Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jacksonville Florida and More for 2020

JANUARY 16– 25, 2020

Jan. 16 (Thursday)  Fly day only to Jacksonville, Florida Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Hampton Inn & Suites for 1 night! (904) 421-5000.  Continental Breakfast included and free shuttle from Airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 17 (Friday): We will start participating in the MLK Walking Weekend EARLY!  The brochure for this weekend will be available soon and as of publication of this brochure, it was not available. I will try and give you a very generic outline for the next 3 days and what is included.

·      Friday Morning:  Participate in the 1st walk, Hanna Park area located north of Jacksonville Beach. 
·      Friday Afternoon:  Participate in 2nd Walk from our hotel that goes north of our hotel.

Our hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites-Oceanfront for 3 glorious nights! (904) 241-2311 Hot Breakfast included.  Participate in the Meet & Greet at the hotel. (Included in tour price)  Restaurant on premises and a few within walking distance.

Jan. 18 (Saturday): Participate in the 3rd Walk that is located Downtown Jacksonville.  In the afternoon, we will have 2-hour narrated boat cruise down the St. John River. (Included in tour price) Return to our hotel.

Jan. 19 (Sunday): Participate in the 4th Walk of the Walking Weekend located on Fort George Island in the morning and then do the 5th and Final Walk back at our hotel (This time we walk South of our hotel)

Jan. 20 (Monday): Drive to St. Augustine to participate in a year round event.  Take a walk through history as you tour the wonders of "the oldest city in the United States." Pass by the old Spanish rock-walled fort, Castillo San Marco, which withstood British artillery attacks in 1740; continue through a National Cemetery and numerous historical sites; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; visit unique shops and restaurants. The city has a diverse selection of outstanding museums. Throughout the town's architecture you will see the legacy of Henry Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil Company and the creator of the currently operating Florida East Coast Railroad. (I am trying to start this walk from our hotel, which I am sure that we will not be able to check in, but at least park the bus and hopefully unload luggage to a “Staging Room” so that you can stay downtown as long as you would like. 

Our hotel is the Holiday Inn – Historic St. Augustine for one night, (904) 494-2100 (Sorry, no breakfast here, it was too expensive and was going to charge us for the room to have a buffet!)

Jan. 21 (Tuesday): Drive to Flagler Beach for walk.  Enjoy this beautiful and quaint beachside village as you stroll along the golden sands of the Atlantic Ocean beach. Wander through the wetlands preserve out to the Matanzas River. Delight in the historic downtown and visit the museum. 

In the afternoon (very short distance), drive to Ormond Beach for another walk. Walk by
gardens, galleries, John D. Rockefeller's winter home, The Casements, and onto the beach at
Ormond, "the birthplace of speed" (alternate route: sidewalk on A1A runs parallel to the
beach). You will pass by an Ancient Timucuan Indian Burial Mound.  Continue again a short
distance to Daytona Beach area for 2 nights hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Resort Oceanfront (386) 255-0921 Breakfast Buffet included
Jan. 22 (Wednesday) Drive to New Smyrna Beach for the morning walk.  Route takes you along a scenic causeway through parks, the restored downtown historic district, over the ruins of the circa 1760's fort (site of extensive archaeological digs), across the Indian River along Historic Flagler Ave and onto an expansive Atlantic beach. Return to Daytona Beach and our hotel.  (Trying to have the year round event start from our hotel. This is doable, but will add 1K to the distance) This beautiful walk takes you across the Intracoastal Waterway and past the historic Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium where he (#42) made his first appearance as a major league ballplayer. Stroll along the restored downtown area and lovely Riverfront Park.

Jan. 23 (Thursday): Continue to Orlando with a stop at Blue Springs State Park to hopefully see some manatee! Then continue to Sanford for year round event. This walk will take you along the beautiful Lake Monroe Waterfront Strollway and through the wonderfully restored historic Downtown District circa 1887. Also stroll through many of the city's parks and past the preserved and varied historic homes.  Then continue to Orlando area to our last hotel for 2 nights, Drury Inn & Suites (407) 354-1101 Full Hot Breakfast included and free beverages with enough food for a dinner’s meal!  No free shuttle to Orlando Airport. (15 miles away)

Jan 24 (Friday): Drive to Celebration (outside of Disney World) for walk.  Passing larger homes and wooden boardwalks makes the walks varied and interesting. Visit The Columbia, a 110-year-old family-owned restaurant, among many in the Town, and Kilwins ice cream shop. Celebration's “unique” architecture was created by Disney by taking the best ideas and practices from yesterday's and today's towns.  In the afternoon, participate in Lake Buena Vista walk.  The walks are in Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, situated on the eastern side of Walt Disney World. In the Disney Springs complex, enjoy dining, shopping and browsing.
Jan 25 (Saturday):    FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO HOME DESTINATIONS!  No free shuttle!


$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to Florida!  (Non-refundable)  Does not include any airfare.

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $1850.00                  DOUBLE:  $1250.00                        TRIPLE:  $1050.00             


(I would like people to make a one-time payment but if you cannot do this, please email me and we will work out the arrangements)
SINGLE:          December 1st - $1850.00              
DOUBLE:        December 1st - $1250.00  
TRIPLE:          December 1st - $1050.00                          

The cost of the trip will include:
·      Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
·      9 nights of Hotel Accommodations
·      Continental or Full Breakfast included in all hotels except Holiday Inn, St. Augustine
·      All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
·      Refreshments and snacks for the trip
·      Credit Only Walk Fees (12) (Including for the MLK Walking Weekend)
·      2 Hour Boat Cruise and Ferry Ride to Fort George Island
·      Meet & Greet at the MLK Walking Weekend
·      Breakfast (2) at Holiday Inn Resort in Daytona Beach

Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek or Tater Tours and send to the following address:
Mary T. Ptacek
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052
(702) 523-4920      

Monday, July 15, 2019



I  have announced another trip for January 2020 …..  The trip is from Jan. 16th - 25th!  Tater Tours will be heading to Jacksonville, Florida for the Martin Luther King Walking Weekend.  The brochure is completed but I only have 7 seats available. (Lots included in this trip) Generic outline of the trip:

Fly into Jacksonville and out of Orlando
Participate in the MLK Walking Weekend in Jacksonville Beach
ALSO, walks in:
St. Augustine
Flagler and Ormond Beach
Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach
Orlando area (Celebration and Disney Springs)

Email or call me for brochure today!  Do not hesitate!

Head Tater (mtptacek@msn.com or (702) 523-4920)