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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 9 — Feb 14, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: This boutique hotel in Fort Myers is located in the Ft. Myers' River District, with close proximity to shopping and attractions such as the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel & Captiva's beaches, Space 39 Art Gallery and the Edison Mall. While staying at Hotel Indigo you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, exercise at the 24-hour Phitness Studio, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or have an Italian meal from the onsite restaurant. The boutique hotel is connected to the historic Post Office Arcade, providing access to a hair salon, a bank, and additional dining options.

Contact info:
1520 Broadway, Suite 104
Ft. Myers, FL 33901 USA
phone: 877-270-1392
web: http://www.hotelindigo.com/hotels/us/en/fort-myers/fmymb/hoteldetail

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $157 plus tax
The group rate will be honored up until 30 days before the program, after that we cannot guarantee any discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 09 - Arrival and Check-in, Program Registration, Welco...
Arrival and Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation

Afternoon: 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 at a local restaurant is a 3-course meal with salad, entrée, and dessert.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort Myers

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: This boutique hotel in Fort Myers is located in the Ft. Myers' River District, with close proximity to shopping and attractions such as the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel & Captiva's beaches, Space 39 Art Gallery and the Edison Mall. While staying at Hotel Indigo you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, exercise at the 24-hour Phitness Studio, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or have an Italian meal from the onsite restaurant. The boutique hotel is connected to the historic Post Office Arcade, providing access to a hair salon, a bank, and additional dining options.

Contact info:
1520 Broadway, Suite 104
Ft. Myers, FL 33901 USA
phone: 877-270-1392
web: http://www.hotelindigo.com/hotels/us/en/fort-myers/fmymb/hoteldetail

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $157 plus tax
The group rate will be honored up until 30 days before the program, after that we cannot guarantee any discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 10 - Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Evening at Leisur...
Breakfast: Our breakfast at the hotel includes hot and cold items including fresh fruit plus coffee and tea.

Morning: We board our motorcoach for a day on site at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. After a presentation about Thomas Edison, we explore his laboratory.

Lunch: At the Edison Caretaker's House.

Afternoon: Learn about Henry Ford then go behind the scenes to explore the Edison and Ford homes and gardens with a presentation tracing past to present including restoration of the properties.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort Myers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: This boutique hotel in Fort Myers is located in the Ft. Myers' River District, with close proximity to shopping and attractions such as the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel & Captiva's beaches, Space 39 Art Gallery and the Edison Mall. While staying at Hotel Indigo you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, exercise at the 24-hour Phitness Studio, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or have an Italian meal from the onsite restaurant. The boutique hotel is connected to the historic Post Office Arcade, providing access to a hair salon, a bank, and additional dining options.

Contact info:
1520 Broadway, Suite 104
Ft. Myers, FL 33901 USA
phone: 877-270-1392
web: http://www.hotelindigo.com/hotels/us/en/fort-myers/fmymb/hoteldetail

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $157 plus tax
The group rate will be honored up until 30 days before the program, after that we cannot guarantee any discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 11 - Pine Island, Calusa Heritage Trail, Ding Darling ...
Pine Island, Calusa Heritage Trail, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Evening at Leisure

Note: Participants will be getting on and off a boat and walking up to 1 mile on the un-paved Calusa Heritage Trail.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by an expert, explore the Calusa Heritage Trail at Randell Research Center. The Center features the archaeology of the Pineland, the site of a Calusa Indian village.

Then, enjoy a narrated sightseeing boat excursion on beautiful Pine Island Sound viewing six island locations of authenticated Calusa mounds and middens.

Lunch: Enjoy a salad and sandwich buffet at Tarpon Lodge, an "Old Florida" mainstay from 1926.

Afternoon: J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Led by an expert, explore areas of this 6,300 acre nature preserve that is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S. In addition to other wildlife, the refuge is renowned for its spectacular migratory bird populations. The refuge is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling -- nicknamed Ding -- who was an important figure in the conservation movement and instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. During a tram ride, an experienced naturalist will help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see.

Dinner: We will eat out this evening at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort Myers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: This boutique hotel in Fort Myers is located in the Ft. Myers' River District, with close proximity to shopping and attractions such as the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel & Captiva's beaches, Space 39 Art Gallery and the Edison Mall. While staying at Hotel Indigo you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, exercise at the 24-hour Phitness Studio, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or have an Italian meal from the onsite restaurant. The boutique hotel is connected to the historic Post Office Arcade, providing access to a hair salon, a bank, and additional dining options.

Contact info:
1520 Broadway, Suite 104
Ft. Myers, FL 33901 USA
phone: 877-270-1392
web: http://www.hotelindigo.com/hotels/us/en/fort-myers/fmymb/hoteldetail

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $157 plus tax
The group rate will be honored up until 30 days before the program, after that we cannot guarantee any discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 12 - Historic Fort Myers Walk, Southwest Florida Museu...
Historic Fort Myers Walk, Southwest Florida Museum of History, ECHO Global Farm, Evening at Leisure, Florida Repertory Theater

Note: We will walk up to 3 miles on paved sidewalks in downtown Fort Meyers and on unpaved private roads at the ECHO Farm. (A golf cart may be available at ECHO upon request.)

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by a docent from the Southwest Florida Museum of History, stroll through historic downtown Fort Myers to discover stories of the people who built the town and hear tales of the city.

Southwest Florida Museum of History. Housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, the museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of history and traditions, with particular emphasis on Fort Myers and Southwest Florida. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of those you will “meet” as a docent leads you through exhibits including an authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car.

Lunch: At a popular local restaurant, choose from a variety of salads and sandwiches plus soda, coffee or tea, topped off with a slice of pie.

Afternoon: ECHO Global Farm. For more than 30 years, ECHO has been helping to provide thousands of development workers and organizations around the world with better access to vital information and other resources needed to improve food production and security for small farmers and gardeners. For 90 minutes explore 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.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we will return to the hotel via motorcoach.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Evening: Meet and Greet with a company member at the Florida Repertory Theater. A fully professional company The Wall Street Journal called "one of America's top repertory companies" the Florida Rep performs in the historic Arcade Theatre.

Florida Rep produces a wide variety of comedies, dramas and musicals throughout its October to May season. Performance: Florida Repertory Theater. Playing in the Historic Arcade Theatre, Florida Rep produces a wide variety of comedies, dramas and musicals. The show we will see tonight is The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort Myers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: This boutique hotel in Fort Myers is located in the Ft. Myers' River District, with close proximity to shopping and attractions such as the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel & Captiva's beaches, Space 39 Art Gallery and the Edison Mall. While staying at Hotel Indigo you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, exercise at the 24-hour Phitness Studio, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or have an Italian meal from the onsite restaurant. The boutique hotel is connected to the historic Post Office Arcade, providing access to a hair salon, a bank, and additional dining options.

Contact info:
1520 Broadway, Suite 104
Ft. Myers, FL 33901 USA
phone: 877-270-1392
web: http://www.hotelindigo.com/hotels/us/en/fort-myers/fmymb/hoteldetail

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $157 plus tax
The group rate will be honored up until 30 days before the program, after that we cannot guarantee any discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 13 - Downtown River District Walk, Arts League of Fort...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy free time for independant exploration for Ft. Myers.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a gallery walk in the Downtown River District including a visit to the Arts League of Fort Myers.

Dinner: Enjoy good company and good food at our last dinner together of the program.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort Myers

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 14 - Program Conclusion
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Rescues and Releases: A History of CROW’s Patients. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) operates a veterinary hospital and public visitor education center at its 12.5-acre campus on Sanibel Island, Florida. The organization’s main mission is the rescue, care, rehabilitation, and eventual release back into the wild of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. CROW staff will provide insider perspectives on their efforts.

The program concludes with this final presentation.

We hope you have enjoyed this encounter with the best of Fort Myers, and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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
2 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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