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Program #8861RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Apr 20 — Apr 25, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center and fitness center.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 20 - Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm. Proceed to your room and at 4:00 come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your (arrival packet) containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your schedule at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: 5:00 pm Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. White and black checkered floors and shiny chrome columns enhance the all-American ambience. Dinner in The diner is available and included even if you arrive late. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm so that we can get through orientation. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards. ORIENTATION: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. You will also meet your fellow participants. During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. Please be aware that program activities are scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Evening: Following orientation we will take a short walk to visit the Empire State Building to get a birds' eye view of the city upon which you are about to embark. Along the way you will pass Macy's, the world's largest department store and Herald Square, becoming familiar with your neighborhood.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center and fitness center.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 21 - Radio City Music Hall/Rockefeller Center
Breakfast: During our Continental Breakfast, served in the meeting room, a representative from the MTA will be present to register all participants age 65 and over for Senior Citizens' MetroCards. We will be traveling by subway and this will enable all who are eligible to travel around New York City half price on buses as well as subways.

Morning: Our first lecture, by a distinguished architectural historian will take you on a virtual tour of New York's five boroughs from the comfort of your seat. Our second lecture will provide an in depth history of New York City, illustrating how and why it became the city it is today.

Lunch: Lunch in Meeting Room

Afternoon: Take the subway to Rockefeller Center a National Historic Landmark that was built by John D. Rockefeller in the 1930s. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the complex covers 22 acres. We will tour Radio City Music Hall, home to the world famous Rockettes. Then spend a reflective moment in the Neo-Gothic splendor of St. Patrick's Cathedral before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dine like a New Yorker! This evening, we'll enjoy a meal in a local restaurant located within a few blocks of the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we return to the hotel for a lecture/presentation about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center and fitness center.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 22 - Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Breakfast: A hot 'American' breakfast will be served in the Tick Tock Diner

Morning: Journey by ferry to Liberty Island for a closer inspection of one of New York City's most notable landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. Since its dedication in 1886, the Statue of Liberty has served as a symbol of hope for the many immigrants who have arrived here since the turn of the 20th century. The statue was a gift to the UlS. From France and was designed by artist Frederic August Bartholdi.

Lunch: Lunch is on your Ellis Island on your own in one of the cafes on Liberty or Ellis Island.

Afternoon: Board the ferry for a short journey to Ellis Island. As you enter the Main Building, experience what 12 million immigrants felt as they first entered the United States. Take in exhibits or look for relatives on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor. Then return to the mainland via ferry and stop by the 911 Memorial site to pay your respects before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: This evening we'll enjoy a meal in a local restaurant so you can further explore the flavors of the city.

Evening: After dinner, follow your group leader to the High Line, one of New York's newest parks on an abandoned railroad trestle above the streets of Chelsea.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center and fitness center.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 23 - Times Square/Free Time
Breakfast: A Continental Breakfast will be served in the Meeting Room

Morning: A presentation led by a local expert is meant to spark your interest in exploring the known or little-known areas of New York during your free afternoon. You will be filled in on not-to-miss experiences of the city! Then we will embark on a guided walk through Times Square, the crossroads of the world.

Lunch: We will eat a picnic lunch in Bryant Park, centrally located for whatever adventure you may have in mind for the afternoon.

Afternoon: With the insider recommendations that you received this morning, spend a free afternoon and evening exploring New York on your own or follow a local guide to Harlem and witness its second renaissance.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center and fitness center.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 24 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Breakfast: A hot 'American' breakfast will be served in the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: Learn from a noted art historian about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and obtain tips on navigating it's halls before heading up to the museum. More than two million works are held in the Met, the largest art museum in the U.S. Collections range from ancient Egyptian relics to modern and contemporary art. Some of the museum's most famous pieces include works by Picasso, Rembrandt, VanGogh and Homer.

Lunch: Choose from one of the Met's many cafes and dining areas to enjoy lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the Met holdings on your own or join one of the many docent tours.

Dinner: This evening, we'll again enjoy a meal in a local restaurant so we can further explore the flavors of the city together.

Evening: An optional exploration of your leader's favorite historic neighborhood will follow dinner or you can enjoy your last evening on your own.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 25 - NYC in Literature Lecture/Departure
Breakfast: A Continental Breakfast will be served in the Meeting Room

Morning: Take in our morning presentation led by a local expert: "New York City, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow From a Literary Point of View."

Lunch: After a 'sweet surprise," lunch is delivered to the Meeting Room by 10:30 a.m. to take with you on the run. Hotel check-out is noon but luggage may be stored in the lobby for later departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


New York
New York Visitor's BureauNYC Convention and Visitor's Bureau (212) 484-1222
For additional information, visit: www.nycvisit.com

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
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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