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Biking Scenic Florida Byways: Nature, History and Heritage

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Program #20735RJ
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.
Equipment Requirements
Road Style Bicycle, Helmet, Proper Biking Attire. Rental bikes will be available at your own cost. Cost is approximately $80 a week, but this price is subject to change without notice. Please call for details.

Itinerary for Jan 19 — Jan 24, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.

Contact info:
350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1

Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.

Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing.
Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 19 - Hotel Check-In, Program Registration, get acquain...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30pm.

Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, please come to Road Scholar registration. We will have registration, a get acquainted session and then dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy an opening dinner with fellow biking enthusiasts.

Evening: ORIENTATION: You will receive your program packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date daily schedule, and other information such as free time opportunities. We will review the schedule thoroughly, highlighting departure times, trip details, and locations of presentations, as well as covering responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

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!

The remainder of the evening is your time to finish settling in and relax before beginning a week of biking along picturesque trails.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.

Contact info:
350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1

Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.

Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing.
Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 20 - Professional Bike Fitting, Safety Orientation, Bi...
Professional Bike Fitting, Safety Orientation, Bike to Stetson campus and Historic Downtown DeLand

Breakfast: Breakfast will be held at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Bike Evaluations & Safety Orientation. Staff of the Florida Bicycle Association will provide an expert evaluation of the fit of each rider's bicycle, followed by a safety orientation session centered around the roadways and trails that will be used throughout the week. The Group Leader will also cover rules of the road/trail and guidelines for biking in a group.

After everyone's bike is checked out we will head out and take a tour of the DeLand Stetson campus.

Lunch: Lunch at the Stetson cafeteria.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bike back to DeLand for biking through Historic Downtown DeLand. This award-winning "Main Street" community -- as designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation -- reflects what is special about the past and present while planning and moving ahead. During our guided biking field trip, you'll see the Mural Walk, Sculpture Walk, and learn about initiatives such as New Urbanism, a movement to connect mixed residential and commercial land use so people can walk to work, dine, and relax in the neighborhoods where they live.

Dinner: Dinner location will be back at the hotel.

Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.

Contact info:
350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1

Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.

Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing.
Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 21 - Biking Field Trip to/from Blue Springs State Park...
Biking Field Trip to/from Blue Springs State Park with a guided boat trip.

Note: 30 total miles of biking.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The day begins very early with an invigorating ride we will head out onto the local trail system to ride to Blue Spring State Park, home of the manatee. We will also have a guided tour by a park ranger on the history of the park. we will head out onto the local trail system to ride to Blue Spring State Park, home of the manatee.

Lunch: Box lunch at Blue Springs State Park.

Afternoon: Guided boat ride down the St. Johns River. Head back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner location will be at the hotel.

Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.

Contact info:
350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1

Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.

Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing.
Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 22 - Biking Field Trip to/from the historical Pioneer ...
Biking Field Trip to/from the historical Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts

Note: 30 total miles of biking

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The day begins very early with an invigorating ride through scenic rural country roads to the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts. This historical village is nestled within a charming, moss-draped oak hammock in western Volusia County. We'll have a guided journey through the structures within the extensive campus that illustrates life in rural Florida in bygone days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Lunch: We will stop at Deleon Springs State Park for lunch.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After visiting the old Country Store, we begin the return trip to DeLand, biking by way of the oak-hammock covered roads of Glenwood and historic homes along the route. Our total biking distance for the day is more than 30 miles.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel is just two miles from Stetson University and is just a short drive from many popular Florida attractions like the Daytona International Speedway and the World's Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach.

Contact info:
350 East International Speedway Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32724 USA
phone: 386-738-5200
web: http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-deland-florida-FLB59?listpos=1

Room amenities: Free newspaper. Free wireless high-speed Internet. Cable/satellite TV. Hair dryer. Coffee maker. Iron and ironing board. Pillow top mattress. Wake up service. Refrigerators and microwaves can be requested.

Facility amenities: Fitness Center. Free Internet. Laundry, outdoor pool, and much more.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing.
Please call Lillian Hess-Salmeri at 386-738-5200 for additional information or to book your before or after stay.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 23 - Ormond Scenic Loop - 33 total miles of biking thr...
Ormond Scenic Loop - 33 total miles of biking through state park lands and along scenic Atlantic Ocean landscapes.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We begin with a motorcoach transfer to a starting point of the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, part of the larger, 260-Mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. (Our equipment will be conveyed separately by trailer.).

The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is an easily navigated loop of roadways traversing some of the most beautiful and diverse natural scenery remaining in all of Florida. The loop includes four state and six local public parks, as well as ten miles of gorgeous Florida beachfront.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch on the Loop

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We continue the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail journey. You'll observe varied plant and animal species along the beach, such as the endangered Florida Scrub Jay and nesting sea turtles. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might spy dolphins as well. During migration seasons, you might even spot Northern Right Whales and humpback whales offshore.

We'll return to town via our motorcoach and pass through the Volusia Conservation Corridor, affectionately known as the "Palmetto Curtain." The corridor is the wild heart of Volusia and Flagler counties.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: We try to bring in evening entertainment for you when it is available. If not the evenings are yours to relax and rest and get ready for your next ride.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, January 24 - Growth of Cycling as Tourism and Successful Lobby...
Growth of Cycling as Tourism and Successful Lobbying of Bicycle Legislation

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Growth of Bicycle Tourism. Florida Bicycle Association representatives will discuss the growing appeal of bicycle tourism and its benefits for individuals as well as communities. We will also learn how you can influence bicycle-related legislation with a "An Insider's Guide to Successful Lobbying for Bicyclist Rights." Learn from local officials how you can help bring about positive changes in your city or county, and the development of shared use trails and "greenways" in your community.

Lunch: Share your favorite memories with new-found friends. The program concludes with this closing lunch in a private area.

We trust you have enjoyed this new biking adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
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