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FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA

Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Dennis from Sterling Hts, MI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
Lots of walking on Cumberland Island, but the island is beautiful. The visit to the Okefenokee Swamp is great. Plenty of time to enjoy Amelia Island.

John from Wakefield, MA Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
Excellent program with lot's of variety. The musical performance was outstanding. Learned a lot of history and much about Barrier Islands. Our guide on the swamp boat trip brought everything alive

Sally from Wilmington, DE Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
Loved the entertainment on this program Thursday night 2/5/15- Lynn Wadley, is over the top. It is worth going on this program just to hear her story and hear her sing and play her instruments. Bought her CD- "Pure and Simple". This program should be listed as Active not MC. Big group, but we were well managed by Lyn and Jim.

Lee from Massillon, OH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
This program is an excellent mix of activities and extremely well organized and presented in nice facilities.

Patricia from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
This program has something for everyone..from hiking to boat rides to birding, to visiting an historic church to music performances. You will be busy but not rushed! Plenty of time for taking photos, posting journal entries and getting to know your fellow participants. I knew nothing about this area before this trip and I learned so much. Perfect location and program length.

Lisa from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
For nature lovers and walkers, you will see some amazing things! Multiple nature paths, walks on the beach, wild horses, alligators and turtles. For birders, it's like being in an episode of "Wild Kingdom". We are encouraged to take seashells, they give us time to take pictures- highly recommended

Sharon from Monroeville, PA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
I'd never heard of Fernandina Beach or Amelia Island, but the program sounded interesting, and we wanted to spend that particular week in Florida. Learning about the rich local history was fascinating, and despite less than optimum weather, I enjoyed being on Cumberland Island and the beach and walking through the swamp. Food was great, company fantastic, our room over-the-top. All presenters were among the best I've ever met and Lynn Warr added huge value as our leader. I'd happily sign up for another program with her.

Helen from Oshkosh, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
This region around the GA/FL Line has much to offer, and the Road Scholar program was a great well to learn about it. Great boat rides, great accommodations, exceptional presenters.

Helena from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 01/18/15 - 01/23/15
LOved Amelia Island and the accomodations, just wonderful

Natalie from Jackson, MS Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
This was an interesting five days, with a well-organized, friendly, helpful leader and excellent speakers and tour guides. The hotel (Marriott Residence Inn) was outstanding, the variety of activities was good, and the participants, as usual with Road Scholar trips, were delightful.

Toni from Princeton, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
This was my first trip, I will definitely be going on Another experience with the the Road Scholar group. I was absolutely amazed at the incredible Okefenokee Swamp. It was awe inspiring. I will be sharing some pictures soon.

Susan from Lake Worth, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
This is my second trip and I can't wait for my next adventure.

John from Glenview, IL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
Wonderful PROGRAM! Very nice area, and the Okenfenokee Swamp was a big plus!

Lynn from Salisbury, CT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
If you like a variety of experiences and topics, this program is for you! We spent two days in beautiful natural places hiking and boating. Then we spent other days riding around the wonderful towns along the ocean front learning about their very unusual history and sights.

Dorean from Lake Pleasant, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
This was a very interesting learning experience. Although the weather wasn't the best, we were well taken care of and the show went on. The educators, accommodations, and group leader are all supurb. We had a wonderful experience and want to go back to Amelia Island some day.

Judith from Dallas, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This was a wonderful tour, and my husband and I learned more than we expected about Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp. Our group leader, Carl, was a knowledgeable source of information, and Stephanie, our naturalist guide for both Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee Swamp was a personable and professional leader. The weather was perfect, not hot or humid. I highly recommend this trip for anyone interested in this area of southern Georgia and Florida. One note: I would not rank this as a Moderately Challenging trip but rather somewhere between Active and Moderate.

Judith from East Aurora, NY Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Fantastic program in every way!! My husband and I would highly recommend it!

Bonnie from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
It was my first trip with Road Scholar and definitely will not be my last trip. Spending a rainy, cool week with 33 other people visiting the beach, a fort and a swamp may not be what everyone wants to do, but it was fantastic. Be sure to bring layers and rain gear and don't worry about anything else. The facilities, food and the program instructors were all top notch and the travel companions were great, see you soon! Bonnie

Walter from South Bend, IN Number of programs attended: 32
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
even the rain in an open sided boat on the Okefenokee swamp couldn't dampen the commraderie of stalwart souls or lessen the learning experience of this trip. Well planned, well excuted program led by a concerned and conciencious leader. Recommend others try this program. walt from South Bend, IN

Beth from Modesto, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
This is a well organized program that I would definitely recommend. I really enjoyed discovering northeast Florida, southeast Georgia which is such a beautiful and interesting area full of nature, culture and history. The hotel provides excellent amenities and is located next to a nature preserve which I really enjoyed exploring. Although the hotel is not located within walking distance of the downtown of Fernandina Beach, the hotel had a great shuttle service. Our leader did a very good job of ensuring that everyone's needs were met and made the program enjoyable. We had excellent instructors as well. I fell in love with Cumberland Island during our day trip there. I thought it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited. Unfortunately, bad weather made some parts of our trip more difficult, such as heavy rain during our swamp boat tour to Okefenokee Swamp. Most days we had very cold, grey weather, but we made the best of it and I appreciated being able to enjoy some new adventures. All of our trips were to wonderful locations and I came away with a greater appreciation of both this area of the U.S. and the quality of Road Scholar programs. I look forward to my next Road Scholar program, hopefully soon!

Cherie from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
I had a great time. All our presenters were fascinating speakers and Tom organized everything so efficiently. Everyday was something new and exciting, from exploring the barrier islands to the fort to the bogs. We stayed in a beautiful modern hotel and had great food.

Jane from Arlington, TX Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
I totally enjoyed this program. It was a perfect mix of activities, presentations and unique experiences. MJO

Kincaid from Fairlawn, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This was my first trip with Road Scholar. I really enjoyed the experience. An excellent combination of learning, exploring and sharing. The hotel was great as was the location...walking distance to beach and a wonderful greenway trail right behind the hotel.

Nancy from Amherst, MA Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
We who have been part of the northeast culture for most of our adult lives were able to absorb the lifestyle and history of the "eight-flags" section of our country, to understand how the settlements began and how the politics helped to mold the southern sections of our nation. We were exposed to the more primitive parts of Florida which allow for the growth of trees to help fuel our paper industry, to learn about the music and arts of a culture that has persisted in its appreciation of community involvement. We also appreciated the architecture and foods of the Amelia Island as it has evolved. We were appreciative of the opportunities we had for relating to knowledgable instructors as they relate to a myriad of peoples from across our country.

Carol from Eau Claire, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
Very good program. Informed instructors. Great leader. Nice accomdations.

Kate from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
This, my first Road Scholar program, was informative, refreshing and fun. I felt right at home with the participants and leaders, yet learned a lot that was new.

Roger from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
You will never believe how much history can be found on such a small island.

Janice from Paso Robles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
We enjoyed this trip very much and recommend it highly.

Pamela from Morgantown, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
This was our first Road Scholar trip and it will not be our last. We had a great time and enjoyed the experts and our travel companions.


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"Okefenokee Swamp, Chesser Island Boardwalk" Uploaded By: Beth
"Okefenokee Swamp, Chesser Island Boardwalk" Uploaded By: Beth

"Okefenokee Swamp, Chesser Island Boardwalk and Tower" Uploaded By: Beth

"Amelia Island River Cruise, inside the boat" Uploaded By: Beth

"Hiking Cumberland Island, boardwalk over salt marsh" Uploaded By: Beth

"Walking Cumberland Island, salt marsh and dunes" Uploaded By: Beth

"Walk on beautiful Cumberland Island" Uploaded By: Beth

"Ferry boat to Cumberland Island" Uploaded By: Beth

"Fort Clinch Byway!" Uploaded By: Diana

"Bittern, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston, GA" Uploaded By: W.T.

"Snowy Egret, Egans Creek Greenway Park, Amelia Island, FL" Uploaded By: W.T.

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"Learning about Cumberland Island and the Carnegies" Uploaded By: Janet

"Okefenokee - Great Program-Great Tour-Great People:" Uploaded By: Stanley

"Reflections at the Okefenokee Swamp" Uploaded By: Margaret Anne

"This is Robert E. Lee's father's original grave site. His body was moved to Virginia to be buried by his son." Uploaded By: Bobbie

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"The salt marsh at low tide" Uploaded By: Bobbie

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"This was the casino." Uploaded By: Bobbie

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"This is the backside of the mansion and the lawn where they threw great parties. They had a staff of 300. They built pools, tennis courts, a casino, etc." Uploaded By: Bobbie

"Horses in the background on the grounds of Dungeness" Uploaded By: Bobbie

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"What's left of the Dungeness Estate" Uploaded By: Bobbie

"One of the most interesting things about the island is its history - It was bought by the Carnegie family in 1880 as a winter retreat. They built the Dungeness mansion" Uploaded By: Bobbie

"Here is our group headed through the Avenue of Oaks" Uploaded By: Bobbie

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"Step back in time where John F. Kennedy, Jr. married Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in 1996." Uploaded By: Bobbie

"Cumberland Island is off the coast of Georgia. The only way to get there is by ferry." Uploaded By: Bobbie

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"The Okefenokee Swamp in February" Uploaded By: Mildred Attended: 02/22/09 - 02/27/09
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"Explore as you cruise the backwaters of Amelia Island and Cumberland Island and enjoy the spectacular views. Watch for rare birds, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife as you glide back in time along the rivers, creeks and marshes that surround Amelia Island. The boat is covered and may be closed to protect guests against inclement weather. Come aboard for an inspiring cruise experience that takes you along salt marshes, wilderness beaches, and historic river banks. " Uploaded By: Bobbie

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
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