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ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!

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Program #6642RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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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.
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Itinerary for Mar 1 — Mar 6, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: www.holidayisleoceanfront.com

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost. For those of you who wish to extend your visit in the St. Augustine area, many interesting weekend events are scheduled in the historic district as well as on Anastasia Island. Events are listed at www.StAugustine.com/compass.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 01 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Program registration from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Pelican Room. Holiday Isle check in at 4:00 pm. NOTE: SUNDAY LUNCH IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE HOLIDAY ISLE – PLAN TO HAVE LUNCH BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.

Dinner: 6:00 pm in the Holiday Isle Dining Room.

Evening: Evening orientation at the hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: www.holidayisleoceanfront.com

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost. For those of you who wish to extend your visit in the St. Augustine area, many interesting weekend events are scheduled in the historic district as well as on Anastasia Island. Events are listed at www.StAugustine.com/compass.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 02 - The Oldest City: Before & After the Europeans / S...
The Oldest City: Before & After the Europeans / Sightseeing Train Ride through the Historic District / Guided Field Trip to the Historic Castillo de San Marcos /Vernacular Architecture of St. Augustine

Breakfast: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Spend the morning exploring, through discussion and power point presentation, the history of St. Augustine before and after the Europeans. Presentation covers and ends with the War between the States. After a short break, view a DVD that will help enhance your trip to the Castillo de San Marcos.

Lunch: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Afternoon: Narrated non-stop tour of Historic District via sightseeing trolley; explore the Historic Castillo De San Marcos.

Dinner: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: Power point presentation of St. Augustine's vernacular style of architecture by native Floridian Charles Tingley. NOTE: All evening lectures, presentations and entertainment are subject to change.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: www.holidayisleoceanfront.com

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost. For those of you who wish to extend your visit in the St. Augustine area, many interesting weekend events are scheduled in the historic district as well as on Anastasia Island. Events are listed at www.StAugustine.com/compass.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 03 - Flagler and the Gilded Age / Field Trip to Memori...
Flagler and the Gilded Age / Field Trip to Memorial Presbyterian Church and the former Ponce de Leon Hotel / Evening of Musical Entertainment.

Breakfast: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Spend the morning with Henry M. Flagler, railroad tycoon and hotelier. Learn about his life and impact he had on the state of Florida and the city of St. Augustine. Enjoy a first-person presentation of Henry Flagler by a respected actor. After a short break, view a DVD (optional) about Whitehall: The Flagler Museum. Learn all about this historic monument's impact on the area.

Lunch: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Afternoon: Explore the Memorial Presbyterian Church founded in 1889, an elegant example of Venetian Renaissance architecture. Then visit the magnificent Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) and see over $300 million of Tiffany glass. Founded in 1888, the hotel is a magnificent example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler commissioned architects Carrera and Hastings to design these outstanding examples of America's Gilded Age. Later, the two young architects designed the New York Public Library and the US Senate Office Building.

Dinner: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment by folklorist and singer Bob Patterson. This will be followed by the viewing of a DVD - "Romantic St. Augustine." (Optional)

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: www.holidayisleoceanfront.com

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost. For those of you who wish to extend your visit in the St. Augustine area, many interesting weekend events are scheduled in the historic district as well as on Anastasia Island. Events are listed at www.StAugustine.com/compass.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 04 - Costumed Presentation/Lecture/Afternoon in the Hi...
Costumed Presentation/Lecture/Afternoon in the Historic District /Evening Lecture

Breakfast: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Begin the morning being entertained and enlightened by a local costumed actress portraying a Pulitzer Prize winning historical figure. Then, take a break. This is followed by a lecture from St. Augustine writer/publisher Dr. Ann Masters entitled "Floridanos, Minorcans and Cattle Whip Crackers".

Lunch: Lunch on your own in the historic district

Afternoon: Free time on your own in the Historic District. This is an opportunity to spend time on your own to visit some additional sites or revisit areas seen earlier in the week. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.

Dinner: Dining room at the Holiday Isle

Evening: See St. Augustine come alive through a power point presentation and commentary by our professional photographer and former college professor, Ken Barrett.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: www.holidayisleoceanfront.com

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost. For those of you who wish to extend your visit in the St. Augustine area, many interesting weekend events are scheduled in the historic district as well as on Anastasia Island. Events are listed at www.StAugustine.com/compass.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 05 - Historical Harmonies of the 1st Coast / Lunch at ...
Historical Harmonies of the 1st Coast / Lunch at a Local Restaurant /Riverboat Cruise / Evening Entertainment

Breakfast: Dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Spend the morning studying the Music of the First Coast through discussion, live musical presentations and vintage recordings which will enhance your appreciation of the topic.

Lunch: Bus departs for the Historic District for a lunch provided at a local favorite restaurant, close to the afternoon tour.

Afternoon: Meet at the City Marina for a Riverboat Cruise aboard the Victory III. There will be time after the tour to visit some additional sites. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.

Dinner: Dining room at the Holiday Isle: A Taste of St. Augustine.

Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment - Razz-Ma-Tazz and All That Jazz - followed by social time.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 06 - Closing Program and DVD (St. Augustine Lighthouse...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the dining room at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Costumed presentation by local instructor followed by "St. Augustine Lighthouse." DVD -optional

Lunch: The program concludes with an early lunch which will be served at 11:00 am in the dining room. Make travel plans accordingly. Have a safe journey and please return to see us again.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

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

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