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Program #21000RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Sep 14 — Sep 24, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The AAA-Three Diamond rated Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn is situated a few minute's walk from the center of Troy's historic district, along the banks of the Hudson River.

Contact info:
1 4th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3225 USA
phone: 518-274-8800
web: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/NY/Troy-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Franklin-Square-Inn-Troy-Albany/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=33144

Room amenities: 62 rooms with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, , daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, free onsite parking, concierge desk, business center, library, fitness center. 100% smoke free hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 14 - Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
Afternoon: 3 p.m.: Hotel Check-In; 3-5 p.m.: Program Registration. 5:30 p.m.: Orientation and Welcome.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.: Dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Orientation continues.

Lodging: BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The AAA-Three Diamond rated Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn is situated a few minute's walk from the center of Troy's historic district, along the banks of the Hudson River.

Contact info:
1 4th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3225 USA
phone: 518-274-8800
web: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/NY/Troy-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Franklin-Square-Inn-Troy-Albany/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=33144

Room amenities: 62 rooms with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, , daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi Internet access, free onsite parking, concierge desk, business center, library, fitness center. 100% smoke free hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 15 - The Eastern Terminus of the Erie Canal
Note: Field trip is primarily by motorcoach, with a photo stops and a few short walks on flat ground and on a well preserved trail, up to 150 yards. Locks have steps.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Full day FIELD TRIP with a historian and local expert who introduces the Eastern Terminus of the Erie Canal.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn the significance of the Cohoes Falls, view the Waterford Locks and learn about the innovations brought about by the construction of the canal.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along the banks of the Hudson River.

Lodging: BEST WESTERN PLUS Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Utica was completed in 1912, in the gilded age of the cities along the Erie Canal. Famous guests include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hopalong Cassidy, Mae West and Bobby Darin. These were the days that gave birth to the glory of Hotel Utica. Completely renovated and returned to its stature as a historic Landmark, the hotel reopened in 2001 after extensive renovations.

Contact info:
102 Lafayette Street
Utica, MA 13502 USA
phone: 877-906-1912
web: http://hotelutica.com/index.cfm/home

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, refrigerator upon request, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Free Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, September 16 - Schenectady and Schoharie Crossing: Where Three E...
Note: Travel by motorcoach; ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing on paved and unpaved ground at Schoharie Crossing, approximately 30-40 minutes, total walking .5 mile.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Embark on the journey along the Erie Canal. Depart to Schenectady, where a LECTURE details the city’s unique role in the canal’s construction. Drive through the historic Stockade District to admire the architecture. Travel west along the Mohawk River, where the route of the original canal is now the highway. Traces of old locks can be seen at intervals along the way.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Schoharie Crossing is the one site where all three stages of the Erie Canal development can be seen side by side. Take an expert-led walk along Schoharie Creek to view the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, built in 1841, one of the canal’s largest aqueducts. Schoharie Crossing is also home to two preserved locks from the Enlarged Erie Canal, Empire Lock 20 and and Yankee Hill Lock at Putman’s Canal Store. A LECTURE describes the business and industries in this small canal town. Continue to Utica.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Utica

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Utica was completed in 1912, in the gilded age of the cities along the Erie Canal. Famous guests include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hopalong Cassidy, Mae West and Bobby Darin. These were the days that gave birth to the glory of Hotel Utica. Completely renovated and returned to its stature as a historic Landmark, the hotel reopened in 2001 after extensive renovations.

Contact info:
102 Lafayette Street
Utica, MA 13502 USA
phone: 877-906-1912
web: http://hotelutica.com/index.cfm/home

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, refrigerator upon request, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Free Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 17 - Mohawk Valley History and The Geology of Little F...
Note: The nature walk consists of a half-mile walk to Moss Island and Lock 17. Optional in-depth viewing of the “pot-holes” involves hiking and climbing over rugged terrain. The paths and rocks will be slippery when wet, thus appropriate foot wear is recommended. The most rigorous portion of the walk will be in and around the pot holes themselves so participants may choose not to venture into the pot holes. The majority of the walk is along a paved roadway and on well-traveled trails.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Step back to the 1700s, to learn about the German settlement of the Mohawk Valley and the importance of the Herkimer Family, trade on the frontier and the role of Nicholas Herkimer in the Revolutionary War. FIELD TRIP continues to Little Falls, to explore Lock 17 on the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River, the world’s deepest lock at the time of the canal construction. Take a guided walk with a naturalist to learn about Moss Island’s unique geology. Gaze upon the enigmatic “Pot Hole” formations of Moss Island and the sheer cliffs that surround you. Discuss how the canal turned this region into America’s industrial powerhouse and original “tech valley” in the 1800’s.

Lunch: Your choice to explore the local eateries in the mill area.

Afternoon: Your choice to explore local fare. Afternoon Take some time at leisure to explore the re-purposed mill buildings or stroll the footpath. Return to Utica for some free time. You may wish to visit the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute whose permanent collections include the Hudson River School, 20th century American paintings, 19th century decorative arts and more.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Utica

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Parkview Hotel is a recently renovated boutique hotel located in downtown Syracuse, across from Foreman Park.

Contact info:
713 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210 USA
phone: 315-476-4212
web: http://theparkviewhotel-px.trvlclick.com/default.aspx?pg=home

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, private bathroom and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast, bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, market shop, self-service laundry room, dry cleaning and fitness center.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, September 18 - The Struggle for Regional Control Through the Cen...
The Struggle for Regional Control Through the Centuries and Erie Canal Drydocks

Note: Travel by motorcoach with multiple stops throughout the day. Walking up to two miles over the course of the day. Walking and standing at an outdoor living history museum at the Erie Canal Village. Walking and standing at Fort Stanwix. The walk from the Visitor Center to the fort is on a paved path.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Depart Utica to Rome, New York and Fort Stanwix, to learn of the importance of this location. For centuries, the Oneida Carrying Place, a six mile portage connecting the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, served as a vital link for those traveling by water from the ocean to the Great Lakes. When Europeans arrived, nations fought for control of the carry, the homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy, and the rich resources of North America. In this struggle, Fort Stanwix would play a vital role. FIELD TRIP: At the Erie Canal Village living history museum, view the site where the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal on July 4, 1817 and a collection of period buildings and exhibits that portray life in the early 1800s.

Lunch: In a local eatery.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, view the unearthed three-bay drydock where boat builders and craftsmen built and repaired the 96-foot long cargo boats used on the canal in the late 19th century. Learn about the life and times of the canal boat builder and those who worked on the canal. Continue to Syracuse.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Parkview Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Parkview Hotel is a recently renovated boutique hotel located in downtown Syracuse, across from Foreman Park.

Contact info:
713 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210 USA
phone: 315-476-4212
web: http://theparkviewhotel-px.trvlclick.com/default.aspx?pg=home

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, private bathroom and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast, bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, market shop, self-service laundry room, dry cleaning and fitness center.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, September 19 - The Erie Canal Museum and Camillus Aqueduct
Note: Walking and standing for 1 hour in the museum. Walking Field Trip 1 hour on paved city streets, approximately 1 mile. The canal cruise on the Camillus Aqueduct is 50 minutes. The canal boat has a canopy. There is no toilet on board.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: LECTURE: At the Erie Canal Museum, a presentation by the Curator followed by an examination of the National Register 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, where canal boats were once weighed to assess a toll. It is the only remaining structure of its kind in America. Examine the museum’s collection of artifacts, maps and images that tell the story of Erie Canal construction and canal life.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to Camillus, for a cruise on the only restored portion of the Erie Canal that travels along an aqueduct over Camillus Creek.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Parkview Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside is conveniently located in the center of downtown Rochester, overlooking the Genesee River. Connected to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, it is the primary link to an enclosed skyway system that encompasses over 100 retail stores, restaurants and office buildings.

Contact info:
120 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14604 USA
phone: 585-546-6400
web: www.radisson.com\rochesterny_riverside

Room amenities: 465 rooms with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, refrigerator upon request, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Full service restaurant and bar; Free Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift shop, laundry facilities, fitness center, complimentary airport and train station shuttle service, complimentary boarding pass printing. 100% smokefree facility.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, September 20 - Palmyra and the Western Canal Towns
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing for 2.5 hours on visits in Palmyra. Some historical buildings have stairs to access the 2nd floor. The canal cruise is 3 to 4 hours. There is a toilet on board and covered areas

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Head to Palmyra, “Queen of the Canal” to envision daily life in a canal town. Visit the William Phelps Store and home, unchanged from 1940, the Palmyra Historical Museum and the Alling Coverlet Museum – the largest collection of American hand-woven coverlets. Board a canal boat for a relaxing cruise.

Lunch: A box lunch is provided on board the cruise.

Afternoon: View the banks of the Erie Canal and iconic Western canal towns as the original passengers did, from the deck of a boat as it cruises along the canal. This part of the canal still follows its original path and retains its historic relationship to communities along its banks. Pass by Fairport and disembark in Pittsford. Reboard the motor coach and continue to Rochester.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside is conveniently located in the center of downtown Rochester, overlooking the Genesee River. Connected to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, it is the primary link to an enclosed skyway system that encompasses over 100 retail stores, restaurants and office buildings.

Contact info:
120 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14604 USA
phone: 585-546-6400
web: www.radisson.com\rochesterny_riverside

Room amenities: 465 rooms with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, refrigerator upon request, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Full service restaurant and bar; Free Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift shop, laundry facilities, fitness center, complimentary airport and train station shuttle service, complimentary boarding pass printing. 100% smokefree facility.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, September 21 - Rochester: The Underground Railroad and Eastman’s...
Note: Walking Field Trip on foot for up to 45 minutes, approximately 1 mile. Walking and standing in the Eastman House for 45 minutes. Walking and standing in the museum. Travel by motorcoach.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Walk in the footsteps of the freedom-seekers who traveled the Underground Railroad en route to a new life. FIELD TRIP: Examine the lifestyle and inventions of George Eastman, the father of popular photography and an example of the Erie Canal’s legacy of culture, arts, academics and architecture

Lunch: In the museum cafe.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: Drive to Lake Ontario and view the High Falls area the site of Rochester’s historic beginnings as a mill town.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated just steps from the Lake Erie waterfront and the historic Erie Canal Basin, the Adams Mark hotel is in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

Contact info:
120 Church Street
Buffalo, NY 14202 USA
phone: 716-845-5100
web: www.adamsmark.com

Room amenities: 486 rooms with air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, AM/FM alarm radio, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurant & bar, ATM, dry cleaning/laundry, gift shop, on-site car rental, indoor swimming pool, business center, fitness center, on-site parking (fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Vary by date
Post nights are based on hotel availability and rates vary by date. Please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 for date specific information.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Monday, September 22 - Lockport Locks and Medina Railroad
Note: Walking and standing in the museum. Travel by motorcoach with multiple stops en route. Walking up to .5 mile in Lockport with stairs to view the lock.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Depart to Spencerport, to visit the Adams Basin House. Now a private B&B, the historic tavern is situated on the original towpath and has changed little since the completion of the Erie Canal in the early 1800's.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: At the Medina Railroad Museum, view one of the largest freight depot museums in the country. Continue to Lockport, to view the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal, that raises boats 49 feet in each lock, up the Niagara Escarpment. Witness the water cascading over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1825 locks and catch a glimpse of the original canal towpath. Continue to Buffalo.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Adam's Mark Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated just steps from the Lake Erie waterfront and the historic Erie Canal Basin, the Adams Mark hotel is in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

Contact info:
120 Church Street
Buffalo, NY 14202 USA
phone: 716-845-5100
web: www.adamsmark.com

Room amenities: 486 rooms with air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, AM/FM alarm radio, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurant & bar, ATM, dry cleaning/laundry, gift shop, on-site car rental, indoor swimming pool, business center, fitness center, on-site parking (fee).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Vary by date
Post nights are based on hotel availability and rates vary by date. Please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 for date specific information.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Tuesday, September 23 - The Western Canal Terminus, Frank Lloyd Wright an...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the newly restored Erie Canal Basin, the original Western Terminus of the Erie Canal, and learn why Buffalo is home to some of the best architectural examples in America. Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: An EXCURSION to Niagara Falls takes in views of the falls and provides insight to the Niagara escarpment, an important consideration in the construction of the Erie Canal.

Dinner: Farewell Journey in a local restaurant.

Evening: Exchange memories and reflections with your fellow participants.

Lodging: Adam's Mark Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, September 24 - Departures
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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