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Georgia

Biking Exploration on St. Simons and Jekyll Islands

Program No. 2181RJ
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.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.81)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,599

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Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2023
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Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
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Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2023
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Apr 30 - May 5, 2023
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Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2023
Starting at
2,049
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
Starting at
2,049
Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2023
Starting at
2,049
Apr 30 - May 5, 2023
Starting at
2,049
Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
2,049

At a Glance

Set amid coastal marshlands of swaying cordgrass and studded with lighthouses, former plantations and Gilded Age mansions, the Golden Isles of Georgia mark not only the meeting of the coast and the Atlantic, but also of the native peoples, Spanish missionaries, African slaves and wealthy vacationers who have all played parts in coastal Georgia’s history. From the Tiffany window in Faith Chapel to the historic Jekyll Island Club to the lush maritime forest, take in St. Simons and Jekyll islands by bike.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Novice to intermediate cyclists! Bicycling 13-20 miles per day at 9 miles per hour, moderate pace, concrete bike paths, flat terrain. One-speed, land cruiser bikes provided, foot brakes.
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…

  • See a 200-year-old working lighthouse, lovely Christ Church, Fort Frederica and slave cabins by bike.
  • Bike to the marshes and learn about Georgia's expansive estuarine and coastal ecosystems.
  • Explore more than 20 miles of winding bike trails on Jekyll Island, former playground of the Rockefellers and Morgans.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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The Jekyll Island Club
by Tyler E. Bagwell and The Jekyll Island Museum
In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period.
Georgia Trilogy
by Eugenia Price
Freedom's Shore: Tunis Campbell and the Georgia Freedmen
by Russell Duncan
Jekyll Island Club, The (GA) (Images of America)
by Jekyll Island Museum
In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period. Show More Show Less
St. Simons Trilogy
by Eugenia Price
A compelling, vibrant saga of conflict, love, and a young man's search to fulfill his dreams. In this enthralling first novel of the St. Simons Trilogy, Eugenia Price shares the compelling story of James Gould, a young man with a passionate dream. Raised in post-Revolution Granville, Massachusetts, Gould could only imagine the beauty and warmth of lands to the south. It was there that he longed to build bridges and lighthouses from his very own design and plans. The gripping story unfolds as Gould follows his dream to the raw settlement of Bangor on the Penobscot River, to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, to lawless Spanish East Florida, and back—at last and finally—to St. Simons. Along the way, he encounters hardship, peril, failure, and success, but it is the unwavering love of Janie Harris, an especially beautiful and strong-willed young woman, that fulfills his deep need for someone who can share the dream and the life he has chosen.
Jekyll Island: The Nearest Faraway Place
by unknown
Jekyll Island's undisturbed beauty, combined with its pleasant year-round weather and refreshing ocean breezes, provides a breathtaking backdrop for a variety of wonderful experiences. Located midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is approximately 5,700 acres and the smallest of Georgia's barrier islands. As a tribute to the Island's allurement, the Jekyll Island Authority has published Jekyll Island The Nearest Faraway Place, a coffee table book recognizing the inspired talent of residents and guests and their ability to capture unique perspectives of our cherished Island. During the period of March through September 2010, a competition was conducted to discover photographs of, and poems about, Jekyll Island. Scenic images and inspiring narratives portraying Jekyll's beach and marsh, sunrise and sunsets, wildlife, nature, historic landmarks, and views from above were sought for inclusion in this project. Submissions included 70 from Georgia, 17 from different states, 4 from Canada and 1 from the United Kingdom. Results of the competition were announced and the winning selections are featured in the commemorative publication. Copyright of the selected works and all rights to publish became property of Jekyll Island Authority. Jekyll Island The Nearest Faraway Place is now currently available at the Visitor Information Center, the Commissary, the Jekyll Island Book Store, the Jekyll Island Museum Store, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Hattie's Books in Brunswick.
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839
by Frances Anne Kemble
Rice Gold: James Hamilton Couper and Plantation Life on the Georgia Coast
by James E. Bagwell
Drawing from a wealth of information, particularly from primary sources such as diaries, letters, plantation records, etc., the author has recreated the story of James Hamilton Couper and his times into an exciting, interesting, and readable account. The work begins with an introductory chapter. The Georgia Coast, a land of sluggish rivers, murkey blackwater swamps, and studded with a string of islands, is the home of a special breed of people. The are as wild, reckless, exciting, beautiful, and contradictory as the land itself. Bagwell examines the Couper heritage, from kings, war, and intrigue in Scotland to their firm establishment on the Georgia Coast. As colonial times move into antebellum, the Coupers progress, especially with James Hamilton Couper of Hopeton Plantation. On his grand tour of Europe, many on that continent commented on the abilities and potential of this young man. Couper made quite a name for himself in the area of politics, plantation management, scientific agriculture, archaeology, and architectural design. In the sinking of the Pulaski, he was hailed the hero of the occasion. The publication of this volume will be a valuable addition to the history and culture of the South, especially Georgia and its coast.
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4.81 Average
(4) Review left 11/14/2022

Jekyll was delightful. We rode at a pace that was quit leisurely so we could look around and enjoy the sights. If you want a trip with active or fast riding this is not the trip for you.

(5) Review left 10/23/2022

Great trip with overall easy biking in beautiful Jekyll Island. Lots of nature, beautiful beaches, lots of history to be discovered. Also enjoyed the comraderie of other participants.

(5) Review left 10/23/2022

Gentle riding, flat roads, not hard if you are used to riding your bike! Beautiful scenery and breezes, and interesting history!

(5) Review left 5/16/2022

If you are a new or casual rider this trip is for you. The pace and flat terrain make for an easy ride. There are frequent stops so time in the saddle is not a pain! Jekyll Island is a beautiful state park and the perfect place to explore on bike.

(5) Review left 4/28/2022

A great program with great leaders, nice hotel and interesting things to see.

(5) Review left 4/20/2022

This is a wonderful program for anyone who enjoys biking through beautiful, flat terrain. Fred, Linda, Dottie, & Jack are great tour leaders with many entertaining stories to share about the history of the islands. High praise to all of the leaders for a very fun adventure!

(5) Review left 4/16/2022

If you like to bicycle, learn history, enjoy great meals and beautiful surroundings, this is the trip for you!

(5) Review left 3/12/2022

The bike trip on Jekyll Island is superb! It is a beautiful quiet island with trails made for biking. The locals are very accommodating when bikes cross the street. The hotel is very nice and the beach is white sand and walkable for long distances. The meals were a good variety and delicious. We had lunch at the Jekyll Island Club and it was an elegant step back in time! While the rides were up to 20 miles a day, it was flat and we had lots of interesting nature stops since Jekyll is a state park. The park rangers were great. St. Simon's has some interesting places to visit and we had some really good talks there, but the biking was some times along side a busy road. They are two different islands and I preferred Jekyll for riding. The leaders were local people and very personable. This is a must do trip if you like moderate biking, along with history and nature!

(5) Review left 2/28/2022

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(5) Review left 11/08/2021

Great biking experience through marshes, forests, and rides along the ocean paths. You will also enjoy interesting American history and ecology presentations about the area from your guides!

(5) Review left 11/06/2021

This program was a delight and you will be happy you went, guaranteed.

(5) Review left 6/02/2019

I enjoyed the leisurely pace of the coaster bikes. The flat topography made for relaxing rides. Due to bad weather, our group missed portions of the planned ride on St. Simons Island, and we spent two days on Jekyll Island repeating certain trails, so perhaps some review of the itinerary is in order. I was not a fan of the catered food brought to our hotel for dinner, as it was not kept hot. The one night we ate out was much more pleasant and allowed us to experience the local folk. I appreciated greatly the many historical sites we visited, and learned much about the coastal environment of Georgia, thanks to the guest speakers. (Loved the live snakes and other critters.) The tour leader made some sexist comments at the beginning of the trip, which was unfortunate given that the group was composed mostly of women, and perhaps put too much attention on himself.

(5) Review left 4/15/2019

This trip was stress free from beginning to end. It was a relaxing, yet somewhat physical trip. The biking was easy, on flat, paved surfaces. The food was plentiful and good, the leaders were interesting and fun, and the days spent out and about were thoroughly enjoyable.

(4) Review left 4/13/2019

Look at Uber and Lyft and much lower transportation options from Jacksonville Airport.

(4) Review left 4/03/2019

For the most part this was an excellent experience. Group leader Fred Collins and his team were very knowledgeable and kept us on schedule each day. The Best Western Hotel at St. Simons was excellent. Good breakfast, quiet rooms and great coffee. Local scenery was marvelous. The lectures gave us a great appreciation of the local history and environment. The down side. The single speed foot brake bikes were not suited for the conditions we were in. San Simon Island has narrow sidewalks where the bicycles were driven. Within our group of 20 we were tightly packed when stopping and starting and crossing intersections often with vehicle traffic. The foot brake was always in the way. Trying to stop was often difficult as the peddles had to be positioned properly so you had a good back stroke. When someone if front of you stopped unexpectedly and your peddles were in the wrong positon the only way to stop was jump off. In a similar fashion when starting you could not put the peddles in tbe position you wanted. The sidewalk/bikepath was very narrow. The handle bars were very wide. This made it awkward when encountering oncoming bicycles and pedestrian traffic, If a single speed bike was needed then the bmx style with hand brakes and free wheeling peddles is the way to go. At the very least a foot brake style with a single handbrake would allow you to control stopping. My wife took three spills attempting to stop. And has the scrapes and bruises to show for it. She rides at home on a standard women's mountain bike with no issues. On Sunday when we arrived Fred let me take a bike for a ride. It was fun; no traffic, nothing to watch out for. This changed immediately when the traffic came into play on the bike ride. The single speed foot brake bike is a bad choice for the St Simon riding. I note that Fred and his helpers did not ride the cruisers.

(5) Review left 3/24/2019

Learned a lot about the St. Simons/Jekyll Island area. Very Interesting. Believe you should be able to bike 10 miles before you go. Great trip.






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