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A Savannah Christmas Season Celebration

Program Number: 20734RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/11/2014 - 12/16/2014; 12/10/2015 - 12/15/2015;
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, 12-10-2015

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 guest rooms 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) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 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 guest rooms. 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 any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. 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. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, 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 is available starting at 4:00 p.m.; registration with group leaders is in the lobby, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:30 a.m. after morning class. Hotel check-out is at 11:00 a.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 program materials and is to be returned to Armstrong State University before the program start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking is required at the DeSoto Hilton and is at the participants' expense for $16 per day. In/out privileges with unlimited vehicle access are included. There is also a parking garage 1 block down the street for $0.50 per hour.
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. Please check current prices when reserving since they are subject to change without notice. Website: www.kshuttle.com/

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate I-95 north or south bound to Savannah Historic District/DeSoto Hilton: Exit at 99A (I-16 east), follow to the end where it merges into Montgomery Street. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Liberty Street. Follow for 5 blocks to the DeSoto Hilton, which will be on your right.
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 starts at 4:00 p.m. Registration is from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the lobby.
 Dinner: At the hotel, in the meeting room.
 Evening: Following dinner, meet & greet your group leaders and fellow Road Scholar participants and go over the detailed program schedule at orientation.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning presentations by history experts and a field trip within the Historic District in the afternoon; dinner out followed by an evening activity.
(Friday, December 12)

Note: This will be an activity-filled day that will have the group on the go until late in the evening with one hotel break between outings.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Learn about the Moravians - early settlers in Savannah - and their interesting Christmas-related customs. This presentation will be followed by a short lecture/overview of Savannah's history with an emphasis on Christmases past.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant filled with character and charm!
 Afternoon: A walking and riding field trip, exploring Savannah's fascinating historic district while learning some Christmas facts about our area.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant in the Historic District, on beautiful River Street.
 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 philharmonic performance our St. John the Baptist Cathedral.
(Saturday, December 13)

Note: This is a day of extensive walking with few places to sit along the way and a quick lunch break back at the hotel between the morning and afternoon home visits.



   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Holiday Tour of Homes: visit holiday-themed, decorated private homes opened by their residents for just this special presentation.
 Lunch: At the hotel in the meeting room.
 Afternoon: Continue/finish the Holiday Tour of Homes from the morning excursion.
 Dinner: At the hotel in the meeting room.
 Evening: Enjoy a moving, beautiful performance of holiday music by Savannah's own philharmonic orchestra - the event will be held in the awe-inspiring St. John the Baptist Cathedral.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit a local historic museum home in the morning and attend a matinee presentation of Savannah's famous, longest-running holiday musical in the afternoon. Free evening afterwards.
(Sunday, December 14)

Note: Extensive walking again today. Free evening starts after theater performance, which ends about 5:00 p.m.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: A visit to the Isaiah Davenport House 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: Lunch at a local restaurant with an abundance of local history, the 17Hundred90 Restaurant.
 Afternoon: The group will enjoy a matinee performance of Savannah's own "Christmas Traditions" - a very popular and critically acclaimed musical extravaganza, in the Historic Savannah Theater!
 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, Lunch

Day 5: Free morning and afternoon. Special evening excursion to a local museum home.
(Monday, December 15)

Note: Time to enjoy some of Savannah not included on the program. Lunch is not included but everyone will come together for dinner, which will be included. Late afternoon and evening activities will be scheduled for late in the day; the visit to the museum home may take place before dinner, depending on scheduling considerations.



   
 Breakfast: In hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Free morning to explore and enjoy the Historic District on your own today.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today - ask your group leader to provide suggestions for a great spot for lunch!
 Afternoon: The afternoon activity will start late, to allow for ample free time beforehand. Approximate start time will be 3:00 p.m. Activity to be determined.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner with your fellow participants in the hotel or at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a special evening visit to a local museum home, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Our group will have the home and the guides to ourselves for this special holiday-themed event.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Musical entertainment presented by local performer. Program wrap-up.
(Tuesday, December 16)

Note: After a delightful musical presentation, say good-bye to your group leaders and fellow participants and receive a special holiday gift from Armstrong Road Scholar!



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the DeSoto Grille.
 Morning: Enjoy a holiday music sing-along led by our own very talented balladeer/ entertainer, Mr. Jamie Keena. Program ends after morning class. Lunch is 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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