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20394
Florida

Signature City Miami

Treat your senses to the wonders of Miami, exploring its historic neighborhoods, world-class cuisine, impressive architecture and beautiful beaches with both friends and local experts.
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Program No. 20394RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Florida

Signature City Miami

Treat your senses to the wonders of Miami, exploring its historic neighborhoods, world-class cuisine, impressive architecture and beautiful beaches with both friends and local experts.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Program No. 20394 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
Starting at
1,599
Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2022
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1,599
Feb 20 - Feb 25, 2022
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1,599
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
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1,599
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
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1,549
Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2022
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1,499
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 23 - Jan 28, 2022
Starting at
2,069
Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2022
Starting at
2,069
Feb 20 - Feb 25, 2022
Starting at
2,069
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
Starting at
2,069
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
Starting at
2,019
Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2022
Starting at
1,949

At a Glance

Today’s Miami is an international city bustling with opportunity and cultural innovation. Experience the dynamic Cuban influence that has transformed the city of Miami from an unruly territory of pioneers into the modern-day “Capital of the Americas.” Explore Miami's most famous and historic neighborhoods to learn how Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Little Havana grew out of an unknown wilderness where eccentric settlers lived lives of adventure and hardship. Enjoy a taste of Miami’s diversity and come to understand it as a reflection of early settlement along the Miami River.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles a day on garden paths, grass, city streets, and sidewalks; some standing.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • From the Art Deco of South Beach to the Wynwood Walls explore the distinct styles of these artistic neighborhoods.
  • Sample Cuban cuisine, visit well-loved marketplaces and take in lively street scenes as you learn the story of Miami’s Cuban community.
  • Journey by boat along the Miami River with a local expert.
Featured Expert
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Seth Bramson
Seth Bramson is nationally known as the foremost authority on the history of transportation to-from-within Florida. He is Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway and the author of “Speedway to Sunshine,” the history of that line, as well as 16 other books relating to South Florida and its transportation history. His collection of Floridiana is the largest such collection in private hands in America. He is a faculty member at both Barry University in Miami Shores and Florida International University in Miami.

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

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Seth Bramson is nationally known as the foremost authority on the history of transportation to-from-within Florida. He is Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway and the author of “Speedway to Sunshine,” the history of that line, as well as 16 other books relating to South Florida and its transportation history. His collection of Floridiana is the largest such collection in private hands in America. He is a faculty member at both Barry University in Miami Shores and Florida International University in Miami.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers
by Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin
In Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers, a celebrated architecture critic and writer and an award-winning landscape architect explore the little-known story of Vizcaya, an extraordinary national treasure. Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin use a rich collection of illustrations, historic photographs, and narrative to document the creation of this stunning house and landscape. Vizcaya was completed in 1916 as the winter retreat of Chicago industrialist James Deering. The cosmopolitan bachelor, who chose Miami for its warm climate, enlisted the guidance of artist Paul Chalfin, with whom he traveled throughout Italy to survey houses and gardens. With the assistance of architect F. Burrall Hoffman, Jr., and garden designer Diego Suarez, the 180-acre site on Biscayne Bay was transformed into a grand estate, complete with lagoons, canals, citrus groves, a farm village, a yacht harbor, and a 40-room Baroque mansion.
Discovering South Beach Deco: Walking Tours in the Miami Beach Art Deco District
by Richard Beaubien, Valerie Beaubien
"Discovering South Beach Deco: Walking Tours in the Miami Beach Art Deco District" is both a reference book and a tour guide. It presents eight self-guided walks, from sizzling Ocean Drive to the charming neighborhoods off the beach. Each tour includes a user-friendly map, historical background and commentary on buildings and architectural details, as well as pointers to food, museums and other diversions along the route. Over 300 buildings and historic sites are covered, most with accompanying black and white pictures. Supplementary chapters explore the history and architecture of Miami Beach in more detail, making this an indispensable guide for locals and well-informed tourists alike.
George Merrick's Coral Gables "Where Your 'Castles in Spain' are Made Real!"
by Arva Moore Parks
A beautiful book by an author who knows her subject. Details Merrick's creation of a "City Beautiful" as propounded by Daniel Burnham, woven together with Merrick's own life story, chronologically.
Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide Featuring Downtown, the Beaches, and Coconut Grove
by Allan T. Shulman, Randall C. Robinson Jr, James F. Donnelly
A major urban center perched between vast natural ecosystems, Miami is known for a strikingly diverse built environment that is barely 100 years old. Within this brief span, the city has constantly reinvented itself, seeking a tangible identity as Floridas largest metropolis. In this invented landscape, architecture, landscape design, and urban planning have played a particularly important role in creating Miamis modern character and unique identity.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Miami
D
Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a 3-course meal with a choice of several non-alcoholic beverages.

Evening: Evening to relax at your leisure

DAY
2
Little Havana and Cuban Exciles, Miami River Cruise
Miami
B,L,D
Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on city sidewalks and uneven terrain. This walk is outside in the Florida sun; bring a hat or sunglasses and wear sunscreen.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from a selection of hot and cold items and coffee, tea, water.

Morning: At the hotel we will learn about the history of Cuban exiles and the connection between Cuba and Miami from a local expert in preparation for tomorrow's day of Cuban themed activities. Our local expert will then lead us on a walking field trip through Little Havana. Many cultures have characteristic games and in Little Havana it's dominoes. We begin at Máximo Gómez Park, popularly known as Domino Park, where locals gather to play the national game of Cuba, dominoes. The park is named for the military commander of that country's war of independence. As we learn about the history, culture, and people of Little Havana during our walk, we will stop along the way for Cuban coffee and other delights.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will board a motorcoach and ride over to the Bayside Marina where we will board a boat to experience Miami from the water. An on-board narrator will expand our knowledge of the historic locations along the 5.5 miles of the Miami River. Learn about the histories of the Tequesta Indians and local notables like Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler, while taking in the scenery of historical landmarks and the Miami skyline.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At the hotel we'll hear from a local Art Deco expert to learn more about this pervasive style seen in Miami.

DAY
3
Art Deco District, Behind the scenes at New World Symphony
Miami
B,L,D
Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours on paved sidewalks in the afternoon. This walk is outside in the Florida sun; bring a hat or sunglasses and wear sunscreen.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Aboard our motorcoach, we’ll ride down South Beach as we learn about the many reincarnations of the area. The first area of Miami to be developed, it was completely destroyed by the 1926 hurricane has since been shaped by the growth of Miami. Having gained popularity in the interwar period, the style is notable for strong colors, geometric patterns, and over-the-top decorations. We’ll then go on an expert led walking field trip focusing on the architecture of the world famous Art Deco District. The first 20th century neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it contains some 800 historically significant structures. These vibrantly colored buildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a "tropical playground."

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the New World Symphony. We'll enjoy a guided exploration of the New World Center including the main performance hall, SoundScape Park, Rooftop Garden, and the Clinton Room studio. Then at Wolfsonian-FIU we'll have a docent-led exploration of the museum's art deco collection.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening to relax at your leisure

DAY
4
Crandon Park, Free Time
Miami
B
Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area

Activity note: Getting on and off a boat ramp with a flight of stairs on the boat.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will board a motorcoach and ride over to the Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center. We'll have an hour and a half exploration of the park with two rangers be able to visit the nature center and fossilized reef. With the ranger learn about the area's ecosystem, the park's work with sea turtles, and environmental conservation and stewardship.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Evening to relax at your leisure

DAY
5
Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, walking excursion in Wynwood
Miami
B,L,D
Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours on paved sidewalks in the afternoon. This walk is outside in the Florida sun; bring a hat or sunglasses and wear sunscreen.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach to explore the Coral Gables neighborhood with expert commentary. Located in southwest Miami, Coral Gables was developed during the Florida land boom of the 1920’s. One of the first planned communities, it is home to landmarks such as the Biltmore Hotel, George Merrick House, and Venetian Pool. Re-boarding the motorcoach, we will ride through the Coconut Grove neighborhood, which is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, that boasts a diverse history providing a haven for artists, musicians, and writers. We'll also visit the HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate. HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will explore the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. During our field trip, we’ll see how an area once suffering from urban blight, race riots, and gang violence has transformed into a incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. We’ll see the large scale murals, thriving street artists, and the inspiring history that has made it one of the most renowned creative neighborhoods in the world. Stop by a private collection to get a better understanding of the neighborhood as a whole and see some of the famous art.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a farewell dinner with good food and company.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll be entertained by a performance of Flamenco dancing with a local dancer.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Independent Departures
Miami
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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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