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Program #11909RJ
6 Days | 5 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 Jun 23 — Jun 28, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Welcome to Coos Bay! Registration and check-in.
Arrive To: Arrive at the Red Lion Hotel check-in after 2 pm. Orientation is at 5 p.m. in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in Banquet room at hotel

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Simpson Reef, Cape Arago, Charleston and Shore Ac...
Note: Short and frequent walks through parks and along scenic bluffs overlooking the ocean. None of the walks are more than a mile in length, but they add up throughout the day to a couple of miles total. Participants should be able to negotiate uneven ground, beach sand, and rough paths without assistance.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Lively lecture on the dynamic geology of the coast followed by a field trip to Simpson Reef at Cape Arago west of Coos Bay. Simpson Reef is the state's largest sea lion and seal haul-out so we'll look for California and Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor and Elephant Seals. We'll also be on the lookout for Osprey, Herons and Bald Eagles.

Lunch: Lunch at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology featuring their legendary Clam chowder and cheese bread.

Afternoon: Return to Cape Arago and visit Sunset Bay where ancient tree stumps testify to the powerful geologic forces at play on the coast. Later, we'll travel to Shore Acres State Park to explore the dramatic sea cliffs and contorted trees on this battered headland. The park is the former estate of a local timber baron and his elegant formal botanical garden is still there with acres of flowers, exotic plants and a serene Japanese pond.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: A raucous lecture and slideshow will introduce you to the colorful people who have called the coast home.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - The Wild and Scenic Rogue River by jet boat!
Note: Jet boat ride will feature high speeds, spins and occasional splashes, but it's all done in a very safe manner. At our lunch stop, there is a steep climb on a paved path to the riverside lodge.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Travel to Gold Beach along highway 101 with a rest stop in historic Port Orford. Board the jet boat and head upriver through wilderness canyons, past riverside cottages, and amongst wildlife that includes Osprey, Bald Eagles, Ducks, Cormorants, Black Bear, Deer and salmon.

Lunch: Buffet lunch overlooking the river at Singing Springs Ranch in Agness.

Afternoon: Return to Gold Beach on the jet boat with stops along the way to look at wildlife. The return drive to Coos Bay will have a rest stop at Bandon.

Dinner: Dinner at the Red Lion Hotel

Evening: Free evening to relax.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Oregon Dunes dune buggy ride, Florence and the hi...
Oregon Dunes dune buggy ride, Florence and the historic Umpqua River Lighthouse.

Note: Dune buggy ride over towering coastal sand dunes with a stop for a short walk atop one of the highest dunes. Opportunity to explore Old Town Florence on foot, (up to 1 mile), and a climb to the top of a historic lighthouse.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We'll travel to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and head out into the sand on a massive dune buggy. While in the dunes we will see the expansive array of dunes and learn about their unique geology and ecology. Atop one of the highest dunes, we'll climb out of the buggy to explore the sand on foot.

Lunch: Lunch in Old Town, Florence

Afternoon: Free time to explore Old Town Florence, a lovely riverside district of shops. Excellent opportunity to sample locally-made ice cream! Following the free time we'll travel to Winchester Bay and visit the historic Umpqua River Lighthouse and museum. Inside the lighthouse, you will be able to climb up into the massive fresnel lens, (the only lighthouse on the Oregon Coast in which you can do that).

Dinner: Dinner at the Red Lion.

Evening: Learn about the amazing history of exploration on the northwest coast in a fast-paced lecture.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for details.
Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Bandon, Beach walk and Coquille River Lighthouse.
Note: The morning will feature a beach walk in Bandon that requires participants to negotiate a large flight of stairs to reach the beach. Once on the beach, we will walk about 1 mile in sand. The afternoon will include another opportunity to walk on a beach near the Coquille River Lighthouse. Later, we will visit the South Slough Estuarine Reserve and walk about 1 mile on a gently-sloping forest path.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: The beach at Bandon, south of Coos Bay, is one of the most spectacular anywhere. Massive offshore rock formations are home to thousands of sea birds and countless marine creatures. Walk the beach with your naturalist guide and discover intertidal creatures and investigate the treasures found along the surfline.

Lunch: Lunch at Lord Bennett's in Bandon.

Afternoon: Visit the Coquille River Lighthouse and search for agates on the beach north of the river's mouth. Later, travel to the South Slough Estuarine Reserve to learn about the vital habitat there. We'll walk through the forest along the estuary to a boardwalk over the tide flats. We'll watch for Heron, Egret, ducks, geese, and other sea birds.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel

Evening: Wrap up our adventure with a slide show and geography activity.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Breakfast. Have a safe trip home!
Depart From: Check out before 11 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Coos Bay OR
Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
Oregon Coast
For additional information, visit: www.oregoncoast.com
Southern Oregon Visitors Association
For additional information, visit: www.southernoregon.org

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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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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
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