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Real Bermuda: History and Heritage

Program Number: 3103RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/10/2014 - 2/16/2014; 9/22/2014 - 9/28/2014; 2/23/2015 - 3/1/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/11/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Bermuda
Price starting at: $2,098.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: ; Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 18; 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Kosher; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Low Fat    

Bermuda, land of azure seas and pink-sand beaches, is the oldest of the British colonies. Despite its remote location, it is one of the world's most affluent and sophisticated islands. Go beneath the surface to discover a Bermuda known to few outsiders. Experience a rich blend of cultures including English, Portuguese, African and American, learn the story of its unique civil rights past with local experts, explore Colonial-style mansions and informative museums and savor local music and native cuisine.




Highlights

• Collect marine plankton on a starlight boat excursion with experts from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and study your findings in the lab.
• Enjoy a nature walk focused on Bermudan flora on the BIOS Grounds and in the Nunnemacher Nature Reserve.
• Enjoy entrance into Bermuda's major museums and attractions



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven, hilly terrain.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. George’s, 6 nights; departure.



Independent flight from the U.S.A.
Independent Taxi transfer to BIOS (10 minute taxi ride)
Arrival St. George’s
6 nights
Arranged Taxi return to airport at participants expense (10 minute journey)
Departure

Discover St. George's, a thriving port town whose colonial charm has been beautifully preserved, at the northeastern end of Bermuda. Local experts reveal Bermuda's diverse culture, unique civil rights legacy and intriguing local architecture. Learn about the island's ties to American history, war and blockade running. Explore the National Museum of Bermuda; the Verdmont Mansion, once owned by the founder of South Carolina; and Hamilton, the modern capital. Collect marine plankton samples on a starlit boat excursion and examine your findings in the BIOS lab. Enjoy storytelling and a lunch out in the old historic town of St. George.




Bermuda

Perhaps its motto, Quo Fata Ferunt, or “Whither the Fates Carry Us,” best sums up Bermuda’s history, attitude and culture. Bermuda is Britain’s oldest colony, and the oldest remaining British overseas territory. However, that colonial formalism is balanced by an eclectic array of influences brought to the island by a variety of cultures, including Africa, Portugal and the Americas.



Accommodations
Rustic and well-appointed, fan-cooled, dormitory-style rooms at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Bedrooms are on second floor; no elevator.
Meals and Lodgings
   BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
  St. Georges, Bermuda 6 nights
 BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Contact info: Ferry Reach
St. Georges,  GE 01 Bermuda
phone: +44 1-297-1880
web: www.bios.edu
  Room amenities: En-suite bathroom with shower and sink. Cupboard and hangers for clothes. Fan or heater available in summer/winter months.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $71 per person. Rooms are available post-program only - additional nights prior to the program cannot be accommodated. Three additional nights allowed at special price. After that, regular rates and availability apply. *Price subject to change
  Additional nights after: $71 per person. Rooms are available post-program only - additional nights prior to the program cannot be accommodated. Three additional nights allowed at special price. After that, regular rates and availability apply. *Price subject to change


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
St. Georges, Bermuda 5:00 pm You will be staying at BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) that night.
  End of Program:
St. Georges, Bermuda, Sat 8:45 pm, departures Sunday You will be staying at BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is REQUIRED for Bermuda
  Parking availability:
Available if necessary;
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Bus is available but the taxi ride will be less expensive if you share.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Georges
  Nearest city or town:  St. Georges
  Nearest highway: 10 minues from main airport
  Nearest airport:  Bermuda International Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxis are readily available at the airport for the 10 minute transfer to BIOS. Approximate cost $20 per taxi.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Georges
  Transportation from site: We will arrange taxis for the return trip to the airport at a cost of approximately $20 per taxi.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: Bermuda is a low lying island with gentle hills so high elevations are not a problem.

Equipment Requirements: No special equipment is required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals/Orientation
(Monday, February 10)

Note: walk around grounds



   
 Lunch: arrivals
 Afternoon: Participants will arrive throughout the afternoon and check in. Tea and Coffee are available.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Orientation with Road Scholar Coordinator and introductions
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: St. Georges Tour of town Globe and Tucker House Museums Lunch in St. Georges Guest Speaker-Flora Guest Speaker-Culture
(Tuesday, February 11)

Note: 1/2 mile tour/walk around St. Georges 15 minute walk around campus



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Lecture
 Lunch: Lunch at BIOS
 Afternoon: A guided tour of St. George's and museums. Return to BIOS for wine and cheese reception.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Lecture.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hamilton Capitol Lunch IN Hamilton Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute Guest Speaker- Scientist
(Wednesday, February 12)

Note: 2 mile walk around Hamilton, hillier then St. George's walk self-guided walking tour around BUEI



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Hamilton for guided walking tour of historic sites
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Hamilton
 Afternoon: View works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keefe, Marsden Hartley and many others at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in The Botanical Garden.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Lecture on the interesting aspects of Bermuda culture
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Guest Lecture- Architecture Guest Lecture- Military History Fort St. Catherines Martello Tower
(Thursday, February 13)

Note: 1.5 mile walk to Whalebone Bay



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Boat ride to Dockyard at the western end of the island. Visit museums, art centers and Dolphin Quest.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Horeshoe Bay
 Afternoon: Catch a ferry to Hamilton, the Island's capital. Return to BIOS for tea and scones in the dining room.
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Starlight cruise to collect marine plankton, followed by a lab session to study your findings.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Docykyard Tour Commisioners House/National Museum of Bermuda Free time Tea and scones Plankton Tow
(Friday, February 14)

Note: 1 mile walk around dockyard free time of leisure in dockyard



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Lecture on Bermuda's culture and Natural History
 Lunch: Lunch at BIOS
 Afternoon: Botanical tour of the BIOS Grounds and Nunnemacher nature reserve and lecture on Bermuda's Flora
 Dinner: Dinner at BIOS
 Evening: Lecture
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Verdmont Banquet dinner
(Saturday, February 15)

Note: 1/2 mile walk



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: Tour Verdmont historic mansion and grounds, viewing traditional Bermudian architecture and furniture.
 Lunch: Packed Lunch in Hamilton
 Afternoon: Free afternoon in Hamilton for shopping and sightseeing.
 Dinner: Farewell Banquet at BIOS
 Evening: "Dark 'n' Stormies" (Bermuda's famous rum cocktails) are served in the lounge.
   
Accommodations: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departures
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at BIOS
 Morning: No activities planned. Prepare to depart.
 Lunch: Packed lunch provided in the morning
 Afternoon: Farewells!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Georges Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo
For your free time Participants have an organized itinerary and after our main excursion on Saturday they are dropped at their choice destination and then given directions and bus tickets to get home via the public bus. Some choose to take cabs. From the bus stop it is a 1/4 mile walk to BIOS.
  Bermuda Botanical Gardens and Masterworks Museum
For your free time Participants have an organized itinerary and after our main excursion on Saturday they are dropped at their choice destination and then given directions and bus tickets to get home via the public bus. Some choose to take cabs. From the bus stop it is a 1/4 mile walk to BIOS.
  Spittal Pond
Nature reserve with nice hiking trail and brackish pond great for birding!
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Sir George Somers – A Man and His Times


Author: by David F. Raine


Your Bermuda


Author: George Rushe


The Story of Bermuda and her People


Author: W.S. Zuill


Bermuda Five Centuries


Author: Rosemary Jones


The Natural History of Bermuda


Author: Martin Thomas


Half Mile Down


Author: William Beebe


The Island that Disappeared


Author: Elizabeth Musson Kawaley




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