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ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

Mysteries of the Deep, Snapshots in History, and Roots of North American Fiddlin'

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Program #17090RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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 Jan 26 — Jan 31, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel is located on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has deluxe accommodations with private balconies, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits guests.

Contact info:
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1600
web: www.hiltongardeninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, complimentary USA Today each weekday morning and daily maid service is provided.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel has an in-room hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports. Each guestroom has a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, On Command® video, TV video games and complimentary HBO and USA Today each weekday morning. The hotel has an indoor-outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 24-hour complimentary business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary with the seasons
Ask for best rate

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 26 - Check-in and Orientation/Dinner in the hotel dinn...
Check-in and Orientation/Dinner in the hotel dinning room/Introductions

Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation to the program week. Questions about program, area will be answered at this time.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel Dining room

Evening: After dinner we will have introductions and answer any additional questions about the program, hotel and area.**Please note scheduled times are subject to change based on instructor availability.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel is located on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has deluxe accommodations with private balconies, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits guests.

Contact info:
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1600
web: www.hiltongardeninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, complimentary USA Today each weekday morning and daily maid service is provided.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel has an in-room hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports. Each guestroom has a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, On Command® video, TV video games and complimentary HBO and USA Today each weekday morning. The hotel has an indoor-outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 24-hour complimentary business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary with the seasons
Ask for best rate

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 27 - Two Morning Classes this morning: Mysteries of t...
Two Morning Classes this morning: Mysteries of the Deep and Battle of Mobile Bay/Field Trip to the USS Alabama/Evening class/All Meals served in the hotel dining room

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s dining room.

Morning: Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others. "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Sail into a class on the Battle of Mobile Bay. A local expert discusses the battle and Mobile, Alabama – the Confederacy’s last major port on the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the hotel dining room

Afternoon: Visit the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park to view a replica of the Submarine HL Hunley. Learn why this submarine, designed, built and tested in Mobile during the early years of the Civil War, is a special part of our Gulf Coast history.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an entertaining evening class to end your day! From area studies to humor, storytelling, or helpful information, this is a session you’re sure to enjoy!

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel is located on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has deluxe accommodations with private balconies, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits guests.

Contact info:
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1600
web: www.hiltongardeninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, complimentary USA Today each weekday morning and daily maid service is provided.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel has an in-room hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports. Each guestroom has a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, On Command® video, TV video games and complimentary HBO and USA Today each weekday morning. The hotel has an indoor-outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 24-hour complimentary business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary with the seasons
Ask for best rate

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 28 - Morning Classes are Mysteries of the Deep and Fid...
Morning Classes are Mysteries of the Deep and Fiddlin' /Afternoon Class continues with more Fiddlin'/Evening Class/All meals served in the hotel dining room

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room

Morning: Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others. Explore the origins of American fiddlin’, a different way of playing the violin. Learn how this instrument has produced beautiful ethnic and folk music from the 1600's to present day. Discover the use of this four stringed wooden instrument in the United States and Canada through styles such as Cajun, Bluegrass, Western, and others. Enjoy your instructor’s performances and demonstrations as you take in the sounds of beautiful melodies.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Explore the origins of American fiddlin’, a different way of playing the violin. Learn how this instrument has produced beautiful ethnic and folk music from the 1600's to present day. Discover the use of this four stringed wooden instrument in the United States and Canada through styles such as Cajun, Bluegrass, Western, and others. Enjoy your instructor’s performances and demonstrations as you take in the sounds of beautiful melodies.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the hotel's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an entertaining evening class to end your day! From area studies to humor, storytelling, or helpful information, this is a session you’re sure to enjoy!

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel is located on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has deluxe accommodations with private balconies, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits guests.

Contact info:
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1600
web: www.hiltongardeninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, complimentary USA Today each weekday morning and daily maid service is provided.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel has an in-room hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports. Each guestroom has a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, On Command® video, TV video games and complimentary HBO and USA Today each weekday morning. The hotel has an indoor-outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 24-hour complimentary business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary with the seasons
Ask for best rate

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 29 - Morning classes include Battle of Mobile Bay and ...
Morning classes include Battle of Mobile Bay and Fiddlin'/Free Afternoon to explore the area on your own/Evening class on Mysteries of the Deep/All meals served in the hotel dining room.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Sail into a class on the Battle of Mobile Bay. A local expert discusses the battle and Mobile, Alabama – the Confederacy’s last major port on Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War. Explore the origins of American fiddlin’, a different way of playing the violin. Learn how this instrument has produced beautiful ethnic and folk music from the 1600's to present day. Discover the use of this four stringed wooden instrument in the United States and Canada through styles such as Cajun, Bluegrass, Western, and others. Enjoy your instructor’s performances and demonstrations as you take in the sounds of beautiful melodies.

Lunch: Lunch is served in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon exploring one of the Gulf of Mexico’s most beautiful areas! Relax, take a walk on the beach, feast on fresh gulf seafood, or shop at local boutiques. Visit the Tanger Outlet Mall where you’ll find over 120 brand name and designer outlet stores. Whatever your interests, you are sure to find endless opportunities for fun exploration of the beach area.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room

Evening: Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel is located on a private white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has deluxe accommodations with private balconies, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere that awaits guests.

Contact info:
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1600
web: www.hiltongardeninn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, complimentary USA Today each weekday morning and daily maid service is provided.

Facility amenities: The Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront hotel has an in-room hospitality center with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, two dual line phones with voicemail and data ports. Each guestroom has a large work desk with desk level outlets, ergonomic chair, On Command® video, TV video games and complimentary HBO and USA Today each weekday morning. The hotel has an indoor-outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and 24-hour complimentary business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: prices vary with the seasons
Ask for best rate

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 30 - Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Field Trip to ...
Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Field Trip to Fort Morgan/Lunch at a local restaurant/Field Trip to the Naval Air Station/Dinner in the hotel dining room/Evening class

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Forget the history books and the classroom chalkboards, experience history first-hand along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast. During your field trip to Fort Morgan you will meet a guide who will explain how the Spanish used Fort Morgan in the 1500's, then rebuilt it in the early 1800's as protection against Native Americans. Standing atop the fort with a view of the once-embattled Mobile bay - imagine the summer of 1864 when Confederate and Union naval forces fought for control of the harbor entrance.

Lunch: Enjoy coastal cuisine at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Experience the proud history of flight on a field trip and guided tour of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. One of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world, NAS is home to over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. The Museum features memorabilia from each era of fighting including personal mementos from historic battles, flight logs, vintage equipment, and flight clothing.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an entertaining evening class to end your day! From area studies to humor, storytelling, or helpful information, this is a session you’re sure to enjoy!

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 31 - Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check Out /Cla...
Breakfast in the hotel dining room/Check Out /Class on Mysteries of the Deep/Box lunch to go

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dinning room.

Morning: Check out of rooms. Enjoy an intriguing class on unexplained ocean disasters. Discover the details of war and non-war related ship tragedies as you discuss how these mishaps could have been avoided. The instructor encourages you to recognize positive changes that resulted from these catastrophes as you examine well known cases such as the Titanic, CSS Hunley, the Lusitania, and others.

Lunch: Box lunch to go.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Orange Beach
Alabama Gulf Coast ZooExplore more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything. Reptile House, Aviary, petting zoo. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo featured on Animal Planet's "The Little Zoo That Could".
For additional information, visit: www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com
Bike TrailsBiking trails available throughout the Gulf State Park. Additional trails available in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Bon Secour National Wildlife RefugeHike through unspoiled forest to view wildlife. Beach access available.
Fort MorganFort built in the 1500's by the Spanish. Known mostly for its strategic location during the Civil War's Battle of Mobile Bay. Visit the fort museum and learn from the guides and reenactors about the Confederate soldiers of 1864.
Gulf State Park18 hole golf course, 6,000 acre park with walking trails and nature center are available at Gulf State Park. You can also fish in the Gulf or in a fresh water lake, or walk along the 2 1/2 mile beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
For additional information, visit: www.dcnr.state.al.us

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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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
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