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Program #16190RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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Itinerary for Apr 21 — Apr 26, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 21 - Arrival/Continuing Education Center Dining Hall/O...
Arrival/Continuing Education Center Dining Hall/Orientations - Introductions

Afternoon: Check-in at Magnuson Hotel front desk. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program materials that contain the up-to-date itinerary.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Our coordinator will go over the week's program and orientation. Mutual introductions with your fellow participants will also be a delightful part of the evening's schedule. PLEASE NOTE: WHILE EVERY EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ENSURE THE ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS OF THE SCHEDULE BASED ON THE BEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE, CIRCUMSTANCES COULD REQUIRE US TO ADJUST THE ORDER OF PROGRAM ELEMENTS OR OTHER DETAILS. WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 22 - Field Trip to Fantasy of Flight/Fantasy of Flight...
Field Trip to Fantasy of Flight/Fantasy of Flight/Fantasy of Flight Field Trip Continues/History of Aviation

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: Spend the day at Fantasy of Flight (www.fantasyofflight.com). This stunning art deco facility is home to more than 40 rare and vintage aircraft, many of which have been restored to flyable condition -- the greatest private aircraft collection in the world. In the morning, you'll be guided through the facility with themed sight and sound immersion experiences cataloging memorable moments in aviation history, recall groundbreaking achievements of aviators from early flight through World War II.

Lunch: As a special highlight, we will have lunch in the Officer's Club.

Afternoon: We'll explore a real working restoration shop for a close-up look at the expert craftmanship required to keep the museum's collection in flyable condition. You will also have free time to explore the Flight Center on your own and experiment, from the basics of paper airplanes to a state-of-the art hang-glide stimulator. Before returning to campus, we will (weather permitting) have a unique opportunity to see rare aircraft in flight and speak with the pilot.

Dinner: Dinner location TBD

Evening: Enjoy a fascinating lecture by one of our esteemed lecturers who will discuss the history of aviation from the Wright Brothers to the present day.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 23 - Field Trip to St. Petersburg History Museum/Field...
Field Trip to St. Petersburg History Museum/Field Trip to Whitted Airport and Campus Excursion/Movie Night

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: Jim Schnur, our Florida historian, will discuss tourism and flight at the museum. The St. Petersburg History Museum, founded in 1920, is the first museum in St. Petersburg and the third oldest in Florida. Professor Schnur will lecture in the First Flight Gallery, commemorating the first commercial airline flight that took place in 1914 from St. Petersburg. Following the lecture, you will be free to explore the rest of the museum until we return to campus for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch location TBD

Afternoon: We will spend the afternoon visiting our downtown St. Petersburg Whitted Airport, the birthplace of scheduled airline flight in 1914. Part of private airport, which serves over 100,000 flight operations a year, has the distinction of having one of the nation's first airlines, National Airlines, began service in 1934. After leaving Whitted, we will take a motorcoach trip around Eckerd College.

Dinner: Dinner location TBD

Evening: Evening: Film - Choice realting to our aviation theme program to be announced

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 24 - Lectures on Famous Aviators and the Future of Fli...
Lectures on Famous Aviators and the Future of Flight/Behind-The-Scenes Field Trip: Tampa International Airport/Evening Musical Concert

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: Hal Hultman, professor of research and engineering, will explore the courage and determination that inspired men and women to soar to the skies and free them from the boundaries of earth. After refreshments, you'll be joined by a pilot who will discuss personal experiences and the growth of fight -- yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Lunch: Lunch location TBD

Afternoon: Tampa International Airport is an award winning facility thanks to its unique architectural design and travel friendly functionality. Join us on a special behind-the-scenes field trip to learn about and observe airport security enhancements, airfield maintenance, air cargo, the fire exercise training facility, security search area and more. As the planes land and take off next to us, we will learn about the landing systems, runways and taxiways.

Dinner: Dinner location TBD

Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 25 - Lecures in the morning/Free afternoon in Downtown...
Lecures in the morning/Free afternoon in Downtown St.Petersburg/Evening of Music

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: Lectures on aviation and flight. TBA Lite refreshments served between morning lectures.

Lunch: CEC location TBD

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Downtown St. Petersburg

Dinner: CEC location TBD

Evening: Evening of Musical Entertainment

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 26 - Visit Coast Guard/Last day of program
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juices, coffee and tea.

Morning: For our last field trip this week, we will explore the Coast Guard Sector of St. Petersburg, established in 2005 through the integration of Marine Safety Office Tampa and Group St. Petersburg, Florida. A Coast Guard officer will explain the importance of our 380 miles of Florida coastline covering nearly the entire West Coast of Florida. Our field trip will also feature the use of heliocopters and a visit to the hangars.

Lunch: After lunch at the hotel, the program concludes.

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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