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Signature City Milwaukee

Program Number: 21443RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015;
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: Low Salt; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Milwaukee is a city of cultural gems, from world-class
but little-known art collections 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 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.
• Explore Milwaukee's past and present from its rivers, harbors & Lake Michigan. Enjoy unforgettable views and a unique perspectives of Milwaukee's history & architecture.



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: 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: FIELD TRIP: Board a private coach for a city overview and then drive along Lake Michigan to North Point Lighthouse, to learn the city’s connection to the Lake.
 Lunch: Light Lunch Included.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Learn the foundations of Milwaukee with a local historian at the Milwaukee Historical Society.
 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: Milwaukee’s Public Museum/ Milwaukee Boat Cruise
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Walk to the Public Museum, .8 miles, approximately 20 minutes. Walking and standing in the museum for 1 hour on a field trip. Walk to boat dock approximately 15 minutes. 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: On your own in Historic 3rd Street.
 Afternoon: Observe the beautiful sights of Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan and learn more about the history of Milwaukee on a narrated sightseeing cruise.
 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 at the Pabst Family Mansion. Learn the story of the most famous of the “Beer Barons” and see a fine example of America’s Gilded Age. Next explore the Walker’s Point neighborhood. On a visit to the Clock Shadow Creamery you will learn about Wisconsin’s history of cheese making and taste fresh cheeses.
 Lunch: Lunch in Walkers Point Neighborhood. Save room for dessert as we stop at the amous Leon's Frozen Custard in the afternoon for a taste of a local tradition.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Milwaukee, tracing it’s famous inhabitants and architecture.FIELD TRIP: View the beautiful “Garden Cemetery” with sun-graced grass, fountains, thousands of trees and more at the Forest Home Cemetery on a guided visit. 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: Marquette University’s Unique Collections
(Thursday, September 11)

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: In the Marquette University Neighborhood
 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: Enjoy your farewell dinner at one of the city’s iconic restaurants.
   
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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