Tours for ISGA XI

We have a new deadline for the post- and pre-conference tours. If you want to register for either the post- or pre-conference tour it must be done by March 28. We may be able to offer it after this time, but the price will rise to an undetermined number at that time. These tours are very close to July 4th, the American Independence Day. Our hotels will only guarantee the price that we used to calculate the tour cost until March 28. After that point, the price will go up, and possibly the rooms will sell out. We will do our best to accommodate late comers, but cannot guarantee your place on the tours.

Pre-conference Tour
Pensacola Beach, Florida and tour of Auburn University Marine Aquaculture Research Facilities
We will leave from the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center early on June
22 and travel to Pensacola Beach, Florida. This is one of the best beaches in the southern United States with clear, calm water and white sand beaches. On the morning of June 23, the tour group will leave Pensacola Beach and take a scenic drive along the Gulf of Mexico to the AU Marine Fish Research Center at Gulf Shores, Alabama. Shrimp and marine fin fish culture research is conducted at this facility. Next the tour will continue to the AU Marine research facility at Dauphin Island.
Oyster research is the primary focus at this facility. We will arrive back in Auburn late on the night of June 23.
Participant cost for the pre-conference tour is $391 and for accompanying person(s) $92 (maximum of 3). If there is someone at the conference that you want to share a room with, they can qualify as the “accompanying person.” Please contact us for details.
The fee includes meals on the 23rd, transportation and lodging.

Post-conference tour
We will leave from the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center early on June 30 and first travel to Tallulah Falls, Georgia. These waterfalls are the most spectacular in the Southern United States. For those needing to catch up with their exercise, 15 minutes worth of steps lead down the gorge to get a full view of the falls, and yes, 15 minutes of climbing going back up. Souvenir shop has nice geodes and other interesting gifts. From there we will go to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The day will be spent touring the Park by bus with frequent stops to stretch and to enjoy the park.  We will spend the evening in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The next morning we will tour Gatlinburg, Tennessee which has shopping, arts & crafts and museums as well as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. We will tour the aquarium together, and the remainder of the day you will be on your own. We will arrive back in Auburn  late on July 1.

Participant cost for the post-conference tour is $270 and for accompanying person(s) $121 (maximum of 3). If there is someone at the conference that you want to share a room with, they can qualify as the “accompanying person.”  The fee includes one breakfast , one lunch, snacks, entrance to the aquarium, transportation and lodging. Please contact us for details.

 

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