2181
Georgia
Biking Exploration on St. Simons and Jekyll Islands
Bike St. Simons and Jekyll Islands with experts, exploring a historic lighthouse, learning about coastal ecosystems and enjoying authentic traditions of Southern culture and cuisine.
Program No. 2181RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
St. Simons Island, GA
D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come 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, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the hotel conference room, we will enjoy a buffet dinner from a select menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Bicycling on St. Simons and Jekyll Islands is the best way to see both islands. Each day participants will be getting on their bike and heading out to some historical or ecological site. Everyday is a field trip of learning and riding with a history instructor or naturalist or both. The pace is not fast and we will be stopping at various spots getting on and off the bike for field trips. There are bathroom stops all along the way at some of the places we stop. A back-up van is ready and waiting in case there is an accident or a broken down bike. We divide the group into two groups of 12 each.(if large group) Each group will have a leader in front of the bicyclers and a sweep at the rear. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Marsh Field Trip, Gascoigne Bluff, Barrier Islands Talk
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Biking approximately 10 miles.

Breakfast: In the hotel conference room, we will enjoy a buffet breakfast, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Our coastal naturalist will lead a bike trip to the marshes, where we should expect to see birds as well as other marsh creatures along the journey. We will learn about Georgia's expansive estuarine and coastal ecosystems, as well as the plants and animals that depend on them. We’ll stop along the way to take a marsh walk to better see and understand the salt marsh ecology with an expert from Driftwood Education Center.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our biking continues to Gascoigne Bluff, Hamilton slave Cabins and Epworth, with time to bike on our own or visit the beach afterwards.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Presentation on Barrier Island Dynamics.

DAY
3
St. Simons History, North & South End Rides, Presentation
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Biking today approximately 10-15 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, a local historian will provide an overview of St. Simons Island history. Following this, we will bike with our historian to key historical points, including Fort Frederica, Christ Church, the village, and other points of interest.

Lunch: We will enjoy a boxed meal for our picnic-style lunch on St. Simons.

Afternoon: Our day of biking continues through the south end of St. Simons.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At the hotel, a local expert will give a presentation on reptiles and marine life on the islands.

DAY
4
Jekyll Island History, Bike St. Simons Island, Free Evening
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Biking today approximately 10-15 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, a local historian will present a lecture on the history of Jekyll Island in preparation for tomorrow’s biking trip. Our biking adventure will continue as we explore the north end of St. Simons Island and its history.

Lunch: Picnic-style lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue to explore the south end of St. Simons Island.

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 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.

DAY
5
Bike Jekyll Island, Lunch at Jekyll Island Club Hotel
St. Simons Island, GA
B,L,D
Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort

Activity note: Biking approximately 15-20 miles. Getting on/off tram.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Today we will explore over 20 miles of winding trails, perfect for biking. These paved paths are a great way to explore Jekyll Island’s historic sites, beaches, marshes and maritime forests. Trails wind along the ocean and the interior maritime forest....breathtaking!

Lunch: At the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, with views of the intracoastal waterway, we will enjoy a plated lunch, plus coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our biking on Jekyll Island continues. We will park our bikes for a private tram ride with an expert through the historic district of Jekyll to include the millionaire cottages, Faith Chapel with an original Tiffany stained glass, and the famous Jekyll Island Hotel.

Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
St. Simons Island, GA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, a local expert will present our last lecture for this week about local fishing. 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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