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The Holidays in Key West: A Sunny Take on Christmas Traditions

Program No. 21671RJ
Discover unique Christmas traditions in the Florida Keys, where you’ll visit historic sites, enjoy traditional cuisine and revel in the famous lights of the Sunset Celebration.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.5)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,999

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DATES & PRICES

Standard 1 Dbl Bed 2 Dbl Beds
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Standard

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Comfortable accommodations with one double bed.

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Comfortable accommodations with two double beds.

Dec 21 - Dec 26, 2023
 
1 Double Bed 2,999
2 Double Beds 2,999

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Standard 2 Double Beds
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Standard

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Comfortable accommodations with two double beds.

Dec 21 - Dec 27, 2022
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Standard 4,749
 

At a Glance

Celebrate Christmas as you never have before — Florida Keys-style! Spend four nights in Key West learning about its fascinating history of railroads, navy ships, art and literature and reveling in its unique, sun-soaked variety of holiday traditions. Start and end your adventure with a night in Miami and hop from one island to the next as you study Florida Keys ecology and history with a local expert on the Keys.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk 1.5 miles on pavement, boardwalks, uneven surfaces such as mulched paths, cobblestone, a few stairs. Some standing on field trips and museum visits.
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.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience the protected natural areas of the Keys, including a visit to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the country’s first undersea park.
  • Key West’s colorful history comes alive on visits to the Overseas Railroad Museum, the Custom House and Ernest Hemingway’s home.
  • Enjoy the unique artistic and holiday traditions of sunny Key West, including an expert-led walk through Mallory Square.

General Notes

All transfers by van.
Featured Expert
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Heather L Hamilton
Florida native Heather Hamilton has been exploring the beaches, lakes and forests of Florida’s wilderness since she was a little girl. As an experienced camper, hiker, biker, kayaker, fisher and photographer, Heather has seen Florida in just about every light on her extensive travels throughout the state. She studied culinary arts at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale and became a cook and pastry chef, but she changed careers several times before embracing her passion. She became a Master Naturalist and full-time Florida guide.

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

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Florida native Heather Hamilton has been exploring the beaches, lakes and forests of Florida’s wilderness since she was a little girl. As an experienced camper, hiker, biker, kayaker, fisher and photographer, Heather has seen Florida in just about every light on her extensive travels throughout the state. She studied culinary arts at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale and became a cook and pastry chef, but she changed careers several times before embracing her passion. She became a Master Naturalist and full-time Florida guide.
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Alberto J Melendez View biography
Alberto Melendez is a certified educational excursion, a certified Advance Open Water Scuba Diver and a Florida master naturalist. He has been leading kayak and snorkeling explorations in the Orlando area for over eight years. A 'tree-hugger' since the term became popular, he enjoys introducing folks to the inside story of the critters, salt marsh and history of the area.
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Originally from New England, Howell Geib is trained as an Architect from Tulane University and works to pursue his passion for the intersection of the natural world and the built environment. He continued his education in Sustainable Development and International Relations, pursuing development programs in Africa, the Caribbean and Western Europe. Throughout his career, he has lived in France, Hawaii and Haiti. When not introducing Road Scholars to the natural world, Howell lives on a Biodynamic farm in Upstate New York.
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.
National Audubon Field Guide to Florida
by Alden / Cech / Nelson
A Land Remembered
by Patrick Smith
Key West
by Gerald Sprayregen
Eco-Touring the Florida Keys
by Matthew Landau Larry Gates
Insiders Guide Florida Keys and Key West
by Victoria Shearer and Janet Ware
Hidden Florida Keys & Everglades
by Candace Leslie Ana Boese
Everglades Nat. Park & Surrounding
by Roger Hammer
Meals
12 Meals
5 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Dec 21, 2023 - Dec 26, 2023
  • Dec 21, 2022 - Dec 27, 2022
  • Dec 21, 2023 - Dec 26, 2023
5 nights
Key West
Enchanting 26 roomed complex of renovated, early 19th century Key West cottages located in Old Town. Traditional white trim and gingerbread charm. Courtyard paved with bricks and granite curbstones from ships' ballast. Short walking distance to Old Seaport (where ferry to Dry Tortugas docks) and 4 blocks from Duval Street. No children under 12 allowed and Spring Breakers discouraged.
2 nights
Miami
Free Wi-Fi Coffee to Cocktails Bar Business Center 24/7 Gallery Market and 24/7 Gallery Menu Valet Parking - $20 per night
4 nights
Key West
Enchanting 26 roomed complex of renovated, early 19th century Key West cottages located in Old Town. Traditional white trim and gingerbread charm. Courtyard paved with bricks and granite curbstones from ships' ballast. Short walking distance to Old Seaport (where ferry to Dry Tortugas docks) and 4 blocks from Duval Street. No children under 12 allowed and Spring Breakers discouraged.





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