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Florida/Georgia

History by the Sea: Study & Stay on Cumberland & Amelia Islands

Experience beautiful Cumberland Island as you enjoy an exclusive two-night stay at the 1890 Carnegie compound and delve into 4000 years of history on sun-dappled Amelia Island.
Rating (5)
Program No. 1379RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,099
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
2
Amelia Island, Fort Clinch
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
3
River Cruise, Brett's Waterway, Cumberland Island History
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
6
Program Concludes
Cumberland Island, GA
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At a Glance

Discover two Southern islands close in proximity but a world apart in character, including a rare two-night overnight on remote Cumberland Island. Begin on Florida’s historic Amelia Island in the Victorian seaport village of Fernandina Beach where you learn about the island as a historical crossroads for native peoples, European explorers and lawless pirates. Then board a ferry to secluded Cumberland Island, Georgia, a National Seashore restricted to no more than 300 visitors per day. Stay at the Greyfield Inn, a unique and historic venue that’ll give you the rare opportunity to connect with nature at its most pristine. Discover 9,800 acres of protected dune fields, forests, marshes and beaches, and hear an expert naturalist interpret the island’s sensitive ecosystem.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles daily on sandy paths, sand dunes and beaches. Accommodations on Cumberland Island in historic inn and surrounding cottages uses stairs to third and fourth floor bedrooms; cottages within 170 yards of inn.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the rich history and culture of Amelia Island at Fort Clinch and the Victorian Village of Fernandina.
  • On the backwaters of Amelia Island, glide along rivers, creeks and marshes during a study cruise in search of wildlife.
  • Spend two nights in the only accommodations on the island, the Greyfield Inn, which was built in 1900 by the Carnegie family.
Featured Expert
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Kevin McCarthy
Kevin grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and settled in Fernandina Beach in 1968. He spent 41 years sailing the waters of northeast Fla. and southeast Georgia. He holds a 100 ton master’s license and developed his knowledge of the wildlife and history exploring the waters that surround Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and St. Mary's, Ga. Generations of Kevin’s family have been shrimpers, and he shares with participants his knowledge of shrimp farming and the future of the shrimp industry in the U.S.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Kevin McCarthy
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Ron Kurtz
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