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City Highlights Philadelphia

Program Number: 20520RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/4/2013 - 10/7/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $685.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Philadelphia is not only one of the most historic cities in America, it’s also one of the most “happening” with fascinating things to see and do around every corner. In addition to what’s going on during your weekend program — when you’ll have a block of free time to explore on your own — each program will include the following highlights plus a special entertainment event from current offerings.




Highlights

• Experience the city's mystique through its amazing murals, a visit to the “Littlest Street” and First Friday when eclectic art galleries in Old City welcome one and all.
• Visit the “Magic Gardens” that preserve Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art in a fully tiled indoor space and massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden with folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors.
• Stroll along the banks of the Schuylkill River to see and learn about the world famous Fairmount Water Works that looks like Greek temples.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain; climbing a few flights of stairs.




Date Specific Information

10-4-2013

The special entertainment event will be published on our website as soon as information is available.
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
Historic hotel in Rittenhouse Square.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters Hotel
  Philadelphia, PA 3 nights
 Club Quarters Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants 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.
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com
  Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron. refrigerator in room must be requested through customer service. Washer and dryer machines are availabel for use on the 12th floor of the hotel. Handicap rooms are available, however they only have a queen bed. No cots are allowed in the room due to size and insurance. Two rooms can be requested adjacent to each other if separate beds are required.
  Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2013 $116 +tax additional nights- pre and post cost 2013 $116.00 plus 15.2% tax. Triples can be accommodated at $25 per night additional. Rooms are small which requires an upgrade to a larger room. Triple accommodations would include sharing a queen size bed and adding a cot and/or using the sofa bed. Three members of the same sex would then have three different beds to sleep on. Customer service would need to contact the Provider to make these arrangements.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 2013 $116 +tax additional nights- pre and post cost 2013 $116.00 plus 15.2% tax. Triples can be accommodated at $25 per night additional. Rooms are small which requires an upgrade to a larger room. Triple accommodations would include sharing a queen size bed and adding a cot and/or using the sofa bed. Three members of the same sex would then have three different beds to sleep on. Customer service would need to contact the Provider to make these arrangements.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM Program registration in hotel. You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1:00 PM. You will be staying at Club Quarters 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. $21 per day with the 35% discount from Club Quarters- parking ticket must be validated by the desk clerk at Club Quarters.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia, PA
  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, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Train

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1 for Seniors $5 per adult
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

.3 of a miles from train station to hotel

   

Rail service from the airport to Suburban Station at 17th & JFK Blvd is operated by SEPTA transist company at www.septa.org. Suburban Rail Station is 2 blocks from the hotel.

 

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 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes if direct -40 minutes depending on number of hotel drop-offs 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Lady Liberty Transportation is a Philadelphia based company that provides airport transfer service between the Philadelphia International Airport and Center City/University hotels and residences. They also offer charter services to the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
30th St Station- Amtrak

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00 per cab fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

.5 miles

   

Any cab will take you to Club Quarters Hotel which is a 15 blocks away

 
Driving Directions
  North, South, East, West From South: Take I-95 NORTH to 676 WEST to BROAD STREET exit which feeds into 15th STREET, Turn RIGHT onto JFK BLVD, then LEFT onto 17th STREET and LEFT onto CHESTNUT STREET. Hotel Club Quarters is next door to Rite Aid on CORNER OF 16th STREET AND CHESTNUT. Hotel address, 1628 Chestnut From North/West: PA 476 SOUTH to 76 EAST to 676 EAST to BROAD STREET... From East: I-95 SOUTH to 676 WEST to Broad Street...
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/ Dinner/First Friday in Old City
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at 4:00 PM, followed by orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner at Davios restaurant located pon the lobby floor of the hotel.
 Evening: This evening we will attend the First Friday stroll in historic Old City. Enjoy the eclectic composition of art galleries and boutique stories which welcome you with wine and cheese as you stroll from door to door. A very festive atmosphere
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture on Philadelphia history or art. Field Trip to the Magic Garden/Barnes Foundation/Free Evening Museum/Philadelphia Museum of Art/Theater Performance
(Saturday, October 5)

Note: moderate walking around the Magic Garden, Barnes Foundation has sitting benches in each gallery and also wheelchairs.



   
 Breakfast: At Davios restaurant - breakfast is an upscale Continental with bagels, pastries, fruit bowl, variety of juices, granola, box cereals,yogurt, and hard boiled eggs.
 Morning: Early Philadelphia History or art lecture followed by field trip to The Magic Garden. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar's largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar's hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar's artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences. read a review: "Visionary is the word in regards to artistry that describes Isaiah Zagar. He will take junk, bottles, tiles, dishes, sculpture, mirrors, anything and everything and will turn them into beautiful mosaics and murals adorning the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and surrounding South Street neighborhood. Even the ceiling has been transformed in the building! His approach to his art and the community, however, is another story. Genius or Madman? Everyone has their own opinion."
 Lunch: Lunch out
 Afternoon: Our afternoon is a delight with entry to The Barnes on the Parkway. Between 1912 and 1951, Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. Acquiring works by some of the most daring artists of the time Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh, among others?Barnes marked himself as a collector of great ambition and audacity.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to savor Philadelphia's offering of great restaurants.
 Evening: Free evening for you to enjoy a night on your own or to meet with friends
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Art Lecture/Rodin Museum/Philadelphia Museum of Art/Evening Activity TBD
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Davios Restaurant
 Morning: Following the lecture we will go to The Rodin Museum on the Parkway houses the largest collections of Rodins outside of Paris. Marvel at the new garden with its array of outdoor original Rodin sculptures.
 Morning: Morning lecture on The Collections of The Rodin and The Philadelphia Museum of Art by an art educator
 Lunch: lunch on own at the Art Museum
 Afternoon: We will arrive at The Philadelphia Museum of Art for you to eat lunch on your own and then have the opportunity to explore its many galleries spanning centuries of art on your own. The early morning lecture will highlight the most important and a few delights of the collections of antiquity and paintings.
 Dinner: At hotel or at a popular restaurant.
 Evening: Evening lecture TBA
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning lecture/ lunch/ program ends.
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room. Checkout is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Morning: We will be listening to a lecture on Philadelphia architecture.
 Lunch: Enjoy a substantial lunch at Davios at 11:30 AM. This farewell lunch gives you an opportunity to share your thoughts and exchange addresses with your newly found travel friends. Checkout is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Afternoon: Program ends at 1:00 PM
   
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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