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FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA

Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp

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Program #11603RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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.

Diana from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
Variety of activities for increasing knowledge of this area! loratiobns of area!!Great hotel and schedule allows for additional physical exploration of environment via bike, hiking, shuttle and beach!!

Nancy from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
We enjoyed our trip to Amelia Island. It met our expectations and most of the time exceeded our expectations.

Nancy from Hubbard, OH Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
I could not believe the accommodations. They were excellent, probably the nicest I ever had with EH. Great area to spend time in. We saw plenty of nature right behind the hotel grounds.

Ann from Kokomo, IN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
This is a great program and I highly recommend it! Our accomodations were great and the professional people that presented the programs were very knowledgable! We learned new things everyday!

Laura from Bella Vista, AR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
The program on Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, and the Okenfenokee Swamp was extremely educational and enjoyable! I definite recommend it for other potential Road Scholars!

Ruth from Mount Laurel, NJ Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
Great program in a pretty city with many historical roots.

Patricia from Kingsford, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
great program - add to your vacation

Thomas from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
This is an overall excellent program and a good value. The program leadership (Tom Murray) was a strong point and the program was a good combination of hiking, lectures, humor, music and downtime. Here are a few points to consider in understanding the program. The motel choice (Residence Inn) is a great facility and is located at the start of a 2-mile out and back nature trail (flat). The Residence Inn has a free shuttle to take you anywhere on the island. Fernandina is a fun beach town with lots of diversions to do if you arrive early or stay an extra day – including beach walks, shopping, unique eateries, fish charters, bike rentals, golf and historic restored plantations. My wife and I went to one of the restaurants featured on the Food Network on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The visits to Cumberland Island and Okefenokee Swamp are the headliners for this program but the harbor cruise, music presentation and shrimp lecture were all outstanding (yes, even the shrimp lecture – just take my word for it). The activities start at 9:30am on two of the mornings so you can choose to sleep in or get up early to enjoy the beach or hike the greenway nature trail. The Residence Inn is about 500 yards along the sidewalk from the main beach entrance. This is an excellent program with excellent instructors.

John from Greensboro, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
If you like nature and history, you will thoroughly enjoy the Cumberland and Amelia Islands and Okefenoke Swamp program. You'll learn about these lands that were occupied by native peoples thousands of years ago, and by many European nations in the last several hundred years and enjoy the natural resources that our government has protected for us and future generations. This is an extremely enjoyable program, with very nice hotel accommodations too.

Susan from Greensboro, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
The Cumberland Island, Amelia Island, and Okefenokee Swamp program was an excellent mix of history and nature. The variety of lectures and field trips was excellent and varied. We were kept busy but also given some free time to explore something that interested us beyond the program. I would highly recommend this program.

Katie from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/02/12
The Amelia Island, Cumberland Island & Okefenokee Swamp program was excellent & I recommend it highly. It was well organized with a good balance of lectures,fieldtrips & free time.

Ian from Greenwood, SC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/02/12
Wonderful week. Really helped that the weather cooperated. End of October, early November is a good time to go to Amelia Island. Mid summer could be tough (heat, humidity, bugs).


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

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

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

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"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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"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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"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

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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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"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
7 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
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