20899
Florida
Beautiful Sanibel Island and the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast
Discover the rich cultural and ecological heritage of Sanibel Island as you explore its museums, photograph its diverse wildlife and beachcomb for shells with an expert conchologist.
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Program No. 20899RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Sanibel Island, Florida
D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Activity note: You'll receive author and lecturer Charles Sobczak's book, "The Living Gulf Coast."

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. ORIENTATION: We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at hotel

Morning: The group will enjoy an exciting morning at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and gardens. You will explore the museum, Edison's lab and hear tales of these two famous men.

Lunch: Lunch at Edison and Ford Estates.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Edison and Ford with free time at the museum.

Dinner: Dinner is at a local restaurant.

Evening: Presentation by local Sanibel author - Charles Sobczak.

DAY
3
Sanibel Historic Village & Museum, Bailey Shell Museum
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Spend the morning exploring the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. The historic center was founded in 1982 as a tribute to the early pioneers on Sanibel Island. Each building has been restored to its original state. Volunteer docents guide visitors through this mystical place.

Lunch: Return to the Sundial for lunch with the group.

Afternoon: Visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum which features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The Museum will educate you about shells and mollusks and you'll see the mollusks in tanks.

Dinner: Dinner is at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Beachcombing, Free Time
Sanibel Island, Florida
B
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Enjoy a morning of beachcombing! (Weather dependent) All kinds of shells, sea beans, sea glass, and more await—it’s more than just surf and sand on Sanibel! Also hear a lecture from expert Conchologist, Joyce Matthys.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the local fare.

Afternoon: This afternoon have free time to explore the island on your own. Complimentary beach chairs, bikes, kayaks and more are available at the Sundial.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Evening: Free Evening for you to relax.

DAY
5
Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Spend the morning at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on the subtropical barrier of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the US. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, return to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge for an afternoon cruise. Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a quiet, environmentally friendly, covered pontoon boat. Look for the numerous species of birds that call this area their home including egrets, herons, ibis, cormorants, and pelicans. Learn about the mangrove estuary, the Ding Darling refuge, and it's amazing wildlife. Dolphins and manatees are often spotted.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

DAY
6
Presentation by Local Historian & Program Concludes
Sanibel Island, Florida
B

Activity note: Check out of the hotel by 11 AM for independent departures.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Hear about Sanibel's fascinating history from a local expert during a morning lecture.






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