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The Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (3 nights)

Program Number: 20363RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/1/2013 - 3/4/2013; 2/27/2015 - 3/2/2015; 3/3/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/6/2015 - 3/9/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $889.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; None    

The fabulous Philadelphia Flower Show, an internationally renowned treasure, is America’s oldest and grandest indoor horticultural display. Explore breathtaking exhibits presenting the talents of designers and landscapers who “force” perennials, shrubs, and trees into bloom to create full-scale gardens and floral displays.




Highlights

• Attend the Flower Show with limited free time to explore on your own.
• Explore the unique Barnes Foundation at its magnificent new Philadelphia campus.
• Go behind the scenes at Longwood Gardens to see what it takes to maintain its indoor and outdoor gardens, then enter another time at Winterthur, with its priceless art, antiques and 60-acre garden.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on busy city streets.



The 2015 Flower Show theme is Magic of the Movies. An extended five-night version of this program which gives you early morning access to The Flower Show is also available: #20362. For details, see www.roadscholar.org/20362 or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.




Date Specific Information

3-1-2013, 2-27-2015, 3-3-2015, 3-6-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.




Philadelphia

An appealing and walkable metropolis, 300-year-old Philadelphia is steeped in the beliefs that founded the American Revolution and today is a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and internationally recognized cultural institutions.



Accommodations
Lodging varies by date. Please call or visit www.roadscholar.org/20363 for more info.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, former curator of education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earned a master’s in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1965 until her retirement in 2005, and during that time, presented numerous lecture series on art history, as well as gallery talks on specific objects in the museum’s collections. In addition to her activities at the museum, Elizabeth taught at LaSalle University, Drexel University, Rosemont College and St. Joseph’s University. She continues to be a guest lecturer at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton University. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia; a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. She is currently a trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Doubletree Hotel
  Philadelphia 3 nights
 Doubletree Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel
  Contact info: 237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
web: www.doubletree.com
  Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones
  Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2% Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2% Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration/Orientation 4:30 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after lunch at approximately 1:00 pm. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Across the street from Club Quarters Hotel at Liberty Place 1 & 2 complex. Entrance on 17th St between Market & Chestnut. $20 per day Monday through Friday, $16 per night Friday through Sunday.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington DE and Trenton NJ
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95 and PA 76.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport - PHL
  From End of Program
  Location: Philadelphia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

30th Street-Philadelphia

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Pick up any cab at 30th Street Station. The hotel is 14 blocks from the station.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes depending on traffic and rush hour travel 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Any taxi from the airport will charge a flat rate for the cab. The cab will hold up to 4 persons.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lady Liberty
phone: 215-724-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes (dependent on traffic) 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Lady Liberty is the only commercial van shuttle to hotels in the Philadelphia area. The van stops at every terminal for pick-up and drops off at the hotel closest to and farthest out from the airport. There is no need for a reservation. Sometimes there could be delays in pick-up due to heavy volume of travelers.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA R1 High Speed Airport Train
phone: www-sep-taor xg

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5.50 normal fare. Seniors with a medicare card it is $1.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Hotel is 2 blocks

   

For Doubletree Hotel - exit at 30th Street and take a taxi to the Doubletree Hotel ($10.00 for the cab up to 4 persons in the cab) or continue on train to Suburban Station at 16th & JFK Blvd and take a taxi $5.00 or you can walk. Cross JFK at 16th St and walk to Locust St (5 blocks) then left onto Locust and walk 2 blocks to Broad St. Hotel is on corner of Broad & Locust.

 
Driving Directions
  From New York, New Jersey and points Northeast (via NJ Turnpike): Take NJ Turnpike South to exit 4 (Philadelphia/Camden Exit). Take 73 North to 38 West. Follow signs to The Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Once over the bridge, follow signs for 676 West. Take 676 West to the Broad Street/Central Philadelphia Exit onto 15th street heading South. Take 15th Street (approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust one block to Broad Street. The hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad and Locust Streets.
  From all points Take 676 East or West depending on which direction you are coming from and exit at Central Philadelphia Exit (Broad Street Rt 611) onto 15th Street heading south. Take 15th St (Approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust 1 block to Broad Street. The hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad & Locust. Turn right onto Broad and left into the parking garage.
Elevation Note: sea level

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation
(Friday, March 1)
   
 Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 in the designated conference room as listed on the electric sign located by elevator. Orientation at hotel at 4:30 p.m.
 Dinner: At hotel.
 Evening: After dinner attend a student music recital at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music on Rittenhouse Square.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Winterthur/Longwood Gardens/Dinner/Philadelphia Orchestra Concert
(Saturday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: Then we leave by motorcoach for a full day's excursion to The Brandywine Valley. We will tour Winterthur,the residence in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight
 Lunch: Lunch at Winterthur
 Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the world's premier horticultural showplace. Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,077 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you'll find beauty at every turn. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. The Conservatory was built in 1919 At present, there are 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.
 Dinner: at hotel
 Evening: We will return to the Philadelphia by 5:00 to rest before dinner at the hotel. Following dinner we will attend The Philadelphia Orchestra's concert reflecting visions of Spain: Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos Conductor Pepe Romero Guitar Spanish guitar, flamenco rhythms, and thrilling orchestral colors. FrUh uniquely induces rousing scenes from his homeland of Spain. The program is: Turina Danzas fantasticas Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar and orchestra Palomo Andalusian Nocturnes, for guitar and orchestra Ravel Bolero
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal Market/Philadelphia Flower
(Sunday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: We will depart at 8:30 am to attend the 2013 Flower Show, the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, who's theme this year is, “Brilliant!” – a celebration of the contemporary culture, design, gardens and landscapes of Great Britain. You are on your own at the Flower Show to leisurely view the floral displays or to participate in demonstrations and lectures that are offered.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own and many inexpensive options are available either at the flower Show food court on the terrace café or at the Reading Terminal market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., Originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.
 Afternoon: At 1:00 pm we will take you to The Philadelphia Museum of Art to view the exhibit Van Gogh Up Close. In 1886, while living in Paris, Vincent van Gogh dramatically altered his manner of painting landscapes and still lifes. By experimenting with depth of field and focus and using shifting perspectives, he produced some of the most radical and original works of his career. Dominated in the foreground by close-up views of grasses, wheat sheaves, or tree trunks, van Gogh’s canvases in this period suggest a detailed study of nature and a concern with representing the sensory experience of being outdoors. Contact with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters including Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Signac, and others inspired van Gogh to lighten his palette and to try different kinds of brushwork, as seen in his still life works and in landscapes painted in gardens near Paris that stress an abundance of grasses, flowers, and branches. The museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial tea house. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts. An unusual touch -- and one that children especially like -- is the Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor. The bus will return you to the hotel by 4:00
 Dinner: Dinner at Davios
 Evening: Evening lecture on Gardens and The Brandywine Valley
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway
(Monday, March 4)

Note: moderate- wheelchairs available. There are benches in every gallery to sit down.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Morning: we will visit The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway at 10:00 and return to the hotel at 12:15.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge, if you are staying on till later that day.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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