To learn about Tampa and the west coast of Florida, we recommend a variety of half day, full day or multi-day tours with professionally trained guides. Tours cover Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, and Sarasota. A variety of lunch or dinner options are available with the tours from box lunches to gourmet meals at local restaurants.
Guides with mulit-lingual abilities are available.
All tours require a minimum of 20 people, call for pricing
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Tampa City Tour
Return to the Victorian era as you stroll through the lavishly furnished rooms of the H.B. Plant Museum located on the University of Tampa Campus in the former Tampa Bay Hotel built in 1891 as a palatial resort. This elegant structure stands on 150 acres of lush tropical grounds overlooking the Hillsborough River. The Hotel was built and furnished by railroad tycoon Henry Bradford Plant recapturing an aura for an opulent Victorian winter resort. This magnificent structure, with it's eye catching silver minarets, was modeled after the Alhambra Palace in Granada Spain, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visit Historic Ybor City where the heart of the Latin Community evolved. Vicente Martinez Ybor and other Havana cigar makers brought their factories and a new culture to Tampa and called itself “the Cigar Capital of the World.” Tour the old Ferlita Bakery, once a major source of the community’s daily bread. Now converted to the Ybor City State Museum, the museum represents the story of immigrant families making their way in a new land. Visit an authentically renovated cigar worker’s house with furnishings dating from the turn of the century.
Other highlights include a drive along Bayshore Boulevard. where lovely upscale homes overlook the Bay, and the waterfront area -- home to the Tampa Convention Center, Forum, Cruise Terminals, Shoppes at Channelside, the Florida Aquarium and Harbour Island.
St. Petersburg once declared “America’s healthiest place to live” is the home of numerous treasures both historic and artistic. St. Petersburg holds a Guinness World Book record of 768 days of consecutive sunshine. The city, named after St. Petersburg Russia developed as a major resort area of the state. Attractions vary from The Pier, the most recognizable landmark on the west coast, to the many cultural experiences.
A highlight is the stop at the famous Salvador Dali Museum. See the largest collection of Dali works in North America. Bewildering double images and incredible paintings will surprise; sculptures, watercolors and drawings will amaze; and early impressionist-style paintings and melting clocks will delight. A docent will explain how and when the collection arrived in St. Petersburg and describe some interesting anecdotes about the paintings, his life and influences on his work.
Visit The Pier with so much to do and see: Galleries, specialty shops, boutiques and more. Enter The Pier’s fascinating inverted – pyramid design, and see giant tubes bubbling with the wonders of the sea. Sparkling Florida water surrounds the Pier – take it all in from the top-floor observation deck: the sailboats and ships heading out to sea, the unique and panoramic look at the City of St. Petersburg. Additional time can be included to allow for lunch.
Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach offers a youth oriented atmosphere on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. Advance arrangements may be made for a parasail adventure or rent a cabana for a shady place to read and nap for a relaxing afternoon. Walk along the beach, play volleyball or use the time to meet other visitors. A well-stocked snack bar provides for food and liquid refreshment where swimsuits and bare feet are welcome.
An option for those with an interest in fishing is a half-day trip on a local boat. Bait, equipment, and soft drinks are included. Lunch can also be provided. Take a boat ride and try to catch the “big one”.
Prosperous Tarpon Springs is still “the sponge capital of the world”. Its lively sponge dock area, in the heart of the Greek community, is a mix of boats, boutiques and bakeries that runs for several blocks along the waterfront. Strings of natural sponges sway in the breeze, and the sights, sounds and sensuous aromas of the authentic Greek village fill the air. Some 25 restaurants and bakeries beckon with genuine Mediterranean dishes. Quaint and quirky shops line the sponge docks, offering everything from natural sponges harvested by local divers to elegant clothing, swimwear, jewelry and shells.
Visit the historic Unitarian Universalist Church to see the magnificent paintings of George Inness, Jr. The eleven paintings depict the extraordinary treatment of light and use of the green tones that were named after him. Some of these beautiful oil landscapes were once exhibited in the Louvre and the Corcoran Museum
See the St. Nicholas Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia’s in Constantinople. The 1943 Greek Orthodox Cathedral is the center of colorful pageantry during Greek festivals, including the annual celebration of Epiphany.
A tour of Tarpon Springs would not be complete without a stroll along the sponge docks. Browse through boutiques and many family owned gift shops, which contain souvenirs and of course…all kinds of sponges!
Travel south to Sarasota and St. Armands Circle for a special day! Tour the magnificent waterfront estate of John and Mable Ringling. Ca d’Zan, the winter residence of the Ringlings, is a 30 room, terra cotta mansion, set amid lush parks and colorful formal gardens, that resembles a Venetian palace. Experience the thrill of the big top while visiting the Ringling Circus Museum. Complete the tour by going through the spectacular Museum of Art, featuring 500 years of European art, including the world-famous collection of 17th century Baroque paintings. A partner in the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, John bequeathed his art collection, art museum, Venetian-style palazzo, gardens and grounds to the people of Florida.
The St. Armands Circle experience is indeed a memorable one. Explore and enjoy shopping with a gourmet lunch in a cozy café. Smell the flowers, sit in the sun, browse through the store. Let epicurean delights tantalize taste buds with award-winning cuisine. Lounge in the atmosphere and savor the delicacies created by master chefs. Enjoy casual fare from the many specialty food shops or dine leisurely on superb cuisine from around the world. Fulfill shopping passions with fashion elegance, fine collectables, antiques, crystal, china and precious gems.