out communities filled with tradition. The diverse collection highlights life in the mines, mills and factories. Visitors are welcomed into the family’s homes and neighborhoods with a moment of reflection in the kitchen, a visit to the pub, or a seat in a local Church. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum’s diverse regional collections represent all facets of work, life and values of the region’s ethnic communities.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel where you will choose from a limited menu featuring chicken, fish and meat.

Evening: PRESENTATION: This evening a local historian will speak on the history of the area.

Lodging: The Woodlands Inn & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Horseshoe Curve and the Portage Railroads.

Contact info:
130 Patchway Road
Ducansville, PA 16635 USA
phone: 814-693-1800
web: www.choicehotels.com

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access Hair Dryer In-Room Air Conditioning In-Room Coffee Maker Iron & Ironing Board Microwave RefrigeratorVoice Mail

Facility amenities: Braille Coded Exits, Braille Elevator(s), Bus Parking, Business Center Cocktail Lounge * Elevator(s) Exercise Room Free Continental Breakfast Gold Award Winner Government Travelers: FEMA Approved Guest Use Copy Machine * Guest Laundry * Indoor Pool Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub Interior Corridors No Pets Allowed Outdoor Parking Restaurant on premise Sun Deck

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: None
None

Check out time: 8:30 AM

Day Five: Thursday, October 02 - Ride with the Tioga Central Railroad
Breakfast: A full hot buffet breakfast featuring both cold and hot selections is served at the hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Ride the Tioga Central Railroad. The Tioga Central Railroad of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania operates excursion and charter trains on a thirty-four mile railroad extending north from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to a location about three miles south of Corning, New York. Enjoy a lovely lunch prepared right on board the train on this hour and a half long scenic ride.

Lunch: A wonderful lunch is prepared and served on board the train.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the lovely town of Bellefonte for a presentation on the historical significance of the site before traveling to our hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner is included at a local restaurant featuring Italian Specialties served family style.

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Horseshoe Curve and the Portage Railroads.

Contact info:
130 Patchway Road
Ducansville, PA 16635 USA
phone: 814-693-1800
web: www.choicehotels.com

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access Hair Dryer In-Room Air Conditioning In-Room Coffee Maker Iron & Ironing Board Microwave RefrigeratorVoice Mail

Facility amenities: Braille Coded Exits, Braille Elevator(s), Bus Parking, Business Center Cocktail Lounge * Elevator(s) Exercise Room Free Continental Breakfast Gold Award Winner Government Travelers: FEMA Approved Guest Use Copy Machine * Guest Laundry * Indoor Pool Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub Interior Corridors No Pets Allowed Outdoor Parking Restaurant on premise Sun Deck

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: None
None

Check out time: 8:30 AM

Day Six: Friday, October 03 - Breakfast/Amtrak Ride on Horseshoe Curve, Railroa...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel and features both cold and hot selections including fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we board our coach with our local railroad historian and travel to Johnstown, PA. Here we board Amtrak for a scenic journey from Johnstown to Altoona. During our ride we will pass through the Gallitzin Tunnels and Horseshoe Curve. Called an "engineering marvel", it was completed in 1854 by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was later used by the Penn Central, then Conrail, and is currently owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway. Amtrak's Pennsylvanian passenger train traverses the curve. The Curve is located in Kittanning Gap at the summit of the Allegheny Front, approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Altoona. The bend is a tight arc of approximately 220 degrees. It comprises two separate curves; on the north side, the radius measures 637 ft (194 m), tightening to 609 ft (186 m) on the south side. Also, we visit the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona. This Museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

Lunch: A picnic lunch featuring a selection of deli sandwiches is included at the Pennsylvania Railroaders Museum.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP:This afternoon we visit the Portage Railroad Museum. The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal. "The Portage," opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War.

Dinner: Dinner is included at a local restaurant featuring a limited menu and salad bar.

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 04 - Breakfast/Travel to Lancaster
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel and features both cold and hot selections including fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: Return to Lancaster for final departure. We will make stops at the Harrisburg Airport or Amtrak station as needed.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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