23080
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia at a Slower Pace: Known & Hidden Historical Gems
On this easier-paced program, explore the history and heritage of this vibrant and historic “signature city.” Join experts for an insider’s look at Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods.
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Program No. 23080RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. 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 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. 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 private motorcoach. Our expert Group Leader will provide commentary during some field trips in addition to 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: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal and order from a select menu; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Lecture, Independence Hall & Liberty Bell
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking approximately 1 mile and standing during field trip.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local history for a presentation on 18th Century Philadelphia history and the story of our Founding Fathers.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We will board a bus and ride 10 blocks to the Colonial City, America's most historic square mile, for a field trip with our Group Leader to Independence National Historical Park with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, both of which are national treasures and icons of American democracy. The Liberty Bell is engraved with these words: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.” Independence Hall is where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed. In recognition of our founding principles of freedom and democracy that have influenced so many others around the world, Independence Hall has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant.

Evening: On our way back to the hotel, we will stroll around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, where our Group Leader will point out some of its outstanding architecture and landmarks.

DAY
3
Free Library Rare Books, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking and standing during field trips.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll travel with our Group Leader to the Free Library of Philadelphia, founded in 1891. Its Rare Book Department is available to the people of Philadelphia, students, scholars, and researchers. This literary treasury includes cuneiform tablets, European and Oriental manuscripts, first editions of collected Shakespeare works and works by Edgar Allan Poe, Early American children’s books, letters of Charles Dickens, letters of Presidents of the U.S., a theatre collection, and much more. A member of the library staff will lead our exploration. We have some time to explore independently then travel to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for lunch.

Lunch: At the museum cafeteria, we will have vouchers to choose what we like.

Afternoon: 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 by bus.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant.

Evening: Performance. We will attend one of many cultural events going on in the city. Our program was planned far in advance when details were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
4
Old City District, Christ Church, Betsy Ross House
Philadelphia, PA
B
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off bus. Walking approximately 1 mile, standing, etc.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll go for a field trip to visit some of the historic landmarks in Philadelphia’s Old City District — known as America’s most historic square mile — such as the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Elfreth's Alley. While there is no documented evidence that Betsy Ross actually did sew the first American flag, the story that George Washington himself asked her to make it lives on. Christ Church, founded in 1695, has long been called “the Nation's church” due to its associations with notable Revolutionary era leaders. Seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and five signers of the Constitution are buried here. Elfreth’s Alley represents three centuries of American everyday life. As a National Historic Landmark, it preserves 32 structures built from 1728-1836, one of our last remaining early American streetscapes.

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

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.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. You might like to go out with old or new friends, and perhaps explore a new neighborhood or cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
History Lecture, Am. Rev. Museum, Nat'l Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking and standing during field trips.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will give us a presentation on 300 years of Philadelphia architecture. We will then ride to Museum of the American Revolution, opened in 2017 two blocks from Independence Hall. It is the first museum of its kind to trace the steps that led to our break with the “Mother Country” of England and eventually to revolutionary war. With an educator, we will take a virtual journey through the American Revolution, encountering the events, people, and ideals of the founding of the United States through state-of-the-art design and technology. The collection of thousands of objects includes works of art, manuscripts, and printed pieces from the period. One particularly historic item is the original tent that George Washington used as his command center.

Lunch: At the museum.

Afternoon: Our next field trip is to the National Constitution Center. The Center's permanent exhibition, The Story of We the People, tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, "Freedom Rising", and Signers' Hall. We will learn more about the three branches of government as we explore giant models of the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Public Program demonstrators will lead us through an entertaining look at the buildings, the people who work in them, and our government’s system of checks and balances.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
18th Century Savants, Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. Bags may be left with the concierge for pick-up after lunch.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: With a local expert, we will learn about Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, David Rittenhouse, and other 18th Century savants through historical and scientific perspectives.

Lunch: At the hotel. 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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