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AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

Amelia, Beautiful and Historic Isle of Eight Flags

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Program #20278RJ
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.

Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, in-room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and TV with cable. Guests also enjoy the following complimentary items: On the House TM hot breakfast, Hampton's On the Run TM breakfast bags (Monday-Friday), high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today(R) copies Monday-Friday. Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

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

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $110 - $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Hotel check-in & program orientation.
Arrive To: Participants will check in to hotel and meet the program hostess, Brenda.

Dinner: The group will walk to a nearby restaurant and have dinner as a group.

Evening: Following dinner, the group will walk to the museum for the orientation presentation.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, in-room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and TV with cable. Guests also enjoy the following complimentary items: On the House TM hot breakfast, Hampton's On the Run TM breakfast bags (Monday-Friday), high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today(R) copies Monday-Friday. Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

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

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $110 - $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - 8 Flags over Amelia: The Story of Our Island
Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Amelia Island is the only place in the United States that has had 8 different flags fly over its shores. Discover who vied for control over the island during its colorful early history.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: After experiencing Fernandina's beauty for yourself, learn about what is being done to preserve it. The Honorable Bruce Malcolm, the former Mayor of Fernandina, will discuss the efforts to preserve our local character.

Afternoon: Fernandina is known for its rich Victorian architecture and charm. Discover it first-hand with an engaging architectural presentation, followed by a field trip through a portion of Fernandina's beautiful historic district.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Evening: Beneath Fernandina's sleepy sea-side exterior lies a darker side. Florida was once a wild frontier and Fernandina was once frequented by smugglers, pirates and other such scoundrels. Discover the true stories of some of the area's pirates and more dubious characters.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, in-room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and TV with cable. Guests also enjoy the following complimentary items: On the House TM hot breakfast, Hampton's On the Run TM breakfast bags (Monday-Friday), high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today(R) copies Monday-Friday. Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

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

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $110 - $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Discover the rich history of our island. Through ...
Discover the rich history of our island. Through a series of lectures and field trips, participants will explore the island's natives, archeological digs, civil war years, black history and more.

Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Discover the original inhabitants of Amelia Island, the Timucua. Their civilization once spanned from South Georgia to Cape Canaveral, but sadly their time was cut short by the wars, slavery, and diseases brought by the Europeans. Afterward, delve into the field of archeology and learn about what's been found in our area and how they find it.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Explore Old Town, the original Fernandina. Believe it or not, the town of Fernandina actually packed up and moved in 1853. See the site and learn the story behind the move to "new Fernandina". Afterward, experience Fort Clinch, a Civil War era fort on the north end of Amelia Island. Complete with cannons, Union soldiers, miles of nature trails, Fort Clinch is one of Florida's flagship state parks.

Afternoon: Fernandina has a rich African American history as well. Amelia Island briefly held the dubious title of the capital of the illegal slave trade. It would later become an important recruiting ground for escaped slaves to become Union soldiers during the Civil War. The first battle found by black soldiers took place just outside of Fernandina in 1864. Discover the many notable events in black history that took place in our area.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, in-room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and TV with cable. Guests also enjoy the following complimentary items: On the House TM hot breakfast, Hampton's On the Run TM breakfast bags (Monday-Friday), high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today(R) copies Monday-Friday. Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

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

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $110 - $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - See the wilder side of Amelia. Experience our non...
See the wilder side of Amelia. Experience our non-human inhabitants and vast natural beauty that our area has to offer.

Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Amelia Island is the nesting grounds for several species of endangered sea turtles. Discover more about these elusive creatures and what's being done to protect them. Afterward, experience the wilder side of Florida as Ranger Allan Hallman of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission discusses some of Florida's more unusual inhabitants.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Explore Kingsley Plantation, one of the last surviving indigo plantations in Florida. Anna Kingsley, a freed slave, ran the plantation for many years. A slave-holder herself, Anna was a major economic force in the region for many years. Afterward, discover American Beach. Purchased by the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, American Beach was one of only beaches where blacks could vacation in the Jim Crow South. A double-edged sword, integration spelled the end of American Beach's appeal, but the area is still an active African American community where Luis Armstrong and Cab Calloway once frequented.

Afternoon: Meet John Broadbent (played by Sam Boyd) on of Amelia's historically colorful characters.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Discover what goes bump in Fernandina after dark. Part history, part ghost story, explore Fernandina's paranormal activity while enjoying more of its Victorian charm.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, in-room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and TV with cable. Guests also enjoy the following complimentary items: On the House TM hot breakfast, Hampton's On the Run TM breakfast bags (Monday-Friday), high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today(R) copies Monday-Friday. Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

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

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $110 - $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Experience Amelia Island by sea with a field trip...
Experience Amelia Island by sea with a field trip through her harbor. Then see her softer side with a trip through her historic district and an authentic Victorian Tea Party.

Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: An important part of Fernandina is her natural, deep-water harbor. Experience it first-hand with a trip through the harbor. Hear about the area's maritime history and see more of her natural beauty from the water. Dolphins and wild horses are common sites from the water.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Experience more of Fernandina's historic characters through "Conversations with History". History comes to life during this interactive presentation showcasing some of Fernandina's historical characters.

Afternoon: Walk through another part of Fernandina's historic district, exploring historic churches, Victorian mansions and more.

Afternoon: Experience an authentic Victorian Tea Party. Sit back, relax, and enjoy spiced tea, historic snack recipes, and a presentation from the Baileys, Fernandina's most famous Victorian couple.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Wrap-up program, evaluations, and departure.
Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Meet David Yulee (played by Fred Giltmier), the man who singled-handedly moved Fernandina from Old Town to its current location in 1853. Get his take on Fernandina's history and ask him where he sees Fernandina going in the future.

Lunch: Program wrap-up, evaluations, and boxed lunches to go.

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
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
13 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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