Florida Adventure
featuring St. Augustine, Orlando and Indian Rocks Beach
 9 Days • 14 Meals
Air Tour
Come explore the Sunshine State, from the Moorish architecture of St. Augustine and Space Coast of Cape Canaveral to the excitement of Epcot and warm beauty of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico.

 Highlights
  • 14 Meals (8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Embark on a narrated cruise to Cumberland Island, home to a herds of wild horses
  • Take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery
  • Spend 2 nights in St. Augustine, America’s oldest city and take a narrated Trolley Tour
  • See the Our Lady of La Leche Shrine and visit the Castillo de San Marcos
  • Lunch at the award-winning Columbia Restaurant
  • Embark on a Dolphin Cruise on Matanzas Bay
  • Spend 2 nights in Orlando and take the Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center
  • Spend a full day at one of the nation’s premier attractions, Epcot
  • Visit Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark featuring the “Singing Tower”
  • Spend 3 nights in Indian Rocks Beach, on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Visit the Historic Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs and have lunch at Hellas Greek Restaurant
  • Tour the impressive Salvador Dali Museum
  • Tour Ca’ d’Zan, the dazzling palatial mansion of John and Mable Ringling
  • Enjoy free time in Sarasota’s St. Armand’s Square
  • Farewell dinner at Der Dutchman Restaurant for a hearty Amish-style meal
  • $45 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Arrive in Florida
Arrive in Jacksonville, Florida today and transfer to you hotel. Meet your Tour Manager and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. Meal: D
Day 2  Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach
Today we venture to Florida’s north shore to the small town of Fernandina Beach on quaint Amelia Island. Here we board our vessel for a cruise to Cumberland Island, home to one of the nation’s last herds of wild horses. See the shrimp boats and historic Fort Clinch from the water and stroll the streets of historic Old Towne Fernandina Beach where an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Florida’s oldest saloon, the Palace with its intricately carved wood and ornate ceiling await. We’ll also stop at Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a tour and maybe a sampling of many products made there. Later, we arrive at our St. Augustine hotel. Meals: B, D
Day 3  St. Augustine Trolley Tour and Columbia Restaurant
We begin the day with a narrated trolley tour of historic St. Augustine. This one hour tour highlights St. Augustine’s exciting past. See the Fernando-Lambias House, built in 1763 and the oldest in St. Augustine, along with the oldest school and drugstore. Also see the Our Lady of La Leche Shrine and visit the Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fortress which dominates the beautiful bay area. Lunch is at the exquisite Columbia Restaurant in the heart of the historic district. Enjoy award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine in the comfort of hand-painted tiles and Spanish-style fountains. Later, we board our ship the Victory III for the a relaxing cruise of Matanzas Bay. Hear waterfront tales of early days, take in the beauty of the red-tiled city roofs and maybe even catch sight of the many dolphins which inhabit the bay. Meals: B, L
Day 4  Kennedy Space Center
Depart St. Augustine today and make our way south along the coast to the Cape Canaveral area. Our destination is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Here we tour the birthplace of American spaceflight to see launch pads and the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building. Our Behind-the-Scenes tour shows us the restricted areas of the historic Launch Complex 39 and see the launch pads used by SpaceX and ULA. Meal: B
Day 5  Full Day at Epcot
Today we spend the day at one of the nation’s premier attractions, Epcot. First opened in 1982, Epcot was the second theme park opened in Florida by Walt Disney. Spanning 300 acres, Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement namely technology, innovation and international culture. The park is divided into two sections: Future World, made up of eight pavilions, and World Showcase, themed to 11 world nations. Meal: B
Day 6  Bok Tower Gardens and Indian Rocks Beach
We depart Orlando toady and venture west across the state where we make a stop at Bok Tower Gardens. This National Historic Landmark features 250 acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines which are highlighted by the 205 foot neo-Gothic and art deco “Singing Tower.” The tower’s carillon consists of 23 cast bronze bells that are precisely tuned and arranged in chromatic progression. We enjoy the gardens, lunch and the tower’s concert before traveling to our hotel in Indian Rocks Beach, located on the Gulf of Mexico. Meals: B, L
Day 7  Tarpon Springs and Hellas Greek Restaurant
Today we pay a visit to Tarpon Springs, a legacy of the Greek sponge divers who settled here is the early 1900s. Stroll the historic sponge and fishing docks and shop in the stores which are reminder of the once booming industry. Lunch today in included at Hellas Greek Restaurant which gives us a taste of the unique Greek culture of the area. Back in St. Petersburg, we visit the Salvador Dali Museum, the art museum dedicated to the work of Dali which houses the largest collection of his works outside Europe. Meals: B, L
Day 8  Ca’ d’Zan Mansion and St. Armands Square
We travel to Sarasota today for a visit to Ca’ d’Zan, the dazzling palatial mansion of the John and Mable Ringling, built as a tribute to the American Dream, reflecting the splendor and romance of Italy. Described as “the last of the Gilded Age mansions” to be built in America, Ca' d’Zan has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. Later, we spend time in St. Armand’s Square located on lushly landscaped island of Lido Key. Along with the superb exclusive shop, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, there is also the Circus Ring of Fame, a "sidewalk of circus stars." Before returning to our hotel, we stop at Der Dutchman Restaurant for a hearty Amishstyle meal. Enjoy their Barn-Raising Dinner Buffet, bountiful salad bar and Amish pies and desserts. Meals: B, D
Day 9  Homeward Bound
After breakfast, a group transfer to the Tampa International Airport is included for flights out after 11:00 a.m. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 1  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida
Days 2-3  TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian, St. Augustine, Florida
Days 4-5  Holiday Inn and Suites, Orlando, Florida
Days 6-8  Holiday Inn Harbourside, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Per Person Twin Room Single Room Availability
January 26, 2019 $2,679 add $899 Guaranteed
February 23, 2019 $2,679 add $899 Available
February 15, 2020 $2,849 add $999 Available
February 22, 2020 $2,849 add $999 Available
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Rooms for the night before and after the tour are available. Cost for a room in Jacksonville is $229 and in Indian Rocks is $229, tax included.

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