Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm. 4:00-5:00p.m: Program Registration. At 4 p.m, come to the meeting room 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. The meeting room location will be posted in lobby. If you arrive late, please ask for your envelope when you check in.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. Dinner in the diner is available and included even if you arrive late. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.
Evening: 6:15-7:30 p.m. 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. After orientation we will walk over to the Empire State Building. From the 86th floor observation deck you get a bird's eye view of the Manhattan street grid and all five boroughs and New Jersey in the distance. It's a great way to orient yourself to New York's geography and get your first taste of the city. 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. Thank you for your understanding. 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.
Breakfast: At the hotel. Enjoy a continental breakfast served in the hotel meeting room, featuring New York City bagels, muffins, fruit, and hard boiled eggs. During breakfast, register with the MTA for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over. A representative from the MTA will take your picture and a copy of your driver's license to process your permanent MetroCard application. They will give you a temporary card to use for the week, enabling you to ride for half price. A few weeks after you return home you will receive a permanent card in the mail. That is your official invitation to come back to New York and ride around half price.
Morning: Enjoy a lecture on the history and architecture of New York City and begin to gain an understanding of all five boroughs.
Lunch: Deli sandwiches are provided for lunch in the meeting room before heading out on our field trip.
Afternoon: Our first stop is Radio City Music Hall, a masterpiece of Art Deco decoration, where we will have an expert-led exploration that takes us behind the scenes of its famous music productions. Marvel at the art, architecture and engineering, and see the hydraulic lifts from the early 20th century that still move the many stages. After your visit, stroll Rockefeller Center with our expert and watch the skaters at the foot of the sculpture of Prometheus. Before returning to the hotel we will stop in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Completed in 1879, the cathedral is a symbol of the success of New York’s immigrant Irish Catholic population.
Dinner: Dine in a neighborhood Chinese restaurant and enjoy a family-style meal including your choice of soup, three appetizers and five entrees.
Evening: Learn about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island during a presentation by a former Ellis Island National Park Service ranger. Our presenter, Tom Bernardin, is the author of "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors."
Breakfast: This morning we will start with a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner. You can choose eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.
Morning: We head straight out this morning to best take advantage of the time spent on Liberty and Ellis Islands. You will have the opportunity to visit both iconic harbor islands today on your own schedule. The ferry brings us to Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, where we have provided you with passes to the statue’s pedestal. This includes the statue’s museum. Ferry to Ellis Island on your own schedule. There, visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the restored immigrant processing building which pays homage to those who travelled through and examines the broader immigration history of the United States. The interactive museum lets you walk in immigrants’ footsteps, take the tests necessary to gain entry, attend a trial and decide the fate of a young man hoping to start a new life in America.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost. Enjoy lunch on your own on either Liberty or Ellis Island. Both sites have cafeterias, with larger facilities and selections available on Liberty Island.
Afternoon: Continue viewing the sites on Liberty and Ellis Islands, then reconvene with the group on Ellis Island to take the ferry back to Manhattan. On our return, we will stop at the 9/11 memorial and site of the World Trade Center.
Dinner: We dine at "Uncle Nick's," a fun and festive dining room for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. Enjoy a family-style meal of Greek salad, four entrees, and baklava and galaktoboureko for dessert.
Evening: After dinner, we head over to what may be New York's most acclaimed new park. Written about in Smithsonian, National Geographic and AARP Magazines, the High Line is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. We will stroll above the traffic below, through the gallery district of Chelsea and into the trendy Meat Packing District with an expert leading the way.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the meeting room.
Morning: Learn about some of the lesser known areas of New York that you will be able to explore during your free afternoon. Then, enjoy an expert-let exploration of the Theater District and Times Square.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in Bryant Park, just like a native, before heading out on your own for the afternoon.
Afternoon: Free afternoon and evening. 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. You also have the option to follow our expert up to Harlem. The number three destination for foreign tourists, Harlem's history and 19th century architecture will amaze you.
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 and give directions.
Evening: Free time to relax or take in a show.
Breakfast: Hot American breakfast at the Tick Tock Diner.
Morning: Learn about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and obtain tips on navigating its galleries before heading up to the museum. On the way, you will traverse Central Park and our expert will elaborate on its history and point out areas of interest.
Lunch: At the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in any of the museums' eating venues. From the extensive selections in the cafeteria to the elegant "Petrie Court Cafe" you can't go wrong with whatever eatery you choose.
Afternoon: Continue to explore the extensive holdings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arguably the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. A variety of docent led explorations will guide you through the collections of your choosing.
Dinner: Enjoy a plated farewell dinner at an Italian restaurant close to our hotel.
Evening: After dinner, join us for a guided neighborhood walk, or return to the hotel to prepare for departure tomorrow. We often use this last night to visit Greenwich Village with its charming, winding streets.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the meeting room.
Morning: "New York City, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" is the topic for discussion as our lecturer takes you on a tour of New York City from a literary point of view. A lively dialogue often ensues as participants recount the areas of discovery that delighted them during their week here. Program ends at 10:30. Hotel check-out is noon. 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!