Discover the charm of Savannah as you visit historic monuments, enjoy a concert of Johnny Mercer’s music, try your hand at southern cooking and uncover this grand city’s roots.
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Program No. 11376RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Savannah, GA
D
Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table across from the front desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, program materials, and other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant onsite, 39 Rue de Jean, we’ll have a plated dinner including salad, a choice between three entrée options, side dish, dessert, coffee, iced tea, water.

Evening: Orientation. Immediately following dinner in the restaurant, the Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. We will have an expert local historian as our primary lecturer and educational resource. We will do a lot of walking in this program and use a trolley or a mini bus that has 4 steps up/down. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Savannah History, Battlefield Presentation
Savannah, GA
B,L,D
Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking approximately 1.5 miles total with breaks throughout the day; climbing steps, periods of standing outside, & navigating uneven terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a full buffet-style breakfast featuring a very wide variety of hot and cold items, along with coffee, tea, juice, and water with fellow participants before starting the day.

Morning: Our expert history professor will enlighten us on the first years in the 13th colony as experienced by our new country's earliest citizens. The colonial era extended from the founding of Georgia in 1733 until the Revolutionary War. The last of the original thirteen colonies, its early experience was markedly different from the rest.

Lunch: After a short comfort break, we'll meet up in the hotel lobby and walk seven blocks together with the Group Leader to charming local restaurant for a light plated lunch before our afternoon activities.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will walk together directly to our afternoon field trip location, approximately seven blocks, and the site of the Revolutionary War battlefield where the infamous "Siege of Savannah" took place in 1779. We'll learn about that harrowing event, when French and American forces along with foreign national mercenary soldiers attempted to retake the city from British control, from a local expert in period costume. We'll walk back at the hotel together after the presentation, and continue our study of Savannah history with a lecture in the meeting room by our own history expert.

Dinner: At a dining establishment located on Savannah's famous River Street, our plated dinner includes a salad, choice between two savory entrées, side dish, and dessert as well as iced tea, coffee, water. Other beverages will be available for individual purchase if desired.

Evening: At leisure. After a long, busy first day there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to relax over the evening meal and get better acquainted with each other. We’ll ride back to the hotel together via trolley.

DAY
3
History cont'd., Cathedral, Owens-Thomas & Davenport Homes
Savannah, GA
B,L,D
Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 1.5 mile with breaks; periods of standing indoors and out; climbing up to 3 flights of stairs in historic homes (no elevator).

Breakfast: Full breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning, we'll continue our discovery of Savannah's notable people, places, and events on a walking field trip together, led by our Group Leader. First stop will be the Owens-Thomas House, designed by prominent English architect of the period, William Jay. Beautifully preserved, the main house, gardens, and slave quarters will take us back in time to see life from two very diverse perspectives: the wealthy resident owners and the enslaved people forced to work and live there. Next stop on our walking exploration will be a visit to Savannah's iconic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. An on-site docent will give us a detailed overview of the rich history of this beloved House of Worship.

Lunch: We will walk together to a nearby restaurant in the Historic District, we’ll enjoy a plated lunch with a choice between sandwiches, soups, or salad combos along with dessert and a choice of non-alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll walk back to the hotel together for a short rest break. Once we've had a chance to freshen up, we'll regroup in in the hotel lobby and head back out for a walking and riding field trip via private trolley in the late afternoon. Our local expert guide will lead us through the picturesque streets and squares of the Historic District, learning as we leisurely trek along. Our final stop of the day will be Isaiah Davenport House Museum; here we'll continue our study of urban slavery and enslaved people during the 19th century that began at Owens-Thomas House. During a special program designed exclusively for our group, on-site experts will reveal additional information about 19th century Savannah people and events, especially as related to urban slavery. We'll gain further insight into the stark juxtaposition of life for the privileged and free as opposed to the disadvantaged and enslaved.

Dinner: We will travel via trolley directly from the Davenport House to a nearby restaurant, approximately six blocks away, where our plated dinner will include a salad, a choice between 3 entrée options, a side dish, and dessert along with iced tea, coffee, water; other beverages will be available for individual purchase if desired. Enjoy entertaining piano music as we dine as bonus entertainment.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy time to linger over the evening meal while socializing with fellow participants and your Group Leader. We’ll walk back as a group, but those who wish are welcome to return independently.

DAY
4
Telfair & Jepson Art Museums, Free Time
Savannah, GA
B
Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah

Activity note: Walking approximately 10 blocks total with breaks; ability to climb several steps & navigate uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Full breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll walk approximately 5 blocks together with our Group Leader to Historic Savannah's premier art museums. Telfair Academy is home to a substantial collection of 19th and 20th century American and European art showcased on various mediums; the building itself is a veritable work of art: a 2-story mansion from 1819 with a rich and fascinating personal history that compliments its priceless interior possessions. Jepson Center for the Arts is a masterpiece of modernism, featuring permanent collections along with limited-engagement, special exhibitions of talented artists and diverse subject matter.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. There are many local restaurants very close by our last field trip destination, including several in the City Market area and on Broughton Street, with a variety of menus sure to please every palate.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to explore further in the beautiful Historic District or venture out into surrounding areas to take in sights and points of interest not included in our program.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to try one of the many and varied dining establishments in the area we have not experienced. The hotel concierge can also assist you in deciding where to go.

Evening: At leisure. See and do more of what interests you most. City Market, River Street, or maybe a musical at the Historic Savannah Theater are calling your name!

DAY
5
Mercer Concert, Harper-Fowlkes House, Southern Cooking Class
Savannah, GA
B,L,D
Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley (3-4 steps). Walking approximately 1 mile total during the day with breaks. Periods of standing. Riding approximately 2.5 miles and 20 minutes each way.

Breakfast: Full breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll delight in an entertaining musical presentation featuring the songs of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer, performed by an outstanding trio of a noted professional singer and musicians. Between songs, we’ll learn about the man behind the music and the life behind those timeless lyrics!

Lunch: Catered buffet meal in the hotel meeting room.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll meet in the hotel lobby and take a short walk (approximately 6 blocks each way) for a visit to the Harper Fowlkes House. A local docent will reveal this impressive Greek Revival-style mansion's storied past as we explore this enchanting home and its gardens. Following our visit, we'll walk back to our hotel together for a short comfort break. Later in the afternoon, our private trolley will pick us up at our hotel and transport us to a local cooking school for an interactive demonstration of Lowcountry cooking with opportunities to volunteer for hands-on participation. We’ll learn how to prepare popular local and regional specialties as Chef Darin gives us valuable tips — spiced with humorous wit — from his vast experience. The star of the menu is Shrimp and Grits with Red-eye Gravy, among other delicious, Southern-inspired dishes your taste buds will relish.

Dinner: In our special farewell dinner, we’ll enjoy the “fruits” of our cooking class labors, savoring the flavors of the meal we helped to prepare. Beverages include flavored iced tea, coffee, water; there will also be a limited selection of wines (by the glass or bottle) available for purchase if desired.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll linger over our final meal together, sharing favorite experiences before riding back to the hotel together.

DAY
6
Ships of the Sea, Program Concludes
Savannah, GA
B

Activity note: Walking approximately 6 blocks total; climbing two flights of stairs (no elevator). Hotel check-out by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Full breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll have a final field trip this morning, walking together for a visit to the Ships of the Sea Museum. Located inside historic Scarbrough House is an impressive display of model ships, art, and maritime artifacts that weave together colorful yet true tales of life on the water. Step outside the gorgeous building and into a lovely and serene "city" garden. We’ll then bid farewell to new Road Scholar friends and our Group Leader. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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