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Civil War Sesquicentennial: The Confederacy’s Last Hurrah

Program Number: 21289RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/16/2015 - 10/25/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Tennessee/Kentucky/Alabama
Price starting at: $4,480.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 24; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Embark on a classic river voyage that immerses you in the story of America’s Civil War. On expert-led field trips and during presentations aboard the steamboat, you’ll delve into the political and strategic aspects of the war but also the personal side, learning what it was like to live in a nation at war with itself.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day. Flat terrain with some occasional stairs, ramps are available at most locations.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Nashville, Tenn., 2 nights; aboard American Queen, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-3:
Arrival Nashville, Tenn. / embark American Queen:

Delve into the Nashville area’s Civil War history as you discover the Spring Hill battle site and the lovely Carnton Plantation, where the Confederate wounded were treated after a disastrous defeat. Enjoy free time to explore “Music City.” Lodging: Elegant hotel.



Day 4:
Dover:

Take a field trip to Fort Donelson, built by the Confederacy to control the Cumberland River but captured by the then-unproven brigadier general Ulysses S. Grant and his troops in 1862.



Day 5:
Paducah, Ky.:

Continue to this charming city that began as a mixed community where Native Americans and white settlers cooperated uncommonly well. Visit the home of the Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman.



Day 6:
Savannah, Tenn.:

Journey to Shiloh National Military Park to learn the story of “Bloody Shiloh,” a two-day confrontation during which more than 1,700 men on each side were killed.



Day 7:
Florence, Ala.:

After crossing into Alabama, go ashore to discover the birthplace and museum of W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House.



Day 8:
Decatur:

Enjoy a field trip to Ivy Green, the childhood home of Helen Keller, whose father was a Confederate colonel. Continue to the Huntsville Museum of Art, whose executive director leads you on a special visit.



Days 9-10:
On River / Chattanooga, Tenn. / disembark / departure:

As you steam toward Chattanooga, complete your voyage by discussing the lasting legacies of the Civil War.



American Queen

The American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat, a modern vessel with hardwood details, grand furnishings, comfortable amenities and luxurious staterooms. Public areas include the Mark Twain Gallery library, the Grand Saloon and a lounge. Wine and beer are complimentary with dinner.


Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport
  Nashville, TN 2 nights
   American Queen
  Nashville, TN
Dover, TN
Paducah, Kentucky
Savannah, Tennessee
Florence, Alabama
Decatur, AL
At Sea
7 nights
 Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: At Embassy Suites Hotels every room is a two-room suite perfect to spread out and relax. With a private bedroom and separate living area there is more than enough room for family, work or both. Our suites offer all the comforts of home to make your stay more enjoyable with a TV in each room, living area with a sofa bed, armchair and well-lit work table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 10 Century Blvd
Nashville, TN 37214 USA
phone: 615-871-0033
web: embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/embassy-suites-nashville-airport-BNANAES/index.html
  Room amenities: Each suite is beautifully decorated, and has a private bedroom and spacious living room. All of our suites are fully equipped with two televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, two telephones with data ports and well-lit dining/work tables.
  Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Bar Area Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Electric Service Elevators Local Area Transportation Lounge Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box Shoe Shine Stand Snack Shop For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience Fitness Room Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to change Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 American Queen
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The American Queen Featuring six decks and measuring 418 feet in length, the American Queen is the world’s largest river steamboat. Modern amenities meet classic river ambiance aboard the American Queen. The 222 staterooms and suites are filled with modern appointments and carefully selected furnishings. Finely crafted hardwood fixtures, grand furnishings and gleaming brass detail the ship’s interior. The gazebo-style pilothouse and towering “feathered” stacks are both designed to be lowered to allow passage under bridges. Each stateroom has private facilities and ample storage. Cabins differ in size, amenity and cost. Limited singles are available.
  Ship Information: See above description
  Contact info: Docked at River
St Louis, MO 63101 USA
phone: 206-292-9606
  Room amenities: Varies with category purchased
  Facility amenities: Laundry on board
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Charlene Corris, your Group Leader, will be hosting a Hospitality Table in the Lobby from 12:00PM to 4:30PM. Check in at the hotel begins at 4:00 PM. You will be staying at Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport that night.
  End of Program:
8:30AM Disembarkation in Chattanooga, TN. You will be staying at American Queen the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Due to US Coast Guard requirements, "The Guest Information Form" towards the back of your packet must be completed as soon as possible and emailed or faxed to the cruise line at gif@aqsc.com or 901-654-2639. Your reservation number will be printed on the important information page of this packet as your Booking ID. If you’ve received your information packet electronically please email suzanne.saltzer@roadscholar.org for your reservation number. Failure to return this form 30 days prior to your program may jeopardize your ability to board the American Queen. Your cruise documents and boarding pass will be handed out at the program orientation.
  Parking availability:
Please contact the hotel for parking reservations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nashville, TN
  From End of Program
  Location:  Chattanooga, Tennessee
Travel Details
 

Nashville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport
phone: 615-522-5445

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

   

From baggage claim, please call the hotel to request the shuttle. Then proceed to the pickup area which is one level down at ground transportation.

 

Chattannooga

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar Transfers

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included for participants that arranged their air through Road Scholar.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

There will be an airport transfer available for all participants at 9:00AM.

 
Driving Directions
  From All Points to the Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport Please visit this website http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/embassy-suites-nashville-airport-BNANAES/maps-directions/index.html for the most up to date driving directions or call the hotel at 615-871-0033. Please note if you drive to the program you are responsible for any parking/transportation charges in Nashville and Chattanooga.
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 and Welcome Orientation
(Friday, October 16)

Note: Please note that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, this itinerary is subject to change due to river conditions on the Mississippi. Your group leader Charlene Corris will provide you with an detailed program itinerary at orientation, which will include lecture times and all off-vessel excursion times.



   
 Afternoon: Arrive in Nashville and take the complimentary shuttle to the hotel. Charlene Corris, your Group Leader, will be hosting a Hospitality Table in the Lobby from 12:00PM to 4:30PM Check in at the hotel begins at 4:00PM.
 Dinner: Orientation and dinner will begin at 5:30PM in the North Carolina Room at the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening to relax on your own.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Nashville
(Saturday, October 17)

Note: Today's activities involved getting on and off a motorcoach as well as walking and standing on uneven surfaces as you visit historic sites.



   
 Breakfast: A full cooked to order breakfast will be served in the Atrium from 7:00-10:30AM.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart for Spring Hill, where the Battle of Spring Hill was fought on November 29, 1864 as part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War. The Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanded by Lt.Gen. John Bell Hood, attacked a Union force under Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield as it retreated from Columbia through Spring Hill. Because of a series of command failures, the Confederates were unable to inflict serious damage on the Federals and could not prevent their safe passage north to Franklin during the night. The next day, Hood pursued Schofield and attacked his fortifications in the Battle of Franklin, resulting in severe Confederate casualties.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Proceed to visit the Carter House in Franklin. Learn about how the Carter Family sought refuge in their home while waiting for the second Battle of Franklin to conclude. The group will return to the hotel between 3:30 and 4:00PM.
 Dinner: On your own in Nashville. There is a restaurant in the hotel, a shuttle that will take you to nearby restaurants, and your group leader can provide local recommendations.
 Evening: This evening is free to explore Nashville on your own.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites at the Nashville Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Nashville/Board American Queen
(Sunday, October 18)

Note: The ship-based itinerary may change in order to allow participants to attend activities offered by both Road Scholar and the American Queen. Please keep in mind that once we board the American Queen, the river dictates our schedule!



   
 Breakfast: A full cooked to order breakfast will be served in the Atrium from 7:00-10:30AM. Please have your luggage inside your room and ready for the bellman to pick up at 8:00AM.
 Morning: This morning we will visit the Carnton Plantation, which became the epicenter for tending the wounded and dying after the Battle of Franklin. The home was situated less than one mile from the location of the activity that took place on the far Union Eastern flank. Since most of the battle took place after dark, the McGavocks witnessed the fire and explosion of guns and muskets that permeated the sky over Franklin. More than 1,1750 Confederates lost their lives at Franklin. The home was used as a hospital and in 1866 John and Carrie McGavok donated two acres for the nearly 1,500 Confederate dead who would be interred in their family cemetery.
 Lunch: There will be a stop for lunch en route to the American Queen which is docked in Clarksville.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the American Queen, the largest river steamboat ever made.The ship is scheduled to depart at 6:00PM.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen. Road Scholar has reserved the first seating for dinner each night at 5:15PM in the exquisite J.M. White Dining Room. Get to know your fellow participants and discuss the day's events over a delicious meal.
 Evening: Evening activities aboard the American Queen. Enjoy a live dance and/or musical performance each evening in the Grand Saloon.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dover, TN
(Monday, October 19)

Note: Each day ashore there is walking on/off the boat and getting on/off a motorcoach as well as periods of standing at some attractions and museums.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning at lecture about Fort Donelson from your historian aboard the American Queen. Please note that there will be multiple Civil War experts onboard the American Queen this week and some lectures may be offered at different times than our Road Scholar lectures. There will be a published schedule of events each day in your stateroom. The boat is scheduled to arrive in Dover at 12:00PM.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Depart for a visit to Fort Donelson in which Union Army Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote captured three Confederate forts and opened two rivers, the Tennesse River and the Cumberland River, to control by the Union Navy. The commanders received national recognition for their victories in February 1862, as they were the first major Union successes of the war. It was here at the Dover Hotel that U.S. Grant was given the name "Unconditional Surrender Grant." Afterwards return to the boat and enjoy the Captain's Reception prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Paducah, KY
(Tuesday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: Paducah, originally called Pekin, began around 1815 as a mixed community of Native Americans and white settlers who were attracted by its location at the confluence of many waterways. According to legend, Chief Paduke, most likely a Chickasaw, welcomed the people traveling down the Ohio and Tennesse on flatboat and it is for whom Paducah is named. Here we will visit the Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum, the exquisite Quilt Museum and the Flood Wall murals that depict important moments in Paducah's history.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen. The boat is scheduled to depart at 12:00PM.
 Afternoon: Join your historian for a lecture on board the ship about the Civil War. An exclusive Road Scholar cocktail reception will follow prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Savannah, TN
(Wednesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: This morning, join your historian for a Civil War lecture as we preview our visit to Shiloh. The boat is scheduled to arrive at 12:00PM.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: After lunch, depart for Shiloh National Military Park to learn about the two bloodiest days of the Civil War. Your historian will walk you across this hallowed battlefield and discuss the pivotal points of the confrontation.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Florence, AL
(Thursday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: This morning join your historian for a lecture titled “War on the Rivers”. Afterwards enjoy free time to explore Florence. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Our Road Scholar field trip will take us to Tuscumbia and the surrounding area to see the home of Helen Keller, Ivy Green. Helen's father was a Confederate officer in the Civil War and her mother was a descendant of the Adams family. Born a normal baby in 1880, she was stricken with an illness at the age of 19 months that left her blind and deaf. Her story, "The Miracle Worker," became famous and she has left a legacy of inspiration.
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Decatur, AL
(Friday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: This morning join your historian for a lecture titled “New Framework for Civil War History”. Afterwards enjoy free time to explore Decatur. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Decatur before the boat is scheduled to depart at 5:00PM. You might want to join the American Queen's Hop-On, Hop-Off coach or participate in the premium excursion to the Huntsville Space Museum (at an additional charge).
 Dinner: Aboard the American Queen.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Steamboating Day
(Saturday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the American Queen.
 Morning: This morning, join your historian for a Civil War lecture.
 Lunch: Aboard the American Queen.
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a last day of leisure on the American Queen. Take this time to pack up your luggage and enjoy some last views of the river as you continue towards Chattannooga. There will be a final wrap up and Q&A session with your historian this afternoon.
 Afternoon: Say goodbye to your new friends and relive the week's great memories during tonight's farewell dinner.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the American Queen.
   
Accommodations: American Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Chattannooga, TN
(Sunday, October 25)
   
 Depart From: Transfer to the airport for flights home.
 Breakfast: Meet in the Grand Saloon at 8:30AM before the boarding call for the airport transfer. The coach to the airport will depart at 9:00AM and is available for all participants. Please let your group leader know if you do not plan on taking this transfer.
   
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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