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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for May 19 — May 24, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Afternoon Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3 PM. Free luggage storage is available at the front desk for persons who arrive before the 3 PM check-in time. Once you have checked in and picked up your room key, stop in at the Road Scholar registration desk anytime between 2:30 and 4:45 to meet your Group Leader and collect your program materials.

Dinner: We'll have dinner at 5 PM

Evening: After dinner, regroup at about 7:15 for group introductions and orientation.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - Introduction/Freedom Trail
Breakfast: Meet your Group Leaders in the lobby at 7 AM. They will escort you next door to breakfast (Or make your way over on your own later if you like.)

Morning: At 8:30, meet your program instructor, Charlie Bahne, for his lecture, "Roots of the American Revolution." Afterwards, board a chartered bus for an introductory tour of the city.

Lunch: Lunch in Copley Square.

Afternoon: After lunch, Charlie leads us on the Freedom Trail from Boston Common to the Old Granary Burying Ground. We stop in at the Old South Meeting House, and the Old State House Museum and end at Faneuil Hall.

Dinner: Afterwards enjoy a classic New England dinner in nearby Quincy Market.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

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

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Paul Revere/Old North Church
Breakfast: Have breakfast from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Morning: Meet your Group Leaders in the lobby and head over to the "T" Disembark at Long Wharf and walk from the waterfront to North Square, where Paul Revere's house has stood since 1680. Right next door, at the Mariner's House, an historian from the Revere House will give an illustrated talk. Then we will visit the Revere House.

Lunch: Have lunch at the Mariner's House in the North End.

Afternoon: After lunch we will take a narrated walking tour of the North End neighborhood. We will have a "Behind the Scenes" tour of the Old North Church. Captain Mike Cicalese will talk to us about the history of the Mariner's House and the Mariner's Association.

Dinner: Have dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

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

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Bunker Hill/Free Time
Breakfast: Breakfast this morning from 7 to 8

Morning: Hear Charlie Bahne's lecture, "The War Begins," in the Colerico Room at 8:30 AM. Afterwards we'll have a guided walk to Breed's Hill, site of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Visit the Bunker Hill Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Wednesday afternoon is free for your own exploration. Many people choose this time to visit the Adams Historical site in nearby Quincy or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library just south of downtown.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own.

Evening: Wednesday evening is free for Participants to explore the city's cultural attractions on their own.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.

Contact info:
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/

Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened

Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies based on availability
For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - Lexington/Concord/Farewell Reception
Breakfast: Have breakfast from 7 to 8 AM.

Morning: Thursday's lecture is called "The Siege of Boston." Afterwards we head out for the day on our chartered bus. Charlie will narrate as we travel out of town through local neighborhoods en route to Lexington's Battle Green. We will stop at the Battle Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.

Lunch: Lunch in Lexington Center.

Afternoon: After lunch we will head to Minute Man National Park in Concord for a multi-media presentation. Next we will drive through the Concord countryside, past the houses of Hawthorne, Emerson, and the Alcotts, ending at the North Bridge.

Dinner: We have our farewell dinner

Evening: Afterwards meet Deborah Sampson, colonial soldier, as portrayed by actress Joan Gatturna.

Lodging: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 24 - USS Constitution/Departure
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast

Morning: We will have a special guided tour of USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," led by US Navy personnel; then return to the Inn. Program ends at about 10:45 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Boston, MA
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors BureauExplore Boston's historic sites, art museums, and unique neighborhoods during your Road Scholar stay. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2 Copley Place, Suite 105, Boston, MA 02116-6501 1-888-SEE BOSTON, fax: 617-424-7664
For additional information, visit: www.bostonusa.com
Adams National Historical ParkContains three historic homes, which were the residences and birthplaces of President John Adams and of his son, President John Quincy Adams.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/adam
Beacon Hill neighborhoodBoston's finest neighborhood, built in the early 1800s. Includes fine examples of architectural design plus many antique stores on Charles Street. Also the site of the Black Heritage Trail.
For additional information, visit: www.beaconhillonline.com
Black Heritage TrailWalking trail featuring the first church built by black Americans, plus many sites associated with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Self-guided tour or escorted tour by National Park Rangers. Located in historic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/boaf
Boston National Historical Park and the Freedom TrailNational Park includes walking trail of 16 historic sites associated with the beginning of the American Revolution and the early years of the republic.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/bost/freedom_trail.htm
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Pops OrchestraOne of the world's great symphony orchestras, October through April. Boston Pops performs lighter fare, May through mid July, and during the holiday season.
For additional information, visit: www.bso.org
Charlestown Navy YardHistoric military facility, now a national park, includes 2 historic navy ships which can be boarded: USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young, plus the USS Constitution Museum. Portions of the Navy Yard have been redeveloped into private offices and residences.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/bost/Charlestown_Navy_Yard.htm
Faneuil Hall MarketplaceHistoric market buildings have been remodeled into hundreds of fascinating stores, restaurants, pushcarts, and fast-food emporia. Located adjacent to Faneuil Hall, Boston's town meeting hall and the "Cradle of Liberty."
For additional information, visit: www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
Harvard UniversityOldest college in English America, founded in 1636. Campus includes many historic buildings plus art museums.
For additional information, visit: www.harvard.edu
Harvard University, Ware Collection of Glass Flowers.Unique collection of more than 3,000 models of flowers and plants, crafted by hand out of molten glass by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. Located in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
For additional information, visit: www.hmnh.harvard.edu/exhibitions/glassflowers.html
Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumThe incredible art collection of one woman, Isabella Stewart Gardner, assembled in the late 1800s and early 1900s. More than 2,500 art masterpieces are displayed in a 15th-century Venetian palace.
For additional information, visit: www.gardnermuseum.org
John F. Kennedy Library and MuseumStep back to the world of the 1960s in this national memorial to our 35th President.
For additional information, visit: www.jfklibrary.org
Museum of Fine Arts, BostonOne of the world's great art museums. Features an outstanding permanent collection, plus exciting special exhibits.
For additional information, visit: www.mfa.org
New England AquariumEnter an underwater world! The 4-story Giant Ocean Tank is home to sharks, turtles, and moray eels.
For additional information, visit: www.neaq.org
Old North ChurchOldest church in Boston, built 1723; from its steeple were displayed the signal lanterns of Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775.
For additional information, visit: www.oldnorth.com
Paul Revere HouseOldest house in Boston, built circa 1680; home of the famous patriot Paul Revere, from which he departed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775.
For additional information, visit: www.paulreverehouse.org
Trinity ChurchHistoric church, built in 1877; the masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and one of the nation's greatest architectural treasures; renowned for its interior murals and stained glass.
For additional information, visit: www.trinityboston.org
USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")Oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world; a symbol of our nation's pride. Operated by the US Navy.
For additional information, visit: www.ussconstitution.navy.mil
USS Constitution MuseumPrivately operated museum devoted to the history and heritage of "Old Ironsides."
For additional information, visit: www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Charlestown, MA
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors BureauExplore Boston's historic sites, art museums, and unique neighborhoods during your Road Scholar stay. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2 Copley Place, Suite 105, Boston, MA 02116-6501 1-888-SEE BOSTON, fax: 617-424-7664
For additional information, visit: www.bostonusa.com
Adams National Historical ParkContains three historic homes, which were the residences and birthplaces of President John Adams and of his son, President John Quincy Adams.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/adam
Beacon Hill neighborhoodBoston's finest neighborhood, built in the early 1800s. Includes fine examples of architectural design plus many antique stores on Charles Street. Also the site of the Black Heritage Trail.
For additional information, visit: www.beaconhillonline.com
Black Heritage TrailWalking trail featuring the first church built by black Americans, plus many sites associated with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Self-guided tour or escorted tour by National Park Rangers. Located in historic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/boaf
Boston Harbor CruisesThe largest operator of harbor cruises in Boston. Choose from whale watch tours, harbor island tours, Provincetown cruises, or 45-minute sightseeing cruises.
For additional information, visit: www.bostonharborcruises.com
Boston National Historical Park and the Freedom TrailNational Park includes walking trail of 16 historic sites associated with the beginning of the American Revolution and the early years of the republic.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Pops OrchestraOne of the world's great symphony orchestras, October through April. Boston Pops performs lighter fare, May through mid July.
For additional information, visit: www.bso.org
Charlestown Navy YardHistoric military facility, now a national park, includes 2 historic navy ships which can be boarded: USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young, plus the USS Constitution Museum. Portions of the Navy Yard have been redeveloped into private offices and residences.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/cny.htm
Faneuil Hall MarketplaceHistoric market buildings have been remodeled into hundreds of fascinating stores, restaurants, pushcarts, and fast-food emporia. Located adjacent to Faneuil Hall, Boston's town meeting hall and the "Cradle of Liberty."
For additional information, visit: www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
Harvard UniversityOldest college in English America, founded in 1636. Campus includes many historic buildings plus art museums.
For additional information, visit: www.harvard.edu
Harvard University, Ware Collection of Glass Flowers.Unique collection of more than 3,000 models of flowers and plants, crafted by hand out of molten glass by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. Located in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
For additional information, visit: www.hmnh.harvard.edu/exhibitions/glassflowers.html
Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumThe incredible art collection of one woman, Isabella Stewart Gardner, assembled in the late 1800s and early 1900s. More than 2,500 art masterpieces are displayed in a 15th-century Venetian palace.
For additional information, visit: www.gardnermuseum.org
John F. Kennedy Library and MuseumStep back to the world of the 1960s in this national memorial to our 35th President.
For additional information, visit: www.jfklibrary.org
Museum of Fine Arts, BostonOne of the world's great art museums. Features an outstanding permanent collection, plus exciting special exhibits.
For additional information, visit: www.mfa.org
New England AquariumEnter an underwater world! The 4-story Giant Ocean Tank is home to sharks, turtles, and moray eels.
For additional information, visit: www.neaq.org
Old North ChurchOldest church in Boston, built 1723; from its steeple were displayed the signal lanterns of Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775.
For additional information, visit: www.oldnorth.com
Paul Revere HouseOldest house in Boston, built circa 1680; home of the famous patriot Paul Revere, from which he departed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775.
For additional information, visit: www.paulreverehouse.org
Trinity ChurchHistoric church, built in 1877; the masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and one of the nation's greatest architectural treasures; renowned for its interior murals and stained glass.
For additional information, visit: www.trinityboston.org
USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")Oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world; a symbol of our nation's pride. Operated by the US Navy.
For additional information, visit: www.ussconstitution.navy.mil
USS Constitution MuseumPrivately operated museum devoted to the history and heritage of "Old Ironsides."
For additional information, visit: www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

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13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
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