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Signature City Washington, D.C.

Program Number: 20744RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/15/2014 - 5/20/2014; 9/18/2014 - 9/23/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $1,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Go beyond the monuments and memorials to discover the most fascinating aspects of Washington’s rich history and dynamic culture. Learn about the gargoyles perched on the Washington National Cathedral, walk in the footsteps of Lincoln and his assassin at Ford's Theatre, and hear tales of D.C.'s most notable and eccentric residents as you wind through the mansions and foreign embassies of Georgetown.




Highlights

• Discover the iconography of the nation’s most treasured monuments, and delve deep into the history of the United States Capitol as you explore the Capitol Rotunda, Statuary Hall and Crypt.
• Go behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, admire current exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, plus attend a seasonal performance from current offerings.
• From counterintelligence to Masonic symbolism, uncover D.C.’s clandestine side with local experts.



Activity Particulars

Walking two miles daily, some standing and uneven surfaces.



Extensive use of public transportation including Metro subway system.




Date Specific Information

5-15-2014

Evening Performance at Ford’s Theatre of the Tony Award-winning musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Hotel near the Washington Metro, and within walking distance of iconic sites, including the Capitol and Union Station.
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Hyatt Washington
  Washington, DC 5 nights
 Grand Hyatt Washington
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null
  Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)
  Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom:
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking: $45 per night, including in/out privilege Self-Parking: $32 per night, with no in/out privileges
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Alexandria, VA
  Nearest highway: I-66
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

By Washington Metro

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

> $10
Prices are subject to change.

   

Take the Blue, Orange or Red lines to the Metro Center stop. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance.

 

From the Reagan International Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington Metro
phone: 202-637-7000

   

Take the Blue Line Metro (cost: $1.60) from the National Airport station towards Largo Town Center station, and get off at the Metro Center station. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance. There are also numerous Taxi services from the airport to the Grand Hyatt for approximately $20.

 

From Union Station

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Distance:

 

1.6 miles

   

Union Station is the principle hub for Amtrak and Greyhound Services. Participants can transfer to the hotel from Union Station via TAXI or WASHINGTON METRO. From the Union Station Metro stop embark the Red Line towards the Shady Grove station, getting off at the Metro Center stop. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance.

 
Driving Directions
  From Reagan National Airport to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take George Washington Memorial Parkway North. Merge onto US-1 N toward Washington. Stay straight to go onto 14th Street NW, then turn right onto New York Ave NW. Turn slight right onto H Street NW; The Grand Hyatt is on the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
  From the north to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-South to Exit 22 B (Baltimore-Washington Pkwy South); Follow onto New York Avenue for six miles. Turn left onto 5th Street NW and follow for three and a half blocks. Turn right onto H Street NW and follow for five blocks. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 10th and H Streets NW.
  From the south to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-N to 395 North. Continue over the 14th Street Bridge, then merge into the right lane. Take the exit for 12th Street, continue though the tunnel for eight blocks. Turn Right onto H Street and follow for one block. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
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: Hotel Check-In/Registration / Orientation / Dinner
(Thursday, May 15)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in at the front desk in main lobby between 3-5pm in the main lobby. Then, register with the group leader and pick up your welcome packets.
 Dinner: Orientation at 5:00pm, follwed by Dinner at the hotel at 6:00pm
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Masonic DC Presentation / United States Capitol / Clandestine D.C. Presentation
(Friday, May 16)

Note: WASHINGTON METRO USE



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Presentation- Discuss DC's Masonic roots with a 33rd degree Mason. Explore the influence Masonic teachings had on our nation's founding fathers, and examine the masonic symbolism imbedded in the city planning by George Washington-commisioned architect, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Take the Washington Metro to the United States Capitol. Explore the Rotunda, Capitol Crypt and more with a guide from United States Capitol Historical Society. Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Cladestine DC Lecture with Jon Wiant
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Monuments and Memorials Guided Fieldtrip / Ford's Theatre & Peterson House / Evening Performance
(Saturday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Guided exploration of DC's most iconic monuments & memorials
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Go inside Ford's Theatre and trace the events leading up to Lincoln's assasination on April 14th, 1865. Then, go across the street to the Peterson House where Lincoln died the following day, and explore the recently opened Center for Education and Leadership
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Evening Performance at Fords Theatre- "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: U Street Heritage Trail & Gospel Brunch / National Portrait Gallery / Free Afternoon & Evening
(Sunday, May 18)

Note: WASHINGTON METRO USE



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Discover the U Street Heritage Trail and enjoy Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch at the recently restored Howard Theater. From Duke Ellington and Ray Charles to Lena Horn and Sammy Davis Jr, the reopening of the "theater of the people", is symbolic of DC's urban restoration over the past decade.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Howard Theatre
 Afternoon: Take the Metro to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Museum of American Art. As of 2006, both institutions share a newly renovated historic landmark building in downtown DC

Afternoon FREE TIME to explore the city
 Dinner: DINNER & EVENING ON YOUR OWN
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Washington National Cathedral / Tudor Place / Guided Walk through Georgetown / Clandestine D.C. Presentation / Farewell Dinner
(Monday, May 19)

Note: Walking up to 1.5 miles over uneven ground including the cobblestone streets of Georgetown.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Fieldtrip to the Washington National Cathederal. See Woodrow Wilson's Tomb, marvel at the ironwork, and learn the history behind the country's "National House of Prayer".
 Lunch: Lunch and tea at Tudor Place in Georgetown. Overlooking the Potomac river, the former residence of Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, dates back to 1816. Tour the gardens, and then relax in the homes' historic rooms and enjoy a variety of tea blends accompanying tea sandwiches, scones, and petite deserts.
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip to Georgtown for a walking tour of Washington's most notorious and affluent neighborhood.
 Dinner: Farwell Dinner at a local retaurant
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up/Departures
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Program Wrap Up/ followed by Check out by 12:00pm
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Washington, DC Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free. For additional information, visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org
  Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture For additional information, visit www.corcoran.org
  Ford's Theatre
As a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life. For additional information, visit www.fordstheatre.org
  George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Explore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day! For additional information, visit www.mountvernon.org
  National Mall
A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. For additional information, visit nps.gov/nama
  Smithsonian Museums
Explore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more. For additional information, visit www.si.edu/
  Washington Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer. For additional information, visit www.washington.org
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


"They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance


Author: Pitch, Anthony


The Sacred Geometry of Washington, D.C.


Author: Nicholas R. Mann


1812: A Nation Emerges


Author: Sidney Hart & Rachel L. Penman


Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival


Author: Ann McClellan


Frommer's Washington D.C.


Author: Elise H. Ford


Not For Tourists Guide to Washington DC


Author: Jade Floyd


Of Spies and Lies


Author: Sullivan, John




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