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Program #11909RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Welcome to Coos Bay! Registration and check-in.
Arrive To: Arrive at the Red Lion Hotel check-in after 2 pm. Orientation is at 5 p.m. in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in Banquet room at hotel

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - Simpson Reef, Cape Arago, Charleston and Shore Ac...
Note: Short and frequent walks through parks and along scenic bluffs overlooking the ocean. None of the walks are more than a mile in length, but they add up throughout the day to a couple of miles total. Participants should be able to negotiate uneven ground, beach sand, and rough paths without assistance.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Lively lecture on the dynamic geology of the coast followed by a field trip to Simpson Reef at Cape Arago west of Coos Bay. Simpson Reef is the state's largest sea lion and seal haul-out so we'll look for California and Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor and Elephant Seals. We'll also be on the lookout for Osprey, Herons and Bald Eagles.

Lunch: Lunch at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology featuring their legendary Clam chowder and cheese bread.

Afternoon: Return to Cape Arago and visit Sunset Bay where ancient tree stumps testify to the powerful geologic forces at play on the coast. Later, we'll travel to Shore Acres State Park to explore the dramatic sea cliffs and contorted trees on this battered headland. The park is the former estate of a local timber baron and his elegant formal botanical garden is still there with acres of flowers, exotic plants and a serene Japanese pond.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: A slideshow will introduce you to the natural history of the southern Oregon coast.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - Oregon Dunes dune buggy ride, Florence and the hi...
Oregon Dunes dune buggy ride, Florence and the historic Umpqua River Lighthouse.

Note: Dune buggy ride over towering coastal sand dunes with a stop for a short walk atop one of the highest dunes. Opportunity to explore Old Town Florence on foot, (up to 1 mile), and a climb to the top of a historic lighthouse.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Travel north to Florence, stopping in Reedsport, OR Headquarters of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Ride the 400' dunes in fun and safety on a specially built dune vehicle. Lunch at a restaurant in Old Town Florence.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Old Town Florence.

Afternoon: After some free time to explore the shops, galleries and riverfront of charming Old Town of Florence, we will travel back to Coos Bay stoping to tour the Umpqua lighthouse and a chance to be up close and personal to a fresnel lens, a truly unique experience.

Dinner: Dinner at the Red Lion Hotel

Evening: Free evening to relax.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located right on the beach in scenic Gold Beach, The Gold Beach Resort is a comfortable home from which to explore the southern Oregon Coast.

Contact info:
29232 S. Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach, OR 97444 USA
phone: 800-541-0947
web: www.gbresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms are comfortable, modern rooms with televisions, telephones, refrigerators, and WiFi.

Facility amenities: Complimentary newspaper, WiFi, fitness room, coin-op laundry, indoor pool & spa, and coffee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Check out of Red Lion Hotel; Visit South Slough E...
Check out of Red Lion Hotel; Visit South Slough Estuarine Reserve, Bandon, travel to Gold Beach

Note: We will walk on a maintained trail at the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve and visit the Interpretive Center there. Walk is one mile and elevation approximately 200 feet. We will stop for photo opportunities along the way.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Travel to the South Slough Estuarine Reserve to learn about the vital habitat there. We'll walk through the forest along the estuary to a boardwalk over the tide flats. We'll watch for Heron, Egret, ducks, geese, and other sea birds.Travel on to Bandon for lunch. The beach at Bandon, south of Coos Bay, is one of the most spectacular anywhere. Massive offshore rock formations are home to thousands of sea birds and countless marine creatures.

Lunch: Lunch at Lord Bennett's in Bandon.

Afternoon: Continue our trip to Gold Beach, where we will check in to the Gold Beach Resort, our oceanfront hotel there.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Gold Beach

Evening: Before and/or after dinner there will be an opportunity to walk the beach in front of our hotel.

Lodging: Gold Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Jet Boat ride up the Rogue River, the first in th...
Jet Boat ride up the Rogue River, the first in the nation to be designated 'Wild and Scenic River' by the US Government

Note: Jet boat ride will feature high speeds, spins and occasional splashes, but it's all done in a very safe manner. Lunch is upriver in tiny Agness, OR.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: 64-mile jet boat ride up the historic Rogue River from Gold Beach to Agness, OR a tiny settlement on the river where mail is still delivered by boat. We will be looking for wildlife, osprey, bald eagles, deer, possibly elk and black bear.

Lunch: Buffet lunch overlooking the river at Singing Springs Ranch in Agness.

Afternoon: Return to Gold Beach on the jet boat with stops along the way to look at wildlife. The return drive to Coos Bay will have a rest stop at Bandon.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel

Evening: Wrap up our adventure!!

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Breakfast. Have a safe trip home!
Note: Individual Departures

Depart From: Check out before 11 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Coos Bay OR
Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
Oregon Coast
For additional information, visit: www.oregoncoast.com
Southern Oregon Visitors Association
For additional information, visit: www.southernoregon.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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