11603
Florida
Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp
Alongside naturalists, discover the idyllic landscapes and unique wildlife of the Barrier Islands and Okefenokee Swamp. Plus, visit historic towns and learn about Civil War history.
Rating (4.87)
Program No. 11603RJ
Length
6 days
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4.87 Average
Ilona
(5)

Lovely to leave the dreary north for a needed sun break. I’m a single traveler, drew a great roommate, excellent hotel facilities, nice outings with different hikes offered dependant on how far you wished to hike. Weather was unexpected cool (50s). Meals were adequate but caterer and an offsite restaurant claimed not to have received notice of special meal requests. The small tables setup at meals allowed for nice intermingling with other participants.

Andrew
(5)

Memorable excursion and enjoyed all places visited with excellent leader / coordinator Carl and knowledgable experts. As an avid birder/photographer an added bonus was the hotel's close proximity to Egan's Creek Greenway and the beachfront (especially attractive for a pre-breakfast sunrise visit.)

James
(2)

Many of the guides especially Carl were very good. The program was laborious. Same information multiple times. Except for Sunday night the food was horrible! Too many hours riding the bus to see things I already know about. Pine forests are nothing special. We have them all over the southeast. We saw very little wild life in the Okefenookee Swamp. I never got a survey to rate individuals or trip segments. This was our first Road Scholar Trip and I doubt we do another.

Charles
(5)

This was a delightful learning adventure.

Alice
(5)

This was an incredibly interesting trip with such a variety of things to learn about and experience.

Nancy
(5)

A beautiful area of Florida and Georgia. Learned so much about the rivers, shrimping, the swamp and overall history of the area.

Lynn
(5)

A very rewarding Road Scholar adventure along the Florida-Georgia coast. Wonderful accommodations in Fernandina Beach, FL with program excursions an hour away or so. Amelia Island, FL is of considerable historical and architectural interest. Cumberland Island is a gem of a National Seashore with varied and amazing scenery. The Okefenokee Swamp is endlessly fascinating and one could spend a lot of time there. It is almost a sacred place.

Marilyn
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I would highly recommend this program to everyone. If you've never been to this area, it is a great introduction to the natural resources and history of the area.

Sylvia
(5)

Wonderful destinations, learning experiences, guides and hotel. Breakfasts very good; lunches tasty but limited; variety of food choices for dinner over week--some food was good and other mediocre.

Richard
(5)

This was our eleventh Road Scholar trip and we enjoyed it very much. Our leader, Brenda, did a great job keeping everything on track and attending to the needs of the group. She knew the area very well and provided lots of suggestions about restaurants and things to do in our free time. I believe that the local expert instructors that we had on this trip were collectively the best of any trip we have been on. In particular, Ron Kurtz, in addition to being a treasure trove of knowledge, was the most entertaining instructor we have ever had. All the sites on this trip were well worth seeing. The accommodations at The Residence Inn were very good. The same can not be said of the meals served there. We ate every dinner at the hotel. The hotel provides an adequate breakfast, but it does not have an actual restaurant on the premises. The meals were of school cafeteria quality and uninspiring. It adds a lot to a trip to visit local dining establishments to sample the cuisine of that area. We were told that some trips stay at a hotel on the other side of the town and have dinner at local restaurants. In fact, several members of our group did not eat the dinners provided at the hotel and went out to dine at their own added expense. We would prefer to spend extra for better meals and transportation to local establishments than what was provided at the hotel. I would highly recommend that Road Scholar review this aspect of this trip to add to the overall satisfaction of the group.

John
(5)

This was a great program. It provided a variety of daily activities. The pace was as described and went from seashore to swamp. The accomadations are excellent and very well located.

Roger
(5)

A very active program that provided new insights into natural history and human history. I enjoyed it very much!

Sandra
(5)

A wonderful, informative trip with experts to guide us.

Anna
(5)

This is a wonderful way to get introduced to Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee Swamp and the general area of Fernandina Beach. It presents a nice overview of this area of Florida and Georgia. I was pleased with the appearance and roominess of the hotel but not the food and would have preferred a location in the Fernandina Beach downtown area.

Bonita
(5)

This is a wonderful program. I really enjoyed Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee swamp. Our group leader (Lyn) did a really great job.

Susan
(5)

The Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp program is a great way to learn about all these areas. I grew up in Georgia and had never visited Cumberland Island, I will certainly be going back. To learn about the area from experts was wonderful! Everything about the program was well done and our Group Leader Carl Tott was exceptional!

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






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