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A Week of Fine Film: The Seattle International Film Festival

Program Number: 2049RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $1,077.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Film Festivals Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Celebrate cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival, America's largest film festival. Among its four weeks of 400-plus films are the hottest releases by cutting-edge independents, international filmmakers and Hollywood's finest. Enjoy priority reserved seating at six festival films as you enhance your appreciation of the films with in-depth presentations by filmmakers, actors, directors or critics.




Highlights

• Relish insightful post-film discussions with experts associated with the film or the film festival.
• Cast a ballot with other audience members to award the coveted Golden Space Needle to the festival’s most popular movie. Past winners include “Whale Rider” (2003) and “Trainspotting” (1996), while Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for “Winter’s Bone” in 2010.
• Explore Seattle history on an expert-led visit to Pike Place Market, the city’s interesting neighborhoods, a Dungeness crab lunch and a trip to the top of the Space Needle.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 15 blocks, on city streets, in museums and other buildings.




Date Specific Information

5-18-2014

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Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant, bustling downtown; close to the Pike Place Market, downtown attractions, the light-rail terminal to SeaTac Airport, the monorail to Seattle Center and the South Lake Union Streetcar. Fitness center, indoor pool, restaurant, lounge, garage parking available for a reasonable fee.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Warwick Hotel
  Seattle, WA 5 nights
 The Warwick Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 401 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickwa.com
  Room amenities: Coffeemaker, mini-bar, robes, Juliet balcony with sliding glass doors, iron/ironing board, internet access, in-room safe.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant/lounge, fitness center, indoor swimming pool/whirlpool, garage parking at $15 + tax/night (6'2" vehicle height limit).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Pre/post rates apply 3 night before/after program dates. Call 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Pre/post rates apply 3 night before/after program dates. Call 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for reservations.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Any time between 4:00 -5:00 PM in posted meeting room. You will be staying at The Warwick Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by noon after Space Needle or Garden & Glass visits unless you choose to enjoy optional activities at the Seattle Center. You will be staying at The Warwick Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in secure underground garage at $15+ tax/night, subject to change. 6'2" height limit; no parking for RVs or oversize vehicles.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, WA
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express
phone: 425-981-7000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

about $15, subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

less than one hour 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Ride elevator to floor 3 from baggage claim area, Cross skybridge 4 and descend to main level. Find Shuttle Express on Island 2. Vans leave every 30 minutes. Shuttle Express comes directly to the Warwick Hotel.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: NA0-0 0-0-00 x---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

For one-four persons, about $40-45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

 

King Street Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about 15 minutes 

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
LINK light rail
phone: NA -00---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 adult one-way/$.75 senior one-way/subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Walk through the parking garage to the LINK terminal, about 1100' from the baggage claim area. Ride LINK to the Westlake Station. Get off and ride elevator to street level. Walk 1 block to 4th Avenue. Turn right (north) and walk 3 blocks to the Warwick Hotel.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shutle Express
phone: NA -00---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $18 but it can change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour or less 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

From the baggage claim area take the elevator to the parking garage level. Cross the skybridge and take the elevator down to the lowest level. Walk to Island 2 to catch the Shuttle Express. The Shuttle Express comes directly to the Warwick Hotel.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
first available
phone: NA -00---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound exit at Stewart Street (exit #166). Follow Stewart Street to Fourth Avenue. Turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Drive 2 blocks to the Warwick Hotel parking garage entrance. The cross street before the parking garage is Virginia Street. The hotel is on the right side of the street.
  From the south, including SeaTac Airport Take I-5 northbound. Exit at Seneca Street (exit#165). Turn left over freeway. Follow Seneca to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue, drive 7 blocks north. The cross street before the Warwick Hotel garage entrance is Virginia Street. The garage entrance is on the right side of the street.
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/Reception/Dinner/Introductions
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Arrive To: Check into your comfortable hotel room, then come to our meeting room (posted on a readerboard in the lobby) any time between 4:00-5:00 PM to pick up your program materials and name tag.
 Afternoon: Visit with other program participants at a hosted reception beginning at 5:00 PM. Learn the details of this week's agenda from 5:30-6:00 PM.
 Dinner: Enjoy a sit-down dinner in our meeting room at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Meet other program participants and get an overview of activities in Seattle. Bring the title of one of your favorite films, old or new, to recommend to others in the group.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Festival Preview; view 2 films
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant; order the Hot American Breakfast or the equivalent amount on a voucher.
 Morning: Preview all the films we'll be viewing during the week. Discuss directors, actors and other features of the films with an expert from the Film Festival organization.
 Lunch: We'll have a buffet lunch will be in the hotel today.
 Afternoon: See two Festival films this afternoon. After each film we'll have a discussion with a knowledgable person associated with the film itself or with the Festival. Discussions may be in the theater, in our meeting room or in the SIFF Cinema Center.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in our meeting room or at a restaurant in the neighborhood of the theater, depending on the timing of our films.
 Evening: Films get out too late to start another evening activity.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pike Place Market lecture and guided walk, view 2 films in the afternoon.
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Learn about Seattle's lively and historic Pike Place Market, then walk there for a behind-the-scenes guided tour.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Market at one of 60 cafes and restaurants.
 Afternoon: Travel by bus or monorail to theater to view two films. Our agenda is arranged after the Festival releases the schedule of films, so it is subject to change.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room or in a neighborhood restaurant near the theater.
 Evening: Films are over too late to begin another evening activity.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Chittenden Locks and the Olympic Sculpture Park.Time to explore; free afternoon, dinner and evening.
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Learn about the landmark Hiram Chittenden Locks and their importance to the economy of early and present-day Seattle. See commercial and pleasure boats, salmon navigating the fish ladder and botanical gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch at a popular casual restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to attend more films or see some of Seattle's attractions not included in the program. Suggestions for free-time activities will be provided. Because of the film schedule this may or may not be our free afternoon. Please contact Carol Barton, carolbarton2@comcast.net or 206-270-8800, to verify this before you make plans for this time.
 Dinner: On your own for dinner this evening. Restaurant suggestions and help making reservations will be supplied. Because of the film schedule this may or may not be our free evening, Please contact Carol Barton, carolbarton2@comcast.net or 206-270-8800, before making plans for this time.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hop onto the Lake Union Streetcar for a ride to the new Museum of History and Industry for a look into Seattle's lively, rowdy past.
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Jump onto the Lake Union Streetcar for a ride to the newest, most happening area of the city--South Lake Union. Delight in the brand-new Museum of History and Industry.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch in a restaurant at the end of the streetcar line.
 Afternoon: Discuss and view the final two films included in our program.
 Dinner: Dine tonight in a popular local restaurant near our hotel.
 Evening: After a relaxing dinner, attend more films on your own or return to our hotel with the group.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Space Needle--see a 1962 video detailing the construction of the landmark Space Needle, then ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and ascend to the top of the Needle or stroll the sparkling new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit to see amazing glass art.
(Friday, May 23)
   
 Depart From: Our program ends after this morning's activities. You can easily return to the hotel by noon.
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: We'll ride the monorail to the Seattle Center to zip to the top of the Space Needle. If you've ascended the Needle on a previous trip to Seattle you may prefer to visit the sparkling new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. One of these activities is included in the program this morning--you choose which one. Stay as long as you like or return to the hotel with the group. Our week together is complete. Thank you for coming to Seattle!
 Lunch: Bon voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle, WA Chihuly Gardens & Glass
A spectacular exhibit of new glass art by Dale Chihuly is projected to open late Spring 2012 adjacent to the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. Permanent installation of interior and garden art. Exact opening date and ticket prices not yet announced.
  LeMay Car Museum
In Tacoma, south of Seattle, see many cars from the LeMay collection, the world's largest private collection of automobiles, in a dramatic new building. Convenient transportation from Seattle via train or bus. Museum is at the terminus of public transportation. Ticket prices not yet announced.
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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