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Signature City Milwaukee

Program Number: 21443RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $969.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Milwaukee is a city of cultural gems, from world-class but little-known art collections and an excellent university museum to the Milwaukee Public Museum, renowned worldwide. Join local experts on an in-depth exploration of a cosmopolitan diamond in the rough, delving into the city’s range of Old World architecture, its historic lighthouse and a modern masterpiece, the Calatrava Wings that form the exterior of the art museum. Experience the city’s heritage through its cuisine during first-hand explorations of its well-known brewing and dairy industries, complete with tastings.




Highlights

• Join experts on specially arranged, behind-the-scenes visits to the private Grohmann art collection, the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University and the Milwaukee Public Museum.
• Gain a deliciously in-depth understanding of Milwaukee’s ethnic heritage through culinary exploration during a “progressive,” three-course dinner representing the city's cultural heritage.
• Experience enriching free time, including the Public Market, the Harley-Davidson museum and strolls along the shores of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on city streets, standing up to two hours on field trips.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Milwaukee

This large, friendly Lake Michigan city has long been known for its revered brewing and manufacturing industries, but today it boasts attractive modern touches such as the sculpture-lined Riverwalk and the stunning new “winged” pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.



Accommodations
Hotel in the elegant Loyalty Building, a National Historic Landmark dating to 1886, featuring a five-story grand atrium and 14-foot ceilings in every room, all in the heart of Milwaukee’s vibrant historic center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
  Milwaukee, WI 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Situated in the completely transformed Loyalty Building, a National Historic Landmark from 1886, the newly-opened Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown is an elegant hotel featuring a five-story grand atrium and 14-foot ceilings in every distinctive room. Located just blocks from the scenic Lakefront and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods, easily stroll to the most popular activities in downtown Milwaukee including dining, breweries, art galleries and The RiverWalk..
  Contact info: 611 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA
phone: 414-271-6611
web: http://www.hiltongardeninnmilwaukeedowntown.com/
  Room amenities: Each room retains its historic distinction while offering deluxe, modern comforts. There are 127 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television, direct-dial telephone, clock radio, iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, limited room service, microwave, refrigerator, Serta Sleep Systems mattress, private bathroom with amenities and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in public areas, business center, laundry facilities, fitness center, valet parking and complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles of the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to the program hotel. Program Registration 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Briefing 5 - 6 p.m. Welcome Dinner 6:30 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on Day 5. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
$24 per day for valet parking in the secured, private hotel parking area, or $10 per day to self- park at a nearby public lot which is unattended and not affiliated with the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Milwaukee, WI
  From End of Program
  Location: Milwaukee, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) to downtown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 414-271-1800

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Taxi fares are metered and are per cab. Fare varies depending on traffic.

 

Milwaukee Intermodal Train Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Public Bus
phone: 414-344-6711

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25 or $1.10 with Medicare card.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

.8

   

The following buses are a short distance from the train station and stop a short distance from the hotel: 10, BLU, 12 and GRE. For route information: www.ridemcts.com Plan to have exact fare in cash.

 

Milwaukee Intermodal Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 414-271-1800

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 - $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

.9 miles

   

Taxi fares are metered and are per cab. Fare varies depending on traffic.

 
Driving Directions
  From the North From Interstate 43 S, take exit 72B for Interstate 794 E toward Lakefront, 0.7 mi. Take exit 1D to merge onto N Plankinton Ave, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto W Michigan St, 0.2 mi, Turn left onto N Broadway. Destination will be on the left.
  From the South From Interstate 94 W take exit 310C for I-794 E toward Lakefront, 0.2 mi. Take exit 1D for Plankinton Avenue, 0.4 mi. Keep right at the fork to stay on Exit 1D, follow signs for Plankinton Ave and merge onto N Plankinton Ave, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto W Michigan St, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto N Broadway. Destination will be on the left.
  From the West From Interstate 94 E, continue onto I-794 E (signs for Interstate 794 E/Lakefront/Port of Milw), 1.0 mi. Take exit 1E on the left for Jackson Street, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto E St Paul Ave, 0.1 mi. Turn right onto N Milwaukee St, 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd left onto E Michigan St, 344 ft. Turn right onto N Broadway. Destination will be on the left.
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 / Welcome and Program Overview
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals. Program Registration 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Briefing 5 - 6 p.m.
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: A neighborhood walk introduces you to the area outside the door of your hotel, the Historic Third Ward.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Milwaukee
(Monday, September 8)

Note: Walk .5 miles, approximately 15 minutes to the Historical Society. Walk up to 2 miles during the morning exploration of the historic districts of downtown Milwaukee. Travel by motorcoach; ascending and descending motorcoach steps multiple times for visits.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: LECTURE: Begin with a stroll along the Milwaukee River to the Historical Society for a lecture on the foundations of Milwaukee, followed by FIELD TRIP on foot through the historic district.
 Lunch: Light Lunch Included.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Board a private coach and drive along Lake Michigan to North Point Lighthouse, to learn the city’s connection to the Lake.
 Dinner: The exploration of the city and its history of immigration through a progressive, three-course dinner at three different ethnic restaurants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Marquette University’s Unique Collections
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day's field trips.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the Haggerty Museum of Marquette University on an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit of the private collections. Visit the little Joan of Arc chapel, moved from France to the campus. It is said that Joan of Arc prayed in the chapel. The sacristy contains a collection of historic vestments, exquisitely adorned with jewels.
 Lunch: On your own in Historic 3rd Street.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP exploring the unique, private collection "Men at Work" at Milwaukee School of Engineering's Grohmann Museum, illustrating industry through the ages. Take in the views from the rooftop sculpture garden.
 Dinner: Explore the diverse restaurants of the Historic 3rd Ward, just steps outside the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: History, Architecture, Cheese and Beer
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: Walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day. Travel by motorcoach; ascending and descending motorcoach steps during multiple stops throughout the day.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: A full day exploration by motorcoach begins as you trace the history and settlement of Milwaukee at Kilbourntown House, also known as the Benjamin Church House, built in 1844 by Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York. Church, his wife and six children lived in the house, which was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown. An excellent example of Greek Revival architecture, the house is a tangible illustration of the city’s foundations. Continue through the Walker’s Point neighborhood to the Clock Shadow Creamery to learn about Wisconsin’s history of cheese making and taste fresh cheeses. Learn the story of the most famous of the “Beer Barons” at the Pabst Family Mansion, illustrating America’s Gilded Age.
 Lunch: At the famous Kopp’s Frozen Custard. Enjoy a sandwich or burger and taste a local tradition, frozen custard.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Milwaukee, tracing it’s famous inhabitants and architecture. EXCURSION: Experience Old World Charm and Hospitality at its finest on a beer history tour at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.
 Dinner: Explore the diverse eateries of the Public Market, just steps outside the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Milwaukee’s Public Museum
(Thursday, September 11)

Note: Walk to the Public Museum, .8 miles, approximately 20 minutes. Walking and standing in the museum for 1 hour on a field trip. Return to the hotel on foot.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: At the Milwaukee Public Museum, learn why Milwaukee is home to one of the nation’s premier exhibits of Natural History and Science, setting the standards with the “Milwaukee Style” of exhibits. Stroll the “Streets of Milwaukee” and explore independently.
 Lunch: In the museum.
 Afternoon: Free Time to explore Milwaukee independently: Perhaps the Art Museum, the Harley Davidson museum or if the weather is fine, a cruise on the river.
 Dinner: Enjoy traditional fare at one of the city’s iconic German restaurants.
 Evening: Enjoy music or other performance according to the current calendar offerings.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures.
   
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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