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Program #2801RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
No elevation above 100 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Insect repellent, water bottle, sun screen or sun block.

Itinerary for Apr 6 — Apr 12, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 06 - Check-in and orientation
Arrive To: INDEPENDENT ARRIVALS: Complimentary shuttle from Miami Airport to Ocean Pointe Suites. The meeting location is Terminal H Baggage Claim # 6 at 2:45 PM.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Hotel check-in will be available beginning at 4:00 PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: We will gather at 5:30 pm in our reserved room at the hotel (at the Welcome Center in the downstairs area) for introductions and an orientation to the program. We will provide an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants. Stroll along the boardwalk or just relax and get ready for tomorrow. Because your days will be filled with adventures and activities, we are not scheduling evening programs. You will see and learn a lot and will need "down" time to rest and prepare for what each day offers.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 07 - Everglades National Park
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Join us on a visit to Everglades National Park's, "River of Grass.” Take a guided walk along the Anhinga Trail while learning about local animals and the impact of human development on the Everglades ecosystem. Excellent birding and photo opportunities.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at the park.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch we'll go on a short hike around a lake and bird rookery or in the pine flat woods and grass prairie. Location depends on time available and weather considerations. Before returning to the hotel we'll stop at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center to peruse exhibits, a short video and the Everglades/Natural Florida book store.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: Enchanting 26 roomed complex of renovated, early 19th century Key West cottages located in Old Town. Traditional white trim and gingerbread charm. Courtyard paved with bricks and granite curbstones from ships' ballast. Short walking distance to Old Seaport (where ferry to Dry Tortugas docks) and 4 blocks from Duval Street. No children under 12 allowed and Spring Breakers discouraged.

Contact info:
914 Eaton Street - Old Town
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-296-4440 xor8007884150
web: www.westwindskeywest.com

Room amenities: all non-smoking, private bathroom, air conditioned, voice mail telephone, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 2 Pools and jacuzzi spa surrounded by luxuriant tropical trees and shrubs, coin operated guest laundry, bicycle rentals and assistance with booking extra curricular activities

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


Day Three: Tuesday, April 08 - John Pennekamp State Park/ Pigeon Key Ferry to 7...
John Pennekamp State Park/ Pigeon Key Ferry to 7 mile Bridge / Key West Mallory Square Sunset Celebration

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a warm, friendly, restaurant, featuring a casual atmosphere and traditional, home cooked meals.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we'll drive to John Pennekamp Visitor Center and Aquarium. The Visitor Center features a 30,000 gallon saltwater aquarium and other natural history exhibits providing examples of the park's unique marine environment. After our short visit to the visitor center, we'll embark on a guided field trip through the park, including a mile long walk through mangrove habitats over pathways and boardwalk. Learn about the importance of mangroves to the reefs and why the mangrove system is the second most productive bio-zone on the planet as we walk inside this virtual jungle above the water.

FIELD TRIP: After our guided walk we'll drive to Pigeon Key where we'll take a trip through time as we explore buildings built in 1909 to house more than 400 workers, working 14-hours a day, six days a week to build Henry Flagler's Florida Overseas Railroad. Ride the Pigeon Key boat (a 20 minutes ride) from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and you'll cross beneath the new 7-Mile Bridge and a 2.2-mile segment of the old Seven-Mile bridge! Once on the Island, we will explore the historic buildings and the Museum.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch in Pigeon Key overlooking Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay . The lunch include fresh salad and/or sandwiches.

Afternoon: Take the boat back to US-1 and continue our journey to Key West.

HOTEL CHECK IN : 4:30 PM Approximate arrival to the Hotel in Key West.

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant for dinner this evening.

Evening: FIELD TRIP: Escorted 3/4 mile walk to Mallory Square for the Sunset Celebration, a unique Key West icon to enjoy at your leisure - ask coordinator for an update on entertainers worth seeing. After Sunset either stay on Duval Street or walk back to the hotel.

Lodging: Westwinds Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: Enchanting 26 roomed complex of renovated, early 19th century Key West cottages located in Old Town. Traditional white trim and gingerbread charm. Courtyard paved with bricks and granite curbstones from ships' ballast. Short walking distance to Old Seaport (where ferry to Dry Tortugas docks) and 4 blocks from Duval Street. No children under 12 allowed and Spring Breakers discouraged.

Contact info:
914 Eaton Street - Old Town
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-296-4440 xor8007884150
web: www.westwindskeywest.com

Room amenities: all non-smoking, private bathroom, air conditioned, voice mail telephone, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 2 Pools and jacuzzi spa surrounded by luxuriant tropical trees and shrubs, coin operated guest laundry, bicycle rentals and assistance with booking extra curricular activities

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


Day Four: Wednesday, April 09 - On board Yankee Freedom/A Journey from Key West t...
On board Yankee Freedom/A Journey from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park & Fort Jefferson

Breakfast: Early departure from hotel for walk to the boat to Dry Tortugas National Park ferry.

Continental breakfast buffet on board the ship at 8:00 AM, including bagels, cereal, yogurt, fruits, and juices. Boat is a large 150 passenger catamaran with air conditioned lower deck and open air top deck.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: En route to Dry Tortugas National Park, our onboard naturalist will give you an orientation about the area and the national park's surroundings. During your voyage, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grande, have an opportunity to see turtles and dolphins, and listen to pirate legends. Upon arrival to the Park, enjoy a guided walking tour of Ft. Jefferson and its role in history as you learn about its role in US history.

Lunch: Buffet lunch inside of the Catamaran.

Afternoon: OPEN ACTIVITIES: After lunch enjoy snorkeling, bird watching, a naturalist guided moat walk or just relax on a rarity in the Keys - a sandy beach. (Birders - from late February the adjoining Bush Key is closed to visitors to enable the sooty terns and other unique birds to nest undisturbed. Activity however can often be viewed through volunteer rangers spotting scopes.)

Dinner: After returning to hotel take some time to freshen up. Dinner will be served in the hotel's back garden.

Evening: After dinner, your group leader will provide ideas, recommendations and brochures of things to do on your free day in Key West. Afterwards, enjoy a walk on Duval Street or relax at the hotel.

Lodging: Westwinds Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: Enchanting 26 roomed complex of renovated, early 19th century Key West cottages located in Old Town. Traditional white trim and gingerbread charm. Courtyard paved with bricks and granite curbstones from ships' ballast. Short walking distance to Old Seaport (where ferry to Dry Tortugas docks) and 4 blocks from Duval Street. No children under 12 allowed and Spring Breakers discouraged.

Contact info:
914 Eaton Street - Old Town
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-296-4440 xor8007884150
web: www.westwindskeywest.com

Room amenities: all non-smoking, private bathroom, air conditioned, voice mail telephone, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: 2 Pools and jacuzzi spa surrounded by luxuriant tropical trees and shrubs, coin operated guest laundry, bicycle rentals and assistance with booking extra curricular activities

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


Day Five: Thursday, April 10 - Free Time in Key West
Breakfast: Continental breakfast by the pool including an assortment of cereal, fruit, bagels, pastries, eggs, juice and coffee.

Morning: On your own. Spend the day visiting Key West sites that appeal to you. Highly recommended for easy access and background history of Key West is the Old Town Trolley, which allows you get on and off at the places you wish to visit. Or enjoy a ride on the famous Conch Train for an in-depth, 2 hour narrated tour of Old Key West. Tickets are available at the front desk of the hotel.

Lunch: On your own to sample from the many restaurants Key West has to offer.

Afternoon: At your leisure. Key West is full of interesting places to visit and explore. For recommendations of things to do, ask your your Group Leader, Road Scholar Coordinator or hotel staff who will be more than happy to offer suggestions based on your interests: take a self-guided walking tour of the city; enjoy a Fury Water Adventure such as a sunset sail cruse, parasailing or a glass bottom boat ride; take the opportunity to visit the Audubon House or the Key West Aquarium; or simply return to the hotel to relax at the pool or in the jacuzzi spa.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to sample from the many restaurants Key West has to offer.

Evening: After dinner enjoy Key West's lively night scene. Chose from visiting or revisiting your favorite watering hole; take in a cabaret revue or jazz venue; stroll some quieter neighborhoods on a Ghost Walk or simply saunter down to the Westin Marina or Old Seaport to see a visiting celebrity's luxury yacht.

Lodging: Westwinds Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean Pointe is an all-suite resort located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Their 60 acres are part of a protected mangrove forest and is entered through a private gatehouse and road. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into their beautifully landscaped tropical grounds and enter your spacious room.

Contact info:
500 Burton Dr
Key Largo, FL 33070 USA
phone: 305-853-3000
web: www.opsuites.com/Hotel_Overview/key-largo-ocean-pointe-overview.asp

Room amenities: Living room with queen sofa bed, full kitchen, dining area, separate bedroom with queen bed, private balcony and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. As a condominium hotel, no maid service but complimentary towels and linens delivered upon request. and have washers and dryers in every suite

Facility amenities: - Oversized heated swimming pool with whirlpool spa - Free tennis on 2 lighted courts - Marina with boat ramp and rental slips - Waterfront cafe and lounge - Small, private white sand beach, volleyball court and kayak rentals. - Courtesy guard at gatehouse - For kids there is also a childrens play area.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $169 - 239
Call the resort directly to make the reservations. Mention your are part of the World Event/Road Scholar Group.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, April 11 - Fort Zachary Taylor State Park / Windley Key Stat...
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park / Windley Key State Park/ Farewell Dinner

Breakfast: Continental breakfast by the pool including an assortment of cereal, fruit, bagels, pastries, eggs, juice and coffee. .

Morning: HOTEL CHECK OUT: return your room keys and bring luggage to the front.

FIELD TRIP: On our way back to Key Largo, we'll stop to visit Florida's southernmost state park and learn about U.S. Military history and the role that Fort Zachary Taylor played in it. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious and healthy picnic lunch including fresh salad and/or sandwiches at the beautiful Sombrero Beach.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park and walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of ancient coral. Learn about the history of the quarry and its operation -- an important part of Florida's 20th century history -- as you walk among samples of the quarry machinery have been preserved at the park. Formed of Key Largo limestone, fossilized coral, this land was sold to the Florida East Coast Railroad, which used the stone to build Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. Following the completion of the railroad, the quarry was used until the 1960s to produce exquisite pieces of decorative stone called Keystone.

Dinner: Return to the Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo and enjoy some time to freshen up for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Recap of program and special event for following morning.

Lodging: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday, April 12 - Biscayne National Park /Program Ends - Shuttle to...
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at a local ,warm, friendly, and casual atmosphere restaurant with traditional home cooked breakfasts.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we'll make a short visit to Biscayne National Park. Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents.

Immediately following our field trip we'll depart for the Miami International Airport. We hope you have had a great time on this learning adventure and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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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15 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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