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SANIBEL ISLAND, FLORIDA

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Program #20899RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Nov 9 — Nov 14, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

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

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day One: Sunday, November 09 - Check-in, Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Note: You'll recieve author and lecturer Charles Sobczak's book "Living Sanibel: A Nature Guide."

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: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

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

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Two: Monday, November 10 - Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: The groups will enjoy an exciting morning at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and gardens. You will explore the museum, Edison's lab and hear tales of these two famous men.

Lunch: Lunch at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Edison and Ford with free time at the museum.

Dinner: At a local favorite

Evening: Free Evening for you to relax.

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

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

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Three: Tuesday, November 11 - Bailey Shell Museum and Sanibel Historic Village ...
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum which features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The Museum will educate you about shells and mollusks and see the molusks in tanks.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. The historic center was founded in 1982 as a tribute to the early pioneers on Sanibel Island. Each building has been restored to its original state. Volunteer docents guide visitors through this mystical place.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

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

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Four: Wednesday, November 12 - Beachcombing, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Founda...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Enjoy a morning of beachcombing! There’s more to the beach than surf and sand. Shells, colored glass, sea beans, eggs and all sorts of natural treasures await your discovery on Florida’s beaches. Learn all about beach combing and shelling, including how to find the best treasures.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Visit the Sanibel Capitva Conservation Foundation where you can explore the walking trails or visit the butterfly house. Enjoy a brief talk about the "History of Conservation on the Islands". Afterwards enjoy free time.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Shellcrafting. Bring your morning finds and learn what you can make with these unusual shells. With your Group Leader discover what beautiful and charming objects you can make from collecting shells. She will show you examples of items she has made. Roll your sleeves and become an artist!

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

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

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Five: Thursday, November 13 - Sanybel Light, Ding Darling, Performance
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Visit the Sanibel Lighthouse and learn it's fascinating history from a former resident - Charles LeBuff.

Lunch: Lunch at Doc Ford's

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on the subtropical barrier of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the US. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. With a naturalist enjoy an hour and a half tram excursion through the Refuge and explore the exhibitions in the welcome center.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Evening: Evening Performance

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 14 - Presentation by local author and Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Wrap-up in hotel conference room with a presentation by local Sanibel author - Charles Sobczak. Check-out at 11 am

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sanibel Island, Florida
BIG ARTS SanibelKnown as Sanibel and Captiva’s home for all the arts, BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents and visitors since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. Today, BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events, and the community participates in more than 200 educational classes and workshops each year. Please see their online schedule for specific programming.
For additional information, visit: www.bigarts.org
General OverviewExplore the Island or relax by the pool.
Periwinkle WayStroll down Sanibel Island's main street and busiest commercial district, where you will find a unique array of cafes, shops, and restaurants.
Schoolhouse GalleryQuaint gallery featuring work by local artists.

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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