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Program #20394RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Feb 15 — Feb 20, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Miami Coral Gables has a wonderful location just minutes from Miracle Mile. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, the full service Courtyard Café open for breakfast and dinner, the Market providing 24-hour coffee and tea service, business center equipped with wireless internet service, valet dry-cleaning service and coin-operated guest laudry.

Contact info:
2051 Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-443-2301
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miagb-courtyard-miami-coral-gables/

Room amenities: All guest rooms come equipped with free high-speed internet access, large work desk area with egonomic chair, complimentary in-room coffee, microwave and mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two line speaker phones with voicemail, pay-per-view movies and cable TV.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
TBA

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, February 15 - Hospitality and Orientation
Note: Check in and Orientation Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner will be held at the hotel.

Evening: ORIENTATION : We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Miami Coral Gables has a wonderful location just minutes from Miracle Mile. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, the full service Courtyard Café open for breakfast and dinner, the Market providing 24-hour coffee and tea service, business center equipped with wireless internet service, valet dry-cleaning service and coin-operated guest laudry.

Contact info:
2051 Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-443-2301
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miagb-courtyard-miami-coral-gables/

Room amenities: All guest rooms come equipped with free high-speed internet access, large work desk area with egonomic chair, complimentary in-room coffee, microwave and mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two line speaker phones with voicemail, pay-per-view movies and cable TV.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
TBA

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, February 16 - The Grove & Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Coconut Grove Excursion: Travel through the quaint, colorful, bohemian settlement of Coconut Grove for a peek behind the angled roads, charming shops and graceful canopies of storm-tempered trees that characterize the area today. Step into the past where an erroneously labeled post office turns a dense hardwood hammock into the semi-tropical paradisiacal town of Cocoanut Grove. See the historic site of the first hotel in the area - "The Peacock Inn." Hear the inspiring story of Ralph Munroe while touring his unusual home, "The Barnacle" the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still in its original location. Recount the tales of hardship and success as experienced by former slaves and Bahamian immigrants who founded the area now known as the "Black Grove". As you envision the punishing battles with mosquitoes, swamp-lands, and hurricanes, it will not be hard to empathize with the pioneer women who created the "House Keepers Club" in order to make a place of their own in this once foreboding wilderness.

Lunch: At Local Restaurant

Afternoon: Join us on a tour of one of South Florida's historical treasures - Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Stroll the impressive formal gardens of this National Landmark. A guided tour of the residence will reveal an era of Miami that has long passed. Industrialist James Deering built this luxurious e state as a “winter residence” in 1916 employing almost a tenth of Miami’s population for its construction.

Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Miami Coral Gables has a wonderful location just minutes from Miracle Mile. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, the full service Courtyard Café open for breakfast and dinner, the Market providing 24-hour coffee and tea service, business center equipped with wireless internet service, valet dry-cleaning service and coin-operated guest laudry.

Contact info:
2051 Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-443-2301
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miagb-courtyard-miami-coral-gables/

Room amenities: All guest rooms come equipped with free high-speed internet access, large work desk area with egonomic chair, complimentary in-room coffee, microwave and mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two line speaker phones with voicemail, pay-per-view movies and cable TV.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
TBA

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, February 17 - Coral Gables ---- " The City Beautiful "
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Lecture: South Florida Pioneers

Lunch: Lunch in Coral Gables

Afternoon: Coral Gables - The City Beautiful: Take an amazing journey through one of America's most beautiful historic cities: Coral Gables, George Merrick's vision realized. Learn the history of his dream as we witness the tree-lined avenues and stunning Mediterranean-influenced architecture that would eventually become his legacy. Explore the historic halls of one of South Florida's most architecturally important landmarks, the Biltmore Hotel. Learn of the building's many colorful stories and how she was resurrected into the legendary beauty she is today. Allow us to filter through the truths and untruths, ghosts and glamour that capture the essence of South Florida style and history in this truly amazing landmark. Sit back and let our guides bring to life Merrick's vision while they uncover the city's hidden wonders. What you'll discover along our less traveled path will enrich and engage you and leave you with something most visitors and even locals never experience . . . a true sense of place.

Dinner: On your own to explore the area. Local suggestions will be given.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Miami Coral Gables has a wonderful location just minutes from Miracle Mile. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, the full service Courtyard Café open for breakfast and dinner, the Market providing 24-hour coffee and tea service, business center equipped with wireless internet service, valet dry-cleaning service and coin-operated guest laudry.

Contact info:
2051 Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-443-2301
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miagb-courtyard-miami-coral-gables/

Room amenities: All guest rooms come equipped with free high-speed internet access, large work desk area with egonomic chair, complimentary in-room coffee, microwave and mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two line speaker phones with voicemail, pay-per-view movies and cable TV.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
TBA

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, February 18 - The Cuban Influence
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Lecture: The History of Cuban Exiles

Lunch: Lunch at traditional Cuban restaurant.

Afternoon: It was not long ago that Miami was a rather large but quiet Southern city. The Castro revolution in Cuba in 1959 changed Miami forever. Wave after wave of Cuban refugees have transformed Miami into the Capital of the Americas, a fast-paced, internationally-connected, commercial and entertainment hub with a racy Latin image. From the food, to the accents on the street, to the fashion scene and artist’s studio, Miami now pulses with an original blended culture. Come with us on a journey through Take in the smells, sights, sounds and colors of a street that launched the dramatic transformation of Miami over four decades ago.

Dinner: On your own to explore the area. Local suggestions will be given.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Miami Coral Gables has a wonderful location just minutes from Miracle Mile. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, the full service Courtyard Café open for breakfast and dinner, the Market providing 24-hour coffee and tea service, business center equipped with wireless internet service, valet dry-cleaning service and coin-operated guest laudry.

Contact info:
2051 Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-443-2301
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miagb-courtyard-miami-coral-gables/

Room amenities: All guest rooms come equipped with free high-speed internet access, large work desk area with egonomic chair, complimentary in-room coffee, microwave and mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two line speaker phones with voicemail, pay-per-view movies and cable TV.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
TBA

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, February 19 - From Old Miami to Modern Miami (South Beach)
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Today we will start with a driving excursion with Lecture (Old Miami) that will take you through the Miami River, downtown Miami and finally to South Beach. On this field trip (with lecture) learn about the origins of Miami and how it has now culminated to the vibrant and modern lifestyle that is highlighted by the famous destination that is now South Beach. Once in South Beach you will experience an Art Deco excursion.

Lunch: On your own

Afternoon: Continue exploring South Beach. Transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at hotel

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Wednesday, February 20 - Program Wrap-Up
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Program Wrap-Up

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents. Opened in 1938, the 83-acre garden is among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers tours along with a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant conservation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment.
For additional information, visit: www.fairchildgarden.org/
Miami Art MuseumMiami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum (MAM) serves one of the most diverse and fast-growing regions of the country, where a confluence of North and Latin American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. MAM embraces its role as a cultural anchor and touchstone in a city that welcomes countless ethnic and age groups, lifestyles and ideas.
For additional information, visit: www.miamiartmuseum.org/
Miami Museum of ScienceThe Miami Museum of Science features exhibits relating to science and technology, as well as a wonderful planetarium and wildlife center.
For additional information, visit: www.miamisci.org/
The History Miami MuseumAccredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, The History Miami Museum is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the state. It offers exhibitions that appeal to a wide audience interested in the South Florida and the Caribbean community, while at the same time engaging residents and tourists alike.
For additional information, visit: www.historymiami.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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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