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Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you’d like this option included in your holiday quote.
As well as award-winning beaches, St. Petersburg is home to some truly great museums including The Salvador Dali Museum which has more of the painter’s originals than any other location, The Florida Holocaust Museum, The Florida International Museum which is filled with South American artifacts, The St. Petersburg Museum of History and The Museum of Fine Arts which has a worldwide collection of special objects.
Fort De Soto State Park lies at the southern tip of the city of St. Petersburg. The Fort itself was built by Robert E. Lee when he was still with the Union Army. Today, a pristine beach environment surrounds the original fort. North Beach has been named in America’s Top 10 Beaches list numerous times. In 2005, it moved to first place, making it the top beach in the nation.
The De Soto National Memorial commemorates the landing of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto on a sweltering hot day in May 1539 on the coast of Florida.
From the city of Clearwater itself, it is only a short drive across the bridge to Clearwater Beach. This beach has been designated as one of the best Gulf Coast Beaches. It is a perfect spot for laying on the beach, swimming in the surf, or tossing the Frisbee around.
While in Clearwater, be sure to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Unlike most aquariums, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is one of the busiest marine life rescue stations. Many of the animals at the aquarium have been rescued and are being rehabilitated so they can return to the wild.
As sunset approaches, make your way to Pier 60 for the evening sunset celebration.
Cedar Key is also one of the oldest ports in Florida. When the first railroad in the state connected it to the east coast, the area became a major supplier of seafood and timber products to the northeast. Today it has become a haven for artists and writers who find the unspoiled environment inspirational to their work.
Many people visit each year to walk the historic streets browse the shops and galleries, explore the back bayous and enjoy the world-famous restaurants featuring seafood fresh from local waters.
Goodwood Museum and Gardens, one of the areas 77 original southern plantations is located in the heart of Tallahassee. The house is considered one of Florida’s most elaborate antebellum homes. In keeping with its authenticity, Goodwood is furnished with grand furniture pieces, fine art, winding staircases, chandeliers, and an early example of fresco ceilings, all original to the house. You should also spend some time enjoying the gardens, which also contain plants of the period.
At the B. O. Wood Naval Store, exhibits illustrate how the local workers were paid in script, only redeemable at the company store and how the system bound them tightly to the company. Other exhibits include items they may have purchased while at the store.
After that, get ready to meander some of Leon County's famous canopy roads back into history. On these picturesque routes in the hills above Tallahassee, majestic live oak trees drip with Spanish moss, and embankments cut ten feet deep display the rich red clay of the earth. Sites on the Cotton Trail are mostly from the period when Cotton was King; 1824 through the Civil War.
Monticello, named after Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Virginia has a beautiful courthouse and the wonderfully restored 1890 Monticello Opera House, which still operates as a community theatre. Down the street, the wonderful little Christ Church dates from 1848.
Close by, Madison is another charming town, named after another President. Today it has about 3000 residents. The driving tour of Madison includes over 50 historic homes, a turn-of-the-century courthouse, several old churches and the Four Freedom’s Park. Along the way, you'll see the Classic Revival Wardlaw Smith Goza House, built in 1860. Serving as a hospital after the Battle of Olustee during the Civil War, today, it is a conference center for North Florida Community College.
Following your visit to historic Madison, we'll direct you to the historic town of White Springs and then to High Springs where you will be staying for the night.
Next to the parking lot of the center is the famed White Springs, considered sacred healing grounds for 12,000 years by the Timucuan Indians who lived in the area and the location where Florida's tourism industry began.
In 1835, after Bryant and Elizabeth Sheffield bought land for a plantation, Mr. Sheffield experienced healing for his ailments after bathing in the sulfurous water. In order to let others have the same relief, he built a log hotel at the spring. Travellers were soon coming to stay in 14 luxury hotels, of which The Telford House is the only one that survived a fire in town in 1911.
Just a block away, the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park honours the prolific 19th century minstrel composer whose melodies and lyrics have become imprinted in the American psyche. Perhaps the most interesting document in the museum illustrates Foster's original words to Way Down Upon De Swannee Ribber in Foster’s own hand writing.
You can get acquainted with the area on a horse-drawn trolley or carriage ride through some of the most beautiful horse farms. Also, plan to spend some time at Silver Springs and Silver River State Park where you can ride on a glass bottom boat to get up close and personal with the marine life.
Florida’s third largest spring originates in Rainbow Springs State Park. You can even take a side trip to Gainesville to visit the University of Florida.
The downtown historic district in St. Augustine is phenomenal. More than 60 sites and attractions are located in 144 square blocks of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meandering about town, you’ll be passing the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Quarter Village, and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the original fort built by the Spanish in 1565.
In addition to the Spanish heritage of the city, the legacies of Henry Flagler, the Lightner Museum, Flagler College and the Ximenez-Fatio House are also downtown.
Amidst these commercial and government buildings, you’ll also discover the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church and Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine.
As you meander about St. Augustine, stop for lunch at the Casa Monica Hotel. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum are located on Anastasia Island, just a short drive from the city.
There is also a tour on which you can experience the total weightlessness of space. That’s everyone’s favourite.
Great beaches, never ending nightlife, fine dining, lively South Beach, historic Coral Gables, incredible Art Deco architecture and music await.
When Castro took over Cuba in 1959, Miami’s history took an unexpected turn. In a single decade, more than a half million Cubans fled to South Florida. In 1980, Miami experienced its largest immigration wave during the Mariel boatlift. In about four months, 125,000 refugees arrived in Miami. They stayed and prospered, helping to transform Miami to what it has become today.
A strong and thriving arts community offers an incredible cultural mix of music, arts, and entertainment that is always available.
The Seaquarium at Key Biscayne is unparalleled in the world. The Charles Deering Estate is a fascinating combination of history and nature. Vizcaya, owned by his brother, is considered the best historical structure in Miami. Both estates have fascinating stories. And of course there’s South Beach, renowned the world over as the place to be seen.
Very good personal service during the process of tailor-making a rather complex trip to Canada and USA at relatively short notice. It remains to be seen whether everything will work out as planned and we don't yet have the fully detailed trip notes (hence reluctance to give 5 stars at this stage).