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The America South: An Antebellum Perspective Along the Southern Coast

Program Number: 21093RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/13/2013 - 11/21/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: South Carolina/Georgia/Florida
Price starting at: $4,090.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

From Confederate strongholds to the sweeping fields of plantations, the American South is home to some of the most fascinating history and natural beauty in the country. With local experts, visit sites along the famous Intracoastal Waterway to gain insight into the antebellum identity that has been beautifully preserved in the historic districts of St. Augustine, Savannah and Charleston, and explore the thriving ecosystems of the islands along Georgia’s coastline.

Activity Particulars

Walking and some standing during field trips.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Charleston, S.C., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 7 nights.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.

Days 1-2: Arrival Charleston, S.C. / embark Yorktown:

Trace Charleston’s role in the Civil War as you meander along its harbor and extensive historic district, and take in the grandeur of homes such as the Calhoun Mansion and Nathaniel Russell House.

Day 3: Beaufort, S.C.:

Admire the beautifully preserved antebellum architecture of Beaufort’s downtown region, designated a National Historic Landmark.

Day 4: Savannah:

Marvel in the elegant homes that line Savannah’s historic district, including the Federal-style Davenport House and the opulent Owens-Thomas House.

Days 5-6: Brunswick / Jekyll Island / St. Simon’s Island / Intercoastal Waterway:

On Jekyll Island, explore cottages that once belonged to the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts before learning the history of the archaeological site of Fort Frederica on St. Simon’s Island. Search for birds and wildlife during a study cruise along the Intercoastal Waterway.

Day 7: St. Marys / Cumberland Island:

Journey by ferry to Cumberland Island where Park Rangers lead an exploration of the island’s historic sites and wildlife habitats.

Day 8: Jacksonville, Fla. / St. Augustine / Disembarkation

Via tram, experience St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, and learn about its significance in the early oil and railroad industries.


Built and registered in America and staffed by American officers and crew, the Yorktown is the perfect vessel for exploring America’s great coastal waterways. With a draft of only nine feet, it can sail where larger vessels cannot go, and its American registry allows it to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Passengers enjoy an informal onboard atmosphere and tend to spend much of their time underway enjoying lectures and concerts in the lounge or reading and relaxing on the sun deck.

Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
  Jacksonville, FL 1 night
  Jacksonville, FL
At Sea
7 nights
 Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Type: Hotel
  Description: Welcome to Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, where metropolitan style meets stunning natural beauty. Our downtown luxury hotel, situated along the St. Johns River waterfront, offers incomparable service and comfortable elegance. Whether your stay in Jacksonville, Florida is for business or leisure, it will be worry-free when you stay with us. Stay productive while you travel with our FedEx Office business center complete with assistance from dedicated staff. Expedite your arrival and departure with our convenient PDA and Kiosk Check-In and FastBoardTM services, and take advantage of exclusive amenities prepared especially for our Business Plan guestrooms.
  Ship Information: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.
  Contact info: 225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202 USA
phone: 904-588-1234
  Room amenities: Throw open the window and enjoy a cool breeze and stunning views of the city skyline from our spacious Jacksonville accommodations. Filled with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, additional appointments in our Jacksonville Florida accommodations include two triple-sheeted Queen Grand BedsTM, cable TV, video on demand, enhanced work area with oversize desk, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, Wi-Fi Internet access, and deluxe granite bath offering two sinks, and Portico bath amenities. Amenities Hyatt Grand BedTM Hairdryer Room service during regular hours 25 inch or larger TV Video on demand Speakerphone Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) Individual heat control Windows that open Safe deposit boxes at front desk Crib upon request Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® Toothpaste Amenities Oversized work desk Iron/ironing board iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cable/satellite TV channels Dual line phones Voicemail Dataport Individual air conditioning control Concierge during regular hours Rollaways upon request
  Facility amenities: You’ll never be at a loss for things to do when you visit the ideally located Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Set along a four-mile riverwalk that runs directly in front of our luxurious Jacksonville hotel along the St. Johns River, you’ll delight in discovering all the attractions and activities nearby. Take advantage of more than 70 top-notch golf courses, jazz and film festivals, exciting sports and outdoor activities, concerts and more during your Jacksonville hotel vacation. After a full day of activity, you may want to opt for a relaxing lounge chair on the pool deck so you can soak up some of our sensational Jacksonville weather. Located on the top floor of the hotel, our heated outdoor pool and hot tub offer a refreshing option for exercise and relaxation. Pick up your favorite vacation read and unwind as you gaze at the St. Johns River below, swim laps or just soak tired muscles in the hot tub. There’s more than just the LCD screen to gaze at in our hotel’s StayFitTM gym too, with a bank of windows overlooking the St. Johns River and the downtown Jacksonville city skyline
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for special rate. Call hotel for a special rate for the "Road Scholar Yorktown" to make reservations at the Hyatt Regency the night before your program begins.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.
  Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American
  Contact info: Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
  Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Jacksonville, FL. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront that night.
  End of Program:
Charleston, SC. Disembarkation by 9:00 am. You will be staying at Yorktown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. A valid driver's license number or passport number must be on file before departure.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the Hyatt Regency is available at a cost of $12 per day. You are responsible for this cost if you leave your car at the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jacksonville, FL
  From End of Program
  Location: Jacksonville, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

I-95 to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, FL


From Airport




Checker Cab
phone: 904-345-3333


Per Person/One Way:


$30.00 for 1-3 people plus $7.00 for each additional passenger.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




15 miles


Instructions for meeting your Checker Cab at JAX; All passengers take the down escalator and GO LEFT to baggage claim Do not exit the front doors. Exit the side door near baggage claim 1 and meet the vehicles at Ground transportation. We are the only all yellow colored vehicles in Jacksonville.

Driving Directions
  From 10 East Bound (Gainesville/Tallahassee/Valdosta) •Merge onto I-10 E toward Jacksonville •Keep right toward US-17/SR-228/Downtown Jacksonville/Savannah •Take the exit on the left •Take the I-95 N exit on the left toward Downtown/Int'l Airport/Savannah •Take the Forsyth St. exit, EXIT 352B, toward Convention Center •Turn slight right onto W Forsyth St. •Turn right onto N Newnan St. •Turn left onto E Coast Line Dr. •Make immediate left into front entrance of our Jacksonville FL luxury hote
  From I-95 North Bound (St. Augustine, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, South Florida) •Take I-95 North to Exit 350-A (Main Street/Prudential Drive) •Follow signs for Main Street •Proceed over the Main Street Bridge (Blue Bridge) •Take a sharp right via the exit ramp •Turn right at bottom of exit ramp to Newnan •Turn left on Coastline Drive and make immediate left into hotel entrance
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Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/Orientation and Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, November 13)
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Road Scholar check-in and orientation begins at 5:00 pm in the conference room. Receive your name badge and up-to-date schedule before going over the program daily schedule.
 Dinner: Meet the Road Scholar participants that will be on the cruise. Enjoy a special meal at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: St. Augustine Field Trip/Lunch St.Augustine/Embark Yorktown
(Thursday, November 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel overlooking the water.
 Morning: Field Trip: St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States. St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as "The First Coast", which extends from Amelia Island in the north to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Palm Coast in the south. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975. St. Augustine is the headquarters for the Florida National Guard. Henry Flagler, a partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil arrived in St. Augustine in the 1880s and was the driving force behind turning the city into a winter resort for the wealthy northern elite. Flagler bought a number of local railroads which were incorporated into the Florida East Coast Railway, which built its headquarters in St. Augustine. You will explore this grand old city by tram with on and off stops.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the historic district of St. Augustine, the oldest city.
 Afternoon: After lunch, spend time in St. Augustine before returning to Jacksonville and boarding your ship at 4:00 pm. Your luggage will be delivered from the motor coach to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner will be onboard.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: St. Marys/ Cumberland Island
(Friday, November 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: From St. Marys, a historic small port town on Georgia’s south coast, take a local ferry to nearby Cumberland Island, the largest wilderness island in the country. Inhabited by Timucuan Indians for more than 3,000 years, the island was also host to British colonists, Spanish missionaries, and the Carnegies, who owned most of the island from the late 19th century, and built several mansions that are still standing. In 1972, the island was purchased by the federal government and they established the Cumberland Island National Seashore in order to protect the unique wildlife. During our visit, we will explore Cumberland’s historic sites, as well as the rich bird and animal life, in the company of park rangers.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time in St. Marys.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Brunswick/Jekyll Island/St. Simons Island
(Saturday, November 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: From Brunswick, explore Jekyll and St. Simons Islands, two of Georgia’s Golden Isles. In 1886 a group of millionaires from the north bought the island as a winter retreat and built the Jekyll Island Club, whose members included Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. These illustrious members erected stately mansions—which were called “cottages”—around the imposing club and are remarkably preserved today. In 1947 Georgia purchased the island and the estates and subsequently turned the area into a state park. On scenic St. Simons Island, visit the archaeological site of Fort Frederica, where Spanish and British troops battled in 1742, establishing Georgia as a British colony. Also visit the island’s lighthouse, rebuilt in 1872 and still operational today.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues on Jekyll and St. Simons Islands.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway
(Sunday, November 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Spend the day enjoying the wildlife and scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Low Country is home to a multitude of birdlife and wildlife, including alligators and turtles may be seen along the swamps, marshes and sawgrass flats. This evening enjoy time at leisure to explore Brunswick, the major urban and economic center of southern Georgia.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Relax with afternoon cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Savannah
(Monday, November 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Call at Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. In December 1864, the city fell to Sherman’s troops and was spared certain destruction when President Lincoln intervened on its behalf. Today the fine avenues and open spaces that Oglethorpe planned form the cornerstone of the three-square-mile historic district, which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares. A tour includes the Davenport House, an elegant Federal-style home that presides over the northwest corner of Columbia Square; the opulent Owens-Thomas House, designed by noted English architect William Jay; and the Romanesque Cotton Exchange, once one of the busiest.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure to stroll among the lovely streets and squares of Savannah.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your time at leisure.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Beaufort, SC
(Tuesday, November 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today we call in Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Set amid an estuary in the interior Sea Islands, Beaufort is steeped in beauty and in history. South Carolina seceded from the Union at the end of 1860, but less than a year had passed when the Union occupied the city of Beaufort, freeing 1,000 slaves in the region. Spend time exploring the downtown area, which is a designated National Historic Landmark whose unique, antebellum architecture has been remarkably preserved.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Beaufort.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard lecture or enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Charleston, SC
(Wednesday, November 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Spend the day in Charleston, one of the East Coast’s loveliest cities. A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport from colonial times, it was in here in Charleston’s harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumter, thus starting the Civil War. Tour Charleston’s extensive historic district, which includes the 18th-century Heyward- Washington House; the Calhoun Mansion, with its ornate plaster and wood moldings and sweeping stairwell; and the Nathaniel Russell House, a neoclassical townhouse set amidst beautiful gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Last evening onboard. Join your fellow participants and Group Leader for a farewell evening.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Charleston / Disembark
(Thursday, November 21)

Note: Disembarkation will take place by 9:00 am. Motor coach departures to the Charleston International airport will leave from the ship for participants needing a ride to the airport.

 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List

A Guide to a Georgia Barrier Island: Featuring Jekyll Island With St. Simons & Sapelo Islands

Author: Taylor Schoettle

Description: Testimonial: Ever wished, as you walked along a deserted stretch of beach or stared at the ruins of a stately old home, you had a naturalist/historian along with you? Buy A GUIDE TO A GEORGIA BARRIER ISLAND and you'll be in the company of both. His name is Taylor Schoettle. His informative, easy-going style and eager descriptions of what you're walking on, looking at, and interested in make this book a tremendous bargain.

A Short History of Charleston

Author: Robert N. Rosen

Description: A concise small history of Charleston that is easy to read and enjoyable.

A Witness to History: Charleston's Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

Author: Ruth Miller and Ann Taylor Andrus

Description: The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the great buildings of Colonial America. Serving as city hall, customs house, post office and prison; as the British Headquarters during the occupation of Charles Towne and then host to a great ball honoring George Washington, the Exchange has been an eyewitness to America’s history. This stoic building-—designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975—-has been described as the best example of the dignity and ornament of the traditional English “exchange-town hall” design of the eighteenth century built in the United States. From within its Great Hall to deep below in the Provost Dungeon, the Exchange has played a vital role in American history. Andrus’ and Miller’s fast-paced and readable survey of the history and significance of the Old Exchange Building will appeal to visitor and serious historian alike.

Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

Author: David Detzer

Description: An original and deeply human portrait of soldiers and civilians caught in the vortex of war. So vividly does Allegiance re-create the events leading to the firing of the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861, that we can feel the fabric of the Union tearing apart. It is a tense and surprising story, filled with indecisive bureaucrats, uninformed leaders, hotheaded politicians, and dedicated and honorable soldiers on both sides. The six-month-long agony that began with Lincoln's election in November sputtered from one crisis to the next until Lincoln's inauguration, and finally exploded as the soldiers at Sumter neared starvation. At the center of this dramatic narrative is the heroic figure of Major Robert Anderson, a soldier whose experience had taught him above all that war is the poorest form of policy. With little help from Washington, D.C., Anderson almost single-handedly forestalled the beginning of the war until he finally had no choice but to fight. David Detzer's decade-long research illuminates the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and individuals on both sides who changed American history. No other historian has given us a clearer or more intimate picture of the human drama of Fort Sumter.

Cumberland Island: A History

Author: Mary Bullard

Description: Author Mary Bullard, widely regarded as the person most knowledgeable about Cumberland Island, is a descendant of the Carnegie family, Cumberland's last owners before it was acquired by the federal government in 1972 and designated a National Seashore. Bullard's discussion of the Carnegie era on Cumberland is notable for its intimate glimpse into how the family's feelings toward the island bore upon Cumberland's destiny.

Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses

Author: Charles Seabrook

Description: In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook uses his talent as an award-winning environmental writer to describe the island's natural bounty and to tell its long and intriguing history. You'll meet Catherine "Caty" Greene Miller, the widow of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene and the woman who inspired Eli Whitney to invent the cotton gin. She was also the inspiration behind Dungeness, the 30-room tabby mansion built on Cumberland Island in 1803. Another strong woman who currently resides on the island is Carol Ruckdeschel, a naturalist who was the subject of a John McPhee profile in the New Yorker in 1974. GoGo Ferguson and Carol were great friends until they disagreed on the future of the island. Their ensuing feud reveals the continuing debate among residents, conservationists, and developers about how the island should be managed. In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook provides a fascinating look into the history of one of America's greatest natural treasures.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

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Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733

Author: Preston Russell (Author), Barbara Hines (Author)

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Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War

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South of Broad

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St. Simons Island: A Summary of Its History [Paperback]

Author: R. Edwin Green

Description: South of Savannah, along the picturesque and historic coastline of Georgia, lies a group of barrier islands known as the Golden Isles. This collection of coastal Sea Islands has attracted people—Native Americans, European settlers and vacationing sun-seekers—throughout history, for the islands’ bountiful resources and appealing climate. Perhaps the brightest jewel of these islands is St. Simons Island. The History Press is proud to release St. Simons Island: A Summary of its History, by local resident and historian Reverend Edwin Green. Green has compiled an informative volume, which highlights the unique and developing history of one of Georgia’s most popular Sea Islands.

The Jekyll Island Club

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Description: In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period.

The Secret Gardens of Charleston

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