Travel by Design-
“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”
“If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”
Dayaway Travel Club
We are in the process of transitioning from the Mini Bus Day Tours to Jeep Expedition type tours
this Spring. This will be the final Winter season of Mini Bus Day Trips due to the astronomical
Rises in Commercial Insurance. Thank you for your patronage over the years and perhaps you can
still join on a large Motorcoach Tour such as the June 5th to Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater.
Florida Greeters Travel Agency Services are continuing with Cruises, Tours Hotels, Trains
and Car Rentals which have gotten busier as of late. The Next Travel Club Meeting
is March 7 @ 10am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse
Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings. The Travel Desk
is open Mondays from 11am to noon Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Travel Club benefit: Free door to door airport and cruise port 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! Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!
Saturday February 9 Vizcaya, an American Palace
Vizcaya, possessing national significance to the history of the United States, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Viscaya, plus Driving Tour of Miami and Cafe’ con Leche stop in Little Havana Members $70 guests $75 Includes: Tour of Vizcaya, Sightseeing tour of Miami and Transportation Leave 8 am Viera Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station and 8:25am Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station return 9 pm
Fort Lauderdale including the Bonnet Mansion
Valentine’s Day February 14th
Bonnet House is the legacy of Fredric Clay Bartlett’s visions and talent which translated his years of exposure to the arts and architecture of Europe into a native Floridian house Built in 1920, Mr. Bartlett’s personal interpretation of a plantation house was designed to promote a gracious indoor-outdoor lifestyle filtered by coastal breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and to express his sense of whimsey with decorative delight. The life and love shared at Bonnet House radiates from within the artistry of the home and tranquility of its thirty-five-acre setting. Bonnet House, named after the yellow water lily that once grew in the property’s marshland exemplifies the lives of the families who owned the property for nearly a century.
Although there are many choices of dining (Apx. 4,000 restaurants and 40,000 boats) Our favorites based on availability include the Boatyard overlooking the Yachts or in the heart of elegant Las Olas, Le Bonne Crepe with a unique selection of wonderful entrees and is our first choices when in the area.
Fort Lauderdale tour sights include:
Las Olas Boulevard
Yachts on the waterfront (165 miles of inland waterways) nicknamed the Venice of America! The strip made famous by movies such as “Where the Boys Are” and Elvis Presley’s “Girl Happy”
Fort Lauderdale Beach along A1A (no hotels are built directly on the Beach due to the foresight of a pact made in 1942 by former owners of the Bonnet House.
Tales of the Barefoot Mailman
Picture stop at the sight of the Cooley Indian Massacre overlooking the New River with giant Banyan Trees and a Majestic View!
Port Everglades and Downtown Fort Lauderdale
includes tour of the Bonnet Mansion city tour only with lunch stop, transportation and guide Members $75 Guests $80 Leave Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:30am Suntree Red Ginger 8:45am Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas 9:10am
Thursday, February 21-Jacksonville, Dresden Glass and Clark's on the St. Johns River
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is one of the finest and largest in the South. The decorative and fine arts date from 2000 B.C. The collection of Meissen porcelain is top notch. The formal garden gives you the feeling of being in the Villa Gamberaia in Florence. Italy. This formal garden extends from the museum to the St. John’s River. The American History section includes a Thomas Moran painting and some beautiful art of the St. John’s River. Moran was another influence and featured artist in the Ken Burn’s series, The National Park’s, America’s Best Idea.
Lunch on own at Clark’s Fish Camp in nearby Mandarin. A nautical setting decorated in giant stuffed animals throughout the facility. A visit to the Cummer Museum and Gardens. This museum is easily one of the best in the State with a wide variety of art ranging from Old Europe to Religious to Old Florida Landscapes. However, it is the setting and gardens that are the most impressive ranging from a formal English Garden to a wilder Italian Garden which is reminiscent of Boboli Gardens in Florence. This museum also has the largest Collection of Dresden Meisner outside of Germany. Members $49 Guests $55 includes museum entrances, area tour, and transportation. Leave Suntree 8:15am, SB 8:30am and CB 9am returning around 8pm.
Saturday February 23 -Award winning Gypsy Gold Arabian Horse Farm, Ocala and Ocala National Forest
The following press can be seen with pictures at
! Erin had her 15 minutes of fame recently as the good folks at RFDTV interviewed her one beautiful fall day.
: Ron Palacio, Martha Stewart’s Social Media & Content Director, Tours Gypsy Gold and falls in love.
on : Journalist Raina Paucar interviews Dennis Thompson for one of the world’s most foremost sources of worldwide adventure with horses.
: The Gypsy Vanner Horse Society’s newsletter covers the appearance of our Vanner horses at the world-famous Royal Winter Fair.
features Dennis Thompson’s article “How the Gypsy Vanner Came To North America”, August 2011
was featured on ‘s packaging for their A5 Turbo clippers.
found the colorful stallion The Gypsy King a fitting feature for their Alfalfa & Apple Horse Treats! The first Gypsy Vanner horse to appear in the popular series, was one of their most popular releases and we offer a limited number of these in our Gift Shop. Dennis Thompson was thrilled when Country Music icon a visit to Gypsy Gold Farm. Miranda owns a beautiful mare by , .
Lunch (not included) is available at the Horse and Hounds restaurant directly in the heart of Ocala’s Horse Country followed by a drive through the Scenic Bear Wildlife Drive and Ocala National Forest Welcome Center. The Drive goes by miles of Horse Country Farms and Ranches.
Members $75 Guests $80 includes guided tour, transportation and entrance fees Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 7:30am to catch the 10am Horse Ranch Tour
Thursday February 28 Plant City Strawberry Festival.
Optional lunch stop at Fred’s Southern Kitchen This will be updated when 2019 Schedule is finalized. All the attractions; Bluegrass, Racing Pigs, Comedy, Magic and Country stars of one of the World’s largest Strawberry Festivals plus a short driving tour of the Southern style homes in the historic district.
This morning right upon our entrance we will be woken up by the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra. Clarinetist, saxophonist, singer and bandleader Sturr is easily one of the most popular modern-day Polka Bands, with more than 100 albums to his credit. Other shows include Dennis Lee, Kazual plus Kari and Billie. The last stop is for flats of strawberry’s and the best strawberry shake in the World at the Giant Parkside Market and Nursery.
Members $65 Guests $70 Leave Suntree 7am SB 7:15am and CB 7:45am. Return 6:30pm-7pm. _______________________________________________________________
Saturday, March 2 Azalea Festival in Ravine State Gardens in Palatka
This area is uncharacteristic of Florida in that you are viewing a blanket of colors from above looking down into a Ravine which was a WPA project. There are old fashioned rope bridges, numerous trails, however, you need not be very mobile to view it since there are photographic overlooks throughout the park. A stop is made at the Artesian Springs at the bottom of the trail. Other highlights of the town include a WWI memorial décor on the bridge overlooking the St. Johns River, Florida’s oldest diner, antique shops, hanging live oaks and Antebellum Plantation homes. The Return trip passes through Pierson known for horticultural growth, Christmas Ferns and Sturgeon and a ride through beautiful Lake Crescent $65 members $70 guests– includes transportation, admissions, tour guide. Leave Suntree 7:45a, SB 8a and CB 8:30a Arrive back 6:30 p.m. -7pm. _____________________________________________________________
Saturday, March 9-South Beach Highlights including the Wolfsonian Art Deco Museum
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 8 am Leave Palm Bay Walmart Murphy’s Gas Station 8:25 am with an approximate 9pm return!
The Art Moderne, Art Noveau and Art Deco movements transformed Miami’s South Beach into one of the most Iconic destinations in the World for fun, sun and beautiful people and places.
The History of the Movement is displayed at the best collection of its art, architecture and style at the collection of the former Wometco Movie owner Wolfson’s Wolfsonian Museum and the Hotels and Restaurants in the South Beach area which was the sight of many Movies including the Birdcage plus numerous worldwide photo shoots from the News Café and of course TV’s Miami Vice. Check out one the World’s most Tropical Swimming Pools (sight of Esther Williams Aqua Shows) at the sprawling POOL OF PALMS at the Raleigh Hotel. Although there are numerous choices for lunch including the nearby 11th street diner, the majority will be dining at Gianni’s at the Villa of the former Versace Mansion for a fixed price 3 course meal at $29, Villa Casa Casuarina and its exquisite décor.
Thursday, March 14th St. Pete
A visit to St Pete Beach including the Don Cesar Hotel (Pink Palace) and the Tradewinds Hotel featuring Rumfish Grill Restaurant with it’s giant Aquarium.
This tour also includes a visit to the largest book store in Florida which is the size of a grocery store. We are also visiting a glass museum and touring around St.Pete. We will also Visit the 21-acre living history museum located in the heart of Pinellas County. The natural pine and palmetto landscape features some of Pinellas County's most historic buildings.
Explore 33 historic attractions, including a variety of historic homes, general store, railroad depot, two schools, church, and more
Leave Suntree 8:30am Satellite Beach 8:45am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9:15am with a 7:30pm to 8 return.
Rate includes Transportation, Tour Guide and attractions (Lunch is separate)
Members $55 Guests $60 _____________________________________________________________
March 16 Winter Park Art Festival
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all-volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 52nd year. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park. ART CATEGORIES-There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. We offer a choice to allow guests to stay the entire time at the Festival or take a sightseeing tour with the last two hours at the Festival. Across the way is the estate of former Rollins president Hugh McKean who with his wife is responsible for the in-town Morse Gallery museum which boasts housing the World’s largest collection of Tiffany glass. The tour of Rollins College includes a look at the Knowles Memorial Chapel and the Cornell art center. We also have a picture stop with a realistic bronze statue of Ben Franklin sitting on a bench near the Walk of Fame which features a collection of stones from the birthplaces of the famous many of whom have visited the campus. The beautiful Azalea Park is located next to the area that the Rowing team uses for practice on Lake Maitland. There are many lovely homes on this waterway including one owned by the author of “With God as my copilot” and another by the famous Mr. Rogers of the acclaimed children’s show, Mr. Rogers neighborhood. One of the homes was about to be destroyed when a preservation group formed and moved the house known as Casa Feliz (Happy House) to another area near the public golf course and is now used for special events and fundraisers. Price: $60 members $65 guests Leave: Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8:15am Satellite Beach Schector Center 8:30 and Cocoa Beach Country Club 9am with a return at about 6pm. Rate includes tour, museum, art festival, transportation, escort, etc...
A visit and Boat ride to Myakka River,
Florida’s Largest State Park March 23 (3 seats left)
Canopy Walkway at Myakka River State Park
The Myakka Canopy Walkway provides easy access to observe life in the treetops of an oak/palm hammock. As an outdoor laboratory for research and education, it is a place for discovery and opportunity for visitors to Myakka to see its canopy inhabitants up close. Completed in 2000, this structure is the first public treetop trail in North America. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of tree tops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tips of live oaks and palm trees. For park visitor safety, only leashed service dogs are permitted on the Canopy Walkway. Please come see our Visitor Center where you can watch five short movies about Myakka and see many wildlife exhibits. It's a good way to get your visit started, especially for Myakka "First Timers." Once you pass the ranger station, take your first left to the parking lot. The Visitor Center is located across the parking lot in an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) horse barn. The building itself, built 80 years ago, is worth checking out.
Pink Gator Cafe-Enjoy lunch, dessert or a craft beer while taking in the sights of the beautiful Upper Myakka Lake. Try our famous, homemade alligator stew, seafood gumbo, hand-breaded gator bites, garden veggie burger or one of our fresh, deli subs. Don't forget to stop by the Ice Cream Parlor for dessert. You can also visit Myakka Gifts and Boutique where you can take home a Myakka souvenir. The Nature Gift Shop has jewelry, local art, home décor, Florida books, tee-shirts, hats, camp fashions and much more!
Members $80 Guests $85 includes Transportation, Guide, Entrance Fees and Boat Tour
TEXAS Presidential Libraries and San Antonio Riverwalk
11Days 10 Nights Fully Escorted
March 29th to April 8th 2019
Day 1: Friday March 29
Board our air‑conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight's accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 3- Sunday March 31 Baton Rouge to College Station Texas
A look around Baton Rouge and LSU on route to Texas
The museum's core exhibits reveal the unique influences and challenges that shaped George Bush's life and presidency, and frequently changing temporary exhibits present visitors new and interesting perspectives on President Bush, his life and work. Through artifacts, film, photographs, documents, music, sound effects and interactive videos, this special museum experience encompasses much of U.S. history since 1941. See a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a slab of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush's Camp David and Situation Room. Try landing a plane on an aircraft carrier, or have your picture made while seated at the desk in the replica Oval Office. In addition, a special section is dedicated to First Lady Barbara Bush and her efforts on behalf of literacy, AIDS awareness and prevention, and volunteerism.
Day 5- Tuesday, April 2 College Station to Austin, Texas
City tour of Austin
LBJ Presidential Library
At the library, visitors will experience the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson, one of our nation's most fascinating presidents, and the era of his administration—the turbulent 1960s.
Day 6- Wednesday April 3 Texas State Capital Building
“If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that architects followed with the Capitol Building in Austin. At one time, it was the tallest capitol building in the nation. Others might be taller now, but this is still a beautiful building that shows off many of the natural resources which are so prevalent in Texas, such as limestone and the landscapes.”
Short Afternoon Drive to San Antonio, Texas
Day 7 Thursday April 4 San Antonio
San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Combine two great tours for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a scenic hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit popular sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square and many more. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion, with live, onboard narration.
Day 8- Friday April 5 The George Ranch Historical Park on route to Lafayette, Louisiana
Day 9- Saturday April 6 Lafayette Cajun Tour or Swamp Boat Ride according to availability
Day 10 Sunday April 7 Bellingrath Gardens on route to Tallahassee
Day 11- Monday April 8 Wakulla Springs Boat Ride on route home
Motels are based on Best Western and La Quinta including 2 nights at the La Quinta Riverwalk in San Antonio
$1550 per person double occupancy $2050 Single Occupancy
We Recommend Trip Cancellation Protection Insurance to avoid penalties
Deposits $200 per person Balance Due- February 28 Cancellations: No refunds within one month prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 11 breakfasts. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.
The Center for Great Apes in Wauchula Florida
We are limited to the number of participants so book early (first paid first serve)
Thursday, April 18th
The Sanctuary Habitats
In the midst of the tropical forest surroundings, the chimpanzees and orangutans each live and play in one of the twelve large three-story high domed enclosures. The largest of these outdoor living areas are from 50- to 80-feet long and 34-feet tall. The habitats provide plenty of running room, climbing space and height for swinging through their environment. All outdoor ape habitats have a variety of climbing structures and swinging vines as well as numerous toys, tubs, culverts, and enrichment devices. Additionally, there are three other enclosures for quarantining new arrivals and a special ape habitat for our handicapped and geriatric apes.
Members $80 Guests $85 includes Transportation and Entrance Donation Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 8am and Cocoa Publix at Subway 8:20am with an approximate 8pm return
***New Tour***Saturday, April 20 Green Cove Springs, Military History and an Antebellum Mansion
Green Cove Springs is a port of call for Riverboats cruising the Intracoastal Waterways and the St. Johns River. The town was a popular snowbird Destination a century or so ago. The quaint village is home to a very diverse and complete Military Museum that we will visit. Today’s lunch overlooks the River at a popular spot known as the Outback Crab Shack and we will end up at a pre-civil war mansion in the town of Palatka which is also a port of call for Riverboat cruising on the St. Johns. Includes: Sightseeing, Transportation, Museum and Mansion entrance fees and Tour Guide Members $65 Guests $70 Leave: Suntree Centre at Suntree 8:45am Leave Satellite Beach Schector Center (corner Patrick and Jackson) 9am Leave Cocoa Beach Country Club at 9:30am Return around 6:30-7:30pm.
Under consideration- New Orleans Jazz Festival Late April
You are invited to join the
Military Officers Association of America (MOAACC) AUX Presenting A Comedy Mystery Matinee Dinner Theater Tour Wednesday, June 5th
This Daytrip includes Show, Lunch with Gratuities, Short Tour of the area,
Tour Escort, Unlimited White Zinfandel, Chardonnay or Cabernet Wine,
Budweiser Beer, Pepsi Products, Coffee or Iced Tea and Deluxe Motorcoach
Transportation with Bathroom on Board!
Leave Patrick Air Force Base Tides Club South Parking Lot (Apx. 1 mile north
of Pineda Causeway on the right-hand Oceanside of A1A just before the Tides
Club or if coming from the Cocoa Beach side then just after the Tides Club
9:30am and IRCC Indian River Colony Club At Ease Club at 10am on route to
Orlando. Returning apx. 4:30pm.
Cost: $87 per person sold on a first come first serve basis- Only your check
insures your reservation at the time of booking. A waitlist will be formed after
the trip sells out like the last one did. Checks are made payable to Florida
Greeters and mailed to 6300 N. Wickham Road, #130-222, Melbourne, FL
32940. For Reservations call Mary Dunagan at 321-775-3896
Please make your Dining Selection here:
¨ Honey Glazed Cornish Hen
¨ Baked Cheese Lasagna (with or without meatballs)
¨ Harvest Plate -Vegetarian or Vegan meal
RESERVATION FORM: Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. 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: email@example.com
Name or Names: _____________________ Phone: ________________
Tour Name _________ e-mail address: ______________Pick up point: ______
Rates Includes: Transportation aboard Mini Bus 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.