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Program #20777RJ
8 Days | 7 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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
May travel over 3000 in the Adirondacks

Itinerary for Jun 15 — Jun 22, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Locted just 5 blocks from historic Penn Station. Just a short distance to the Empire State Building.

Contact info:
125 West 26th Street at 6th Ave
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-430-8500
web: www.hi-nyc.com

Room amenities: Our downtown Manhattan accommodations feature fresh rooms with bright, contemporary styling. These rooms boast either one king or two double beds, a convenient work desk with an ergonomic chair, plentiful electrical outlets, and a 32-inch flat screen TV with hundreds of cable channels, many in HD. All rooms are equipped with free high-speed, wireless Internet access. Local and toll free calls are also complimentary. Each alarm clock radio has an MP3 connection so you can listen to your own music. Individual coffeemakers with gourmet coffee will help you start your day the right way. Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan was the first Holiday Inn in New York City with all the hallmarks of the refreshed Holiday Inn. Bathrooms feature new amenities from Bath and Body Works, hairdryer with nightlight, the Holiday Inn Shower Curtain and curved shower curtain rods. Each room has fresh, new bedding with a choice of Soft or Firm pillows. Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan also offers rooms with an Empire State Building View for a nominal upgrade fee

Facility amenities: Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan provides state of the art facilities to help make your stay in the heart of Manhattan the most comfortable and convenient possible. Our New York City accommodations include restaurant bar and lounge (Prime Café), 24 Hour Complimentary Business Center and 24 Hour Complimentary Fitness Center. Prime Café and Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Offering a true New York experience, Prime Cafe is owned and operated by a local family serving a menu with a focus on the Italian cuisine New York has made famous. Specials change daily at this Chelsea eatery, and the Happy Hour specials are very popular with locals. Enjoy delicious food in the comfort of your room, as Prime Café provides Room Service throughout the day to our guests. Prime Café partners with Holiday Inn NYC/Manhattan to offer the Best -4-Breakfast and Dinner packages.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $249 - $269
Please contact the provider for rates and information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, June 15 - Individual arrivals and check-in at our New York ...
Arrive To: Individual arrivals and check-ins. Registration following check in with your Road Scholar representative.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel or local restaurant followed by a program orientation.

Evening: Evening lecture to include the history of tomorrow's travels by NPS Volunteer Speaker

Lodging: Holiday Inn New York

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: HYATT house™ Fishkill is a stellar find among all hotels in Fishkill, and its well-appointed location provides easy access to Interstate 84 and Route 9, situated between renowned organizations from IBM to West Point. A Suite, Restful Retreat for the Long Haul Traveler. We get the balancing act required for taxing travel and that’s why we strive to inspire real life routine while treating you to unexpected touches of luxury. It’s this and our unrivaled service that set us apart in a hundred little ways to allow you to live your best life while on the road. HYATT house helps tackle the modern mix of chaos and never-ending expectations on the road via intuitive, value-add amenities, intelligent design and no-is-never-an-answer service.

Contact info:
100 Westage Business Ctr Dr,
Fishkill, NY 12524 USA
phone: 845-897-5757
web: www.fishkill.house.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Our spacious, smartly designed guestroom boasts modern lifestyle amenities while adding unexpected touches of luxury at every turn. Guests will enjoy laundry and same-day dry cleaning service in addition to room amenties including a king size bed, small refrigerator, coffee pot, and microwave. This room is 100 percent smokefree. This room is NOT a suite. Amenities Portico® bath amenities Clock radio with MP3 docking station Complimentary wired and wireless internet Iron & ironing board Desk with ergonomic chair Flat panel TV with expanded cable Lighted make-up mirror and hair dryer

Facility amenities: Enjoy complimentary use of the state-of-the-art equipment in our 24-hour Fitness Center or take a refreshing swim in our indoor pool, open 8am - 10pm. Indulge in a quiet break or socialize with other guests in several outdoor areas on our beautiful grounds. If you feel like a sampling of the local nightlife or activities, just let us know. We’ll be happy to help with tickets, tee times, tours, reservations, or recommendations. We’re here to make your visit with us as entertaining and enjoyable as possible.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, June 16 - Amtrak from NYC to Rhinebeck, NY. Visit the Rhin...
Amtrak from NYC to Rhinebeck, NY. Visit the Rhinebeck Aerodrome for guided exploration of one of the top collections of antique and vinatage aircraft.

Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: TRAIN JOURNEY: Board the Amtrak “Adirondack” for a 2-hour journey along the Hudson River to Rhinecliff. We are joined by the National Park Service who will provide commentary via the listening devices included in your program. You’ll learn about the significance of various sites as well as the military history.

Lunch: Lunch is included today in the Hudson Valley.

Afternoon: We check into our Poughkeepsie hotel where we stay for the next two evenings.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook. Led by our expert instructor/guide, we’ll explore “America’s living museum of antique aviation” with one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines, and memorabilia from 1900-1935. The Aerodrome’s four museum buildings display aircraft form the Pioneer Era, World War I, and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening presentation on the Hudson River as well as the Clermont Estate and the connection between . Learn about this colorful story including the relationship of partners Robert Fulton and Robert R. Livingston.

Lodging: Hyatt House Sierra Hotel

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

Description: HYATT house™ Fishkill is a stellar find among all hotels in Fishkill, and its well-appointed location provides easy access to Interstate 84 and Route 9, situated between renowned organizations from IBM to West Point. A Suite, Restful Retreat for the Long Haul Traveler. We get the balancing act required for taxing travel and that’s why we strive to inspire real life routine while treating you to unexpected touches of luxury. It’s this and our unrivaled service that set us apart in a hundred little ways to allow you to live your best life while on the road. HYATT house helps tackle the modern mix of chaos and never-ending expectations on the road via intuitive, value-add amenities, intelligent design and no-is-never-an-answer service.

Contact info:
100 Westage Business Ctr Dr,
Fishkill, NY 12524 USA
phone: 845-897-5757
web: www.fishkill.house.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Our spacious, smartly designed guestroom boasts modern lifestyle amenities while adding unexpected touches of luxury at every turn. Guests will enjoy laundry and same-day dry cleaning service in addition to room amenties including a king size bed, small refrigerator, coffee pot, and microwave. This room is 100 percent smokefree. This room is NOT a suite. Amenities Portico® bath amenities Clock radio with MP3 docking station Complimentary wired and wireless internet Iron & ironing board Desk with ergonomic chair Flat panel TV with expanded cable Lighted make-up mirror and hair dryer

Facility amenities: Enjoy complimentary use of the state-of-the-art equipment in our 24-hour Fitness Center or take a refreshing swim in our indoor pool, open 8am - 10pm. Indulge in a quiet break or socialize with other guests in several outdoor areas on our beautiful grounds. If you feel like a sampling of the local nightlife or activities, just let us know. We’ll be happy to help with tickets, tee times, tours, reservations, or recommendations. We’re here to make your visit with us as entertaining and enjoyable as possible.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, June 17 - Olana Historic Site and Clermont Historic Site
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Clermont Estate. We’ll have a guided exploration of this fabled estate that features the history of seven generations of the Livingston Family who lived on the site for two centuries. It was from here in 1807 that Livingston and Fulton launched the first steamship company on the Hudson River. Clermont affords one of the Hudson Valley’s most spectacular views, stretching across the Hudson River to the Catskill Mountains.

Lunch: Lunch is served at a local restaurant in the Hudson Valley.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Olana House. The home of artist Frederic Edwin Church was at the epicenter of the Hudson River School of painting. The estate is a unique three-dimensional work of art comprised of romantic landscape design, breathtaking views, and exotic architecture. During a guided exploration of the house and grounds, which includes changing exhibitions in addition to the permanent collection, learn about the importance of outdoor spaces to Frederic Church and the creation of the carriage roads that weave through the estate.

Dinner: A wonderful dinner will be included this evening at a fine restaurant overlooking the Hudson River.

Evening: This evening discuss tomorrow's travel with local historian from the NY Department of Parks.

Lodging: Hyatt House Sierra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Historic Country inn located in the heart of Saratoga Springs, NY

Contact info:
231 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 USA
phone: 800-274-3573
web: www.theinnatsaratoga.com

Room amenities: Complimentary use of the YMCA located 1/2 block from The Inn Complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access Hair dryer Full size iron and board Use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa State Park.

Facility amenities: Complimentary use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa Park. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Complimentary use of our classic Roadmaster bicycles for up to two hours per day. Complimentary use of our lobby computer for internet and email access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, June 18 - Amtrak from Rhinecliff to Saratoga, NY, Explorati...
Amtrak from Rhinecliff to Saratoga, NY, Exploration of Batcheller Mansion

Breakfast: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as we will not depart the hotel until 9:00 AM.

Morning: TRAIN JOURNEY: Depart our hotel, we transfer to the Amtrak station where we board the train for another scenic ride along the Hudson and through the Catskill Mountains to Saratoga Springs. During our journey today we are joined by a local speaker who will provide commentary via the listening devices about more of the Hudson Valley, the city of Albany, and significant sites along the way. Arriving in Saratoga Springs, we disembark the train and take a short trolley ride to the inn where we will stay the next two evenings.

Lunch: A delicious lunch is served at our inn.

Afternoon: LECTURE & FIELD TRIP: Saratoga Springs: Following lunch we will enjoy a brief presentation on the local history of Saratoga Springs. Next we experience exploration of the Batcheller Mansion led by (Hollis Palmer.) The program concludes with a Victorian tea and those who participate receive a copy of the book The Batcheller Mansion. The entire experience takes about 90 minutes and allows you to appreciate what it was like to live in the Victorian house that was known as “Saratoga’s Crowning Glory.”

Dinner: Dinner this evening is included at the inn.

Evening: Depending on time of year we may enjoy a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center or Lecture with our local historian.

Lodging: Inn at Saratoga

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Historic Country inn located in the heart of Saratoga Springs, NY

Contact info:
231 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 USA
phone: 800-274-3573
web: www.theinnatsaratoga.com

Room amenities: Complimentary use of the YMCA located 1/2 block from The Inn Complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access Hair dryer Full size iron and board Use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa State Park.

Facility amenities: Complimentary use of the Victoria Swimming Pool, located in Saratoga Spa Park. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Complimentary use of our classic Roadmaster bicycles for up to two hours per day. Complimentary use of our lobby computer for internet and email access.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, June 19 - Exploration of Saratoga Architecture , visit to t...
Exploration of Saratoga Architecture , visit to the Saratoga National Race Track and Saratoga Racing Museum Hall of Fame.

Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the inn.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today we explore the Victorian and Edwardian houses of those who lived, worked, and built Saratoga. From the candy maker to one of the leaders of Tammany Hall, from the owners of the hotels to the home of one of the architects whose houses can be seen throughout the city, these are the homes of Saratoga’s upper middle class. Depending on availability we may have the opportunity to enter one of the prominent mansions.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon we visit the Saratoga Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and explore the racing history of Saratoga. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore this charming town including the mineral spas located directly across from our inn.

Dinner: You are free for dinner this evening. Within a short distance from the inn are many great restaurants featuring all types of cuisine. Your program coordinator will help you find the perfect place.

Evening: LECTURE: This evening's talk will include information on the Underground Railroad along Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.

Lodging: Inn at Saratoga

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Inn

Description: The High Peaks Resort is the heart of Lake Placid, New York – offering spectacular & sweeping vistas overlooking Mirror Lake on one side – anchoring Lake Placid's historic Main Street on the other. From our resort's central location all of Lake Placid's shopping, entertainment, dining and recreation fan out in every direction – you are never more than steps away from exploring history, finding a great antique bargain, experiencing a one of a kind adventure or tasting an Adirondack dining treat.

Contact info:
2384 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946-1105 USA
phone: 518-523-4411
web: www.highpeaksresort.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access in guest rooms and public areas, •Multi-function Alarm clock/radio/MP3 player, •Flat screen televisions with Cable TV and Lodgenet for movies and video games, •Coffee Maker with Allegro Brand Organic Coffee, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Full service spa, two indoor swimming pools, fitness center, day spa, free kayaks, row boats and paddle boats.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $149 to $159
Call provider for additional night information. If staying an extra night you will be responsible for making transportation arrangemnets for your trip home.

Check out time: 8:00 AM

Day Six: Thursday, June 20 - Amtrak along Lake Champlain, through Ticonderoga ...
Amtrak along Lake Champlain, through Ticonderoga to the Adirondack Mountains, John Brown State Historic Site

Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the inn.

Morning: FREE MORNING: Time for a walk for more personal independent exploration.

Lunch: TRAIN JOURNEY W/BOX LUNCH We board the train at noon with a box lunch prepared by the inn. We begin our journey through Whitehall and along the shores of Lake Champlain en route to Westport. We will be joined by a local historian who will capture your imagination with the history of Lake Champlain, the Underground Railroad, and John Brown.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: John Brown State Historic Site. We disembark at the Westport, NY Station where we will be greeted by our deluxe motorcoach which will take us to the home of abolitionist John Brown. Many people have heard of the song “John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,” but most have never heard of this simple farm at North Elba, New York. Recall the events before and after John Brown’s notorious raid on Harper’s Ferry, October 16, 1859, and consider his legacy.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening in the village this evening as your coordinator will provide you with the many choices.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Feel free to enjoy the village or take a stroll around beautiful Mirror Lake.

Lodging: High Peaks Resort Lakeview Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The High Peaks Resort is the heart of Lake Placid, New York – offering spectacular & sweeping vistas overlooking Mirror Lake on one side – anchoring Lake Placid's historic Main Street on the other. From our resort's central location all of Lake Placid's shopping, entertainment, dining and recreation fan out in every direction – you are never more than steps away from exploring history, finding a great antique bargain, experiencing a one of a kind adventure or tasting an Adirondack dining treat.

Contact info:
2384 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946-1105 USA
phone: 518-523-4411
web: www.highpeaksresort.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access in guest rooms and public areas, •Multi-function Alarm clock/radio/MP3 player, •Flat screen televisions with Cable TV and Lodgenet for movies and video games, •Coffee Maker with Allegro Brand Organic Coffee, hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Full service spa, two indoor swimming pools, fitness center, day spa, free kayaks, row boats and paddle boats.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: $149 to $159
Call provider for additional night information. If staying an extra night you will be responsible for making transportation arrangemnets for your trip home.

Check out time: 8:00 AM

Day Seven: Friday, June 21 - The Wild Center, The Olympic Center, Olympic Muse...
Breakfast: Breakfast is included.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Wild Center, Tupper Lake. Located on a 31-acre site near the geographic center of the Adirondack Park, the Wild Center’s mission is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. The center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits, and programs are designed to open new ways to look into the latest discoveries made by natural scientists. We’ll meet and talk with staff members to learn about the center and its work.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is included today.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Olympic Complex. Returning to Lake Placid, we visit some of the venues for the Winter Olympics of 1932 and 1980. This is one of only four places in the world that have hosted the Olympics twice. The area is still known for its numerous outdoor activities.

Dinner: A delicous farewell dinner is included this evening at the inn.

Evening: An evening speaker presentation or light entertainment depending on time of year.

Lodging: High Peaks Resort Lakeview Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, June 22 - Travel to New Jersey and New York City
Depart From: Today we board our motorcoach for our journey from Lake Placid to New York City.

Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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14 Expert-led lectures
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