Spend three nights at the Plantation Resort on Crystal River
Crystal River is one of the best locations to see the Florida Manatee
Visit the Marjorie Rawlings homestead, author of The Yearling
Have a delightful lunch at the Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant
Enjoy a Manatee Boat tour on the Crystal River

Backroads of Sunny Florida — Value Tour 2017

Featuring three nights at Plantation Resort on Crystal River

8 DAYS • 12 MEALS Unwind in warmth of Florida without the crowds and hassle. See a side of the Sunshine State made up of literary notables, abundant wildlife, great food and even better sunsets.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland Area
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  • Free home, local or regional group pickup and return
  • Fully escorted with deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 12 meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches and 7 breakfasts)
  • At Marjorie Rawlings Historic State Park, step back in time to see how folks lived in 1930s Florida. Ms. Rawlings wrote The Yearling and other great works.
  • On our Crystal River stay enjoy the many fun activities our lodging for three nights, the Plantation Resort, affords us. We’ll ride their boat into manatee country, The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and enjoy these mammals close up. The strong of heart can even make arrangements to swim with the manatees. Shuffleboard, fishing, golf, a spa, tennis, croquet, horseshoes, indoor and outdoor bar and grills, nature walks, or just relaxing at their great swimming pool with its sun-bathing facilities are all available.
  • Homosassa State Park is just down the road. Here you may see West Indian manatees in the park’s underwater observatory. Other native wildlife is showcased – including bears, bobcats, deer, alligators and river otters. Ride a boat to the park entrance.
  • Tarpon Springs, on Florida’s “Nature Coast” awaits us. This famous Greek community features a taste of Greece right here in America. Visit their shops, enjoy the Sponge Factory, and have lunch at Hellas, Tarpon Springs’ most famous restaurant.
  • Farewell dinner and live show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse featuring top-notch entertainment.
Tour Activity Level
LEVEL 2: Average physical activity on this program requiring the ability to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, sometimes over uneven surfaces.