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Florida | Jacksonville

Located is centred on the banks of the St. Johns River on the northeast coast Florida coast, Jacksonville is the home to sunshine, white sand beaches, downtown culture, and a splash of Southern hospitality.

Jacksonville boasts three beach areas with gorgeous white sand: Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, plus the historic fishing village of Mayport to the north. Locals say the best spot to hit the waves are "The Poles" located just inside Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Jackson is not only about the beach, it is a natural water wonderland. From the majestic St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, to the Intracoastal Waterway, marshes, and lakes—there is a way for everyone to enjoy the water in Jacksonville.

Take your pick between dozens of world class golf courses. There’s a reason the PGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame are headquartered here. Jacksonville and the surrounding areas boast world-class golf courses for every level of play in beautiful oceanside and riverfront settings.

Jacksonville’s arts and cultural community shines bright with stand-out museums, boutique galleries, and performing arts galore. Experience a unique blend of festivals, live music, regular art events, and exhibitions.

When it comes to shopping, you will be spoilt for choice, whether it be in one of the luxurious shopping malls, the numerous outlets or the markets there is something for everyone.

The Jacksonville culinary scene is in full bloom whether you are looking for fine dining or a casual bite or some fresh catch of the day. You will be spoilt for choice.

Florida's A1A

Jacksonville


15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

Begins Jacksonville and ends Miami.

DEPARTURES

Year round

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
• Accommodations as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE JACKSONVILLE

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jacksonville. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to your hotel on Amelia Island.
Hotel: Omni Amelia Island Plantation

DAYS 2 & 3 AMELIA ISLAND

Amelia Island is the first beach destination located on the A1A route in the northeast of Florida. Close to Amelia Island is quaint Fernandina Beach, which is well worth a visit. For the rest of the time you may choose to enjoy a game of golf or just relax by the pool or on the beach.
Hotel: Omni Amelia Island Plantation 

DAYS 4 & 5 ST AUGUSTINE

Driving distance: 75Mi/120Km
As the A1A extends south, enjoy a slight detour from the coast as it journeys through Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches to St Augustine. For your two night stay in St Augustine, we have selected a beautiful resort property. On your second day relax, relax with a round of golf, enjoy time by the pool and make the most of the wonderful facilities at this great resort.
Hotel: Casa Monica Hotel

DAYS 6 & 7 DAYTONA BEACH

Driving distance: 59Mi/94Km
There are numerous small beach resorts dotted along the coast as you head for Daytona. You can enjoy a visit to Marineland of Florida around half way through your journey. Daytona is home to the infamous speedway races, beginning with the Rolex 24 and ending with Daytona 500, all taking place in January and February. Take a walk along the Main Street Pier or the oceanfront boardwalk, or relax on Daytona Beach - one of the best in Florida, so it’s ideal for a day of relaxation.
Hotel: The Shores Resort & Spa

DAYS 8 & 9 VERO BEACH

Driving distance: 128Mi/206Km
After New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, A1A stops and gives way to nature and technology at the Canaveral National Seashore and NASA Kennedy Space Centre. South of Cape Canaveral, the route starts again around Cocoa Beach. From here it’s just a leisurely drive to Vero Beach. We've included another 'non driving' day, so plenty of time to relax once again and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast of Florida.
Hotel: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

DAYS 10, 11 & 12 PALM BEACH

Driving distance: 79Mi/127Km
Between Vero Beach and Palm Beach you will pass through dozens of small beach communities, with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Florida Intra-coastal on your right. Whilst in Palm Beach you are close to some of the finest shopping you could imagine. Complemented by fine restaurants, this really is a millionaire's playground. We've included a total of three nights at The Breakers, so not only can you enjoy Palm Beach but can also take advantage of the magnificent facilities and surroundings of the hotel.
Hotel: The Breakers

DAY 13 MIAMI 

Driving distance: 85Mi/136Km
With today’s journey taking you through famous resorts such as Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, you will need to allow plenty of time for the journey. Even though you are not driving too many miles, there is lots to see! As A1A comes to an end in Miami Beach, it’s perhaps appropriate that you’ve arrived in one of Florida’s liveliest resorts, so it’s time to party! South Beach is great fun, both by day, and, especially by night.
Hotel: Loews Miami Beach

DAY 15 JOURNEY HOME

Whether you choose to spend today shopping or just relaxing on the beach, you are sure to look back on your A1A memories and look forward to your next visit. Take the short drive to Miami Airport where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK. 

PRICES

From £1999 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

Charleston & Savannah


9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

Begins in Jacksonville and ends in Charleston

Departures

March, April, May, September and October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Roundtrip schedule flights
• Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
• 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 2 to 9)

DAY 1 ARRIVE JACKSONVILLE

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jacksonville. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel the Jekyll Island Club, a beautiful resort off Georgia’s historic southeastern coast.
Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

DAY 2 JEKYLL ISLAND

With over eight miles of beaches, 63 holes of golf and a myriad of cycling and hiking trails, Jekyll Island is a great place for outdoor adventure. Spend your day exploring before returning to the hotel to meet with your travelling companions for a welcome reception. Enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Dinner included

DAY 3 ST. SIMONS ISLANDS & SAVANNAH

Today you commence your adventure with a tour to Jekyll Island’s 240 acre historical district which includes stops at Faith Chapel and Rockefeller’s Indian Mound. Following a visit to St Simons Island it’s on to Savannah where your hotel is located in the restored historic district. This evening’s highlight is a traditional dinner 45 Bistro.
Hotel: Hilton Savannah DeSoto
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 SAVANNAH

Accompanied by a local expert, today is dedicated to discovering Savannah. Board the ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and see the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the girl scouts of the USA. The remainder of today is free for you to explore this historic, Deep South city and perhaps sample local culinary delicacies.
Hotel: Hilton Savannah DeSoto
Breakfast included

DAY 5 FORT PULASKI & HILTON HEAD ISLAND

En route to Hilton Head Island, take in a historic view of Fort Pulaski National Monument. The scenery changes as you head along the rugged southern coastline of South Carolina. Hilton Head Island is one of the state's premier beach resorts and borders the unspoilt marine estuaries of the eastern coast.  After tonight's dinner, you'll be taken on a journey through the roots of Gullah Culture with folktales from a local story teller. 
Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 BEAUFORT & CHARLESTON

Known as the queen of the Carolina Sea Islands, this morning is spent in the city of Beaufort. Rich with history and culture it boasts quaint shops, historic homes and scenic waterfront charm. A private harbour cruise this afternoon brings centuries of Charleston’s maritime history to life.
Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 7 CHARLESTON

Following a morning sightseeing tour with highlights which include pre-Revolutionary war buildings and graceful antebellum homes, you have the remainder of today at your leisure. We suggest visiting some of Charleston’s art galleries and taking a historic horse drawn carriage ride.
Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Breakfast included

DAY 8 HISTORIC PLANTATIONS

An early start this morning as you tour some of the finest 17th and 18th Century gardens and plantation homes, one of which is at Drayton Hall, a plantation built in 1738, where a knowledgeable guide takes you behind the scenes to see centuries of history come alive. Walk through America’s oldest landscaped gardens at the 18th Century Middleton Place, the grandest of Ashley River Plantations and visit the stable yards. This evening share a farewell dinner with your new-found friends.
Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 9 JOURNEY HOME

Spend your final morning in Charleston, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before heading to the airport for flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

PRICES

From £2457 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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