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On the Road: The Complete Chesapeake Bay

Program Number: 21001RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Price starting at: $3,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 30; 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Circle the mighty Chesapeake Bay on an extraordinary adventure that examines our nation’s early settlements. From western shore to eastern shore, delve into maritime heritage, revel in natural beauty, admire the free-running ponies of Chincoteague, meet watermen who fish for crab, and experience time-honored traditions alive today.




Highlights

• In Solomons on the western shore, trace natural and human history, and explore maritime history and life on the water along the eastern shore in Crisfield, Cambridge and St. Michael’s.
• Discover the rich layers of our nation’s beginnings during explorations of Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown.
• Experience the largest naval complex in the world at Norfolk and learn about U.S. Navy tradition at Annapolis.



Activity Particulars

Walking two miles daily. Standing and some steps in historic sites. Embarking and disembarking a motorcoach.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Baltimore, Md., 2 nights; coach to Solomons, 2 nights, coach to Newport News, Va., 3 nights, coach to Chincoteague, 3 nights, coach to Cambridge, Md., 2 nights, coach to Baltimore, 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
Well-located full-service hotels. Waterfront hotels in Solomons, Chincoteague and Cambridge.
Meals and Lodgings
   Days Inn Inner Harbor
  Baltimore, MD 2 nights
   Holiday Inn Solomons
  Solomons, MD 2 nights
   Newport News City Center TBD Hotel
  City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News, VA 3 nights
   Chincoteague Island Comfort Suites Hotel
  Chincoteague Island, VA 3 nights
   Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
  Cambridge, MD 2 nights
   Days Inn Inner Harbor
  Baltimore, MD 1 night
 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
web: www.daysinnerharbor.com
  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
  Additional nights after: Call for Info Rate is Room + Tax only and does not include breakfast.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Holiday Inn Solomons
Type: Resort
  Description: Located just off of the Chesapeake Bay, the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center & Marina hotel features a gorgeous location on the Back Creek of the Patuxent River.
  Contact info: 155 Holiday Drive
Solomons, MD 20688 USA
phone: 410-326-6311
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/solomons/slmmd/hoteldetail
  Room amenities: 326 rooms with air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, microwave, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge; Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, self-service laundry, swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, marina.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Newport News City Center TBD Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: City Center at Oyster Point
Newport News, VA 23606 USA
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Chincoteague Island Comfort Suites Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The award-winning all-suites Chincoteague Island Comfort Suites Hotel is located in the heart of town. Every spacious suite has a waterfront balcony view overlooking Chincoteague Channel and Bay.
  Contact info: 4195 Main Street
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-3700
web: www.chincoteaguecomfortsuites.com
  Room amenities: 87 rooms with private waterfront balconies, a comfortable sitting area with a table and chairs, air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, daily newspaper, private bathroom with bathtub and shower and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast buffet, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, gift shop, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center and hot tub.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & 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. Rooms for the Road Scholar program are NON-waterview.
  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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
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 13 You will be staying at Days Inn Inner Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Baltimore, MD
  From End of Program
  Location: Baltimore, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$3
Prices are subject to change.

 

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:

 

Taxi
phone: 410-859-1100

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 per taxi
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
(Saturday, September 21)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn Inner Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Baltimore’s Heritage and Role in America’s History
(Sunday, September 22)

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 restaurant.
 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, Lunch

Day 3: Historic Solomons Island and the Calvert Marine Museum
(Monday, September 23)

Note: Travel by motorcoach 78 miles. Walking and standing in the museum for up to 2 hours. Visiting the lighthouse requires climbing stairs and access through narrow spaces.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart Baltimore and travel south along the Western Shore to Solomons Island. At the Calvert Marine Museum, go behind-the-scenes with staff to explore how the museum’s aquatic life displays are maintained and gain special insights on the exhibits. The museum explores the prehistory, natural environments and maritime heritage of the Chesapeake through award-winning exhibits. View the Drum Point Lighthouse, the only fully furnished screwpile lighthouse on the bay.
 Lunch: In the museum.
 Afternoon: An illustrated lecture provides an overview of the Chesapeake Bay. Check in to the hotel and take some time to relax.
 Dinner: Return to the Calvert Marine Museum for dinner with a focus on locally produced ingredients.
 Evening: Enjoy musical entertainment, before returning to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Solomons
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Archeology of the Chesepeake and the Patuxent River
(Tuesday, September 24)

Note: Walking and standing on unpaved ground and on paved paths. Walk from parking area to village site approximately 10 minutes each way on paved path. Embarking and disembarking motorcoach multiple times throughout the day.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Take in the water views over the Patuxent River and learn how traditional plantation life operated at Sotterley Plantation, encompassing over 300 years of history.
 Lunch: Box lunch at Sotterley Plantation.
 Afternoon: At Jefferson Patterson Park, learn about Native American daily life at the reconstructed village. At the Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory, learn how scientists carry out conservation and research. The MAC lab is home to over 8 million archeological locally-found artifacts.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Solomons
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Virginia's Capital and Earliest Settlement at Jamestowne
(Wednesday, September 25)

Note: Total motorcoach travel today is 154 miles, with stops in Richmond and Jamestowne.Walking on cobblestone streets. Walk paved path from Visitor’s Center to archeological site, approximately 10 minutes each way. Walking and standing on a guided visit outdoors and in a museum.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Solomons and continue south along the Western Shore.
 Lunch: In Richmond, Virginia.
 Afternoon: Continue to Historic Jamestowne, the actual site of the 1607 James Fort. Explore recent archeological discoveries of one of America’s oldest settlements with a historian.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Newport News City Center TBD Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Colonial Williamsburg
(Thursday, September 26)

Note: Us of public transportation around Colonial Williamsburg. Walking and standing for up to 2 hours on guided visit.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Begin a full-day exploration of Colonial Williamsburg with a guided overview then take the remainder of the day to explore at your leisure.
 Lunch: In Colonial Williamsburg.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the 18th century buildings and streets of the historic area.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Newport News City Center TBD Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: The National Maritime Museum and Historic Yorktown
(Friday, September 27)

Note: Embarking and disembarking motorcoach multiple times throughout the day. Motorcoach travel 20-30 minutes at a time between sites.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Explore maritime history at the Mariner’s Museum, one of the largest maritime museums in the world.
 Lunch: Box lunch in the museum.
 Afternoon: Stroll the streets and sights of Historic Yorktown at leisure.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: Return to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Newport News City Center TBD Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: US Naval Base Norfolk and Across the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore
(Saturday, September 28)

Note: The total distance traveled by motorcoach today is 130 miles, with stops en route. Embarking and disembarking motorcoach multiple times throughout the day.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart to Norfolk, Virginia, to drive through U.S. Naval Station Norfolk. Situated in the Sewells Point area of the City of Norfolk, near the site of the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac (CSS Virginia), it is the largest naval complex in the world. Naval Station Norfolk supports the operational readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
 Lunch: Walk, eat and learn on a culinary exploration of historic Granby Street, to sample traditional, regional dishes as well as modern interpretations of sustainable cuisine from two of Norfolk’s award-winning restaurants.
 Afternoon: Cross the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, via the 17-mile bridge-tunnel then drive up the Eastern Shore. Note the differences in landscape, compared to the Western Shore. Stop at the NASA Visitor Center for a brief look at the exhibits before arriving at Chincoteague Island.
 Dinner: In a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy sunset views over the water from the balcony of your hotel room.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Island Comfort Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Chincoteague Island Nature and History
(Sunday, September 29)

Note: Walking on paved trails for up to 40 minutes (Optional); walking on sand (optional); embarking and disembarking motorcoach multiple times throughout the day. Walking and standing in a museum.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: Explore Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on drives, short walks, introductory films and a discussion with a naturalist.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At the Museum of Chincoteague Island, learn the history and heritage of Chincoteague Island and its people. Say “hello” to Misty, the inspiration for the popular children’s story.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Island Comfort Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Crisfield and Tangier Island
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Travel by motorcoach 90 miles roundtrip. Travel by ferry to Tangier Island, 75 minutes each way. There are no motor vehicles on Tangier Island, tour is by golf cart, exploration is on foot.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to examine the traditions of Chesapeake watermen, who earn their livelihood through crabbing and fishing. Take the ferry to Tangier Island and meet local residents as they drive you around on their golf carts and share stories of their unique island lifestyle.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After the return ferry from Tangier to Crisfield, learn how crab is processed, a job still done better by people than machines. Return to Chincoteague.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Island Comfort Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Historic Cambridge and the Science of Oysters
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: Travel by motorcoach 90 miles. Walking and standing on brick street for up to 1 hour, over 1 mile. Walking through a science facility laboratory.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Drive from the shores of the Atlantic to the shores of the Chesapeake, to Cambridge, situated on the Choptank River. 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: In the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy the sunset views over the Choptank River.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: St Michaels and Resort Leisure Time
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: Travel by motorcoach 80 miles roundtrip. Walking and standing at museum with outdoor and indoor exhibits spread over a wide area.



   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Drive to St. Michael’s, to the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, to visit the Chesapeake’s largest maritime collection. Take some time to stroll the quaint streets of St. Michael’s.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the resort and enjoy time at leisure to make use of the resort facilities.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Annapolis US Naval Academy and Return to Baltimore
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Cambridge and cross over the Chesapeake via the Bay Bridge, to Annapolis.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn about U.S. Navy life past and present on the official Naval Academy tour. Continue to Baltimore.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
 Evening: Exchange observations and memories of your journey with your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn Inner Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14:
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Independent departures. Check out of hotel by 12 noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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