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Mystic by Land and Sea

Program Number: 21176RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/2/2013 - 9/7/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Mystic, Connecticut
Price starting at: $1,097.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

In the historic, seafaring village of Mystic Seaport, the old ways of ship building and sailing remain a prominent part of everyday life. Experience Mystic’s maritime legacy during a three-day sail onboard the tall ship "The Mystic Whaler" and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. As a special feature, enjoy evening concerts and music programs conducted by a renowned chantey man from Mystic Seaport.




Highlights

• Enjoy a three-day sail along the coast during a private charter on "The Mystic Whaler," a reproduction of a late-19th-century coastal cargo schooner.
• Get an up-close look at over a dozen historic lighthouses, and enjoy a private visit with a light keeper.
• Immerse yourself in maritime history during a docent-led exploration of Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day during land excursions; some ladders, stairs and uneven surfaces on the boat.



You might also be interested in our other program aboard the Mystic Whaler in Baltimore, Md. For details, see “A Tall Ship Adventure on the Chesapeake” (Program #21627).



Itinerary Summary

Arrive Mystic, CT., 1 night; embark Mystic Whaler, 3 nights; disembark Mystic, CT, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Mystic

Evolving from a 17th-century shipbuilding hub into a 19th-century whaling village, Mystic — or “Big River” in the native Algonquian language — has preserved its maritime heritage with a living replica of the seaport village and a collection of historical treasures and artifacts that tell the story of seafaring families, ships and the sea.



Accommodations
On land: centrally located hotel. At sea: 83-foot-long schooner with modern amenities; private and shared baths. Some cabins have bunk beds. Single rooms available on land only.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express
  Mystic, CT 1 night
   Mystic Whaler
  At Sea 3 nights
   Holiday Inn Express
  Mystic, CT 1 night
 Holiday Inn Express
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located hotel with comfortable rooms that each feature cable TV, free high-speed Internet access, a microwave, refrigerator and triple-sheeted bedding.
  Contact info: 6 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355 USA
phone: 860-572-9065
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/mystic/goncb/hoteldetail
  Room amenities: Cable TV Hairdryer Coffee Maker Microwave Refrigerator Iron / Ironing Board
  Facility amenities: Business Center Health and Fitness Center Indoor Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: TBD To book pre and post nights, please call Kate Kontsevaya, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express, at 860-572-9065. Please tell her you are with the Road Scholar group in order to get the Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD To book pre and post nights, please call Kate Kontsevaya, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express, at 860-572-9065. Please tell her you are with the Road Scholar group in order to get the Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Mystic Whaler
Type: Other
  Ship Information: The Mystic Whaler is a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner that was designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine. She was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida and was rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Mystic Whaler's warm interior features Italian oak floors and fir wainscoting with mahogany accents. Her modern amenities include 6 bathrooms (3 private) with hot showers. The schooner meets or exceeds all Coast Guard standards for safety with an auxiliary diesel engine and generator and a full array of navigational equipment
  Contact info: 35 Water Street
New London, CT 06320 USA
phone: 800-697-8420
web: www.mysticwhalercruises.com
  Room amenities: Accommodation #1 Clipper Cabins (G, N, and O): One double bed, with private head and shower en suite. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Accommodation #2 Brigantine Cabins (A, B, C, F, and I): A double upper bunk and single lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. These are the largest cabins on the vessel. Accommodation #3 Schooner Cabins (H, J, and M): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and/or portlight provide natural light and ventilation. Slightly more under-bunk storage space than Sloop cabins. Accommodation #4Sloop Cabins (K & L): An upper and lower bunk, with reading lights over each bunk. A sink with H&C water, and a shared head and shower across the hall. A skylight and portlight provide natural light and ventilation. There is adequate floor space for one person to dress at a time.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration 3-5 in hotel lobby You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express that night.
  End of Program:
11 am You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mystic, CT
  Nearest city or town:  Mystic, CT
  Nearest airport:  T.F. Green Airport, Providence
  From End of Program
  Location: Mystic, CT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

T.F. Green Airport/Providence

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

50 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

40 Miles

   

Taxis are available at T. F. Green Airport in Providence.

 

Mystic Amtrak

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes away 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

You may take a taxi from the Mystic Amtrak station to the hotel. For more information about tickets and schedules, go to: http://www.amtrak.com

 
Driving Directions
  From all Directions to Holiday Inn Express-Mystic Take exit 90 off of Interstate 95. Go east on Rte 27 to Coogan Boulevard where the hotel is located.
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 and Orientation
(Monday, September 2)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION between 3:00-5:00 PM. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mystic Seaport/Board the Mystic Whaler
(Tuesday, September 3)

Note: Participants board the ship using a gangplank.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a visit to Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, with a lecture and an expert-led exploration of the grounds.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Mystic before before boarding the Mystic Whaler at 5 pm. After boarding, Captain John Eginton will give an introduction to the schooner and show you around your home for the next 3 days.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6 pm, following a safety briefing.
 Evening: Greetings from the captain, and overview of the cruise ahead, followed by a sea music concert on deck.
   
Accommodations: Mystic Whaler
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Block Island/Southeast Lighthouse
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the Mystic Whaler.
 Morning: The boat will be under sail by 9 am. You are welcome to tail on to a halyard and help set sail, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax with a good book and enjoy the symphony of wind and sea. The captain will give an overview of lighthouse history, as well as a narration of each lighthouse we sail by.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The boat will pull into Block Island (RI) by about 3 pm, where you will disembark for a bus exploration around of the island. You will stop at historic Southeast Light, the highest and brightest lighthouse in New England. Keeper Lisa Nolan will speak to you about the history of the lighthouse, and the captivating story of how it was saved from destruction. You are invited to climb to the top of the tower and stand next to the rare 1st Order Fresnel lens. After the Southeast Light tour, there will be free time to explore the town before returning to the schooner.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the Mystic Whaler
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation on Block Island history and lore.
   
Accommodations: Mystic Whaler
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Stonington, CT/Lighthouse Museum
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: On the Mystic Whaler
 Morning: Today we’ll set a course back to the West and make our port of call at Stonington, CT, a magnificent and charming town that is home to Connecticut’s last commercial fishing fleet.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Arrive at Stonington and take a short walk down the shaded streets that provide views of magnificent architecture ranging from Colonial to Victorian. After a visit to the Lighthouse Museum, you will return to the schooner for another wonderful dinner
 Dinner: On board the Mystic Whaler
 Evening: Enjoy live music on the deck.
   
Accommodations: Mystic Whaler
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: View lighthouses not visable from land/Return to Mystic
(Friday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Mystic Whaler
 Morning: Set sail to return to New London and view many lighthouses along the way. Listen to Captain John's final narrations about sea life.
 Lunch: Lunch on the deck
 Afternoon: Return to New London and travel by bus back to the the hotel.
 Dinner: At a nearby Mystic restaurant
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures
(Saturday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Departures from Mystic.
   
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


A History of Mystic, CT: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town


Author: Leigh Fought


Description: Learn how the War of 1812 turns Mystic from a quiet little farming village to a shipbuilding powerhouse. Read Fought's comprehensive narrative to discover Mystic's role in New England's thrilling maritime saga.



America and the Sea: Treasures from the Collections of Mystic Seaport


Author: Nicholas Whitman and Daniel Finamore


Description: Features a selection of more than two hundred of the finest objects from Mystic Seaport that tells America's history and its maritime heritage.



The Battle of Stonington: Torpedoes, Submarines, and Rockets in the War of 1812


Author: James Tertius


Description: Reviewed as a memorable, masterly told story of brave and honorable people, divided loyalties, and new ideas fighting traditional, old-world values in this small Connecticut town.





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