Fabulous Florida: The Villages & the Plantation on Crystal River

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Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2023 - Wednesday, 01 March 2023

Venue: The Villages, Florida

 
 
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COST: $2,355 per person, based on a double occupancy, and includes motorcoach transportation, hostess service, 10 meals, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, scenic narrated river cruise, free time for resort activities at the Plantation on Crystal River, orientation trolley tour at The Villages, 4 days of golf cart rentals, free time to enjoy The Villages, admission to Silver Springs Nature's Theme Park with a glass bottom boat ride, Chasin' A Dream Horse Farm tour, art session at the Appleton Museum of Art, Orange Blossom Opry matinee Show, 8 nights lodging, all taxes and meal gratuities, and roundtrip luggage service.
Single: $3,205; Triple: $2,095 pp; Quad: $1,965 pp 

A $500 PP Deposit is due within 3 weeks of making your reservation. $100 is non-refundable. Final Balance Due by 01/07/2022. Call the office for insurance information.

 

Tuesday, February 21: Wellsboro – Fayetteville, NC
  •  Depart from the Terminal with available pickups: Mansfield, Blossburg, Liberty, Williamsport
    PLEASE NOTE: The above pickups are available, but you must contact us with your pickup locations.  We do not stop at all the locations, unless there are people assigned to the stops. 
  • BREAKFAST is included. Lunch and rest breaks will be made en route.
  • Arrive in FAYETTEVILLE, NC and check in to the DOUBLETREE FAYETTEVILLE for your one-night stay.
  • Enjoy the evening at your leisure. Stop by the Marquis Bistro, the hotel restuarant, for dinner or walk to many of the nearby restaurants. 

Wednesday, February 22: Fayetteville, NC - Crystal River, FL

  • BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
  • Depart for Florida. Lunch and rest breaks will be made as needed.
  • Arrive at the PLANTATION ON CRYSTAL RIVER for your two-night stay. This beautiful 50-year-old, 232 acre eco-friendly resort offersplantation on cystal river comfortable accommations, a full service spa, and is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. This bay in Crystal River is one of the largest aquifers in the state and is home to more than 400 West Indian manatees that migrate each year to the warmth of the spings. 
  • DINNER is included at the hotel this evening. 

Thursday, February 23: Crystal River, FL

  • Enjoy BREAKFAST at the hotel before beginning your day.
  • Start the morning with a SCENIC NARRATED RIVER CRUISE. Explore water in Kings Bay, which is home to over 41 named springs such as the crown jewel of the Crystal River National Wildlife refuge, Three Sisters Springs. These springs have been featured in both National Geographic and the Discovery Channel's North American Series. The Bay is also home to the Florida West Indian Manatee. Even in the summer there can be as many as 50 to 70 manatees in the bay, with winter time numbers being over 600 at times!kings bay
  • The afternoon is yours to discover what activites the Planation on Crystal River has to offer. There is a variety of fishing, boating, watersports, and nature-based experiences off and onshore. There is also a golf course and full-service spa available; and you will have a chance to swim with the Manatee's (extra cost).
  • DINNER this evening is included a CHARLIE"S FISH HOUSE RESTAURANT and SEAFOOD MARKET, a local favorite located on the waters edge of Crystal River. 

Friday, February 24: The Villages, FL

  • Enjoy BREAKFAST at the hotel before beginning your day. 
  • Depart for THE VILLAGES, America's friendliest and most active retirement community. For those who aren't ready to retire here, this is a wonderful vacation experience. Everything you could possibly want, need, or dream of doing is just a golf cart ride away!
  • On arrival, hop aboard an ORIENTATION TROLLEY TOUR. This tour will show you the ins and outs to this city of over 100,000! From the trolley you will see and learn about each of the Town Squares, and about the requirements of residency, plus you'll see the recreation opportunites available to you in the days to come. 
  • When the trolley tour concludes, you will pick up your GOLF CART for the next 4 days (1 per room) . Golf carts come standard with a roof, rain enclosure, headlights, directional signals and the 1st tank of gas free. The Villages have separate golf cart roads. Note: Golf carts are gas powered with a range of about 200 miles. Rental requirements state that one person in every room must be over the age of 55, and one personthe villages 1 per car must have a valid Driver's License.
  • Check in to the BROWNWOOD HOTEL & SPA for the next 4 nights. The hotel opened in 2020 and celebrates, in a subtle way, the Floridian cowboy and offers a glimpse into the State's true heritage. The hotel offers dining, including the Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Bar and their own Chuckwagon food truck! All rooms are beautifully appointed and offer a mini-fridge/coffee maker and upgrade toiletries. Enjoy the outdoor pool, exercise room and full service spa. You are miuntes away from Brownwood Paddock Square via golf cart, where you will find plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes.
  • Enjoy a free evening in The Villages. Cruise the streets, park at the Square and listen to live music from inside your cart, or dancing by the bandstand with Florida evening breezes blowing through your hair! In The Villages when the sun goes down, the fun comes up. It will feel like those nights when as teenagers you cruised to the drive-in with the top down and the radio on high.

Saturday, February 25: The Villages & Silver Springs, FL

  • A BREAKFAST VOUCHER is included this morning.
  • Depart with the group to SILVER SPRINGS NATURE"S THEME PARK, one of Florida's first tourist attractions. It is also one of the largest artesian springs in the world. 
  • Hop aboard the GLASS BOTTOM BOAT tour and see Florida from a unique vantage point. Your tour guide will give you and up-close andglass bottom boat personal look at Florida's amazingly diverse ecosystem! You will have the best seats in the house for viewing wildlife, taking pictures, asking questions, and learning about the lore and history of Silver Spings!
  • Return to The Villages to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You will soon discover that shopping and dining are an important part of The Villages lifestyle as there are literally hundreds of shops, boutiques, bistros, nationally known restaurants and store to choose from scattered around the three Town Squares - all accessible by golf cart! At each aquare you will find FREE live music and dancing, modern movies theatres, and a colorful assortment of events and activities. 

Sunday, February 26: The Villages & Ocala, FL

  • A BREAKFAST VOUCHER is included this morning. 
  • Depart for OCALA, FL
  • Visit CHASIN' A DREAM HORSE FARM. The area around Ocala, FL is known for Thoroughbred Horse Farms and this morning travel past many enroute to your tour at "CHASIN A DREAM." This is a real broodmare foaling farm and they typically have new foals on the ground every spring.horse farm With your guides narrating, you will see mothers and their babies in the field and have photo opportunites. By the end of two hours, you should have a good thoroughbred education, from breeding to training! Enjoy a Q&A session at the end of the tour. 
  • ADMISSION is included to the APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART. The Museum has a large collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts with over 18,000 objects. Some of the permanent exhibits you will see are a collection of Florida Artists, an Equine Art collection that spans over 3,000 years of history as well as Colombian, Asain and African arts.
  • Return to The Villages for the evening to enjoy another night of fun, food and music. 

Monday February 27: The Villages

  • A BREAKFAST VOUCHER is included this morning.the villages 2
  • Enjoy a leisurely morning to explore The Villages.
  • This afternoon sit back and relax for a matinee show at the ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY. At the opry, they present a variety of musical styles including Traditional Country, New Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Show Tunes, and their own speical brand of humor. 
  • Return to The Villages for the evening to enjoy another night of fun, food and music.

Tuesday February 28: The Villages- Fayetteville, NC

  • A BREAKFAST VOUCHER is included this morning.
  • Depart. Lunch and rest breaks will be made as needed.
  • Arrive in FAYETTEVILLE, NC and check in to the DOUBLETREE FAYETTEVILLE for your one-night stay.
  • Enjoy the evening at your leisure. Stop by the Marquis Bistro, the hotel restuarant, for dinner or walk to many of the nearby restaurants. 

Wednesday, March 1: Fayetteville, NC - Wellsboro, PA

  • BREAKFAST is included at the hotel.
  • Depart. Lunch and rest breaks will be made as needed.
  • A FAREWELL DINNER is included.
  • Return home with sunshine filled memories of your Fabulous Florida Winter Escape!

PLEASE NOTE: All trips and schedules are subject to change, pending the effects of COVID-19.  

 

 

All Dates


  • From Tuesday, 21 February 2023 to Wednesday, 01 March 2023