Per Person Pricing
$629 Triple…$579 Quad…$1,149 Single
Prices may vary depending on season and hotel quality
Day 1 – Today, travel to Jacksonville Beach and check into your hotel for a four night stay. (Hampton Inn or similar) Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 2 – Today you will head to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, GA. Enjoy a 90 Minute Swamp Tour, on a flat-bottomed boat with canopies overhead. The guides will share their knowledge of the swamp’s cultural and natural history, tell interesting swamp stories and identify wildlife along the way.
After the boat tour lunch has been arranged – a Low Country Boil. You will also have time to enjoy the sights along the “Swamp Island Drive” with highlights such as Chesser Island Homestead, the boardwalk and observations tower.
Afterward return to hotel to freshen up before dinner.
Enjoy dinner tonight at the Chart House Restaurant and a Water Taxi Ride. Located on the south bank of the St. Johns River, Chart House offers a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. The unique architecture combined with the beautiful setting has delighted diners for more than 25 years.
Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 25 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From top-of-the-catch seafood to succulent steaks, renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic.
Day 3 – This morning you are off to the Riverside/Avondale area. In the Summer of 1920 this ad was placed about this neighborhood: “Avondale, Riverside’s Residential Ideal where only the correct and well to do people would live. Avondale is desirable because the right kind of people have recognized its worth and the wrong kind of people can find property more to their liking elsewhere”. Can you imagine reading that today?
See the Park Lane Apartments: These were called co-op apartments- the first Florida condos. We will also see the “Bryson Residence” this house is known as the “Marble House” made of marble quarried in Georgia. Two of our favorites: The Leon Cheek residence built in 1928. Mr. Cheek was head of the Cheek and Niel Coffee Company. Today we call it Maxwell House coffee. You will drive by 7 historical homes.
Then head for Amelia Island. We do take A1A known as the birding trail up to the island narration along the way, with a stop at the Kingsley Plantation and American Beach. We call it island hopping by motorcoach. From Ft. George island, Little Talbot and Big Talbot Island to Amelia Island. Have your cameras ready.
Here is some history of Amelia Island- In 1562 French explorer Jean Ribault named it the Isle of May. In 1736 Gov. James Oglethorpe sailed south beyond the shores of Cumberland island. Here he found this most beautiful island. With the smell of blossoming orange trees and the blue white harbor he thought this had to be Georgia. He named the Island Amelia. All names before this where canceled. Even the Spanish called it Amelia.
We will get to drive by some of the most unusual homes and businesses. The Palace Saloon was the last tavern in the country to close during Prohibition. It took more than two years to deplete its supply of spirits. In contrast, it was the first hard liquor bar in Florida to sell Coca-Cola. Also Fairbanks Folly: Mayor Fairbank had this house built for his wife in 1885. It is an Italian style house painted green and yellow with rosy red trim. The inside had the same colors. Mrs. Fairbanks would not move in! Come hear about these and more stories of this colorful island.
Next, take a River Cruise of Amelia Island with views of Cumberland Island (where JFK, Jr was married). You will have a great view of the wild horses on the island.
This afternoon return to Jacksonville for a city tour. Learn of the Timuquan, the area’s first inhabitants, French and Spanish colonization 55 years before the Pilgrims landed in the new world, and the Great Fire of 1901. See the one of a kind Memorial Wall, the Old Gator Bowl Stadium, The Florida Theatre, Treaty Oak, and much more of the downtown area.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at the River City Brewery located on the river in Jacksonville. The dining room overlooks the beautiful St. John’s River and the skyline of downtown Jacksonville. The menu offers dishes created with global flavor and culinary expertise including fresh seafood, tender steaks creative pasta dishes and Chef’s daily creations.
Day 4 – Today, head for the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States, St. Augustine. Enjoy narration & history along the way. Learn how St. Augustine became the “Oldest Continuously occupied city”. Drive by with narration & history : Fountain of Youth, Old Jail, Mission of Nombre de Dios ( Shrine) where first Catholic mass was said, Castillo de San Marcos, our Nation’s oldest monument, and much more of the “Oldest City.”
You will also see Magnolia St., listed in the National Geographic as one of the most beautiful streets in America. Hear about Henry Flagler and his three wives. You will also see & go into one of the amazing buildings Henry had built.
You will have some free time this afternoon for shopping and to explore St Augsutine on your own before returning to Jacksonville.
Tonight enjoy a dinner cruise on the St John’s River. Enjoy fantastic views of Jacksonville, Ortega, San Marco and the St. Johns River without ever having to leave the boat. Enjoy a delicious meal and dancing under the stars.
Day 5 – After breakfast, depart for home.