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National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Program Number: 18683RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/11/2014 - 4/14/2014; 4/9/2015 - 4/12/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $759.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 planting of 3,000 flowering cherry trees and honors the friendship between the United States and Japan. Known as “sakura” in Japan, the cherry blossom is cherished for its unrivaled beauty and fragrance despite its short life. Greet the spring as you take part in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, a narrated cherry blossom walk on the National Mall, and more. Expert instructors discuss Japanese history and culture, while showcasing our own nation’s historical treasures in spring glory.




Highlights

•Discover our nation’s most iconic monuments & memorials, and walk among the Cherry Trees on the National Mall
•Experience the pageantry of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade from reserved grandstand seats.
•At Hillwood and Dumbarton Oaks, admire the historic homes and gardens of Georgetown’s most celebrated estates.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1-2 miles per day, expect periods of standing at museums and other sites.



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 in close proximity to the Washington Metro, and within walking distance the United States Capitol and Union Station

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

Ann McClellan is author of “The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration,” and “Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.” She has held executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund, the American Lung Association, the American Association of Museums, and the George Washington University Law School. Ann has viewed cherry blossoms in Japan, giving her even more of an appreciation for Washington’s sublime blooming season.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Hyatt Washington
  Washington, DC 3 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:
3:00-5:00 PM, Registration at the hotel. You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM Check Out 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 is $40 per nigh with in/out prvivleges, and Self-Parking s $32 per night with NO in/out prvivleges. Both options are based upon availibilty. Additional parking garages are available in the immediate area.
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: Arrivals & Check in - Registration & Orientation - Hillwood Museum Lecture
(Friday, April 11)
   
 Arrive To: Grand Hyatt Washington
 Afternoon: After Checking into the hotel at the Lobby, register with your group leader and pick up a welcome packet in the LATROBE ROOM ON THE CONSTITUTION LEVEL between 3:00 - 5:00PM

5:30-6:00pm-Orientation with your Group Leader in the Latrobe Room located on the Constitution Level (3b)
 Dinner: 6:00PM Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: 7:30PM Presentation in the Latrobe Room at the Hotel with Liana Pirades, Director of Collections & Chief Curator at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - Free Time - Dumbarton Oaks - Evening Activity
(Saturday, April 12)

Note: Day 2 of your program will include use of the Washington Metro Rail. Be prepared to climb 3-4 flights of stairs over the course of the day. Also, Apil is the beginning of tourist season in DC, and the Cherry Blossom Festival attracts national visitors. As such, expects crowds, especially following the parade.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Take the Washington Metro from the hotel to your reserved grandstand seats and watch the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own following the parade
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore the National Portrait Gallery, Freer Gallery of Asian art, and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. Here you will discover dance, music, and martial art performances, special guests, and the famous Taste of Japan featuring 25 Asian and Japanese food vendors

Regroup and coach to Georgetown for a selfguided vist of Dumbarton Oaks
 Dinner: Dinner at a Japanese Restaurant
 Evening: Group leader-led Evening Activity
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Cherry Blossom Festival Presentation - Washington Monuments Tour & Tidal Basin Walk - Hillwood Estates and Gardens -
(Sunday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Presentation on the Japanese gift of cherry trees to Washington and the history of the Cherry Blossom Festival by author Ann McClellan

Following the lecture, board a coach and depart for a guided exploration of Washington's monuments & memorials. Key stops will include the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, Jefferson Memorial, & Tidal Basin where, in 1912, the initial stock of Cherry Trees was planted by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador.
 Lunch: Lunch at Hillwood Estates and Gardens
 Afternoon: After lunch, admire Marjorie Merriweather Post's impressive collection of Russian and French art. Then, explore on your own, the estate's vast grounds including a Japanese style garden and lunar lawn. This years visit to Hillwood coincides with the estate's annual Faberge Family Festival. View the exquisite imperial eggs collected by Marjorie Post, enjoy folk music, and decorate your own Faberge inspired egg!
 Dinner: Farewell dinner
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Presentation on Japan - US Relations
(Monday, April 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: 9-10:00AM With retired Foreign Service officer, Robin Berrington, discuss Japanese Culture and US foreign policy as it relates to Japan

Check Out & Program Departures
   
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


The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration


Author: Ann McClellan


Japanese Flowering Cherries


Author: Wybe Kuitert


The Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees of Washington, D. C. : a Living Symbol of Friendship


Author: Roland M. Jefferson


The Cherry Blossoms of Japan, their season a period of festivity and poetry


Author: Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore


The Samarai Way


Author: Tom O'Neill


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


Author: Ann McClellan


Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape


Author: Kirk Savage




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