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A Journey Through Time: St. Augustine’s Remarkable History and Heritage

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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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.
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Barbara from Shelby, NC Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
This is St. Augustine's 450th anniversary year, so its an especially interesting time to visit. The program is excellent, the leaders are terrific. We will long remember Dianne Jacoby's dramatic presentations and her beautiful handmade period costumes. The hotel is comfortable and being able to walk on the beach or pier is an extra plus to this program. This was my 9th R-S program and my husband's 3rd and we highly recommend it!! The Blackburns, North Carolina March 15-20

Ruby from Selma, NC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
The Journey Through St. Augustine was indeed well worth the time and effort put forth to be there. Wonderful planning, great educationional presentations of the history of St. Augustine, and the fellowship with others very interesting. I would do it again!

Colbert from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Road Scholars program "A Journey Through Time: St. Augustine's Remarkable History and Heritage is outstanding. I can not imagine anyone who participates in this course being anything but totally satisfied with the experience. I strongly recommend it.

Harold from Potomac Falls, VA Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
I found this website difficult to use.

Gale from Guyton, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
Dianne Jacoby is one of the most informative and entertaining educational excursion leaders!

Doris from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 01/18/15 - 01/23/15
A very enjoyable program with lots of historical perspective on St. Augustine. Nice accommodations, good lecturers.

Edith from Green Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
I learned a lot, the staff was very good.A very good experience.

Ann from Portage, MI Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
This particular program exceeded my expectations. The charming Diane in her portrayal of the Flagler wives is outstanding. I sppreciated the variety of events we attended. All of the leaders made history come alive.

Barry from Oceanside, NY Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
This is a 'Best Practice' Road Scholar program and should be on everyone's to-do list.

Ruth from Cleveland Heights, OH Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
This program exceeded my expectations! Our leaders were well informed and well organized. The historical aspects of St. Augustine were presented in an interesting manner showing progression through time from the establishment of St. Augustine in 1565 to the present. Each day's presentation was accompanied by a meaningful fieldtrip. I would strongly recommend this program for anyone interested in St. Augustine's place in history from the Spanish settlement to the present.

Sally from Beachwood, OH Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
Very historical and interesting city with instructor, Diane Jacoby making it even better,

Christina from Melrose, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/18/15 - 01/23/15
Even though I was a Social Studies teacher, my education was sadly lacking on the Spanish history of the east coast. This program remedied that, from "discovery" through the 20th century. The instructor, Dianne, is unique- she is an actress who has written one-women shows about famous women of area history, which she performs to instruct, rather than delivering lectures.

Debra from Oelrichs, SD Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/04/15 - 01/09/15
This program was absolutely wonderful. I would repeat it again in a few years.

Elizabeth from Overland Park, KS Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/04/15 - 01/09/15
This was the perfect start to the new year. The weather was cool, but nice. The city was still beautiful with the addition of Christmas lights. All the leaders were relaxed, informative and cheerful, and the history was very fascination. I'd even consider doing another program in this area.

Ray from Sebring, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
great program

Ruthanne from Shreveport, LA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
I have been on at least eight Road Scholar's programs through the years, and have been able to implicitly trust the program, the leaders, and the other participants.

Dorothy from Reisterstown, MD Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
It was a pleasant respite from the north and snowstorms. We were thrown back in history of the 1500s. life was so hard then, it is amazing that anyone survived! What a combination of people -- Indians, Spanish, French, Irish, Greek, and "us" I felt like an intruder while visiting the town!

Marlene from Yorktown, IN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
I highly recommend this program. Dianne Jacoby is an outstanding instructor. She brings alive the history of St. Augustine.

Vera from Naperville, IL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This was a Road Scholar to rave about. The Flagler story told through use of period costumes, drama, visits to sites I never knew existed made this a memorable experience. Diane Jacoby was the highlight of the week.

Terry from Auburn, AL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
Leader/instructor Dianne Jacoby is a Road Scholar treasure. She is an expert on St. Augustine history, and she tells its story very effectively through dramatic monologues that she has written. Her one-woman show in which she portrayed the three wives of Henry Flagler was a highlight of the program. Lecturers and local guides also made history live. Other highlights included field trips to the fort, Villa Zorayda, Flagler College, the Lightner Museum, and the lighthouse. Hotel accommodations were excellent, as were meals at the hotel and at three local restaurants. This program proved to me, once again, that Road Scholar programs are cost-effective ways to travel and learn.

Marie from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
Really enjoyed the program instructor, in her period costumes, theatrical presentation, bringing history to life!

Bob from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
Interesting program-fascinating fellow travellers.

Gail from Mantua, NJ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
If you want to feel that you were there in 1550 and every important year thereafter without getting mired down in dates, join this program

John from Montclair, NJ Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/07/14
Fascinating history well presented

Jo Ann from Blacksburg, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/05/14 - 01/10/14
I liked the program and wi[[ go again. I learned so much and though I have been in St. Augustine many times I learned so many new things. Thanks so much, . Learned so much and have a greater appreciation for the place.

James from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
A fabulous trip! Dianne was an exceptional person and leader. No negatives for this trip. Jim and lois

William from Baltimore, MD Number of programs attended: 50
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
I think this program was completely worthy of the 5 stars. I highly recommend this "Journey through Time".

Bonnie from Nokomis, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
An Elderhostel experience like no other! Not only do you learn history, but Dianne's character portrayals put you right in the middle of history. A great experience!

Marianne from Fort Mill, SC Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
We thoroughly enjoyed this program! Dianne Jacoby made history come alive in this amazing, beautiful city. We recommend this program to all.

Larry from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
It was very informative and a delight to have had the experience. I would recommend it to anyone. Everyone was helpful, knowledgeable and fun to be with.

Leona from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
This is a wonderful program. It includes a lot of history and interesting sites to visit.

Wilfred from Deland, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
We loved Dianne Jacoby. Her presentation of events in Florida history made the past live. Dianne is an accomplished re enactor as well as an excellent historian. Her empathy for the characters she portrays is her great strength. Our hostess, Pat Fluno, was also wonderful. Her attention to details and preparation for this trip were evident , especially as we climbed the light house tower. It felt good to know that she had taken a course in CPR and that we were in safe hands. Fred & Mal Bisson DeLand, Florida

Karen from Massapequa, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
The program was excellent, both informative and interesting. I looked forward to Dianne's costumes and her portrayal of the Three Mrs Flaglers was great. The Ghost tour was fun too. I would rate it a 10. Karen from Long Island, NY

Sue from Timonium, MD Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
We had great fun and learned a lot. It was nice to have the 1 afternoon of free time so we could see whatever we felt a need to see or do. Dianne was the highlight of everyday and her knowledge of St Augustine's History was amazing. Good variety of activities and events. Ghost tour was terrific.

Sue from MD

Alice from Suffolk, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
This was my first Road Scholar trip and I had the experience of a life time. I enjoyed the outstanding field trips and lectures.
I learned about the famous Henry Flagler and Frank B. Butler. I enjoyed the presentations by Dianne Jocoby and the attention to detail by the hostess, Pat Fluno, who made sure we stayed togeher on every outing and in class. Thanks to her YELLOW UMBRELLA. (SMILE)

Judith from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Loved everything about this program. Each morning we looked forward to see our instructor's costume of the day. She brought the history of the time periods covered to life.

Eileen from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
This is an excellent program, providing participants with so much history that is usually not covered in our typical history books. The program uses a “multimedia” approach, including lectures, guided tours, and skits together with independent time to explore some sites. The narrated tram tour and harbor boat cruise both are a pleasant way to provide overviews of the history and scenic sites in the city. Dianne Jacoby, the primary guide and lecturer, is amazing. As a historical re-enactor, she brings her knowledge, enthusiasm, and many talents to the program each day. Each morning she joined us dressed in an elaborate outfit characteristic of the period being studied that day, and program highlights included her performance as Mrs. Flagler in an original play that she has created and an after dinner encounter with a female pirate in which she also involved some of the program participants. Another outstanding event was the evening ghost tour in the city. The hotel where we stayed is very comfortable, with the added bonus of being just a short walk from the beautiful beach for visiting for a quick walk before breakfast or if we had any energy left at the end of the day’s activities. Food was OK, with especially good shrimp dinners at a nearby restaurant and an excellent lunch at one of the historic hotels. The program is well organized and provides just enough free time to allow participants to relax at the end of most afternoons. I have a blog about this and my other recent Road Scholar programs; the address is http://emknesper.blogspot.com/.

Carol & Dick from Williamstown, NJ Number of programs attended: 60
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
learning the history of St Augustine came alive with Dianne Jacoby as she appeared in a different period of
dress whenever we saw her. We even did a Ghost Walk after dark with Tim Fleming. The highlight to us was when Dianne appeared telling the story of the Three Mrs. Flaglers'!

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