20899
Sanibel Island
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.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 20899RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,449
Print All
Map details are not available for this location.
View Map
Expand All
6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
Getting There
See travel details and required documents
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sanibel Island, Florida
D
Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Activity note: You'll recieve author and lecturer Charles Sobczak's book "Living Sanibel: A Nature Guide."

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: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Sanibel Historic Village & Museum, Bailey Shell Museum
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on uneven terrain and standing for 1 hour at a time at museums.

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 with the group.

Evening: Presentation by local Sanibel author - Charles Sobczak.

DAY
3
Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates
Sanibel Island, Florida
B,L,D
Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Activity note: Walking on grass, sand and uneven terrain for up to 1 mile and standing for 1 hour at a time.

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 with the group.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on sand and additional uneven terrain while searching for shells on the beach.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Enjoy a morning of beachcombing! (Weather dependent) There’s more to the beach than surf and sand. Shells, colored glass, sea beans, eggs and all sorts of natural treasures await your discovery on Florida’s beaches. Learn all about beach combing and shelling, including how to find the best treasures. Also hear a lecture from expert Conchologist, Joyce Matthys.

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. Complimentary beach chairs, bikes, kayaks and more are available at the Sundial.

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: Free Evening for you to relax.

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

Activity note: Getting on and off a tram and boat with a few steps for each and a ramp required for the boat.

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. Start with an expert led lecture about the facility, then take a tram ride to learn even more about your surroundings.

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 11:00 AM for independent departures.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

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