Florida’s First Coast

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Join Presley Tours as we visit Northeast Florida, known as the “First Coast.”  It’s the first permanent European settlement and the “first coast” within the state of Florida that one would encounter while traveling southbound along the Atlantic seaboard. This may be the state’s best-kept secret, as vacationers rush to the better-known destinations farther south.

Dates:

April 22-30, 2018

9 Days

Prices:

Double: $2,685/person

Single: $3,645/person

Highlights:

  • 17 Meals
  • Alabama State Capitol
  • First White House of the Confederacy
  • Mission San Luis
  • Florida State Capitol
  • Governor’s Mansion
  • Tallahassee Automobile and Collectible Car Museum
  • Ponce De Leon Fountain of Youth
  • Trolley Tour of St. Augustine Historic District
  • Flagler College Tour
  • Old Jail
  • Old Store Museum
  • Fort Castillo de San Marcos
  • Tour of Fernandina Historic District
  • Amelia River Cruise’s Cumberland Island Tour
  • Eight Flags Tour at Amelia Island Museum of History
  • Southern Belle Dinner Cruise
  • Moderate Physical Activity

Itinerary

Day 1

Today we travel through the Bluegrass state of

Kentucky, and through the hills of Tennessee to Athens, Alabama.

Day 2

After breakfast we travel to Montgomery, the Capitol of Alabama. Lunch will be at the Farmer’s Market Café. We will visit the Alabama State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark overlooking downtown Montgomery from its hilltop setting. You will then go across the street to the First White House of the Confederacy. We are now on our way to Tallahassee, Florida with a stop at Dothan, Alabama for dinner at Hunt’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Today our visit to Mission San Luis transports you back to 1703 to a community where Apalachee Indians and newcomers from Spain lived together. We will visit the Florida Governor’s Mansion. We will return to our hotel to freshen up before dinner at Georgio’s Fine Food and Spirits.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

This morning we visit the Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum. It’s also home of the most beautiful Steinway pianos in the country. We will travel on to the historic city of St. Augustine to Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the nation’s oldest city. The park contains the Timucuan Indian Spring that Ponce de Leon hoped was the Fountain of Youth. We will check into our hotel to freshen up before a short trolley tour through the historic district with some surprises along the way, ending with dinner and entertainment.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Today we tour Flagler College, which was part of the Ponce de Leon Hotel built in 1887 by Henry Flagler. You will then have free time to shop and have lunch on your own on St. George Street. After lunch and shopping, we tour the Old Jail and explore the Old Store Museum, which re-creates the original St. Augustine general store that was operated by C. F. Hamblen in 1908. Tonight, dinner is at The Reef with one of the most spectacular oceanfront settings in Northeast Florida.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Today we have a guided tour of the Castillo de San Marcos, which was for many years the northernmost outpost of Spain’s vast New World Empire. The fort protected St. Augustine from pirate raids and from Spain’s major rival, Great Britain, during a time when the Florida-Georgia-Carolina coastline was an explosive international battleground. Say good-bye to St. Augustine as we head north to Amelia Island. We have free time to have lunch on our own and shopping on Centre Street. Our step-on guide will meet our motor coach for a tour of Fernandina Historic District’s beauty, charm and unique character. We will go to our hotel on the beach, to freshen up before dinner at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, which Frommers described as “eating at the home               of a fine chef.”

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

This morning we board Amelia’s River Cruises boat for the Cumberland Island Tour. This excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne, and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island. After our cruise we have free time in the historic area to have lunch on your own. After lunch we take the fascinating “Eight Flags Tour” held in the Amelia Island Museum of History, providing an in-depth, insider’s view of the museum’s popular Eight Flags Gallery. Dinner will be at Bob’s Steak and Chop, where it isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience with a lively atmosphere and simple elegance.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Today we leave the beautiful island and head north through Georgia and Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tonight we board the Southern Belle Riverboat for a cruise down the Tennessee River, taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of the great city of Chattanooga, all while enjoying a fantastic meal. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9:

Sit back and relax as your vacation comes to an end, but the memories of the fun, history, and scenic views will last a lifetime.

Included Meal: Breakfast

Departing From: Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, South County, Fairview Heights, Nashville, Mt. Vernon, Marion, Paducah, Evansville, Cape Girardeau