20362
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (5 nights)
In Philadelphia — home to America’s first horticultural society — experience the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show. Plus, attend a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra!
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Program No. 20362RJ
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the 19th Floor and look for the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation will be via motorcoach and bus. Educational leadership will be provided by our knowledgeable Group Leader and local experts. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our private dining room at the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll gather for a presentation on “tulip mania” by a noted art historian who will separate fact from fiction, legend from reality in the Dutch golden age of the 17th century.

DAY
2
Philadelphia Flower Show, Free Time to Explore Flower Show
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. The Flower Show covers 33 acres of the Pennsylvania Convention Center; walking the entire area is about 2 miles, approximately 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Handicapped accessible, elevators; wheelchairs available for rent (first-come/first-served) on the second level of the Convention Center. Shuttle bus back to hotel available 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s Restaurant XIX, the extensive breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, cheeses, oatmeal, granola, cereals, whole and sliced fruit, bagels, pastries, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will set out early 7:30 a.m. for a private, Road Scholar exclusive field trip to explore the Flower Show before the public opening. Flower Show staff will lead us around the exhibits in small groups. The theme for 2018 — “Wonders of Water” — focuses on the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. Some of America's leading floral and garden designers will exhibits recreating jungles, forests and woodlands, and even arid landscapes that display the astounding array of flowers and plants thriving in each environment. Following our expert-led exploration, we will have independent time to see and do what interests each of us most. Our tickets permit us to visit the Flower Show in the morning, afternoon, and evening. In addition to major displays, the Flower Show presents lectures, demonstrations, and special events. See the Flower Show website for details: https://theflowershow.com/events As its website explains, “the Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event, and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers.” It was inaugurated in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and continues to operate under the same auspices today. Proceeds from the Flower Show benefit the year-round programs of PHS that have become national models of urban greening.

Lunch: 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. We recommend the Reading Terminal Market adjacent to the Convention Center. This historic urban farmers’ market had its origins in the 19th century. It is now a foodie paradise, replete with locally grown produce, Amish merchants, and exotic specialties from around the world. Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies are favorites here as well as Bassett’s ice cream, first scooped at the Centennial celebration of 1876.

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. We have kept this afternoon open so you can continue to explore the Flower Show independently and attend lectures and other activities as you choose. Our shuttle bus will return to the hotel from 1:00-3:00 p.m. You are welcome to stay longer and return via walking, public transportation, or taxi; the convention center is 8 blocks from the hotel.

Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal and order from a select menu.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Bartram, Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation, Curtis Recital
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. The Barnes has 15 viewing galleries with benches in each room; wheelchairs available at no charge. At Rodin Museum, handicapped accessible entrance; 5 galleries; wheelchairs available at no charge.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined at the hotel by a local expert who will present a lecture on horticulture and outstanding individuals such as John Bartram (1699-1777), a naturalist renowned as the father of American botany, as well as related aspects of the Brandywine Valley. We’ll then board a private bus for a field trip to the Rodin Museum with the greatest collection of works by Auguste Rodin outside Paris. The elegant Beaux-Arts style building and garden are situated on Benjamin Franklin Parkway that itself was designed to evoke the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The collection represents every phase of Rodin’s career with more than over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters.

Lunch: On your own today to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will regroup at a designated time and place, then travel to The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway where we will explore the collection and galleries with our private educator. This extraordinary collection, one of the greatest private art collections anywhere, got its start in 1912 when Dr. Barnes sent an artist friend to Paris to acquire modern paintings. Dr. Barnes himself began collecting what became a sophisticated trove of artistic treasures including old masterworks, Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and early modern paintings with numerous works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso — the greatest collection of Post-Impressionist art outside Paris. Dr. Barnes also collected Native American fine crafts; early American furniture and decorative art; and African sculpture. Uniquely, he displayed his collection in self-designed “ensembles” where he arranged masterpieces amid other objects. The exceptional, state-of-the-art Barnes on the Parkway facility opened in 2012.

Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal and order from a select menu.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Art Lecture, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Time
Philadelphia, PA
B,L
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking according to personal preference through extensive galleries.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will ride to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where our educator will introduce some of the highlights of its incomparable galleries. Among the greatest in the U.S., the Museum has a collection of more than 227,000 works of art spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century CE and those of Asia since the third millennium BCE. Its European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the American collections are among the finest in the country. Following our expert-led exploration, we will have some time to see what interests each of us most, then return to the hotel independently.

Lunch: At the museum’s cafeteria, we’ll have vouchers to order what we like with choices such as omelettes, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. You are welcome to stay longer at the museum if you like. Docent-led tours focusing on different areas of the museum are available every half-hour (additional cost). Returning to the hotel independently, you have several possibilities. The #38 Public bus leaves from the West Entrance steps of the museum and drops you at Broad and Locust Street, the location of the Hyatt Hotel. Taxis are approximately $10 each for 1 to 4 persons. Seniors (with Medicare card) can travel free on SEPTA public buses. Sightseeing buses are also available from the West Entrance of the museum.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Take a look at the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Or, after a long day of learning, you may just want to settle in to your room for a well-deserved evening of rest and relaxation.

DAY
5
Winterthur, Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Winterthur requires 1 hour of walking and standing. At Longwood Gardens, walking at your own pace. Wheelchairs and motor scooters are available at Longwood; $25 rental fee.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out by motorcoach for a field trip to one of America’s treasures, the Winterthur estate in the Brandywine Valley. The first members of the du Pont family arrived in America from France on January 1, 1800, settling in the Brandywine Valley. Winterthur (pronounced winter-tour) began in 1837 as a 12-room house on 450 acres. It remained in the family, growing and developing over several generations. The magnificent estate we see today is largely the work of Henry Francis du Pont, who was born at Winterthur in 1880. Throughout his life, he added to the facilities, the exquisitely landscaped gardens, and his beloved family home. H. F. was an avid collector of American antiques and decorative arts, expanding the house and filling it exceptional rooms and museum quality pieces. He opened it to the public in 1951. Winterthur is now the premier museum of American decorative arts. Its 175 rooms are filled with nearly 90,000 objects displayed much as they were when the du Pont family lived here. We will divide into small groups as we enjoy our private exploration with educators. Depending on the weather, we may also have an opportunity to meander through a re-created woodland path offering vistas of the lovely Winterthur Garden.

Lunch: At Winterthur, we’ll have vouchers to select what we like.

Afternoon: We will then move on to Longwood, one of the world’s great gardens, for an expert-led exploration. The Lenni-Lenape people — ancestors of the Delaware Tribe of Indians — lived and cultivated these lands for thousands of years. In 1700, a Quaker family acquired several hundred acres they began clearing and farming, eventually establishing an arboretum. Pierre S. du Pont, a passionate gardener, bought it in 1906. Inspired by his travels to see great gardens of Europe, he set about transforming the farm into what would become Longwood Gardens. He built a grand, 4-acre conservatory housing a perpetual flower show, added fountains to the expanding outdoor themed gardens and landscapes, and in the process became one of America’s most influential gardeners. Longwood is his living legacy, now spanning 1,077 acres. We’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal and order from a select menu. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Modern Philadelphia, Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert for a presentation on Philadelphia as a modern metropolis. We expect to end by 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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