20362
Philadelphia
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
5 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 on the 19th Floor- look for the Road Scholar table to pick up your materials. Orientation at 4:30 immediately following registration followed by dinner

Dinner: In our private dining room. It is a plated meal, however, all diet restrictions can be accommodated.

Evening: Enjoy a lecture "Tulipmania" presented by Betsy Anderson

DAY
2
Philadelphia Flower Show, Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Activity note: Extensive walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available, but must be reserved in advance. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Buffet Breakfast with many selections at the hotel restaurant XIX on the 19th floor.

Morning: Early morning private tour of the flower show before it is opened to the public. Horticultural guides walk you around the exhibits in small groups. The theme is "Holland-Flowering the World". The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, visit the web site theflowershow.com for more information. After your private behind the scenes tour, you are on your own at the Flower Show to leisurely view the floral displays or to participate in demonstrations and lectures that are offered. The Flower Show is the nation's largest indoor flower show, which blooms in Philadelphia every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Show features the country's premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a floral fantasy world with beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic arranging, hundreds of gardening lectures and demonstrations, special events, a mammoth indoor Marketplace, and a city-wide Flower Show Week celebration throughout the Philadelphia region.

Lunch: A lunch is on your own today and we suggest the Reading Terminal Market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.

Afternoon: On your own at the Flower Show to attend lectures. We provide our own shuttle bus back to the hotel from 1pm to 3pm. The convention center is 8 blocks from the hotel, if you wish to stay later and walk, taxi or public bus back. Your ticket allows you to go back to the show later that evening.

Dinner: Dinner is at a local restaurant frequented by Philadelphians'

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Itzhak Perlman - Conductor and Violin. PROGRAM: Bach - Violin Concerto No. 1., Mozart - Symphony No. 35., ("Haffner") Dvorák - Symphony No. 8. President Obama called him “the most beloved violinist of our time” in awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. A cultural icon, the irrepressible Itzhak Perlman returns to Verizon Hall to conduct and solo with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He brings his “brilliant technique and juicy sound” (The New York Times) to Bach’s exquisite First Violin Concerto before leading the ensemble in two symphonic masterpieces: Dvorák’s bucolic Eighth Symphony and Mozart’s intoxicating “Haffner” Symphony, composed amidst a furious frenzy of activity and calling for a finale played “as fast as possible!"

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

Activity note: Barnes has 15 viewing galleries with benches in each room. Wheelchairs are available at no charge

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Buffet Breakfast with many selections at the hotel restaurant XIX on the 19th floor

Morning: LECTURE: Enjoy a lecture on John Bartram, the Father of American botany, and the Brandywine Valley. Then we board our private bus to The Rodin Museum which houses the largest collection of Rodin's sculpture outside of Paris.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Private tour of The Barnes Foundation Collection. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.

Dinner: Dinner is at a local restaurant frequented by Philadelphians'

Evening: Attend a student recital at The Curtis Institute of Music

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

Activity note: There is a handicap entrance to the Rodin Museum. Not a lot of walking as it is a small museum (5 galleries). Usual walking and standing as expected at art museum. Wheelchairs are available at no charge.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Buffet Breakfast with many selections at the hotel restaurant XIX on the 19th floor

Morning: We will go to The Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Constructed in 1928 of Minnesota dolomite, it's modeled after ancient Greek temples but on a grander scale. The museum was designed by Julian Francis Abele, the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Inside, you'll see Saint-Gaudens' statue of Diana; she formerly graced New York's old Madison Square Garden. The museum has several outstanding permanent collections: the John G. Johnson Collection covers Western art from the Renaissance to the 19th century; the Arensberg and A. E. Gallatin collections contain modern and contemporary works by artists such as Brancusi, Braque, Matisse, and Picasso. Famous paintings in these collections include Van Eyck's St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, Rubens' Prometheus Bound, Benjamin West's Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, van Gogh's Sunflowers, Cézanne's The Large Bathers, and Picasso's Three Musicians. The museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial teahouse. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts.

Lunch: Lunch is included at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's cafeteria.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy your visit at the museum. You are on your own this afternoon to enjoy the galleries of the museum. Docent led tours are available every 1/2 hour concentrating on different collections of the museum. You will return to the hotel on your own. Transportation options are the #38 Public bus which leaves from the West Entrance steps of the museum and drops you at Broad and Locust Street, the location of the Hyatt Hotel. Or, take a taxi at a fare of $10 for 1 to 4 persons. Remember to bring your Medicare Card as Seniors travel free on our SEPTA public buses. Sightseeing buses are also available from the West Entrance of the museum.

Dinner: Dinner is not included this evening.

Evening: FREE EVENING: After an extensive day of learning, you may just want to settle into your hotel room for a deserved rest. If not your Group Leader will assist you in finding evening activities to participate in be it theater or movies.

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

Activity note: Winterthur requires 1 hour of tour walking and standing. Longwood Gardens is all walking at your own pace. Wheelchairs and motor scooters are available at Longwood. They cost $25 (scooter rental fee).

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Buffet Breakfast with many selections at the hotel restaurant XIX on the 19th floor

Morning: Then we leave by motorcoach for a full day's excursion to The Brandywine Valley. We will tour Winterthur, the residence in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight

Lunch: Lunch is provided at Winterthur.

Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the worlds premier horticultural showplace. At Longwood we will enjoy an educators tour of the Conservatory. Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,077 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you'll find beauty at every turn. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. The Conservatory was built in 1919. At present, there are 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant

Evening: After dinner, we will return to the hotel to relax after a busy day

DAY
6
Philadelphia, A Modern Metropolis Lecture
Philadelphia, PA
B

Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Buffet Breakfast with many selections at the hotel restaurant XIX on the 19th floor

Morning: This morning enjoy a closing lecture on Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis." The program ends after our lecture at 11:00 AM. Hotel check-out is at Noon. Luggage can be stored with the concierge in the hotel lobby.