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FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA

Kayaking At Amelia Island and Into the Okefenokee Swamp

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Program #8510RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 Apr 7 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the historic district of Amelia Island, overlooking the intracoastal waterway. Within walking distance of restaurants and historic sites.Just 25 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. Located in a quaint, historic maritime town. The hotel design reflects historic context. Within walking distance of 25 restaurants. Nature in all its unexpected glory—total tranquility or more fun than you’ve ever imagined!

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net

Room amenities: Beautifully appointed guest rooms. All rooms have a King or Queen beds, hairdryer, alarm clock, HBO and cable TV, voice mail and multi-line speaker phones.

Facility amenities: Gift shop, laundry facilities, upper deck pool, exercise facility, free high-speed internet access, and deluxe breakfast bar.

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 cost update.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 07 - Registration/Lecture-Kayak Orientation and Safety
Afternoon: Participants may pick up nametag and schedule for the week anytime between 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Orientation begins at 5:30 PM in the hotel conference room.

Dinner: Catered meal at hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Kayak Orientation

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the historic district of Amelia Island, overlooking the intracoastal waterway. Within walking distance of restaurants and historic sites.Just 25 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. Located in a quaint, historic maritime town. The hotel design reflects historic context. Within walking distance of 25 restaurants. Nature in all its unexpected glory—total tranquility or more fun than you’ve ever imagined!

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net

Room amenities: Beautifully appointed guest rooms. All rooms have a King or Queen beds, hairdryer, alarm clock, HBO and cable TV, voice mail and multi-line speaker phones.

Facility amenities: Gift shop, laundry facilities, upper deck pool, exercise facility, free high-speed internet access, and deluxe breakfast bar.

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 cost update.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 08 - Paddle Salt Water Creeks Timucuan Preserve/Picnic...
Paddle Salt Water Creeks Timucuan Preserve/Picnic lunch near the Ribault Club/Salt Marsh Ecology

Breakfast: Located at hotel

Morning: Paddle through the salt water creeks of the Timucuan Preserve. Learn about the plants and critters that thrive in this challenging salt water environment. Topics discussed include sea island morphology, effect of humans on nature and nature on humans, lives of critters from fiddler crabs to right whales.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on kayaking trip

Afternoon: Continuation of the kayaking trip. Paddle on to the sandbars on the south end of Talbot Island State Park. After a short stretch and swim if it's warm, we'll end our trip at the Ft. George boat ramp.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Presentation on Salt Marsh Ecology.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the historic district of Amelia Island, overlooking the intracoastal waterway. Within walking distance of restaurants and historic sites.Just 25 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. Located in a quaint, historic maritime town. The hotel design reflects historic context. Within walking distance of 25 restaurants. Nature in all its unexpected glory—total tranquility or more fun than you’ve ever imagined!

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net

Room amenities: Beautifully appointed guest rooms. All rooms have a King or Queen beds, hairdryer, alarm clock, HBO and cable TV, voice mail and multi-line speaker phones.

Facility amenities: Gift shop, laundry facilities, upper deck pool, exercise facility, free high-speed internet access, and deluxe breakfast bar.

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 cost update.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 09 - Okefenokee Swamp Kayak/Cookout at the Swamp/Sea T...
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: All day kayaking in the Okefenokee Swamp-The most popular excursions into the swamp are day trips by canoe, kayak, or motor boat. The swamp terrain is flat, there is no fast water and very little dry land. Your paddle will be used every inch of the way as you wind through cypress forests or cross open "prairies" exposed to the sun and wind. Don't worry, much of it is shaded by the moss draped cypress trees and you'll have no trouble paddling as your naturalist talks about the flora and fauna and history of the Okefenokee Swamp on a slow trip into a swamp you won't forget.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Okefenokee Swamp.

Afternoon: Continuation of kayaking into the Okefenokee Swamp.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Sea Turtle Lecture

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the historic district of Amelia Island, overlooking the intracoastal waterway. Within walking distance of restaurants and historic sites.Just 25 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. Located in a quaint, historic maritime town. The hotel design reflects historic context. Within walking distance of 25 restaurants. Nature in all its unexpected glory—total tranquility or more fun than you’ve ever imagined!

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net

Room amenities: Beautifully appointed guest rooms. All rooms have a King or Queen beds, hairdryer, alarm clock, HBO and cable TV, voice mail and multi-line speaker phones.

Facility amenities: Gift shop, laundry facilities, upper deck pool, exercise facility, free high-speed internet access, and deluxe breakfast bar.

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 cost update.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 10 - Kayak-Black Water Creek/Free Evening for explorin...
Kayak-Black Water Creek/Free Evening for exploring downtown historic Fernandina Beach.

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Explore a black water creek. The dark tannin stained water creates stunning mirror-like reflections of the surrounding trees. Discover the difference between fresh and salt water ecosystems. The highlight of this trip will be paddling up to a 1500 year old bald Cyprus tree.

Lunch: Lunch on kayaking trip.

Afternoon: Continuation of the kayaking trip on Lofton Creek.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: This is a Free Evening. Walk out the hotel doors and explore downtown Fernandina Beach.The hotel is located right in the downtown historic district.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the historic district of Amelia Island, overlooking the intracoastal waterway. Within walking distance of restaurants and historic sites.Just 25 miles north of Jacksonville International Airport. Located in a quaint, historic maritime town. The hotel design reflects historic context. Within walking distance of 25 restaurants. Nature in all its unexpected glory—total tranquility or more fun than you’ve ever imagined!

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net

Room amenities: Beautifully appointed guest rooms. All rooms have a King or Queen beds, hairdryer, alarm clock, HBO and cable TV, voice mail and multi-line speaker phones.

Facility amenities: Gift shop, laundry facilities, upper deck pool, exercise facility, free high-speed internet access, and deluxe breakfast bar.

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 cost update.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 11 - Paddle up the Ft. George River to the Intracoasta...
Paddle up the Ft. George River to the Intracoastal waterway/Picnic lunch on sandbar/Paddle by Big Talbot Island State Park

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Starting at the south end of the Talbot Park system we'll paddle up the Ft. George river to the Intracoastal waterway. We will paddle through Fort George estuary, a series of tributaries that wind through the marsh, creating what looks like the arteries of the land. The water twists and turns creating intimate canals for the resident wading birds, fishing osprey, and provides protection for newly hatched fingerlings. The estuary is a fascinating environment, the lifeblood of the ocean, and the nursery ground for most of the life in the sea. As we delicately explore this natural environment, you will learn about the incredible richness of life that is created and thriving in this magical world. Feel the culture and hearing the stories of struggles and triumphs of the humans that inhabited this area. With over 5000 years of history, this land echoes the tales of the Timucuan Indians and French Huguenots that once inhabited this landscape. Sit back, relax and allow the sounds of the estuary sooth your senses.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on a sandbar.

Afternoon: Continuation of kayaking trip.

Dinner: Dinner at a local waterfront restaurant.

Evening: Free Evening to visit downtown historic Fernandina or visit with new found friends.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 12 - Visit Amelia Island Museum of History
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Visit the Amelia Island Museum of History which is located in the historic district of Fernandina just a couple of blocks from the hotel. An amazing tale of intrigue and adventure awaits you in our Eight Flags Gallery.

Lunch: Check-out by 11:00 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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