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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Walking less than 1/2 mile roundtrip to/from the restaurant; less than 1/2 hour.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). 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. The program is staffed with a local Group Leader, who will be our primary resource in making the most of independent study time, handling logistical information, offering local knowledge, and insider tips for getting to know the city. This is a Road Scholar Independent program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own independently for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content. Most meals will be on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and there will be substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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: We will walk from the hotel to a nearby restaurant for a 3-course plated meal with salad, choice of entrée, dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 4 miles total throughout the day; leisurely pace; paved sidewalks downtown. Opportunities for more activities dependent on personal interest during free time.
Breakfast: At our accommodation, the well-balanced breakfast buffet offers a variety of tasty choices including hot and cold items, fresh fruit, juices, and coffee/decaf, tea, water.
Morning: We will start our morning exploring downtown Miami on a walking field trip with our Group Leader. While viewing some of its most interesting and unique buildings and getting oriented with the neighborhood, we’ll learn about the history of Miami and how it came to be the city that it is today. After the walk, we will board the Metromover, Miami’s free elevated passenger train line, and travel to the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in Coral Gables. With a local expert at the museum, we will learn about the history, culture, and contributions of the Cuban exile community in Miami.
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. This period of time has been set aside for your 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. You may like to continue exploring Coconut Grove or visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens using your Explorer Pass. Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark and former winter home of James Deering.
Dinner: On your own to explore the multitude of Miami eateries. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure. Our Group Leader will have suggestions for where you can go and what you can do independently, from performances, festivals, and other events to their favorite Miami hangouts.
Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles during morning group activities; leisurely pace; paved sidewalks in Little Havana. Opportunities for more activities dependent on personal interest during free time.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll join a local expert on a walking field trip through Little Havana. While many cultures have characteristic games, in Little Havana, it's dominoes. Beginning at Máximo Gómez Park, popularly known as Domino Park, we’ll see a popular place where locals gather to play the national game of Cuba. Máximo Gómez, for whom the park is named, was a military commander indispensable to the mission of Cuba’s struggle for independence. As we learn about the history, culture, and people of Little Havana during our expert-led walk, we will stop along the way for Cuban coffee and other delights.
Lunch: On your own to sample more of the local fare.
Afternoon: Free time. You may want to further acquaint yourself with Little Havana and explore the nearby Bay of Pigs Museum and Library, or check out the local beach scene along South Beach, home to neon-soaked Ocean Drive. With the included Explorer Pass, you may wish to go on a walk with the Miami Design Preservation League, or independently explore the more low-key Española Way, a picturesque pedestrian boulevard lined with shops and restaurants.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy more of the regional cuisine.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles during afternoon group activities; leisurely pace; paved sidewalks in Overtown. Opportunities for more activities dependent on personal interest during free time.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Free time. As you continue to explore Miami independently, you might like to take in a cruise along Biscayne Bay with your Explorer Pass and explore Miami Beach and its neighboring islands by sea, or hop on and off the Metromover and experience Brickell and Downtown Miami as the locals do.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.
Afternoon: After rendezvousing at a predetermined time and place, we will travel by Metromover to the Overtown neighborhood with a local expert. During our walk in Overtown, formerly known as the "Harlem of the South," we’ll see local homes and venues connected to artists like Duke Ellington and renowned leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and millionaire Dana Dorsey. We’ll learn about how these artists and leaders contributed to Miami’s cultural identity.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a delicious 3-course plated farewell dinner with one alcoholic beverage, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the morning; paved sidewalks. Getting on/off vehicle; driving about 8 miles total; approximately 1 hour roundtrip.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Arriving via private vehicle, we will explore the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami and during our field trip, we’ll see how an area once suffering from urban blight, race riots, and gang violence, has transformed into an incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. We'll spend time exploring the large-scale murals made by thriving street artists that has made Wynwood one of the most renowned creative neighborhoods in the world. We’ll then return to the hotel for checkout. This concludes our program. 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!