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Celebrate Christmas in Historic Natchez on the Mississippi

Program Number: 6812RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/6/2013 - 12/9/2013; 12/5/2014 - 12/8/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Natchez, Mississippi
Price starting at: $597.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Delight in a lavish holiday during historic Natchez’s Christmas season. Awaiting you are educational programs about charming long-ago Christmas customs in the city and on nearby plantations. Add Christmas concerts and explorations of mansions decorated with period displays, and Natchez will transport you to a season filled with history, beauty and love.




Highlights

• Revel in a Natchez Christmas Cabaret, an evening filled with gorgeous music, decorations, food and fun.
• Enjoy field trips to lavishly bedecked 19th-century mansions.
• Attend the heart-touching play, “A Natchez Christmas Carol,” and “Chopin and Champagne,” a classical piano concert, with complimentary champagne, in the historic Joseph Stone House.



Activity Particulars

Walking daily.




Date Specific Information

12-6-2013

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Natchez

Sitting high on a bluff above the Mississippi River, Natchez boasts the largest collection of antebellum homes in the U.S. The mansions and estates, built by 19th-century plantation owners, were largely spared destruction during the Civil War. Today, museums honor the city’s rich Indian, African-American and antebellum heritage.



Accommodations
The Natchez Grand Hotel in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, located on the historic spot where the Natchez Trace meets the Mississippi River.

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

Carolyn Vance Smith is a recognized authority on the history of Natchez, and is author of several non-fiction books about the region, including "Natchez: An Illustrated History" and "The Goat Castle Murder." She holds degrees from Mississippi University for Women and Vanderbilt University, and is president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Carolyn is also the founder of the annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, and in 1996, she was named Citizen of the Year in Natchez.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Natchez Grand Hotel
  Natchez, MS 3 nights
 Natchez Grand Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..
  Contact info: 111 North Broadway Street
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com
  Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk with lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/alarm clock.
  Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $125 per room per night Additional nights reservation needs to be made by sending a check for $125 per room per night to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for. Deadline to receive this check is one month before program begins.
  Check in time: 11:00 AM
  Additional nights after: $125 per room per night Additional nights reservation needs to be made by sending a check for $125 per room per night to Educational Travel Associates, Inc., PO Box 1307, Natchez, MS 39121. Put on the check what it is for. Deadline to receive this check is one month before program begins.
  Check out time: 4:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, registration in the hotel lobby You will be staying at Natchez Grand Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on Monday, Dec. 9. You will be staying at Natchez Grand Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Natchez, MS
  Nearest city or town:  From Jackson, MS--103 miles and from Baton Rouge, LA-- 90 miles
  Nearest highway: Highway 61
  Nearest airport:  Baton Rouge Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Natchez, MS
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Natchez, MS

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Lines
phone: 225-383-3761

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$31
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

Taxi from Baton Rouge airport to Baton Rouge bus station costs $26. Taxi from Natchez bus station to hotel costs $9.Bus departs Baton Rouge daily at 12:55 p.m. and arrives Natchez at 2?45 p.m. ALTERNATE PLAN: Use Baton Rouge Airport Shuttle, available by calling 225-933-7107. Cost is $150 one way. Price is same whether for one person or up to six people. Reservations are essential.

 

Natchez, MS

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Lines
phone: 225-383-3761

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$31
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

Taxi from Natchez Grand Hotel to Natchez bus station costs $9. Taxi from Baton Rouge bus station to airport costs $26. Bus departs Natchez daily at 3:55 p.m. and arrives Baton Rouge aat 6 p.m. ALTERNATE PLAN: Use Baton Rouge Airport Shuttle, available by calling 225-933-7107. Cost is $150 one way. Price is same whether for one person or up to six people. Reservations are essential.

 
Driving Directions
  From Baton Rouge, LA From Baton Rouge, LA: On Hwy 61 go approximately 90 miles north to Natchez. Turn west onto John R. Junkin Drive (Hwy 84W). Go about 1.5 miles to Canal St. Turn right onto Canal St. at Natchez Visitor's Center. Go six blocks. Turn left onto Main St. and enter parking lot of the Natchez Grand Hotel. The hotel's address is 111 Broadway St.
  From Jackson, Miss. Approximately 100 miles: Take I-55 south to Brookhaven, Miss. Take exit 38 onto US Highway 84. Go west to Natchez. Inside the city follow US Business Highway 84. It becomes Saint Catherine St. and then becomes Jefferson St. At Canal St. turn left and go 1 block. Turn right onto Main St. and enter the parking lot of the Natchez Grand Hotel, 111 Broadway St.
  From Louisiana Highway 84 From Louisiana Highway 84: Cross the Mississippi River Bridge from Vidalia, La. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Canal Street. Go 6 blocks to Main Street. Turn left at Main St. and enter the parking lot of the Natchez Grand Hotel, 111 Broadway St.
  From Natchez Trace Parkway The parkway offers a special entry to Natchez with no trucks or billboards to mar its natural beauty. Enter the Trace at Nashville, Tenn., or points southwest of Nashville, including Jackson, Miss. At Natchez, turn off the Trace at Liberty Road and go west about 1 mile. The street becomes Quitman Blvd. and then Main St. Follow Main St. to Canal Street. The hotel is on the corner of Main and Canal.
  General Natchez is on the banks of the Mississippi River in southwest Mississippi, due east from Vidalia, La. It is accessible via several major highways, including Interstate 20, Interstate 49, and Interstate 55 as well as the Natchez Historic Trace Parkway, US Highway 61 (“Blues Highway”), and US Highway 84.
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 at 3 p.m. Welcome and overview session at 3:30 p.m. History of Natchez program at 4 p.m. Christmas Cabaret at Convention Center, with food, drinks, seasonal decorations, and professional musical entertainment
(Friday, December 6)

Note: walking



   
 Afternoon: 3 p.m. Registration in the hotel lobby. At 3:30 p.m. is a Welcome-to-Natchez session. At 4 p.m. is a program about the history of Natchez. At 5 p.m. is complimentary wine in the lounge.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: Immediately after dinner, participants will go across the street to the Convention Center for a Christmas Cabaret, a festive annual event with drinks, decorations, and professional musical entertainment.Participants will enjoy a fabulous Christmas musical entertainment by professionals.
   
Accommodations: Natchez Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Programs about Natchez architecture and Christmas customs. Tour of Christmas-bedecked Rosalie, Dunleith and Stone House mansions. "Chopin and Champagne," a concert with bubbly. Christmas parade, fireworks and "A Natchez Christmas Carol" at Little Theatre
(Saturday, December 7)

Note: walking



   
 Breakfast: A full breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Programs about local architecture and Christmas customs. Tours of Rosalie mansion and Dunleith mansion, both decorated for Christmas in the mid-19th-century style.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at The Castle on the grounds of Dunleith mansion, where garlands of Christmas greenery cheer everyone.
 Afternoon: "Chopin and Champagne," a classical piano concert with commentary at Stone House, decorated for Christmas, followed by bubbly. Complimentary wine before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: At 6 p.m., witness the annual Christmas parade with marching bands, decorated floats, and more. Afterward, enjoy fireworks over the Miss. River. Then attend "A Natchez Christmas Carol," a show inspired by Charles Dickens' famous story but set in Natchez, all at the Natchez Little Theatre.
   
Accommodations: Natchez Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Program on Eudora Welty's story in Natchez at Christmastime. Tour Stanton Hall. Lunch at Carriage House restaurant. Tour of five private homes decorated for Christmas. Attend Christmas concert at St. Mary Basilica performed by Alcorn State U. choir.
(Sunday, December 8)

Note: walking



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: Program about Eudora Welty's short story, "A Worn Path," set in Natchez at Christmas 1940. Optional: attend a church service in one of the historic downtown churches. Tour National Historic Landmark Stanton Hall, a magnificent mansion decorated in the mid 19th-century period.
 Lunch: Lunch is at the famed Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of Stanton Hall, noted for its huge, lighted Christmas tree.
 Afternoon: Guided tours of five private homes, decorated for Christmas, all part of the annual Library Tour of Homes. Refreshments at one of the homes.
 Dinner: Dinner at historic Bowie's Tavern near the river, decorated for the season.
 Evening: Annual crowd-pleasing Christmas concert by the Alcorn State University Choir, a group that entertained in Washington, D.C., at President Obama's first inauguration. Concert to be held in historic St. Mary (Catholic) Basilica.
   
Accommodations: Natchez Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: After breakfast, check out of hotel.
(Monday, December 9)
   
 Depart From: Hotel check out is at 11 a.m.
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet is open from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List


Black Boy


Author: Richard Wright


Description: This blockbuster is by a Natchez native.



Natchez: An Illustrated History.


Author: David G. Sansing, Sim C. Callon, Carolyn Vance Smith


Description: The first and only full history of Natchez, Miss., with photographs.



Native Son


Author: Richard Wright


Description: This blockbuster is by Natchez native Richard Wright.



Rising Tide


Author: John Barry


Description: A history of the Mississippi River



Sleep No More


Author: Greg Iles


Description: Thrilling novel set in Natchez



The Barber of Natchez


Author: Edwin Adams Davis and William Ransom Hogan


Description: A biography of William Johnson, a Free Black in antebellum Natchez, Miss., who owned barbershops. His downtown home is part of the National Park Service.



The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty


Author: Eudora Welty


Description: Many of Eudora Welty's short stories are set in or near Natchez, Miss., including some on the Natchez Trace.



The Devils Backbone


Author: Jonathan Daniels


Description: A history of the Natchez Trace



The Devils Punchbowl


Author: Greg Iles


Description: Thrilling novel set in Natchez



The Outlaw Years


Author: Robert Coates


Description: A history of the Natchez Trace



The Quiet Game


Author: Greg Iles


Description: Set in Natchez, Miss.



The South: The Guide for All Budgets, Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore On and Off the Beaten Path, 27th edition


Author: Karen Cure, editorial director


Description: This is the best general guidebook available. It contains much information about and numerous maps of the four cities featured in the program.



True Evil


Author: Greg Iles


Description: Set in Natchez, Miss.



Turning Angel


Author: Greg Iles


Description: Thrilling novel set in Natchez





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