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Itinerary for Mar 17 — Mar 22, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail jet.garcia@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 17 - Arrival & Registration/Welcome & Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00PM. ORIENTATION begins in the hotel conference room at 4:30pm. Your arrival packet will contain an updated schedule of program activities, a list of fellow attendees, and your name badge. Start your San Antonio experience with an informative overview of the week to come. The site coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders; address responsibilities, questions, and concerns; review safety guidelines and emergency procedures; orient you to the hotel location on maps; and discuss the program schedule and what will be included in the field trips. Begin getting to know the program staff and your fellow participants with a get-acquainted session to introduce each member of the group. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. Breakfast each day is in the hotel with lunch and dinner at restaurants in the downtown and River Walk areas. This Road Scholar program offers the opportunity to study and explore America's most complete Spanish Colonial Spanish Mission complex featuring the Alamo, unlock San Antonio's colorful history, study the River Walk and its environs with historians, review the 26 ethnic groups that settled the Texas frontier, learn of famous and not so famous characters in Texas' storied past, enjoy a barge cruise on the San Antonio River, prepare and enjoy the perfect enchilada and experience a traditional mariachi performance.

Dinner: A nearby restaurant offers multiple entrée choices and continuing opportunities to become acquainted with your fellow participants and program staff.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail jet.garcia@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 18 - San Antonio Yesterday & Today/The River Walk & th...
Breakfast: Hotel provides full hot breakfast buffet each morning before the first activity.

Morning: San Antonio Overview. Discover why San Antonio is undoubtedly one of America's unique cities. Its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and blending of cultural heritages set the city apart. While the River Walk and the Alamo define San Antonio symbolically, past political and cultural wars of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries resulted in six sovereign nations flying their flags over Texas. This created a mixture of inhabitants from Mexico, the Old South, the "Wild West," and Europe. Get the facts and figures on the city's demographics, economy, weather, geography, and ecology.

Lunch: Sumptuous luncheon buffet at legendary hotel en route to afternoon expert-led walk.

Afternoon: Afternoon expert-led walk of the River Walk and Alamo. The heart of downtown San Antonio is the River Walk; the most significant historical event the battle of the Alamo.

Dinner: Happy Hour and catered dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Evening narrated barge cruise on the San Antonio River.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail jet.garcia@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 19 - Tex-Mex Cooking/San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Co...
Tex-Mex Cooking/San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Colonial Missions/McNay Art Museum

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning's cultural field trip travels back in time to the Spanish colonial era of San Antonio in the 18th century at San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the U.S., completed in 1750, and an active parish of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Construction began on the cathedral shortly after Canary Island colonists, granted land and title by Spain's King Philip V, settled here in 1731. General Santa Ana raised the red flag of "no quarter" from the cathedral during the siege of the Alamo. On to our cooking adventure: "All you need to know to begin Tex-Mex cooking." Meet Diana Trevino Barrios, and learn how to prepare a delicious Mexican meal with picante style! After class taste for yourself the results of these recipes with a delicious lunch at the restaurant.

Lunch: Lunch at Los Barrios. Learn how to make the perfect enchilada from a female chef who prepared tacos for a presidential inauguration dinner, and then sit down to a full Mexican feast. Savor enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, beans and rice and a mouthwatering dessert.

Afternoon: Cultural field trip continues: discover Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo and the McNay Art Museum and additional historical sites before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Time to explore River Walk or other sites near hotel.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail jet.garcia@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 20 - Tales of Texas Lore & Legend/Free Time
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: From campfires to cracker barrels to front porches, folks have been gathering around to hear stories for centuries, and tales told well still work their magic. Texas history and folklore come alive through the riveting tales—some true, some tall—told by our award-winning storyteller, so gather round, sit back, and enjoy.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Southwest School of Art where you will see the historic Ursuline Convent and Academy and view library art.

Afternoon: Afternoon unscheduled. Extra-curricular activity options well be provided by the coordinator, instructors and staff.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the River Walk's many restaurants and assorted eclectic cuisines.

Evening: Unscheduled evening to stroll the River Walk.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.

Contact info:
105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com

Room amenities: All rooms are standard featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal price available.
Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail jet.garcia@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 21 - Mary Menger, Alamo Plaza Proprietress/King Willia...
Mary Menger, Alamo Plaza Proprietress/King William Historic District/Institute of Texan Cultures/Farewell Dinner

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: "Mary Menger, Alamo Plaza Proprietress," Dr. Timothy Draves, a Texas history professor at University of the Incarnate Word, brings to life this famous family in Texas' history.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant en route to the King William Historic District.

Afternoon: This afternoon offers a guided walking tour of the King William Historic District. See mansions and cottages of varied architectural styles built by successful German families after the Civil War along the San Antonio River and adjacent farm lands that had originally belonged to the Alamo in mission days. On to the Institute of Texan Cultures, an educational center showcasing the 26 different ethnic and cultural groups groups that settled the Texas frontier. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located downtown on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk. The 182,000-square-foot complex features 65,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans. The remainder of the afternoon's guided tour features additional historical and cultural highlights of San Antonio.

Dinner: Festive farewell dinner at River Walk restaurant. Choose from multiple entrees.

Evening: Traditional Mariachi entertainment.

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 22 - Early Texan Folk Medicine
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Take a peek at the system of folk medicine that came to be used by the early Texans, who often were forced to find substitutes for remedies that had been available in their previous environs. They began to share "cures" with people from other cultures: Native Americans, Mexicans, Germans, Poles, Swedes and many others. Join us as we look inside the medicine cabinets of these early settlers. Program concludes no later than 11:00 a.m

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


San Antonio, Texas
Botanical GardensSan Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Phone number is 210-207-3250.
For additional information, visit: www.sabot.org
Buckhorn Saloon and MuseumLocated right in the heart of downtown San Antonio, two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk - 318 E. Houston Street. For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Today, the saloon houses a Café, Gift Shop, Shooting Gallery and our two museums, the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum. Phone is 210-247-4000.
Casa Navarro State Historic SiteFormer home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia. Phone number is 210-226-4801.
Convention and Visitors BureauThe San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a full-service visitor information center that provides an extensive inventory of helpful brochures and other promotional materials concerning events and sites in and around the city.
For additional information, visit: www.sanantoniovisit.com
El Mercado-The MarketA two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
IMAX Theatre-"Alamo...The Price of Freedom""Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629.
For additional information, visit: www.IMAX-SA.com
Majestic TheatreOpened in 1929; closed in 1974; reopened in 1989 as a performing arts center, the Majestic is said to be one of the finest "atmospheric" theaters ever built. Completely restored, and entered on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater combines Baroque, Spanish Mission, and other motifs from Greek and Roman traditions to create a fantasy environment. For performance schedules, call 210-226-3333.
Marti'sUp-market treasures from Mexico, traditional and handcrafted, one of a kind. On the way to El Mercado, walking west on W. Commerce, pass Main Plaza, the Cathedral, City Hall and Spanish Governor's Palace. Marti's is at 310 W. Commerce. Phone is 210-223-9100
Rio Taxi…with red and yellow flags passes through the San Antonio River Lock and continues to the San Antonio Museum of Arts where you find a lovely lunch room; the taxi continues to the Pearl Brewery complex where there is a daily tour of the Culinary Institute of America from 3:00-3:30 PM. View interesting landscaping and art work. A one day pass can be purchased for $15.00 on board or at three locations, including the Aztec River Level ticket center. Call 210-225-8002 for location of the nearest River Taxi.
SAS Shoe FactorySAS Shoe Factory, 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507, www.sasshoes.com. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5.
For additional information, visit: www.sasshoes.com
San Antonio Museum of ArtSince its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100.
For additional information, visit: www.samuseum.org
San Antonio ZooMore than 3,500 animals of 750 species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This zoo, established in 1914 is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf.
Southwest School of Art and CraftA community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch.
For additional information, visit: www.swschool.org
Spanish Governor's PalaceIn 1772, San Antonio became the seat of Spanish government in Texas, headquartered at 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. It was to this adobe-walled structure that Moses Austin came in 1820 for permission to bring a colony of U.S. citizens into Spanish Texas. Telephone 210-224-0601.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church623 E. Commerce St, just east of Alamo Street Ornate Church, such as you might find in the Black Forest area of Germany, founded in the 1868 and preserved in its original state.
Tower of AmericasFor more than 35 years, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas, located in downtown San Antonio, has offered residents and tourists the most breathtaking view of the Alamo City. The tower was built in honor of the 1968 World's Fair celebrating San Antonio's 250th anniversary. Visit the Flags Over Texas Observation Deck, which offers mesmerizing views of the city below. Photographs on the deck's floor pinpoint landmarks to help visitors identify their surroundings, and historic photos provide wonderful discussion points to enhance your experience. Learn about the history of the six flags that once flew over Texas from captivating murals that line the walls. Read about Mexico's attack at the Alamo, French explorer Louis St. Denis' mapping of the Camino Real Trail, Spain's domination of Texas for more than 300 years and much more!

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