Northern Florida Coastal
February 18, 2020 thru February 24, 2020
Discover the history and beauty of the extraordinary Atlantic coast of Florida with Pleasurebent Tours. Enjoy relaxation at the beach combined with interesting touring. Our expert guides bring insight into Spanish colonial times, visits to top gardens and museums, fine coastal dining and beautiful sights. We visit Amelia Island, an unforgettable destination full of wildlife, pristine waters and historic locations. We explore St. Augustine, our nation’s oldest city; filled with living history experiences, centuries-old Spanish colonial buildings, hidden courtyards, brick-lined streets and horse-drawn carriages. And we tour Jacksonville, known for its stunning beaches, arboretum and Cummer Museum.
Roundtrip air from Tucson to Jacksonville included in the price.
7 days, 6 nights
Activity Level 2
12 meals included
- Oceanfront rooms on Amelia Island
- St. Augustine Trolley Tour
- Colonial Experience Tours
- St. Augustine Cruise
- World Golf Hall of Fame
- Cummer Museum
- Roundtrip air transportation
- All transfers and motor coach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 6 nights lodging
- 12 meals
- Admissions as described
- Baggage handling
- Bus refreshments
- Services of a tour director
- Driver tips
Today we fly from Tucson to Jacksonville, Florida. The region is a water paradise – centered on the banks of the St. Johns River in the First Coast region of northeast Florida, it operates the largest urban park system in the United States, has long been a popular filming location for movies (Cool Hand Luke, 1967), and is home to the more than 250-year-old Treaty Oak. We check into our hotel and get together for a welcome dinner. (D)
This morning we tour and explore beautiful Amelia Island, where we experience a mix of history and tranquility. With 13 miles of wonderful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike. We visit Fernandina Beach, the History Museum and Ft. Clinch State Park, along the way basking in striking live oaks while looking for gopher tortoises, painted buntings and other species. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and shop your own. Tonight, we stay on Amelia Island at the Omni Amelia Island Resort. (B,L)
Today we travel south to historic St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers and the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the continental United States. We take a trolley tour and acquaint ourselves with the Old Town’s history and culture, including the Bridge of Lions, the connecting drawbridge from the mainland to Anastasia Island to the mainland, the Villa Zoryada Museum, an 1883 villa inspired by the Alhambra featuring a collection of priceless antiques, and the Lightner Museum one of the finest collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country. Tonight, we check in to our St. Augustine-area hotel with beach access at Vilano Beach for our 3-night stay and a group dinner. (B,D)
More in-depth St. Augustine experiences await! We start at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, America’s first parish and the city’s oldest Catholic Church. The cathedral is filled with murals depicting the history of the Church in the New World. We visit the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum, have a group lunch and continue exploring in the Colonial Quarter where we take a Colonial Experience tour, an adventurous walk through history, including a live musket demonstration! As a relaxing end to the day, we visit the San Sebastian Winery, dating back to 1562. (B,L)
We will continue our visits in St. Augustine today starting at Castillo de San Marcos to see a reconstructed section of the city’s walled defense and original city gate from the 17th century. We tour the fantastic architecture at Flagler College and see the González-Alvarez House, also known as The Oldest House, because it is believed to be the oldest surviving house in the city and dates to 1723. We’ll head to Whetstone Chocolates to tour and taste at this local favorite before ending the afternoon with cruising tour out on the water. (B,L)
Today we visit the World Golf Hall of Fame on our way to Jacksonville where we will visit the Cummer Museum, one of the finest art collections in the Southeast, spanning 2100 B.C. through the 21st Century. The gardens on the property are a unique example of early 20th century garden design featuring reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments and sculptures. After free time to relax on our final night, we will have a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Before our departure, we will visit the Jacksonville Arboretum, a 120-acre urban woodland and ecological wonder. Then we fly from Jacksonville back to Tucson with new insights into the colonial history of Florida and long-lasting memories our oceanside trip. (B)
***If you would like to join this tour and are not traveling to/from Tucson, please contact us for special pricing.
Amelia Island's 8 Flags
Amelia Island is Florida’s “Golden Isle” and the only location in the U.S. to have been under eight different flags including French, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate and American, among others.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, founded in 1893, is the only facility in the world exhibiting living examples of all 23 currently recognized species of crocodilian.
Amelia Island, FL
Hampton Inn Vilano Beach
St. Augustine, FL
$2,949 per person
$3,599 per person
• Roundtrip air transportation
• All transfers and motor coach transportation
• Pick-up/livery service
• 6 nights lodging
• 12 meals
• Admissions as described
• Baggage handling
• Bus refreshments
• Services of a tour director
• Driver tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$137 covers trip costs $2,001-$3,000. $187 covers trip costs $3,001-$4,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
Activity Level Rating
Level 2: Relaxed
Expectations: This tour requires light physical activity combined with shorter travel days. Tour members should expect intermittent walking, with occasional slight inclines and stair climbs, including boarding the motorcoach. Activities may include an occasional city or nature walking tour, stopping along the way. Guests should be able to climb a set of stairs, walk up or down slight slopes and navigate some uneven terrain or cobblestone.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On American Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Florida is typically in the high 60’s and the average night-time temperature is usually high 40’s. When we are on or close to the Atlantic those temperatures can drop 5 degrees or more. Typically, the air is much more humid than in Tucson, but rain is not common in February. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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