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Program #20429RJ
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.
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Itinerary for Jan 25 — Jan 30, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel Indigo
Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 25 - Arrival, Check-in, Registration, Opening Dinner, ...
Arrival, Check-in, Registration, Opening Dinner, Introductions & Orientation

Afternoon: Independent arrivals in St. Petersburg. HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain the up-to-date schedule we'll review during orientation this evening. INTRODUCTIONS & ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, answer any questions you may have, and talk about what's going on in St. Petersburg for free time options

Dinner: The buffet dinner in our private dining room includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.

Evening: The evening is yours to begin getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the neighborhood, scope out restaurants for meals on your own or relax. You are embarking on a Signature City program in one of Florida's most welcoming and delightful cities. Famous for more than a century as a desired destination, St. Petersburg is aptly called "Sunshine City" with a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine. St. Pete is experiencing an exciting and enriching cultural renaissance as an art city with a number of world-class institutions, some of which you'll explore during our program.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel Indigo
Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 26 - Field Trip to Sunken Gardens, lunch and tour of t...
Field Trip to Sunken Gardens, lunch and tour of the historic Vinoy Hotel. Welcome by a representative from the City.

Note: The Sunken Gardens field trip involves walking and standing for a minimum of 90 minutes There are a few benches to sit on. An elevator is available for the historic hotel tour.

Breakfast: The buffet in our dining room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: We'll begin each morning with announcements, updates, and an overview of the day's activities. FIELD TRIP: Sunken Gardens. In 1903, George Turner, Sr. began growing tropical plants in the rich fertile soil of an ancient lake bed. What began as a passion for gardening soon blossomed into a world famous botanical garden. Stroll through this 4-acre sanctuary with an expert and examine a variety of lush tropical plantings, cascading waterfalls, flowing ponds, exotic birds and rare Chilean flamingos.

Lunch: Enjoy a 3-course lunch in Marchand's Bar and Grill, the renowned dining room at the historic Vinoy Hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Renaissance Vinoy Resort. On New Year's Eve 1925, Aymer Vinoy Laughner's dream of an incomparable luxury hotel opened. The Vinoy's resident historian will walk us through this magnificent hotel that was and still is one of the finest examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Florida. With glazed quarry tiles, frescoed ceilings, intricate ornamental plaster and beautifully painted wood beams, it is a monument of grace and elegance. You'll have free time after the field trip to linger at the Vinoy or explore on your own before dinner.

Dinner: The buffet dinner in our private meeting room includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Welcome from the Mayor’s Office: learn what makes St. Petersburg a Signature City

Lodging: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel Indigo
Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 27 - Introduction to St. Petersburg via Motorcoach & S...
Introduction to St. Petersburg via Motorcoach & Salvador Dali Museum, Evening Entertainment

Note: There may be some walking on uneven surfaces to tour a private historic bungalow (subject to availability)

Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage). Y

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Board the motorcoach with Kai Warren to tour city neighborhoods and landmarks while learning about the city's past and present.

Lunch: On your own. Your Group Leader will help you select from one of the many excellent restaurants nearby.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Salvador Dalí Museum. There has been a Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg for 30 years. The spectacular new building protects the most comprehensive private collection of Dalí's work in the world. The entire range of his work is displayed, from early Impressionist paintings through transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period. This constantly growing and evolving artist worked in all media, leaving behind a wealth of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures, films, photographs, performance pieces, jewels, and objects of all descriptions. Rotating exhibits round out your experience.

Dinner: The buffet dinner in our private meeting room includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages

Evening: An evening of musical entertainment

Lodging: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel Indigo
Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 28 - Behind the Scenes at American Stage, Glass Blowin...
Behind the Scenes at American Stage, Glass Blowing Demonstration, tour of Chihuly Collection & Evening on your own to explore the city

Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: FIELD TRIP: In preparation for our visit to American Stage Theatre Company for a play Thursday evening, take a peek behind the scenes in this backstage tour of Tampa Bay's best professional regional equity theatre. Founded in 1977, their mission is to create the most satisfying live theatre in the Tampa Bay area, accessible to all members of the community.

Lunch: Lunch is at the Parkshore Grill. The award winning chef strives to create every dish using sustainably grown, meat, seafood and organic produce from local farms whenever possible.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: See why St. Petersburg is recognized as a center for the creation and exhibition of art from glass. The first stop is to the Morean Arts Center’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop, a must-see opportunity to go behind the scenes and observe working artists creating magnificent glass pieces. The artists provide step-by-step commentary, talk about the science behind glass and the artistic vision guiding the process. Seated on bleachers, you watch an artist working in front of the furnace with molten glass and techniques dating back thousands of years ago to create glass art ~~ CHIHULY COLLECTION. The tour continues with a visit to a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned Dale Chihuly's unusual artwork in a 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. This is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose and designed so that the art and architecture work together to create an unforgettable experience. His spectacular large-scale installations include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works that have thrilled audiences around the globe.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Your Group Leader will help you select from one of the many excellent restaurants nearby.

Evening: You are on your own this evening to explore St. Petersburg's night life. Suggestions are in your packet, and your Group Leader has many ideas of things to see and do.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel Indigo
Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 29 - Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from the Water, Pla...
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from the Water, Play at American Stage Theatre Company

Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg opened to the public in 1965. The Museum has an eclectic and well represented collection of art from antiquity to the present. The building is an attraction itself, with its Palladian inspired portico and soaring lobby with a glass wall opening on views of Tampa Bay. It is frequently described as a jewel by those who live here and visitors alike. The morning features a behind the scenes tour, a docent-led exploration, and time to explore on your own.

Lunch: Buffet Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: BOAT RIDE: Board the Dolphin Queen, weather permitting, for a 90 minute tour of St. Petersburg from the water. See downtown from another perspective. View the US Coast Guard base, the waterfront campus of USF St. Petersburg, and the million dollar homes of Old Northeast and Snell Isle. Dolphins and manatees are likely to make their appearance in their natural habitat, along with such native birds as pelicans, ospreys, cormorants, egrets and herons. FREE AFTERNOON: After the boat tour, you are free to explore your personal interests or to rest in anticipation of our late evening at the theater. Your group leader will help you choose from the many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more.

Dinner: The buffet dinner in our private dining room includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages

Evening: Tonight we attend a performance at American Stage.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 30 - St. Petersburg Museum of History. Program Conclu...
Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage

Morning: NOTE: Hotel check-out is by 11:00am. FIELD TRIP: St. Petersburg Museum of History. Pinellas County’s oldest museum was founded in 1920 as the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. Through the determination and effort of Mary Wheeler Eaton and others, the Society began collecting artifacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, photographs, papers, and “boxes of unknown treasures that were just dropped on our doorstep during the night.” In 1922, the Society became incorporated and the city of St. Petersburg provided the use of an old aquarium building (located on the same site as today’s Museum) for the public display of the Museum’s collections. Learn about America's Pastime - Baseball through a new exhibit featuring the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs. See a flying replica of the Benoist Airboat which made the world's first regularly scheduled airline flight January 1, 1914. Tour the special exhibit, "Imagining la Florida: Juan Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth.," which was created to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of de Leon's discovery and to tell the story of Spain’s discovery and colonial rule; a rich and complex history that, to an extent, is unknown by both countries. Shuttles provided between the museum and hotel to accommodate early departures.

Lunch: Returning to the hotel, for a buffet lunch you'll have a chance to say good bye to new friends and explore ways to keep in touch. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this Signature City program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Performances

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