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Program #16673RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 24 — Mar 1, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet the sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico, plus opportunites to enjoy beachcombing, watching dolphins, pelicans,shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing.

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com/orngbchal

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate-controlled with private bath, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, internet access, free local calls. Safety Deposit Boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls. Daily maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, outdoor pool, and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 24 - Welcome and Orientation/Dinner in hotel dining ro...
Welcome and Orientation/Dinner in hotel dining room/Getting to Know You

Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation for the hotel, schedule of activities, including information about field trips, are handled at this time. Questions are welcomed. (*Please note: schedule times are subject to change based on instructor availibility.)

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Evening: After dinner we will have time for each participant to tell a little information about themselves and make connections with others. Program will adjourn by 8:30 PM.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet the sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico, plus opportunites to enjoy beachcombing, watching dolphins, pelicans,shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing.

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com/orngbchal

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate-controlled with private bath, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, internet access, free local calls. Safety Deposit Boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls. Daily maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, outdoor pool, and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 25 - Yoga and Humor classes for the morning and a Humo...
Yoga and Humor classes for the morning and a Humor class in the afternoon/ Making Healthy Smoothies this evening/Meals served in the hotel dining room

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Begin your yoga experience with a chair yoga class. Learn to breathe and stretch as you apply traditional techniques in a sitting position. This fun session will serve as a skill and interest survey so that the instructor can gear other classroom and beach yoga sessions specifically to you. Join us for a morning class that will tickle your funny bone! Learn the art of laughter first hand from a nationally acclaimed writer / comic. Explore the changing world of humor and comedy and discover how each reflects American life. Enjoy stories and jokes as you welcome laughter into your day!

Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Join us for an afternoon class that will tickle your funny bone! Learn the art of laughter first hand from a nationally acclaimed writer / comic. Explore the changing world of humor and comedy and discover how each reflects American life. Enjoy stories and jokes as you welcome laughter into your day!

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Evening: This evening, join a smoothie connoisseur for a class on healthy treats! Get the scoop on what it takes to make great tasting smoothies at home. Learn about ingredients, nutrition, and flavor while you relax with the scents of tropical fruits. The instructor will share recipes, and most importantly let your sample the finished products!

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet the sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico, plus opportunites to enjoy beachcombing, watching dolphins, pelicans,shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing.

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com/orngbchal

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate-controlled with private bath, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, internet access, free local calls. Safety Deposit Boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls. Daily maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, outdoor pool, and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 26 - Begin your day with a yoga class, then enjoy a cl...
Begin your day with a yoga class, then enjoy a class on Humor/ Free afternoon to explore the area/ Evening program on Pensacola Naval Air Station/All meals served in the hotel dining room.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Start the morning with a relaxing Yoga class! Together with a professional instructor, learn to use this ancient art to balance your body and mind while developing strength and flexibility. Experience absolute tranquility as you connect with the energy of the ocean during classes on a beautiful white sand beach. You will also enjoy lessons in the classroom for a quieter, more serene experience! Just bring yourself and an open mind… this class is great for both beginner and experienced Yoga enthusiasts! (*Class location is dependent upon weather and is subject to change; flat sheet or large beach towel recommended for outdoor classes.) Join us for a class that will tickle your funny bone! Learn the art of laughter first hand from a nationally acclaimed writer / comic. Explore the changing world of humor and comedy and discover how each reflects American life. Enjoy stories and jokes as you welcome laughter into your day!

Lunch: Buffet lunch is served in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon exploring one of the Gulf of Mexico’s most beautiful areas! Relax, take a walk on the beach, feast on fresh gulf seafood, or shop at local boutiques. Visit the Tanger Outlet Mall - buy direct from over 120 brand name manufacturer and designer outlet stores. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find endless “must see” venues.

Dinner: Buffet dinner is served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Evening class on the Naval Air Station. Instructor will talk about NAS and get you ready for your visit later in the week.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet the sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico, plus opportunites to enjoy beachcombing, watching dolphins, pelicans,shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing.

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com/orngbchal

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate-controlled with private bath, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, internet access, free local calls. Safety Deposit Boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls. Daily maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, outdoor pool, and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 27 - Cooking class this morning/Field trip to Pensacol...
Cooking class this morning/Field trip to Pensacola's Naval Air Station for the afternoon/ Evening program/ All meals served in the hotel dining room.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy class on cooking light. Discuss ways to avoid the “diet food” taste as you learn to use simple techniques for boosting flavor, cutting calories. Gather ideas and recipes for your home kitchen.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided by your class chef. Enjoy eating what you have learned about in the morning session.

Afternoon: Experience the proud history of flight on a field trip to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. One of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world, NAS is home to over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Soar with the Blue Angels in the dazzling seven-story glass and steel atrium that showcases four A-4 Skyhawks in a diving diamond formation. View them at eye-level from the mezzanine. The Museum also tells the human side of Naval Aviation and features memorabilia from each era of fighting including personal mementos from historic battles, flight logs, vintage equipment, and flight clothing.

Dinner: Buffet style dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Evening designed to entertain will be offered this evening.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet the sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico, plus opportunites to enjoy beachcombing, watching dolphins, pelicans,shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing.

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com/orngbchal

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate-controlled with private bath, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, internet access, free local calls. Safety Deposit Boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls. Daily maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, outdoor pool, and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 28 - Yoga and Humor class for the morning and Massages...
Yoga and Humor class for the morning and Massages for the afternoon/ Humor class in the evening/ All meals served in the hotel dining room.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast will be served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Start the morning with a relaxing Yoga class! Together with a professional instructor, learn to use this ancient art to balance your body and mind while developing strength and flexibility. Experience absolute tranquility as you connect with the energy of the ocean during classes on a beautiful white sand beach. You will also enjoy lessons in the classroom for a quieter, more serene experience! Just bring yourself and an open mind… this class is great for both beginner and experienced Yoga enthusiasts! (*Class location is dependent upon weather and is subject to change; flat sheet or large beach towel recommended for outdoor classes.) Your class will definitely tickle your funny bone! Learn the art of laughter first hand from a nationally acclaimed writer / comic. Explore the changing world of humor and comedy and discover how each reflects American life. Enjoy stories and jokes as you welcome laughter into your day!

Lunch: Buffet Style lunch is served in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: For your afternoon class, join a massage therapist as you experience relaxation heaven. Indulge in a nice massage... a great treat for your body! Or, opt for a tranquil hand or foot massage to soothe your tired muscles. No matter which massage you choose, you're sure to leave feeling your best! (Everyone gets 10 minutes with the therapist.)

Dinner: Buffet style dinner served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: This evening, the humor class will tickle your funny bone once again! Learn the art of laughter first hand from a nationally acclaimed writer / comic. Explore the changing world of humor and comedy and discover how each reflects American life. Enjoy stories and jokes as you welcome laughter into your day!

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 01 - Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check out and ...
Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check out and Yoga Class/ box lunch

Breakfast: Continental breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Start the morning with a relaxing Yoga class! Together with a professional instructor, learn to use this ancient art to balance your body and mind while developing strength and flexibility. Experience absolute tranquility as you connect with the energy of the ocean during classes on a beautiful white sand beach. You will also enjoy lessons in the classroom for a quieter, more serene experience! Just bring yourself and an open mind… this class is great for both beginner and experienced Yoga enthusiasts! (*Class location is dependent upon weather and is subject to change; flat sheet or large beach towel recommended for outdoor classes.)

Lunch: Box lunch to go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Orange Beach
Alabama Gulf Coast ZooVisit "The Little Zoo That Could" featured on Animal Planet. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything. Reptile House, Aviary, petting zoo.
For additional information, visit: www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com
Bike TrailsBiking trails available throughout the Gulf State Park. Additional trails available in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Bon Secour National Wildlife RefugeHike through unspoiled forest to view wildlife. Beach access available.
Fort MorganCompleted in 1834, Fort Morgan was active during four wars — the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. The fort is most famous for its role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and went full speed ahead to win the battle. The massive fort contains more than 40 million bricks and pays tribute to the skilled masons, many of whom were enslaved African Americans. The fort features an active living history program that interprets all the military periods and holds an annual event commemorating the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Naval Air StationYour adventure awaits at the National Naval Aviation Museum located on Pensacola Naval Air Station. Enjoy the hands-on history of Naval Aviation and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft and over 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Feel the thrill in our Flight Simulators or visit the Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre and catch all the drama and power of our amazing IMAX® films. Then refresh with a tasty lunch or dessert in the authentic Cubi Bar Café. Take home the spirit of Naval Aviation with a unique memento from the Flight Deck Store. Spend a cool day inside the Museum with countless things to touch and see, more to experience and enjoy!
For additional information, visit: www.navalaviationmuseum.org/
Tanger Outlet MallShop over 120 brand name outlet stores just 15 minutes from your hotel. Located in Foley, Alabama on Highway 59 South.
For additional information, visit: www.tangeroutlet.com/foley

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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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