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Bermuda

Bermuda Unveiled: Historic Forts, Secret Gardens & More!

Program No. 22777RJ
See another side of Bermuda — one filled with fascinating history and natural gems — as you explore its fortifications, gardens, museums and nature reserves.
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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3,249
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Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2023
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Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2023
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Mar 1 - Mar 8, 2023
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Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2023
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Apr 12 - Apr 19, 2023
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Apr 19 - Apr 26, 2023
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Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2023
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Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2023
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Nov 8 - Nov 15, 2023
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Deluxe View 3,449
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Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

DATES & PRICES

Standard View Deluxe View
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer the facility’s best views of the area’s scenery.

Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 3,539
Deluxe View 3,679
Special Offer

Enroll by Dec. 21, 2022 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2023
Standard View 3,539
Deluxe View 3,679
Special Offer

Enroll by Jan. 04, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Mar 1 - Mar 8, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 3,539
Deluxe View 3,679
Special Offer

Enroll by Jan. 18, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2023
Standard View 3,539
Deluxe View 3,679
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 08, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Apr 12 - Apr 19, 2023
Standard View 3,669
Deluxe View 3,809
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Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Apr 19 - Apr 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 3,669
Deluxe View 3,809
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2023
Standard View 3,669
Deluxe View 3,809
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2023
Standard View 3,669
Deluxe View 3,809
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

Nov 8 - Nov 15, 2023
Standard View 3,669
Deluxe View 3,809
Special Offer

Enroll by Feb. 28, 2023 for free round-trip air from JFK. Ask about other cities!

At a Glance

There’s far more to Bermuda than pink sand beaches and crystal-clear waters — this British territory is also home to a wealth of history and natural beauty, just waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in Bermuda’s rich colonial legacy as you learn the stories of Britain’s earliest settlements in the Western Hemisphere, and hear tales of shipwrecks, pirates and maritime history. Discover its pristine nature preserves and marine sanctuaries, and delight in special explorations of private gardens. Plus visit two nature preserves to learn about limestone, natural caves and Bermuda cedar and climb a lighthouse for a stunning ocean view!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day over pavement, dirt paths, grass, gravel. Some stairs, getting on and off a small motorcoach and boat, walking and standing up to 1.5 hours in museums.
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…

  • Walk with an expert through the city of St. George’s, one of the oldest English settlements in the “New World” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy special access to two private gardens owned by local residents, and learn about island flowers.
  • Board a small boat at the Bermuda Institute of Oceans Sciences to see plankton collected, and return to the lab to learn about these microscopic creatures.
Featured Expert
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Tim Rogers
Tim Rogers, a Bermudian, taught for a more than a decade, then began his own business providing talks and walks on a range of Bermuda-related themes. Tim’s interests are many and varied, so his expertise covers topics from architecture to zoology and everything in between. He lists amongst his hobbies rose cultivation, silver collecting, hill walking, travel, and snorkeling. Tim has worked with Road Scholar in Bermuda for nearly 20 years.

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

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Tim Rogers, a Bermudian, taught for a more than a decade, then began his own business providing talks and walks on a range of Bermuda-related themes. Tim’s interests are many and varied, so his expertise covers topics from architecture to zoology and everything in between. He lists amongst his hobbies rose cultivation, silver collecting, hill walking, travel, and snorkeling. Tim has worked with Road Scholar in Bermuda for nearly 20 years.
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.
Isle of Devils: Bermuda Under the Somers Island Company, 1609-1685
by Jean Kennedy
Bermuda's Botanical Wonderland: A Field Guide
by Christine Phillips-Watlington
Moon Bermuda (Moon Handbooks)
by Rosemary Jones
The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America
by Lorri Glover, Daniel Blake Smith
Bermuda Five Centuries
by Rosemary Jones
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit, Arrive Bermuda, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hamilton
D
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: We will assemble in the hotel lobby at 4:45 p.m. when our Group Leader will accompany us to the meeting room. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. 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. We’ll learn information during presentations and on field trips from local experts as well as our knowledgeable Group Leader. Periods in the 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.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with a welcome glass of wine, water, and a choice of coffee or tea at the end of the meal; other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
About Bermuda’s Oldest Inhabitants, St. George
Hamilton
B,L,D
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1.5 miles, approximately 1.5 hours, and standing; mostly flat terrain, some steps.

Breakfast: In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, an omelette station, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads, and beverages.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll have a presentation by our Group Leader on Bermuda’s oldest inhabitants, from indigenous peoples to native animals. Next, we’ll board a motor coach and head to the northeast tip of St. Georges Island, where Fort St. Catherine is situated. Constructed in 1614, the fort now houses comprehensive exhibits and artifacts of 17th century island life. We will then head over to Walsingham Nature Reserve — known locally as Tom Moore’s Jungle — for a field trip with commentary by our Group Leader. This is one of the oldest geological areas on the island, with a bedrock of limestone more than a million years old. We’ll learn about Bermuda’s natural history before the island was colonized, as well as its indigenous plants, ecology, and geography as we walk back to the hotel.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: We’ll board a private motorcoach and travel back to St. George’s Island. There, we’ll set out on a walking field trip through the historic town of St. George, Bermuda’s original capital, and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “The Town of St George, founded in 1612, is an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. Its associated fortifications graphically illustrate the development of English military engineering from the 17th to the 20th century, being adapted to take account of the development of artillery over this period.” Among its highlights are Saint Peter’s Church, established in 1612, the oldest Anglican church outside the British Isles and oldest Protestant church in continuous use in the New World, given a royal designation by Queen Elizabeth II. We’ll also see the pleasant green space of Somers Garden as well as the Tucker House Museum. Built in the mid-18th century, the Tucker House is a typical example of early Bermudian house construction. It was the home of merchant Henry Tucker and is furnished as it was in his time with many family artifacts including furniture, portraits, and silver. After some time for independent exploration, we’ll return to the hotel via motorcoach.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Hamilton, Bermuda Botanical Gardens
Hamilton
B,L
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; riding about 8 miles (13 km), approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 3 miles, approximately 1.5 to 2 hours; standing indoors and out; some moderate grade hills.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a private motorcoach and travel into Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, for a walking field trip with our Group Leader. We’ll learn more about Bermuda’s history as we walk down Front Street, the hustling and bustling commercial street, and visit some of the capital’s most iconic buildings, including government institutions and the Anglican Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. The impressive structure, begun in 1886 and completed in 1905, was designed by a prominent Scottish architect in his Victorian rendering of neo-Gothic. We’ll also have a private visit to the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, founded in 1895. Its exhibits and artifacts provide an understanding and appreciation of this island in earlier eras. The collection includes 18th century furniture, silver fashioned by local smiths, portraits, and many pieces brought by traveling sea captains. The building from the early 1800s was the home of the William Perot family. The adjoining park was once their private garden.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Board a private motorcoach, we’ll ride to the 35-acre Bermuda Botanical Gardens for an expert-led exploration. The largest and most extensive on the island, it features a park, woodland, greenhouses, and horticultural collections including orchids, subtropical fruit trees, hibiscus, and Banyan trees, as well as an aviary. We will then return to the hotel by private motorcoach.

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: At leisure.

DAY
4
Private Gardens, Free Time, BIOS & Boat
Hamilton
B,D
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 15 miles, approximately 3/4 hour. Getting on/off an excursion boat. Walking a mile or less, approximately 1.5 hours, and standing; uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll set out via private motorcoach on a Road Scholar exclusive field trip to visit two private gardens of Bermudian residents, something tourists would never get to do on their own! In these private settings, the owners will show us their beautiful plants before returning to the hotel.

Lunch: 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.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: We will gather for an introduction to BIOS — the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences — by a member of the staff. Founded in 1903 as the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, it is today a world-class ocean science research and education facility. We will board a BIOS bus, take a short ride to their boat, and go out on the water with BIOS field experts. We’ll collect plankton from the ocean via towing special nets that collect the samples. They will later be analyzed at BIOS to learn more about the microscopic life and ecosystem of these waters. We’ll then go into the BIOS lab to look at plankton under the microscope. We’ll return to the hotel via private motorcoach.

DAY
5
Bermudian Architecture, Dockyard, National Museum
Hamilton
B,L
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 25 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Getting on/off a ferry. Walking up to 1.5 miles, approximately 2.5 hours, and standing; mostly flat, one hill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local mason who will participate with our Group Leader in a presentation on Bermudian architecture. While out on field trips, feel free to look for examples of the styles discussed in the lecture. We will then board a private motorcoach to visit several forts on the island culminating in the Royal Naval Dockyard fortifications. Due to its strategic location, Bermuda had to defend itself from the possibility of attacks by nations including Spain. When the town of St. George was founded in 1612, the local militia began building fortifications; some of the oldest surviving in this hemisphere. Bermuda became Britain’s primary New World naval base after the American Revolution.

Lunch: At a popular pub in a historic building.

Afternoon: With our Group Leader, we’ll explore the Royal Naval Dockyard, built in the 1800s as Britain’s most important naval base in the New World and active through World War II. We’ll continue our exploration as we visit some of the artists and artisans of paintings and ceramics who have studios in the Dockyard. We’ll also visit the Bermuda National Museum. It serves as a custodian of Bermuda’s underwater and land-based cultural heritage through collecting exhibitions, restoration, conservation, research, publication, education, public outreach, and archaeology. After an introduction by our Group Leader, we will have some time for independent exploration of the museum. Next, we’ll board the local ferry for a half-hour trip back to Hamilton, then return to the hotel by private motorcoach.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Modern Politics & Society, Verdmont, BUEI
Hamilton
B,L
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 15 miles, 3/4 hour. Walking up to 2.5 miles, approximately 3 hours; variable terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll have an interactive discussion with a local member of the national government. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state, represented locally by a crown-appointed governor. In all internal matters, Bermuda is self-governing. We’ll discuss a broad range of issues including contemporary challenges. In spite of its small size, Bermuda faces the same kinds of economic and social issues as elsewhere. Late morning, we’ll board a private motorcoach for a field trip to Verdmont, a historic home (circa 1712) that is one of the Bermuda National Trust’s foremost properties. During an expert-led exploration, we’ll learn how this classic example of colonial Georgian architecture remained in the same family, virtually unchanged, until coming to the Trust. It features an extensive collection of antiques including Bermuda-made cedar furniture, portraits, English and Chinese porcelain, a child’s nursery, and the finest cedar staircase on the island. The gardens, also dating from the 18th century, contain an assortment of old roses, fruit trees and palmettos with a sweeping view of the South Shore. From Verdmont, we’ll ride to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI.)

Lunch: At the BUEI restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of lemonade, iced tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: A member of the BUEI staff will give us an introduction to the institute. We’ll learn about the organization’s mission of advancing the understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of the ocean and encouraging the protection and preservation of the marine environment. We’ll also explore BUEI to see and learn more. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Cooper's Island, Free Time
Hamilton
B,L,D
Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 2.5 miles, approximately 3 hours; mostly flat, dirt paths.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather with our Group Leader for a presentation on the people and flora of Bermuda and how they came to the island. We’ll then take a motorcoach to Cooper’s Island, where we’ll learn about the flora and fauna and walk across beautiful beaches. The sub-tropical climate supports flowers, fruits, grasses, herbs, trees, and vegetables that grow year-round. We’ll also learn about non-native species brought to Bermuda by the winds and Gulf Stream from North America and the Caribbean. Since 1609, Cooper’s island has been used for agriculture, a military outpost, and a NASA tracking station until 2008, when 77 acres were protected as a nature reserve. Since then, it has been undergoing active restoration or “un-development” with the demolition of obsolete buildings, culling of invasive plants, and replanting of native and endemic plants. Eventually, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve will look much as it did before the first settlers arrived. One element that has been retained is the former base of a radar tower now used for wildlife observation. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: Regrouping at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with a glass of wine included and share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check out 11:00 a.m. See your program’s Transportation Information regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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