23102
Georgia
Great American Get-Together in Savannah
Get enlivened exploring the southern Civil War history that sweeps the streets of beautiful Savannah, Georgia as you learn about the city’s booming past and colorful culture.
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Program No. 23102RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,849
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Savannah, GA
D
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: For those who chose the "Free Airfare" option and will be arriving in Savannah on the first day of the program, shuttle service from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will be provided at no additional cost. On arrival, participants should proceed to Baggage Claim, collect any checked baggage, and then report to the K-Shuttle Customer Counter (in the Ground Transportation/Baggage Claim area) for directions to the Road Scholar shuttle bus. Program Registration: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table across from the front desk 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, program materials, and 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: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a plated dinner including salad, entrée, side dish, dessert, with coffee, iced tea, water included. 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. We will have an expert local historian as our primary lecturer and educational resource. We will do a lot of walking in this program and use a trolley that has 4 steps up/down. 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. We’ll continue getting to know y our fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Savannah History, Green-Meldrim House Museum
Savannah, GA
B,L,D
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 1.5 miles, climbing steps, and navigating uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated, hot breakfast, including a variety of hot and cold items, along with coffee, juice, and water.

Morning: We will enjoy a lecture about the founding and historical timeline of the city by a local expert in the hotel meeting room.

Lunch: We’ll walk to a charming local restaurant filled with history and character for a light plated lunch that includes an entrée, dessert, iced tea, coffee, water.

Afternoon: We will explore the Historic District with our local expert by motorcoach and on foot and visit the Green-Meldrim House. The Green-Meldrim House was used by General Sherman for his headquarters during the Civil War, when the Federal Army occupied Savannah.

Dinner: At a dining establishment with a rich history, our plated dinner includes salad, a choice of two entrées, side dish, and dessert along with iced tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll ride back to the hotel together via trolley. After a long, busy first day there will be no formal activity after dinner, leaving plenty of time to relax over the evening meal and get better acquainted with each other.

DAY
3
Savannah’s Houses of Worship & Burial Grounds
Savannah, GA
B,L
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 2 miles, periods of standing indoors and out.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: Today we will explore significant houses of worship in Savannah by motorcoach and on foot including the Congregation Mickve Israel, America's third oldest Jewish congregation, St. John's Cathedral, the home of the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, Bonaventure Cemetery, featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah's most significant African American burial ground.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Historic District, we’ll enjoy a plated lunch with a choice between sandwiches, soups, or salads, along with dessert and choice of non-alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll continue our expert-led walking and riding field trip of Savannah's stories of her souls.

Dinner: 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. You might like to try one of the many and varied dining establishments in the area we have not experienced. The hotel concierge can also assist you in deciding where to go.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Savannah's Architecture through the Ages
Savannah, GA
B,L
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Minimal walking planned today.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we will enjoy an engaging overview by from our local expert on the awe-inspiring architecture designed and constructed through the eras, shaping Savannah's Historic District into the picturesque destination it is today.

Lunch: At the hotel, we will enjoy lunch with coffee, tea, and water included.

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. You might like to explore further in the beautiful Historic District or venture out into surrounding areas to take in sights and points of interest not included in our program.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. See and do more of what interests you most. City Market, River Street, or maybe a musical at the Historic Savannah Theater are calling!

DAY
5
Savannah Arts Sunday, Telfair & Jepson Art Museums
Savannah, GA
B,D
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 2 miles, standing indoors and out.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll “meet” General James Oglethorpe, played in full-character and with incredible accuracy by a talented and knowledgeable historic re-enactor. Drawn from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters, we’ll learn about the early years of the “Georgia Experiment.”

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Accompanied by a local expert, discover Savannah's artistic side by visiting the Telfair and Jepson Art Museums. Formerly the home of one of Savannah's most prominent families, the Telfair Museum was the first public art museum in the U.S. The Jepson Center is an art museum of contemporary art and was designed by Moshe Safdie.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: We’ll be joined in the hotel meeting room by a talented balladeer and music historian who will tell us stories “behind the music” of some popular American songs as he plays and sings.

DAY
6
Civil War Savannah: Fort Pulaski & Fort Jackson, Free Time
Savannah, GA
B,D
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley, climbing uneven stairs, standing indoors and out.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: By trolley with a local expert, we’ll visit Fort Pulaski and Old Fort Jackson. Preliminary construction of Fort Pulaski was overseen by Robert E. Lee to protect the city from naval attack. Old Fort Jackson is Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification. After a short lecture, we’ll cover our ears for a cannon-firing! We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: Dine at a nearby popular restaurant where our plated dinner includes a salad, a choice of three tempting entrées, side dish, decadent dessert, and iced tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase. Enjoy entertaining piano music as we dine.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll walk back as a group, but those who wish are welcome to return independently. Enjoy time to linger over the evening meal while socializing with fellow participants and our Group Leader.

DAY
7
Slavery to Civil Rights, Gilbert Museum, Davenport House
Savannah, GA
B,L,D
The DeSoto Savannah

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 1.5 miles, climbing steps, and navigating uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: We’ll split into two groups to visit the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the Davenport House Museum with our local experts on a walking and riding field trip to learn about the African American experience in Savannah and the south.

Lunch: We’ll dine at a charming local restaurant filled with history and character for a light plated lunch that includes an entrée, dessert, iced tea, coffee, water.

Afternoon: We will continue our journey of the African American experience with our local experts.

Dinner: Aboard a riverboat on the Savannah River, we will enjoy a buffet farewell meal plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Our farewell celebration will be aboard a Savannah riverboat for a cruise down the Savannah River in magical moonlight. Dinner will be served along with entertainment to end our unforgettable week!

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Savannah, GA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: For those who chose the "Free Airfare" option, Road Scholar shuttles will be departing for Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at scheduled intervals between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Day 8 of the program. The program materials folder that you receive during registration at the hotel will include information about your scheduled departure, based on your flight time. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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