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That's Entertainment, Las Vegas Style!

Program Number: 1662RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/26/2014 - 1/31/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 11/16/2014 - 11/21/2014; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Price starting at: $1,129.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; None    

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Las Vegas the "Entertainment Capital of the World.” Learn how casinos are regulated to ensure fair play and have a director of surveillance and security show you around the "back of the house." Gain an intimate knowledge of the entertainers who have performed here over the years, and learn why lounge acts have been replaced by larger productions. Go on an exciting excursion to Red Rock Canyon and spend your evenings enjoying both a classic showgirl review and a Cirque du Soleil production.




Highlights

• Enjoy two exciting evening performances on “The Strip,” including KA, a Cirque de Soleil production.
• Learn about the infamous “Black Book,” as a Nevada Gaming Control Board investigator discusses how casinos prevent cheating.
• Go backstage at Bally's Jubilee, venture to amazing Red Rock Canyon, and get a fascinating look at vintage Vegas at the Neon Boneyard.



Activity Particulars

This is a very active program and will keep you on-the-go each day. Must be able to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces from three blocks up to two miles.



Coordinated by University of Nevada Las Vegas.




Las Vegas (Nevada)

Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Between the world-class entertainment and gambling on “The Strip” and the region’s amazing natural resources including beautiful Red Rock Canyon it is clear why people love this desert community.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel/casino located on the Las Vegas “Strip” with an outdoor swimming pool, spa, health club, free on-site parking garage.
Meals and Lodgings
   Harrah's Las Vegas
  Las Vegas, NV 5 nights
 Harrah's Las Vegas
Type: Hotel
  Description: Harrah’s is an 86,664 square foot hotel/casino, located on "The Strip". The 2,500 room Hotel/Casino rests within walking distance of a variety of other Hotel/Casinos including: The Flamingo, Bellagio, Bally’s, Paris, Caesars Palace and many more. Casino games include: Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Slots, Baccarat, Megabucks and more. The casino has a poker room. and a 45-seat race and sports book, equipped with 55 televisions and four big screens. Wheelchairs and scooters are available to rent for your convenience. For information, please call (800) 877-6106. Shuttle Service: You can visit Harrah’s sister properties, Bally's/Paris and Rio using their free shuttle. Shuttle pick up location: Far east-side of property, located directly behind the Registration/Front Desk at Harrah's Las Vegas. Schedule: Pick-ups daily from 10am-1am. Shuttle departs approximately every 30 minutes. *Sorry, no luggage allowed on shuttle bus.
  Contact info: 3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 USA
phone: 888-469-7320
web: www.harrahslasvegas.com
  Room amenities: The room also has a table and two chairs, armoire with television, and desk with a chair, air conditioning, iron / ironing board, blackout drapes, daily maid service, room service, high-speed internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, combined shower and bathtub, television, Pay-Per-View movies, video game console and games, telephone, and a phone jack for dial-up internet access.
  Facility amenities: There are outstanding restaurants, a free seven-story parking garage, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art health club, full-service beauty salon, a unique variety of retail options and, entertainment, valet, concierge, currency exchange, luggage and laundry service, maid service, safety deposit boxes, wake-up calls, room service and express checkout. .
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies Contact the hotel at (888) 469-7320. Unfortunately there are no discounts for Road Scholar participants at Harrah's. If you are staying additional nights at Harrah's please let us know by marking it on your returned Travel Form so that we can ensure that you will not have to change rooms during the program dates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Contact the hotel at (888) 469-7320. Unfortunately there are no discounts for Road Scholar participants at Harrah's. If you are staying additional nights at Harrah's please let us know by marking it on your returned Travel Form so that we can ensure that you will not have to change rooms during the program dates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm Sunday You will be staying at Harrah's Las Vegas that night.
  End of Program:
11:00am Friday You will be staying at Harrah's Las Vegas the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A signed waiver of liability is required for participation on the Bally's Back Stage tour. Form will be sent, prior to program start date, and it must be returned to Charlee Zingraf at UNLV Educational Outreach, Box 451019, 4505 Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89154.
  Parking availability:
Free self-parking or valet at hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Las Vegas, NV
  Nearest airport:  McCarran International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Las Vegas, NV
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Variety of shuttle services outside Baggage Claim

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7-$13
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

4.5 miles

   

A variety of shuttle services are available at McCarran Airport; they are located on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 8-14. Please note that there are both group shuttle and stretch limousine services for hire. Prices may vary due to increase in fuel prices. You do not need to call the shuttle services in advance for transportation from McCarran Airport to your hotel. For return service from Harrah's to McCarran Airport you must make reservations with the shuttle service.

 

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Variety of taxies for hire outside of Baggage Claim

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

around $15 (not including tip)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

4.5 Miles

 
Driving Directions
  I-15 Northbound to Harrah's Take exit 38 for Flamingo Rd, Keep right at the fork, Follow signs for Flamingo Rd East and merge onto Flamingo Rd. (heading east), turn LEFT on Kovol Ln., stay to the left, follow signs so Harrahs, Turn LEFT at the first light after Winnick Ave. (there is no street name on this light), stay to the left and follow signs to Harrahs self park or Valet.
  I-15 Southbound to Harrah's Take exit 39 for Spring Mountain Rd. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Spring Mountain Rd EAST and merge onto Spring Mountain Rd. Continue onto Sands Ave, Turn RIGHT onto Koval Ln, stay to the right, Turn RIGHT at the first light (there is no street name on this light), stay to the left, and follow signs to Harrahs self park or Valet.
  Las Vegas Blvd. (heading North) to Harrah's If you are going north on the Las Vegas Blvd ("The Strip"), there is an entrance to the Harrah's parking garage on the right, after Imperial Palace and before you pass Harrah's.
  McCarran Airport to Harrah's Head southeast on Wayne Newton Blvd toward Airport Departures. Wayne Newton Blvd turns slightly left and becomes McCarran Airport Connector/Swenson St. Continue to follow Swenson St. Turn LEFT onto Harmon Ave, Turn RIGHT onto Koval Ln, stay to the left, and follow signs to Harrahs, Turn LEFT at the first light AFTER Winnick Ave. (there is no street name on this light), stay to the left and follow signs to Harrahs self park or Valet.
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
(Sunday, January 26)
   
 Arrive To: Check into your hotel room before 4pm. Between 4-5pm, find the Mardi Gras Tower/Convention Center elevators (next to Mings Table Restaurant). Take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and a representative of UNLV will be at the Check-In table by the elevators to meet you and direct you to the Orientation room. *Be mindful when looking for the Mardi Gras Tower Elevator, as there are escalators and elevators that that go to the wrong areas. Be sure to take the Mardi Gras Tower/Convention Center Elevators. Do not go to the Carnival tower, the Promenade, or the escalator labeled Monorail, Toby Keith Restaurant, parking garage, or showrooms.
 Afternoon: Orientation – Meet your guide and take a closer look at our plans for the next 4 days.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet at Harrah's
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Behind-the-Scenes Tour / Vegas Historian Lecture / Evening Performance
(Monday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Harrah's.
 Morning: Back Stage Tour of Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas - See how one of the most famous show productions in Las Vegas functions on a nightly basis. Let one of the showgirls give you the ultimate backstage tour, see where it all comes together, and learn a few secrets of the trade.
 Lunch: Lunch at the UNLV Dining Commons
 Afternoon: Examine "Sin City's" rich history with a fascinating and devoted Nevada historian.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet at Harrah's
 Evening: Experience Jubilee! - the last showgirl spectacular in town at Bally's Las Vegas on "The Strip". *Please note this is a topless performance.
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Red Rock Canyon / Free Time (Afternoon & Evening)
(Tuesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Harrah's.
 Morning: Field Trip - Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The Red Rock Canyon is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert. Red Rock is an area of world wide geologic interest and beauty with its dramatic shapes and vivid colors.
 Lunch: Lunch is NOT provided today, allowing you the chance to explore all the Las Vegas culinary world has to offer.
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner is NOT provided tonight, allowing you the chance to explore all the Las Vegas culinary world has to offer.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: NV Gaming Board Lecture / Behind-the-Scenes Property Tour / Surveillance Lecture
(Wednesday, January 29)

Note: Afternoon will involve walking around a casino property; some areas may not be wheelchair accessible.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Harrah's.
 Morning: What's in "The Black Book" - A Nevada Gaming Control Board Investigator will present information on gaming regulations designed to prevent crimes of cheating and fraud. The board's agents make as many as 500 arrests annually for cheating or embezzling from casinos.
 Lunch: Lunch provided (vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary restrictions options available)
 Afternoon: Behind the Scenes Property Tour - Follow the Director of Security and Surveillance on a guided behind the scenes tour of the new Downtown Grand. Compare the experience of the "Strip" to this industrial chic, high-energy and intimate environment. Located in the center of downtown Las Vegas, Downtown Grand is steps away from the Fremont Street Experience and the ever evolving Fremont East Entertainment District, Learn what precautions are taken to provide a safe and secure environment during some of the biggest parties in Vegas.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet at Harrah's
 Evening: Experience KA', a Cirque Du Soleil performance at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on "The Strip"
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Neon Boneyard Museum / Fremont Street Experience / Mob Museum
(Thursday, January 30)

Note: Expect to be on your feet for the majority of the day. Neon Boneyard is an outdoor area with little to no shade available, no seating is available.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Harrah's.
 Morning: Guided tour through the Neon Boneyard - Home to over 150 donated and rescued signs dating from the 1930’s to present day and located within a two-acre outdoor museum space, the unrestored collection includes signs from businesses, motels and celebrated casino resorts originally located throughout the Las Vegas valley.
 Lunch: Have lunch on the street where it all began and experience vintage Las Vegas at the famous Freemont Street Experience. Buffet lunch at the Golden Nugget.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring the new Mob Museum located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, inside the historic former federal building. The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement through theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure Day
(Friday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Harrah's.
 Morning: Check out of hotel by 11:00am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
702-735-1616 For additional information, visit www.lvchamber.com
  Las Vegas tourism website
Find out about Las Vegas shows, attractions, dining, shopping, casinos, history, sports, golf, music, spas, nightlife, and weddings. For additional information, visit www.visitlasvegas.com
  Free Things To Do On/Near "The Strip" Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Admire the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor. To ensure the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintains magnificence 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season. Theme changes 5 times a year, located at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Admission FREE For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com/amenities/botanical-garden.aspx
  Dancing Fountains of Bellagio
Watch more than 1,000 dancing fountains choreographed to the music of Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Bocelli, Pavarotti and more entertain the masses. Shows are Mon-Fri at 3pm and Sat-Sun at 12pm and continue every half hour until 6pm and then every 15 minutes until 12am at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Admission FREE For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com/amenities/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx
  Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show
The Fall of Atlantis fountain show will captivate you with its stunning special effects. Located inside Caesars Palace in the Forum Shops, next to The Cheesecake Factory, the free fountain show uses lifelike animatronic figures to recount the myth of Atlantis. Every hour on the hour Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight. Also worth a look is the amazing salt water aquarium that comprises the show's platform. You can watch as a diver feeds the tropical puffers, flounder, sharks and the rest of the aquarium's inhabitants each day at 1:15 and 5:15 pm at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Admission FREE For additional information, visit www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/fountainshow.html
  Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street area of Las Vegas is located Downtown, just north of the famed Vegas Strip. Fremont Street dates back to 1905, when Las Vegas itself was founded. Fremont Street was closed to vehicle traffic in September, 1994 to begin construction on the Fremont Street Experience. The massive entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, a spectacular light and music show with a 550,000 watt sound system and over 12.5 million lights projecting onto a 500-yard-long canopy 90 feet above the ground. Viva Vision truly makes Fremont Street a prime attraction for tourists and locals alike. Nightly shows run every hour on the hour beginning at 8:00pm - midnight and last for approximately seven minutes. The many hotels, casinos, and stores which open onto the Fremont Street Experience can keep you busy all night. Entertainment on 2 stages set up in the mall on various weekends and holidays also add to the excitement of Downtown Las Vegas. 425 Fremont Street (Fremont St. and Las Vegas Blvd). Admission - FREE For additional information, visit www.vegasexperience.com/
  Sirens of Treasure Island
The sexy outdoor sirens pirate show is a must see spectacle of renegade pirates who are lured inside Siren's Cove by the siren songs. The singing stirs up a tempest strong enough to sink a ship and turning the entire cove into a 21st century party complete with pyrotechnics and music. The Sirens take to the ship nightly at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm, weather permitting at Treasure Island, 3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Admission - FREE. For additional information, visit www.treasureisland.com/shows/sirens_of_ti.aspx
  Volcano at the Mirage
In front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino you will find a peaceful dormant-looking volcano. But beginning at 6pm each evening, this volcano blows its top in a show-stopping eruption reaching over 54 feet tall. The lava flows freely down the sides of the volcano into pools of water and fire, surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and tropical floral life and continues to erupt every 15 minutes until midnight. The Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. Admission - FREE. For additional information, visit www.mirage.com/attractions/volcano.aspx
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


Sun, Sin, and Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas


Author: Schumacher, Geoff


Description: People all over the globe know Las Vegas as gambling's Mecca, Sin City, the Entertainment Capital of the World, a resort destination that attracts more than 35 million visitors per year. But that's just one piece of the story of this fascinating metropolis of 1.5 million people - and counting. With more than 6,000 people rushing to the valley each month, Las Vegas responded to the influx with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, all while coping with enormous economic, social and political challenges. This carefully documented history focuses on the most exciting and chaotic decade in Las Vegas history: the 1990s. Veteran journalist Geoff Schumacher captures the true essence of Las Vegas, seeing past the neon and discovering the multi-faceted communities beyond.



Las Vegas: A Centennial History


Author: Moehring, Eugene P., and Michael S. Green


Description: Las Vegas: A Centennial History offers a detailed and deeply knowledgeable account of the growth of this unique city, the impact of politics and of wars, and the citys struggle to establish diversified economy. The authors scope extends chronologically from the first Paiute people who settled around the artesian springs that gave the city its name, right up to the construction of the latest megaresort, and geographically far beyond the original township to include the several municipalities that make up the metropolitan Las Vegas area.



Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas


Author: Pete Earley


Description: In this lively and probing book, award-winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas -- from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country's top family vacation spots. He revisits the city's checkered history of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, reveals the real stories of well-known power brokers like Steve Wynn and legends like Howard Hughes and Bugsy Siegel, and offers a fascinating portrait of the life, death, and fantastic rebirth of the Las Vegas Strip. Earley also documents the gripping tale of the entrepreneurs behind the rise and fall and rise again of one of the largest gaming corporations in the nation, Circus Circus -- to which he was given unique access. In his trademark you-are-there style, he takes us behind the scenes to meet the blackjack dealers and hookers, the heavy hitters and bit players, the security officers, cabbies, and showgirls who are caught up in the mercurial pace that pulses at the heart of this astounding city.



A Short History Of Las Vegas: Second Edition


Author: Myrick Land & Barbara Land


Description: Today's Las Vegas welcomes 35 million visitors a year and reigns as the worlds premier gaming mecca. But it is much more than a gambling paradise. In A Short History of Las Vegas, Barbara and Myrick Land reveal a fascinating history beyond the mobsters, casinos, and showgirls. The Lands present a complete story, beginning with southern Nevadas indigenous peoples and the earliest explorers to the first pioneers to settle in the area; from the importance of the railroad and the construction of Hoover Dam to the arrival of the Mob after World War II; from the first isolated resorts to appear in the dusty desert to the upscale, extravagant theme resorts of today. Las Vegasand its historyis full of surprises. The second edition of this lively history includes details of the latest developments and describes the growing anticipation surrounding the Las Vegas centennial celebration in 2005. New chapters focus on the recent implosions of famous old structures and the construction of glamorous new developments, headline-making mergers and multibillion-dollar deals involving famous Strip properties, and a concluding look at what life is like for the nearly two million residents who call Las Vegas home.





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