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Travel by overnight motorcoach to Daytona Beach. This iconic oceanside destination beckons beach lovers of all stripes to its wide, hard-packed sand strip. Visit the Daytona Beach Pier, an historic attraction that has undergone a $5 million restoration. Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line’s 2,400-acre private Bahamas island wrapped in miles of powdered sand and thatch-roofed cabanas. Aruba is another world! Tradewinds stave off humidity and rain so you can enjoy the pastel Dutch architecture, historic sites, and shops. Curaçao has gabled row houses the colour of sunbleached candy, an historic capital, and Latino-Caribbean dishes served with local liqueur. Enter the Panama Canal, a feat of engineering that cuts through lush landscape lock by lock to Gatún Lake. Sail past wildlife sanctuaries with hundreds of mammals, reptiles, and birds. In Puerto Limon, take part in the Veragua Rain Forest EcoAdventure. Your journey home includes the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show in Tennessee.
THE BEST OF LAND AND SEA
A dream week in Daytona Beach followed by four exotic sun-drenched destinations and a tour of the Panama Canal. Explore Daytona’s hotspots catering to the avid adventurer and the serious sunbather. Cast off for Caribbean Islands that burst with vibrant colours, spicy flavours, and happy rhythms. Sail the Panama Canal to Gatún Lake and enjoy an EcoAdventure in the rainforest of Costa Rica – look for toucans, sloths, and monkeys!
Nautilus Inn, Daytona Beach
Daytona’s top-rated beachside Nautilus Inn wins TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence year after year. Impeccable housekeeping, full-kitchens, granite baths, and private balconies make your stay incredible. Relax on the oceanfront sundeck with heated pool, chaise lounges, and whirlpool. Or take the shuttle to shops, restaurants, social events, and nearby attractions. Enjoy complimentary daily deluxe breakfast and cocktail hour!
Holland America Line Ms Eurodam
A signature-class ship, the ms Eurodam makes your days at sea luxurious with Mariner’s Dream™ beds in spacious staterooms, delicious dining options, world-class entertainment, and an exciting selection of activities.
Daytona Beach is situated on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It’s known for Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas.
The Nautilus Inn is located oceanside in Daytona Beach. An eastern exposure pulls warm, rosy sunrises from the Atlantic. Towering palms and glorious tropical plants dot the beautifully landscaped grounds, and an attractive glass barricade provides shelter from ocean breezes. Breakfast in the Sand Dollar room with fellow guests starts each day. The scheduled activities help you decide whether it’s a pool and beach day, or a day to see the sights. Our complimentary shuttle bus is available to guests for shopping, dinner, and local excursions. Plan your week in advance to make the most of your vacation time.
Charges may apply for day trips or special events.
Half Moon Cay Bahamas Ultimate Private-Island Sanctuary. The Caribbean is full of tropical wonders and natural beauty. But there’s nothing like Half Moon Cay, a pristine private island paradise in the Bahamas. The most stunning, highest-rated private-island experience in the region, Half Moon Cay has won Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award 17 consecutive years and was named the best in Travel Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Awards. As soon as your toes touch that powdery white sand and your eyes settle on the perfect blue-crystal clear water, you’ll understand why.
A wide range of activities including snorkeling, kayaks, catamarans, paddleboards, and more.
Horseback riding on the beach and in the surf (a Half Moon Cay exclusive)
Private two-story villas and beachside cabanas.
The Tropics Restaurant with shaded dining pavilions for a barbecue lunch.
Fresh-grilled lobster served Caribbean style at the Lobster Shack.
Quench your thirst at Captain Morgan on the Rocks, the “I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever” bar, and several more beachside watering holes.
Oranjestad, Aruba Located off the coasts of Venezuela and Columbia, the windswept Dutch island of Aruba feels like another world. Relax in the shade of a swaying Divi Divi tree on a pristine beach, or explore untamed coastal cliffs in an exotic landscape filled with cacti. Just one day in Aruba can lead to a lifetime full of stories.
The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad, is almost as old as a more famous Dutch settlement—it was founded in 1634, just 10 years after New Amsterdam, later called New York. But while the Dutch control of New Amsterdam was relatively brief, Curaçao remains a part of the Netherlands to this day. Its historic center is a unique mixture of Dutch architecture and Caribbean pastels, its gabled row houses overlooking Saint Anna Bay, a waterway dividing the city in two and connecting the Caribbean to the protected Schottegat Bay. The entire historic center of Willemstad has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Willemstad’s legendary days of yore can be explored at institutions like the Kura Hulanda and Curaçao Maritime Museum, this is a vibrant, living city too. Highlights of this multicultural melting pot might include a stop at its floating market and a visit to a curaçao distillery to taste the famous local liqueur. Natural wonders await as well: Some of the Caribbean’s most stunning diving and snorkeling spots are here. Finally, a meal in Willemstad will let you experience the diversity of the island through the surprising flavors of its cuisine, which reflects European, Caribbean and Latin American influences.
Panama Canal: The construction of the Panama Canal is one of those epic tales from the past, an old-school feat of engineering, ambition and courage. Over the span of a decade a little more than a century ago, tens of thousands of workers drilled dynamite holes, drove belching steam shovels and labored with pickaxes, all the while fighting off malaria. As David McCullough recounts in his sweeping history The Path Between the Seas, it was a combination of sheer human might and what was at the time the latest engineering prowess that created a route connecting two oceans.
What may come as a surprise to those who have never traveled across the Panama Canal is that only portions of it, at each end, are the narrow channels and locks that are so often photographed. At its heart is the huge manmade Gatún Lake. There, in the middle of one of humankind’s greatest engineering achievements, more than 100 species each of mammals and reptiles, as well as some 500 different birds (from colorful toucans to fierce harpy eagles), thrive in the nature reserves on islands in the middle of the lake and along its edges.
Puerto Limón probably isn’t the most bustling port you’ve ever visited, but don’t be put off by its facade; like most coastal towns in Costa Rica, it is a perfect base from which to explore an attraction- and activity-rich region that can fulfill a variety of interests. You’re never far from a rain forest or outdoor adventure in Costa Rica, and there are lots of day trips from Puerto Limón that allow you to pack in an adrenaline rush or a few more ticks on your birding list within just a few hours. There are treetops for zip lining and rushing rivers for white-water rafting if you’re a more active traveler, and animal lovers can take sanctuary tours in and around Puerto Limón. When it comes time to eat, there’s plenty of the national favorite, gallo pinto (rice and beans), and as with many port towns, there is lots of fresh seafood and even an upscale Italian restaurant. As for shopping, you can find arts and crafts that were made locally as well as edible treats like handmade chocolate.
Savannah the Hostess City of the South and Georgia’s oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner. Once a British capital and an important hub during both the American Revolution and the American Civil War, the port city has retained much of its original antebellum architecture. The chance to admire beautiful old buildings remains a top reason to take a trip to Savannah, whose shaded parks and old-fashioned streets provide a nice counterpoint to its industrial port. Source: inspirock.com
Pigeon Forge, in East Tennessee, is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful scenery for every season. The town is made up of a delightful mix of life-long residents, young families attracted by nature’s beauty, and folks who have chosen to spend their retirement years in Pigeon Forge. Early history of the town dates back to before the Revolutionary War. The first business was established in the early 1800s. While Pigeon Forge once was a small farming community, the lure of the mountains brought more and more visitors to the area, and new businesses were established to meet the needs of these travelers.
Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show: It’s Southern feunin’ feastin’ family fun! Become part of the longest running feud in history and help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. There’s something here for everybody!
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 20 nights accommodation, 20 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 13 dinners, pre-cruise transfer from Daytona Beach, FL, 10-day cruise on the ms Eurodam (outside cabin, Category D), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
- Enjoy 7-nights pre-cruise in Daytona Beach, FL
- Visit four glorious ports of call as you cruise through the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake
- One lunch upgraded to the Pinnacle Grill
- Puerto Limon Shore Excursion: Veragua Rain Forest Eco-Adventure
- Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
Ports of Call
- Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
- Oranjestad, Aruba
- Willemstad, Curacao
- Colon, Panama
- Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
- Overnight Coach (1 night)
- Daytona Beach, FL: Nautilus Inn (7 nights)
- Cruise: ms Eurodam (10 nights)
- Savannah, GA: TBA (1 night)
- Pigeon Forge, TN: Music Road Hotel (1 night)
- Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
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- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.