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Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi

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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Named after a Native American tribe, the Mississippi River settlement of Natchez absorbed French, English, and Spanish influences before becoming part of the U.S. Today it preserves the historic character of its landscapes and beautiful architecture as well as any American city. Join us to explore the oldest settlement on the Mississippi that became a center of wealth and culture in the antebellum era. Contrast lives above the bluffs with Natchez-under-the-Hill, examining the heritage of freed slaves and social realities that have changed from romantic notions of the Old South to the more egalitarian New South. Activities coincide with either the Spring or Fall Pilgrimages, the festivals where access to historic homes and beautiful gardens is granted and special evening entertainments take place.


• Field trips to great mansions, fascinating museums and historic sites tell the unique story of Natchez.
• Attend special events and presentations associated with seasonal activities in the bustling city of Natchez.
• Savor real Southern cooking including a private lunch at a 19th century downtown mansion.

Program Notes

Except where noted, lodging options on most 2016 dates include the Natchez Grand Hotel in the heart of the historic downtown and the unique Dunleith Mansion, a National Historic Landmark. Choose your accommodation at time of enrollment. See Date Notes for more info. Participants split into smaller groups for some programming and meals. Natchez celebrates its 300th Anniversary in 2016 with events spread throughout the year. For more info, visit natchezms300.com.

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Walking up to one mile per day.

Date Notes
Choose between lodging in the Natchez Grand Hotel and "courtyard" rooms in the Historic Dunleith Mansion.3/13/2016
Choose between lodging in the Natchez Grand Hotel and "courtyard" rooms in the Historic Dunleith Mansion.3/20/2016
Choose between lodging in the Natchez Grand Hotel and "courtyard" rooms in the Historic Dunleith Mansion.3/27/2016
Choose between lodging in the Natchez Grand Hotel and "courtyard" rooms in the Historic Dunleith Mansion.4/1/2016
Participants can choose between staying in the Natchez Grand Hotel and staying in one of several charming bed and breakfasts located in historic Natchez mansions. All B&Bs feature private baths. Participants choosing B&B option will not be assigned rooms until several weeks prior to the start date.9/25/2016
Choose between lodging in the Natchez Grand Hotel and "courtyard" rooms in the Historic Dunleith Mansion.10/2/2016
All lodging on this date will be in "courtyard" rooms in the Historic Dunleith Mansion.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances


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