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Program #2615RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Nov 10 — Nov 16, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 10 - Arrival and Orientation
Afternoon: 5 PM Orientation and Hospitality

Dinner: 6 PM Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 11 - Manatee Park /CREW Watershed Hike
Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM in Hotel

Morning: Visit to Manatee Park for a guided habitat tour and a presentation " All about the Manatee " at the amphitheater.

Lunch: Approx 12 PM Picnic Style Lunch at the Park

Afternoon: Short hike at CREW Watershed. Learn how the water cycle works and how important the watershed is to the future quality and quantity of our water supply. Discover what happens "behind the scenes" as rainwater seeps into the aquifer, an underground rock formation which acts as a "sponge" to purify and store water. Explore the fascinating CREW watershed firsthand at the trail system.

Dinner: 6 PM at local restaurant

Evening: FREE TIME

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All spacious studio suites with separate areas for living, eating/working and sleeping. Free high speed Internet access, local phone calls and faxes, fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment. Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free high-speed Internet access Flat panel 32 inch high definition televisions.

Contact info:
3798 White Lake Blvd
Naples, FL 34117 USA
phone: 239-352-2234
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rswns-springhill-suites-naples/

Room amenities: Suites featuring a pantry area with a small refrigerator, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Separate areas for eating/working, relaxing and sleeping. Spacious studio style suites.

Facility amenities: Complimentary on-site parking . Outdoor Pool. Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Car Rental nearby: Enterprise, 1-239-455-1413 Vending machines

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $129 - $189
Contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 12 - Dolphin Watching Estero Bay
Breakfast: 7-8 AM in Hotel

Morning: Dolphin watch in Estero Bay. Cruise out with a Marine Biologist in pursuit of dolphins and manatee, and other wildlife. This cruise is the best to see the most wildlife! Learn about our diverse ecosystem and some of our local sealife, such as sea urchins, sea horses, conchs, brittle stars and more.

Lunch: Approx 12 PM Picnic Style Lunch

Afternoon: Guide Tour at The Rookery Bay Learning Center. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and a two-story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including a 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve.

Dinner: 6 PM at local restaurant

Evening: FREE TIME

Lodging: SpringHill Suites Naples by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located in Crystal River, Florida amid the unspoiled splendor and beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast – Plantation Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for a unique and relaxing Florida getaway that is unlike any other vacation you’ve had before. This first-class Crystal River, FL hotel accommodations truly embody the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”. At Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, they don’t use this term lightly because we insist on applying it as our absolute standard. When it comes down to it, the fact of the matter is our service, charm, and style are 100% pure southern in every sense. It’s no coincidence that year after year we consistently show up in Lodging Hospitality’s “Top 100 Performing Hotels”. At the tranquil setting along Central Florida’s Nature Coast, we invite you to escape your typical routine and make yourself at home here at the Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, surrounded by 232 acres of picturesque countryside with rolling greens, well-manicured lawns, and grand live oaks, palms, and pines. Upon arriving at the Plantation manor, kick back in any one of our 202 warmly-appointed resort accommodations or suites.

Contact info:
9301 W Fort Island TRL
Crystal River, FL 34429 USA
phone: 352-795-4211
web: http://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com

Room amenities: Complimentary Coffee & Coffee Maker Iron/Ironing Board Hair Dryer Data Ports Full Cable TV with Premium Channels and In-House Pay Per View Movies & Games Individual Climate Control Air Conditioning Down Comforters High Speed Wireless is Available for a Nominal Fee

Facility amenities: Bar/lounge Restaurant(s) in hotel Parking (free) Business center Banquet facilities Multiple conference/meeting rooms Safe-deposit box - front desk 24-hour front desk Elevator/lift Swimming pool - outdoor Number of floors: 2 Year Built 1962 Room service (limited hours) Internet access in public areas - complimentary Internet access - wireless Breakfast available (surcharge) full Wireless (high-speed) Internet access - complimentary Number of restaurants 4 Golf course on site Tennis on site

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call the hotel
Call the hotel directly for availability and pricing. Mention that you are part of the World Events/Road Scholar group.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, November 13 - Naples Hotel Check Out/ Mote Research Center/Tran...
Breakfast: 6:30 - 7AM in Hotel

Morning: Visit to Mote Marine Mammal Center. At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

Lunch: Approx 12 PM Picnic Style Lunch in Aquarium grounds

Afternoon: Continue North to Crystal River.

Dinner: 6 PM Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: FREE TIME or possible Speaker from Gulf Archaeological Research Institute at hotel.

Lodging: The Plantation Golf Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located in Crystal River, Florida amid the unspoiled splendor and beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast – Plantation Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for a unique and relaxing Florida getaway that is unlike any other vacation you’ve had before. This first-class Crystal River, FL hotel accommodations truly embody the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”. At Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, they don’t use this term lightly because we insist on applying it as our absolute standard. When it comes down to it, the fact of the matter is our service, charm, and style are 100% pure southern in every sense. It’s no coincidence that year after year we consistently show up in Lodging Hospitality’s “Top 100 Performing Hotels”. At the tranquil setting along Central Florida’s Nature Coast, we invite you to escape your typical routine and make yourself at home here at the Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, surrounded by 232 acres of picturesque countryside with rolling greens, well-manicured lawns, and grand live oaks, palms, and pines. Upon arriving at the Plantation manor, kick back in any one of our 202 warmly-appointed resort accommodations or suites.

Contact info:
9301 W Fort Island TRL
Crystal River, FL 34429 USA
phone: 352-795-4211
web: http://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com

Room amenities: Complimentary Coffee & Coffee Maker Iron/Ironing Board Hair Dryer Data Ports Full Cable TV with Premium Channels and In-House Pay Per View Movies & Games Individual Climate Control Air Conditioning Down Comforters High Speed Wireless is Available for a Nominal Fee

Facility amenities: Bar/lounge Restaurant(s) in hotel Parking (free) Business center Banquet facilities Multiple conference/meeting rooms Safe-deposit box - front desk 24-hour front desk Elevator/lift Swimming pool - outdoor Number of floors: 2 Year Built 1962 Room service (limited hours) Internet access in public areas - complimentary Internet access - wireless Breakfast available (surcharge) full Wireless (high-speed) Internet access - complimentary Number of restaurants 4 Golf course on site Tennis on site

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call the hotel
Call the hotel directly for availability and pricing. Mention that you are part of the World Events/Road Scholar group.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, November 14 - Kayaking the Chazzowitzka River
Breakfast: 7-8 AM in Hotel

Morning: Kayaking the Chazzowitzka River looking for manatees and learning about the area habitat. Also good birding opportunities.

Lunch: Approx 12 PM Picnic Style Lunch

Afternoon: Update on the whooping crane migration project at Chazzowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

Dinner: 6 PM at local restaurant

Evening: FREE TIME

Lodging: The Plantation Golf Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located in Crystal River, Florida amid the unspoiled splendor and beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast – Plantation Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for a unique and relaxing Florida getaway that is unlike any other vacation you’ve had before. This first-class Crystal River, FL hotel accommodations truly embody the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”. At Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, they don’t use this term lightly because we insist on applying it as our absolute standard. When it comes down to it, the fact of the matter is our service, charm, and style are 100% pure southern in every sense. It’s no coincidence that year after year we consistently show up in Lodging Hospitality’s “Top 100 Performing Hotels”. At the tranquil setting along Central Florida’s Nature Coast, we invite you to escape your typical routine and make yourself at home here at the Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, surrounded by 232 acres of picturesque countryside with rolling greens, well-manicured lawns, and grand live oaks, palms, and pines. Upon arriving at the Plantation manor, kick back in any one of our 202 warmly-appointed resort accommodations or suites.

Contact info:
9301 W Fort Island TRL
Crystal River, FL 34429 USA
phone: 352-795-4211
web: http://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com

Room amenities: Complimentary Coffee & Coffee Maker Iron/Ironing Board Hair Dryer Data Ports Full Cable TV with Premium Channels and In-House Pay Per View Movies & Games Individual Climate Control Air Conditioning Down Comforters High Speed Wireless is Available for a Nominal Fee

Facility amenities: Bar/lounge Restaurant(s) in hotel Parking (free) Business center Banquet facilities Multiple conference/meeting rooms Safe-deposit box - front desk 24-hour front desk Elevator/lift Swimming pool - outdoor Number of floors: 2 Year Built 1962 Room service (limited hours) Internet access in public areas - complimentary Internet access - wireless Breakfast available (surcharge) full Wireless (high-speed) Internet access - complimentary Number of restaurants 4 Golf course on site Tennis on site

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call the hotel
Call the hotel directly for availability and pricing. Mention that you are part of the World Events/Road Scholar group.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, November 15 - Manatee Swim /Snorkel at Crystal River NWR and fi...
Manatee Swim /Snorkel at Crystal River NWR and field trip to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Breakfast: A light breakfast will be available on board the boat as it makes its way out to manatee swim area.

Morning: 5:30 AM : Assemble at Hotel lobby for short drive to Manatee Swim Snorkel operation. Snorkel equipment plus FULL wetsuits are provided. 2 or 3 sites will be selected for the best possible opportunities to interact with the manatees in the water. Crystal River and Homosassa have a year round population of Florida Manatees. Swimming around Kings Bay and Three Sisters Springs. Crystal River and Homosassa Springs are known as the homes of the largest herds of wintering Manatees that enjoy the protection of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Lunch: 11:30 AM approx Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Opportunity to see many of Florida's native wildlife on field trip to the Homosassa Springs State Park and Wildlife Center. Includes opportunity to see manatee feeding plus views of Florida panthers and black bears in a natural habitat setting. For bird lovers here is a chance to see and photograph many different Florida species including roseate spoonbills, flamingos,wood storks etc in natural surroundings. Trip led by a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

Dinner: 6:30 PM Farewell Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: The Plantation Golf Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, November 16 - End of Program and return to Ft Myers Airport.
Breakfast: 7:30 - 8 AM Full Hot and Cold Breakfast served at a local restuarant.

Morning: For people returning to Ft Myers/Naples we travel the scenic route with a short hike at the lunch stop.

Lunch: Approx 11:30-12:30 Picnic style lunch stop at Lettuce Lake Park. Includes a short hike along elevated boardwalk through cypress swamp and hardwood forest plus view from 3 story high watch tower overlooking the Hillsboro River and Lettuce Lake. Approx 1 mile

Afternoon: Continue on to Ft Myers Airport for those participants fllying out after 3 PM or for those flying out the following day. Continue on to Naples if necessary.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Homosassa
St Martins Aquatic Buffer PreserveAn optional 2.5 mile hike is offered for the afternoon of Day 6
For additional information, visit: www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/

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 ...
6 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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4.7
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