Activity note: Hotel check in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table 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, 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: At the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a plated and served welcome dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation. 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. For the Army-Navy Game, we will have seating for our group in the upper level in the stadium. There will be a limited number of seats available in the mid-level section if you wish to upgrade at an additional fee. Travel and transfers will be via private motorcoach unless noted otherwise. Places 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, rewarding, 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.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. The drive to West Point is about 60 miles, approximately 2 hours due to single lane roads.
Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, fruit, yogurt, of breads, milk, juices, coffee, hot tea, water.
Morning: We’ll depart for a full-day field trip to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On arrival we will have a combined bus and walking exploration with our local expert who will tell the story of West Point. While the military academy was officially established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802, West Point had served as General George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution, personally selected by Washington as the most important strategic position in the country. We’ll learn about its illustrious history from past to present along with stories about graduates who shaped our nation — the “long gray line” of West Point graduates who represent high achievement and the promise of outstanding, ethical leadership — and the academy’s continuing role in training the leaders of tomorrow. Highlights include the historic Cadet Chapel, scenic Trophy Point with the massive Battle Monument overlooking the Hudson River, and the Plain parade field.
Lunch: At a West Point campus restaurant; coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Following our drive through the Hudson Valley we’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: We’ll gather for a lecture on pertinent topics. Prepare for check out and transfer tomorrow.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile, standing approximately 1 hour.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll ride to Manhattan and spend the morning on an expert-led field trip exploring the National September 11 Memorial. The memorial pays tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. Twin reflecting pools, each nearly an acre in size, sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood, with the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. The names of all who died are inscribed on bronze panels.
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.
Afternoon: We’ll regroup at a designated time and place, reboard our motorcoach, and drive to Philadelphia, checking in to our hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated and served set meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll be joined by a military historian for a presentation on pertinent topics.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Security check point to enter stadium; walking up/down stadium stairs. Sitting outdoors for several hours; dress appropriately.
Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that includes milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll ride to Independence National Historical Park (INHP) to see and explore some of the icons of American independence. Led by an expert, we’ll see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where our nation was officially established, and where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and signed. It is not only a national monument but is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for the universal principles of freedom and democracy that have had a profound impact on law-makers around the world. George Washington was inaugurated here for his second term as President when Philadelphia was the national capital.
Lunch: On your own at INHP to enjoy what you like. There is a café in the Independence Visitor Center and another on Independence Mall as well as restaurants in the surrounding area. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Afternoon: Re-grouping, we’ll ride to the stadium and take our seats as the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen face off once again. One of America’s oldest sports rivalries began in 1890. Out of 117 clashes, Navy leads with a record of 60-50-7, although Army broke Navy’s 14-year winning streak in 2016. The winner receives the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy as well as bragging rights. The motorcoach will return to the hotel after the game.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.
Activity note: The drive to Washington DC is about 140 miles, approximately 3 hours. Walking up to 1 mile.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and take our motorcoach for an expert led field trip to explore the Museum of the American Revolution in the heart of historic Philadelphia, two blocks from Independence Hall. Opening in April 2017. The museum’s impressive collection includes thousands of objects and historic artifacts such as the first newspaper printing to the Declaration of Independence; George Washington’s original tent, headquarters flag, and camp cups; works of art; diaries, manuscripts, and printed works; American, French, and British arms; and much more. A state-of-the-art theater presents an interactive experience tracing the period before and during the war, concluding with America’s victory and the challenges of building a new nation.
Lunch: On your own.
Afternoon: Re-grouping, we’ll board our motorcoach and ride to Washington DC with arrival expected early evening for hotel check-in.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated and served set meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll be joined by a guest speaker for a lecture on pertinent topics.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; tram service at Arlington National Cemetery; walking up to 1 mile.
Breakfast: Choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that includes milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll begin the day with a lecture on pertinent topics. We’ll then set out on an expert-led field trip to Arlington National Cemetery. On these hallowed grounds, we’ll stop at the grave of President John F Kennedy, witness the solemn changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and visit Arlington House, home to descendants of America's first “First Family” and Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Returning to Washington, we’ll have a motorcoach overview of the National Mall as our Group Leader provides commentary. Designed by Pierre L’Enfant in 1791, the Mall developed in ways the architect had not intended. Yet it is today one of the foremost symbolic places in America— 1,000 acres of green space in the heart of our nation’s capital, surrounding by iconic monuments and memorials.
Dinner: On your own.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: The drive to the Naval Academy in Annapolis is about 40 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 2 miles throughout campus.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll set out on a field trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The academy is the undergraduate college of America’s naval service, preparing young men and women to become “professional officers of competence, character, and compassion” in the Navy and Marine Corps. While the history of the Navy and naval cadets is much longer, the official Naval School was established in 1845 and became the Naval Academy five years later. We’ll learn from a local expert about academy life past and present as we visit key sites such as Lejeune Hall, the swimming, diving, and water polo center; the Bancroft Hall dormitory complex; Tecumseh Court, with its statue of the warrior often considered a symbol of good luck; the Herndon Monument, where plebe year culminates annual with a climb up the 21-foot monument slathered in vegetable shortening and therefore requiring teamwork to reach the top; the historic Chapel; and the crypt of Revolutionary War hero and “father” of the Navy, John Paul Jones.
Lunch: On the Naval Academy campus.
Afternoon: After returning to the hotel in Washington, the remainder of the afternoon is free.
Dinner: Hotel plated meal. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends at our farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.
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