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Many Faces of Miami

Program Number: 20394RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/9/2014 - 2/14/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Miami, Florida
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Today’s Miami is an international city bustling with opportunity and cultural innovation. Experience the dynamic Cuban influence that has transformed the city of Miami from an unruly territory of pioneers into the modern-day “Capital of the Americas.” Explore Miami's most famous and historic neighborhoods to learn how Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Little Havana grew out of an unknown wilderness where eccentric settlers lived lives of adventure and hardship. Enjoy a taste of Miami’s diversity and come to understand it as a reflection of early settlement along the Miami River.




Highlights

• Visit the serene and stunningly beautiful, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.
• Sample Cuban cuisine, visit well-loved marketplaces, and take in lively street scenes as you learn the story of Miami’s Cuban community.
• Journey by boat around Biscayne Bay and with a local expert.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles on garden paths, grass, city streets and sidewalks; some standing.




Date Specific Information

2-9-2014, 1-18-2015, 1-25-2015, 2-15-2015, 3-15-2015, 3-22-2015

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Miami

One of America’s most dynamic, multicultural major cities, Miami attracts visitors from around the world to its cultural, recreational and historical attractions. Miami sits in the southeast corner of Florida amid the Miami River, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.



Accommodations
Modern hotel with outdoor swimming pool, centrally located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
  Miami 5 nights
 Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel has a wonderful location just minutes from CocoWalk, Miami’s multicultural marketplace, a premier open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. All guests have access to our outdoor pool and fitness center, and the full service Courtyard Bistro is open for breakfast and dinner. A Sundry/Convenience store is located in the hotel for any forgotten personal items you may need during your stay.
  Contact info: 2649 South Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33133 USA
phone: 305-858-2500
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miagv-courtyard-miami-coconut-grove/
  Room amenities: Enjoy spacious accommodations at the hotel in Coconut Grove that provide comfort and functionality. Hotel rooms feature large desks, convenient lighting and ergonomic chairs. Enjoy free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Sleep the night away with sumptuous bedding including rich cotton linens and fluffy pillows. Other Amenities include: Air conditioning Alarm clock Coffee maker/tea service Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows Pillows: down/feather Pillows: foam Hair dryer Cable/satellite TV
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA TBA
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBA TBA
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm Registration in the lobby. You will be staying at Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 am After breakfast and a program wrap-up. You will be staying at Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking: 24.50 USD daily Miami Parking Authority http://www.miamiparking.com/en/home.aspx
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Miami
  Nearest airport:  Miami International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Miami
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To Marriott Coconut Grove

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Public Bus

 

From Miami International Airport to Marriott Coconut Grove

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 305-871-2000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

18 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

7.1 miles

   

Rate for a shared ride van service: First passenger: $15 Each additional passenger: $8 Fuel surcharge: $1 Exclusive non-stop van service: First Passenger: $83 Fuel Surcharge: $5 Max Passengers: 10

 

Miami International Airport to Marriott Coconut Grove

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Cab
phone: 305-532-5555

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. $35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

18 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

7.1 miles

   

Taxis are readily available to transport you from the Key West airport to the hotel. The pick up location is outside baggage claim. A reservation is not required.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-75 To Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove Turn left to merge onto I-75 S. (Partial toll road) Keep right to continue on I-595 E, follow signs for Interstate 595 E/Ft Lauderdale. Take the exit toward Florida's Turnpike. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Florida's Turnpike. (Toll road) Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Florida's Turnpike S/Miami and merge onto Florida's Turnpike. (Toll road) Take the exit toward U.S. 441 E. (Partial toll road) Follow signs for I-95 S and merge onto I-95 S. Take the exit on the left toward Express Lanes Merge onto I-95 Express (Toll road). Merge onto I-95 S. Continue onto FL-5 S/U.S. 1 S. Turn left onto SW 17th Ave. Turn right onto S Bayshore Dr. Destination will be on the right
  From I-95 to Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove Take I-95 S, follow signs for Interstate 95 S/Jax Beaches/Daytona Beach. Take exit 129 to merge onto FL-70 W/Okeechobee Rd. Turn left onto the Florida's Turnpike ramp. (Partial toll road) Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Miami and merge onto Florida's Turnpike. (Toll road) Take the exit toward U.S. 441 E. (Partial toll road). Follow signs for I-95 S and merge onto I-95 S. Take the exit on the left toward Express Lanes. Merge onto I-95 Express. Merge onto I-95 S. Continue onto FL-5 S/U.S. 1 S. Turn left onto SW 17th Ave. Turn right onto S Bayshore Dr. Destination will be on the right
  From Miami International Airport to Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove Head south toward Miad Circle. Continue straight onto NW 21st St. Take the ramp. Take exit 4 toward Florida 953 S/Le Jeune Rd/Coral Cables/Florida 836. Continue straight for 0.2 miles. Merge onto FL-953 S/NW 42nd Ave/S Le Jeune Rd via the ramp on the left to FL-836 W. Merge onto FL-836 E via the ramp to Downtown. Take the FL-9 S/NW 27th Ave exit. Turn right onto FL-9 S/NW 27th Ave. Continue to follow NW 27th Ave. Turn left onto Lincoln Ave. Continue onto Darwin St. Turn right onto S Bayshore Dr. The destination will be on the right. The trip is a total of 7.1 miles.
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 and Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00pm.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session.

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.

 Dinner: Our 3-course dinner at the hotel includes salad, entrée, and dessert.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in and good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

   
Accommodations: Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Coral Gables and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Our breakfast at the hotel includes a well balanced selection of hot and cold items, coffee, and tea.
 Morning: Drive and walk through Miami neighborhood Coral Gables with expert commentary. “City Beautiful” Coral Gables is the product of the Florida land boom of the 1920s and is home to landmarks such as the Biltmore Hotel, George Merrick House, and Venetian Pool.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Vizcaya Café.
 Afternoon: Stroll the impressive Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and see the residence that industrialist James Deering (1859-1925) had built as his winter residence. Deering was a retired millionaire afflicted with pernicious anemia when he decided he needed a home in South Florida to restore his health. That home grew into a 180-acre estate centered on a mansion that has been described as the finest private house ever built in America. A docent will lead us through this estate that required 1,000 workers including stonecutters, stonemasons, and others from the local area as well as craftsmen from the northeast U.S. and Europe for its construction. In addition to the architecturally significant main house -- modeled after an Italian villa -- with its 34 decorated rooms, Vizcaya retains ten acres of formal gardens and diverse collections of European antiquities, commissioned American art, and century-old plants.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel
 Evening: One of city's leading historians, Seth Bramson, will talk about the history of greater Miami and its diverse neighborhoods..
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Biscayne Bay, Free Afternoon, Free Evening
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A local expert will take take us on a guided walk through Coconut Grove. Coconut Grove boasts a rich and culturally diverse history providing a haven for artists, musicians, and writers.
 Lunch: Lunch is in the nearby Bayside neighborhood.
 Afternoon: Sit back, relax and enjoy a fully-narrated sightseeing cruise along the scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami's coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach.

Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice; suggestions provided.
 Evening: Free Evening. Continue your personal independent exploration, spend time with new Road Scholar friends, or relax and enjoy what the hotel has to offer.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Little Havana and the Cuban Influence, and a performance
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A local expert will take take us on a guided walk through Little Havana. Many cultures have characteristic games and in Little Havana it's dominoes. We begin at Máximo Gómez Park, popularly known as Domino Park, where locals gather to play the national game of Cuba, dominoes. The park is named for the military commander of that country's war of independence. As we learn about the history, culture, and people of Little Havana during our walk, we will stop along the way for Cuban coffee and other delights.

At the conclusion of the walk, we will board our motorcoach and transfer to Vizcaya.

 Lunch: Lunch in Little Havana
 Afternoon: Hear from a local expert who deals with immigration issues about the history of Cuban exiles.
 Dinner: Enjoy a pre-concert dinner near the performing arts center.
 Evening: Attend the musical Assassin's at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Winner of five 2004 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. This striking work looks at the lives, loves and lunacy of nine American assassins, including John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: South Beach, Art Deco District, Perez Art Museum
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about the many reincarnations of South Beach on a drive through the area. Then take an expert led architectural walk through the world famous Art Deco district.
 Lunch: Lunch at Van Dyke Cafe on Lincoln Road
 Afternoon: Led by a docent, discover the inaugural exhibitions of the newly opened Perez Art Museum The Perez is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

 Dinner: Enjoy the farewell dinner at the hotel with good food and good company.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Transformation of Miami, Program Concludes
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: To wrap up, a guest speaker will talk about the transformation of Miami over the last two decades.

The program concludes with this final presentation. We hope you have enjoyed discovering the many faces of Miami and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Miami Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents. Opened in 1938, the 83-acre garden is among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers tours along with a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant conservation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment. For additional information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org/
  Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum (MAM) serves one of the most diverse and fast-growing regions of the country, where a confluence of North and Latin American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. MAM embraces its role as a cultural anchor and touchstone in a city that welcomes countless ethnic and age groups, lifestyles and ideas. For additional information, visit www.miamiartmuseum.org/
  Miami Museum of Science
The Miami Museum of Science features exhibits relating to science and technology, as well as a wonderful planetarium and wildlife center. For additional information, visit www.miamisci.org/
  The History Miami Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, The History Miami Museum is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the state. It offers exhibitions that appeal to a wide audience interested in South Florida and the Caribbean community, while at the same time engaging residents and tourists alike. For additional information, visit www.historymiami.org/
  Venetian Pool
A Venetian-style lagoon carved out of coral rock, this historic landmark and swimming pool features caves, stone bridges and waterfalls.Operates year-round. Call 305-460-5306 for information on rates and hours of operation. Children must be 38 inches tall or show proof that they are at least 3 years old. For additional information, visit http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=167
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


George Merrick's Coral Gables "Where Your 'Castles in Spain' are Made Real!"


Author: Arva Moore Parks


Description: A beautiful book by an author who knows her subject. Details Merrick's creation of a "City Beautiful" as propounded by Daniel Burnham, woven together with Merrick's own life story, chronologically.



Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers


Author: Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin


Description: In Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers, a celebrated architecture critic and writer and an award-winning landscape architect explore the little-known story of Vizcaya, an extraordinary national treasure. Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin use a rich collection of illustrations, historic photographs, and narrative to document the creation of this stunning house and landscape. Vizcaya was completed in 1916 as the winter retreat of Chicago industrialist James Deering. The cosmopolitan bachelor, who chose Miami for its warm climate, enlisted the guidance of artist Paul Chalfin, with whom he traveled throughout Italy to survey houses and gardens. With the assistance of architect F. Burrall Hoffman, Jr., and garden designer Diego Suarez, the 180-acre site on Biscayne Bay was transformed into a grand estate, complete with lagoons, canals, citrus groves, a farm village, a yacht harbor, and a 40-room Baroque mansion.



Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide Featuring Downtown, the Beaches, and Coconut Grove


Author: Allan T. Shulman, Randall C. Robinson Jr, James F. Donnelly


Description: A major urban center perched between vast natural ecosystems, Miami is known for a strikingly diverse built environment that is barely 100 years old. Within this brief span, the city has constantly reinvented itself, seeking a tangible identity as Floridas largest metropolis. In this invented landscape, architecture, landscape design, and urban planning have played a particularly important role in creating Miamis modern character and unique identity.



Discovering South Beach Deco: Walking Tours in the Miami Beach Art Deco District


Author: Richard Beaubien, Valerie Beaubien


Description: "Discovering South Beach Deco: Walking Tours in the Miami Beach Art Deco District" is both a reference book and a tour guide. It presents eight self-guided walks, from sizzling Ocean Drive to the charming neighborhoods off the beach. Each tour includes a user-friendly map, historical background and commentary on buildings and architectural details, as well as pointers to food, museums and other diversions along the route. Over 300 buildings and historic sites are covered, most with accompanying black and white pictures. Supplementary chapters explore the history and architecture of Miami Beach in more detail, making this an indispensable guide for locals and well-informed tourists alike.





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