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  • Jacksonville

    Located 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.

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    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.

    Jacksonville 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.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From May to October, look out for the sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand and the subsequent migration of the hatchlings from their nest to the ocean. Some turtles will lay up to 250 eggs in the one nest! Naples is a great place to experience this.

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      Driving through the Florida Keys is straightforward as there is just one road in and out - Highway 1. Everything is measured by 'Mile Markers'. Start at MM127 and go through to MM0, which is when you know you've arrived in Key West.

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      Whilst in the Keys, visit the Dolphin Research Centre in Marathon. You'll not only learn all about our favourite marine mammal, you can swim with them too.

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      For the best Florida shopping experience, and there are plenty of them, our vote goes to Mizner Park in Boca Raton for a relaxed, upscale shopping and dining experience.

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      Another 'must do' shopping experience is of course Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, even if it's just for a little window-shopping.

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      There are lots of toll roads in Florida, and you may find you're on one soon after you leave the airport so be prepared with some quarters to save time. Charges vary but expect to pay approximately $1.50 each time.

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      For a really fun experience, take an airboat ride on the Everglades spotting alligators and manatees. It's an experience that all the family will enjoy.

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      If you're travelling during the summer months, be prepared for afternoon showers most days. They only last a couple of hours and it soon dries up...and of course it's usually warm rain!

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      Longboat Key, Naples and Marco Island are three of Florida's best kept secrets. All have wonderful beaches as well as great golf, fine dining and luxury shopping.

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      One of Florida's most scenic drives is route A1A which hugs the coast all the way from Fernandino Beach in the north to Fort Lauderdale where it becomes Highway 1 and continues down to Key West.

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  • Florida's A1A

    Begins in Jacksonville, Florida and ends Miami, Florida

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

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

     

    • Beach Relaxation

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    • Palm Beach Upscale Shopping

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    • Numerous Golf Courses

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    • Atlantic Ave - Palm Beach

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    • St.Augustine

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    • Amelia Island Harbour

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    • Aerial View Of Miami Beach

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    • Amelia Island Beach

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    • Downtown Jacksonville

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    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

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    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

    75Mi/120Km

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    St Augustine

    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

    59Mi/94Km

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    Daytona Beach

    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

    128Mi/206Km

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    Vero Beach

    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

    79Mi/127Km

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    Palm Beach

    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

    85Mi/136Km

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    Miami

    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: The Confidante, Miami Beach

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    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 £3135 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head Island & Charleston

    Begins in Savannah, Georgia and ends in Charleston, South Carolina

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Blooming Savannah, Georgia

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    • Charleston Coastline

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    • Historical Church Building, Savannah

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    • Historical Downtown Charleston

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    • Hilton Head Island

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    Arrive Savannah

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Savannah. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Desoto located in Savannah's historic center, just a few blocks from the bustling waterfront.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Dinner included)

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    Savannah

    Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, magnificent homes, and architectural gems, your hotel in the historic heart of Georgia's First City offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style. Begin your day of exploring with a visit to the Massie Heritage Center. Originally founded as the Massie School in the mid-1800s, the historic institution is now an interactive museum preserving Savannah’s rich cultural heritage. Next, engage in a hands-on culinary demonstration focusing on dishes representing the unique cuisine of the coastal Low Country region, followed by lunch. Spend the afternoon sightseeing aboard a touring trolley with a local guide, admire the city's elegant architecture and geometric city design, featuring 24 park squares highlighted by live oaks draped with Spanish moss. One of the first planned cities in America, Savannah's National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the nation and features more than 1,000 architecturally significant buildings.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Savannah

    Today you'll embark on a guided excursion through the Low Country region along the Georgia coast. Begin with an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique Gullah / Geechee culture that developed in the wetlands approaching the outlying Sea Islands of Georgia at the Pin Point Heritage Museum. The museum's exhibits and multimedia presentations interpret the oyster fishing traditions and folkways of the residents of Pin Point which for nearly a century survived as an isolated, self-sustaining Gullah / Geechee enclave. Continue past old Spanish fortifications to Wormsloe State Historic Site, Georgia's oldest plantation and its original "tabby" house, now complemented by a museum, theatre and Colonial Life area. Return to Savannah for a free afternoon, followed by a celebration of the city’s Madeira wine traditions at the Davenport House Museum, featuring a tour and a tasting in the historic home's private gardens. Later enjoy an after-hours admission to the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force for a private tour of its exhibits and a private dinner in the museum's reception hall.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Fort Pulaski and Hilton Head Island

    Bid Savannah farewell and head off to a key site of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski National Monument, an impressive brick fortress captured by Union forces in 1862. It was here that military history was forever changed during a Civil War battle that saw the introduction of "rifled cannons." Continue on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, boasting one of the most pristine marine estuaries on the east coast, where you'll find miles of barrier beaches outside of your oceanfront resort that are ideal for walking and beachcombing. Dine this evening at the resort.

    Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Beaufort & Charleston

    Take time for an early morning walk on Hilton Head's pristine beaches at your leisure before setting off for historic Beaufort, where you’re joined by a local Gullah resident and guide for an in-depth look at the unique culture and heritage of the Gullah people on the nearby islands. In Beaufort, "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands," you'll view the timeless architecture of a National Historic Landmark District. Continue on to Charleston, the  historic first capital of South Carolina. A private boat cruise of Charleston Harbor this afternoon imparts a wealth of information about the city's centuries of maritime history. Your home for the next three nights is an elegant 150-year-old hotel, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, at the center of Charleston's historic district.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Charleston

    This morning, a local guide takes you on a tour of Charleston to see centuries-old cobblestone streets and well-preserved homes representing a range of architectural styles. From the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions, classic Georgia, Federal, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian. Visit the famed military school known as The Citadel, and the Battery. The rest of the day is free to do as you please, Charleston is a great city to explore by foot, or you might decide to see it by horsedrawn carriage. Alternatively, visit the Gibbes Museum of Art, or Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired in 1861. There are also many restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy the easy living this city is so well known for.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    Historic Plantations

    Visit some of the finest historic plantations and gardens in America today. A morning trip takes you first to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a tour of the magnificent Romantic-style garden. Some sections of the gardens are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. Then it's on to one of the grandest of the notable Ashley River Plantations, Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark that is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. Tour its mansion built in 1755, the stables and the formal gardens. Return to Charleston mid-afternoon, then join your travel companions this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic hotel.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

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

    Prices

    From £3275 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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