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ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

Tunes and Tales by the Gulf: Music and History on Alabama’s Beautiful Mobile Bay

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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.
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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 2 — Mar 7, 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 Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 02 - Check-in and Orientation/Dinner in dining room/In...
Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation to the program week in the classroom. 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 and the weather conditions.

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 Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 03 - Morning class on Humor and Comedy and music/after...
Morning class on Humor and Comedy and music/afternoon class continue Music/All meals served in the hotel dining room/Evening class prepares you for Mardi Gras parades tomorrow

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Begin your program with laughter. Enjoy stories told in a humorous way. You will be laughing to ordinary everyday stories with just a small twist, learn how you can make your own stories fun. 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 a relaxing lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Continue to 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. Beautiful trains, gowns and royal festivities are all the topics of today's class. Mardi Gras in Mobile, where all the fun begins. Learn about the different societies, and how the King and Queen of Mardi Gras are chosen.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: This evening class is designed to get you ready for Mardi Gras day. Your instructor will tell you what to expect, where to stand, how to catch the Mardi Gras throws and what are considered a great thing to catch. Get a good night's sleep, for tomorrow is a full day with lots of excitment.

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 Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 04 - Breakfast in dining room/Mardi Gras Day/Lunch and...
Breakfast in dining room/Mardi Gras Day/Lunch and dinner at the Admiral Semmes hotel/Mardi Gras Day/Mardi Gras parade

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room

Morning: Begin your day at the Admiral Semmes hotel located in the heart of downtown Mobile. This hotel will be your headquarters for the day. You will be oriented to the area, building and then hit the streets to experience the day. Mardi Gras parades begin at 10:15 in the morning and sporadically continue all day long.

Lunch: Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hotel ballroom. A hot meal will be prepared and ready for Participants only!

Afternoon: Your Mardi Gras day festivities continue into the afternoon. Get caught up in the excitement as you compare your treats with other participants. You might even trade a few things with your fellow participants. By now your bag is full, don't worry we have another you can fill. Don't miss the King's Parade. It is a chance to see the royal trains for the King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Following this parade enjoy the Comic Cowboys Parade. This parade makes light of local, state and national news and events. More parades are yet to come...

Dinner: Dinner is provided by the hotel. This will help you get set for one more parade.

Evening: We have one more parade this evening. It is the oldest parading organization. Don't miss the emblem float pulled by mules. The floats are beautiful this evening the lights on the floats make it more enchanting. This is your last chance to catch that special Mardi Gras treat, Good Luck!

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 Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 05 - Morning class on Jubilee and music/Free Afternoon...
Morning class on Jubilee and music/Free Afternoon to explore the area on your own/All meals served in the hotel dining room/Evening class on Humor and Comedy.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Discover Jubilee, a natural phenomenon that takes place from time to time on the shores of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Occurring mainly on warm summer nights, often in the pre-dawn hours, the event initiates a joyous community beach party. Learn what this rare celebration is all about and why it benefits coastal residents. Continue to 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 - buy direct from over 120 brand name manufacturer and designer outlet stores. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find endless “must see” venues.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel dining room

Evening: Tonight enjoy a local cartoonist. Explore humor in local and national politics and more through the eyes of a cartoonist.

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 Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 06 - Morning classes include Humor and Comedy and Area...
Morning classes include Humor and Comedy and Area History/Afternoon class on the Battle of Mobile Bay/All meals served in the hotel dining room/Evening class

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Movies can bring out so many emotions. This morning, you will enjoy movie clips and discuss the humor and comedy found. Next, dive into the history of the local area, from early explorers, to Native Americans to a famous battle, discover this unique coastal area..

Lunch: Lunch is served in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!" Learn about the Battle of Mobile Bay. Your instructor will share details of the battle and explain the events leading up to Admiral Farragut's famous words.

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

Evening: Learn all about alligators this evening. Their habitat, special features and powerful jaws are sure to impress you and just maybe you will learn to love these wild reptiles.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 07 - Breakfast in dining room/ Check out and morning c...
Breakfast in dining room/ Check out and morning class on Turtles/Boxed lunch to go.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel dinning room.

Morning: Check out of your room. Explore the endangered Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle. Found only in this area of the gulf coast, discover facts about the life and impact of this small turtle. Learn about the life cycles, biology and conservation of sea turtles. Understand why each of these species are important to our eco-system.

Lunch: A boxed lunch to go will be ready after last morning class. You should be finished around 10:30 AM

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.
For additional information, visit: www.fws.gov/bonsecour
Fort MorganFort 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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You won't find a better value.

Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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