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A Savannah Christmas Season Celebration

Program Number: 20734RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/10/2015 - 12/15/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Price starting at: $1,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Federal-style homes decorated in period trimmings, musical celebrations of holiday favorites, and time-honored southern traditions — experience the magic of the holiday season, Savannah-style! Learn about the holiday customs of days gone by as you visit beautifully decorated historic homes that once belonged to notable historic Savannah residents and enjoy a holiday musical extravaganza at a local historic theater.




Highlights

• Enjoy visiting beautiful historic homes decorated for the holidays and open exclusively for Savannah’s annual “Holiday Tour of Homes.”
• Visit the historic Isaiah Davenport House and delight in a presentation on holiday traditions of the period.
• Experience Savannah’s most popular, grand theatrical presentation, “A Christmas Tradition,” in one of the country’s oldest, continually running theaters.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day over uneven terrain, cobblestones; stairs in historic buildings; getting on/off coach bus.




Date Specific Information

12-10-2015

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



Coordinated by Armstrong State University.




Savannah

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, with the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., this is Savannah. Residents celebrate their culture, creativity and distinctive cuisine amid Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites, elegant architecture, lush parks, and more than 20 city squares.



Accommodations
First-class hotel in Savannah's historic district.

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

Jamie Keena is a singer of old songs. His repetoire includes folksongs of America and the British Isles, patriotic airs, and “songs written to order” by Tin Pan Alley composers. He received a B.A. in music from the College of William and Mary, and studied voice for five years. Jamie has researched the roots of popular song classics and the development of the music industry. He accompanies his singing with guitar, banjo, and ukelele, and also plays the fife, hammered dulcimer, and concertina.
 
Christopher Hendricks

Chris Hendricks is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and stayed there to be educated at Wake Forest University, where he majored in history and English. He went on to graduate school at William and Mary and specialized in Colonial American history. At William and Mary, he held an apprenticeship in historical archeology, and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Chris taught for a year at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before coming to Armstrong in 1993.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
  Savannah, Georgia 5 nights
 Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton’s Serenity Bedroom Collection. 246 newly renovated guest rooms with beautiful views of Historic Savannah. All rooms have windows that open. Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the hotel (lobby, bar, restaurant) as well as in all guest sleeping rooms. 32-inch flat screen TVs and MP3 docks. Luxurious Peter Thomas Roth bath products. In-room Cuisinart coffee maker and Lavazza coffee. Ample work space and ergonomic chair. “Print to Desk” service from guest rooms. Valet dry-cleaning/laundry. In-room newspaper delivery. Ironing boards. Hair dryers. Elevators. Lounge. Luggage hold. Room service. Safety deposit box.
  Contact info: 15 East Liberty St.
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-232-9000
web: www.desotohilton.com
  Room amenities: Please note: This hotel does not have any refrigerators available for reservation/personal use. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  Facility amenities: Pool - rooftop (outdoor) swimming pool & deck. Full-service restaurant. Bar and lounge Coffee shop/Café featuring Starbucks. Gift Shop. Guest activity/recreation desk. Fitness room. Automated teller machine (ATM). Concierge desk. Connectivity Station in the lobby with 2 Macs and 2 PCs with complimentary internet and printing services. Valet parking (only - no self-parking) at a discounted rate, at participants' expense, of only $16 per day (with in/out privileges daily).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: King rooms have shower only. Double rooms have shower/tub combo. Rooms w/ HC-accessible baths (roll-in showers) have only 1 bed (double, queen, or king - very limited avail.); not available for same-gender roommates. Grab-bars installed in all types.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Hotel's regular seasonal rate. Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the hotel's seasonal rates. Hotel staff won't have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start but can still arrange additional reservations if space is available; the hotel fills quickly during popular travel seasons, so please call as early as possible to book additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Hotel's regular seasonal rate. Please call the hotel directly at 912-443-2021 Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Additional nights before and/or after the program are subject to availability and the hotel's seasonal rates. Hotel staff won't have specific program participant information earlier than 4 weeks prior to any program start but can still arrange additional reservations if space is available; the hotel fills quickly during popular travel seasons, so please call as early as possible to book additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is available starting at 4:00 p.m.; registration with onsite-coordinator takes place in the lobby between 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00 a.m. after morning class. Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Signing a Waiver of Liability/Hold Harmless Agreement is required in order to participate in the program. This form is mailed with the welcome materials and is to be mailed back to the university before the program start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking, at participants' expense is available at $16.00 per day. In/out privileges with unlimited vehicle access are included.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Savannah, Georgia
  Nearest city or town:  Tybee Island Georgia
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95
  Nearest airport:  Savannah International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Savannah, Georgia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Savannah Historic District

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
KShuttle
phone: 877-243-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 - 30 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 18 miles

   

$30 round trip. Advanced reservations required. This shuttle serves the Historic District and Hilton Head Island only. There is no free public transportation from the Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l Airport. Website: www.kshuttle.com/

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate I-95 north or south bound to Savannah Historic District/DeSoto Hilton: Exit at 99A (I-16 east), follow to the end where it merges into Montgomery Street. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Liberty Street. Follow for 5 blocks to the DeSoto Hilton, which will be on your right.
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: Check-in/registration, followed by dinner and orientation/meet & greet.
(Thursday, December 10)
   
 Arrive To: Afternoon check-in at the hotel starts at 4:00 p.m. and program registration is in the lobby between 5:00-6:00 p.m. Pick up your program packet, name tag, and schedule at the Road Scholar table.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel meeting room where orientation will take place following the plated meal, which will include salad, entree, side, and dessert, along with iced tea and coffee.
 Evening: Orientation - meet and greet fellow participants and go over the week's itinerary in the hotel meeting room after dinner. If you arrive after orientation ends, please check with the front desk for your program materials.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Discover Savannah's spirited past through her Christmas-connected events and stories.
(Friday, December 11)

Note: An active day of walking to and from field trip and lunch locations over sometimes very uneven terrain. The distance may be up to 1.5 miles total, with very limited, short breaks at points in the field trip. There may be locations that require walking up and down several steps, including up into and down out of the trolley used for transportation.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a wide variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m. Set a breakfast date with some of your fellow participants or get an early start on your own, allowing for a before-class work-out in the fitness center or a morning stroll outside the hotel.
 Morning: Our local expert will give the group a detailed overview of the enchanting city of Savannah, revealing some fascinating facts about notable Savannah events, people, and places especially during Christmases past.
 Lunch: Enjoy a light, seated lunch - a Trio Salad Plate, complete with petit fours for dessert - at a nearby local restaurant overflowing with charm, which occupies a former apothecary store.
 Afternoon: Take to the streets, squares, and historic buildings to view "up close and personal" where so many of Savannah's significant events occurred.
 Dinner: Enjoy a relaxed-paced, plated dinner offering a choice between three entrees along with a salad, side, dessert, iced teal and coffee at a local establishment situated directly on the Savannah River, with breathtaking views of massive cargo ships occasionally passing by just outside the windows! Adult and specialty beverages are available for separate purchase by participants if desired.
 Evening: The group will take a ride to view a very special and spectacular holiday lights exhibit tonight. Hot cocoa and holiday-inspired treats will be available for individual purchase to enjoy as we casually stroll through the captivating displays.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Holiday Tour of Homes in the morning & afternoon with lunch in between. After dinner, enjoy a holiday musical at a local theater.
(Saturday, December 12)

Note: An active day of walking to and from field trip and lunch locations over sometimes very uneven terrain; there may also be long periods of standing without designated sitting areas. The distance may be up to 2 miles total, with very limited, short breaks at points in the field trip. There may be locations that require walking up and down several steps, including up into and down out of the trolley used for transportation.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a wide variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: Today, the group will visit several private homes of various styles, uniquely decorated for the holidays and opened by their residents for just this special presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch wil be served between the morning and aftenoon home visits in the meeting room of the hotel.
 Afternoon: This afternoon the group will continue/finish the self-guided Holiday Tour of Homes. Afterwards, there will be time to rest and freshen up at the hotel before dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious plated dinner with a choice of entree, along with salad, dessert, coffee, and iced tea a local restaurant in the Historic District.
 Evening: Tonight, the group will stroll to a nearby local historic theater to enjoy a long-running, popular holiday musical extravaganza.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to a historic museum home in the morning. Free afternoon and evening.
(Sunday, December 13)

Note: Walking to and from the field trip location over uneven pavement. The museum home visited does not have an elevator; climbing two flights of stairs is required to participate in the entire presentation.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a wide variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: This morning the group will visit the Isaiah Davenport House, a historic museum home for a presentation on holiday customs of the time period & the former residents, presented by expert guides in period costume & featuring the house decorated as it would be during a Christmas season of the time period.
 Lunch: Lunch today is on your own. Feel free to ask your Group Leader for suggestions and enjoy a local restaurant not included in the program.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon. You may want to take in the Holiday Tour of Inns today or visit River Street. Your Group Leader will be happy to provide suggestions.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Feel free to ask your Group Leader for suggestions and visit one of the many unique, local restaurants in the district or area not included in the program.
 Evening: Free evening. You may want to stroll the district, visit nearby City Market, or take a carriage ride to enjoy all of the outdoor holiday decorations on display.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Morning and afternoon to be determined. Special evening excursion to a local museum home.
(Monday, December 14)

Note: There will be some walking today and this evening to and from field trip locations over uneven pavement as well as being able to climb up and down a few steps into and out of a trolley.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a wide variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: TBD
 Lunch: At the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: TBD
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel or at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a special evening visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, hearing stories from our expert guides about one of Savannah's premier families while exploring the home privately and enjoying the experience all by ourselves.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Savannah DeSoto Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Musical entertainment presented by local performer. Program wrap-up.
(Tuesday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, including a wide variety of hot and cold items and beverages, in the hotel restaurant, The DeSoto Grille. The timing and seating are flexible and individual, starting at 6:30 a.m.
 Morning: Enjoy a holiday music presentation led by a talented local performer/entertainer; learn a little bit of the history behind some of the most recognizable songs of the season. You might even be inclined to sing along to a few of them! Program ends after morning class.
 Lunch: Program ends after morning presentation. Lunch on your own.
   
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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