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Voyage Around Florida: The Gulf, the Keys, the Space Coast & More

Program Number: 21327RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/14/2014 - 3/25/2014;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Florida
Price starting at: $5,685.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 41; 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From the Spanish colonial architecture of St. Augustine to the Gilded Age mansions of Palm Beach, from bohemian Key West to the wild Everglades, experience the best of Florida on this voyage around the peninsula. Glimpse wildlife of the marshes and reefs, sail spectacular waterways and learn about intriguing characters that have called the Sunshine State home.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some hilly, uneven terrain. Mobility is essential, as small boats and tenders are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation. There is no elevator on the ship.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

St. Petersburg, Fla., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 10 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.





Days 1-2:
Arrival St. Petersburg, Fla. / embark Yorktown:

Discover historic “St. Pete” on an expert-led field trip before boarding the ship. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 3:
Sarasota:

Journey to the sprawling Ringling Estate and examine the impressive collection of European and American art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Florida’s official state art museum.



Day 4:
Sanibel Island:

Continue to this island known for the “Sanibel Stoop” — the act of bending down to pick up beautiful seashells. Choose to visit either the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum or the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, home to 200 bird species.



Day 5:
Key West:

Experience lively Key West, the southernmost city in the contiguous United States. Harry Truman had his “winter White House” here and Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams lived and wrote here.



Day 6:
Key Largo:

Explore Key Largo, where the John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park provides an excellent opportunity to examine a coral reef and its dazzling marine life.



Day 7:
Miami:

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Everglades National Park, a network of wetlands home to magnificent wildlife from alligators to herons to panthers. Alternatively, see the colorful Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach on an expert-led field trip.



Day 8:
Palm Beach:

In Palm Beach, once the preferred winter getaway for America’s privileged class, visit the 55-room Gilded Age mansion built by Standard Oil cofounder Henry Flagler, today open to the public as the Flagler Museum.



Day 9:
Cape Canaveral:

Continue to Cape Canaveral, an area synonymous with the U.S. space program. Delve into this history on a field trip to the iconic Kennedy Space Center, the launch site for every NASA human space flight since 1968.



Day 10:
St. Augustine:

Explore historic St. Augustine, founded in 1565. Absorb the city’s wonderful Spanish colonial architecture and step inside the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort that has stood — and withstood attacks — for three centuries.



Day 11:
Amelia Island / Cumberland Island, Ga.:

In the morning, visit loveley and historic Amelia Island. Then, from St. Marys on the coast of Georgia, take the ferry to Cumberland Island, a protected wilderness of live oaks, palmetto trees, Spanish moss and animals like wild boars, armadillos and the famed Cumberland Island horses.



Day 12:
Savannah / disembark / departure


Yorktown

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
   Miami Hotel TBD
  Miami 1 night
   Yorktown
  At Sea
New Orleans
12 nights
   New Orleans Hotel TBD
  New Orleans 2 nights
 Miami Hotel TBD
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: TBD
Miami, FL TBD USA
phone: TBD--
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD TBD

 Yorktown
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: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com
  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

 New Orleans Hotel TBD
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: TBD
New Orleans, LA TBD USA
phone: TBD--
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD TBD


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 PM Orientation and Welcome Dinner at Hotel You will be staying at Miami Hotel TBD that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM Ends with disembarkation after breakfast You will be staying at New Orleans Hotel TBD the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The TDI Traveler Information Form is required. All participants are required to have a government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to embark the Yorktown.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Miami
  From End of Program
  Location:  New Orleans
Travel Details
 

Miami Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

   

Road Scholar will provide a free transfer for anyone who books flights through Road Scholar Travel Services. Look for transfer information in future mailings.

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 / Welcome Dinner and Orientation
(Friday, March 14)

Note: Transfers to/from the airport are included for this program.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive to hotel. Transfers to/from the airport are included for this program if you book air travel with Road Scholar.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel
   
Accommodations: Miami Hotel TBD
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Miami excursion / Embark Yorktown
(Saturday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy an excursion in the morning.
 Lunch: Lunch in town.
 Afternoon: Embark Yorktown after lunch.
 Dinner: Dinner on board Yorktown.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Key Largo
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board Yorktown.
 Morning: Today we'll visit Key Largo, where the John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park provides an excellent opportunity to explore the surrounding reef and its dazzling marine life.
 Lunch: Lunch on board Yorktown.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board Yorktown.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Key West
(Monday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board Yorktown.
 Morning: Consisting of a 126-mile long string of low-lying islands, the Florida Keys are noted for their inviting jade-green waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and rich marine life. On day 1 of our exploration of the Keys, we will visit Key West, the southernmost in the chain, where Ernest Hemingway lived from 1931-1940.
 Lunch: Lunch on board Yorktown.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board Yorktown.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fort Myers & Sanibel Island
(Tuesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board Yorktown.
 Morning: Sanibel Island is known for its seashell-strewn beaches. Over half the island is preserved as a nature reserve. Today we'll have the chance to visit either The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum or the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, home of the largest old growth Bald Cypress Forest in North America as well as 200 bird species.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring beautiful Sanibel Island
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sarasota
(Wednesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Visit the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, housed in a massive estate where they resided in winter. Aside from its impressive collection of European and American art, the real highlight is the scaled down replica of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The replica displays the circus exactly as it was during its most successful and opulent years.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tampa
(Thursday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Visit the Tampa Museum of Art, the region’s largest museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, which since 2010 has been housed in a new, award-winning venue. It also features a highly regarded collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Afterwards, explore Ybor City, Tampa’s historic Latin quarter, known for its great dining, hand-rolled cigars, and shops.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served on excursion.
 Afternoon: Enjoy and afternoon at leisure in Tampa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At sea
(Friday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Spend a relaxing day at sea enjoying Yorktown’s amenities and listening to expert lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Port St. Joe & St. Vincent Island
(Saturday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From Port St. Joe, visit nearby St. Vincent Island. This pristine reserve is home to such endangered species as red wolves, sea turtles, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. Afterwards, explore the historic town of Apalachicola with its eclectic shops and well-maintained homes. Alternately, visit Apalachicola National Forest, showcasing lowlands, cypress hammocks, pines and oaks, as well as alligators, Florida black bears, and the Florida panther.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Pensacola
(Sunday, March 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Pensacola is a beautiful Deep South city with a rich historic past. Visit the 19th-century buildings of Historic Pensacola Village and the Naval Aviation Museum, one of the largest in the world with over 150 restored aircraft including an A1 Triad (1911), the U.S. Navy’s first aircraft. Alternatively, travel to Fort Barrancas, with fortifications dating to 1797 and trails overlooking Pensacola Bay.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Mobile, Alabama
(Monday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Tour Mobile’s historic landmarks and sites, which include Fort Condé, originally built in 1711; the Condé-Charlotte Museum; the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, one of the city’s finest Antebellum homes; and the Bellingrath Gardens and Home, beautifully set along the Fowl River.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At sea
(Tuesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Spend a relaxing day at sea enjoying Yorktown’s amenities and listening to expert lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: New Orleans
(Wednesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Discover New Orleans, described by some as the “most unique” city in America, with a walking tour of the French Quarter, or Vieux Carré, the 80-block area that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. The city’s character is comprised of a vibrant mix of influences ranging from its rich traditions of Mardi Gras and jazz to its picturesque architecture and extraordinary cuisine.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: New Orleans
(Thursday, March 27)
   
 Morning: Disembark from the Yorktown.
 Lunch: Lunch in New Orleans.
 Afternoon: Transfer to New Orleans hotel.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: New Orleans Hotel TBD
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departure
(Friday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for flights home. Road Scholar will arrange airport transfer free of charge.
   
Accommodations: New Orleans Hotel TBD
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast
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


A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories


Author: Flannery O'Connor


Description: One of the very best voices in the American short story, O'Connor's darkly comic vision of life in the countryside surrounding Savannah is both richly colored and at times deeply unsettling.



A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf


Author: John Muir


Description: This slim book is the diary of 28-year-old Muir. It is the record of a botanical expedition along the eastern seaboard south to Florida -- and a good introduction to this popular writer. It includes a long chapter on the swamps and forests of Florida.



Alligators in B-Flat, Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida


Author: Jeff Klinkenberg


Description: Staff writer for Tampa Bay Times, Klinkenberg captures the old Florida of swamp, forest and alligator from Pensacola to Key West in this quirky, often hilarious collection of his favorite columns for the paper.



Bad Monkey


Author: Carl Hiaasen


Description: Greed is always more than garden variety in Hiassen's entertainingly elaborated version of Florida.



Diving Guide to Underwater Florida


Author: Ned Deloach


Description: A guide to dive sites around Florida, with information on the Keys and their underwater treasures.



Eyewitness Guide Florida


Author: Deni Brown


Description: This superb guide to Florida features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions.



Finding Florida


Author: T. D. Allman


Description: Allman takes particular glee in debunking the myths surrounding the invaders, entrepreneurs and imperialists who have made their mark in Florida, from Ponce de Leon, to Henry Flagler, to Walt Disney and various politicians in this lively portrait of the state and all its contradictions.



Florida Map


Author: Hallwag


Description: This regional map covers not just Florida but also the coast south from South Carolina.



Florida, Travellers' Wildlife Guide


Author: Fiona Sunquist, Mel Sunquist, Les Beletsky (Editor)


Description: This compact, comprehensive guide features color illustrations of common birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.



Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles


Author: Burnette Vanstory, Eugenia Price


Description: First published in 1956, this is a rich portrait of the sea islands off of Georgia's coast. Each island gets its own chapter, detailing its history, with information on the native peoples, early settlements and slave plantations.



Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams


Author: Gary R. Mormino


Description: From the capital, Tallahassee -- a day's walk from the Georgia border -- to Miami -- a city distant but tantalizingly close to Cuba and Haiti, Mormino traces Florida's transformation from its echoes of old Dixie through land booms and tourist empires to revolutions in agriculture, immigration and changing demographics.



Miami, City of the Future


Author: T. D. Allman


Description: The 25th edition of Allman's classic guide to the city captures Miami in all its multi-faceted splendor, mixing colorful anecdote, personality and history.



Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


Author: John Berendt


Description: Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt’s classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida


Author: Peter Alden, Gil Nelson, Rick Cech


Description: A pocket-size field guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of Florida.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States


Author: Peter Alden (Editor)


Description: A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area.



Oranges


Author: John McPhee


Description: McPhee has managed to write a short but fascinating book on (of all things) oranges.



Palm Beach Entertaining, Creating Occasions to Remember


Author: Annie Falk


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Shadow Country


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: Matthiessen returns to his tale of Florida sugarcane farmer and murderer Edgar J. Watson in this National Book Award winner, a reprise of his classic trilogy: Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River and Bone by Bone.



The Everglades, River of Grass


Author: Marjory Stoneman Douglas


Description: The 60th anniversary edition of Douglas' wonderful, prophetic book, instrumental in establishing Everglades National Park.



The Gilded Age, A History in Documents


Author: Janette Greenwood (Editor)


Description: Blending her own information with a range of documents from the post-Civil War period, Greenwood creates a vivid history of the Gilded Age. Materials range from Andrew Carnegie's memories to interviews with black "Exodusters" to magazine editorials on the place of middle class women.



The Immigrant World of Ybor City


Author: Gary R. Mormino


Description: This classic makes available once again the wonderful story of the vibrant community of Italians, Spaniards and Cubans that grew up around the cigar industry in Tampa, Florida, at the dawn of the twentieth century.



The National Trust Guide to Savannah


Author: Roulhac Toledano


Description: A guide to the architectural culture and history of Old Savannah. With 200 archival photographs and maps, it includes chapters on historic preservation, famous visitors and a comprehensive tour of architectural styles.



The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American South


Author: Andrew K. Frank


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The Spanish Frontier in North America


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