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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA

The Best of Fort Myers: From Edison’s Lab to the History of Pine Island

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Program #20395RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 3 — Feb 8, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers- The Place to Meet is the ideal hotel choice when visiting the Fort Myers area. The hotel is adjacent to the fabulous Bell Tower Shops anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The Bell Tower Shops also includes an abundance of boutiques, 12 restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater. The hotel is also near both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins Spring Training fields, and Fort Myers Beach is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907 USA
phone: 239-482-2900
web: www.cpfortmyers.com/

Room amenities: Each of Crown Plaza's newly renovated, spacious guest rooms is equipped for both business and pleasure. Well-lit work areas include data ports and voice mail. For extra comfort, Crown Plaza offers refrigerators, coffee makers with supplies, and other added amenities. All rooms have full-size ironing boards, make-up/shaving mirrors and hair dryers. Relax with a complimentary weekday newspaper or watch complimentary cable and movie channels on a 32-inch LG remote-controlled television. All local phone calls and credit card access are complimentary. Amenities Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Complimentary Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room 32-inch LG remote-controlled television with Cable / Satellite TV CD Player Stereo Refrigerators Coffee makers Irons/ironing boards Hair dryers Make-up/shaving mirrors Data ports Voice mail

Facility amenities: Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access 24-hour Fitness Center Outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Reduced rate upon availabilty
Please contact Road Scholar Boston Programming Office for booking information at (617) 521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 03 - Hospitality and Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers- The Place to Meet is the ideal hotel choice when visiting the Fort Myers area. The hotel is adjacent to the fabulous Bell Tower Shops anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The Bell Tower Shops also includes an abundance of boutiques, 12 restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater. The hotel is also near both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins Spring Training fields, and Fort Myers Beach is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907 USA
phone: 239-482-2900
web: www.cpfortmyers.com/

Room amenities: Each of Crown Plaza's newly renovated, spacious guest rooms is equipped for both business and pleasure. Well-lit work areas include data ports and voice mail. For extra comfort, Crown Plaza offers refrigerators, coffee makers with supplies, and other added amenities. All rooms have full-size ironing boards, make-up/shaving mirrors and hair dryers. Relax with a complimentary weekday newspaper or watch complimentary cable and movie channels on a 32-inch LG remote-controlled television. All local phone calls and credit card access are complimentary. Amenities Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Complimentary Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room 32-inch LG remote-controlled television with Cable / Satellite TV CD Player Stereo Refrigerators Coffee makers Irons/ironing boards Hair dryers Make-up/shaving mirrors Data ports Voice mail

Facility amenities: Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access 24-hour Fitness Center Outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Reduced rate upon availabilty
Please contact Road Scholar Boston Programming Office for booking information at (617) 521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 04 - Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Presentation about Thomas Edison followed by a behind the scenes tour of his laboratory.

Lunch: At the Edison Caretaker's House

Afternoon: Lecture about Henry Ford, behind the scenes tour of homes & gardens and a presentation on the Edison & Ford Winter Estates: Past to Present including restoration

Dinner: At local restaurant

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers- The Place to Meet is the ideal hotel choice when visiting the Fort Myers area. The hotel is adjacent to the fabulous Bell Tower Shops anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The Bell Tower Shops also includes an abundance of boutiques, 12 restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater. The hotel is also near both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins Spring Training fields, and Fort Myers Beach is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907 USA
phone: 239-482-2900
web: www.cpfortmyers.com/

Room amenities: Each of Crown Plaza's newly renovated, spacious guest rooms is equipped for both business and pleasure. Well-lit work areas include data ports and voice mail. For extra comfort, Crown Plaza offers refrigerators, coffee makers with supplies, and other added amenities. All rooms have full-size ironing boards, make-up/shaving mirrors and hair dryers. Relax with a complimentary weekday newspaper or watch complimentary cable and movie channels on a 32-inch LG remote-controlled television. All local phone calls and credit card access are complimentary. Amenities Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Complimentary Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room 32-inch LG remote-controlled television with Cable / Satellite TV CD Player Stereo Refrigerators Coffee makers Irons/ironing boards Hair dryers Make-up/shaving mirrors Data ports Voice mail

Facility amenities: Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access 24-hour Fitness Center Outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Reduced rate upon availabilty
Please contact Road Scholar Boston Programming Office for booking information at (617) 521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 05 - Downtown Fort Myers
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Stroll through historic downtown Fort Myers. Uncover the stories of the people that built the town and hear tales about Fort Myers. Learn about the rivalry that built at least six businesses and assorted establishments, and view historic buildings. Next visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History for a docent led tour.

Lunch: Oasis Restaurant

Afternoon: A unique afternoon spent at the Lee County ECHO Global Farm. Enjoy a fascinating 90-minute tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. You will find demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries. Experience six settings of the Global Farm and taste leaves and berries while you explore rain-forest habitats, visit farm animals, stop at a simulated Haitian school, witness urban gardening techniques that allow gardens on rooftops and learn all about ECHO's mission of helping the poor help themselves. Continue the afternoon with exploration of the sights and sounds that are most interesting to you personally. Program staff will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to try out the restaurants and cuisines of your choice.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers- The Place to Meet is the ideal hotel choice when visiting the Fort Myers area. The hotel is adjacent to the fabulous Bell Tower Shops anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The Bell Tower Shops also includes an abundance of boutiques, 12 restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater. The hotel is also near both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins Spring Training fields, and Fort Myers Beach is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907 USA
phone: 239-482-2900
web: www.cpfortmyers.com/

Room amenities: Each of Crown Plaza's newly renovated, spacious guest rooms is equipped for both business and pleasure. Well-lit work areas include data ports and voice mail. For extra comfort, Crown Plaza offers refrigerators, coffee makers with supplies, and other added amenities. All rooms have full-size ironing boards, make-up/shaving mirrors and hair dryers. Relax with a complimentary weekday newspaper or watch complimentary cable and movie channels on a 32-inch LG remote-controlled television. All local phone calls and credit card access are complimentary. Amenities Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Complimentary Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room 32-inch LG remote-controlled television with Cable / Satellite TV CD Player Stereo Refrigerators Coffee makers Irons/ironing boards Hair dryers Make-up/shaving mirrors Data ports Voice mail

Facility amenities: Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access 24-hour Fitness Center Outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Reduced rate upon availabilty
Please contact Road Scholar Boston Programming Office for booking information at (617) 521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 06 - Matlacha/Pine Island
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Guided walking tour of the Calusa Heritage Trail at Randell Research Center. The Center features the archaeology of the Pineland, the site of a Calusa Indian village.

Lunch: At Tarpon Lodge

Afternoon: Take a narrated sightseeing boat tour on beautiful Pine Island Sound viewing six island locations of authenticated Calusa mounds and middens.


Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers- The Place to Meet is the ideal hotel choice when visiting the Fort Myers area. The hotel is adjacent to the fabulous Bell Tower Shops anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The Bell Tower Shops also includes an abundance of boutiques, 12 restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater. The hotel is also near both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins Spring Training fields, and Fort Myers Beach is just a short drive away.

Contact info:
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907 USA
phone: 239-482-2900
web: www.cpfortmyers.com/

Room amenities: Each of Crown Plaza's newly renovated, spacious guest rooms is equipped for both business and pleasure. Well-lit work areas include data ports and voice mail. For extra comfort, Crown Plaza offers refrigerators, coffee makers with supplies, and other added amenities. All rooms have full-size ironing boards, make-up/shaving mirrors and hair dryers. Relax with a complimentary weekday newspaper or watch complimentary cable and movie channels on a 32-inch LG remote-controlled television. All local phone calls and credit card access are complimentary. Amenities Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Complimentary Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room 32-inch LG remote-controlled television with Cable / Satellite TV CD Player Stereo Refrigerators Coffee makers Irons/ironing boards Hair dryers Make-up/shaving mirrors Data ports Voice mail

Facility amenities: Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access 24-hour Fitness Center Outdoor pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Reduced rate upon availabilty
Please contact Road Scholar Boston Programming Office for booking information at (617) 521-5373

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 07 - Sanibel Island
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Delight in the Ding Darling Refuge Tram Tour, where experienced naturalists can help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see. As the road meanders past tidal mudflats and mangrove forests, roseate spoonbills, white ibis, little blue herons, reddish egrets, brown pelicans, osprey, and other colorful birds can be seen feeding, resting, and preening. View many other species that make the migratory stopover of "Ding" Darling part of their annual flight corridor. And no trip on Wildlife Drive is complete without stopping by Alligator Curve, where you are almost certain to observe these prehistoric reptiles. It's not all about the wildlife, though. You'll also hear fascinating tales of the Calusa Indians and the early days of Sanibel and south Florida. Taking the Refuge Tram Tour also benefits wildlife. Reducing the number of cars along Wildlife Drive helps to protect the animals from polluting exhaust fumes and noisy automobile engines. Plus, by leaving the driving to us, you'll have your hands free to capture those amazing photos or to peer through binoculars and gaze at the wildlife. .

Lunch: At local restaurant

Afternoon: Visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and enjoy a unique guided tour consisting of a slide presentation on the lifestyles of mollusks, and a hands-on display of Southwest Florida shells. Also highlighted are certain exhibits in the Great Hall of Shells, including live mollusks. Following the Bailey-Matthew's Shell Museum will be the Sanibel Village Tour. The story of Sanibel is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventurers, fishermen, farmers and proprietors. Seven historic buildings were moved from their original island sites to the Historical Village. Each building has been restored to its original state. Volunteer docents share the stories of Sanibel with almost 10,000 visitors a year. Join us as we follow the footsteps of the past.

Dinner: At Hotel

Lodging: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 08 - Program Conclusion
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Presentation by Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) --- “Rescues and Releases: A History of CROW’s Patients” Learn from an insider about CROW’s efforts to save wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Fort Myers
Art of the OlympiansLocated directly on the waterfront in the historic River District, the Art of the Olympians Al Oerter Center for Excellence is a popular destination for art lovers, sports enthusiasts and people of all ages. Legendary four time consecutive Olympic gold medal in discus, Al Oerter envisioned a modern day arena that would be home to physical, educational and artistic excellence. Featuring the art of such celebrated Olympians as ice skating champion Peggy Fleming, javelin thrower Roald Bradstock, sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner and more. Art of the Olympians is a memorable experience for visitors to Southwest Florida. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to visit the global headquarter of Art of the Olympians.
For additional information, visit: www.artoftheolympians.org
Sidney & Berne Davis Art CenterThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center offers a spectacular cultural experience in the historic River District of downtown Fort Myers with its wide array of dance, theater, music performances, film and art exhibitions, as well as guest lectures, workshops and educational arts programs. Please visit their website at www.sbdac.com for information on exhibits and performances.
For additional information, visit: http://www.sbdac.com
The Butterfly Estates The Butterfly Estates is an Eco-Attraction in the Downtown Fort Myers River District. Enjoy Caterpillars Ice Cream & Fudge Factory, Gift Shop, Cafe & glass butterfly conservatory.
For additional information, visit: thebutterflyestates.com

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
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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