2018-2019 Tours & Day Trips

Big News!  Mark your calendars! We have a very exciting and varied schedule of tours and day trips coming up, starting in December. Here’s a preview, with links to access information on those trips that are available for reservation right now. For the trips not yet available for reservation, further details and reservation information will be announced later this year and early in 2019. Please note that all trips are strictly capacity controlled.  We’re looking forward to traveling with you!

December 30, 2018 – Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade with Rose Bowl Game option

This December, the Pelican Landing Travel Club heads off to sunny Southern California to experience the beautiful 130th annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day. Seeing it on television does not compare with being there in person. This is something everyone should witness at least once in a lifetime.

Our package includes hotel accommodations, transportation to and from all events, a visit to the float decorating barn the day before the parade, excellent parade viewing reserved seats, close-up walk-around viewing of the floats following the parade, and some special additions. For football fans, good tickets to the Rose Bowl game are available as an optional add-on. You can also add days to your trip before or after the parade package as well as sightseeing trips. A limited number of parade packages are available. Make your reservation now. A full-color trifold flyer with full information and a reservation form can be downloaded here. Or you may pick one up in the Community Center Lobby.

January 9, 2019 – Lee County Sheriff's Office Forensics Facility Tour

See the real CSI up close and personal. Your tour of the facility will include the evidence rooms, crimes scene labs, and the vehicle impound. We will see where items of evidentiary value, in a multitude of cases to include homicide, burglary, arson, etc., are housed. You will have the ability to see the day-to-day work that occurs in the facility.  After the tour, a question and answer period will be provided for anyone to ask questions regarding the day-to-day activity at the Forensic Center. Representatives will available from the units within the building to answer any question the group has. This trip will be available for reservation later in the year and has very limited availability.

February 14, 2019 – Miami Design District Tasting and Public Art Tour with the Perez Art Museum

Our previous tours with Miami Culinary Tours have been sell-outs. This year we explore public art installations in the Miami Design District while stopping for delicious snacks along the way. Learn the history of the neighborhood, hear about Design District pioneer Craig Robins, and see works by Buckminster Fuller and Sou Fujimoto. Start your day with a visit to the Perez Art Museum in its spectacular building by Herzog & de Meuron. There will be time for lunch on your own at the Wynwood Walls mural district. This trip will be available for reservation later in the year.

February 24 – Inaugural Season 7-Night Caribbean Cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Stadtendam

Debuting in December 2018, Holland America’s Nieuw Stadtendam features an exciting, inspired design and over $4 million in art. Music walk leads you to Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Venues like World Stage, Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle (make your own wine and label), America’s Test Kitchen (cooking classes and demonstrations), Planet Earth II Live in Concert and the Digital Workshop (free computer classes) provide something for everyone. Multiple innovative dining opportunities, two pools, fitness center, casino, shops and an enticing spa add to the excitement. Currently, all reservations include the Explore4 package: HAL signature beverage package, dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, a 50% reduced deposit, a cocktail party, and reduced fares for 3rd and 4th person in stateroom. Suites receive a $200 onboard credit. Join us on Nieuw Stadtendam for a cruise to Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel. Reservations are open now on a first-come basis. A full-color flyer with itinerary, pricing and a reservation form can be downloaded here. Or you may pick one up in the Community Center Lobby.

March 20, 2019 – Raisin’ Cane Tour

Join us to learn about the history of Clewiston and U.S. Sugar. This FREE behind the scenes tour includes sugarcane harvesting, processing and refined sugar packaging. See “Sugar Mountain” and get a free sample. Tour Southern Gardens Citrus and enjoy a drink of 100% pure Florida orange juice. Learn about other area crops like sweet corn, celery, green beans and other fresh vegetables. Enjoy a home cooked southern lunch. This full day tour includes coach snacks and a tour escort. This trip will be available for reservation early next year.

April 26, 2019 – Portugal and its Islands – A 13-day tour including Lisbon, the Portuguese Riviera, Fatima, the Azores, Botanical Gardens and the beautiful Madeira Flower Festival

Portugal is one of the “hottest” destinations in the world of travel, and one of the best bargains in Europe. This unique tour visits the highlights of mainland Portugal and also takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Azores and Madeira Islands. You’ll probably be the first of your family and friends to explore these beautiful volcanic islands that feature charming towns, extraordinary vistas and natural elements unlike anywhere else in the world. Highlights include Lisbon, Cascais and Estorial on the Riviera, the pilgrimage town of Fatima, and Obidos. On the islands, visit St. Michael Island, Ponta Delgada, the twin lakes of Sete Cidades, Fumas Valley, Madeira Island and its once yearly flower festival, a Plantation, Monte, Terra Nostra Botanical Park, and Cabo Girao. Also experience mineral-rich thermal pools and a cooking class. The trip includes 18 meals, round-trip airfare between Lisbon and the islands and much more. Reservations are open now on a first-come basis. A full-color flyer with the day-by-day itinerary, pricing and other information can be downloaded here. Or you may pick one up in the Community Center Lobby.

August 15, 2019 – Glacier National Park, Hells Canyon & Washington Wine Country – A 10-day round-trip tour from Seattle

Spectacular scenery, charming villages, wine tasting, Native American history, mountain passes and a silver mine are just some of the highlights on this tour of the American Northwest. Along the way you will visit Mount Rainier National Park, cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, tour the historic Conrad Mansion, drive on the famous Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Glacier National Park, take a gondola to the top of Whitefish Mountain, sing along with cowboys at a barbecue dinner, and have time to relax, stroll around lovely villages, and shop. Travel partially along the route of Lewis & Clark as you visit Seattle, Lewiston, Wallace, Whitefish, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and Spokane. These are just a few of the many sights, towns and activities included on this magnificent tour through Washington, Idaho and Montana. Special limited discounts apply, including a discount if booked by August 17, 2018. Reservations are now open on a first-come basis. A full-color flyer with the day-by-day itinerary and other information can be downloaded here. Or you may pick one up in the Community Center Lobby.

Also, look forward to:

Distilleries Tour – Tour Wicked Dolphin Rum distillery, the List Distillery (rum, whiskey, gin, liqueur) with lunch in-between.  

A Night in Brazil - Dinner at Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse

A Day in Italy – Italian cooking class and dinner at a fabulous local Italian restaurant

(2019 Dates and details will be announced.  All tours are strictly capacity controlled)

Questions?  Please contact Ken or Susan Schwinn at or (239) 221-7493.