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Program #7197RJ
6 Days | 5 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.
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Itinerary for Mar 9 — Mar 14, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and 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: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 09 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant. "Jake's Bar and Grill" serves up savory dishes sure to please the palate. Entrees will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option for those that enroll with that option.

Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar Coordinator will direct a program orientation, review the weekly schedule and lead group introductions after dinner in the meeting room. Get prepared for the exciting week ahead and meet your fellow participants. *** Please note: The following schedule is tentative and should it have to be altered the program will offer an alternative activity or presentation. If a game is rained out, while very unlikely, there is no refund and again an alternative activity will be presented.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and 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: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 10 - Sportswriter/ History of Cactus League / Ballgame...
Sportswriter/ History of Cactus League / Ballgame 1 / Scoring and Legends

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as fresh omelette's cooked to order. Be sure to allow enough time to enjoy your breakfast and coffee and be ready for our mornings first activity.

Morning: We start the program with a presentation from Charlie Vascellaro. Charlie gave his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular component ever since. Charlie will delight you with his "Tales of the Cactus League," an historical documentary slide show chronicling the history of spring training in Arizona and Charlie's own experience moving to Arizona from New York as a teenager and how discovering the Cactus League changed his life and led to a career as baseball and travel writer. Part history and part personal narrative Charlie shares his experiences and stories as a baseball writer and his inside perspective of the game

Morning: Following your morning presentation we will take a short break before gathering to head over to our first baseball game. Our hotel is just a few blocks from the stadium so we can enjoy a short walk. For those unable to do the walk, the Old Town Scottsdale trolley is free and can get you to the stadium cutting the walking in half.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Afternoon: Game 1 begins at 1:05PM at Scottsdale Stadium. Today we will be seeing the Giants take on the Chicago Cubs.

Dinner: After the game, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, "Jake's Bar and Grill".

Evening: Official scoring and legends of baseball. By the end of this presentation you will have learned that there is much more to scoring than you could have imagined with repercussions far from insignificant.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and 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: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 11 - History of the game/Ballgame 2
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as fresh omelette's cooked to order.

Morning: Meet Jerry Kindall, a baseball "lifer" with 56 consecutive years in the game beginning as a College All American, through 8 years as a major league infielder with the Cubs, Indians, and Twins, and 30 years as a college coach including 3 NCAA College World Series Championships. Jerry is a baseball historian who will discuss the history, legends (focus on Giants), and charm of the game.

Morning: Following our presentation, we will take a short break before we travel as a group to Goodyear Stadium to attend game 2 of the week.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Afternoon: Game 2! Today we will enjoy the Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds.

Dinner: After the game, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, "Jake's Bar and Grill".

Evening: Baseball is a game of tradition and one of the ways we hold on to that tradition is by collecting memorabilia. Meet David Sedlmeier, the co-owner of "The Batter's Box", the oldest baseball card shop in the Phx. area (31 years). David is a wealth of information and we will discuss and learn the memorabilia trade and what makes baseball so unique in this field. IF YOU HAVE SOME SPECIAL MEMORABILIA (NOTHING LARGE OR CUMBERSOME TO BRING WITH YOU ON A PLANE), BRING IT WITH YOU TO SHARE WITH DAVID AND THE GROUP DURING CLASS.)

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and 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: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 12 - AZ Diamondbacks Organist/Ballgame 3
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Meet Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Enjoy a performance and sing-a-long of some ballpark classics and laugh as Bobby shares his personal story and favorite moments. When the Diamondbacks rallied to take the 2001 world series from the Yankees in seven games could it be that Bobby was the catalyst?

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Afternoon: Game 3! Back to Scottsdale stadium to watch the Giants vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Dinner: After the game, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, "Jake's Bar and Grill".

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.

Contact info:
7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html

Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.

Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and 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: n/a
Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 13 - Chase Stadium Tour / Game 4
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A special tour of the state-of-the art Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium offers an opportunity to explore the dugout, locker room and museum at the ball field. Built in 1998, Chase field is a technologocal marvel with its retractable roof and 1,300,000 square feet of space. Go behind the scenes where the managers, players, and reporters go about their business.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel restaurant as we have a night game tonight.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will have a little free time before heading over to the game in the late afternoon at 4PM. This would be a good time to explore Old Town Scottsdale as because of the night game we are unfortunately unable to attend the weekly Scottsdale art walk. A short walk from the hotel or take the free trolley shuttle to the many sights and shops of Old Town.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Evening: Game 4! Night game at Surprise Stadium as we watch the Giants take on the Texas Rangers. Game is at 6:05 PM.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Friday, March 14 - Wrap Up
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant.

Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes. Program concludes by 9:30 AM with hotel check-out by noon. ***Please note : Spring training schedules are notoriously fickle with teams occasionally switching from day games to night games with little notice. If a game is rained out there are no ticket refunds offered but the Road Scholar program will come up with an alternative activity to fill the block of time.

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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5 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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