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A Savannah Christmas Season Celebration

Program Number: 20734RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/11/2014 - 12/16/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Price starting at: $1,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Federal-style homes decorated in period trimmings, musical celebrations of holiday favorites, and time-honored southern traditions — experience the magic of the holiday season, Savannah-style! Learn about the holiday customs of days gone by as you visit beautifully decorated historic homes that once belonged to notable historic Savannah residents and enjoy a holiday musical extravaganza at a local historic theater.




Highlights

• Enjoy visiting beautiful historic homes decorated for the holidays and open exclusively for Savannah’s annual “Holiday Tour of Homes.”
• Visit the historic Isaiah Davenport House and delight in a presentation on holiday traditions of the period.
• Experience Savannah’s most popular, grand theatrical presentation, “A Christmas Tradition,” in one of the country’s oldest, continually running theaters.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day over uneven terrain, cobblestones; stairs in historic buildings; getting on/off coach bus.




Date Specific Information

12-11-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Armstrong Atlantic State University.




Savannah

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, with the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., this is Savannah. Residents celebrate their culture, creativity and distinctive cuisine amid Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites, elegant architecture, lush parks, and more than 20 city squares.



Accommodations
First-class hotel in Savannah's historic district.

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

A native of Savannah and a 14th-generation Southerner, Paul Blatner has the distinct honor of being the co-founder and first curator-director of the Savannah History Museum. He holds master’s degrees in American studies and museum studies from the Smithsonian Institution Program at George Washington University, and is an avid antiques dealer. Paul’s colorful wit combined with his knowledge of Savannah’s past have made him a favorite instructor with Road Scholar participants for over 15 years.
 
Jamie Keena

Jamie Keena is a singer of old songs. His repetoire includes folksongs of America and the British Isles, patriotic airs, and “songs written to order” by Tin Pan Alley composers. He received a B.A. in music from the College of William and Mary, and studied voice for five years. Jamie has researched the roots of popular song classics and the development of the music industry. He accompanies his singing with guitar, banjo, and ukelele, and also plays the fife, hammered dulcimer, and concertina.
 
Christopher Hendricks

Chris Hendricks is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and stayed there to be educated at Wake Forest University, where he majored in history and English. He went on to graduate school at William and Mary and specialized in Colonial American history. At William and Mary, he held an apprenticeship in historical archeology, and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Chris taught for a year at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before coming to Armstrong in 1993.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
  Savannah, Georgia 5 nights
 Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guestrooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant). Wireless Internet access in guest rooms ($9.95 per-day fee applies). 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guestrooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.
  Contact info: 15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com
  Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have refrigerators available for personal use. There are approximately 1 or two available only for medical necessity (medication storage) only and those are first-come-first-serve on an extremely limited basis; they cannot be guaranteed. Please do not request a fridge for non-essential drink/food usage, since these must be held for guests who require them for health-related purposes only. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Pool-side cabanas. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Business Center With fax, copy, and print (24 Hours). Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate for participants of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Hotel's regular seasonal rate. Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Hotel's regular seasonal rate. Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the Road Scholar rate is not available outside of program dates. Please note that the hotel will not have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start. Participants should note any additional reservations on the Room Preferences Page before returning it to the Armstrong office.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in 3:00 p.m.; registration w/ coordinator in lobby 5:00 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends 11:00 a.m. after morning class. Hotel check-out 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Signing a Waiver of Liability/Hold Harmless Agreement is required in order to participate in the program. This form is mailed with the welcome materials and is to be mailed back to the university before the program start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking, at participants' expense is available at $15 per day. In/out privileges with unlimited vehicle access included.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Savannah, Georgia
  Nearest city or town:  Tybee Island Georgia
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95
  Nearest airport:  Savannah International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Savannah, Georgia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Savannah Historic District

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
KShuttle
phone: 877-243-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 - 30 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 18 miles

   

$30 round trip. Advanced reservations required. This shuttle serves the Historic District and Hilton Head Island only. There is no free public transportation from the Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l Airport. Website: www.kshuttle.com/

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate I-95 north or south bound: Exit at 99A (I-16 east), follow to the end where it feeds into Montgomery Street. At the first stop light turn right onto Liberty Street. Follow for 5 blocks to the DeSoto Hilton which will be on your right hand side.
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: Check-in/registration, followed by dinner at the hotel and orientation/meet & greet.
(Thursday, December 11)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel; check/in 3:00 p.m. Registration 5:00 Lobby.
 Dinner: At hotel.
 Evening: Meet & greet your coordinator and fellow Road Scholar participants as well as go over the program schedule at Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field trip in the Historic District in the morning; class/lecture in the afternoon; evening event to be determined.
(Friday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant or meeting room.
 Morning: Lecture/overview of Savannah with emphasis of Christmases past, followed by field trip exploring the historic district.
 Lunch: At the hotel or in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: To be determined
 Dinner: At the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Evening: Evening event to be determined
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Holiday Tour of Homes in the morning & afternoon with lunch in between. After dinner, enjoy a holiday musical at a local theater.
(Saturday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant or meeting room.
 Morning: Visit decorated historic homes opened by their residents for just this special presentation.
 Lunch: At hotel or a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue/finish the Holiday Tour of Homes.
 Dinner: At the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a long-running, popular holiday musical celebration at a local historic theater.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to a historic museum home in the morning. Free afternoon and evening.
(Sunday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant or meeting room.
 Morning: Visit a local historic museum home for a presentation on holiday customs of the time period & the former residents of the house, presented by guides in period costume & featuring the house decorated as it would be during a Christmas season of the time period.
 Lunch: On your own. Enjoy a local restaurant not included in the program.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon. You may want to take in the Holiday Tour of Inns today or visit River Street.
 Dinner: On your own. Enjoy a local restaurant not included in the program.
 Evening: Free evening. You may want to stroll the district or take a carriage ride to enjoy all of the outdoor holiday decorations on display.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Morning and afternoon to be determined. Special evening excursion to a local museum home.
(Monday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant or meeting room.
 Morning: TBD
 Lunch: At the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: TBD
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel or at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a special evening visit to a local museum home.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Musical entertainment presented by local performer. Program wrap-up.
(Tuesday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant or meeting room.
 Morning: Enjoy a Holiday music sing-along led by a local performer/entertainer. Program ends after class. Lunch on your own.
 Lunch: Program ends after morning presentation. Lunch on your own.
   
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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