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St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!

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Program #6642RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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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.
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Walking shoes and climate appropriate, casual clothing.

Itinerary for Feb 24 — Mar 1, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: eckerd.edu/roadscholar

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 24 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in, Holiday Isle, St. Augustine lobby.

Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: Evening orientation at the hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: eckerd.edu/roadscholar

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 25 - The Oldest City: Before & After the Europeans / S...
The Oldest City: Before & After the Europeans / Sightseeing Train ride through the Historic District / Guided Field Trip to the Historic Fort Castillo de San Marcos /St. Augustine: Our Little Jewel by the Sea

Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Spend the morning exploring, through lecture and slides, the pre-European history of St. Augustine. Take a short break and then enjoy the viewing of a video that will help enhance your trip to the Castillo de San Marcos Fort.

Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Afternoon: Non-stop tour of Historic District via sightseeing train. Then explore the Historic Castillo De San Marcos Fort.

Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: See St. Augustine come alive through selected slides and commentary by our professor of photography. NOTE: All evening lectures, presentations and entertainment are subject to change.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: eckerd.edu/roadscholar

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 26 - Flagler and the Gilded Age / Field Trip to Memori...
Flagler and the Gilded Age / Field Trip to Memorial Presbyterian Church and the former Ponce de Leon Hotel / Evening of Musical Entertainment.

Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Spend the morning with Henry M. Flagler, railroad tycoon. Learn about his life and impact he had on the state of Florida and the city of St. Augustine. Enjoy as your instructor comes to class costumed as Henry Flagler. After a short break, view a video about Whitehall: The Flagler Museum. Learn all about this historic monument's impact on the area.

Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Afternoon: Tour the Memorial Presbyterian Church founded in 1889 - an elegant example of Venetian Renaissance architecture. Then visit the magnificent Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) and see over $300 million of Tiffany glass. Founded in 1888, the hotel is a magnificent example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler commissioned architects Carrera and Hastings to design these outstanding examples of America's Gilded Age. Later, the two young architects designed the New York Public Library and the US Senate Office Building.

Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: eckerd.edu/roadscholar

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 27 - Costumed Presentation/Lecture/Afternoon in the Hi...
Costumed Presentation/Lecture/Afternoon in the Historic District /Evening Musical Entertainment or lecture

Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Begin the morning being entertained and instructed by one of the costumed period actresses in her portrayal of a noted historical figure. Then, take a break. This is followed by a lecture topic to be announced.

Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Afternoon: Free time on your own in the Historic District. Boxed lunch provided or lunch on your own. This is an opportunity to spend time on your own to visit some additional sites or revisit areas seen earlier in the week. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.

Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: Title or subject to be detemined.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the beach, 151 rooms

Contact info:
860 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-2555
web: eckerd.edu/roadscholar

Room amenities: Color TV, coffee maker, tea maker, iron/ironing board, phone with voice mail, separate hanging closet, private bath, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Direct beach access is available via the gazebo over the dunes. Rental of chairs and umbrellas from the gazebo are available in season. Outdoor unheated pool. Health and fitness center on site. Self-serve laundry.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for prices
Extra night hotel stays before or after the program are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Terms are subject to change without notification. Call ahead to make reservations and confirm cost.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 28 - Historical Harmonies of the 1st Coast / Time on Y...
Historical Harmonies of the 1st Coast / Time on Your Own & Scenic Cruise / Evening Entertainment

Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Spend the morning studying the Music of the First Coast through music of the eras. Lecture and live musical presentations will enhance your appreciation of the topic. Then, Take a break and head to the Historic District for the late morning and afternoon. This is an opportunity to spend time on your own to visit some additional sites or revisit areas seen earlier in the week. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.

Lunch: Bus departs for the Historic District (boxed lunch provided). Then, meet at the City Marina for a Scenic Cruise.

Afternoon: There will be time after the cruise to visit some additional sites. Transportation to and from the Historic District is provided.

Dinner: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment - Razz-Ma-Tazz and All That Jazz.

Lodging: Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 01 - Closing Program and Concert
Breakfast: Beach Garden Restaurant at the Holiday Isle.

Morning: Costumed presentation by local instructor and concert by G. Brody.

Lunch: Beach Garden Restaurant. The program concludes with lunch today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


St. Augustine, Florida
Anastasia State ParkThe stunning 42-mile oceanfront playground of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra gives beachgoers plenty to enjoy year ‘round. Relax in the sun, taking in the scent of salt water and the gentle ocean breeze. Fish, go shelling or hit the waves to swim, kayak, windsurf or kiteboard. It’s fun to stay on the sand, too – dolphins play in the surf, an endangered beach mouse lives in the dunes of Anastasia State Park and rare Northern right whales come here to give birth every winter. Located just 4 miles from the Holiday Isle, Anastasia State Park offers camping, picnicing, and walking for miles on protected beach. Hike the nature trail, bike, kite, fish, boat or take a guided walk. You can even see a coquina Quarry where laborers mined coquina stones to build the nearby Castillo de San Marcos and many city buildings downtown. Address: 1340-A A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080 Local Phone: (904) 461-2033
Country CarriagesSit back and relax as you are chauffeured down red brick and tree covered streets and listen to the rich history of St. Augustine. From the founding by the Spanish in 1565 through the restoration and renovation of modern time, our guides narrate and field questions for the entire tour that covers over two miles and takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Address: 650 Riberia St., St. Augustine, FL 32084 Local Phone: 904-826-1982
For additional information, visit: www.countrycarriages.net
Dow Museum of Historic HousesThe Dow Museum combines interactive experiences, exhibitions and objects to tell the story of Florida's historical and cultural development. This noteworthy Museum is made up of nine historic homes, dating from 1790 to 1910, as well as the collections of museum benefactor Kenneth Worcester Dow. The property highlights both St. Augustine and Florida history making it the perfect place for visitors to begin their tour of America's Oldest City. (Formerly known as Old St. Augustine Village.) Enjoy our rich collection of architecture, architectural ornaments, antiques, and fine art on display. Through self-guided or conducted tours, visitors have the chance to learn about the lives of the original occupants placed in context within the greater story of the development of Florida from the Colonial to the Territorial Period, and from Statehood to the Flagler Era. Address: 149 Cordova Street Admission: $7.95 for seniors (65+) Open Mon-Sat - 10:00am-4:30pm; Sun - 11:00am-4:30pm
For additional information, visit: www.moas.org/dowmuseum.html
Fountain of YouthThis is where Florida's History all began! The Timucua Indian Village of Seloy existed here for almost 4,000 years before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, and with Ponce de Leon's claim of possession for the Spanish King in 1513, "La Florida" was born. No other Spanish colonies that followed were successful...until the arrival of Pedro Menendez de Aviles on September 8, 1565. We commemorate the founding of Florida by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon and his search for the Legendary Fountain of Youth. We celebrate the Birthplace of Our Nation in 1565 and we invite you to explore it all! Over the last 100 years, many thousands of guests have visited The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in order to sip the world famous waters and hear the history behind its legendary benefits. See the stars in our Planetarium. Visit our Native Timucua Village. Watch a Cannon firing. Marvel at Spanish Exploration on our two story high Discovery Globe. Learn about the Birthplace of European America. Our ample parking is free and we are a pet friendly attraction. Don't forget to feed the peacocks and squirrels! See you soon! Address: 11 Magnolia Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Phone: (904) 829-3168 Open 9-5 daily
For additional information, visit: www.fountainofyouthflorida.com
Ghost Tours of St. AugustineAfter sunset St Augustine takes on another feel; calm, eerie, and thick. Join us as we search for ghosts with our professional licensed guides. Learn the haunted history of the nations oldest city and how to spot one of our many residents who still lurk in the shadows. Ghost Tours of St Augustine has 3 experiences to choose from. A Ghostly Experience walking tour, Ghost & Gravestones riding tour & Potters House of Wax paranormal investigation. Come get acquainted with the night! Address: 2 St. George St., Ste. 101, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Local Phone: 904-829-1122
For additional information, visit: www.ghosttoursofstaugustine.com
Schooner FreedomA 72' topsail schooner, the Freedom is a US Coast Guard certified vessel, a replica of a 19th century blockade runner. She offers day sails of 2-4 hours. She departs the City Marina at 12:15 pm. Also offers ghost tours. For reservations call (904) 810-1010.
For additional information, visit: www.schoonerfreedom.com
St. Augustine LighthouseClimb to the top of the 165' tower and enjoy a spectacular view of historic St. Augustine and the beaches. Learn about the light keepers and their families. Touch artifacts form shipwrecks lost in the St. Augustine inlet. Address: 81 Lighthouse Avenue Phone: (904) 829-0745 Admission is $7.50 with Road Scholar name tag. Open 9-6 daily.
For additional information, visit: www.staugustinelighthouse.org

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
5 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
6 Performances

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