11603
Florida
Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp
Alongside naturalists, discover the idyllic landscapes and unique wildlife of the Cumberland Islands and Okefenokee Swamp. Plus, visit historic towns and learn about Civil War history.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 11603RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,049
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4.96 Average
Linda
(5)
A beautiful program, full of history of the GA-FL islands and the Okefenokee Swamp. Enjoyed every minute of it: great food, luxurious accommodations, excellent lecturers, gorgeous landscape. Hurricanes Irma & Maria had wreaked havoc in the area just before our trip, so much so that Cumberland Island was closed by the National Park Service. However, RS had us going to Jekyll Island instead, where we had a wonderful day. Only remnants of the hurricanes (piles of fallen trees, etc., waiting to be picked up) were visible on both Jekyll and Amelia Islands. Would highly recommend this program!
Alice
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
This was a wonderful experience though it was pretty cold for Florida!! (Freezing actually). It was a new area of the country for me so I was happy to learn a lot during the trip. I recommend it.
Myrna
(5)
This program will take you back in time and allow you to create wonderful friendships.
Donald
(4)
I got a knew prospective of the Okefenokee Swamp - the islands and the animals and people that live in these areas....Carl our host was accommodating. Ron was dramatic and fun. The tours - both trolley and boats(with Paton the river) were a lot of fun
Herbert
(5)
A fine balance of ecology, local and national history, nature excurions, sea, sun, a charming old town, and outstanding food. And 6 great instructors! Pace was busy but didn't feel too hectic for me. "Active" is the right description for the physical exertion; longer walk on Cumberland Is. was done by most of group. Hotel unusually comfortable, even upscale, with very helpful staff. Even our weather (in early Apr.) was perfect!
Susan
(5)
Fun and interesting program exploring this corner of Florida and Georgia. Okefenokee Swamp was incredible, Cumberland Island fascinating, and Amelia Island was a great home base. Especially enjoyed the musical performance, and interacting with a great group of fellow Road Scholars.
Sondra
(5)
This program was well-rounded: hikes through marine forests & swamps; visits to historic sites; times afloat; lectures & videos. In a short amount of time and within a small geographic location, we had a broad educational & entertaining experience.
Nancy
(5)
blending vacation location, history, and the natural world - binoculars may be helpful - a wide brimmed hat - save room for dessert - firepit conversation area
NANCY
(5)
This was a great trip! There was so much to see and do with surprises along the way and just added to the overall experience. I'd highly recommend it.
Soxna
(5)
Lovely exploration of a unique and beautiful area, including a variety of walks, boat rides and lectures on its fascinating natural and cultural history.
Joan
(5)
A wonderfully varied itinerary with walks, boat rides, bus rides, sightseeing and evening presentations, all with a host of knowledgeable and personable specialists. Especially nice accommodations.
Darlene
(5)
A great learning experience with knowledgeable instructors. Hotel accommodations were very very nice. Plus, the pace of the program was very accommodating.
Elisabeth
(5)
Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is a lovely part of Florida previously unfamiliar to me. Lots of history was shared on this active and thoroughly enjoyable trip.
Susan
(5)
I have enjoyed many Road Scholar trips but this one stands out because of the authenticity - every guide was local and passionate about the islands. They were honest and thorough. Also we were very active every day. I hope this environment is around for our grandchildren to enjoy because a lot of changes are coming to the appreciation of the public lands and native people of all kinds who make a living there.
Thomas
(5)
Use Google to find out [more] about Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, or the Okefenokee Swamp. This Road Scholar program fleshes out and expands that information with very pleasant accommodations.
Gretchen
(5)
My husband and I have enjoyed and been enriched by all of the Road Scholar programs we have attended from Yosemite, Mackinaw, Lafayette, Glouster, Upper Mississippi, Chesapeake, to Amelia Island. The content is always awesome.
Jerome
(5)
this was as interesting and fun as we had hoped and the recent hurricane changed the trip somewhat but ended making no real difference. The hotel was very comfortable, well located and extremely friendly
Ronald
(5)
The entire tour was excellent. I especially liked the Cumberland Island and Okefenokee Swamp tours and walks. The naturalist, Ann Marie was very interesting and full of information. Brenda was a great tour leader. The Residence Inn was very nice and comfortable. I highly recommend this program.
Edith
(5)
If you want real variety that includes, history, wildlife, ecology, beauty, humor, architecture, hiking, music and local industry, this program is for you!
Diana
(5)
Enjoyed this program. It is for people who enjoy being out of doors and learning in my case from Washington State the history of a different part of the country.
Mary
(5)
Oyster catchers, bladder warts, and alligators, what more could a girl ask for on a trip to Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee Swamp. A great Road Scholar trip.
Sue
(5)
This is an excellent and varied program that provides opportunities for various physical challenges, for growth in knowledge of history and ecology of the area, and for spiritual enrichment through exposure to the incredible natural beauty of the featured locations.
Henry
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
Brenda, our group leader was exceptional - going back to find the blown-away hat was above and beyond. Actually, it was all great.
Mary
(5)
It was our first trip with Road Scholar. We had great accommodations, good food, friendly companions, learned much and enjoyed it thoroughly. We will be doing another adventure.
Linda
(5)
A great mid-winter get-away to beautiful and interesting locations that meets all the high-standards we've come to expect from Roads Scholar.
Gary
(5)
fun active and informative,i learned a lot and look forward to another road scholar trip





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