Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Our program involves daily walking of distances up to 1-1/2 miles on expert-led walks and to/from the scheduled activities; climbing stairs; carrying luggage to/from the Queen Mary/bus; and walking to meals outside the hotel properties.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to 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 last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: In one of the Queen Mary’s dining rooms featuring a plated meal plus water, coffee, and tea while enjoying sweeping views of the city of Long Beach and the harbor.
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Transportation will be provided via private motor coach unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding. Lunch at the Getty Center on Day 3 is on your own. If you wish to eat at the Getty Restaurant, reservations are recommended. Make reservations for the restaurant by calling (310) 440-6810. Reservations should be made between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
Activity note: The Queen Mary has an overall length of 1,019.5 feet and over six decks to explore. Our expert-led walk is 90 minutes. In Laguna Beach, walking and standing up to an hour, climbing stairs to outdoor amphitheater seats. We suggest you bring a sweater, jacket, or other warm outerwear in case it's cold. Blankets, seat cushions, and binoculars can be rented at the entrance.
Breakfast: On the Queen Mary, enjoy a buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items plus water, coffee, tea, and assorted juices.
Morning: We’ll be joined by one of the ships experts for a lively on-board expert for a walk of the ship, learn about her fascinating history while visiting areas not accessible to the general public. Our instructor will present the history of the Pageant of the Masters, with a behind-the-scenes-view of how the illusions are produced. Among the highlights are objects featured in former pageants. The pageant is a key component of Laguna Beach’s annual Festival of Arts. This unique event consists of a series of “tableaux vivants” where real people recreate faithful likenesses of famous art works. The stage show takes place in an outdoor amphitheater with intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, live narration, an original score played by a professional orchestra, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. The theme for 2016 is “Partners.”
Lunch: On the Queen Mary, enjoy a hearty meal in one of her many dining rooms plus water, coffee, and tea.
Afternoon: The afternoon is your time to rest or explore the R.M.S. Queen Mary on your own. If interested, visit the "Diana: Legacy of a Princess" exhibit. We will board the coach for the journey from Long Beach to Laguna Beach, our destination for the evening's performance of Pageant of the Masters. From humble beginnings 80-years ago, this summer-time performance is a sight to be scene!
Dinner: We'll enjoy a picnic dinner on the Pageant grounds. The Festival of Arts is a juried art show that features various media and is intended to be enjoyed prior to attending the performance. Bistro tables and grassy areas provide a casual location to have a picnic. Seating is not reserved, you'll find your own place to enjoy the ambiance which often features not only art but also musicians and opportunities for hands-on creativity.
Evening: Pageant of the Masters: 8:30 p.m. Audiences have packed the amphitheater for this spectacle every summer since 1932. The theme for 2016, "Partners," is filled with provocative and passionate tales of some of arts dynamic duos-artists and patrons, models, muses, even dance partners! The living pictures we witness will reveal the significant others without whom the creation of great masterpieces might not have been possible. Sometimes, two is the magic number!
Activity note: Moderate walking at the Getty Center; The art collection is displayed in four buildings; There may be temporary exhibits in two other buildings; Elevators are available; Optional guided docent walks of art, architecture or gardens last about an hour; The amount of walking is determined by interest level. Access to the Getty Garden involves a slight incline.
Breakfast: On the Queen Mary.
Morning: Check-out of Queen Mary hotel. In our wrap-up session with our instructor, share your favorite experiences as well as your thoughts and feelings about Pageant of the Masters. Our instructor will introduce the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. Jean Paul Getty was an American industrialist, who was named the richest living American and the world’s richest private citizen by the Guinness Book of World Records. An avid collector of art and antiquities, he established the J. Paul Getty Trust, which remains the worlds wealthiest art institution. From the hotel, we’ll ride to the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center to view the artwork discussed the night before. The Museum is accessed from the parking structure by a 3/4 mile hovertrain. The Getty Center is one of the most visit art museums in the United States and presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. This stunning collection features works by Titian, Rembrandt, Manet, and Monet. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration of the Getty Center.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at The Getty Center. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Afternoon: Continue your free day exploring the Getty Center. After the Getty Center, we’ll return to the Los Angeles hotel for dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated meal with salad, entrée, side dishes, and dessert, plus coffee, water, and tea.
Evening: Evening on your own to explore downtown Los Angeles. Your group leader will be delighted to provide options for local performances or events.
Activity note: Riding public transportation (DASH shuttle and Metro Red Line rail system); walking up to 1 mile to the metro station and to sites in Hollywood; standing up to about 2 hours at a time in Hollywood.
Breakfast: Enjoy a plentiful buffet featuring a variety of choices including both hot and cold selections, coffee, tea, juice, and water.
Morning: We’ll start out via public transportation as a group on the Metro Red Line. Discover many artworks at each station. The stations themselves are interesting as the Metro Art program commissioned a variety of artists to create works reflective the distinctiveness of each site. At the Hollywood & Vine Station, we will walk past the 1930 Pantages Theater, an Art Deco masterpiece and historical landmark, and the Capitol Record Tower. Get your first glimpse of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the famous Hollywood sign. We'll continue our walk through Hollywood & Highland, the complex that houses the Dolby Theater, site of the Academy Awards. Look for the Walk of Fame around Grauman's Chinese Theater, famous for its foot and hand prints of the stars.
Lunch: At a Hollywood restaurant, enjoy a sandwich with a side salad and dessert, plus a non alcoholic beverage.
Afternoon: From the restaurant, 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 and give directions on how to return to the hotel when you choose.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Avalon. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking the pedways of downtown Los Angeles to the Broad Museum is .6 miles each way on paved sidewalks. Coach will provide transportation to and from the Hollywood Bowl, however, be prepared to climb some stairs getting to our seats. The bowl is located on many levels accessible by escalators, however, there are slight inclines to walk up/down and tiered seating. Seat cushions, and binoculars can be rented at the bowl.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We will start the morning on foot as we explore the innovative pedways that connect points within downtown Los Angeles. Our destination will be the newest museum to the City of Angels, The Broad Museum. Funded by Eli and Edythe Broad and located in the heart of the city on Grand Avenue, it is the home to 2,000 works of contemporary art (from the 1950's to the present).
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in downtown Los Angeles. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Los Angeles or simply rest for the evening's activities. Our coach will take us to the Hollywood Bowl for our dinner and performance. You may chose to visit the Hollywood Bowl Museum before the evening performance.
Dinner: Enjoy a picnic meal at the Hollywood Bowl. Join the locals in this summer-time tradition of picnicing and conversation as you enjoy the ambiance of the Hollywood Hills. Your dinner will be provided, but wine and beer as well as other refreshments are available for purchase. Outside food and drinks are often allowed on the grounds, see your group leader for further details.
Evening: Enjoy a performance at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl - the largest natural amphitheater in the world. Because the Hollywood Bowl schedule is not announced until Spring, performance details will be announced closer to your arrival. The Hollywood Bowl is the summer home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, but also welcomes musical talents from around the globe. It is the perfect place for music lovers to enjoy a performance under the stars! Throughout the summer, there is a wide variety of performances. Our seats may be located on benches, the evening may become cold, dress in layers for maximum comfort.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. Motor coach transportation will be available for a one-time morning trip back to the Queen Mary hotel.
Breakfast: We’ll walk to a local Avalon restaurant where you can order from a select menu of hot breakfast options plus coffee, tea and water.
Morning: After breakfast, we’ll walk to the dock to take the Catalina Express back to Long Beach. Transportation is provided to take the group back to the Queen Mary from the landing. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!