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Dayaway Travel Club
This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! Next Travel Club Meeting Jul 5 @ 10 am
Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse at 1495 A1A Monday Travel Desk is open Mondays from 11am
to noon at the Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club. Travel Club benefit: free door to door transportation
with vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club! 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
Sold Out- June 16- Winter Park Scenic Boat Ride with the Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science.
Dali and Chihuly in St. Pete June 30
An opportunity to witness the works of two of the World’s most offbeat talented Artists of their times. Chihuly who is featured in the World’s great hotels of Las Vegas and Atlantis in Paradise Island is probably the World’s best known Glass artist and Dali, the symbolic artist with his large scale paintings within a painting and the incredible Persistence of Time. What a luxury it is that we have the World’s largest collection of Salvador Dali and the World’s only permanent Chihuly Museum both in St. Petersburg Florida. The Chihuly Museum is recently opened and the Dali has just moved into new quarters and doubled its’ size. Members $65 Guests $70 includes transportation, tour, and admissions to both listed attractions. Leave Suntree 7:45am SB 8am and CB 8:30am to St. Pete.
Saturday, July 7-Historic District of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island and Cumberland Island Cruise ‑
***Long Ride Long Day (Cruise is one of the highest rated in the entire Southeast region.)
Cumberland Island Tour
One of our most popular cruises, this 10:30 a.m. two-hour cruise offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island, with views of wildlife seen along the way. From Fernandina's shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch, to the wild horses of Cumberland Island and the ruins of the Carnegie Dungeoness Mansion and the Greyfield Inn, our historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world.
(departs 10:30 a.m. - 2 hour tour)
Fernandina moved from Old Town to its present location to become the terminus of Florida=s first cross‑state railroad, constructed 1856‑61 from Fernandina to Cedar Key. In 1973, a 30‑block area of Fernandina was named a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places because of the amazing preservation of late Victorian architecture. In 1987 the District was expanded to include 50 blocks. Today, we will enjoy a driving and walking tour, stopping to visit the most impressive of the 44 incredible buildings. Fernandina Beach is a slice of Victorian Decor. The B&B’s are the showcase for that industry. The town’s history includes rulers of eight different flags including some colorful Pirate characters. The extensive Amelia Island Plantation sits in a landscaped and wooded setting next to two State Parks. Another State Park is Fort Clinch which has Canon Demonstrations, outfits and civil war history. Touring the fort’s medical facilities from that time period is fascinating although painful even to look at. The fort sits directly over the water from Georgia. The Downtown area has Florida’s oldest pub and a courthouse. The driving tour includes some scenic buildings and homes of the Victorian Style. Members $70 Guests $75 Leave Viera Walmart Murphy’s Gas 6am sharp and Cocoa Holiday Inn West Side Entrance 520 and I-95 at 6:15am returning around 9:30-10pm.
July 14 - The Largest Exhibition of Mummies ever!
Tampa MOSI Museum of Science
Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told.
Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled is a compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, including ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years.
A fascinating mix of old and new, this never-before-seen collection bridges the gap between past and present with contributions from 21 world-renowned museums and organizations across seven countries.
Embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits featuring 3-D animation, explore how mummies are created, where they come from and who they were. Using state-of-the-art scientific methodology, discover how modern science enables researchers to study mummies through innovative and non-invasive ways, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. What secrets do mummies hold about the past…and what clues do they bring us for the future? A journey awaits as we unravel their mysteries
Leave Suntree 8am, SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am returning around 7-8pm. Members $59 Guests $65 includes admissions, transportation and IMAX theater show.
Guests to Gamble Place can step back in time to experience the same pristine environment that James N. Gamble (of Procter & Gamble) found so inviting during his first visit to the area in the late 1800's. This 175-acre property, included in the National Register of Historic Places features an historic home, cottage and Citrus Packing House. The "Florida cracker-style" house, named "Egwanulti" (a Native American word meaning "by the water"), was built in 1907, and was used as a winter retreat. The once privately-owned Citrus Packing House is the only one currently in existence in its original location In addition to the buildings, visitors can observe wildlife, ancient cypress trees and beautiful azalea blossoms.ion in Florida. This vanishing piece of history is significant to Florida and our visitors.
Members $49 Guests $55 includes admissions, tours and transportation Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45am and CB 8:15am with a return around 5pm.
July -Titanic the Experience and the National Vietnam War Museum
The National Vietnam War Museum, Inc., established in 2000, is a Central Florida non-profit museum. Recently the name was changed to Cpl. Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum, owned and operated by the Vietnam Veterans of Central Florida, Inc., also a non-profit organization in Central Florida, founded in 1982. Corporal Larry Eugene Smedley (March 4, 1949–December 21, 1967), a United States Marine whose name has officially been added to the museum's title . This organization assists the servicemen and women of all wars and branches of military service. While mainly an organization of Vietnam War Era members, the VVCF welcomes all who served with the Armed Forces of the United States.
Recognizing that the tragedy of the war in southeast Asia has become comfortably distant in the minds of many Americans, this organization has embarked on a very ambitious undertaking---building a war museum that will bring the people and events of this bitter, divisive conflict to life, so that current and all generations of Americans remember the Vietnam Veterans legacy of service, sacrifice, and valor. The museum is dedicated to all Americans, from local schools and youth organizations to soldiers currently defending our great nation, in the hope that everyone passing through the gates will leave with a better understanding of past and present military conflicts.
The Cpl. Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum includes the first dedicated monument to Fallen Vietnam War Veterans in the state of Florida, with 167 names of men and women from Orange County, Florida. Other static displays include a U.S. Navy Patrol Boat River (PBR), also known as “River Rat”, Douglas A-4B Skyhawk aircraft that is currently on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida, and a Bell UH-1 (Huey) Dustoff helicopter. The existing museum center includes numerous artifacts from the Vietnam War Era, a room-size, to scale, firebase recreation that took approximately eleven years to complete and a recently remodeled educational media/research room with enhanced audiovisual capabilities.
Lunch on own at either Zagat Rated Little Saigon or the incomparable Pacific setting of the Ming Court!
Become a passenger and travel back in time to 100 years ago, where authentic artifacts and interactive storytellers in period costume allow you to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds, and emotions of most famous Ship ever to set sail, Titanic.
This 17 gallery tour includes full scale room re-creations where you visit Titanic's Grand Staircase, First Class Parlor Suite, Boilers, Captain's Bridge and Promenade Deck offering a haunting, emotional connection to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
In addition, you will now view more than 400 unique pieces of memorabilia and 100 artifacts recovered from the wreck site ofTitanic- 21 of which have recently completed conservation and our on display for the first time. These celebrated pieces include a 3-ton portion of the Ship's hull, the Captain's wheel and personal belongings from Titanic's passengers and crew.
The story of the sinking is legendary; now experience the wonder and tragedy of this ill-fated Ship on a journey through Titanichistory at Titanic The Experience.
Recently redesigned in 2012, Titanic The Experience immerses visitors in the 100 year story as never experienced before. Titanic The Experience, exclusively features...
17 gallery, 20,000 sq ft Interactive Museum
Guided tours led by trained actors in period dress portraying actual Titanic notables
Over 100 newly added artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic
"Little Big Piece," 3-ton section of the Ship's hull and the second largest piece ofTitanic ever recovered
Full Scale recreations of her Grand Staircase, First Class Cabin, Verandah Cafe and more
Members $59 Guests $65 including admissions, transportation, tour and guide.
Adventure Travels Near and Far presents Tubing Ginny Springs and the Great Outdoors Restaurant- Saturday, August 11
Ginny Springs is a privately owned park which has tubing, swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment!
The Great Outdoors was voted the best new Restaurant in Florida and is located in a former 1800’s Opera House converted into a two story restaurant which reflects the High Springs outdoor activities which it is named and located in.
High Springs is a nostalgic look at old Florida known for Quaint and colorful shops, cafes, Southern décor and Oak Trees with Spanish Moss!
Members $45 Guests $49Rate includes transportation and park entrance! Tube rentals and lunch are extra! Bring Sun Screen, Swim wear and change of clothes.
Van for 8 to 14 passengers or Bus for larger groups! Leave Walmart Viera 7:45am and Sam’s Club Cocoa West Side Entrance at 8:15am Returns around 9-10pm.
August 18, 2012 -6:00-8:00 — Opening of The Highwayman Art Exhibit
this will have light refreshments and a speaker to introduce this exhibit at the Museum of Science and Natural History.
August 19-Mount Dora, Yalaha German Bakery and the Annual Stomping of the Grapes at the Lakeridge Winery!
We’ll start the day in quaint Mount Dora visiting the Lakeside in of the 1880’s with its famous rocking chairs overlooking Lake Dora. Mount Dora is more known for its resemblance to a New England town than the South. The town features shops, lighthouse, yacht club, restaurants, nostalgia, antiques, Amish ice cream, miniature doll houses, and a Sears Mail Order house. The Donnelly House is a striking piece of Victorian Gothic architecture located directly across the street from Donnelly Park. Yalaha German Bakery looks like an Alpine Scene out of Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest. Speaking of the Black Forest have you tried their cake at the Yalaha Bakery? The Bakery exports Breads including the 7 Grain Wheat bread all over the US. Try the Liverwurst Sandwich from the Deli or the Chicken Raspberry Salad sandwich. It’s all good.
The Wine Stomp at the Lakeridge Winery is a throwback to the famous scene in “I Love Lucy” where she stomps on the Grapes in an Italian Vineyard. Here you have the opportunity to take your shoes off and compete to see who can get the most juice out of the grapes. There is also an opportunity to learn about the more modern process that is actually used to make wines today, along with a tasting and a festival with musical acts and a view of the Vineyards.
Rate $49 members $55 guests Leave Suntree 8am SB 8:15am and CB 8:45am
August 25-Caladium Festival in Lake Placid Florida, the Town of Murals
22th Annual Caladium Festival Lake Placid Florida Includes Bus tour of the Caladium Growing Fields with a Rancher, Decorated House Competition Winners and Life size Murals. Virtually all of the World’s Caladiums are grown here in Lake Placid, Florida. If you travel to Tulip time in Amsterdam or the Chelsea Flower Show in London, the Caladiums will still be from Lake Placid. The Mural Society contributes to the beauty of our town and helps preserve our colorful history. 36 murals grace the sides of buildings around town and even the trash containers have color and style. $59 members $65 guests Leave 7am Suntree , 7:15am SB and 7:45am CB Return around 7 to 7:30pm
Lunch on own at Inn at the Lakes in Sebring overlooking the gardens! A bonus stop at either a Fudge or Candy Factory will be included.
The Show Place Dinner Theater in Hudson
This dinner theater has a great reputation and is almost the last dinner theater of its kind in the State. It’s a three hour drive that we break up in Brooksville on route and Tarpon Springs on the return. Members $80 Guests $85 includes Show, Meal, Taxes, Transportation and Sightseeing Tours. Leave Suntree 6:45am SB 7am and CB 7:30am with a return around 7pm THE “ALL NEW” FABULOUS
50’S AND 60’S REVUE
The return of a new and improved favorite!
Wednesday, September 12
Audiences young and old have loved our classic revues and the most popular of all those shows have been our spectacular jukebox shows. This season not only do we revisit the great music and dancing of the 1950’s but we continue our musical journey into perhaps the most creative period in our Nation’s history – the sizzling 60’s! This is an unforgettable bonanza of music, dancing, and laughter – jam-packed with the 50’s sounds of such greats as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Dave Brubeck, Ritchie Valens, Connie Francis, as well as the 60’s sounds of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, Bob Dylan and much, much, much more. This revised and expanded version is a Show Palace premiere and is not to be missed.
Gainesville’s Natural Side and the University of Florida
A natural landmark attraction for many years is the Devil’s Millhopper which is sometimes called the upside salad bowl because of its’ abundant greenery. This includes a nature walk down a number of steps with many lookout points along the way. Lunch will be at Satchel’s Nationally renowned Pizzeria with Subs, salads and Pastas. Believe or not this was a former junkyard (excuse me antique collectors depot) which gained National attention during the weekly CBS broadcast of the Gators on SEC Saturdays when a sports announcer couldn’t stop raving about Satchels. The University Museum of natural History is the best in the State with wonderful exhibits and dioramas of our past and the Harn Art Museum in the same complex has several art collections and an original Monet. Option-If you’re into butterfly’s today is the day for a release of several exotic species in the Amazon Butterfly Garden at the same cultural complex. Leave Suntree 7am SB 7:15am and CB 7:45am with a return around 9-10pm.
Members $65 Guests $70 includes museums, Nature park entrance, tour and transportation.
A visit to the Environmental Learning Center and Orange Groves on route to the Lunch at Key West Tropical Style Captain Hirams and the Cruise.
Sebastian River Jungle Cruise The River Queen sails up the Indian River Lagoon, under the US1 bridges and up the beautiful
winding south fork of the pristine Sebastian River. We typically see Bottle Nose Dolphin,
Manatee, Alligators, turtles, and a variety of wild birds including Osprey and Bald Eagles. (Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours) Leave CB 8:am, SB 8:45a and Suntree 9am with a 5 to 6pm return.
Members $65 Guests $70 includes boat ride, transportation, tour and guide
A visit and boat ride at Clearwater Marina home to Winter the Dolphin!
The Clearwater Marina is also home to Stingrays, Dolphins and Sea Turtles.
90 MINUTE SEA LIFE SAFARI BOAT TOUR Hit the high seas! One of the most popular things to do at CMA. Join us aboard the Sea Life Safari for a 90 minute trip into our beautiful intracoastal waters. Look for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as our staff narrates the scenic ride to a shell island. You'll witness data collection in action as we perform our net pull and pass around sea critters before releasing them back to the bay. A hands-on experience unlike any other cruise!
Members: $70 Guests $75 includes boat ride, and combo ticket with admission to the aquarium, and transportation. *Based on a minimum of 10 participants! Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45am and CB 8:15am with a 7 to 8pm return.
Jewish Heritage Tour of Miami and South Beach
This tour includes many sights to view such as the Hebrew Academy, Historic Temple Emanuel, The Public Mikvah (Water Ritual), The Holocaust Memorial, The Cuban Hebrew Congregation and the Schul in Bal Harbor along with a visit to the Jewish Museum.
The JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA opened in 1995 in a former historic synagogue that housed the first congregation on Miami Beach. Built in 1936, the Henry Hohauser designed building that underwent a two-year restoration for $1.5 million, boasts Art Deco features, a copper dome and 80 stained glass windows. In 2007 the Museum expanded into the original 1929 synagogue next door after a one-year restoration for $1 million. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, the two buildings were connected via a skylighted Bistro. The Museum is much more than beautiful buildings. It is a place that presents its own and traveling exhibits; sponsors cultural and educational programs; houses a Collections & Research Center reflecting nearly 250 years of Florida Jewish history; and communicates Jewish history, art, culture and values to Jews and non-Jews alike in an informal mode. The Museum is also a place where Jews of all ages and stripes discover and reaffirm their rich heritage – thus helping to strengthen Jewish identity and continuity. SO how did this all get started? You may already know if you are among those who participated in and enjoyed the exhibit MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida that traveled to 13 cities (1990-94). Depicting Florida Jewish history from 1763 to the present, this was a statewide grassroots project to collect material evidence from the time Jews were first allowed to live in the Sunshine State. Thousands of photographs, artifacts and oral histories were gathered from families and this collection continues now in the Museum, which was created as a result of the interest and support garnered from the original MOSAIC project.
Where the traveling exhibit was the launch, the JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA further delves into the state’s rich Jewish history of yesterday and today – for the future. Whether your family has lived in Florida for eight generations, as some have, or just arrived – YOUR story is an important tile in the MOSAIC.
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:30am and Walmart Palm Bay Murphy’s Gas Station at 8am with a return around 9pm.
Members $60 Guests $65 includes admissions, tour, guide and transportation!
December 1, 2012- 10 Night MSC Cruise to the Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Colombia and Panama-see separate flyer
December 16-19 The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 night Tour
This private tour is limited to 7 passengers
Day 1: Depart 8:30 am from Groups location with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem. Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melelucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route at the Whale Harbor Restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This was voted by our tour participants as the best buffet they ever had on a tour bar none!!! This evening wecheck into the AAA Doubletree Grand. Our dinners in the Keys include the gourmet dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes . The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.
Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways... Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up at the Hotel.
Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a walking tour of Hemingway hang outs. We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square near Fast Buck Freddys and the historic La Concha Hotel with the best panoramic view of Key West from the Rooftop. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.
Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early Dinner at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnin=s using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9 ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial. The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.
Members $800 per person double occupancy guests $810 Single Occ. Plus $270
Deposits $100 per person Balance due One Month prior to departure.
Cancellations: $100 per person within one month of departure and no refunds within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions
Coming Events-Norman Rockwell Exhibit, Behind the Camera at the Vero Beach Museum of Art In the Planning stages: Sights along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Long Drive trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon with stops at New Orleans and San Antonio on route.
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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.