Philadelphia for the Weekend: Cultural Highlights
Set out on a cultural tour de force through Philadelphia, learning about Colonial history, exploring world-renowned museums and gaining deeper insight into the iconic Barnes Foundation.
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Program No. 9068RJ
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7 meals
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Philadelphia, PA
Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia

Activity note: Walking four short blocks to and from Rittenhouse Sq.

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. 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 at the front desk. 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. 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.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at Estia. Please note that all dietary needs can be accommodated. If you arrive late, please identify yourself as part of the Road Scholar program and you may be served at the restaurant up to 10 p.m.

Evening: This evening we will have a cultural excursion and go for a stroll in the Rittenhouse Square area.

Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Cruise
Philadelphia, PA
Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia

Activity note: Limited walking at the National Constitution Center. Expect two blocks of walking around Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Remember to bring your Medicare card with you in order to ride the public bus for free! Seniors ride for free on all of Philadelphia’s SEPTA bus, subway, and trolley lines.

Breakfast: At Davio’s, which functions as the hotel’s restaurant. Continental breakfast buffet including a variety of breads and pastries, fresh fruit, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola and cereal, plus one hot item on weekdays. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Morning: This morning we'll begin with a lecture on the Founding Fathers by Nancy Webster before our field trip to the National Constitution Center. The Center opened in 2003 and is the leading center on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Amendments. Enjoy a presentation on freedom and self-guided time in exhibit hall.

Lunch: On your own at the National Constitution Center.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll head to America's most historic mile to visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The old cracked Bell still proclaims liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' declaration of "all men are created equal." Enjoy a ranger guided introduction to Independence Hall and a self-guided exploration at Liberty Bell with a park ranger available for questions. We'll wrap up the afternoon with a private boat cruise on the Schuylkill River.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: Free Time.

PMA, Museum of the Am Revolution, Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia, PA
Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia

Activity note: The Barnes Foundation has twenty-three small galleries to view and benches in every gallery. Wheelchairs are available.

Breakfast: At Davio’s.

Morning: After breakfast we leave for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There we'll meet our museum educator for an expert-led exploration of the Museum’s highlights, followed by some independent time to explore the galleries.

Lunch: Lunch at the PMA.

Afternoon: Following lunch at the PMA, we'll travel to Philadelphia’s newest museum — the Museum of the American Revolution. From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of Independence, and from signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s core exhibition explores the ideas, events, and legacies of America's revolutionary beginnings.

Dinner: At a popular local eatery, where you may choose your entree from a limited menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy an evening performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Barnes Foundation, Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12 p.m. Bags can be stored with the concierge.

Breakfast: At Davio’s.

Morning: This morning we head to the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway. Between 1912 and 1951, Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. Acquiring works by some of the most daring artists of the time, such as Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh, Barnes marked himself as a collector of great ambition and audacity.

Lunch: After our field trip, we'll enjoy a farewell lunch. This concludes our program. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12 p.m. Lunch will be at 11:30, in order to assist those who need to leave by 12:30 p.m. to fly, drive or train back to their home. Box lunches cannot be provided. 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!

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