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Program #20838RJ
4 Days | 3 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 1, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland 20 floors 3 concierge levels

Contact info:
520 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-226-6300
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxct-portland-marriott-city-center/

Room amenities: Air conditioning Alarm clock Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker/tea service Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Mini fridge Pillows: down/feather Two-line phone Cable/satellite TV Color TV Movies/videos, pay-per-view Bathrobe Hair dryer

Facility amenities: Valet parking Wireless Internet Fitness Center Restaurant and Bar Library Business Center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Depends on availability
Contact the hotel to check availability for group rates before and after the program dates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 28 - Check-In & Registration, Orientation, Welcome Din...
Check-In & Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Opening Presentation

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff. You will receive your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and 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.

ORIENTATION: After introductions of participants and staff, we will have an orientation session to review the up-to-date schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Road Scholar's FLEX programs are designed for independent-minded participants who want high quality educational content in a structured framework with more free time than our traditional all-inclusive programs. In this City Highlights Program, you will have expert-led presentations and field trips that showcase some of Portland's most notable features.

The program provides two meals per day on average, thus allowing you the opportunity to explore local cuisine according to your tastes. You will also have a significant amount of free time for personal independent exploration. Your welcome packet has suggestions for free time activities and dining options, and the Group Leader will be happy to offer recommendations.

During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead optional informal activities and dining out that you are welcome to join at your own cost if you like. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Your program price also includes a 2-day unlimited ride pass for the Portland Public Transportation that will allow you to travel on MAX, buses, and street car trolleys throughout your stay.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel as you get to know your fellow participants.

Evening: OPENING PRESENTATION: Enjoy an overview of Portland, known as the City of Roses, and begin to anticipate what's ahead.

Lodging: Portland Marriott City Center

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland 20 floors 3 concierge levels

Contact info:
520 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-226-6300
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxct-portland-marriott-city-center/

Room amenities: Air conditioning Alarm clock Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker/tea service Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Mini fridge Pillows: down/feather Two-line phone Cable/satellite TV Color TV Movies/videos, pay-per-view Bathrobe Hair dryer

Facility amenities: Valet parking Wireless Internet Fitness Center Restaurant and Bar Library Business Center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Depends on availability
Contact the hotel to check availability for group rates before and after the program dates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 29 - Epicurean Excursion Walking Tour/ Brewery Tour/ L...
Epicurean Excursion Walking Tour/ Brewery Tour/ Lunch at a local Brewery/ Lan Su Chinese Garden/ Free Afternoon & Evening

Note: Walking excursion through downtown (2-3 miles)

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning EXCURSION: Start your day with a unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods and sip the drinks - while discovering Portland's amazing culinary scene.

Lunch: Take the Portland Streetcar to the Bridgeport Brew Pub. Learn from local master brewers about their craft and explore the brewery on a behind the scenes tour. After exploring the brewery's secrets, relax and enjoy lunch as you taste some of their most popular beers.

Afternoon: Next we'll take a trip through time and learn about Chinese culture, history and way of thinking at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Their mission is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage, and educate the global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture. Our docent guides our examination of the garden’s living collections that present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms including more than 90 specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature collections that include Magnolia, Cymbidium, Camellia, Osmanthus, Rhododendron and bamboo — all within a one block area inside Portland's China town.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own, spend time with new friends, or relax as you choose. Your Guide will have recommendations for where to go and what to do.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to sample the city's restaurants and enjoy the cuisine you prefer.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Use the public transportation ticket provided to do more exploring as you see and do what is most interesting to you personally.

Lodging: Portland Marriott City Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland 20 floors 3 concierge levels

Contact info:
520 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-226-6300
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxct-portland-marriott-city-center/

Room amenities: Air conditioning Alarm clock Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker/tea service Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Mini fridge Pillows: down/feather Two-line phone Cable/satellite TV Color TV Movies/videos, pay-per-view Bathrobe Hair dryer

Facility amenities: Valet parking Wireless Internet Fitness Center Restaurant and Bar Library Business Center

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Depends on availability
Contact the hotel to check availability for group rates before and after the program dates

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 30 - Japanese Gardens/ Pittock Mansion/ Free Afternoon...
Note: Uneven pathways at the gardens

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Spend the morning exploring an exceptional garden in Washington Park.

FIELD TRIP: Enjoy an educational docent led tour of the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. The Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland.

FIELD TRIP: Explore the Pittock Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was the magnificent home of Oregon pioneers and owners of Portland's newspaper, "The Oregonian." Located on a cliff overlooking the valley, you'll have another opportunity for fabulous views.

The bus will make its way from the hills back downtown, and your free afternoon begins.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Your Group Leader will be available to provide suggestions and ideas for your free time. Closer to dinner time meet the group at a designated location and board the vessel for the dinner cruise on the Willamette River.

Dinner: Dinner will be served aboard the Portland Spirit as you sail down the Willamette River. It will be an evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and prepared fresh on board, entertainment, and a live performance.

Evening: The cruise continues into the evening.

Lodging: Portland Marriott City Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, October 01 - Lecture/ Wrap up/ Individual Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Start the day with an award winning producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s "Oregon Field Guide" who will share video and stories that provide a great insight into the wonders of the state.

Group leader will do a wrap up. Individual departures begin about 11:00 AM. Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.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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