6642
Florida
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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Margaret
(5)
You will not be disappointed with the agenda on this trip. The presenters are experts in their fields and have a passion for the transference of knowledge to the participants. Accommodations and meals are as promised. This trip is worth taking!
Claudia
(5)
St. Augustine is a beautiful city to visit! Our field trips and lectures provided us with some truly delightful experiences there.
Jennifer
(5)
The trip was highly educational. I would definitely recommend Road Scholar as their trips keep you engaged and active.
Calvin
(5)
We had never been to St. Augustine before and learned much about the city. All of the presenters in this program provided us with different aspects of the area, some were entertaining, some were educational and all were worthwhile. The location on the beach was a plus. We wished we could have stayed in the area a little longer, but previously had made other commitments.
Barbara
(5)
Awesome program! A+ Lots to do and see with a good mix of activities and information. Well organized.
Nancy
(5)
The program - 450 hears of history in St. Augustine - was fantastic, and I learned so much, and also had a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.
David
(5)
"St. Augustine 450 Years of History Comes Alive!" lived up to its name and more so. The presentations, tours, performances, and excursions were educational and enjoyable, in a beautiful setting. I highly recommend this for anyone who's interested in history or wants to know more about a fascinating and unique location. It was a wonderful experience!
Joseph
(5)
A deep dive into the history of Saint Augustine with a first class team of historians. Learning about the early Native American tribal migration to Florida to escape the European colonists, as well as their role in sheltering and integrating fugitive slaves into their tribal life was a great learning experience.One of many adventures to come to those wise enough to invest in this superb learning experience.
Cheryl
(5)
Program # 6642 This was my first Road Scholar experience and it will not be my last! I learned so much about St. Augustine and its place in American history. The group leaders and instructors were excellent, the food was great, the accommodations were on the beach! What more can a person ask for? It was a fantastic time!
Stuart
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
A very well-organized, informative & interesting program. Enthusiastic leaders. Especially enjoyable because it included multiple media -- lectures, historical impersonators, boat ride, tours, music, ecology, and even food that educates. All very well done. And the hotel is on the beach -- a treat in winter for Yankees. S&R, Ohio St. Augustine March 13-18, 2016
Judith
(5)
The Eckerd College Road Scholar program 6642 was a gem. With accommodations directly on the beach, snowbirds can get a respite from winter along with learning about the 450 years of life in St. Augustine. The knowledge staff and presenters made this a memorable trip back in time. Highly recommended.
Patricia
(5)
Delightful!
Anthony
(5)
Our leader, Martha Brady was warm and welcoming and well prepared. She made sure all of us were part of the program. The cookies and coffee at the breaks was a very nice touch and allowed for socializing. This was also true of our evening social get togethers. Really enjoyed the coming to life of Henry Flagler and Marjorie Rawlings by two talented thespians. Also special was the musical/acting team of Susan and Jerry Brody's Razzmatazz and all that jazz, plus Jerry's musical contributions. Time spent in Old St. Augustine was special. Wonderful program all around
Margaret
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
I thought the St. Augustine trip was just great. Terrific leader Jill was engaging and responsive with great presenters who all did a lovely job of integrating lots of information. Very entertaining and very educational. I was delighted to have taken this trip just prior to the Savannah trip. Breakfast at the hotel was challenging but, though worn, the hotel was in a fabulous location on the beach and worked very well. Our group was a perfect size and enlightening to travel with. All good!
Bette
(5)
Our knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful guide and her presenter colleagues brought St. Augustine alive in a variety of creative ways: impersonation, music and song, lively history presentations; and tours on foot, on wheels, and on boat. Our congenial group enjoyed 6 days of food for thought and food for fun, a thoroughly memorable and delightful trip consistent with RoadScholar's high standards.
David
(5)
This program, sponsored by Eckerd College, was an excellent experience with well qualified presenters. A variety of activities provided a wealth of knowledge. Our accommodations were comfortable and dining facilities were varied. We highly recommend this St. Augustine adventure.
Sally
(5)
Such an interesting program, with an especially effective group leader. The talks were informative, and the visits to local landmarks such as Flagler College and the Memorial Presbyterian Church with its Tiffany stained glass windows, were very special. And a very nice group of people to be with.
Prue
(5)
Road Scholar programs offer the participant to learn more about parts of the world in an organized fashion, while enjoying the experience, and not having to spend the time dealing with hotels and food that otherwise make take precious time. Other participants are interested in becoming informed and more knowledgeable about the setting.
Barbara
(5)
Program was educational, varied and unexpectedly entertaining. Who knew that St. Augustine was a big deal in silent movies? and all that Tiffany glass. Great presenters and nice sights to see. A great week in Florida in February.
Jean
(5)
5 stars all around! The history, the tours, the presentations, the shopping, everything is so interesting and entertaining. The hotel is perfect with very comfortable rooms and just steps from the ocean. Absolutely recommend this program.
George
(5)
This program is outstanding and exceeded my expectations. One learns so much about the history and importance of St. Augustine in the history of our country and the State of Florida. The program leader has assembled a cadre of informative and interesting presenters that hold your interest as well as offering a unique perspective on the city's history. There is a special surprise dinner at the end of the course that will help bring all the different cultures of St. Augustine together.
Alice
(5)
What a wonderful overview of St. Augustine. We had a beautiful week of learning as well as meeting new and interesting people. Our St. Augustine Beach hotel was so convenient and the fun of walking the beach was a plus.
Terry
(5)
The week in St. Augustine was delightful in a great location -- hotel on the beach, outstanding food, good instructors and a wonderful group leader. What a nice way to get away from the winter blahs!
Nancy
(5)
This was a marvelous program. Very informative with lots of interactive learning. There were 10 presenters, including actors representing past St. Augustine leaders. After learning about the various aspects of St. Augustine history, art, culture, architecture, etc. we visited the sites. We stayed in a great hotel on St. Augustine Beach, with many amenities and a delicious hot breakfast. Every detail was addressed. I recommend the program highly
John
(5)
Thoroughly enjoyed it...This was our first Road Scholar experience and it was a pure pleasure. The quality of the program and the activities exceeded our expectations. The week's activities were well planned and executed. And the beach was nice as well. --John and Judith U
Beverly
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
This program takes the idea of history and breathes life, interest, and excitement into the whole experience. The re-enactors were very accomplished actors, who were mesmerizing and engaging. We experienced history in a whole new way. All the Rhodes Scholar staff were friendly, knowledgeable and went the extra mile for us. The hotel is on the beach, very comfortable, very accommodating. The beach there is beautiful. There are many interesting things to do in the leisure time. Well worth it!
Yvonne
(5)
I enjoyed the re-enactors and their enthusiasm very much, but there was more sitting and listening to lectures than I really wanted. The program did adjust my "first settlement: Pilgrims, 1620" point of view! Caterer was not great. Hotel had difficulty keeping the hot drinks more than luke warm.
Jane
(5)
My husband and I found this to be a most enjoyable program. So much to see and do, with well organized, fun and interesting presentations and field trips. From the beautiful Basilica Cathedral, Flagler College and Ponce de Leon Park, to name a few, it was a great experience. (I'm still waiting for results from a drink from the "Fountain of Youth.") The Hampton Inn was located right on the beach...with management that cared about our comfort. Our leaders, Nancy and Jackie, were organized, enthusiastic and devoted to making this a memorable time for us all.
Cleveland
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
Three things made this a particularly strong program. First, the leadership and presenters were excellent. Nancy was well-organized and approachable at all times. The decision to use re-enactors as historical characters kept things interesting. Second, the hotel was accommodating and comfortable at all times. It has ocean beach access, a draw for us northerners who come to Florida in winter. The food was good, the meeting room comfortable, and our guest room clean and comfortable as well. Third, the program allows one to visit pretty much all of the historical sites in St.Augustine. In addition, shopping and food are plentiful and excellent. Our group was smaller than usual (18). This made for great camaraderie and the chance to hear the stories of just about everyone.
Barbara
(5)
Great program, lovely city with very interesting history. The presenters were both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter, which made the presentations lively, interesting and fun. The organizers were great-Nancy and Jackie were always there for us and were very informative-in addition to them being lovely people who took the best care of us. The hotel was very clean and comfortable and located right on the beach-a real plus-along with coffee and tea at all times and warm cookies in the evening in the lounge.(Yum). We ate at local restaurants and also a few evenings in the hotel itself-all meals were great! Nutritious food, clean and warm surroundings. Daily breakfast was also at the hotel, which was also quite good. Hot and cold buffet.





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