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Signature City St. Petersburg

Program Number: 20429RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/8/2013; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Experience the new vibrancy of Florida’s “sunshine city.” Begin with a motor coach excursion highlighting public art and scenic Tampa Bay. Learn about the city’s growth through interactive exhibits at the Museum of History, examine works of art from antiquity to the present at the Museum of Fine Arts, and explore the magnificent new Salvador Dalí Museum, a beacon of the downtown arts scene. Observe a glass-blowing demonstration and be awed by the new Chihuly Collection of glass art. At Sunken Gardens, encounter a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city, and discover the theatrical community’s vitality on a behind-the-scenes experience at a professional theater. Gain a new appreciation for St. Pete’s rich history and culture.




Highlights

• An expert in historic preservation leads a motor coach introduction that tells the city’s unique story.
• At The Dali Museum a docent enlightens you both about the breathtaking building and the largest collection of the surrealist’s work outside Spain.
• Observe a glass-blowing demonstration in the Hot Shop inspired by glass artist, Dale Chihuly, then visit the beautiful Chihuly Collection.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over the course of the day.




Date Specific Information

11-3-2013, 1-25-2015, 2-22-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Stylish boutique hotel in the heart of the downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Indigo
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Hotel Indigo
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 USA
phone: 727-822-4814
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call Hotel Indigo Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Hotel Indigo Call hotel at 727-822-4814 for prices
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Hotel Indigo that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Hotel Indigo the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking is free on premises and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Indigo Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak 601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Fl 33602 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

To/From Indigo Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-282-6817

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CAR RENTAL

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 
Driving Directions
  From Tampa International Airport Head south on I-275. Take exit 23A on the left to merge onto I-375 E towards Baywalk/The Pier. Continue onto 4th Ave N. Turn right onto 2nd St N. Take the 1st right on to 3rd Ave N. Address of the Hotel Indigo is 234 Third Avenue North. Parking is free on the premises for the duration of your program.
  North I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and to the downtown St. Petersburg exits.
  St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686). Merge onto I-275 South. Follow the same directions as if coming from Tampa International Airport, taking Exit 23A.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

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: Arrival, Check-in, Registration, Opening Dinner, Introductions & Orientation
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in St. Petersburg.

HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain the up-to-date schedule we'll review during orientation this evening.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

INTRODUCTIONS & ORIENTATION: 5:00pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, answer any questions you may have, and talk about what's going on in St. Petersburg for free time options. The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

 Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the neighborhood, or relax.

You are embarking on a new Signature City program in one of Florida's most welcoming and delightful cities. Famous for more than a century as a desired destination, St. Petersburg is aptly called "Sunshine City" with a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine. St. Pete is experiencing an exciting and enriching cultural renaissance as an art city with a number of world-class institutions, some of which you'll explore during our program.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to St. Petersburg via Motorcoach, Lunch and Field Trip at the Vinoy Hotel, Highlights and Colorful Characters of St. Petersburg History
(Monday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: The expansive buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, mini-bagels with butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, jelly, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled), meat (bacon or sausage), and potatoes (hash or seasoned).
 Morning: We'll begin each morning with announcements, updates, and an overview of the day's activities.

FIELD TRIP: Board the motorcoach with our historian, Jim Schnur, for a fun and informative ride through downtown St. Petersburg to learn about its history up to the present day.

 Lunch: Enjoy a delectable 3-course lunch in Marchand's Bar and Grill, the renowned dining room at the historic Vinoy Hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Renaissance Vinoy Resort. On New Year's Eve 1925, Aymer Vinoy Laughner's dream of an incomparable luxury hotel opened. The Vinoy's resident historian will walk us through this magnificent hotel that was and still is one of the finest examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Florida. With glazed quarry tiles, frescoed ceilings, intricate ornamental plaster and beautifully painted wood beams, it is a monument of grace and elegance.

You'll have free time after the field trip to linger at the Vinoy or explore on your own before dinner.

 Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Stories and Colorful Characters of St. Petersburg. Get the low down on what's historic, relevant, and entertaining from a local historian.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trips to Sunken Gardens & Salvador Dali Museum, Evening Presentation on American Stage Theatre
(Tuesday, November 5)

Note: The Sunken Gardens field trip involves walking and standing for a minimum of 90 minutes; few benches to sit on.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet in the Hotel Indigo's Meeting Room. Daily serving cottage cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, mini bagels with butter, cream cheese or jelly. Hot items will include eggs (scrambled or boiled), meat (bacon or sausage) and potatoes (hash or seasoned).
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Sunken Gardens. In 1903, George Turner, Sr. began growing tropical plants in the rich fertile soil and ancient lake in St. Petersburg. What began as a passion for gardening soon blossomed into a world famous botanical garden. Stroll through this 4-acre sanctuary with an expert docent and examine a variety of lush tropical plantings, cascading waterfalls, flowing ponds, exotic birds and rare Chilean flamingos.
 Lunch: Choice of sandwiches plus chips and dessert catered and served at the Hotel Indigo Meeting Room.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Salvador Dalí Museum. There has been a Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg for 30 years. The spectacular new building protects the most comprehensive private collection of Dalí's work in the world. The entire range of his work is displayed, from early Impressionist paintings through transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period. This constantly growing and evolving artist worked in all media, leaving behind a wealth of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures, films, photographs, performance pieces, jewels, and objects of all descriptions.
 Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: American Stage Theatre, Tampa Bay's best professional regional Equity theatre. The play we are scheduled to attend is "7 Guitars" by one of America's pre-eminent playwrights, August Wilson. The performance is preceded by an exclusive interview with the Artistic Director, the director of the play, and members of the cast. There may also be an opportunity for a "talk-back" with the cast following the performance. The New York Times praised it as "A play whose epic proportions and abundant spirit remind us of what the American theater once was."

This past season, American Stage was awarded Best Theater Company by the annual survey of the Best of the Bay by Creative Loafing (12th year in a row) and Tampa Bay Magazine (8th year in a row).

   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Museum of Fine Arts, Free Afternoon & Evening
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet in the Hotel Indigo's Meeting Room. Daily serving cottage cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, mini bagels with butter, cream cheese or jelly. Hot items will include eggs (scrambled or boiled), meat (bacon or sausage) and potatoes (hash or seasoned).
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg opened to the public in 1965. The Museum has an eclectic and well represented collection of art from antiquity to the present. The building itself inspired by the Palladian-style architecture houses art and sculpture complete with intimate outdoor garden areas, a library, and their special exhibitions and a small café. It is an art museum that is frequently described as a jewel to those who live here and visitors. Following a docent-led exploration, you'll have time to explore on your own.
 Lunch: On Your Own. Explore the many options in the area.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take this opportunity to explore your personal interests. We’ll provide transportation to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. You have many choices within walking distance or a local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, and much more.
 Dinner: On Your Own. Continue your culinary explorations and adventures.
 Evening: FREE EVENING. St. Pete has so much going on and you'll see recommendations in your arrival packet. We'll be happy to offer suggestions of current activities.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Art From Glass: Morean Arts Center, Ducan McClellan Studio, Chihuly Collection, Evening Entertainment
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet in the Hotel Indigo's Meeting Room. Daily serving cottage cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, mini bagels with butter, cream cheese or jelly. Hot items will include eggs (scrambled or boiled), meat (bacon or sausage) and potatoes (hash or seasoned).
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Art From Glass. Our first stop is to the Morean Arts Center’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop, a must-see opportunity to go behind the scenes and observe working artists creating magnificent glass pieces. The artists will provide step-by-step commentary, talk about the science behind glass and the artistic vision guiding the process. Seated comfortably, you’ll be able to watch an artist working in front of the furnace with molten glass and techniques dating back thousands of years ago to create glass art.

Continuing our theme, we next visit artist Duncan McClellen in his new St. Petersburg work-live-exhibit studio, a 7,800-square-foot warehouse transformed into a magnificent gallery. A First Prize winner in several national and local festivals, Duncan’s amazing glass creations are one-of-a-kind works with imagery inside, on the surface, and in some cases both.

 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Parkshore Grill across the street from the Fine Arts Museum. The chef strives to create every dish using locally grown organic produce, meat, and seafood.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Chihuly Collection. A short walk from the waterfront, The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned Dale Chihuly's unusual artwork in a 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso. This is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose and designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience. His spectacular large-scale installations include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works that have thrilled audiences around the globe.

The field trip will conclude at approximately 3:00pm and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to continue exploring on their own.

 Dinner: Hotel Indigo's fine chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in our private meeting room. The buffet dinner includes a hot entree, side dishes, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Enjoy an evening of live musical entertainment by one of our outstanding local performers.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Indigo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Public Arts & Architecture, Program Concludes
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet in the Hotel Indigo's Meeting Room. Daily serving cottage cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, mini bagels with butter, cream cheese or jelly. Hot items will include eggs (scrambled or boiled), meat (bacon or sausage) and potatoes (hash or seasoned).
 Morning: NOTE: Hotel check-out is by 11:00am.

FIELD TRIP: Public Arts and Architecture. Our motor coach will take you throughout St. Petersburg with our expert historian, Marlys Meckler. St. Pete has long been a stylish city and was recently named a top art destination by American Style Magazine. Along with an extraodinary variety of architectural styles and representative buildings, there are more than 80 works of public art.

 Lunch: Returning to the hotel, you'll have a boxed lunch with choice of wrap, chips, fruit, cookies, beverage.

The program concludes with lunch.

We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new Signature City program and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.


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