Dayaway Travel Club Presents Travel by Design
“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”
“If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”
Dayaway Travel Club
This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club
Meeting is December 7 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse
Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature Travelogue Slide Shows
about past and future destinations. The Travel Desk is open Mondays from 11am to noon
Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club. Ocala Dayaway members can pick up at Cracker Barrel
Route 200 and I-75 for trips in that direction. Travel Club benefit: Free door to door transportation
with individual non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club!
(Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by
CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!
Transportation is by Van or Motorcoach according to group size!
Groups of 10 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure.
Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!
Congratulations! Today is your day.
December 2- Mount Dora Holiday Lights and tour of the Homes
Lighted Boat Parade
Come enjoy the lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Street. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originally.
40th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes
Disney Springs is a collection of quaint shops and decorations and our lunch stop on today’s trip.
Members $59 Guests $65 includes transportation and entrances. This tour includes ornate ice sculptures in a festive holiday setting in a sub freezing temperature that requires the facility to furnish you with a parka such as worn in Antarctica. The beautifully designed Gaylord Palms Resort known for its huge glass enclosed replica of three Florida Ecosystems. Key West, St. Augustine and the Everglades are effectively replicated. You are inside but feel outside. The magnificent decorations boost your holiday spirits. The Biblical Stained Glass Windows re tell the stories of the Bible from the beginning onward in a Majestic setting along with a detailed Nativity Scene. Leave Suntree 8:15a SB 8:30a and CB 9a returning around 7pm.
® featuring New theme for 2017 is ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. Journey through more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and two-story-tall ice slides. Delight in a celebration of cultures featuring holiday scenes, and travel to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves. Stop by the Frostbite Factory where you’ll see our artisans from Harbin, China carving ice LIVE.
· Five ice slides, plus interactive Christmas displays and photo opportunities
· Scenes of holiday celebrations from around the world
· The Frostbite Factory — a live carving zone showcasing our artisans
· Breath-taking Nativity scene carved from crystal-clear ice
December 6th Bok Tower and Christmas Décor at the Pinewood Estate
· Today we will take the guided tour of the grounds to learn about the gardening! “Only an innate pessimist could go out in the vicinity of Lake Wales, see the beautiful scenery, groves, lakes and not acknowledge that Lake Wales is the best, a good place to live in and a good place to go to heaven from” Anyone who has made a pilgrimage to the soaring symmetry of Bok Tower does not doubt the accuracy of that statement. Named for its’ builder, Ladies Home Journal editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward W. Bok, the tower is 205 feet of coquina stone and pink Georgia marble, a Gothic-inspired spire with a frieze of Florida wildlife crowned by corner finials of eagles and pinnacles of herons, with a massive yellow brass repousse door depicting the story of creation from Genesis. Inside are carved the words of Bok’s Dutch grandmother, “Make you the world a bit better and beautiful because you have lived in it.” Bok’s creation personifies that philosophy. He transformed a 300-foot mini-mountain (highest point of land in peninsula Florida) into a 130-acre sanctuary, utilizing the genius of the dean of American Landscape Architects Fredrick Law Olmstead, whose other credits along with his Father include the White House, Central Park and the Biltmore estate. For his Florida miracle, he imported tons of soil as base for a thousand imported oaks, 20,000 ferns, and azaleas, 300 magnolias and a hundred palms, two of which were planted by President Coolidge at the dedication in 1929. Everywhere there are exotic plants, orchids and jasmine and bauhinia, framing quiet corners for relaxation and meditation, for comprehending the words of naturalist John Burroughs prominently posted near the entrance: “I come here to find myself. It’s so easy to get lost in the world.” Explore Pinewood Estate’s beautiful gardens and 20 room Mediterranean-style mansion built in the early 1930s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is considered one of the finest examples of Mediterranean-style architecture in Florida. Members $55 Guests $60 Entrances to Bok Tower and the Pinewood Estate, Guide and Transportation Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am returning in the late afternoon.
·St. Augustine Nights of Lights December 9 Sold Out
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page." Saint Augustine (354-386) After our late morning arrival in the center of Historic Saint Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, we will stop at the welcome center which unravels the progression of Florida’s history with a timeline of the city and here you can pick up a map of the town to follow along with during the tour. After lunch, Step inside and step back in time! Within the coquina walls of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a vivid recreation of how people lived in the years after Florida became a new territory of the United States, and then a state. "In terms of its architecture, authenticity and the important stories it has to tell, the Ximenez-Fatio House ranks in the upper tier of historic house museums in America." Our driving city tour also includes a visit and samples from the Saint Sebastian Winery.. We will have time to stroll the Downtown area with its’ more than 80 shops along cobbled lanes shaded by moss-draped oaks. Scattered throughout blocks of historic landmarks, you may discover eclectic offerings from specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods and wood crafts, to clothing and more. Includes: Transportation aboard Van, taxes, admissions, Florida Greeters tour director, museum entrance fees & sightseeing tour! Cancellations: Full refund until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure. Tour includes: Transportation, Guided Sightseeing Tour, Winery, Flagler’s Church and Museums. All prices and itinerary are subject to change based upon availability!
Sunset tour, Nights of Lights and Boat Parade
December 9 from 6:00-pm, admission to the historic fort is free! In addition to the millions of twinkling lights tonight is also the nights of the lights of the boats. Members $70 Guests $75Leave Walmart Viera 8:45am and Cocoa 9:10am and return around 10pm
"A Christmas tour of the Stetson Mansion is a Spectacular Holiday Event!!”
This year's theme is soon to be announced. Designer decorations from around the world adorn the first floor and the School House. Visitors to the mansion will be guided through the home by a knowledgeable tour guide, or maybe even one of the owners, as holiday music from the baby grand player piano wafts in the background. These enchanting tours lead guests up while being fed the history of the mansion as well as detailing the inspiring story of the new owners 4-year restoration. Just when you think you have seen it all you are then treated to a visit into the original schoolhouse which has since been converted to a Zen like cottage featuring a soaring 15 ft. ceiling decorated in full holiday regalia. Magical and awe inspiring are the best words to describe the estate and tour. Christmas tours will start on November 15th and continue until January 15th. All tours must be booked in advance, so make sure to call for availability. The tour will last approximately one hour and forty-five minutes. Owner JT Thompson says, “Every time I walk around the mansion or lead a tour this time of year I feel like a little boy filled with the enthusiasm and joy of Christmas. I still can’t believe that a kid born and raised in the projects of Newark, New Jersey gets to call this place home. Life is pretty amazing."
Afternoon tour of Deland including Stetson University and the Historic Courthouse.
Tour Historic Volusia County Courthouse for a look at Florida through Art that has been compared to the European Masters. The last trial at this Courthouse was made into an Academy Award Winning Movie named Monster about a Serial Killer from Volusia County staring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci.
12:pm lunch on own at Cook's Buffet and Bakery or the Brickhouse Restaurant
Tour of the Mansion
Tour of Downtown Deland
5pm Arrive at Suntree Red Ginger
Members $70 Guests $75 includes transportation, tours, entrances, taxes and guide.
Suntree Red Ginger 7:30am Satellite Beach Schector Center 7:45am
*Long Ride Long Day* December 16th Amelia Island
A Victorian Christmas on the Beautiful Amelia Island
Includes Tour of Fernandina Beach
Museum of 8 flags
Amelia Island Plantation Afternoon Ice Cream or stop for goodies
The Boneyard Pertrified Forest Picture Stop at Big Talbot
Ride an old fashioned Ferry Boat on the return to the mainland
Drive through St. Augustine Nights of Lights
Depart 8:30am Suntree 8:45am SB with a return around 9:30pm
Members $75 Guests $80
Celebrate the Holidays Palm Beach style including Flagler’s Whitehall Mansion Dec. 27
The Flagler Mansion at Whitehall, Flagler's train car, the Rambler, Second Hand Consignment shop row including Razamataz and Goodwill Palm Beach style, Driving tour of the Palm Beaches including Worth Avenue, Via Mizner, Trump's Mar a Lago, also owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post and Yoko Ono, and the Harriet Himmel Gilman Theater designed to resemble the Paris Opera House and located at City Place, the model for the new Avenue of Viera shops. The driving tour continues past Peanut Island and the Singer Island named after Paris Singer of Singer Sewing Machines, PGA Boulevard, Lost Tree Village home to Jack Nicklaus, MacArthur Park, and the Gardens Mall of the Palm Beaches. The 73 room Whitehall, is the magnificent mansion of Florida'a premier developer, Henry Morrison Flagler. Flagler, one-time partner of John D Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Company, was a super shrewd entrepreneur and visionary who for 30 years devoted all his prodigious energies, all his robber-barron wealth, to the transformation of the east coast of Florida. Wanting to lure northern money to the southern sun. he engaged in subsidizing citrus farmers, building docks and dredging canals, donating churches and libraries while constructing gigantic luxury hotels. His own home, built to encourage the rich, well-born, and famous to erect their own mansions on the new Riviera, was one of the grandest mansions in the world. "Build me the finest home you can think of," Flagler told architects Carrere and Hastings who had designed Flagler's first Spanish Renaissance pleasure palace, the Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine. Their later credits would include New York's Public Library and Metropolitan Opera House, and the House and Senate Office Buildings in Washington. In 1902, eight months and 2.5 million after starting, their Palm Beach creation was completed. A Taj Mahal also built for a bride, Flagler's third, and christened Whitehall, it was Spanish in inspiration with Greek Temple overtones, giant urns and doric columns greeting the visitor and an interior that stuns, then dazzles.
The entry hall measures 110 by 40 feet and there are an Italian Renaissance library (with a good portrait of Flagler), a Louis XV ballroom, Louis XVI salon, Francis 1 dining room, and 16 bedrooms furnished in styles ranging from colonial American to classic English, from formal Spanish to Oriental. Aubusson tapestries and paintings by Canaletto, Gainsborough and Romney grace the walls and there's the largest pipe organ that had ever been installed in a private home. The indomitable developer rode the rails south in his special car, the Rambler - a copper-roof, oak paneled Florida East Coast gem built in 1886, complete with stateroom, dining area, kitchen and shower.
Members $59 and Guests $65 includes admissions, audio tours, exhibits, tour guide, transportation and city tour.
December 29 High Tea at the Grand Floridian and Christmas Decorations *Sold Out
Limited Space and sells out so book now! High Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian and Holiday Decorations The award winning Grand Floridian property is reminiscent of the Henry Flagler Gilded Age Era and is Disney’s top rated hotel. The lobby at Christmas time usually has a giant gingerbread house, miniature railroad exhibits and a hundred-foot decorated tree in an ornate two story area. The garden is adorned in Poinsettias creating a blanket of color over the manicured gardens and topiaries. We will visit to view Holiday Decorations including the Pacific Northwest Splendor of the Disney Wilderness Lodge with running stream in Lobby flowing to outdoor waterfall and Tour of Disney’s town of Celebration. Celebration is a new town designed in the old style with Victorian and Mount Vernon style architecture, front stoops or porches, picket fences and an old fashioned cobble stone street town center. The Stained Glass Windows and Nativity Exhibit at Mary Queen of the Universe in Lake Buena Vista has a museum of Christianity, a gift shop with olive wood products, a meditation garden, an outdoor candle memorial and the History of the Bible in large Magnificent Stained Glass Windows. members $90 Guests $95 Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:30am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am Return 8pm
January 6, 2018 Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation & Deep Everglades Eco-Tour
The dream was to have a permanent structure in order to educate their youth about the history of the Seminole Indians. Now, finally that dream is fulfilled in the form of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki (Ato learn@) museum and they are sharing it with you and me. Now the coins, weaponry and artifacts that we found with Seismographic scanners from the Seminole American wars have found a permanent home in the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles.
Lunch is surprisingly tasty at the Swamp Water Cafe, which features a variety of American dishes or sample some Seminole delicacies including the Famous Seminole Fry bread.
Riding on the large Swamp Buggy you will see native and exotic wildlife.
You’ll discover a fascinating world that has evolved for thousands of years.
Take an airboat tour of the fascinating rivers of grass where our guide will show you wildlife and fauna.
Includes transportation, guide, air boat ride, swam buggy tour, Native American Village, reptile or critter show, Large Audio Cracker Cattle Drive Mural and Lake Ochochobee on route and learning museum with movie if time permits. Leave 7am from Walmart Viera and return between 10 & 11 pm. This is one of the longest day trips we do with about a 4 hour ride in each direction but still will include the rare opportunity to spend 5 hours in the Native American Reservation in the deep Everglades.
Scottish Highland Games January 13 in Winter Springs!
Area Scottish clans and societies gather to compete in rigorous athletic events, dancing and piping to celebrate their rich heritage at the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games. Sponsored by the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, the Games feature such crowd favorites as Tossing the Caber, Sheaf Toss and Hammer Throw, as well as the second-largest highland dance competition in the Southeastern United States, plus five skill levels of piping competition. The Border Collies herding the Sheep was a fabulous viewing experience to see these adorable animals so disciplined in this herding event which has been going on for hundreds of years. The music of both the old fashioned pipers and some modern groups as well capture the flavor of the Scottish Highlands. The dance lessons are led by James who is a resident of the Suntree area and a very patient teacher for these simple and fun folk dances that you can try in a small area and no kilts are required except for James. The march of the Klan’s is a colorful exhibition of Flags and outfits of a proud culture. If you’re not planning a trip to the beautiful region of the Isle of Skye or visiting Nessie in Inverness this year than this is the next best thing to experience Scotland in Central Florida. And this year the game of Quiddich should be fun to watch. Members $65 Guests $70 includes transportation, entrances and above described events Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am with a return around 5 pm.
Coming attractions-- Sanford Riverboat, April Carolina Gardens and Plantations.
Join us January 18th at 5:30pm for a presentation in conjunction with Collette Vacations on the Canadian Rockies by Train at the Cocoa Beach Country Club RSVP at 321-259-6300
Saturday, January 27, 2018, All Day!
Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade Road Trip Melbourne Tampa
Country's LARGEST Pirate Fest! TENS of THOUSANDS participate http://gasparillapiratefest.com/photo_gallery.shtml
8:45 am: Leave Wal-Mart Viera Murphy Gas Station Parking (I-95 exit 191 west). 10:20 am Leave Florida Mall M&M World Orlando. You may imbibe on our vehicle! (BYOB)
Stop in Plant City for the top rated Strawberry Shake in the Country according to the Food Network! Park in Ybor City & ride trolley ($5 extra all-day pass) to waterfront. Visit Ybor City after parade – dinner option. (Dinner on your own – not included.)
$95. Reservations are only held after receipt of payment! Refund Policy: MUST find substitution!
INCLUDES ride and VIP bleacher seating by marina: room to move around, private port-o-lets, concessions & celebrities nearby. We can hang out at other party areas & STILL be guaranteed parade seats at 2:00 pm. Parade lasted hours last year & we bagged TONS of beads! Dine at Gaspar’s Grotto with music at Ybor City after parade. Return from Tampa Ybor City after dinner at 8:30pm. Arrive Orlando around 9:45pm and Space Coast by 11pm.
This event is a cooperative with Florida Greeters – Dayaway Travel. Check payable to: Florida Greeters. Indicate your pick up point on check and mail to 6300 N. Wickham Road, #130-222, Melbourne, FL 32940, or credit card by phone. January 6, 2018 is the deadline for payment in order to be seated in group section!
call Lee @ 321-259-6300
Co-hosted by 321-543-1346
Blue Springs Manatee Festival in Orange City January 28
This is a two part festival featuring booths and shows at Valentine park plus the jungle like atmosphere boardwalk at Blue Springs.
If the weather is cool or cold than more Manatees will surface at the year round 72 degrees at the springs. One year at the Max they were 180 Manatees and babies at thisbeautiful sight. The Thursby House is an interesting Pioneer home which belonged to the Captain of a St. Johns Riverboat when the waterways were the main source of trade and transportation. The park rangers show a film in their cabin meeting area at the end of the boardwalk trail at the springs. They talk about Manatee facts and feeding along with the film.
Central FL Zoo Presentations & Animal Ambassadors
Arts & Crafts, Dancing, Face Painting, Shows and Sand Sculpting
Members $55 Guests $60 includes transportation, festival and park entrances Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 10am with a return around 6pm.
Deep into the Everglades and Naples
February 25 to 28 4 Days and 3 Night A Fully Escorted Mini Bus Tour including transportation, tours, entrances, sunset dinner, taxes, and accommodations in Naples
Fetures: Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk and Museum, Clyde Butcher Studio, Everglades City, Historic Hotels, Boat Ride, Sunset Dinner on the Gulf, Shell World
$810 per person double occupancy or $1035 for a single occupancy room
RESERVATION FORM: Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please note that some tours require a minimum number of participants to operate so call or e-mail to double check availability or Confirmations-Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to: 6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL 32940 or credit card by Phone (321)259-6300 Internet: www.dayawaytravelclub.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rates Includes: Transportation aboard air-conditioned Motorcoach or Van according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations: Full refund until one month prior to departure. $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.