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Amelia, Beautiful and Historic Isle of Eight Flags

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Program #20278RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 19 — Jan 24, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 19 - Hotel check-in & program orientation.
Arrive To: Participants will check in to hotel and meet the program hostess, Brenda.

Dinner: The group will walk to a nearby restaurant and have dinner as a group.

Evening: Following dinner, the group will walk to the museum for the orientation presentation.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 20 - 8 Flags over Amelia: The Story of Our Island
Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Amelia Island is the only place in the United States that has had 8 different flags fly over its shores. Discover who vied for control over the island during its colorful early history.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Explore Kingsley Plantation, one of the last surviving indigo plantations in Florida. Anna Kingsley, a freed slave, ran the plantation for many years. A slave-holder herself, Anna was a major economic force in the region for many years.

Afternoon: The Island Art Association will hold a reception in your honor. Enjoy wine and hor d'oeuvres as you get to visit the gallery and learn about the important role the art association plays in our community.

Afternoon: Afterward, discover American Beach. Purchased by the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, American Beach was one of only beaches where blacks could vacation in the Jim Crow South. A double-edged sword, integration spelled the end of American Beach's appeal, but the area is still an active African American community where Luis Armstrong and Cab Calloway once frequented.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Evening: We will screen the documentary "Old Town, New Town, Our Town."

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 21 - Discover the rich history of our island. Through ...
Discover the rich history of our island. Through a series of lectures and field trips, participants will explore the island's natives, archeological digs, civil war years, black history and more.

Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Presentation: Gregor MacGregor: The Greatest Huckster in History. In 1817, Amelia Island was invaded by a motley crew of mercenaries led by Gregor MacGregor. MacGregor, fresh from helping Simon Bolivar establish a free Argentina, sought to "liberate" Florida and establish another democratic state. Discover on of history's most colorful character as his exploits bring him to Amelia Island.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Walking tour of Centre Street.

Afternoon: "Preservation - A Contact Sport," presented by the Honorable Bruce Malcolm. We discuss the vital importance of protecting historical landmarks and homes.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 22 - See the wilder side of Amelia. Experience our non...
See the wilder side of Amelia. Experience our non-human inhabitants and vast natural beauty that our area has to offer.

Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Experience the wilder side of Florida as Ranger Allan Hallman of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission discusses some of Florida's more unusual inhabitants.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Field trip to Fort Clinch. Situated on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Fort Clinch was built to defend Amelia Island and the mouth of the St. Marys River. It was largely built with slave labor, but would later become an icon for freedom when Union forces occupied the island during the American Civil War. It played an important role in curbing Confederate smuggling and training the escaped Confederate slaves that flocked to the island to be free.

Afternoon: Trip to Old Town, the Original Fernandina. Only a shadow of its former glory, Old Town boasted a fort, Spanish plaza, slave warehouses, and more. Currently a sleepy residential area, many of Old Town's landmarks have disappeared since Fernandina was moved in the 1850's.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Discover what goes bump in Fernandina after dark. Part history, part ghost story, explore Fernandina's paranormal activity while enjoying more of its Victorian charm.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 23 - Experience Amelia Island by sea with a field trip...
Experience Amelia Island by sea with a field trip through her harbor. Then see her softer side with a trip through her historic district and an authentic Victorian Tea Party.

Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: An important part of Fernandina is her natural, deep-water harbor. Experience it first-hand with a trip through the harbor. Hear about the area's maritime history and see more of her natural beauty from the water. Dolphins and wild horses are common sites from the water.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Fernandina is known for its rich Victorian architecture and charm. Discover it first-hand with an engaging architectural presentation..

Afternoon: Experience an authentic Victorian Tea Party. Sit back, relax, and enjoy spiced tea, historic snack recipes, and a presentation from the Baileys, Fernandina's most famous Victorian couple.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Experience more of Fernandina's historic characters through "Conversations with History". History comes to life during this interactive presentation showcasing some of Fernandina's historical characters.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, January 24 - Wrap-up program, evaluations, and departure.
Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."

Morning: Fernandina's "Golden Age" with Sam Boyd. Learn about the Fernandina's time of prosperity after the Civil War.

Lunch: Program wrap-up, evaluations, and boxed lunches to go.

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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