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Adventures Afloat: The America South: An Antebellum Perspective Along the Southern Coast

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Program #21093RJ
9 Days | 8 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 Nov 14 — Nov 22, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Welcome to Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, where metropolitan style meets stunning natural beauty. Our downtown luxury hotel, situated along the St. Johns River waterfront, offers incomparable service and comfortable elegance. Whether your stay in Jacksonville, Florida is for business or leisure, it will be worry-free when you stay with us. Stay productive while you travel with our FedEx Office business center complete with assistance from dedicated staff. Expedite your arrival and departure with our convenient PDA and Kiosk Check-In and FastBoardTM services, and take advantage of exclusive amenities prepared especially for our Business Plan guestrooms.

Ship Information: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Contact info:
225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202 USA
phone: 904-588-1234
web: www.jacksonville.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Room amenities: Throw open the window and enjoy a cool breeze and stunning views of the city skyline from our spacious Jacksonville accommodations. Filled with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, additional appointments in our Jacksonville Florida accommodations include two triple-sheeted Queen Grand BedsTM, cable TV, video on demand, enhanced work area with oversize desk, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, Wi-Fi Internet access, and deluxe granite bath offering two sinks, and Portico bath amenities. Amenities Hyatt Grand BedTM Hairdryer Room service during regular hours 25 inch or larger TV Video on demand Speakerphone Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) Individual heat control Windows that open Safe deposit boxes at front desk Crib upon request Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® Toothpaste Amenities Oversized work desk Iron/ironing board iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cable/satellite TV channels Dual line phones Voicemail Dataport Individual air conditioning control Concierge during regular hours Rollaways upon request

Facility amenities: You’ll never be at a loss for things to do when you visit the ideally located Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Set along a four-mile riverwalk that runs directly in front of our luxurious Jacksonville hotel along the St. Johns River, you’ll delight in discovering all the attractions and activities nearby. Take advantage of more than 70 top-notch golf courses, jazz and film festivals, exciting sports and outdoor activities, concerts and more during your Jacksonville hotel vacation. After a full day of activity, you may want to opt for a relaxing lounge chair on the pool deck so you can soak up some of our sensational Jacksonville weather. Located on the top floor of the hotel, our heated outdoor pool and hot tub offer a refreshing option for exercise and relaxation. Pick up your favorite vacation read and unwind as you gaze at the St. Johns River below, swim laps or just soak tired muscles in the hot tub. There’s more than just the LCD screen to gaze at in our hotel’s StayFitTM gym too, with a bank of windows overlooking the St. Johns River and the downtown Jacksonville city skyline

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for special rate.
Call hotel for a special rate for the "Road Scholar Yorktown" to make reservations at the Hyatt Regency the night before your program begins.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, November 14 - Independent Arrivals/Orientation and Welcome Dinn...
Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Road Scholar check-in and orientation begins at 5:00 pm in the conference room. Receive your name badge and up-to-date schedule before going over the program daily schedule.

Dinner: Meet the Road Scholar participants that will be on the cruise. Enjoy a special meal at the hotel.

Lodging: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Two: Saturday, November 15 - St. Augustine Field Trip/Lunch St.Augustine/Embar...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel overlooking the water.

Morning: Field Trip: St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States. St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as "The First Coast", which extends from Amelia Island in the north to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Palm Coast in the south. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975. St. Augustine is the headquarters for the Florida National Guard. Henry Flagler, a partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil arrived in St. Augustine in the 1880s and was the driving force behind turning the city into a winter resort for the wealthy northern elite. Flagler bought a number of local railroads which were incorporated into the Florida East Coast Railway, which built its headquarters in St. Augustine. You will explore this grand old city by tram with on and off stops.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the historic district of St. Augustine, the oldest city.

Afternoon: After lunch, spend time in St. Augustine before returning to Jacksonville and boarding your ship at 4:00 pm. Your luggage will be delivered from the motor coach to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner will be onboard.

Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Three: Sunday, November 16 - St. Marys/ Cumberland Island
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: From St. Marys, a historic small port town on Georgia’s south coast, take a local ferry to nearby Cumberland Island, the largest wilderness island in the country. Inhabited by Timucuan Indians for more than 3,000 years, the island was also host to British colonists, Spanish missionaries, and the Carnegies, who owned most of the island from the late 19th century, and built several mansions that are still standing. In 1972, the island was purchased by the federal government and they established the Cumberland Island National Seashore in order to protect the unique wildlife. During our visit, we will explore Cumberland’s historic sites, as well as the rich bird and animal life, in the company of park rangers.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in St. Marys.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Four: Monday, November 17 - Brunswick/Jekyll Island/St. Simons Island
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: From Brunswick, explore Jekyll and St. Simons Islands, two of Georgia’s Golden Isles. In 1886 a group of millionaires from the north bought the island as a winter retreat and built the Jekyll Island Club, whose members included Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. These illustrious members erected stately mansions—which were called “cottages”—around the imposing club and are remarkably preserved today. In 1947 Georgia purchased the island and the estates and subsequently turned the area into a state park. On scenic St. Simons Island, visit the archaeological site of Fort Frederica, where Spanish and British troops battled in 1742, establishing Georgia as a British colony. Also visit the island’s lighthouse, rebuilt in 1872 and still operational today.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Field trip continues on Jekyll and St. Simons Islands.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Five: Tuesday, November 18 - Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Spend the day enjoying the wildlife and scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Low Country is home to a multitude of birdlife and wildlife, including alligators and turtles may be seen along the swamps, marshes and sawgrass flats. This evening enjoy time at leisure to explore Brunswick, the major urban and economic center of southern Georgia.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Relax with afternoon cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, November 19 - Savannah
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Call at Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. In December 1864, the city fell to Sherman’s troops and was spared certain destruction when President Lincoln intervened on its behalf. Today the fine avenues and open spaces that Oglethorpe planned form the cornerstone of the three-square-mile historic district, which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares. A tour includes the Davenport House, an elegant Federal-style home that presides over the northwest corner of Columbia Square; the opulent Owens-Thomas House, designed by noted English architect William Jay; and the Romanesque Cotton Exchange, once one of the busiest.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure to stroll among the lovely streets and squares of Savannah.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your time at leisure.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, November 20 - Beaufort, SC
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Today we call in Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Set amid an estuary in the interior Sea Islands, Beaufort is steeped in beauty and in history. South Carolina seceded from the Union at the end of 1860, but less than a year had passed when the Union occupied the city of Beaufort, freeing 1,000 slaves in the region. Spend time exploring the downtown area, which is a designated National Historic Landmark whose unique, antebellum architecture has been remarkably preserved.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Beaufort.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.

Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American

Contact info:
Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.

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


Day Eight: Friday, November 21 - Charleston, SC
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Spend the day in Charleston, one of the East Coast’s loveliest cities. A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport from colonial times, it was in here in Charleston’s harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumter, thus starting the Civil War. Tour Charleston’s extensive historic district, which includes the 18th-century Heyward- Washington House; the Calhoun Mansion, with its ornate plaster and wood moldings and sweeping stairwell; and the Nathaniel Russell House, a neoclassical townhouse set amidst beautiful gardens.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Last evening onboard. Join your fellow participants and Group Leader for a farewell evening.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, November 22 - Charleston / Disembark
Note: Disembarkation will take place by 9:00 am. Motor coach departures to the Charleston International airport will leave from the ship for participants needing a ride to the airport.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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