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Three Nights on Amelia Island and Two on Cumberland: Nature and History

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Program #1379RJ
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 Jan 25 — Jan 30, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in our Standard King or double Queen guestroom. We provide hairdryers, coffee makers, 2-line speaker phones, and cable TV in every guest room. Select rooms are available with harbor front views or with High-Speed Internet Access. Please let us know if you require a handicap accessible guestroom.Victorian seaport village with small-town charm, southern hospitality, and rich history. Take a step back in time in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Yesteryear . . . It's easy to picture in your mind's eye images of late nineteenth century days past, when you take a stroll down Centre Street, the main corridor of quaint shops and historic buildings, called "downtown" by locals. In this enchanting 55-block historic district (National Register of Historic Places), of Amelia Island's Victorian seaport village, Fernandina Beach, one feels somewhat suspended in time -- there still remains the aura of simpler days past. Licking ice cream cones, sipping gourmet coffee, nibbling homemade fudge and chocolates, and browsing the quaint shops, both visitors and local residents enjoy the relaxation and simplicity of Fernandina's historic downtown district. History buffs will certainly enjoy guided tours of bed & breakfasts and historical buildings.Your hotel is located right in the historic district and facing the intracoastal waterway.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 320347 USA
phone: 904-491-4911 xor18004267866
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: Multi-line speaker phones, hairdryer, alarm clock, data ports, coffee maker and television with cable.

Facility amenities: Upper deck pool and exercise facility.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Participants are responsible for making their own reservations for any additional nights or early arrivals.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 25 - Hotel Check-in/Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in is at 4:00 at the hotel. If rooms are ready before then, you may check-in earlier. Road Scholar registration is at 5:00 pm in the hotel conference room. You will receive your weeks schedule at this time.

Dinner: Catered meal at hotel following check-in.

Evening: Enjoy the evening as you prepare for the beginning of an adventure you will long remember on two beautiful islands. Your coordinator will go over the weeks schedule and will be available to answer any questions.

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in our Standard King or double Queen guestroom. We provide hairdryers, coffee makers, 2-line speaker phones, and cable TV in every guest room. Select rooms are available with harbor front views or with High-Speed Internet Access. Please let us know if you require a handicap accessible guestroom.Victorian seaport village with small-town charm, southern hospitality, and rich history. Take a step back in time in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Yesteryear . . . It's easy to picture in your mind's eye images of late nineteenth century days past, when you take a stroll down Centre Street, the main corridor of quaint shops and historic buildings, called "downtown" by locals. In this enchanting 55-block historic district (National Register of Historic Places), of Amelia Island's Victorian seaport village, Fernandina Beach, one feels somewhat suspended in time -- there still remains the aura of simpler days past. Licking ice cream cones, sipping gourmet coffee, nibbling homemade fudge and chocolates, and browsing the quaint shops, both visitors and local residents enjoy the relaxation and simplicity of Fernandina's historic downtown district. History buffs will certainly enjoy guided tours of bed & breakfasts and historical buildings.Your hotel is located right in the historic district and facing the intracoastal waterway.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 320347 USA
phone: 904-491-4911 xor18004267866
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: Multi-line speaker phones, hairdryer, alarm clock, data ports, coffee maker and television with cable.

Facility amenities: Upper deck pool and exercise facility.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Participants are responsible for making their own reservations for any additional nights or early arrivals.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 26 - Amelia Island Field Trip/Fort Clinch/Cumberland I...
Breakfast: Breakfast is a full American breakfast in the Garden Room of the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today will be a day of fascination and historical adventure. We will board an authentic trolley at our hotel and be chauffered to the downtown historic district. You will be greeted by an historian who will begin by giving a brief history of Amelia Island. Hear the story of the visionary whose exhilarating dream so stirred his neighbors that they agreed to move their entire town to the site of a plantation he owned, creating "New" Fernandina in the 1850’s. From the "giant" Timucua Native Americans, to Spanish and French explorers, to the lawless spirit of pirates, to the dignified air of Victorian-era residents, Amelia Island has been home to diverse cultures that have left a truly exciting heritage. Expect the rare privilege of observing the uniquely gracious and historic homes of another century. Allow yourself to get in touch with efforts to preserve the nearly extinct, pristine architectural styles within a small, gifted American town struggling to retain its fragile sense of family and community as well as its birthright and historical integrity. This trolley tour is slow paced and will be stopping at points of interest...a really great field trip!

Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the historic district.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period reenactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Presentation on Cumberland Island history will introduce you to the island where you will reside until Friday at the conclusion of your program.

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in our Standard King or double Queen guestroom. We provide hairdryers, coffee makers, 2-line speaker phones, and cable TV in every guest room. Select rooms are available with harbor front views or with High-Speed Internet Access. Please let us know if you require a handicap accessible guestroom.Victorian seaport village with small-town charm, southern hospitality, and rich history. Take a step back in time in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Yesteryear . . . It's easy to picture in your mind's eye images of late nineteenth century days past, when you take a stroll down Centre Street, the main corridor of quaint shops and historic buildings, called "downtown" by locals. In this enchanting 55-block historic district (National Register of Historic Places), of Amelia Island's Victorian seaport village, Fernandina Beach, one feels somewhat suspended in time -- there still remains the aura of simpler days past. Licking ice cream cones, sipping gourmet coffee, nibbling homemade fudge and chocolates, and browsing the quaint shops, both visitors and local residents enjoy the relaxation and simplicity of Fernandina's historic downtown district. History buffs will certainly enjoy guided tours of bed & breakfasts and historical buildings.Your hotel is located right in the historic district and facing the intracoastal waterway.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 320347 USA
phone: 904-491-4911 xor18004267866
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: Multi-line speaker phones, hairdryer, alarm clock, data ports, coffee maker and television with cable.

Facility amenities: Upper deck pool and exercise facility.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Participants are responsible for making their own reservations for any additional nights or early arrivals.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 27 - Amelia Island River Cruise/Lunch at Brett's Water...
Amelia Island River Cruise/Lunch at Brett's Waterway Café/Free Afternoon/Entertainment

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Garden Room

Morning: FIELD TRIP: A naturalist will give you the details of everything from the land to the sea on your Amelia Island River Cruise. Come along with us and enjoy the spectacular views and watch for rare birds, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife as you glide back in time along the rivers, creeks and marshes that surround Amelia Island.

Lunch: Dine along the Amelia River at Brett's Waterway Café.
When lunch is over, you are free for the afternoon. You are already in the historic district so you can walk anywhere. You may even want to go to the beach (2 miles) and sit out all afternoon. Your group leader will be happy to assist you with ideas.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Group Leader will help you with sites to visit and places to go.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Lynn Wadley is a folk performer who makes music come alive. A past Florida mountain dulcimer champion, she presents six types of rare instruments in a program filled with songs and stories.

Lodging: Hampton Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Greyfield Inn is a grand and graceful mansion located on Georgia's largest and southernmost coastal island, Cumberland Island. Built in 1900, and opened as an inn in 1962, Greyfield is furnished today as it was at the turn of the century, decorated throughout with family heirlooms and antiques, giving each room a distinctive character.Family portraits still hang in the parlor; horsehair chairs flank a massive fireplace. Even the original books, including first editions are in place in the library. There is no check-in desk, no televisions or phones or ice machines or spa services. Just a rambling house with a spacious old verandah, dining rooms, bedrooms on this floor and that, large bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and pedestal sinks. Bedroom windows face massive live oaks or the salt marshes along the Cumberland River. In true southern fashion, they take great pride in their kitchen. Each morning, awaken to a full and satisfying breakfast which includes fresh-squeezed orange juice and fruit, homemade muffins and breakfast meats, as well as eggs, pancakes or one of the chef's specialties. Midday, enjoy the day's explorations with a satisfying picnic lunch. During cocktail hour each evening, Greyfield serves hors d'ouvres in the Inn's well-stocked bar while sharing stories with fellow guests. Dinner is a casually elegant affair, served in the glow of candlelight. The nightly entrees feature fresh and creative cuisine, accompanied, if desired, by a selection from the wine cellar.This grand Carnegie southern plantation is a step back in time. The dedicated staff is there to ensure that the stay on their idyllic, private island is the perfect retreat.

Contact info:
Box 900
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035-0900 USA
phone: 904-261-6408
web: www.greyfieldinn.com

Room amenities: There are no phones nor television at Greyfield.

Facility amenities: Gift Shop, complimentary bicycles for guests use.

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

Bathroom: Some shared baths. Participants may only request a private bath if due to medical problem. Still a private bath can not be guaranteed.


Day Four: Wednesday, January 28 - Ferry to Cumberland Island/Cumberland Island Acti...
Ferry to Cumberland Island/Cumberland Island Activities/Presentation By Naturalist

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Garden Room.

Morning: You will take a boat ride to Cumberland Island, which takes about 35 minutes from Fernandina Beach. You are right across the street from the marina where you will board your private boat for Cumberland.

Lunch: Greyfield Inn is known for its exquisite food and lunch is no exception. You will have a picnic lunch waiting for you in the Greyfield Inn kitchen. Staff will retrieve your luggage from the ferry and take it up to the Greyfield Inn so you don't have to worry about carrying your own luggage. After picking up your lunch, and while waiting on the staff to put your luggage in your room, you may select a spot to enjoy your picnic. Try eating under some of the huge old live oaks, down by the water, on the patio or just where ever you wish. You can't go wrong because the scenery is just so beautiful anywhere you go.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Guided activities around Cumberland Island. A naturalist will take you on a jeep safari for a guided field trip on Cumberland Island. The group may be split with half on the safari and half going on a nature and beach field trip.

Dinner: During cocktail hour each evening on your Road Scholar adventure, you are served hors d'oeuvres in the oceanfront resort Inn's well-stocked bar while you share stories with fellow guests. Drinks are on your own. Dinner is served in the glow of candlelight and alcoholic beverages may be purchased with your dinner. Tea, coffee, and water come with the meal. The nightly entrées feature fresh and creative cuisine, accompanied, if you desire, by a selection from the wine cellar.

Evening: Meet in the living room for a presentation by the island naturalist.

Lodging: Greyfield Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Greyfield Inn is a grand and graceful mansion located on Georgia's largest and southernmost coastal island, Cumberland Island. Built in 1900, and opened as an inn in 1962, Greyfield is furnished today as it was at the turn of the century, decorated throughout with family heirlooms and antiques, giving each room a distinctive character.Family portraits still hang in the parlor; horsehair chairs flank a massive fireplace. Even the original books, including first editions are in place in the library. There is no check-in desk, no televisions or phones or ice machines or spa services. Just a rambling house with a spacious old verandah, dining rooms, bedrooms on this floor and that, large bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and pedestal sinks. Bedroom windows face massive live oaks or the salt marshes along the Cumberland River. In true southern fashion, they take great pride in their kitchen. Each morning, awaken to a full and satisfying breakfast which includes fresh-squeezed orange juice and fruit, homemade muffins and breakfast meats, as well as eggs, pancakes or one of the chef's specialties. Midday, enjoy the day's explorations with a satisfying picnic lunch. During cocktail hour each evening, Greyfield serves hors d'ouvres in the Inn's well-stocked bar while sharing stories with fellow guests. Dinner is a casually elegant affair, served in the glow of candlelight. The nightly entrees feature fresh and creative cuisine, accompanied, if desired, by a selection from the wine cellar.This grand Carnegie southern plantation is a step back in time. The dedicated staff is there to ensure that the stay on their idyllic, private island is the perfect retreat.

Contact info:
Box 900
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035-0900 USA
phone: 904-261-6408
web: www.greyfieldinn.com

Room amenities: There are no phones nor television at Greyfield.

Facility amenities: Gift Shop, complimentary bicycles for guests use.

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

Bathroom: Some shared baths. Participants may only request a private bath if due to medical problem. Still a private bath can not be guaranteed.


Day Five: Thursday, January 29 - Breakfast/First African Baptist Church on Cumberl...
Breakfast/First African Baptist Church on Cumberland Island/Plum Orchard/Social

Breakfast: Breakfast at Greyfield is a treat. Each morning, awaken to a full and satisfying breakfast which includes fresh-squeezed orange juice and fruit, as well as eggs, pancakes or one of the Chef's specialties. You may choose from a light breakfast to a large Southern breakfast in the dining room. Either way, you can't go wrong.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Guided activities around Cumberland Island. You will visit the First African Baptist Church, where John Kennedy and Caroline Bissett were married. Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures. Your natural experience on Cumberland will include: sun and sand, beautiful vistas and relaxing atmosphere. You will also visit Plum Orchard, an 1898 Georgian Revival mansion building by Lucy Carnegie for her son, George and his wife, Margaret Thaw. This mansion was donated to the National Park Foundation by the Carnegie family in 1971.

Lunch: Lunch at Greyfield Inn between all your activities will be a satisfying picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Some guided activities and some activities on your own. You are very close to the beach - about 1/2 mile walking distance. Most of the afternoon is free to stroll the beach or explore the maritime forest or just sit on the porch of the Greyfield Inn. Bikes are available free of charge for anyone staying at the Greyfield Inn. It is absolutely the most beautiful place in the world. Don't miss it!

Dinner: Dinner at Greyfield Inn.

Evening: Social and farewell

Lodging: Greyfield Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 30 - Porch Sitting, Ancient Live Oak Goodbyes/Depart C...
Porch Sitting, Ancient Live Oak Goodbyes/Depart Cumberland Island For Mainland

Breakfast: Breakfast at Greyfield.

Morning: Relax on the porch or sit under one of the ancient live oaks as you say goodbye to an island you will never forget. Staff will gather your luggage from your rooms and load the ferry for your trip to the mainland. A 35 minute boat ride back to Fernandina Beach should put you there by about 11:00 - 11:30 am. Program is over at this time and your car is right across the street at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

Lunch: Program ends at 11:30 am on dock arrival to Fernandina Beach from Cumberland Island and Greyfield Inn.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island BoatingFrom sailing to kayaking to fishing charters, the waters surrounding Amelia Island offer myriad opportunities for boating. Outfitters such as Kayak Amelia, Fly Fishing Amelia, and Up the Creek Xpeditions offer a variety of guided, open-water and river kayak tours around Amelia Island. Windward Sailing offers sailing charters and tours out of Fernandina Beach Marina.
For additional information, visit: www.ameliaisland.com and www.flyfishingameliaisland.com
Amelia Island Museum of HistoryLearn why Amelia Island has captivated its settlers for thousands of years. The Amelia Island Museum of History takes visitors on a fascinating trip through time that explores everything from the island’s first inhabitants, the Timucuan Indians, to modern-day preservation programs in Fernandina Beach and Nassau County. Permanent exhibits relating to Amelia Island and the Civil War, Spanish Missions, and Florida Railroad are also on display.
For additional information, visit: www.ameliamuseum.org
Golf on Amelia IslandIn true Florida fashion, golf reigns supreme on Amelia Island. Designed by the industry’s top golf course architects, Amelia Island golf courses offer exceptional play that honors the island’s diverse landscape of oceanfront dunes, oak forests and marshlands. Fernandina Beach Golf Club, North Hampton, Manicipal Golf Course, and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach also beckon golfers.
For additional information, visit: www.ameliaisland.com/outdoor_activities
Historic Downtown DistrictFernandina Beach Historic Downtown District.Fernandina Beach’s historic roots as a Victorian seaport village are best experienced in the town’s Historic District. Spanning 50 blocks, the Fernandina Beach Historic District features distinctive 19th century Victorian homes and cottages, brick-façade building, shopping, art galleries, and dozens of restaurants. Fernandina Beach’s historic corridor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For additional information, visit: www.ameliaislandliving.com/newtourist/touristguide/historicdowntown.htm.

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

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