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Travel Back in Time to Virginia: The Birthplace of a Nation

Program Number: 4759RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Price starting at: $876.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; History & Culture
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 12 years of age.

Adventure awaits you and your grandchild in Colonial Virginia! Discover the contribution of Indians, Africans and Europeans in Jamestown, journey back in time to Williamsburg at the onset of the American Revolution as citizens consider a break with England. Talk to prosperous Colonists like the wigmaker, silversmith and tavern keeper, then travel onward to Yorktown to walk the fields where our independence was won.




Highlights

• Examine artifacts from the original fort at Jamestown, site of the first permanent English colony in North America.
• Experience Colonial life by learning to write with a quill pen, making a folded-paper box, dressing up in Colonial clothes and playing a variety of lawn and parlor games.
• Decide whether to stand with the Patriots or the Loyalists in a spirited debate moderated by a character from Colonial America.



Activity Particulars

Walking two miles on uneven brick streets, occasional grass, dirt or pebble paths.




Date Specific Information

7-20-2014

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



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Williamsburg (Virginia)

One of America’s first planned cities, this one-time capital of the New World was laid out in 1699, and today, the historic community serves as a well-preserved center of American Colonial history, from nearby Jamestown to impeccably restored buildings.



Accommodations
Charming, modern hotel near historic Williamsburg; indoor heated pool with whirlpool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Historic District
  Williamsburg 5 nights
 Clarion Hotel Historic District
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.
  Contact info: 351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com
  Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge
  Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds) Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds) Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Program registration begins at hotel, Check into your room; 5:15pm Start of Program. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after last class with box lunch available for trip home. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Williamsburg
  Nearest city or town:  Richmond
  Nearest highway: Interstate 64
  Nearest airport:  Williamsburg/Newport News Airport (30 minutes)
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Williamsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For train information, call 1-800-872-7245 or go to www.amtrak.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For bus information, call 1-800-231-2222 or go to www.greyhound.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

Newport News

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

about 20

   

Although this is a smaller airport than Richmond or Norfolk, it is the closest and most convenient in terms of getting from the airport to the hotel and back. Besides the van service listed above, several taxi companies are also available in the ground transportation area of the airport. Alternatives include Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Triangle Taxi (757-564-6969). When using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45 miles

   

Travel from this airport to the hotel (and back after the program) includes passage through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel which is frequently congested, causing long delays. The trip may well cost in excess of $100 per person one way. We recommend using Richmond or Newport News Airports if possible. Alternate transportation includes Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Cary Airport Connection (757-963-0433). If using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 

Richmond

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Groome Transportation
phone: 800-552-7911

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about an hour depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45-50 miles

   

Alternate transportation from/to airport available through Oleta Coach Lines van service (757-253-1008) or Marrow Transit, a private car service,757-564-5466. Call for rates and reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  From Hampton Roads Travel WEST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Richmond and I-95 Travel EAST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242-A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Southside Virginia via the Jamestown Ferry Cross the James River on the Jamestown Ferry/Route 31. Follow Route 31/Jamestown Road toward Williamsburg for about 4.2 miles. Turn right at the traffic light onto Route 199. Follow Route 199 about 3.8 miles to exit for Route 60. At stop sign turn left onto 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over a mile on the right, just after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you've gone too far.
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: Program Overview
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in and Registration
 Afternoon: Class: "Introduction to Williamsburg" Get a general overview of the Historic Triangle area with its three main sites: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Learn about the events that were taking place in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Begin to look at the different points of view that were held by colonists pondering their relationship with Mother England.
 Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.
 Evening: Program Overview and Introductions Ice Breaker for Grandchildren
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jamestown Settlement, Jamestown Island (where the settlers first landed) and an amazing Musician
(Monday, July 21)

Note: At both Jamestowns there will be a good deal of walking on gravel, shell, and grassy paths. The Settlement walk includes a gently sloping hill and narrow gangplanks up onto the reproduction ships. The Island walk round trip is about a mile. Grandparents must stay with their grandchildren on this and most of the other field trips and cannot turn them over to the guides unsupervised.



   
 Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: "Jamestown Settlement" Take a guided walk through interpretive areas that showcase a reconstructed Indian village, fort, and sailing ships. Explore the museum as well as participate in interactive classroom time where participants can handle and even dress up in reproduction artifacts. Enjoy some free time to explore in more depth some of your favorite exhibits.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious box lunch on site at the Settlement Café. The meal includes a sandwich, pickle, cookie, and beverage.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: "Jamestown Island" Explore the actual site of the original first permanent English colony in North America. The visit includes a tour of Visitor Center galleries, a marvelous introductory film and exploration of the new Archaearium where artifacts from the recently unearthed original fort are displayed. Depending on site schedule, you may have the opportunity to observe ongoing archaeological work at the original fort site.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Evening Entertainment: "Colonial Instruments" An amazingly talented musician, dressed in period clothing, demonstrates instruments of the colonial period, some of them quite familiar and others very surprising.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Colonial Williamsburg, including the Capitol, Gaol, shops, and fun in the mud at the Brickyard; Colonial Games and Crafts
(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: Today's field trip includes nearly two miles of walking over cobblestones and brick and shell paths. While there will be brief rests in some of the buildings, participants should be prepared to be on their feet for almost four hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Visit a number of historical buildings including the Capitol where Jefferson and Patrick Henry spoke and the Gaol that imprisoned paupers and pirates. Stroll by fields where animal breeds from the colonial era graze. Poke your head into some of the shops to see how things were made and sold in the 18th century. Help make bricks (shoes must come off!) in the Brickyard.
 Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: Activities: "Colonial Games and Crafts" Learn to write with a quill pen, make a folded paper box, dress up in colonial clothes and play a variety of lawn and parlor games. Grandparents will be treated to a special presentation on colonial life while the grandchildren play.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Free Evening: A variety of activities will be suggested for you to choose to enjoy on your own.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Colonial Williamsburg, including the Governor's Palace and the College of William & Mary; African-American songs and stories
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: The field trip will again include a good deal of walking, with some brief periods of rest at a few of the sites. Expect to be standing or moving most of the time for about three hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Continue to explore the buildings, gardens, and other sites in the Restored Area. At the Governor's Palace, learn how the royal representative in Virginia lived, then get lost and found in the garden maze. Visit the campus of the College of William and Mary and tour the historic Wren Building, the oldest college building in America in continuous use. Explore some of the trade shops such as the blacksmith, wig maker and cooper (barrel maker) to gain a better understanding of colonial life.
 Lunch: Enjoy the ambiance of a Colonial Tavern as you are entertained by strolling musicians and local personalities from the past. Taste southern comfort food in the charm of Shields Tavern, a reconstructed building with a history all its own. In the 18th century, public houses were gathering places for residents and travelers. Partake of a dining experience similar to one enjoyed by patriots like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry.
 Afternoon: Free Time: Return to Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the pool at the hotel, or just sit back and relax.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Evening Program: "African-American Music, Storytelling, and Dancing", Listen to and join in with a talented singer/storyteller as she takes you through three centuries of African-American culture from its roots in Africa to its triumph with the end of slavery.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Center Museum; Interactive experiences in the Encampment and Farmstead; The Great Debate
(Thursday, July 24)

Note: The visit to Yorktown includes a good deal of standing and walking on pebble and grass paths with some slightly hilly ground. The earthworks are fairly steep to climb and the Surrender Pavilion is a good ways from the parking area.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: "Hands-on Program at the Yorktown Victory Center" Participate in a visit to the museum galleries and interpretive sites. Help turn flax into linen thread at the farm site and practice military drills in the encampment. Learn about Revolutionary War medicine and cooking and peek into a tobacco barn.
 Lunch: Today's lunch comes from a popular local eatery and includes sandwich or wrap, pickle, brownie, and soft drink.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: "Yorktown Battlefield" Explore the actual site of the siege of Yorktown that took place in 1781 where American and French forces defeated the British and won the Revolutionary War. Visit the galleries at the Visitor Center and end with a walk across Surrender Field where the British army lay down its arms before George Washington's forces.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Evening Program: Freedom Debate: Decide whether to stand with the Patriots or the Loyalists and be prepared to defend your choice in a spirited debate moderated by a character from colonial America. Use the information you have gathered during the week's field trips to defend your position.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Colonial Food Preparation; a lively Colonial Dance Lesson
(Friday, July 25)

Note: Only the dancing requires you to be on your feet---but do join in the fun!



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Colonial Foodways", Participate in the preparation of an authentic (and delicious) colonial dessert as you learn about typical foods and their preparation. Class: "Colonial Dance" Just like the people of colonial times, follow your dessert by putting on your dancing shoes and prancing around the room to the strains of music of the time period. Grandchildren and grandparents can both learn the steps of the minuet and other colonial dances with the lively assistance of a talented dance mistress. Graduation Ceremony
 Lunch: Pick up a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage before heading home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Williamsburg Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and Yorktown
When you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with activities; your free time will be limited to only a few hours a day. Since we won't be able to visit every interesting place in the Williamsburg area, consider staying an extra day or two at the end of the program for further exploration. Visit our web page with links to sample schedules, hotel web pages, reading lists, Colonial Williamsburg and more. For additional information, visit www.wm.edu/Road Scholar
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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