6642
St. Augustine
St. Augustine: 450 Years of History Comes Alive!
Explore culturally vibrant St. Augustine with experts and learn the story of the nation’s oldest city through its architecture, monuments, Gilded Age works and a historic reenactment.
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Program No. 6642RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
St. Augustine, Florida
D
Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach

Activity note: Program registration will be available from 3:00 p.m. Hotel check-in will be available after 4:00 p.m.,

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table located on the first floor outside of the meeting room 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, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet at the hotel front desk when you check in.

Dinner: We'll walk one block from the hotel to a local restaurant near the beach where we'll enjoy a plated meal featuring your pre-selected entrée, including salad and dessert. Coffee, te or water included; other beverages available for purchase..

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. . Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Historic District, Oldest House, Architecture
St. Augustine, Florida
B,L,D
Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach

Activity note: Boarding/disembarking trolley multiple times during field trips; walking up to 1 mile; stairs (12 steps) at the Oldest House (no elevator).

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet features a rotating variety of hot items as well as fruit, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, breads and muffins, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll gather in the hotel’s meeting room for a presentation and discussion of St. Augustine’s history before and after the Europeans. With our local historian, a retired National Park Ranger, we’ll begin with the Native Americans who called this area home, continue through the first Spanish explorers and missionaries, and then the British who competed with them to establish colonial power here. After a short break, we’ll have an introduction to our beach experience which we'll enjoy upon our return from the Oldest House.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated meal featuring your choice of select salads or sandwiches with a soft drink, coffee, tea, and water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Outside our restaurant, an open sided trolley will take us for a non-stop narrated exploration of the Historic District. A city occupied since the 1600s, we’ll see evidence of the Spanish, British and American occupation of St. Augustine and gain insight as to how they may have lived. The trolley ride will end at the Oldest House where our local historian will lead us through this surviving Spanish colonial-era house. We’ll return to the hotel via bus where our nature enthusiast will share her appreciation for the shells, flora, and fauna or our beach, while raising our awareness that "a beach is not just a beach." We'll enjoy the fresh salt air, a perfect way to end our active first day.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a catered buffet including salad, chef's choice main dishes, vegetable, bread and dessert plus coffee, decaf, tea and water.

Evening: In our meeting room, we’ll be joined by the founding president of the Friends of St. Augustine Architecture Society for a presentation on St. Augustine's “vernacular” architecture: design based on local needs, materials, and traditions that span the city’s history, adapted to meet changing times.

DAY
3
Flagler & Heritage of the Gilded Age, Musical Entertainment
St. Augustine, Florida
B,L,D
Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach

Activity note: Boarding/disembarking trolley multiple times during field trips; walking up to 1 mile; some stairs (elevator may not be available at all sites), uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Henry M. Flagler's legacy as railroad tycoon, hotelier, and "Father of Tourism" is deeply appreciated and acknowledged in St. Augustine and the State of Florida. We will be joined by one of the first individuals to realize the potential of this titan of industry, the love of his life, the forgotten Flagler, Mary Harkness in person of our noted professional actor. Following the presentation, we will break for coffee and cookies. Then we'll view a DVD about Whitehall, Flagler's winter retreat. We will see this carefully restored Gilded Age mansion while gaining more insight in Mr. Flagler's life and legacy.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the beach, we’ll have a plated meal from a select menu with coffee, tea, soft drinks and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll board our bus for a ride downtown to Memorial Presbyterian Church. Built in 1889 as a memorial to his daughter and infant granddaughter who died that year, this church is an elegant example of Venetian Renaissance architecture. We’ll move on to Flagler’s magnificent Ponce de León Hotel that set the standard of luxury in 1888, and became the centerpiece of Flagler College in 1968. We’ll hear from an expert student leader who will share information about the first of the luxury hotels Flagler built on the east coast of Florida. Learn how the building featured innovations such as a steam heating system and electricity as well as interior stained glass designed by Louis Tiffany.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll enjoy a catered buffet dinner including salad, chef’s choice main dishes, vegetable, bread, and dessert plus coffee, decaf, tea and water.

Evening: In our meeting room, enjoy an evening of musical entertainment performed by our award-winning folklorist, author and singer.

DAY
4
Floridanos, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Fountain of Youth
St. Augustine, Florida
B
Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach

Activity note: Boarding/disembarking trolley multiple times during field trips; walking up to 1 mile; some stairs (elevator may not be available at all sites), uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Spend the first half of the morning with an historical literary figure, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who comes to life in a portrayal by our local costumed actress/historian. The experiences and writings of this Pulitzer Prize winning author are beautifully woven into her inspiring presentation. Next, we’ll board our bus for a field trip to the Fountain of Youth where we’ll experience history at this early Spanish archaeology site. In military dress, our author, playwright and performing artist will bring history to life through his presentation exploring the multi-culturalism of St. Augustine.

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 Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. We encourage you to visit the Castillo de San Marcos. Please also refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Transportation will be provided back to the hotel at a pre-arranged time and location.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
First Coast Music, Riverboat Cruise, Evening Entertainment
St. Augustine, Florida
B,L,D
Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach

Activity note: Boarding/disembarking trolley multiple times during field trips; walking up to 1 mile; some stairs (elevator may not be available at all sites), uneven terrain. Getting on/off the boat; the ride is approximately 1.5 hours and is weather dependent.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined in the meeting room by a professional pianist and avid music collector, who will lead a musical study of First Coast culture. Through discussion, live musical presentations, and vintage recordings, we’ll trace the Spanish, British, Minorcan, and English eras. We’ll then depart for the Historic District by bus..

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Historic District, enjoy a plated lunch and select from three options, plus your choice of iced tea, soda, water. The restaurant also features a micro-brewery which offers a sampler for purchase; other beverages also available for purchase.

Afternoon: Weather permitting, we’ll walk from the restaurant and gather at the City Marina for a scenic cruise on Matanzas Bay via the Victory III for an opportunity to see St. Augustine from a different and beautiful prospective. The boat’s captain will provide a running narrative throughout the trip discussing the historical significance of points of interest as well as the natural surroundings.

Dinner: We will begin our evening with a social gathering and live "lounge" music presented by a professional pianist prior to dinner. In the hotel dining room, we’ll enjoy a special "Taste of St. Augustine" for our farewell dinner featuring dishes inspired by the Timucuan Indians as well as the Greek, Spanish and British. This will be a plated dinner and chance to sample food from various cultures, plus coffee, decaf, tea and water.

Evening: At the hotel, enjoy an evening of Razz-ma-Tazz and All That Jazz! Live musical entertainment awaits us along with a special guest: a costumed performer portraying a legendary silent screen actress >Afterwards, return to your room to prepare for check-out and departures after lunch tomorrow.

DAY
6
Hats Off to History, Program Concludes
St. Augustine, Florida
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, our closing session will feature a first-person historical presentation by a local instructor in dress from the First Spanish Period for a creative re-cap of the week. 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!