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Great Rivers of Florida

Great Rivers of Florida

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Jacksonville, FL

From: $3,325

Season: February - April, November - December

Activities: History, Wildlife

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American Cruise Lines

On this epic cruise, sail a route that adventurous passengers first followed in the 19th Century in their search for a tropical paradise.

Start your voyage on St. John’s River, a designated American Heritage River, and one of the few north-flowing rivers above the equator. Then travel to Palatka, a charming town with restored plantation houses and beautiful parks. As you cruise from St. Johns River to Lake George, journey to the heart of the Ocala National Forest and observe alligators, playful manatees, and majestic bald eagle in their natural habitat. Take a horse-drawn carriage through Green Cove Springs like the travelers of yesteryear and explore the historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of St. Augustine. As you stroll along its tree-lined streets, bask in Amelia Island’s charm and admire its many restored 19th century Victorian homes.

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Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

Departing for Palatka, you will enjoy a journey along the waters of St. Johns River, one of only three rivers in the nation that flows north. This river is home to over 200 species of birds including the bald eagle, swallowtail kite, and wood stork. Discover unlimited recreation, celebrated history, and protected wildlife - has been distinguished as one of the fourteen American Heritage Rivers.

Day 2 - Palatka, FL

Once known for its worldwide shipping commerce of citrus and timber, Palatka also attracted a vast number of tourists and wealthy northerners looking to relocate to Florida. Today, it remains a charming river town with restored plantation houses standing as a testament to distinguished residents that once called Palatka home. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the beautifully landscaped Ravine Gardens State Park.

Day 3 - Cruising the St. Johns to Lake George (Ocala National Forest)

Continue your cruise from St. Johns River to Lake George, which shares a border with the Ocala National Forest. The lake hosts a variety of wildlife ranging from migratory water birds to a number of marine animals. Local springs in Lake George feed enough salt to the system to make the habitat suitable for marine species like Atlantic stingray, striped bass and blue crab.

Day 4 - Green Cove Springs, FL

In the 1800s, Green Cove Springs attracted a surge of vacationers from the North, drawn to the warm mineral springs reputed to have medicinal qualities and healing powers. Steamboat services brought members of high society, searching for a warm retreat from the winter’s harsh climate. Today, visitors can explore the historic district, which includes vintage homes and gorgeous surroundings.

Day 5 - Cruising the Tolomato River

Travel along one of the most impressive stretches of inland waterways in the United States, the Tolomato River. See many spectacular sites, including a rare view of the Atlantic Ocean, visible over the Barrier Islands. Join our onboard naturalist on the open observation decks for views of native wildlife, captivating sunsets, hidden villages, and miles of pristine landscapes.

Day 6 - St. Augustine, FL

In the late 1800s, oil tycoon Henry Flagler developed St. Augustine in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida's eastern shores. Although this "golden era" ended in the early 1900s, Flagler's legacy remains. Explore historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of a city once used as a remote outpost by the Spanish Empire.

Day 7 - Amelia Island, FL

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Amelia Island, with miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, featuring restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops. Explore Amelia Island's charm as you stroll along the tree-lined avenues.

Day 8 – Amelia Island / Jacksonville, FL

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

Dates & Rates

Date A AA AAL AAC Owner Suite Single w/ Balcony
Nov 23, 2019 $3,325 $3,450 $4,175 $4,395 $5,800 $4,480
Nov 30, 2019 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 7, 2019 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 14, 2019 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 21, 2019 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 28, 2019 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Nov 21, 2020 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Nov 28, 2020 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 5, 2020 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 12, 2020 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280
Dec 19, 2020 $3,725 $3,850 $4,575 $4,795 $6,200 $5,280

Per person fare includes passage, dining service, snacks, complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment aboard the ship. Fares do not include most shore tours (unless otherwise noted), port charges and fees, or service charge.


Great Rivers of Florida


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