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South Beach: History and Culture of America’s Art Deco Playground

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Program #20393RJ
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 Mar 3 — Mar 8, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 03 - Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & ...
Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm.

Afternoon: REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff, pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag and up-to-date schedule, and other important information.

Dinner: Pilikia, inside the hotel, is a poolside Polynesian-style cafe featuring casual American fare with international influences. Enjoy a plated three-course dinner with choice of entree (one of which will be vegetarian), side dishes, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 04 - South Beach History
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Lecture: Early Miami Beach History

Lunch: At a local restaurant

Afternoon: Walking Excursion of South of 5th Street: Today's excursion takes us on a walk along the shoreline of the southern tip of South Beach. Learn about the entrepreneurial vision that created the Miami Beach Marina; listen to the dramatic story of the Government Cut and how it transformed Miami and the Biscayne Bay. Explore beautiful South Pointe Park, taking time to walk out on the jetties. Walk to the Browns Hotel, the first hotel built in South Beach. Then circle back around to Joe's Stone Crab, one of South Florida's most legendary landmark eateries. Finally, we will move up mid-district to see Miami Beach's recently-restored historic city hall.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local fare

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 05 - Art Deco Day
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Lecture: Art Deco

Lunch: Lunch at the famous News Café on Ocean Drive

Afternoon: Art Deco Walking Field Trip: Encounter the Art Deco tour that captures the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties and thirties in our nation’s only Art Deco Historic District. This is your chance to experience the thrill of a city that defiantly danced 'til dawn through the prohibition, the depression, major hurricanes, and two World Wars. Here the Playboy/flapper lifestyle was the only way to live, and as the warm breezes tempted you to free yourself of the confines of more formal clothes, the incoming tide would hint of the clandestine import that you'd be sipping at a swinging speakeasy late into the night. Recall the larger than life personalities and world famous events that re-shaped society, architecture, and even the island itself. We’ll walk the halls and lobbies of hotels on Ocean Drive, and delight at the imaginative and playful art deco lifeguard stands lining the beach like pastel-colored toy soldiers. Chart the evolution of architectural styles while unique and evocative Art Deco landmarks serve as our signposts to an era that looked forward to the future and celebrated progress, innovation, adventure, and freedom.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local fare

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 06 - South Beach Renaissance
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Lecture: The 80’s – Scarface and Miami Vice Era

Lunch: The Café @ Books and Books

Afternoon: Walking Excursion to Lincoln Road Area:On this afternoon's walking outing, we will be exploring cultural and historic treasures on and around celebrated, pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road. Check out the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony building, South Beach’s newest architectural masterpiece. See the restored Colony Theater, a movie palace from the 1930's lovingly reassembled by restoration architect Richard Heisenbottle; visit the haunting, poignant Holocaust Memorial, the first memorial to holocaust victims created in America. Finally, we will journey next door to the Holocaust Memorial to the island city's sanctuary of serenity, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Dinner: On your own to explore local fare

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 07 - South Beach Institutions
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Lecture: Modern Revival followed by Walking Field Trip to the Bass Museum & Miami City Ballet. This morning, we head to South Beach’s cultural district to enjoy the Bass Museum of Art and the Miami City Ballet. The Bass Museum houses over 3,000 works including: European painting and sculpture from the 15th century to present; Seventh to 20th century textiles, tapestries and ecclesiastical vestments and artifacts; 20th and 21st century North American, Latin American, Asian and Caribbean art; photographs, prints, and drawings; and modern and contemporary architecture and design with emphasis on the pre and postwar design history of Miami Beach. The Miami City Ballet in its stunning modern building is the culmination of the decades-long work of legendary ballet dancer Edward Villella to create a world-class ballet company for Greater Miami. These two important institutions join Miami Beach's Main Library facing a beautifully landscaped park which stretches to the ocean and features several giant, exotic Baobab trees.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare

Afternoon: Española Way, the Jewish Museum & Wolfsonian The final excursion of our program will take us to scenic Espanola Way, the bohemian street where Miami Vice captured the imagery of 1980’s Miami. Resembling a small Spanish village, Espanola Way is home to a youth hostel, art galleries and enticing sidewalk cafes. The fun doesn’t stop here, we move on to the Jewish Museum of Florida, an award-winning museum occupying two restored adjacent synagogues. Finally, we head to the Wolfsonian/FIU. Here, the lifetime assemblage of master collector Mitchell ‘Micky’ Wolfson occupies many floors of a fortress-like building that once served as a hurricane-proof storage facility for wealthy northern “snowbirds.” The Wolfsonian/FIU contains the largest collection of art deco era items in the world. (4 hours)

Dinner: Traditional Miami Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 08 - Program Wrap-Up
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Program Wrap-Up

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanical 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/
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/
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/

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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5 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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