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Program #20902RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
3 feet above sea level

Itinerary for Dec 7 — Dec 12, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This relaxed oasis off Duval street makes this the perfect place to escape from the stress of daily life. Beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact info:
601 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 800-233-1234
web: www.keywest.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Turn down bed service available, flat screen TV with cable and access to movies. etc. iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerators, in room safety deposit box, furnished balconies, electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Full bath ammenities, hair dryer, make up mirror, WiFi in all guest rooms, full service business center, flat screen TV, iron and ironing board, Jala Spa offers two tranquil spa treatment rooms, heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, in room safe, refrigerator, and just steps from all the activities on Duval Street.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies depends on availability
Please call (800) 233-1234 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. Please note December through April is the peak season in Key West, rates and availability are not guaranteed, but they will do their best to accommodate you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 07 - Arrival & Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00-5:00pm.

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: This evening’s dinner at the hotel is a plated, 3-course meal with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the day ahead.

Lodging: Hyatt Resort and Spa Key West

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This relaxed oasis off Duval street makes this the perfect place to escape from the stress of daily life. Beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact info:
601 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 800-233-1234
web: www.keywest.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Turn down bed service available, flat screen TV with cable and access to movies. etc. iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerators, in room safety deposit box, furnished balconies, electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Full bath ammenities, hair dryer, make up mirror, WiFi in all guest rooms, full service business center, flat screen TV, iron and ironing board, Jala Spa offers two tranquil spa treatment rooms, heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, in room safe, refrigerator, and just steps from all the activities on Duval Street.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies depends on availability
Please call (800) 233-1234 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. Please note December through April is the peak season in Key West, rates and availability are not guaranteed, but they will do their best to accommodate you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 08 - Harry Truman, Key West by Trolley, Key West Tropi...
Harry Truman, Key West by Trolley, Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Eco Discovery Center

Note: Walk a total of 1.5 miles today on side walks, standing and walking for up to 1 hr at various stops. Standing at Eco Discovery Center. We will use the trolley today.

Breakfast: Our well-balanced breakfast buffet in the hotel offers a variety of tasty foods to start your day with hot and cold items, fresh fruit, juices, and coffee/decaf, tea, water.

Morning: Lecture: Harry Truman and the Little White House. Bob Wolz, our Truman expert, will tell you all about the President’s days in Key West and what came to be known as The Little White House. Florida’s only Presidential site, the Harry S Truman Little White House was constructed in 1890 as housing for naval officers. Its most important usage was as President Truman’s winter White House from 1946-1952.

Field Trip: Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory. Colorful exterior artwork depicts the deep sea, coral reef, and mangrove shoreline. Here we will learn about native plants and animals of the Keys, marine and terrestrial, for increased awareness and appreciation of the need to protect and conserve South Florida’s ecosystem.

Lunch: Lunch today is at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Afternoon: Field Trip: The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only "frost-free" botanical garden in the continental United States. This garden advocates the importance of native plants and species through education in a natural conservation habitat.

Field Trip: Key West By Trolley. During an hour long, narrated trip see why this island that is only four miles long and two miles wide is such a fascinating place.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Lecture: John James Audubon. America's greatest wildlife artist and early naturalist began exploring Florida in 1831 and visited the Keys and Dry Tortugas the next year. He left having sighted and drawn 22 birds for his "Birds of America" folio. Audubon's painting of the white-crowned pigeon features the Geiger tree found in the front yard of the so-called Audubon House where he stayed in Key West.

Lodging: Hyatt Resort and Spa Key West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This relaxed oasis off Duval street makes this the perfect place to escape from the stress of daily life. Beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact info:
601 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 800-233-1234
web: www.keywest.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Turn down bed service available, flat screen TV with cable and access to movies. etc. iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerators, in room safety deposit box, furnished balconies, electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Full bath ammenities, hair dryer, make up mirror, WiFi in all guest rooms, full service business center, flat screen TV, iron and ironing board, Jala Spa offers two tranquil spa treatment rooms, heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, in room safe, refrigerator, and just steps from all the activities on Duval Street.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies depends on availability
Please call (800) 233-1234 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. Please note December through April is the peak season in Key West, rates and availability are not guaranteed, but they will do their best to accommodate you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 09 - Cuba Lecture, San Carlos Institute, Architectura...
Cuba Lecture, San Carlos Institute, Architectural Walk of Key West, Cuban Dance Performance

Note: Walk a total of 2-2.5 miles today on paved sidewalks.Walk 1.5 miles during the Key West architecture walking excursion.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Cuba is located only 90 miles from Key West; these two islands are closely linked and their relationship is one of the most unusual and fascinating in all of American history. Learn about their cultural and economic ties and how Key West has transformed over the past 175 years.



Lunch: Lunch today is at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Meet the group for a guided visit of the San Carlos Institute. It was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles of Key West as an educational, civic, and patriotic center and is considered to be the cradle of Cuba's independence movement. Then embark on an architectural walk around Old Town Key West

Dinner: Dinner at El Meson de Pepe.

Evening: Performance: Enjoy a cuban style dance demonstration.

Lodging: Hyatt Resort and Spa Key West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This relaxed oasis off Duval street makes this the perfect place to escape from the stress of daily life. Beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact info:
601 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 800-233-1234
web: www.keywest.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Turn down bed service available, flat screen TV with cable and access to movies. etc. iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerators, in room safety deposit box, furnished balconies, electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Full bath ammenities, hair dryer, make up mirror, WiFi in all guest rooms, full service business center, flat screen TV, iron and ironing board, Jala Spa offers two tranquil spa treatment rooms, heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, in room safe, refrigerator, and just steps from all the activities on Duval Street.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies depends on availability
Please call (800) 233-1234 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. Please note December through April is the peak season in Key West, rates and availability are not guaranteed, but they will do their best to accommodate you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 10 - Treasures & Stories of the Deep Florida Keys, Aud...
Treasures & Stories of the Deep Florida Keys, Audubon House and Gardens

Note: Walk a total of 2 miles today on paved sidewalks. Remember to use sunscreen and wear a hat. Walking, standing up to 1hr and climb a flight of stairs at the Audubon House.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Treasures and Stories of the Deep. Meet and hear from our favorite deep sea diver who will delight you with tales of his many years of fishing and diving in these waters. After enjoy a brief talk about the resident turtles in the garden at the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Audubon House and Gardens. We will have a guided exploration of the place Audubon lived and worked while in Key West, then the home of one of the town’s founders. In the center of the lot was a garden of native and imported tropical plants Audubon used in his images of local birds. Learn about Audubon’s life and work here as well as the history of the house itself, which was the first restoration project in Key West (1958) and still considered the gem of the island's restoration movement. The home displays 28 first edition Audubon works.

We will finish today's activities around 3:00pm to allow time for independent exploration.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to explore and sample the town's numerous dining options. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Free Evening. Enjoy a stroll to view the passing parade. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, wet your whistle in one of Hemingway's favorite hang-outs. Hint: Two local bars lay claim to being his "real" favorite.

Lodging: Hyatt Resort and Spa Key West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This relaxed oasis off Duval street makes this the perfect place to escape from the stress of daily life. Beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact info:
601 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 800-233-1234
web: www.keywest.hyatt.com

Room amenities: Turn down bed service available, flat screen TV with cable and access to movies. etc. iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerators, in room safety deposit box, furnished balconies, electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Full bath ammenities, hair dryer, make up mirror, WiFi in all guest rooms, full service business center, flat screen TV, iron and ironing board, Jala Spa offers two tranquil spa treatment rooms, heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, in room safe, refrigerator, and just steps from all the activities on Duval Street.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies depends on availability
Please call (800) 233-1234 and let them know you are with the Road Scholar group. Please note December through April is the peak season in Key West, rates and availability are not guaranteed, but they will do their best to accommodate you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 11 - Custom House Museum, Hemingway House, Little Whi...
Custom House Museum, Hemingway House, Little White House, Farewell Dinner

Note: Walk a total of 2-2.5 miles today on paved sidewalks.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Custom House Museum. This living link to Key West’s historic past was built in 1891 to house the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. “Old 91” is now the headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society that maintains a collection of artifacts and art significant to the Florida Keys. A docent will lead us through this amazing space.

Field Trip: Hemingway House. A docent will lead us through former residence of one of America’s iconic writers, whose personal life was a colorful as any of his characters. Ernest Hemingway first visited Key West in 1928, arriving from Havana. Learn about the lives and times in Key West of Hemingway, his wife Pauline, and the house itself. Personal touches are everywhere throughout the house, from European antiques to trophies and skins that were the legacy of African safaris. It was here that Hemingway produced some of his best known works including “To Have And Have Not” set in Key West. Descendants of his six-toed cat abound.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Little White House. President Truman’s first 19 months were grueling and left him physically exhausted. His doctor ordered a warm vacation and Key West was chosen. The President and Mrs. Truman arrived in November 1946 for a week of relaxation. He fell in love with the climate and small town charm, returning to what became known as the Little White House for 11 presidential working vacations and five post-Presidential trips after leaving office. Truman claimed Key West was his second favorite place on earth -- surpassed only by his hometown, Independence MO.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the gardens of Kelly's Caribbean Bar and Restaurant, whose building was was formerly the birthplace of Pan Am.

Evening: Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock. Here in Key West, watching the sun go down is a daily ritual. Even more, it’s a festival with arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, vendors, and a crowd of thousands consisting of locals and visitors alike. People begin gathering about two hours before sunset for this multi-cultural “happening” that embodies the spirit of Key West.

Lodging: Hyatt Resort and Spa Key West

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, December 12 - Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Program Concludes
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Morning: Field Trip: Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Dedicated to educating the public on maritime and colonial activity in the New World and preserving maritime culture resources, the museum celebrates 500 years of history where you will learn about marine archaeology and see treasures including gold and silver bars retrieved from beneath the sea. As a special highlight, we will go behind the scenes to see the conservation lab. We will return to the hotel following the field trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Key West Old Town
Living Room Performance Series at the Little White HouseThe Little White House hosts performances in the intimate setting of Harry and Bess Truman's living room; many of the performers will be play Harry's newly refurbished and rebuilt piano. January 10, 11, 12, 13 – Miriam Pico and David Chown in Concert - “Pico and Chown, Back in Town” - Songs from the Great American Songbook, Jazz, Pop and Originals. January 25 & 26 – Bobby Nesbitt and Carmen Rodriguez – “I Like Ike, Songs of the Eisenhower Era” February 16 & 17 - Bobby Nesbitt and Carmen Rodriguez – “I Like Ike, Songs of the Eisenhower Era” March 8 – Bobby Nesbitt and Carmen Rodriguez – Special Encore Performance “A Tribute to the USO” March 15 & 16 - Bobby Nesbitt and Carmen Rodriguez – “I Like Ike, Songs of the Eisenhower Era” Seating is extremely limited and these shows are always sold out so early ticket purchases are strongly recommended. Road Scholars receive a special discount, call the Little White House ask for Paul Hilson to find out more.
For additional information, visit: www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com/key-west/florida-white-house-exhibits.htm
Key West Food TourKey West Food Tours offers a unique look into the world of tropical dining and local history. Your culinary journey mixes delicious food samplings with glimpses of history, culture and architecture. If you are passionate about food and enjoy connecting with others you will relish our fun filled walking tours. These tours last two and one half hours and are for all ages groups and fitness levels
For additional information, visit: www.keywestfoodtours.com
Key West Sunset CruiseThere are many options for sunset cruises in Key West. A couple recommendation are the Schooner Jolly II Rover and the Schooner Western Union. Both leaver from a dock a short walk from the hotel. Sail back in time to capture the bygone days of a highly romanticized period in Key West sailing history when merchant ships, smugglers and pirates plied the very waters we sail today. The Jolly II Rover, with plenty of seating, smooth ride, and signature red sails will ignite your passion for traditional tall ship sailing. Join the crew and hoist the sails or sit back, relax and take in the experience. Drink and eat what you want – bring your favorite food and beverages while we supply the bottled water, lots of ice, ice chests, cups and bottle openers. www.schoonerjollyrover.com Sail into history on the Schooner Western Union, the official flagship of Key West and the State of Florida, she's one of the oldest working wooden schooners in the United States and on the National Register of Historic Places. They have a variety of sailing options from Sunsets to Full Moon or Stargazing. Complimentary champagne, beer, wine, soft drinks, water; and Conch Chowder. Enjoy cannon fire and live music.
For additional information, visit: http://schoonerwesternunion.org/
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime MuseumU.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER INGHAM (WPG-35) Maritime Museum & National Historic Landmark is both a military history museum and a National Memorial to Guardians Killed in Action In World War II and Vietnam. With over 50 years of service around the work, USCGC INGHAM is a quintessential portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988. Some stairs are unavoidable if you wish to explore the lower levels of the ship.
For additional information, visit: www.uscgcingham.org/
Fury Catamaran Glass Bottom BoatExplore dramatic underwater vistas generally reserved for scuba divers from our glass bottom boat. A wide variety of fish and other sea creatures await you as you gaze into the underwater world of Key West. In addition, you will have the opportunity to see North America’s only living coral reef, one of the most biologically diverse marine eco-systems in the world.
For additional information, visit: www.furycat.com/key-west/glass-bottom-boats.htm
Key West CemeteryThe cemetery in Key West is a lot like the city itself: quirky, crowded, colorful and full of history. It’s free, of course, and makes a great stop on a your visit to Key West, especially since it's over 165 years old. The Key West Cemetery is at the center of Old Town – halfway between the Historic Key West Seaport and West Martello Tower. It has several entrances, but you should make a point to start at the northwest corner at Passover Lane and Angela Street because a small office there has excellent free walking tour guides. With a walking tour guide in hand, the cemetery reveals fascinating stories of Key West and its people. Key West’s Cuban heritage is strongly evident, with a section devoted to those who fought and died in the 1868 Cuban revolution. Be prepared to walk on uneven paths and grass.
For additional information, visit: www.floridarambler.com/historic-florida-getaways/historic-key-west-cemetery/

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
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances

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