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Program #20901RJ
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.
Elevation Note
3 ft. above sea level

Itinerary for Jan 13 — Jan 18, 2013

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Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will quote the rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 13 - Check-in, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 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: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will quote the rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 14 - Learn about the the waterways of Ft. Lauderdale, ...
Learn about the the waterways of Ft. Lauderdale, visit the historic Stranahan House, and learn about the infamous Ashley Gang

Breakfast: Full breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a lecture by Jim Sweeney about the canals in his presentation - The Waterways of Ft. Lauderdale: Yesterday and Today.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Visit the Ft. Lauderdale's historic Stranahan House. A guided tour of this house is like a journey through time when the Seminole Indians made friends with a young Ohioan who settled in this frontier town now known as Ft. Lauderdale. The Stranahan House, with its FL vernacular style, has served as a trading post, town hall, post office and bank. restored to its 1913 configuration, it's a "must see in S. FL.

Dinner: Dinner Bubba Gump. Remember the famous saying "Life is like a box of Chocolates?"

Evening: Long before Al Capone and his Chicago mob began rum-running from the Bahamas into the Jupiter Inlet, there was the infamous "Ashley Gang"- Florida's answer to the "James Boys" A wonderful story told by a terrific story-teller -Eliot Kleinberg

Lodging: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will quote the rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 15 - Learn about the Seminoles and visit to Bonnet Hou...
Learn about the Seminoles and visit to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.

Breakfast: Full breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Explore the Bonnet Main House which houses a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the this 35 acre subtropical estate and historic house museum - the Bonnet House Museum.

Afternoon: Following lunch you are free to walk around the surrounding grounds of the estate ranging from a mangrove swamp to a coastal hammock, providing habitat for a variety of fish, monkeys and other wildlife.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening so you can take in some of the local flavor.

Evening: Stories about the early Indian settlements

Lodging: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will quote the rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 16 - The Historic District and the Ft. Lauderdale Fire...
Breakfast: Full breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy an exploration of the Historic District of Fort Lauderdale. Site visits include, New River Museum, King Cromartie Museum and the 1899 replica of the old schoolhouse.

Lunch: We will have lunch along the riverfront. Manatees have been spotted in the river this time of year.

Afternoon: After lunch we will travel to the Ft. Lauderdale Fire Museum. The nearly 100 years of advancement and service of the Ft. Lauderdale Fire Dept. are highlighted through photos, videos, historic uniforms and equipment. Learn about major fires and emergencies that challenged the fire fighters through the years.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Lester's Diner. A Ft. Lauderdale favorite for over 50 years.

Evening: Enjoy an evening on your own.

Lodging: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will quote the rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 17 - Florida Public Television presentation and Ft. L...
Breakfast: Full breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a presentation by a presentation from a representative of WPBT, So. Florida's public TV station. She will discuss the "behind the scenes" activities of this very popular and important station.
Visit the Ft. Lauderdale Art Museum. When Ira Glackens, son of American impressionist William Glackens, died in 1991, he left his substantial collection of works by his father to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. (this is just one of the permanent exhibits).

Lunch: Lunch of your choice in the area, on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy your afternoon at your leisure. Swim at the pool, tennis at the resort, walk the beach or just relax.

Dinner: Spend your last evening in Ft. Lauderdale on a sightseeing dinner cruise. For over 60 years, Florida's legendary Jungle Queen Dinner Cruise has delighted visitors to South FL. This is a fun filled relaxing evening aboard this magical riverboat. Enjoy all you can eat while you watch a variety show with sing along. There is nothing else like it!

Lodging: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 18 - The history of Ft. Lauderdale
Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Jim Sweeny will return to wrap up the program with a lecture about Ft. Lauderdale history.

Lunch: Box lunch to go

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Bahia Mar Beach Resort
International Swimming Hall of FameThe International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is the mecca and international showplace for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. The Museum, Library and Archive contain the world's largest collection of aquatic memorabilia and the single largest source of aquatic books, manuscripts and literature.
For additional information, visit: http://www.ishof.org
Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car MuseumThe Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is a reproduction of a Packard showroom from the 1920's. When you visit, you will see a piece of this great American automotive history. On display are 22 Packard motor cars from the 1900's to the 1940's, all in full working order. There are Roadsters with compartments for golf clubs, a doctor's coupe with a compartment for his medical bag, and a 1929 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton that can self-lubricate its chassis as it drives along the road. These automobiles were some of the finest cars ever made and the workmanship is hard to find even today.
For additional information, visit: http://antiquecarmuseum.org/
Las Olas BoulevardSouth Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district. Stroll the boulevard, duck in and out of the hip breezeways, and be delighted by what you discover. Nowhere else in Florida will you find over 30 al fresco dining options, 10 major international art galleries, and 65 shops filled with fashion, accessories, gifts, and more.
Museum of Discovery and ScienceThe Museum of Discovery and Science provides experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.
For additional information, visit: http://www.mods.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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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