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A Journey Through Time: St. Augustine’s Remarkable History and Heritage

Program Number: 2529RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/27/2014 - 5/2/2014; 1/4/2015 - 1/9/2015; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
Price starting at: $749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From the arrival of Conquistadors in Spanish galleons to the opulent architecture of the Gilded Age, relive the history of America’s oldest city through expert presentations, professional re-enactments, and live historical theatre. Exciting lectures, authentic costumes, and the old city as your classroom make history come alive!




Highlights

• Explore the Mission Nombre de Dios where Conquistadors first landed, look over the walls of Fort Castillo de San Marcos, and visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
• Follow in the footsteps of settlers in the Spanish Village.
• Meet the three wives of Henry Flagler and have dinner with Anne Bonney, Queen of the Pirates.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile daily; walking and standing at historic sites and museums; getting on/off trolleys.




Date Specific Information

4-27-2014, 1-4-2015, 1-18-2015, 2-1-2015, 2-15-2015, 3-1-2015, 3-15-2015, 3-29-2015, 4-12-2015, 4-26-2015

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Coordinated by Stetson University.




St. Augustine

St. Augustine is America’s oldest city. With a colorful past of 16th-century conquistadors and pirates, St. Augustine today is a thriving, multicultural community rich in historic sites and architecture, quaint residences and gardens, and a thriving cultural arts scene.



Accommodations
Hotel located just a half block from the ocean, swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Dianne Jacoby

An art educator in West Palm Beach for more than 20 years, Dianne Jacoby taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine and is now an adjunct professor for Stetson University. She is the author and producer of several one-woman historical plays, including "The Spirit of Caty Greene," and "A Journey through Florida’s Founding with Dona Maria." Dianne enjoys leading Road Scholar programs and conducts adult education art classes, as well as private art instruction.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
  St. Augustine, FL 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach is just a half block from the ocean and only a five minute drive to the downtown St. Augustine Historic District. After your classes and daily trips you may want to enjoy sight-seeing, shopping or just strolling on the beach, You may also want to enjoy our pool and whirlpool; or kick back in a comfortable guest room with microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator. Everything. Right where you need it.
  Contact info: 401 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080 USA
phone: 904-471-5559
web: www.staugustine.gardeninn.com
  Room amenities: Microwave oven, refrigerator, coffee and coffeemaker, full size iron and ironing board, two dual-line phones with voicemail and data ports, complimentary HBO, complimentary USA Today each week day morning, and hair dryers in each room.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour business center with Printer-On remote printing Complimentary wireless high speed internet access throughout hotel 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart has a selection of refrigerated, frozen and microwaveable packaged items perfect for in-room preparation. Outdoor pool and heated whirlpool 100% all rooms are non-smoking
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies Based on availability. Ask for Road Scholar rate. Call 904-471-5559
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Based on availability. Ask for Road Scholar rate. Call 904-471-5559
  Check out time: 11:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 p.m. on Friday after your farewell graduation/lunch You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health and safety form and/or online PARTICIPATION INFORMATION FORM returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Augustine, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Jacksonville, FL
  Nearest highway: I-95.
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Augustine, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Shuttle of St. Augustine
phone: 904-825-0004
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies - look below
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

www.airportshuttlestaugustine.com 1-4 passengers in shuttle $65.00 plus gratuity All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Jacksonville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Connection
phone: 904-814-3065
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies- approx $70 one way for 1-3 people
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Make Reservations Ask for the Road Scholar Rate If you have any questions, please ask for Liz Waters All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-4 From I-4: Take I-4 East to I-95 North. Then take exit #298 (US1 North). At State Road 206, go right (East). At A1A, turn left (North) and follow the sign to beaches. The Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach is located on your left.
  Northbound I-95 Northbound I-95: take exit #298 (US1 North). At State Road 206, go right (East). At A1A, turn left (North) and follow the sign to beaches. The Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach is located on your left.
  Southbound I-95 Southbound I-95: take exit #311 to State Road 207. Turn right at State Road 312 and go East until road becomes A1A Beach Blvd. The Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach is located on your right.
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: Registration, welcome and introductions, get acquainted session and learning about the fantastic week you will be experiencing. Sit back, relax and enjoy the week.
(Sunday, April 27)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to St. Augustine! Hotel check in begins at 3:30 PM. Road Scholar program registration begins at 4:00 PM in the Garden Room of the Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach. Get aquainted session and meet the instructor at 4:30 PM.
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner will be catered with amazing food in the restaurant.
 Evening: Meet your instructor, review the schedule, orientation, questions, answers and social time will follow dinner. The rest of the evening is yours to relax, swim, enjoy the hot tub, or just settle in for a fantastic week.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Tour of the ancient city of St. Augustine. Lectures and a visit to the Fort Castillo de San Marcos and the Mission of Nombre de dios. Have dinner in the beautiful city. Evening entertainment. (Subject to change)
(Monday, April 28)

Note: St. Augustine's most historically significant structure is the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort constructed by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695. The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present.



   
 Breakfast: In the restaurant. It will be buffet style with the option of ordering anything you don't see at the buffett.
 Morning: Lecture on Pre Contact and early Spanish Colonial History of the First Coast. Then board the Red Train for city excursion in the morning.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Afternoon: Visit the Mission of Nombre de Dios for a walking tour. The "Mission of Nombre de Dios" and the "Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche"traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, in 1565. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menendez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition. It was on these grounds that Fr. Lopez would celebrate the first parish Mass and begin the work at America’s first Mission. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present. Next take a trip to the Fountain of Youth The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a 15 acre waterfront, Historical Site where St. Augustine, Florida began in 1565. This is the location where Spanish Explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in 1565, established the first and oldest continuous European Settlement in the United States of America. A wonderful time awaits you at the Fountain of Youth. Visitors can: •See the stars in our Planetarium, •Visit our Native Timucua Village, •Watch a Cannon firing, •Marvel at Spanish Exploration on our two-story high Discovery Globe, •Learn about the 1565 Birthplace of European America. •Stroll through a waterfront park where peacocks strut and shady oaks beckon you to stay, •You can even drink from the legendary waters and see if your visit grants you the secret to eternal youth. We commemorate the founding of Florida by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon and his search for the Legendary Fountain of Youth. We celebrate the Birthplace of Our Nation in 1565 and we invite you to explore it all! This is where Florida's History all began!
 Dinner: Dinner will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Evening: Evening entertainment
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Today you will enjoy a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos, visit the St. Photios Greek Shrine, and the Cathedral Basillica. You will then go back to the hotel and later meet Anne Bonney, Queen of the Pirates. Be careful! (Subject to change)
(Tuesday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: In the restaurant. It will be buffet style with the option of ordering anything you don't see at the buffett.
 Morning: Vist Castillo de San Marcos... A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history.
 Lunch: Lunch will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will visit St. Photios Greek Shrine with a lecture and a tour. The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. With a magnificent Orthodox Chapel filled with Byzantine style frescoes and special exhibits that tell the story of the First Greek Colony in the New World. This freestanding exhibit contains various artifacts, photographs and historical documents. We will then take a stroll down St. George St. until we get to the Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine with a lecture and tour. While Catholicism may have seemed dead in Florida from the arrival of the English, since all the Catholic Spaniards departed for Caribbean ports, the arrival of a workforce composed of Minorcans, Italians, and Greeks in 1767 at what is now New Smyrna Beach led to the resurgence of the Catholic faith on the peninsula and, eventually, in the City of St. Augustine. When Andrew Turnbull’s plantation in New Smyrna began to fail in 1777, the laborers, under the leadership of Francisco Pellicer and Father Pedro Camps, sought refuge in St. Augustine. With their arrival, a rebirth of the faith in the city took place. When Britain ceded Florida back to Spain in 1784, Spanish Catholicism returned, as well. In 1786, the Spanish crown ordered the construction of a new parish church for St. Augustine. The property bounded by St. George Street on the west, Treasury St. on the north and the plaza to the south was chosen as the site. The cornerstone was laid in 1793 and the church was of the Immaculate Conception.
 Dinner: Dinner will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Evening: Enjoy dinner followed by lecture and/or entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: St. Augustine Lighthouse, lecture, and tour by a local historian. Tour of Villa Zoryada. (Subject to change)
(Wednesday, April 30)

Note: You can also climb the 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse if you desire (weather permitting).



   
 Breakfast: In the restaurant. It will be buffet style with the option of ordering anything you don't see at the buffet.
 Morning: We will start the day off with a lecture and slide show from the lighthouse historian and then we will board the Red Trains and go to the St. Augustine Lighthouse for a tour and to climb the 219 steps to the top if weather is permitting. After the lighthouse we will return to the hotel for lunch. www.staugustinelighthouse.org
 Lunch: Lunch will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Afternoon: Villa Zorayada, built in 1883 as the winter residence of Franklin Smith utilizing his method of construction of poured concrete and crushed coquina shell. It is built 1/10th the scale of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. This building set a precedence for St. Augustine and began the Moorish Spanish revival of architecture that is seen throughout the city today. In 1904 it became the Zorayda Club. On display for the first time ever is the custom made bone china made exclusively for the Zorayda Club. In 1913 it was purchased by Abraham S. Mussallem, an authority on Oriental rugs fine arts and Egyptian artifacts. In 1922 it became one of the most fashionable places for casino gambling. In the mid 1930's it was opened as a museum featuring the priceless antique collections of both Franklin Smith and A.S. Mussallem which are still on display today. The 45-60 minute tour gives an in depth look at the historical significance of the building to the City of St. Augustine, the magnificent architecture as well as descriptions of the many exquisite pieces you will see. On display is the "Sacred Cat Rug" over 2400 years old and made from the hairs of ancient cats that roamed the Nile River. Taken from a pyramid in Egypt it is said to possess a curse for anyone that walks on it! (Subject to change)
 Dinner: Lunch will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Evening: Ghostly walking tour of downtown.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Take a tour of Flagler College. Then we will have lunch at the beautiful Hotel Ponce deLeon. The rest of your day will be yours to to enjoy the area. (Subject to change)
(Thursday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: In the restaurant. It will be buffet style with the option of ordering anything you don't see at the buffett.
 Morning: Visit Flagler College to view the amazing stained glass windows. Flagler College was established as a memorial to Henry M. Flagler. The Hotel Ponce de Leon, built by Mr. Flagler, serves as a reminder of his enterprise, diligence, and commitment to high standards. The College is pledged to the preservation and use of this facility and other historic and architecturally unique campus structures.
 Lunch: Enjoy a tour of the beautiful Casa Monica Grand Hotel and then have lunch in a private room. (Subject to change)
 Afternoon: Free time. Using the sticker you will be provided you may choose to get on and off the Red Sightseeing Train as often as you would like. Take this time to visit the area, shop, or visit one of the many sites in town. You can choose to either stay downtown at this time or go back to the hotel. If you choose to stay downtown you must meet the Red Train at 4:00 at the Villa Zorayda for the only ride back to the hotel. If you miss this Red Train, you will have to take a cab.
 Dinner: Dinner will either be out at one of our local restaurants or back at the hotel. This will depend on the schedule for the day.
 Evening: Meet "The Three Mrs. Flaglers" after dinner in the Garden Room.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, St. Augustine Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Music box presentation and self guided tour through the Lightner Museum. (Subject to change) This program will end after lunch.
(Friday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: In the restaurant. It will be buffet style with the option of ordering anything you don't see at the buffet.
 Morning: Spend the morning at the Lightner Museum and enjoy a self guided tour with a special music box presentation. Enjoy wandering through the museum's setting — the former Hotel Alcazar, built in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style. Railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler commissioned architects Carrere and Hastings to design the Alcazar and the Ponce de Leon Hotel (across the street). The two young architects later designed the New York Public Library and the U.S. Senate office building. After years of accommodating vacationing wealthy patrons, the elegant resort hotel closed.
 Lunch: Farewell luncheon will be in the restaurant. Safe travels and we hope you come back and see us really soon at this program or one of other GREAT programs! Thank you!
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, Florida Visitor and Convention Bureau
Your guide to St. Augustine. For additional information, visit www.visitoldcity.com
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


America's First City: St. Augustine's Historic Neighborhoods


Author: Karen Harvey


Description: http://ancientcityechoes.com/index.php/book-gallery/



St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History


Author: Karen Harvey


Description: http://ancientcityechoes.com/index.php/book-gallery/



The History of Castillo de San Marcos


Author: Luis Rafael Arana




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