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Program #20928RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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 Feb 4 — Feb 9, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel is ideally located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Beach -- between Miami/South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Participants will find a Publix supermarket right across the street and various restaurants and delis nearby. The Best Western Thunderbird also offers a free shuttle to the Aventura Mall, which is a few minutes from the hotel.

Contact info:
18401 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160 USA
phone: 305-931-7700
web: www.daysinn.com/hotels/florida/sunny-isles-beach/days-hotel-thunderbird-beach-resort/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Balcony Desk Easy Chair/Recliner Iron Iron Board Newspaper - Complimentary Non-Smoking Room Pillow - Hypoallergenic Pillows - Down/Feather Safe High Speed Internet Access TV - Cable/Satellite Coffee/Tea Maker Refrigerator Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Olympic-sized pool Business Center Fitness Center Restaurant and Lounge

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, February 04 - Arrival, Check-In, and Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

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: Dinner will be served in 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: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel is ideally located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Beach -- between Miami/South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Participants will find a Publix supermarket right across the street and various restaurants and delis nearby. The Best Western Thunderbird also offers a free shuttle to the Aventura Mall, which is a few minutes from the hotel.

Contact info:
18401 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160 USA
phone: 305-931-7700
web: www.daysinn.com/hotels/florida/sunny-isles-beach/days-hotel-thunderbird-beach-resort/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Balcony Desk Easy Chair/Recliner Iron Iron Board Newspaper - Complimentary Non-Smoking Room Pillow - Hypoallergenic Pillows - Down/Feather Safe High Speed Internet Access TV - Cable/Satellite Coffee/Tea Maker Refrigerator Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Olympic-sized pool Business Center Fitness Center Restaurant and Lounge

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, February 05 - Great Discoveries on the Bay & Coconut Grove
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel

Morning: Kayaking: Miami, Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove

Push off from the shoreline into a world of exquisite beauty. Our kayak journey takes us along the coastline of what the first adventurers called “Chequescha Bay”. The richness born of the confluence of fresh and salt waters in what is today called Biscayne Bay drew many peoples to this place - from the Tequesta Indians, Spanish explorers, privateers and pirates to modern day pioneers. Reflect on how they used the resources for their livelihood and how perspectives of the settlers have changed over time. Hear the story of how a magnificent Italian villa came to life on the bay and get to see it in a way no one else can encounter it.

As you paddle past mangroves teeming with life as well as historical and modern mansions, you will see what dramatic changes the shoreline has experienced. You will encounter breathtaking views of the open bay and learn of the close connection of the waters lapping at your kayak’s hull with the struggle for Cuban freedom. Hear about the preservation of these shallow waters and why they are so important to wildlife as well as humans.

You will explore the ecology and history of this unique bay the same way most humans have witnessed it over thousands of years – or as some locals say: “We all came by water.”

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Coconut Grove Walking Excursion

Pure experience is a most exciting way to learn. Stroll with us through the quaint, colorful, bohemian settlement of Coconut Grove for a peek behind the angled roads, charming shops and graceful canopies of storm-tempered trees that characterize the area today. Step into the past where an erroneously labeled post office turns a dense hardwood hammock into the semi-tropical paradisiacal town of Cocoanut Grove. See the historic site of the first hotel in the area - “The Peacock Inn.” Hear the inspiring story of Ralph Munroe while touring his unusual home, “The Barnacle,” the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still in its original location. Recount the tales of hardship and success as experienced by former slaves and Bahamian immigrants who founded the area now known as the “Black Grove” As you envision the punishing battles with mosquitoes, swamp-lands, and hurricanes, it will not be hard to empathize with the pioneer women who created the “House Keepers Club” in order to make a place of their own in this once foreboding wilderness. This walking tour celebrates, in grand style, one of Florida’s most beloved and eclectic communities.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: LECTURE: Waterways of Southeast Florida

Lodging: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel is ideally located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Beach -- between Miami/South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Participants will find a Publix supermarket right across the street and various restaurants and delis nearby. The Best Western Thunderbird also offers a free shuttle to the Aventura Mall, which is a few minutes from the hotel.

Contact info:
18401 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160 USA
phone: 305-931-7700
web: www.daysinn.com/hotels/florida/sunny-isles-beach/days-hotel-thunderbird-beach-resort/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Balcony Desk Easy Chair/Recliner Iron Iron Board Newspaper - Complimentary Non-Smoking Room Pillow - Hypoallergenic Pillows - Down/Feather Safe High Speed Internet Access TV - Cable/Satellite Coffee/Tea Maker Refrigerator Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Olympic-sized pool Business Center Fitness Center Restaurant and Lounge

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, February 06 - An Oasis in the City
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: KAYAKING: Graynolds – Oleta River

Greynolds is one of the few remaining hardwood hammocks and mangrove forests in northern Miami-Dade County. Paddle to the past under old railroad supports transporting you from the bustling city to the old quarry. The waters are clear and cool. Giant iguanas populate the tree-lined trail up the Oleta River, a perfect stop for a picnic lunch on the river bank. Greynolds has the third largest rookery in Miami-Dade County. Ibis, osprey, juvenile great blue herons, red-shoulder hawks, and owls are common sights in this area. Enjoy nature and old Florida before returning to civilization

Lunch: Boxed Lunch

Afternoon: LECTURE: Ft. Lauderdale – The Venice of the Americas

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: EVENING KAYAKING : Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park

The Anne Kolb nature center is a 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland with five boat trails accessible by paddle craft only. Paddle your way through mangrove tunnels, creeks, while surrounded by a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. Nature thrives on West Lake, manatee, hawks, and fish prosper and mangroves hide the surrounding city. .

Lodging: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel is ideally located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Beach -- between Miami/South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Participants will find a Publix supermarket right across the street and various restaurants and delis nearby. The Best Western Thunderbird also offers a free shuttle to the Aventura Mall, which is a few minutes from the hotel.

Contact info:
18401 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160 USA
phone: 305-931-7700
web: www.daysinn.com/hotels/florida/sunny-isles-beach/days-hotel-thunderbird-beach-resort/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Balcony Desk Easy Chair/Recliner Iron Iron Board Newspaper - Complimentary Non-Smoking Room Pillow - Hypoallergenic Pillows - Down/Feather Safe High Speed Internet Access TV - Cable/Satellite Coffee/Tea Maker Refrigerator Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Olympic-sized pool Business Center Fitness Center Restaurant and Lounge

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, February 07 - Fort Lauderdale – The Venice of the Americas
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: KAYAKING: For Lauderdale’s Canals

Miles of canals lined by opulent multi-million dollar homes, cruise ships, mega-yachts and more, welcome to Fort Lauderdale. Shaped by the waters and aquatic life, Fort Lauderdale boasts of some of the most stunning sights in South Florida.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant

Afternoon: Continue Kayaking through Fort Lauderdale.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: LECTURE: South Florida - Turtles and Ecology.

Lodging: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel is ideally located right on the beach in Sunny Isles Beach -- between Miami/South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Participants will find a Publix supermarket right across the street and various restaurants and delis nearby. The Best Western Thunderbird also offers a free shuttle to the Aventura Mall, which is a few minutes from the hotel.

Contact info:
18401 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160 USA
phone: 305-931-7700
web: www.daysinn.com/hotels/florida/sunny-isles-beach/days-hotel-thunderbird-beach-resort/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Balcony Desk Easy Chair/Recliner Iron Iron Board Newspaper - Complimentary Non-Smoking Room Pillow - Hypoallergenic Pillows - Down/Feather Safe High Speed Internet Access TV - Cable/Satellite Coffee/Tea Maker Refrigerator Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Olympic-sized pool Business Center Fitness Center Restaurant and Lounge

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call Road Scholar Boston for more information, (617) 521-5373.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, February 08 - Loxahatchee
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: KAYAKING: Loxahatchee River, Wild and Scenic

Venture into the pristine, subtropical realm of one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled waterways, Florida's first federally designated "Wild and Scenic River” - the Loxahatchee. Its narrow winding channels are canopied for most of the river by majestic cypress trees offering the traveler a challenging and fascinating experience.

Let our knowledgeable guides help you discover the extraordinary history of a place once known only to coastal Indians and lonely pioneers. Unlike many other rivers that have been forced into channels by development, this river remains virtually unchanged. Paddle this reminder to the Old Florida and explore flora, fauna and history unique to these meandering shorelines.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continue kayaking through the Loxahatchee.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Lodging: Thunderbird Beach Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, February 09 - Program Wrap-up and Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: Time to say your good-byes and reflect on the week!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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