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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Aug 16 — Aug 21, 2015

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Perfectly centered in downtown Branson, the Hilton Branson Convention Center offers guests a refreshing place to stay during their vacation. This 12-story AAA Four Diamond hotel offers comfort and satisfaction of all guests during their stay. Explore Historic Downtown Branson, or stroll along Lake Taneycomo. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

Contact info:
200 East Main Street
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-5400
web: conventioncenter.hiltonsofbranson.com/hotel-photos

Room amenities: High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply), Alarm Clock/Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Black-Out Curtains, Ergonomic Desk Chair Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, Hilton Serenity™ Bed / Collection, 32" LCD High-Definition TV, Cable Programming and Standard, Complimentary HBO® in HD, On-Demand Movies, Spacious Work Desk, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator Room Service, Hairdryer, Iron / Board, Telephone w/ Voicemail

Facility amenities: Sparkling Indoor Pool, for year-round leisure, Outdoor Pool, featuring a connected pool bar and scenic lounge Fitness Center, keep up your regimen on the road, Business Center, for printing schedules or burning the midnight oil High-Speed Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel, Automated Teller (ATM), Baggage Storage, Concierge Desk Fitness Center, Foreign Currency Exchange, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Pool, Room Service Safety Deposit Box, Snack Shop, Business Center, Express Mail, Photo Copying Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119- $179.00
Call hotel for rates and availability. Cindy Hinkley at 417-243-3467

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 16 - Registration & Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Bra...
Afternoon: Hotel check-in is available beginning at 3:30 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: Enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your fellow participants served in a private room at the hotel. Dinner may be a select entree or a buffet.

Evening: Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will then review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Lodging: Hilton Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Perfectly centered in downtown Branson, the Hilton Branson Convention Center offers guests a refreshing place to stay during their vacation. This 12-story AAA Four Diamond hotel offers comfort and satisfaction of all guests during their stay. Explore Historic Downtown Branson, or stroll along Lake Taneycomo. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

Contact info:
200 East Main Street
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-5400
web: conventioncenter.hiltonsofbranson.com/hotel-photos

Room amenities: High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply), Alarm Clock/Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Black-Out Curtains, Ergonomic Desk Chair Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, Hilton Serenity™ Bed / Collection, 32" LCD High-Definition TV, Cable Programming and Standard, Complimentary HBO® in HD, On-Demand Movies, Spacious Work Desk, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator Room Service, Hairdryer, Iron / Board, Telephone w/ Voicemail

Facility amenities: Sparkling Indoor Pool, for year-round leisure, Outdoor Pool, featuring a connected pool bar and scenic lounge Fitness Center, keep up your regimen on the road, Business Center, for printing schedules or burning the midnight oil High-Speed Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel, Automated Teller (ATM), Baggage Storage, Concierge Desk Fitness Center, Foreign Currency Exchange, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Pool, Room Service Safety Deposit Box, Snack Shop, Business Center, Express Mail, Photo Copying Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119- $179.00
Call hotel for rates and availability. Cindy Hinkley at 417-243-3467

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 17 - Branson Area Coach Excursion /Dinner with Music/#...
Branson Area Coach Excursion /Dinner with Music/#1 Hits of the 60's Evening Show/Pre Show Lecture & Post Show Discussion

Breakfast: Enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast served each day at the hotel. Buffet includes hot entrees, cereal, toast, coffee, juice. Vouchers will be given for breakfasts.

Morning: Lecture and welcome with a local historian who will give a brief overview of Branson and Faith, Family and Flag culture.

Next we explore the area by motorcoach. Learn the local history of the Ozarks, and pre-entertainment history all the way up to modern day.

Lunch: Lunch is served at McFarlain's Family Restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy some free time to take in an afternoon matinee performance at one of Branson's many theaters. Your group leader will help you with show availability.

Dinner: This evening we'll enjoy dinner at the popular Uptown Cafe along with a live Country Music Performance.

Evening: Private speaking engagement with producers Matt Muhoberac and Amber Campbell owners and Producers of the #1 Hit's of the 60"s show in Branson, MO. They will discuss their early careers prior to Branson as well as production, and choreography and other information.

#1 Hits of the 60's Evening Show followed by a meet and greet with the cast.

Lodging: Hilton Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Perfectly centered in downtown Branson, the Hilton Branson Convention Center offers guests a refreshing place to stay during their vacation. This 12-story AAA Four Diamond hotel offers comfort and satisfaction of all guests during their stay. Explore Historic Downtown Branson, or stroll along Lake Taneycomo. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

Contact info:
200 East Main Street
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-5400
web: conventioncenter.hiltonsofbranson.com/hotel-photos

Room amenities: High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply), Alarm Clock/Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Black-Out Curtains, Ergonomic Desk Chair Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, Hilton Serenity™ Bed / Collection, 32" LCD High-Definition TV, Cable Programming and Standard, Complimentary HBO® in HD, On-Demand Movies, Spacious Work Desk, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator Room Service, Hairdryer, Iron / Board, Telephone w/ Voicemail

Facility amenities: Sparkling Indoor Pool, for year-round leisure, Outdoor Pool, featuring a connected pool bar and scenic lounge Fitness Center, keep up your regimen on the road, Business Center, for printing schedules or burning the midnight oil High-Speed Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel, Automated Teller (ATM), Baggage Storage, Concierge Desk Fitness Center, Foreign Currency Exchange, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Pool, Room Service Safety Deposit Box, Snack Shop, Business Center, Express Mail, Photo Copying Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119- $179.00
Call hotel for rates and availability. Cindy Hinkley at 417-243-3467

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 18 - Lectures on Branson Production/Tea with Dee Dee L...
Lectures on Branson Production/Tea with Dee Dee Lennon of the Lennon Sisters / Free Afternoon / Evening Private Performance

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a visit with a local wardrobing professional who has worked with such greats as the Andy Williams Show. < >Join us for a fantastic opportunity to have morning tea with Dee Dee Lennon. Diane (Dee Dee) is well remembered as the lead singer of “America’s Sweethearts of Song”, the Lovely Lennon Sisters. Dee Dee will discuss her life as a performer with stories that include Lawrence Welk, Bob Hope, Warren Beaty, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and many more entertainment legends. The Lennon Sisters performed for seven Presidents, have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have been inducted Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Dee Dee has retired and now calls Branson, Missouri her home. There’ll be plenty of time for Q & A

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel following the morning program.

Afternoon: Enjoy time exploring Branson, visit Branson Landing or take in another Matinee Show on your own. Your group leader will help you find something fun and exciting for your afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

Evening: Following dinner enjoy a private evening of entertainment and discussion by the Micham's Family.

Lodging: Hilton Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Perfectly centered in downtown Branson, the Hilton Branson Convention Center offers guests a refreshing place to stay during their vacation. This 12-story AAA Four Diamond hotel offers comfort and satisfaction of all guests during their stay. Explore Historic Downtown Branson, or stroll along Lake Taneycomo. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

Contact info:
200 East Main Street
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-5400
web: conventioncenter.hiltonsofbranson.com/hotel-photos

Room amenities: High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply), Alarm Clock/Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Black-Out Curtains, Ergonomic Desk Chair Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, Hilton Serenity™ Bed / Collection, 32" LCD High-Definition TV, Cable Programming and Standard, Complimentary HBO® in HD, On-Demand Movies, Spacious Work Desk, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator Room Service, Hairdryer, Iron / Board, Telephone w/ Voicemail

Facility amenities: Sparkling Indoor Pool, for year-round leisure, Outdoor Pool, featuring a connected pool bar and scenic lounge Fitness Center, keep up your regimen on the road, Business Center, for printing schedules or burning the midnight oil High-Speed Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel, Automated Teller (ATM), Baggage Storage, Concierge Desk Fitness Center, Foreign Currency Exchange, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Pool, Room Service Safety Deposit Box, Snack Shop, Business Center, Express Mail, Photo Copying Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119- $179.00
Call hotel for rates and availability. Cindy Hinkley at 417-243-3467

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 19 - Lectures on Branson / The Lennon Cathcart Morning...
Lectures on Branson / The Lennon Cathcart Morning Show/Meet and Greet with Production Staff and Performers / Presley Country Jubilee Show

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning enjoy lectures at the Lawrence Welk Theater with Bill Lennon prior to his morning show. < > This morning we enjoy the Lennon/Cathcart Morning Show. The Lennon/Cathcart Show will includes Branson favorites Gail Lennon, Mike Cathcart and Bill Lennon who will perform the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Beach Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary and much more. Following the show we meet with the performers for a post show discussion.

Lunch: We board the coach in the late morning to go for lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon we meet with Steve Presley who will discuss their family history. The Presley Family started the original family theater. They were a smash hit.

Guided exploration of the College of the Ozarks.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Your group leader will help you find a restaurant in the area.

Evening: Tonight we travel to the Presley Country Jubilee. Enjoy a fantastic evening of music, comedy, dance and fun.

Meet and greet with the cast following the show.

Lodging: Hilton Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Perfectly centered in downtown Branson, the Hilton Branson Convention Center offers guests a refreshing place to stay during their vacation. This 12-story AAA Four Diamond hotel offers comfort and satisfaction of all guests during their stay. Explore Historic Downtown Branson, or stroll along Lake Taneycomo. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

Contact info:
200 East Main Street
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-5400
web: conventioncenter.hiltonsofbranson.com/hotel-photos

Room amenities: High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply), Alarm Clock/Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Black-Out Curtains, Ergonomic Desk Chair Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, Hilton Serenity™ Bed / Collection, 32" LCD High-Definition TV, Cable Programming and Standard, Complimentary HBO® in HD, On-Demand Movies, Spacious Work Desk, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator Room Service, Hairdryer, Iron / Board, Telephone w/ Voicemail

Facility amenities: Sparkling Indoor Pool, for year-round leisure, Outdoor Pool, featuring a connected pool bar and scenic lounge Fitness Center, keep up your regimen on the road, Business Center, for printing schedules or burning the midnight oil High-Speed Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel, Automated Teller (ATM), Baggage Storage, Concierge Desk Fitness Center, Foreign Currency Exchange, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Pool, Room Service Safety Deposit Box, Snack Shop, Business Center, Express Mail, Photo Copying Service

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119- $179.00
Call hotel for rates and availability. Cindy Hinkley at 417-243-3467

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 20 - Private Performance with Local Fiddler/Behind the...
Private Performance with Local Fiddler/Behind the Scenes Sight and Sound Theater/Sight and Sound Jonah Show/

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we enjoy a lecture and performance with one of the area's top fiddlers.

Lunch: Lunch today is served at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we visit the fantastic Sight and Sound Theater. A million watts of lights, sixty-thousand watts of sound and a massive stage over twenty-thousand square feet in size: Sight & Sound's theater offers live theatre productions on a breathtaking scale. Now, take an exclusive opportunity to go backstage and see how the drama unfolds in our Behind the Scenes Program. Discover the technology and ingenuity that powers the dramatic complexity of each show. Visit the nerve centers that keep the lights, sound, stage - and even animals - on cue. Get a rare glimpse of the state-of-the-art scene shop as our talented craftsmen create sets for upcoming shows, learn how Sight & Sound brings Bible stories to life and step on the stage for an actor's view at our incomparable theatre. < > Following our exploration we will enjoy the production of Johah.

Dinner: Dinner is included at another popular Branson Restaurant.

Evening: This evening is free to take in another fabulous production on your own.

Lodging: Hilton Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 21 - Final Lecture on the Future of Branson / Program ...
Final Lecture on the Future of Branson / Program Concludes / Final Goodbyes and Departures

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Closing lecture with a local historian on the future of Branson and the Ozarks and wrap-up before departure.

Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Branson, MO
Free TimeDuring the week there are free times listed in the iternerary and present a great opportunity to attend additional shows. Please visit explorebranson.com for a listing of offerings. please do not purchase tickets till the first meeting of the program due to possible (but unlikely) schedule changes

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
13 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
7 Performances

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