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Program #20899RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Feb 15 — Feb 20, 2015

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Type: Resort

Contact info:
1451 Middle Gulf Dr
Sanibel, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-4151
web: www.sundialresort.com/index.php

Room amenities: Cable TV with VCR Telephone with dataport AM/FM clock radio Refrigerator Microwave Coffeemaker Blender Dishwasher Hair dryer Iron/Ironing board In-room safe

Facility amenities: One mile of world famous white sand beach Indoor and outdoor dining venues Water sports options Access to on-island golf at The Sanibel Island Golf Club 6 tennis courts Volleyball court 5 heated swimming pools Full-service spa and hair salon offering massage, facials, nail care and more Lifestyle boutique featuring inspirational apparel, accessories and gifts Beach chairs and towels On-site bicycles and kayaks Professional recreation staff and organized programs for all ages Environmental Coastal Observatory Center 12,000 square feet of conference and special events space with business center Wireless internet access in guest rooms and Resort Centre

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 184-339 per night
Please contact Road Scholar Boston at 617-521-5373 for more information and the Road Scholar rate. Rooms and rates are based on availability and vary by week. Make your reservations early and at least 30 days prior to the program start date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 15 - Check-in, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Note: You'll recieve author and lecturer Charles Sobczak's book "Living Sanibel: A Nature Guide."

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

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: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.

Lodging: Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Contact info:
1451 Middle Gulf Dr
Sanibel, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-4151
web: www.sundialresort.com/index.php

Room amenities: Cable TV with VCR Telephone with dataport AM/FM clock radio Refrigerator Microwave Coffeemaker Blender Dishwasher Hair dryer Iron/Ironing board In-room safe

Facility amenities: One mile of world famous white sand beach Indoor and outdoor dining venues Water sports options Access to on-island golf at The Sanibel Island Golf Club 6 tennis courts Volleyball court 5 heated swimming pools Full-service spa and hair salon offering massage, facials, nail care and more Lifestyle boutique featuring inspirational apparel, accessories and gifts Beach chairs and towels On-site bicycles and kayaks Professional recreation staff and organized programs for all ages Environmental Coastal Observatory Center 12,000 square feet of conference and special events space with business center Wireless internet access in guest rooms and Resort Centre

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 184-339 per night
Please contact Road Scholar Boston at 617-521-5373 for more information and the Road Scholar rate. Rooms and rates are based on availability and vary by week. Make your reservations early and at least 30 days prior to the program start date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 16 - Sanibel Historic Village and Museum and Bailey Sh...
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Spend the morning exploring the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. The historic center was founded in 1982 as a tribute to the early pioneers on Sanibel Island. Each building has been restored to its original state. Volunteer docents guide visitors through this mystical place.

Lunch: Enjoy local fare for lunch.

Afternoon: Visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum which features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The Museum will educate you about shells and mollusks and you'll see the mollusks in tanks.

Dinner: Dinner at Cip's Place, a local restaurant.

Lodging: Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Contact info:
1451 Middle Gulf Dr
Sanibel, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-4151
web: www.sundialresort.com/index.php

Room amenities: Cable TV with VCR Telephone with dataport AM/FM clock radio Refrigerator Microwave Coffeemaker Blender Dishwasher Hair dryer Iron/Ironing board In-room safe

Facility amenities: One mile of world famous white sand beach Indoor and outdoor dining venues Water sports options Access to on-island golf at The Sanibel Island Golf Club 6 tennis courts Volleyball court 5 heated swimming pools Full-service spa and hair salon offering massage, facials, nail care and more Lifestyle boutique featuring inspirational apparel, accessories and gifts Beach chairs and towels On-site bicycles and kayaks Professional recreation staff and organized programs for all ages Environmental Coastal Observatory Center 12,000 square feet of conference and special events space with business center Wireless internet access in guest rooms and Resort Centre

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 184-339 per night
Please contact Road Scholar Boston at 617-521-5373 for more information and the Road Scholar rate. Rooms and rates are based on availability and vary by week. Make your reservations early and at least 30 days prior to the program start date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 17 - Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: The group will enjoy an exciting morning at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and gardens. You will explore the museum, Edison's lab and hear tales of these two famous men.

Lunch: Lunch at Edison and Ford Estates

Afternoon: Continue to explore Edison and Ford with free time at the museum.

Dinner: Dinner at The Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market.

Lodging: Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Contact info:
1451 Middle Gulf Dr
Sanibel, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-4151
web: www.sundialresort.com/index.php

Room amenities: Cable TV with VCR Telephone with dataport AM/FM clock radio Refrigerator Microwave Coffeemaker Blender Dishwasher Hair dryer Iron/Ironing board In-room safe

Facility amenities: One mile of world famous white sand beach Indoor and outdoor dining venues Water sports options Access to on-island golf at The Sanibel Island Golf Club 6 tennis courts Volleyball court 5 heated swimming pools Full-service spa and hair salon offering massage, facials, nail care and more Lifestyle boutique featuring inspirational apparel, accessories and gifts Beach chairs and towels On-site bicycles and kayaks Professional recreation staff and organized programs for all ages Environmental Coastal Observatory Center 12,000 square feet of conference and special events space with business center Wireless internet access in guest rooms and Resort Centre

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 184-339 per night
Please contact Road Scholar Boston at 617-521-5373 for more information and the Road Scholar rate. Rooms and rates are based on availability and vary by week. Make your reservations early and at least 30 days prior to the program start date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 18 - Beachcombing and Free Time
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Enjoy a morning of beachcombing! (Weather dependent) There’s more to the beach than surf and sand. Shells, colored glass, sea beans, eggs and all sorts of natural treasures await your discovery on Florida’s beaches. Learn all about beach combing and shelling, including how to find the best treasures. Also hear a lecture from expert Conchologist Joyce Matthys.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy a performance by a local story teller and poet.

Then have free time to explore the island on your own. Complimentary beach chairs, bikes, kayaks and more are available at the Sundial.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Evening: Free Evening for you to relax.

Lodging: Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Resort

Contact info:
1451 Middle Gulf Dr
Sanibel, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-4151
web: www.sundialresort.com/index.php

Room amenities: Cable TV with VCR Telephone with dataport AM/FM clock radio Refrigerator Microwave Coffeemaker Blender Dishwasher Hair dryer Iron/Ironing board In-room safe

Facility amenities: One mile of world famous white sand beach Indoor and outdoor dining venues Water sports options Access to on-island golf at The Sanibel Island Golf Club 6 tennis courts Volleyball court 5 heated swimming pools Full-service spa and hair salon offering massage, facials, nail care and more Lifestyle boutique featuring inspirational apparel, accessories and gifts Beach chairs and towels On-site bicycles and kayaks Professional recreation staff and organized programs for all ages Environmental Coastal Observatory Center 12,000 square feet of conference and special events space with business center Wireless internet access in guest rooms and Resort Centre

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 184-339 per night
Please contact Road Scholar Boston at 617-521-5373 for more information and the Road Scholar rate. Rooms and rates are based on availability and vary by week. Make your reservations early and at least 30 days prior to the program start date.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 19 - Sanibel Light House and Ding Darling
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Hear about Sanibel's fascinating history from Charles Lebuff, a longtime resident who lived in its lighthouse quarters for 22 years. Afterwards head to The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) to learn about the wildlife on the island. Each year the veterinarians, clinicians, and volunteers at CROW care for an increasing number of injured and sick wildlife from all over the island.

Lunch: Lunch at Doc Ford's.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on the subtropical barrier of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the US. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Lodging: Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 20 - Presentation by local author and Departures
Note: Check out of the hotel by 11 AM for independent departures.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Wrap-up in hotel conference room with a presentation by local Sanibel author - Charles Sobczak. Check-out at 11 am

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sanibel Island, Florida
BIG ARTS SanibelKnown as Sanibel and Captiva’s home for all the arts, BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents and visitors since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. Today, BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events, and the community participates in more than 200 educational classes and workshops each year. Please see their online schedule for specific programming.
For additional information, visit: www.bigarts.org
General OverviewExplore the Island or relax by the pool.
Periwinkle WayStroll down Sanibel Island's main street and busiest commercial district, where you will find a unique array of cafes, shops, and restaurants.
Schoolhouse GalleryQuaint gallery featuring work by local artists.

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
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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