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HIGH INTEREST TRIP
HIGH INTEREST TRIP
March 2 - 4, 2018 | Friday - Sunday
Be Tempted By Tampa
Something Old - Something Now - Something New!!
$469 pp double* | $679 pp single*
Tampa's New DRIVERLESS Downtown Shuttle
Get a taste of vintage Tampa while staying at the luxurious Floridan Palace Hotel, built in 1926, during a tour of Tampa's Old Courthouse built in 1905, (now Le Meridien Hotel) and, aboard Tampa's Vintage Trolley for a quick visit to Historic Ybor City, founded in 1885.
Discover culture, entertainment and beautifully lighted sidewalks along the Tampa Riverwalk, enjoy the sights of Tampa’s growing downtown aboard an evening cruise on Tampa's new Pirate Water Taxi. We’ll sit down for a delicious dinner at Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Maestro’s on the River, we'll visit Channelside Plaza where you'll get a chance to see real pirates dressed in their finest pirate attire for their annual Gasparilla Outward Bound Voyage and last but certainly not least, we’ll spend a few morning hours at Curtis Hixon Park’s Annual Gasparilla Art Festival perusing the 200 plus tents of artistic wares. Be sure to check out the “Chalk Walk” under the Tampa Museum of Art overhang and if you still have an appetite after breakfast be sure to grab a bite from one of the many food trucks on site. Food trucks are the new way to eat.
See Tampa’s future while riding aboard Tampa's New DRIVERLESS Downtown Shuttle (kicking off January 2018). You can be one of the first people in the country to experience riding an automated vehicle. It's truly an experience not to be missed.
Optional Upgrade: Tampa Bay Lightening Hockey Tickets from $45 up
March 5 - 8 | Monday - Thursday
Biloxi at the 4-Star Beau Rivage Resort
$259 pp/dbl | $374 pp/single | $130 Transportation Only | $25 Insurance
Join us for this Great Gaming Getaway! Spend 3 nights at the beautiful 4-star Beau Rivage Casino Resort in Biloxi, MS. Players receive $45 slot play from the Beau and $10 - $15 slot play from each of the other two casinos we visit. En route aboard our comfortable Magic Carpet Ride Motor Coach, our escort will entertain you with games, bingo and movies. Full payment and optional $35 insurance payment due at sign up.
March 6, 2018 | Tuesday
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Fun is in bloom at Disney’s annual event bursting with dazzling gardens and fresh flavors. Blossoming once again in 2018, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a fun-filled destination. While the grounds at Epcot are always beautiful, the Flower and Garden Festival takes them to the next level. Outdoor kitchens offer delectable bites and libations and an opportunity to sample a wide variety of tasty dishes, desserts and specialty sips at 13 enticing stations sprinkled throughout the World Showcase. Stroll through a creative collection of gardens and gaze upon an incredible array of living sculptures shaped as beloved Disney characters, plus breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats. Discover all this and much, much more! For more information visit: The Disney Food Blog
March 12 - 14, 2018 | Monday - Wednesday
Jekyll Island Club Resort
$559 pp/dbl | $779 pp/single
Southern Living named The Jekyll Island Club Resort the Best Hotel in Georgia in 2017. And that’s where we’re staying for this exciting three day, two night getaway. The gracious and historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, is a 19th-century winter retreat for the wealthy, featuring elegant rooms with Victorian-style furnishings. Set on a property dating from the 19th century, this castle-like, upscale resort offers Victorian charm with modern conveniences in the center of the Historic District.
On a guided tram tour of Jekyll we’ll learn of the legendary, prominent tycoons of the gilded age who created this exclusive resort. We’ll also cruise the scenic waterways of beautiful Jekyll Island and observe dolphins feeding and playing in an area that is home to one of the world’s largest populations of these beautiful creatures.
Nearby Saint Simons has a fascinating history and on our trolley tour we’ll learn about its most interesting sites including the Saint Simons Lighthouse, the Fort Frederica National Monument, and the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where the Spanish defeated the British in 1742.
March 15, 2018 | Thursday
Coral Castle & Redlands Fruit & Spice Park
Just outside of Homestead, Florida, stands an enigma, the Coral Castle. The Castle was built from over 1,000 tons of megalithic coral rock; dense blocks which were quarried, carved and stacked to form towers, rocking chairs, sundials and bizarre astrological figures. The Castle was built by one man, using only hand tools, during 28 years of solitary labour. Numerous explanations have been offered for this seemingly impossible task – from pulleys and magnetism, to witchcraft and extraterrestrial intervention – but behind it all is the science of geometry, and a technique of mass manipulation which the architect claimed to have inherited from the builders of King Solomon’s Temple and the pyramids of Egypt. The Coral Castle is an everlasting mystery to those who explore it.
After lunch at the adjacent restaurant, we’ll Spice Up our lives at the Redlands Fruit & Spice Park, a 35-acre subtropical botanical retreat. The park grows more than 500 varieties of rare fruits, herbs, spices and nuts from around the world including 80 varieties of bananas, 70 different bamboos and 27 varieties of mangoes. One of the fun parts of our tram tour, is the opportunity to eat, smell or just experience various leaves and fruits.
March 15 - 29, 2018
Collette Vacations: Vietnam
We are thrilled to release this package as Vietnam embodies so many hidden treasures that are unexpected and pleasantly surprising,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette. “As one of the designers when creating this itinerary, I can confidently say that guests will experience a combination of historical wonders, majestic lands and deeply rich culture to make for an unforgettable experience to an incredible destination.”
March 16, 2018 | Friday
59th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together, and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. Over 1,100 artists from around the world applied for this year’s Festival. An independent panel of three judges selected the 225 artists exhibiting their works. The Festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine-art festivals in the country. Recent accolades include the #4 ranking in Art Fair Calendar’s “2016 Best Art Fairs” and Art Fair Source Book’s listing in their “Top 10 Fine Art Shows, 2016”. The Festival is also listed in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100”. The Festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber, glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood as well as our Emerging Artists. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many unique cafes and restaurants lining Park Avenue or from on-site food vendors.
March 19 | Monday
White Sands Buddhist Center & Gardens
Tucked away in a secluded area of Mims, the White Sands Buddhist Center is a magnificent sight you almost have to see to believe. A wooded path lined with positive affirmations leads to a sprawling park where towering statues encircle a quiet pond. The 30-acre site is near silent, except for the trickling of a nearby fountain, chirping birds and a soft breeze rustling through the trees. A series of statues rise nearly three stories in the air with intricate displays of flowering plants and paved stairways leading to their bases. There are currently three massive statues that sit before a temple. A fourth will be added soon. Two of the statues depict Siddhartha, ”Nirvana Buddha," the original Buddha whose teachings are the basis of most Buddhist practices. One statue is 35 feet tall and weighs about 200 tons. Across the pond stands Mother Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of peace and compassion. After an engrossing guided tour of the center we’ll proceed to historic Cocoa Village with free time for browsing, shopping and lunch on your own.
March 21, 2018 | Wednesday
St. John’s River Cruise
From its home port on Lake Monroe in charming downtown Sanford, the Barbara Lee cruises the St. Johns, serving up superior food, live music and dancing. You’ll also have close-up views of the area’s abundant wildlife. You’ll see prolific bird life - majestic great herons, “snakebirds,” osprey, eagles - plus turtle and alligators lazing along the banks. During the cooler months, manatees are often spotted as they move in from the ocean to bask in the warmer river water and snack on water hyacinths.
Upon boarding, and after seating, you’ll be treated to the ship’s morning buffet loaded with fruit, salads and their famous, yummy house-made sticky buns. Be careful not to eat too much - save room for your luscious lunch. The food aboard the Barbara Lee is cooked fresh in the ship’s kitchen and you can choose from delicious entrees including prime rib, salads and fish. Dessert and beverages are included. In between all this wonderful array of food, sit inside and enjoy the entertainment or relax on deck for a delightful, narrated three-hour cruise along the St. Johns River.
March 22, 2018 | Thursday
Playing at the Winter Park Playhouse, this hysterical musical comedy is the original Off-Broadway musical Nunsense with all of the characters portrayed by men! Think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent.” The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters so they put on a variety show to raise funds for their burials! Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, “no drag.” This version of “Nunsense” premiered in New York in 1998 and received rave reviews and standing ovations. A whole new layer of comedy surfaces with lines like “The guys in the old neighborhood still can’t believe I became a nun!” To quote the New York Times: “A change of habit, boy oh, boy!” All this plus a luscious lunch and time in beautiful Winter Park - Amen to a Perfect Day!
March 24 - 29, 2018 | Saturday - Thursday
New Orleans - The Big Easy!
$976 pp/double occupancy | $1296 single occupancy
NOTE : Optional Upgrade - Entry to WW II Museum - $75 per person
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the Goodtimes Roll in New Orleans - a city of music, the birthplace of jazz, an American sound that you can hear throughout the world. Music fills the tiniest bars and is more than just a part of life in this city of diversity.
The Drury Inn, our home for three nights in New Orleans is just outside the French Quarter and is conveniently located near the trolley routes. Ride it to find music and entertainment wherever you go: The French Quarter, Jackson Square, French Market, Dockside and more. Our hotel provides Southern Hospitality with free drinks and small plates every night! You’ll have plenty of free time to check out the abundance of marvelous restaurants, famous for their varied, ethnic cuisine. And you must stop in at Cafe Dumonde for strong coffee and delicious Beignets! We’ll take an exciting tour of the city with a local step-on guide who will recount tales of famous people and places of interest in this fascinating city. Since many of you may have already visited the National World War II Museum, or would prefer to spend more time exploring this vibrant city, we decided to make the museum an option. Our coach will drop you off and pick you up after a full day at the museum which includes admission, the “Beyond All Boundaries” movie, and a delicious hot lunch at the Stage Door Canteen while enjoying a live performance of music and singing from the 1940’s. Those who prefer to shop or sightsee on their own will be dropped off at the French Market. The last day of our excursion will include a narrated shrimp boat tour in the Gulf followed by an “Old Biloxi Shrimp Boil right on the docks. What a fun, farewell dinner it will be. Our last night will be spent in the Gulf Coast’s newest, award winning casino resort, the Scarlet Pearl, where you will receive $30 Slot Play for fun in this beautiful casino. You’re sure to be a winner if you join us on this fabulous Goodtime Getaway!