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Civil War Sesquicentennial: The Battles for Tennessee & the Confederacy’s Last Hurrah

Program Number: 21289RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/23/2014 - 11/1/2014; 10/16/2015 - 10/25/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Tennessee/Kentucky/Alabama
Price starting at: $4,480.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 25; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners    

Join Robert Hicks, best-selling author of the historical novels “The Widow of the South” and “A Separate Country,” on a classic river voyage that immerses you in the story of America’s Civil War. On expert-led field trips and during presentations aboard the steamboat, you’ll delve into the political and strategic aspects of the war but also the personal side, learning what it was like to live in a nation at war with itself.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day. Flat terrain with some occasional stairs, ramps are available at most locations.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Nashville, Tenn., 2 nights; aboard American Queen, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-3:
Arrival Nashville, Tenn. / embark American Queen:

Delve into the Nashville area’s Civil War history as you discover the Spring Hill battle site and the lovely Carnton Plantation, where the Confederate wounded were treated after a disastrous defeat. Enjoy free time to explore “Music City.” Lodging: Elegant hotel.



Day 4:
Dover:

Take a field trip to Fort Donelson, built by the Confederacy to control the Cumberland River but captured by the then-unproven brigadier general Ulysses S. Grant and his troops in 1862.



Day 5:
Paducah, Ky.:

Continue to this charming city that began as a mixed community where Native Americans and white settlers cooperated uncommonly well. Visit the home of the Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman.



Day 6:
Savannah, Tenn.:

Journey to Shiloh National Military Park to learn the story of “Bloody Shiloh,” a two-day confrontation during which more than 1,700 men on each side were killed.



Day 7:
Florence, Ala.:

After crossing into Alabama, go ashore to discover the birthplace and museum of W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House.



Day 8:
Decatur:

Enjoy a field trip to Ivy Green, the childhood home of Helen Keller, whose father was a Confederate colonel. Continue to the Huntsville Museum of Art, whose executive director leads you on a special visit.



Days 9-10:
On River / Chattanooga, Tenn. / disembark / departure:

As you steam toward Chattanooga, complete your voyage by discussing the lasting legacies of the Civil War.



American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen is a recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat featuring a steam-powered paddlewheel, lacy filigree and, inside, glistening woodwork and antiques. Public areas include the Mark Twain Gallery library, the Grand Saloon and a lounge. Wine and beer are complimentary with dinner.



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

Robert Hicks is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, “A Separate Country,” and “The Widow of the South.” His passion for history and stories have followed him through many roles, as a collector and later a curator of the exhibition, “Art of Tennessee” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. In the field of historic preservation, he has served on the boards of the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Robert also headed up Franklin's Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space, an initiative that seeks to secure and preserve battlefields in Williamson County. In a previous career, Robert worked as a music publisher and artist manager in both country and rock music, and was a partner in the B.B. King’s Blues Clubs.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sheraton Music City
  Nashville, TN 2 nights
   American Queen
  Nashville, TN
Dover, TN
Paducah, Kentucky
Savannah, Tennessee
Florence, Alabama
Decatur, AL
Tennessee River
Chattanooga, Tennessee
8 nights
 Sheraton Music City
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Sheraton Music City’s 410 comfortable guest rooms are recognized as the largest guest rooms in Nashville and offer a private balcony or patio for added enjoyment. You’ll also enjoy thoughtful features like The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, High Speed Internet access, dual-line phones, in-room coffee and tea service, same-day dry cleaning, complimentary USA Today, and a generous workspace with ergonomic task chair. Premium television channels and video checkout are as simple as a touch of a button. After a day of friends, family, or business, there is one more thing to savor at this Sheraton: the welcome of our guest rooms, which are completely smoke-free.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 777 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-885-2200
web: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=198
  Room amenities: •Deluxe Bath Amenities •Accessible Shower and/or Bath •Hairdryer •Spacious Bathroom •Smoke Detectors in Room •Iron/Ironing Board •Housekeeping Service •Video Check-Out •Radio/Alarm Clock •Wireless High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms USD 9.95 per day
  Facility amenities: •Gift/Sundry Shop •24-Hour Front Desk •Luggage Storage •Non-Smoking Facilities •Medical Services Available •Safe Deposit Boxes •Concierge Service •Air Conditioned Facilities •Doorman •Bellstand/Porters •Smoke Detectors •Laundry/Valet Service •Sprinklers •Ice Machine •Disability Accessible Facilities •Vending Machine •Self Parking Facilities (Complimentary) •Free Airport Transportation (Limited) •Business Center •Copy/Printing Service •Outdoor Children's Pool •Outdoor Pool •Indoor Heated Pool •Whirlpool/Hot Tub •Sheraton Fitness •Adagio Spa •Golf Courses Nearby •Massage Treatments •Wireless High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms USD 9.95 per day •High Speed Internet Access in Business Center •Wireless High Speed Internet Access in Public Areas
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 American Queen
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.
  Ship Information: See above description
  Contact info: Docked at River
Chattanooga TN, TN 37402 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
  Room amenities: Varies with category purchased
  Facility amenities: Laundry on board
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Orientation begins at 5:30 pm at the hotel. You will be staying at Sheraton Music City that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends upon disembarkation in Chattanooga, TN. You will be staying at American Queen the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. "The Guest Information Form" towards the back of your packet must be completed and emailed or faxed to the cruise line at gif@aqsc.com or 901-654-2639. Cruise documents will be handed out at orientation.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nashville, TN
  From End of Program
  Location:  Chattanooga, Tennessee
Travel Details
 

Nashville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Sheraton Music City

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

From baggage claim, proceed to the phone bank and press button #46 to request pickup. Then proceed to the pickup area which is one level down at ground transportation.

 

Chattannooga

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar Transfers

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

There will be an airport transfer available for all participants at 9:00AM. For those who are arriving to the program early, departing late or are transferring on your own, please refer to the alternate modes of transportation below.

 
Driving Directions
  From all points to Nashville Sheraton Music City Hotel From East Take Interstate 40 West to Donelson Pike/TN-255 North. Proceed on Donelson Pike and for approximately 0.8 miles and turn left onto Elm Hill Pike. Continue for approximately 1.0 mile and turn left on McGavock Pike. The hotel is located .6 miles on the left at the top of the hill. From West Take Interstate 40 East to Donelson Pike/TN-255 North. Proceed on Donelson Pike and for approximately 0.8 miles and turn left onto Elm Hill Pike. Continue for approximately 1.0 mile and turn left on McGavock Pike. The hotel is located 0.6 miles on the left at the top of the hill. From South Take Interstate 65 to Interstate 40 East (toward Knoxville). Continue on I-40 East to Donelson Pike/TN-255 and turn left on Elm Hill Pike. Travel approximately 1.0 mile and turn left on McGavock Pike. The hotel is on the left approximately 0.6 miles ahead on the top of the hill. From North Take Interstate 65 to Interstate 40 East. Continue on I-40 East to Donelson Pike/TN-255 North. Proceed on Donelson Pike and for approximately 0.8 miles and turn left onto Elm Hill Pike. Continue for approximately 1.0 mile and turn left on McGavock Pike. The hotel is located .6 miles on the left at the top of the hill.
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 Welcome Orientation
(Thursday, October 23)

Note: Charlene Corris will provide a final itinerary at your orientation which will include lecture times, excursion times, and additional itinerary details.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Nashville and take the complimentary shuttle to our hotel, Sheraton Music City. In the Baggage Claim area proceed to the phone bank and press button #46 to request pick-up. Then proceed to the pick-up area, one level down at Ground Transportation. Charlene Corris, your Group Leader, will be hosting a Hospitality Table in the Lobby from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check in at the hotel begins at 3:00 PM.
 Dinner: Orientation and dinner will begin at 5:30PM in the Belle Mead Room at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Music City
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Nashville
(Friday, October 24)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: Private breakfast will be served in the Two Rivers Room from 7:00-8:30AM.
 Morning: After breakfast, meet in the lobby at 8:15AM to depart for Spring Hill to discuss the Battle of Franklin with your local guide, Thomas Cartwright.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Proceed to visit the Carter House and the Lotz House. The group will return to the hotel between 3:30 and 4:00PM.
 Dinner: On your own in Nashville. There is a restaurant in the hotel, or your group leader can provide local recommendations.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Music City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Nashville/Board American Queen
(Saturday, October 25)

Note: The ship-based itinerary may change in order to allow participants to attend activities offered by both Road Scholar and the American Queen. Please keep in mind that once we board the American Queen, the river dictates our schedule!



   
 Breakfast: Private breakfast will be served in the Two Rivers Room from 7:00-8:30AM. Please have your luggage inside your room and ready for the bellman to pick up at 8:00AM.
 Morning: Depart the hotel at 9:00AM for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the first Episcopal Church established in Tennessee. During the Civil War, it was used for barracks by the Union troops. Many of the pews were burned for firewood. Following the Battle of Franklin, St. Paul's was used as a field hospital. Some of those who died in the church were buried at McGavock Confederate Cemetery. St. Paul's was heavily damaged during the Civil War, and when it was restored, eight stained-glass Tiffany windows were installed.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
 Afternoon: Next, we will continue to the Carnton Plantation, the focus of Robert Hicks' book "The Widow of the South." The plantation became the epicenter for tending the wounded and dying after the Battle of Franklin. Arrive at the American Queen shortly before boarding time at 3:00PM for embarkation. Settle in to your cabins before the required safety drill at 4:30PM.
 Dinner: Dinner in the J.M. White Dining Room. We will have assigned tables, but not seats. Please change your dining partners and tables each evening.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dover, TN
(Sunday, October 26)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Enjoy activities aboard the American Queen.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: At 12:45PM gather in the Mark Twain Gallery to board the motorcoach. Depart for a visit to Fort Donelson in which Union Army Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote captured three Confederate forts and opened two rivers, the Tennesse River and the Cumberland River, to control by the Union Navy. The group will return to the American Queen in time for the Captain's Welcome Reception for all passengers at 4:30PM.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy activities aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Paducah, KY
(Monday, October 27)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Explore Paducah using the hop-on hop-off buses.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Join Robert Hicks in the Theater for his first talk, "The Future of the Past: Preserving Our History for Future Generations." An exclusive Road Scholar cocktail reception will follow at 3:00PM.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Savannah, TN
(Tuesday, October 28)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: This morning, join Robert Hicks for his talk, "John Bell Hood: Still a Villian?"
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: At 12:45PM meet in the Mark Twain Gallery to depart for Shiloh National Military Park. Explore the park guided by a local ranger. The group will return to the American Queen at 4:00PM.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Florence, AL
(Wednesday, October 29)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: At 8:45AM, meet in the Mark Twain Gallery to board the bus to Tuscumbia, AL to visit Ivy Green, the home of Helen Keller. The group will return to the ship at 11:30AM.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: After lunch onboard visit the sites in Florence using the hop-on-hop-off buses. No tickets are required in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Decatur, AL
(Thursday, October 30)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: At 8:45AM, meet in the Mark Twain Gallery to board the bus for a guided drive to Huntsville, AL.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Huntsville Fine Arts Museum.
 Afternoon: Explore the Fine Arts Museum before returning to the ship at 3:30PM.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Steamboating Day
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Join Robert Hicks this morning for his final talk, "Why the Civil War Matters." For the remainder of this steamboating day, follow the River Times events.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: This evening is the Captain’s Farewell Reception and there are sure to be some “spooky events” for Halloween.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Chattannooga, TN
(Saturday, November 1)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as making your way to the airport check in with your luggage.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Meet in the Grand Saloon at 8:30AM before the boarding call for the airport transfer. The coach to the airport will depart at 9:00AM and is available for all participants. Please let your group leader know if you do not plan on taking this transfer.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
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.

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Life on the Mississippi


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River of Dark Dreams


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Shiloh


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Shiloh National Military Park


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The Civil War, A Visual History


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The Civil War, An Illustrated History


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