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Program #20389RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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 Mar 17 — Mar 22, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: Located in the center of beautiful Naples, Florida - our guests are surrounded by the Gulf Beaches to the west, Naples Zoo to the east, 5th Avenue downtown shopping and world class restaurants to the south and the Naples Philharmonic and Mercato shopping and dining to the North. The Naples Courtyard Inn has been family owned and operated since 1975. The Inn's 76 updated, individually decorated guest rooms and suites are decidedly different: intimate, friendly, barefoot casual. All rooms feature modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, voicemail and satellite TV at no additional charge. Plus, all guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast and free parking. Families, singles, couples and groups can take advantage of our spectacular oversized pool, outdoor grills and super sized chickee bar area for entertaining. Host a birthday party, family reunion, wedding reception. Be it a formal affair or intimate get together the ambiance of the Naples Courtyard Inn sets the tone for a memorable event.

Contact info:
2630 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103 USA
phone: 239-261-3870
web: www.naplescourtyardinn.com

Room amenities: Comfortable king or double beds with plush pillows Spacious new granite vanities Free high speed wireless Internet access in all rooms Additional seating areas with desk or table Satellite TV Hairdryer Mini-Fridge Microwave Telephone w/voice mail Complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the chickee bar Afternoon ice tea service at pool side

Facility amenities: 76 updated guest rooms and suites Satellite TV Free Wi-Fi FAX/copy service Oversized Heated Pool Voicemail Fitness Liaison w/ Naples Fitness Center Open-air entry Lobby computer center Air Conditioning Outdoor Grilling Area Connecting rooms Free Parking Nonsmoking rooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Discount Based on Availability
Call Courtyard Inn directly at (239) 261-3870 Mon through Fri 9-5 EST for reservations. Ask for Kiel and mention “Road Scholar” to make the reservations. Based on Availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 17 - Hospitality and Orientation
Afternoon: Please check in and register between 3:00pm and 5:00pm in hotel lobby.

Dinner: At 5:30pm a welcome reception will be held in the hotel reception / dining area followed by a short walk to dinner.

Lodging: Naples Courtyard Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located in the center of beautiful Naples, Florida - our guests are surrounded by the Gulf Beaches to the west, Naples Zoo to the east, 5th Avenue downtown shopping and world class restaurants to the south and the Naples Philharmonic and Mercato shopping and dining to the North. The Naples Courtyard Inn has been family owned and operated since 1975. The Inn's 76 updated, individually decorated guest rooms and suites are decidedly different: intimate, friendly, barefoot casual. All rooms feature modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, voicemail and satellite TV at no additional charge. Plus, all guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast and free parking. Families, singles, couples and groups can take advantage of our spectacular oversized pool, outdoor grills and super sized chickee bar area for entertaining. Host a birthday party, family reunion, wedding reception. Be it a formal affair or intimate get together the ambiance of the Naples Courtyard Inn sets the tone for a memorable event.

Contact info:
2630 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103 USA
phone: 239-261-3870
web: www.naplescourtyardinn.com

Room amenities: Comfortable king or double beds with plush pillows Spacious new granite vanities Free high speed wireless Internet access in all rooms Additional seating areas with desk or table Satellite TV Hairdryer Mini-Fridge Microwave Telephone w/voice mail Complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the chickee bar Afternoon ice tea service at pool side

Facility amenities: 76 updated guest rooms and suites Satellite TV Free Wi-Fi FAX/copy service Oversized Heated Pool Voicemail Fitness Liaison w/ Naples Fitness Center Open-air entry Lobby computer center Air Conditioning Outdoor Grilling Area Connecting rooms Free Parking Nonsmoking rooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Discount Based on Availability
Call Courtyard Inn directly at (239) 261-3870 Mon through Fri 9-5 EST for reservations. Ask for Kiel and mention “Road Scholar” to make the reservations. Based on Availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 18 - Bike Shop / Biking 101 Lecture / Naples
Breakfast: At the Hotel

Morning: Visit the bike shop this morning to get fitted to your bike. You will have a lecture from our biking specialist on bike maintenance. Learn and review basic bike care skills and well as safety tips. After all your bike will be your only mode of transportation for the next few days!

Lunch: Lunch will be offered in a restaurant on famous 5th St.

Afternoon: Historic Naples, Pier, Port Royal. Leave the bike shop for your first adventure! Take a scenic ride through the palm tree lined residential streets of Naples. You will meander through Historic Naples, 5th Street, the Naples Pier and the ultra luxury neighborhood of Port Royale. You will have the opportunity to stop and explore locations of interest.

Dinner: At Local Restaurant

Evening: Natural History, Hydrology and Geology Lecture

Lodging: Naples Courtyard Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located in the center of beautiful Naples, Florida - our guests are surrounded by the Gulf Beaches to the west, Naples Zoo to the east, 5th Avenue downtown shopping and world class restaurants to the south and the Naples Philharmonic and Mercato shopping and dining to the North. The Naples Courtyard Inn has been family owned and operated since 1975. The Inn's 76 updated, individually decorated guest rooms and suites are decidedly different: intimate, friendly, barefoot casual. All rooms feature modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, voicemail and satellite TV at no additional charge. Plus, all guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast and free parking. Families, singles, couples and groups can take advantage of our spectacular oversized pool, outdoor grills and super sized chickee bar area for entertaining. Host a birthday party, family reunion, wedding reception. Be it a formal affair or intimate get together the ambiance of the Naples Courtyard Inn sets the tone for a memorable event.

Contact info:
2630 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103 USA
phone: 239-261-3870
web: www.naplescourtyardinn.com

Room amenities: Comfortable king or double beds with plush pillows Spacious new granite vanities Free high speed wireless Internet access in all rooms Additional seating areas with desk or table Satellite TV Hairdryer Mini-Fridge Microwave Telephone w/voice mail Complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the chickee bar Afternoon ice tea service at pool side

Facility amenities: 76 updated guest rooms and suites Satellite TV Free Wi-Fi FAX/copy service Oversized Heated Pool Voicemail Fitness Liaison w/ Naples Fitness Center Open-air entry Lobby computer center Air Conditioning Outdoor Grilling Area Connecting rooms Free Parking Nonsmoking rooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Discount Based on Availability
Call Courtyard Inn directly at (239) 261-3870 Mon through Fri 9-5 EST for reservations. Ask for Kiel and mention “Road Scholar” to make the reservations. Based on Availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 19 - Naples to Fort Myers Beach
Breakfast: At the Hotel

Morning: Start your ride through the Gulf Islands. Today's ride takes us through Pelican Bay, Vanderbilt Beach, Bonita Beach and many barrier Islands.

Lunch: A boxed lunch will be offered in a shaded and covered park.

Afternoon: Continuation of ride through Key State Park beautiful bridge crossings and end in Ft. Myers Beach. A motor coach will pick you up after the ride and you will return to Naples to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the Hotel

Evening: After dinner enjoy a lecture on Marine Invertebrates and their Shells.

Lodging: Naples Courtyard Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Experience South Seas—a resort village and wildlife sanctuary with boundless opportunity for adventure and relaxation. For decades, generations of families have made South Seas Island Resort the destination of choice in which to share treasured moments and make lasting memories. This iconic 330-acre wildlife preserve spans two and a half miles of shell-laden beaches framing the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. All amenities and accommodations are designed to take full advantage of the existing landscape. This Captiva Island resort allows you to discover native Florida in all its wondrous beauty, while relaxing in Parents Magazine’s Top 10 Beach Resorts for Families.

Contact info:
54oo Plantation Road
Captiva, FL 33924 USA
phone: 239-472-5111
web: www.southseas.com/index.cfm

Room amenities: Situated in the Resort's prestigious north end Pointe village, overlooking the serene waters of the Pine Island Sound and the Yacht Harbour, our Harbourside at the Pointe accommodations offer awe-inspiring views from the privacy of your open balcony. The Pointe village includes Scoops and Slices, Harbourside Bar & Grille, the Pointe Restaurant, two lagoon-style pools, T-dock, and Arcade. Convenience abounds with the challenging Gulf-front golf course just steps away and soft-sand beach just a 5-minute stroll. Spacious one-bedroom guestroom Private Open Balcony Sumptuous bedding featuring white 300-count linens and down comforters Luxurious bathroom with granite counters and large soaking tub Flat screen TV Wireless Internet Available Refrigerator Coffeemaker, with replenished coffee supplies daily Daily newspaper delivery Access to washer and dryer VCR or DVD player

Facility amenities: Two main pools overlook Pine Island Sound and H2Whoa! family water park. Skully’s Family Interactive Center includes award-winning toddlers, kids, ‘tweens and teens programs Oasis Eco-Paintball Park GO! Programs including GO! Fish with resident fishing experts, and GO! Sail with Offshore Sailing School Bicycle, golf cart and boat rentals. Water sports include jet skis, parasailing and hydro bikes Guided kayak tours and nature walks World-famous shelling The Yacht Harbour Marina and Bayside Marina Fishing charters, surf casting and shore casting Daily cruises in the Gulf of Mexico Gulf-front par 3 executive golf course Fitness center Tennis complex

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, March 20 - Ft. Myers Beach to Captiva Island
Breakfast: At the Hotel

Morning: We will board a motor coach to take us to Sanibel where over 22 miles of bike paths make this island a biking paradise! Our first stop is the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum. Here you will get a presentation from one of the expert staff.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the museum.

Afternoon: Continue the ride through J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where you will witness the spectacular migratory bird populations. Continue to Captiva Island and bike to the tip of the Island through the south Seas Plantation. A 5 star resort awaits your after a long day of riding!

Dinner: At the Hotel

Lodging: South Seas Island Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located in the center of beautiful Naples, Florida - our guests are surrounded by the Gulf Beaches to the west, Naples Zoo to the east, 5th Avenue downtown shopping and world class restaurants to the south and the Naples Philharmonic and Mercato shopping and dining to the North. The Naples Courtyard Inn has been family owned and operated since 1975. The Inn's 76 updated, individually decorated guest rooms and suites are decidedly different: intimate, friendly, barefoot casual. All rooms feature modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, voicemail and satellite TV at no additional charge. Plus, all guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast and free parking. Families, singles, couples and groups can take advantage of our spectacular oversized pool, outdoor grills and super sized chickee bar area for entertaining. Host a birthday party, family reunion, wedding reception. Be it a formal affair or intimate get together the ambiance of the Naples Courtyard Inn sets the tone for a memorable event.

Contact info:
2630 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103 USA
phone: 239-261-3870
web: www.naplescourtyardinn.com

Room amenities: Comfortable king or double beds with plush pillows Spacious new granite vanities Free high speed wireless Internet access in all rooms Additional seating areas with desk or table Satellite TV Hairdryer Mini-Fridge Microwave Telephone w/voice mail Complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the chickee bar Afternoon ice tea service at pool side

Facility amenities: 76 updated guest rooms and suites Satellite TV Free Wi-Fi FAX/copy service Oversized Heated Pool Voicemail Fitness Liaison w/ Naples Fitness Center Open-air entry Lobby computer center Air Conditioning Outdoor Grilling Area Connecting rooms Free Parking Nonsmoking rooms

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Discount Based on Availability
Call Courtyard Inn directly at (239) 261-3870 Mon through Fri 9-5 EST for reservations. Ask for Kiel and mention “Road Scholar” to make the reservations. Based on Availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 21 - Pine Island
Breakfast: At the Hotel

Morning: Ferry to Pine Island viewing the outer Islands and sea life along the way. Walk to the Randell Research Center for a Calusa Kingdom Lecture followed by guided tour through the Calusa Heritage Trail.

Lunch: At Local Restaurant

Afternoon: The bikes will be waiting for a ride through beautiful Pine Island. As you ride along the lazy streets of Pine Island you will pass fishing villages and unique marinas. The island has not become a mega hotel tourist destination so it has maintained its "Old Florida" charm. This pristine environment will allow you see interesting birdlife. The ride ends in the artisan community of Matlacha, an "Old Florida" fishing village home to many brightly colored art galleries, boutiques, eateries, and traditional Florida cottages. As you arrive, a cold beverage will be awaiting you at a traditional seafood eatery and pub. A toast to the remembrance for this remarkable journey you have taken and the new friends that you have made.

Dinner: At Local Restaurant

Lodging: Naples Courtyard Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 22 - Program Ends
Breakfast: At the Hotel

Morning: End of the Program

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Naples, FL
Beaches of NaplesLowdermilk Park Banyan Blvd. and Gulf Shore Blvd. Concessions, picnic tables and relaxing! Clam Pass Seagate Drive - you'll walk or be driven along a scenic boardwalk to beach. Kayak and canoe rentals and concessions. Vanderbilt Beach Vanderbilt Drive, near the Ritz Carlton Hotel - luscious! Barefoot Beach South of Bonita Beach Road. Hugely populated by sea turtles and other warm-weather loving species.
For additional information, visit: www.naples-florida.com/beach.htm
Naples Museum of ArtThe Naples Museum of Art invites you to experience the wonder of the visual arts, and to become a part of our cultural adventure. The museum is a reflection of the unique spirit and generosity of Southwest Florida. Our visual arts center includes a three-story, 30,000-square-foot museum with 15 galleries, a glass-dome conservatory, entrance gates by renowned metal artist Albert Paley, spectacular chandeliers and a Persian Ceiling by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly, a resource room and the Museum Store.
For additional information, visit: www.thephil.org/museum/museum.html

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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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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4.4
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