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Program #11376RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Mar 8 — Mar 13, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 08 - Check-in, registration, dinner, and orientation a...
Note: Please note: any element of this program schedule is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Afternoon: Afternoon check-in at the hotel starts at 4:00 p.m. and Road Scholar registration is in the lobby between 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel meeting room where orientation will take place following the meal.

Evening: Orientation - meet and greet fellow participants and go over the week's itinerary.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 09 - Savannah's Historical Splendor: Lecture and field...
Savannah's Historical Splendor: Lecture and field trip with a brilliant historian highlighting Savannah's fascinating evolution over the past centuries.

Note: An active afternoon of walking and riding to and from field trip and lunch locations over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.

Morning: In this morning's lecture, discuss the fascinating aspects of Savannah's history that shaped her unique, multifaceted culture.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant, The Gryphon, which occupies a former apothecary store.

Afternoon: An expert-led, walking and riding adventure of the Historic District, taking in beautiful sites and hearing stories that will give true sense of Savannah's long journey.

Dinner: Savor a delicious dinner with the group at Vic's on the River, located in a beautiful old cotton warehouse overlooking the Savannah River and historic River Street.

Evening: After a long, busy first day, there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to linger over the evening meal.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 10 - Savannah's Notable People, Places, and Pastimes: ...
Savannah's Notable People, Places, and Pastimes: From the founder of the colony to the founder of the Girl Scouts, Savannah's past residents' stories are revealed today.

Note: An active morning of walking to and from field trip and lunch locations over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Discover some of Savannah's notable people and places with a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Meet the Gordons - a prominent, early Savannah family that made lasting impact on our historic city and beyond.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a lovely restaurant in the Historic District filled with history and charm.

Afternoon: Visit with General James Oglethorpe - from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters of that time period, Gen. Oglethorpe comes to life and relays the first years of the "Georgia Experiment."

Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your fellow participants at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Spend the evening learning from one of our outstanding History professors about colonial architecture that can be seen throughout the historic district as well as entertainment customs of days long ago.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 11 - Savor Savannah's Southern Culinary Delights and P...
Savor Savannah's Southern Culinary Delights and Ponder Life in 19th Century Savannah: Spend the morning "in the kitchen" and the afternoon "in the past."

Note: An active morning and afternoon of walking to and from field trip and meal locations over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Low country cooking with a renowned local chef - learn how to prepare popular local and regional specialties.

Lunch: Enjoy the "fruits" of the morning cooking class, eating what was prepared at the cooking school.

Afternoon: A late afternoon field trip to the Isaiah Davenport House reveals a detailed look into the celebrated visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to early 19th century Savannah.

Dinner: Enjoy a relaxed-paced dinner with your fellow participants at a local restaurant filled with character and ambiance.

Evening: Because of the late afternoon program, there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the evening meal.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.

Contact info:
15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com

Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).

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

Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's regular seasonal rate.
Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 12 - Memorable Mercer Music and Free Afternoon/Evening...
Memorable Mercer Music and Free Afternoon/Evening: Enjoy the lyrics and melodies that shaped early American music then venture out into Savannah on your own.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Delight in an entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, performed by an outstanding trio of singer/musicians.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.

Afternoon: Free time: explore the beautiful historic district and all it has to offer on your own after lunch.

Dinner: Dinner on your own: try a restaurant that wasn't included on your Road Scholar schedule this week.

Evening: Evening at leisure to relax, enjoy an activity on your own, or prepare for your journey home.

Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Friday, March 13 - Popular Songs in America and Program Wrap-Up: Lea...
Popular Songs in America and Program Wrap-Up: Learn while you listen to some instantly-recognizable songs then say good-bye to your group leaders and fellow participants.

Note: Program ends around 10:30 a.m. after morning class. Hotel check-out is at 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.

Morning: Enjoy a final musical lecture/presentation by our talented balladeer/historian - you might even be inclined to sing along to a few songs you know by heart! Finally, bid farewell to your fellow participants and coordinator. Thanks for joining us and have a safe journey home!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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