Florida/Georgia

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

Program No. 1379RJ
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.

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DATES & PRICES

Standard1 Bed (king or queen)
Standard
Comfortable accommodations with either one queen or one king bed.
Jan 12 - Jan 17, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 2,349
Feb 2 - Feb 7, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 2,349
Feb 16 - Feb 21, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 2,349
Sep 14 - Sep 19, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 2,349
Dec 7 - Dec 12, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 2,349

DATES & PRICES

Standard1 Bed (king or queen)
Standard
Comfortable accommodations with either one queen or one king bed.
Sep 15 - Sep 20, 2024
Standard 3,519
 
Dec 8 - Dec 13, 2024
Standard 3,469
 
Jan 12 - Jan 17, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 3,649
Feb 2 - Feb 7, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 3,649
Feb 16 - Feb 21, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 3,649
Sep 14 - Sep 19, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 3,649
Dec 7 - Dec 12, 2025
 
1 Bed (king or queen) 3,649
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 History, Trolley Field Trip, Fort Clinch
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
3
River Cruise, 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 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

General Notes

All rooms at Greyfield Inn have either one king or one queen bed. As such, we cannot accommodate requests for two beds, and roommate matching is unavailable for solo travelers on this program. No rollaway beds or cots are available. Two rooms share a bathroom. This is picked at random, by the Inn, and means there could be 3-4 people in one bath for the 2-night stay at Greyfield.
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 View biography
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.
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Ron Kurtz View biography
Ron has been an Amelia Island resident for more than 30 years. After attending Hiram College, he graduated from New York University with a degree in educational theater. He served as the director of the Amelia Island Museum of History and wrote a highly regarded history of the island, now in its sixth printing, as well as a series of children's books. Ron has lectured on the history and architecture of the first coast for the Historic Preservation Trust as well as the Smithsonian Institution.
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Terrie Dal Pozzo View biography
Terrie was raised in New Orleans and moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands at the age of 18. She became the youngest woman in the Virgin Islands to obtain a Coast Guard license to operate motor and sailing vessels. Terrie skippered sailing vessels, taking guests on journeys through the Leeward Islands, teaching them to sail and snorkel and educating them on island life. She later lived in Kitzbuhel, Austria and Perth, Australia before returning to the Virgin Islands. She currently lives in eastern Tennessee.
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