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Florida/Georgia
Historic Amelia & Secluded Cumberland: Island Adventures
Learn the story of Fernandina Beach — the only US municipality to have flown eight different flags — and explore the ecosystems of Cumberland Island during a rare two-night overnight.
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Program No. 1379RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
D
Amelia Hotel At the Beach

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Check-in is at 4:00 at the hotel. If rooms are ready before then, you may check-in earlier. Road Scholar registration/orientation is at 5:00 pm in the hotel conference room. Your Group Leader will go over the weeks schedule and will be available to answer any questions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: History of Fernandina - Hear from an expert historian about the 8 flags of Fernandina. The area was first inhabited by the Timucuan Indian tribe. Known as the "Isle of 8 Flags", it has had the following flags flown over it since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags.

DAY
2
Amelia Island, Fort Clinch, Folk Performance
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
B,L,D
Amelia Hotel At the Beach

Activity note: Getting on/off trolley. Walking and standing at Fort Clinch. Walking 2 blocks from hotel for dinner.

Breakfast: In the hotel lobby of the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet continental breakfast with coffee, tea, water and juices.

Morning: Today will be a day of fascination and historical adventure. We will board an authentic trolley for our group at our hotel and be chauffeured to the downtown historic district. We will be greeted by an historian on board, who will give a brief history of Amelia Island, including the story of the visionary whose exhilarating dream so stirred his neighbors that they agreed to move their entire town to the site of a plantation he owned, creating "New" Fernandina in the 1850s. From the "giant" Timucua Native Americans, to Spanish and French explorers, to the lawless spirit of pirates, to the dignified air of Victorian-era residents, Amelia Island has been home to diverse cultures that have left a truly exciting heritage. We will observe the uniquely gracious and historic homes of another century and learn of the efforts to preserve their nearly extinct, pristine architectural styles, as well as the small town’s fragile sense of community and historical integrity.

Lunch: At a popular restaurant in the historic district, we will enjoy a plated meal, with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will next travel by trolley to Fort Clinch, a part of the Florida State Park system since 1935. The fort is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country, thanks to the preservation and restoration efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. While garrisoned during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, the fort has never seen action. Civil War-period reenactors will bring garrison living to life for us.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: A local folk performer will present six types of rare instruments in a program filled with songs and stories, including mountain dulcimer.

DAY
3
River Cruise, Brett's Waterway, Cumberland Island History
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
B,L,D
Amelia Hotel At the Beach

Activity note: Getting on/off trolley. Walk to and from marina from hotel which is located across the street. Walk 2 blocks to restaurant for dinner.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a wonderful video that will prepare you for the Cumberland Island stay. Then we will board the trolley for a 2 mile trip to the marina where we will board a vessel to cruise the rivers, creeks and marshes that surround Amelia Island with a naturalist who will give you the details of everything from the land to the sea.

Lunch: At a riverside café, we will enjoy a plated lunch, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

DAY
4
Ferry to Cumberland Island, Field Trip with Naturalist
Cumberland Island, GA
B,L,D
Greyfield Inn

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile along the beach and wooded area that leads to the beach.. Nature walk will last around an hour. Walking over uneven, unpaved terrain on walk with naturalist and walk to beach for lunch.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, we will take the trolley or the shuttle to the marina where we will board the 35-minute ferry from Fernandina Beach to Cumberland Island. Hotel staff will retrieve our luggage from the ferry and take it up to the Greyfield Inn. We will then check in at Greyfield Inn and take a short field trip of the inn. Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures.

Lunch: At the hotel, we will pick up our boxed lunch for a picnic-style meal outside in a spot of our choice to enjoy the scenery—under some of the huge old live oaks, down by the water, and on the patio are just a few options.

Afternoon: A naturalist will take half of the group on a Jeep safari for a field trip on Cumberland Island. The other half will be led by a naturalist on a nature and beach field trip. During the course of the program, the groups will have a chance to swap so that we can all experience both activities. Upon returning to the inn, we will enjoy a cocktail social hour each evening, with hors d'oeuvres in the oceanfront resort inn's well-stocked bar (drinks not included), share stories with fellow guests.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we will enjoy a plated dinner by candlelight and featuring fresh and creative cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will meet in the living room for a presentation by the island naturalist.

DAY
5
First African Baptist Church, Plum Orchard, Free Time
Cumberland Island, GA
B,L,D
Greyfield Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off Jeep. Walking over some uneven, unpaved terrain around First African Baptist Church and Plum Orchard.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, we will enjoy a plated meal featuring eggs, pancakes, fruit, and more, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will visit the First African Baptist Church by Jeep, where John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were married. We will also drive by Plum Orchard, an 1898 Georgian Revival mansion building by Lucy Carnegie for her son, George and his wife, Margaret Thaw. This mansion was donated to the National Park Foundation by the Carnegie family in 1971. We will then return to the inn for lunch.

Lunch: Picnic-style lunch outside the hotel.

Afternoon: On your own. Bikes are available free of charge for anyone staying at the Greyfield Inn.

Dinner: Plated hotel dinner.

Evening: After dinner, we will share stories and bid farewell at the inn social hour. Prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Cumberland Island, GA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: Staff from the Inn will gather your luggage from your rooms and load the ferry for your approximately 35 minute trip to the mainland at Fernandina Beach. The ferry will leave around 10:00 am from Cumberland and the Inn. For those who have left cars at the Fernandina dock, you will only have to walk across the street to retrieve your car. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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