Photo courtesy of FMW Solutions and was on the cover of The Florida Preservationist, Fall 2020 magazine.
Saturday, September 25 - Amtrak from DeLand to Tampa
Leave from the DeLand train station (8:56 AM) and head to Tampa. The train will have a café cart with snacks, water, tea, and coffee. Arrive in Tampa (12:23 PM), transfer to the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City. You will have a private tour of Historic Ybor City. Group dinner at Columbia Restaurant. Overnight in Tampa.
Schedule for Ybor City Tour
The bus will take us to El Centro Asturiano, one of the most impressive mutual aid society buildings still standing. When it was dedicated in 1914, the Tampa Tribune maintained that it was the most beautiful building in the South. The structure boasts a cantina, theater, and a ballroom. We will proceed to El Círculo Cubano, the Cuban Club. From there we will walk to Las Novedades, a social club that includes a stunning arcade and series of columns. A few hundred feet away, we encounter Ybor City’s first brick building and the oldest cigar factory standing: the V.M. Ybor factory. Constructed in 1886 by the enclave’s founder, Vicente Martínez Ybor, the building has survived many owners and work places. Around the corner is Martí Park. Between 1891 and 1895, José Martí “the Apostle of Cuban Liberty,” came to Ybor City a dozen times to rally cigar workers to the cause of “Cuba Libre.” Curiously, the park is owned by the government of Cuba! We will finish the tour with a tour of las casitas, original cigar workers homes that have been preserved.
Gary R. Mormino will lead the tour. A professor emeritus of history at the University of South Florida, Mormino has taught history for 45 years. A Fulbright scholar in Italy, Mormino has written extensively about Ybor City, immigrants, and Florida. He and his colleague George Pozzetta wrote The Immigrant World of Ybor City in 1987.
Sunday, September 26 - Amtrak from Tampa to Miami
After breakfast on your own, you will have a transfer to the Amtrak Train Station from your hotel. Depart from Tampa (12:37 PM). You will spend the afternoon aboard the train where you can enjoy the scenic journey to Miami. Once in Miami (5:58 PM), enjoy the nightlife of the city and dinner on your own while you prepare for the adventures the next day. A reception will be held at Dade Heritage Trust (7:30 PM) featuring Seth Bramson's stories of The Florida East Coast Railway: For 125 Years America's Speedway to Sunshine.
Reception featuring Seth Bramsom
Stories of The Florida East Coast Railway: For 125 Years America's Speedway to Sunshine
Seth Bramson is an Adjunct Professor and Historian in Residence at Barry University, Miami Shores. Seth has written 31 books and more than 300 articles and is America's single most-published Florida history book author. All books and articles are of, about and dealing with South Florida local and Florida transportation history.
Monday, September 27 - Miami & Everglades Adventure Begins
After breakfast on your own, you will have a transfer to the Everglades National Park and the Biscayne Bay Boat Tour. A trip to Miami is not complete without visiting the Everglades, nature at its best. This tour features a spectacular journey to the world-famous Everglades and a boat tour showing off Miami's unique combination of coastline and skyline.
Everglades Adventure with Biscayne Boat Tour
Glide through the Everglades on a thirty-minute air-boat ride
Meet the Everglades' most famous residents at the alligator show
Take the jungle trail and see these ancient reptiles in their natural habitat
Embark on a ninety-minute boat tour along the Biscayne Bay where you'll be treated to stunning views of the Miami skyline, Port of Miami, Millionaire's Row, and Fisher Island
After your adventure, have time on your own and overnight at Novotel Miami Brickell.
Tuesday, September 28 - Amtrak from Miami to DeLand
You will have a transfer from Novotel Miami Brickell to the train station for your trip back to DeLand. Depart from Miami (8:10 AM) and arrive in DeLand (2:39 PM).
As our excursions come to a stop, may your adventures always begin.
*Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates are available.
Deposit due at time of booking
The deposit is $300 per person.
The final payment due is July 13, 2021.
After July 13, 2021 tours are under full penalties