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On the Road: Along the Shores of the Chesapeake Bay

Program Number: 21002RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/20/2013 - 9/27/2013;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Price starting at: $2,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Journey along the shores and iconic towns of the Chesapeake Bay on an experiential learning adventure. Examine local history and the region’s fascinating traditions that endure today. Savor delicious meals featuring the bounty of the Chesapeake.




Highlights

• Explore maritime history and daily life along the Eastern Shore in St. Michael's, Tilghman Island, Easton and remote Hoopers Island.
• Examine naval traditions in Annapolis, the charm of Baltimore and the history of our nation’s flag at Fort Henry.
• Study Chesapeake crabs and oysters from bay to plate with watermen and educators from the University of Maryland.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing over 2 miles per day in historic sites and towns. Some steps in historic sites. Embarking and disembarking a motorcoach.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival to Baltimore area, 1 night; coach to Easton, 3 nights; coach to Annapolis, 2 nights coach to Baltimore area, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Baltimore

Once a center of shipbuilding on the Eastern seaboard, Baltimore remains an active port dedicated to preserving its maritime heritage. From historic neighborhoods to famed cultural and educational facilities, Baltimore is a world-class city.



Accommodations
Baltimore: Hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport; Easton and Annapolis: Centrally-located historic inns.
Meals and Lodgings
   Days Inn Inner Harbor
  Baltimore, MD 2 nights
   Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
  Cambridge, MD 3 nights
   Historic Inns of Annapolis
  Annapolis, MD 2 nights
 Days Inn Inner Harbor
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This award-winning Days Inn is situated a short walk from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and historic Camden Fields. Rooms and public areas of the hotel are all recently renovated. The entire facility is non-smoking.
  Contact info: 100 Hopkins Place
Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
phone: 410-576-1000
  Room amenities: 250 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary 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, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Full service restaurant and lounge, coffee shop, complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the entire hotel, 24-hour complimentary fitness and business centers and seasonal outdoor swimming pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for Info Rate is Room + Tax only and does not include breakfast.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
Type: Resort
  Description: The award-winning, Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is a AAA Four-Diamond property of 400 acres, beautifully situated on the banks of the Choptank River.
  Contact info: 100 Heron Blvd
Cambridge, MD 21613 USA
phone: 410-901-1234
web: Chesapeakebay.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: 400 rooms with Hyatt Grand Bed™, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access (fee), cable television, direct-dial telephone with data port for High-Speed Internet access (fee), iHome® alarm clock radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, room service, in-room safe, mini-refrigerator, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants and bars; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, business center, gift shop, laundry service, The Golf Club at River Marsh 18-hole championship golf course designed by Keith Foster, four lighted tennis courts, miniature golf and Frisbee golf courses, fenced beach volleyball court, Sago Spa & Salon, River Marsh Marina with 1,100-foot pier, charter fishing, sailing, boat rentals and cruises available, 18-acre Blue Heron Rookery, outdoor pools with waterslide and year-round Wintergarden indoor pool pavilion, jogging / walking trails, Hyatt Stay Fit gym.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Historic Inns of Annapolis
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Step back in time to colonial 18th century America. The Historic Inns of Annapolis are comprised of three boutique hotels whose histories date back to the 17th and 18th century; the Governor Calvert House, the Robert Johnson House and the Maryland Inn and are the most historic lodgings in Annapolis. Located in the Historic District of Annapolis, the three hotels are steps away from each other and from the Maryland State House and mix historic charm with modern conveniences. The front desk for all three properties is located in the Governor Calvert House. Please note any requests for Ground Floor rooms on your Personal Information form.
  Contact info: 58 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401 USA
phone: 410-263-2641
  Room amenities: Each of the three inns boasts individually and uniquely furnished rooms with High-Speed Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. air-conditioning, ceiling fan, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board and daily newspaper.
  Facility amenities: Treaty of Paris Restaurant and Drummer’s Lot Pub in the Maryland Inn; Wi-Fi Internet access, Starbucks coffee shop, dry cleaning service, fitness center, complimentary local shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotels, complimentary coffee and hot apple cider in the lobby, daily newspaper in lobby, airport transportation (fee) and valet parking $24 plus tax per night.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: $149-$169 Rate does not include taxes or breakfast. Call 1 800-847-8882 to book directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 1: 3 p.m.: Hotel Check-In; 3-5 p.m.: Program Registration. 5:30 p.m.: Orientation and Welcome. 6:30 p.m.: Dinner in the hotel. You will be staying at Days Inn Inner Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on Day 8. 9 a.m. Departure transfer to BWI. Please do not schedule flights before 12 noon. Continue to Baltimore Inner Harbor for drop off at train station and the start location hotel You will be staying at Historic Inns of Annapolis the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the hotel for $24 per night.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Baltimore, MD
  Nearest highway: I-83
  Nearest airport:  Baltimore Washington International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Annapolis, MD
  Nearest airport:  Baltimore (BWI)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA Light Rail
phone: 410-539-5000

 

Travel Time:

 

   

The BWI Marshall Light Rail Station is located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E. For schedules go to mta.maryland.gov/light-rail..Take the Light Rail toward Hunt Valley, a 28 minute ride to Pratt Street/Convention Center stop. After disembarking the Light Rail, proceed straight up S. Howard Street one block, turn right one block to Hopkins Place, the hotel is on the corner; .2 miles total distance.

 

Baltimore

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO the Airport Shuttle
phone: 180-077-6032 x3
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies by destination and originiation point
Prices are subject to change.

   

https://www.theairportshuttle.com/

 

Baltimore

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
phone: 410-859-1100

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

The taxi stand is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the Lower Level of the BWI Marshall terminal. Please note that this service is available from BWI Marshall only. For cab service to BWI Marshall, please consult your local cab company. BWI Marshall taxicabs are prohibited from charging flat rates. For more information visit www.bwiairporttaxi.com.

 

Baltimore

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

Baltimore Penn Station is served by public bus. Take bus 003 from ST PAUL ST & PENN STATION DR, Disembark at Hopkins Pl & Arena MB S/B, walk 344 feet to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East Rte. 40 W into downtown Baltimore; Make a left onto Cathedral Street; Go 5 blocks and the hotel will be on your right.
  From the North I-95 S Exit 53 to I-395 (Downtown/Inner Harbor); At third traffic light, turn right onto Pratt Street; Make an immediate left before light at Hopkins Place; Days Inn will be directly in front of you.
  From the South I-95 N Exit 53 to I-395 (Downtown/Inner Harbor); At third traffic light, turn right onto Pratt Street; Make an immediate left before light at Hopkins Place; Days Inn will be directly in front of you.
  From the West Take 40 or 70 East to Beltway South toward Glen Burnie to I-95North; Take Exit 53 to I-395 (Downtown/Inner Harbor); At third traffic light, turn right onto Pratt Street; Make an immediate left before light at Hopkins Place; Days Inn will be directly in front of you.
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: Arrivals / Welcome and Program Overview
(Friday, September 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn Inner Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Baltimore’s Heritage and Role in America’s History
(Saturday, September 21)

Note: Walking up to 2 miles over the course of the day, mostly 4-5 blocks at a time, on paved and cobblestone street. Ascend and descend motorcoach steps, travel by water taxi and public transportation.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Explore Baltimore by motorcoach and on foot, Learn how three towns - Fell's Point, Jonestown and Baltimore Town - combined to form Baltimore City. Walk through the Historic Landmark District of Mt. Vernon Place and visit the Peabody Library and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. Learn the importance of Baltimore as a port city
 Lunch: In historic Fell’s Point.
 Afternoon: Explore Fell's Point on foot. This is Baltimore's premier historic waterfront town with a history that pre-dates Baltimore City. Discover the alley streets and charming architecture of Fell's Point, learn about the role of Privateers out of Fell's Point in the War of 1812 and the importance of water commerce in Maryland and it’s role in the westward expansion of America. Continue by motorcoach to Fort McHenry, where during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 181, the valiant defense of the star-shaped fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Cross the Inner Harbor by water taxi and return to the hotel on foot.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn Inner Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Havre de Grace and the Mouth of the Chesapeake
(Sunday, September 22)

Note: Travel by motorcoach a total of 145 miles over the course of the day. Stepping on and off a sailboat, sailing and motoring on a boat for one hour.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Baltimore and drive to Havre de Grace, where the mouth of the Susquehanna River forms the head of the Chesapeake Bay. Board the skipjack MARTHA LEWIS to experience a vanishing tradition firsthand: She is one of the few remaining working dredge boats that make up the Chesapeake Bay oyster fleet and the last to fish commercially, under sail, in the USA. Learn about the preservation and conservation of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue down the Eastern Shore to Cambridge, situated at the mouth of the Choptank River.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy sunset views over the Choptank River.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Historic Cambridge
(Monday, September 23)

Note: Motorcoach travel with multiple stops, embarking and disembarking the motorcoach multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing in historic sites. Walking through a science facility laboratory.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Experience the history of Cambridge, one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Gain insights on the homes built by famous architects, in architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Romanesque, and Queen Anne. See the homes of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley, Clement Sulivan, who was the last of Lee's army to abandon Richmond in 1865 and four Maryland governors. Also view the Italianate courthouse designed by Richard Upjohn, as well as quaint waterman's houses, original 1904 brick street, lovely churches and Cambridge’s waterfront. End at the newly renovated Choptank River Lighthouse, to view the exact replica of a typical hexagonal Chesapeake lighthouse.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory, the largest oyster hatchery on the East Coast. A lecture by a university faculty member and walk through the hatchery itself shows how scientists and local volunteers are working on the restoration of the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay as well as the challenges faced.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Chesapeake Heritage and Wildlife
(Tuesday, September 24)

Note: Travel by motorcoach, embarking and disembarking motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day, walking through a factory facility.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Explore history and nature in the heart of Eastern Shore. At Bucktown Village and Store, learn how, in 1835, Harriet Tubman committed her first act of defiance by refusing to assist an overseer subdue another slave. Continue to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge for views of the local wildlife, including waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, and perhaps the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At a local crab factory, learn how Maryland’s famous crab goes from shell to can and the art of “picking” crab, still done better by people than machines. Then return to the resort for some time at leisure to enjoy the facilities and activities available.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Chesapeake Maritime History in Oxford and St. Michael’s
(Wednesday, September 25)

Note: Travel by motorcoach, embarking and disembarking motorcoach steps multiple times throughout the day. Walking up to 1 mile on paved streets over the course of the day. Travel by motorized ferry for approximately 15 minutes. Walking and standing at an outdoor/indoor museum complex.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Cambridge, to Easton, to visit the Third Haven Meeting House, one of the oldest Quaker meeting houses in America. Drive through the center of historic Easton before continuing on to Oxford, where James Michener spent time researching his novel.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Walk aboard the Oxford ferry, to cross the Tred Avon River aboard the oldest ferry still in operation in America. Reboard the motorcoach on the opposite shore and continue to St. Michael’s to the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, to visit the Chesapeake’s largest maritime collection. Continue to Annapolis.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Historic Inns of Annapolis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Annapolis, Maryland’s State Capitol
(Thursday, September 26)

Note: Morning and afternoon guided walks lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours each. Walking up to 2 miles over the course of the day.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Explore Annapolis on a walking exploration of the historic district.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn about U.S. Navy life past and present on the official Naval Academy tour.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner.
   
Accommodations: Historic Inns of Annapolis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departures
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: 9 a.m. Departure transfer to BWI. Please do not schedule flights before 12 noon. Continue to Baltimore Inner Harbor for drop off at train station and the start location hotel (as needed.)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

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