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Adventures Afloat: Islands, Reefs, Rainforests & Ancient Sites of Central America’s Caribbean Coast

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Program #20807RJ
9 Days | 8 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 Feb 7 — Feb 15, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Modern, resort-style hotel located in northern San Pedro Sula. The property can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Contact info:
North of San Pedro Sula Airport
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
phone: +504-25618900
web: http://www.copantl.com

Room amenities: All air conditioned rooms have private bathroom, Internet access, cable TV, telephones, safety deposit box, coffee maker, and minibar.

Facility amenities: Convention center/banquet halls, two restaurants, a bar, fitness center, 6 tennis courts, Spa, swimming pool, laundry service, and business center. Complimentary Wi-Fi in hotel common areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.


Day One: Friday, February 07 - Arrivals in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Arrive To: Arrivals in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar flights).

Transfer to the hotel.



Afternoon: Before dinner, enjoy a program orientation at the hotel.


Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel y Suites Copantl

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Two: Saturday, February 08 - Exploring San Pedro Sula/Transfer to Puerto Corte...
Exploring San Pedro Sula/Transfer to Puerto Cortes/Embarkation on the Yorktown.

Breakfast: Enjoy a traditional breakfast at a local restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast, pay a visit to the San Pedro Sula Museum which features an outstanding display of the early history of Honduras and the city.

Learn about the work of traditional Honduran artisans during a stop at the Guamilito Market.

Guamilito Market is the best place in Honduras to purchase everything from rum, coffee and vanilla, to handicrafts. Handicrafts include handmade wood carvings, as well as colorful woven baskets, textiles, and panama hats from Santa Barbara.



Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to Puerto Cortes and embark on the ship.

Attend a welcome briefing and safety drill.


Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the ship.


Lodging: Yorktown

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

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Three: Sunday, February 09 - Roatan Island, Bay Islands/Institute for Marine S...
Roatan Island, Bay Islands/Institute for Marine Sciences/Roatan Museum/Carambola Botanical Gardens/Swimming and Snorkeling at West Bay.

Note: Snorkel and fins will be provided, but snorkeling enthusiasts often bring their own gear to ensure a good fit.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.


Morning: Disembark at Roatan.

Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands belonging to Honduras. Once favored by pirates then controlled by the British, the island is now a preferred destination for divers and romantics. It has a mountainous backbone, is surrounded by coral reef, and boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving in the hemisphere.

Explorations of the island include visits to the Institute for Marine Sciences, the Carambola Botanical Gardens, and the Roatan Museum.

The Roatan Institute for Marine Science is dedicated to preserving Roatan's natural environments through education and research. Its facility is visited year-round by colleges, universities and high schools from abroad to study tropical marine ecosystems and the bottlenose dolphins housed by the institute.

Roatan's Carambola Botanical Gardens contain one of the world's largest collections of Asian fruit plants as well as an impressive selection of flowering plants, ferns, hardwoods, palms, and more. A system of trails allows visitors to view plants up close and catch glimpses of local wildlife including iguanas, Guatusa rabbits, and a number of tropical bird species.



Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkeling activities at West Bay.

Return to the ship.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

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

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Four: Monday, February 10 - Trujillo, Honduras/Santa Barbara Fortress/Campo d...
Trujillo, Honduras/Santa Barbara Fortress/Campo del Mar Nature Park and Capiro-Calentura National Park/Swimming and Snorkeling

Note: Snorkel and fins will be provided, but snorkeling enthusiasts often bring their own gear to ensure a good fit.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Explore Trujillo's colonial buildings including the 17th century Santa Barbara Fortress.

Trujillo is more than just a beach city and retreat for vacationing Honduran families. Its rich history includes a visit from Christopher Columbus during his final voyage in 1502 and the final standoff between William Walker and British forces that resulted in his capture and execution. Under colonial Spanish rule Trujillo became a valuable port and administrative center, frequently attacked by pirates and foreign forces.

The moss-covered stone walls, small buildings, and weather-worn iron canons of Trujillo’s Santa Barbara Fortress serve as a reminder of the city’s turbulent colonial past. Once built to protect Trujillo Bay and the surrounding city from marauding invaders, Santa Barbara now serves as a historic monument and museum which includes a small display of naval artifacts and colonial items.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Visit the wildlife rehabilitation center at Campo del Mar Nature Park and enjoy swimming and snorkeling along the park's beautiful white-sand beach.

There will be opportunities for the more adventurous to explore the Guayamoreto Lagoon and its canopy walkway as well as the Capiro-Calentura National Park to view local wildlife and flora.

Return to the ship.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

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

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Five: Tuesday, February 11 - Cayos Cochinos Reserve and Marine Park.
Note: Snorkel and fins will be provided, but snorkeling enthusiasts often bring their own gear to ensure a good fit.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Explore the islets and protected waters of Cayos Cochinos.

The two main islands and 13 smaller coral cays that makeup the Cayos Cochinos Archipelago are part of a marine reserve established in the mid 1990s. The perfect white-sand beaches, lush tropical vegetation, and coral reefs are a little-known piece of paradise situated less than 20 miles off the northeastern coast of Honduras.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Take advantage of the ideal local water conditions to swim and snorkel.

Return to the ship in the late afternoon and set sail.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

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

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, February 12 - Tela, Honduras/Pico Bonito National Park
Note: Participants should wear good walking shoes or sneakers in preparation for walks on forest trails. Sun screen and insect repellent are also highly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: After breakfast, disembark at Tela and transfer to Pico Bonito National Park.

Pico Bonito National Park is Honduras' largest, and arguably its most beautiful, national park with over 100,000 hectares of virgin rainforest and cloud forest. Seven different eco-systems exist within its borders. The Park is home to over 275 species of birds as well as jaguars, tapirs, deer, puma, white-faced monkeys, and spider monkeys.

Options include: Full day at Pico Bonito, full day Cuero Y Saldo Wildlife Refuge, full day whitewater rafting on Cangrejal River, half day kayaking at Punta Izopo National Park (morning), half day at Lancetilla Botanical Gardens (afternoon)


Lunch: Lunch en route.


Afternoon: Continue with ship's activities.

Return to the ship.


Dinner: Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner.


Lodging: Yorktown

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

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, February 13 - Punta Gorda, Belize/Lubaantun/Snake Cayes.
Note: Snorkel and fins will be provided, but snorkeling enthusiasts often bring their own gear to ensure a good fit.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.


Morning: Facing the tranquil waters of the Bahia de Amatique, the small port town of Punta Gorda was founded by the Garifuna, who emigrated here around 1830.

Take an excursion to the Maya site of Lubaantun. Located on a high ridge, Lubaantun was a major Maya center that flourished around 700 A.D. The site includes five plazas flanked by buildings and ball courts.

Return to Punta Gorda late morning to re-board Yorktown and set sail for Snake Cayes.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Arrive at Snake Cayes and enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the ship.


Dinner: Dinner on board.


Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

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

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 186-645-9885 x3
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform For your convenience a shipboard account is opened upon embarkation. Shipboard expenses are charged to this account, which is payable at the end of the cruise. Your account may be settled with American Express, MasterCard, or VISA, or in cash, with U.S. Dollars. Please note that the purser may not always be able to make change for travelers’ checks and cash in large denominations and would appreciate the use of smaller denominations for settlement of your shipboard account. Personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard ship. There is no currency exchange facility on board, but there will be opportunities to change money ashore. *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

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


Day Eight: Friday, February 14 - Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala/Quirigua/Cruis...
Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala/Quirigua/Cruising to Puerto Cortes.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.


Morning: Guatemala’s port town of Santo Tomas de Castilla is our gateway to Quiriguá. Drive to the nearby Mayan ruins at Quirigua, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quirigua is famed for its intricately carved stelae sandstone columns, some of which are over 30 feet tall. Completed in the 8th century a.d., the carvings depict the deeds of local rulers, mythical figures, and animals, and contain Maya glyphs.


Lunch: Lunch on board.


Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising along the coast of Guatemala and Honduras. Once back at Puerto Cortes we will drop anchor and spend the night docked in port.


Dinner: Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner.


Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, February 15 - Disembark at Puerto Cortes, Honduras/Departure Fl...
Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: Disembark at Puerto Cortes. Transfer to the international airport in San Pedro Sula in order to check-in for the return flights to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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