Sheraton Sand Key Island Resort Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in West Coast Florida
February 17-March 5, 2022
Sheraton Sand Key Island Resort Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in West Coast Florida
February 17-March 5, 2022
17 Day Motor Coach Tour -EIGHT Nights at the Sheraton Sand Key Island Resort Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in West Coast Florida Nashville, Tennessee; Marietta, Georgia, Lexington & Louisville, Kentucky February 17-March 5, 2022
$3659 Per Person Double $3179 Per Person Triple $ 2949 Per Person Quad $5089 Single Occupancy
Beautiful Sand Key Island / Clearwater Beach, Florida Sheraton Sand Key Island Resort on Clearwater Beach, Florida: Settle in for EIGHT nights at the Sheraton Sand Key Island Resort located in Southwest Florida on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico Barrier Reef on Clearwater Beach. Because of the Sheraton's location, this property was selected as one of Florida’s top beach by USA Today. Linger beneath a tropical palm, swim in the Gulf’s warm surf and settle in for some of the most beautiful sunsets you'll see anywhere in the world. Read on to learn more about our 2022 Winter Escape to the Gulf Coast in Florida.
Your 17 Day Motor Coach Tour to Florida Includes: Round-trip deluxe motor coach transportation- Convenient boarding on the day of departure: (Northeast MN) Iron Range Cities, Duluth, Superior. (Central MN) Sartell, Rice, Little Falls & Baxter 16 nights of great accommodations- EIGHT Nights at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort (Rooms with 2 beds each); Two nights at the Drury Inn in Marietta, Georgia, Overnights: Romeoville, IL; Nashville, TN; Morrow, GA; Lexington, KY, Romeoville, IL (On the return) While in Sand Key Island: There’s time to relax on the beautiful white sandy beach, PLUS: An area of Clearwater Beach and Surrounding Communities, Tarpon Springs Greek Community (Sponge Capitol of the World); Dunedin & shelling on Anclote Island Beach (Top Shelling Beach), Privately chartered cruise on the Parrotdise Express, Bok Towers Estate & Gardens & Concert; and Star Ship Yacht Dinner Cruise.
While in Marietta, GA: Visit the Gone with the Wind Museum, enjoy an area city tour to include the Confederate & National Cemeteries & More While in Lexington & Louisville: We’ll stay at the lovely Campbell House in Lexington and visit the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville While in Nashville, TN: Settle in for a lovely dinner cruise and great seats at the Grand Ol’ Opry 20 + Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners PLUS THREE Light Dinners with Cocktails at the Drury Inns All Taxes and Most Tips for Luggage Handling & Included Meals, Fully Escorted with a Happy Trails Host
Reservations: Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. We can hold a reservation up to seven days without a deposit if the tour is not sold out. There is no guarantee after that date. We need a minimum of 30 travelers to take this tour. If Happy Trails Tours cancels this tour, all monies paid are refundable. Travel Insurance premiums are refunded in the form of a credit voucher good for two years.
Deposits & Cancellations: Deposit of $200 per person is due upon registering and fully refundable with cancellations made prior to September 1, 2021. Reservations are transferable and if we have a waiting list, we would be happy to resell your reservation for you and offer you a refund. A small fee may be charged to do this depending on how late you cancel. Cancellations between September 1 – November 1, 2021 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours can receive from hotels, restaurants, attractions, charters, etc. There are no refunds with cancellations after Nov. 1, 2021.
Final Payment is due November 1, 2021 Types of Payments: We accept personal checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, visa and master card. NOTE: When paying with cash or check, discounts may apply. Be sure to ask us about any sales or discounts offered at the time you register.
Cancellation Insurance: We highly recommend travel protection insurance. Travel Guard Insurance provides financial security as well as peace of mind. It also covers pre-existing conditions when purchased within 12 days of your initial deposit paid. This can be critical especially if you have a medical history within the past five years. FYI: It does not cover “fear of travel” due to the pandemic. Happy Trails Tours will handle setting up the insurance for you. Kindly call our office for more information and a brochure.
Specials and Discounts: Ask us how you can receive a discount on this tour or what types of sales may be running at the time of booking.
Final Documents to Arrive: Final documents will arrive in mid-January. These documents will confirm your boarding location, time of boarding, luggage tags, payment receipts or invoices, medical forms, and updated itineraries with hotel phone numbers & addresses.
Luggage & Dress Code: This tour is very casual. Think “Island Casual” for most of this tour plus a lightweight jacket & comfy shoes. Each person may pack one suitcase each, weighing up to 50#. You may also bring along a carry-on bag inside the coach which you are personally responsible for. Remember a sun hat, sunscreen, raincoat, and umbrella (just in case). Bring binoculars, your camera and extra batteries and your charger.
The Schedule: Occasionally changes occur that are beyond our control. If this happens, we’ll replace it with something of equal value or better. We are not responsible for cancellations due to things beyond our control, such as pandemics, weather, attractions, etc.…. Please read our disclaimer.
The Coach: The motor coach is equipped with seatbelts, restrooms, air-conditioning, sound-system, reclining seats, DVD player, TV, & large windows. Our coach company is Trobec Bus Company based out of St Stephens, Minnesota. Google: Trobec Bus Company to learn more!
The Hotels: The hotels we use are beautiful properties. They always include two beds (occasional one for couples unless otherwise noted), non-smoking, breakfast each morning, and luggage handling. Tips for the porters are also included. The Drury Suites offers cocktails in the early evening upon our arrival. Our property on Clearwater Beach is a full-service resort property with many wonderful amenities. Please let us know your room preference or if you have any special needs such as a room nearby an elevator, lower floor, allergies, or other special concerns. The rooms at the Sheraton Sand Key are standard rooms with two beds and not guaranteed to have an ocean view. On the free days while at Sand Key, a trolley stops daily for a small charge. It offers many stops to Clearwater beach, restaurants, shops, etc.….
People with Special Needs: Folks with special needs can easily do this tour if they can do some walking short distances. If you can climb at least six steps into the coach, you’ve got it made! We stop the coach every 2 ½ to 3 hours to stretch, get a cup of coffee and use the restrooms while traveling. Let us also know of any allergies (such as colognes, perfumes, foods, etc.…) or if you have any special needs at all. Please note the beach is EXPANSIVE. The hotel offers a shuttle ride for those who find it challenging to walk. If you have a motorized scooter, feel free to bring it. Be sure to let us know so it can be cleared through the bus company for size and weight to match up for ramps.
Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. If a change of hotel, restaurant or an attraction occurs, we’ll replace it with one of equal value or better. As always, we will inform you of any changes as we learn of them.
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability what-so-ever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages, or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, pandemics, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
Day by Day Schedule for the Winter Escape to Florida Sand Key Island / Clearwater Beach Feb 17-Mar 5, 2022
February 17-Thursday- Day 1 Travel to Romeoville, Illinois We will depart early morning from central and Northeast Minnesota - with Eau Clair, Wisconsin becoming like "grand central station" as we blend both areas together during our lunch hour. We'll set out on a wonderful 16 day winter escape south to warmer climate. Set your seats back and get acquainted with fellow travelers. Stops will be made every 2 1/2 - 3 hours as the day goes along. Our first nights destination is Romeoville, IL. Closer to the time this tour departs, we’ll set the time and places solid once we see where everyone is coming from.
12:00 pm- All will meet in Eau Clair at the Oakwood Mall – This is a great venue to grab a quick lunch before we continue Southeast. 12:45 pm- Re-board the coach. Other stops will be made as the day goes along ~ Enjoy your day getting acquainted with each other. Stops will be made every 2 1/2 - 3 hours as the day goes along. Our first night’s destination is Romeoville, Illinois. 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to our hotel: (Hotel: Holiday Inn Express) The Holiday Inn Express is new, and has an indoor pool, fitness center, coffeemaker, hairdryer, irons & boards.
February 18- Friday- Day 2 Travel to Nashville, Tennessee(484 Miles) 6:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors. Breakfast is served at the hotel - Help yourselves. 7:00 am- The bus departs for Nashville, TN. Again... we'll travel through Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. Stops along the way for comfort / lunch break are made. 12:00 pm- Today we'll have lunch in Marion, Illinois at the Bob Evan's Restaurant (Sit down family style- order what you wish, paying on own). 4:15 pm- Estimated arrival to Nashville, TN. (Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites) Our lodging at the Comfort Inn is in a nice location, not too far from downtown. It offers a full hot breakfast in the morning, coffeemakers, i irons & boards and an indoor pool and hot tub. 6:00 pm- We'll board the coach and travel to the Opry House for the Grand Ol’ Opry. We'll strive to be a little early as they have a wonderful museum and shop that you may enjoy visiting before the show. Also, they will have amazing musicians performing on the grounds just outside the Opry House. They don’t announce the line up until closer to the time of the show. Watch their website for more updates. Google: The Grand Ol Opry 9:00 pm- The Opry concludes .... for some, you may want to extend your time downtown and take a cab back.
February 19 - Saturday, Day 3 Travel to Drury Inn in Atlanta/Morrow, Georgia (370 Miles) 9:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors for the porter. Breakfast is served at the hotel from 7 am- 9 am. 10:00 am- Board the coach and we’ll begin our day’s journey south to Georgia. We'll travel along Interstate I-24 and cross the Tennessee / Georgia border and continue through the lovely state of Georgia to Morrow for our 3rd day on the road. We'll make a lunch stop this afternoon. We’ll move into Eastern Time. 5:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Morrow, Georgia. (Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites) What a lovely property…it includes a reception from 5:30 – 7 pm that includes a light dinner, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The rooms also have two beds in the rooms, coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards and hairdryers & free WiFi. The property also offers a fitness center, swimming pool and business center.
February 20 - Sunday, Day 4 Travel to Sand Key Island on Clearwater Beach (376 Miles) 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors. Breakfast is served at the hotel - Help yourselves. 8:00 am- The bus departs for Florida. Our journey takes us down I-75 South about 375 miles to Sand Key Island Resort. Always, we make stops along the way for comfort and lunch breaks (about every 2 - 3 hours) as time and traffic permit. 11:45 am- Lunch venue, yet to be determined. 4:00 pm- Estimated arrival to the Sand Key Island Resort. Hotel: (Sheraton Sand Key Resort - 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL # 727-595-1611) The property where we'll stay the next seven nights in a fabulous location ... next to Clearwater Beach. Situated on 10 acres for pristine sand beach, pool, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, fitness gym, 2 resort gift shops, 3 tennis courts and more. NOTE: Rooms are all “Run of the House” and type of room is based on availability at the time we check in. All rooms will overlook either the patio area or partial beach. All rooms have a balcony or if on the 1st floor, a patio. To guarantee an ocean view room, the cost is an additional $50 + tax per night. Let us know if that is something that interests you. Tonight, we have included a beautiful Island Dinner for your enjoyment …. NOTE: The beach at the Sand Key is EXPANSIVE. It is what makes their sunsets so fabulous.... However, with that said, some may have difficulty walking the far distance to the water's edge. No problem. Let them know and they'll be happy to assist with a motorized cart.
February 21 - Monday, Day 5 Driver’s Day Off! Beach Time or Pool Time! You Decide! Restaurant Hours: 7 - 11:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). No special plans today UNLESS you make them for yourself! Relax and enjoy the sunshine!
February 22 - Tuesday - Day 6 Getting Acquainted Restaurant Hours: 7 - 11:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). Today we’ll take an area Tour of the Clearwater area (About 2 hours). You will have the rest of the day to explore as per your leisure.
February 23 - Wednesday - Day 7 "Bok Towers and Estate and Gardens)
Restaurant Hours: 7 - 9:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). 9:30 am- Board the coach and travel to beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, where Bok Tower Estate and Gardens are located. The Singing Tower is what sets BokTowerGardens apart from other tourist attractions, museums, and gardens around the United States of America - and even the world. Inspired by one man, and erected in an extremely unique location, the Gardens have always held a special place in the hearts of those who have visited throughout the 85-year history as an organization An annual rite of passage, Spring Bloom is the most colorful time of the year as thousands of azaleas, camellias, and annuals signal a new season. The festival celebrates the majesty of Mother Nature during the time we are here. Bok Tower Gardens
has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. The Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal, and spiritual enrichment. It was voted Florida’s “Best Garden” by readers of Florida Monthly Magazine – our “must see Florida attraction”. We have included lunch here today. 5:30 pm- Estimated arrival back to the resort … Just in time for a beautiful sunset! The rest of the evening is at your own agenda.
February 25 - Friday - Day 9 "A Day of Relaxing and Dinner Cruise on Starship Yacht " Restaurant Hours: 7 - 11:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). The entire day is open to explore as per your own agenda until later that evening when we’ll travel to the boat dock for an evening dinner cruise on the Starship Yacht. 7:00 pm – 9 pm- Set sail on the waterways of Tampa Bay (or) Clearwater with Yacht StarShip. We’ll delight in a different kind of dining experience! When we come aboard the yacht, we can expect unmatched service, exquisite views and delicious, freshly prepared dishes. Depending on which waterway we decide to go with (Either Tampa or Clearwater-yet to be announced) we can expect to experience either stunning Clearwater sunsets or the bright city lights of Downtown Tampa as you sip and savor our way through this amazing evening.
February 26 - Saturday - Day 10 " Free Day to Explore At Leisure" Restaurant Hours: 7- 11:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). Another beautiful day in the sun!
February 27- Sunday, Day 11 Visit -Tarpon Springs – Sponge Capital of the World Restaurant Hours: 7 - 11:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). 11:00 am- This morning, we'll board the coach and make our way to Tarpon Springs .... Sponge Capital of the World. There's so much to do here...restaurants, shops, sponge factory, oh my...the options are endless. We'll return around 3 pm.
February 28- Monday, Day 12 Another Free Day to Explore, Customize and Experience Restaurant Hours: 7 - 11:30 am. Enjoy a full hot breakfast at the hotel (Vouchers will be given and you can eat at your leisure). We have left several days on this tour open as there are many things you can do on your own. Either by using the Clearwater Jolly Trolly, taking a cab or an Uber driver. With it being a Sunday, oftentimes our groups like a morning open so they can attend church services. We are more than happy to help assist in what churches may be nearby for you if that is something you would like to do. Please do not hesitate to let us know. Otherwise, take another day in the sun to lay by the pool and walk the beach.
March 2 – Wednesday, Day 14 Marietta Georgia’s Gone with the Wind and Civil War History 7:00 – 9:00 am - A full breakfast is served this morning before we begin our day. . Our morning will begin with a tour of Brumby Hall, Home to the Gone With the Wind Museum. We’ll be swept into the Southern charm as we explore this magnificent story of Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel, Gone with the Wind. Also on this property are lovely gardens that you will have time to walk through before lunch. 11:30 am- We’ll bring you to the Marietta Historic Square where museums, shops and museums are located. Places of interest within walking distance in the square: Root Museum, Fire Museum, Art Museum, Old Zion Church and more…. 1:00 pm- We’ll begin our Marietta area tour with our step on guide & renowned author, Brad Quinlin. Brad has written several books and is a historian on the Civil War and a native of Marietta. We are in for a real treat with Brad!!! To learn more about this amazing author and historian, Google: Brad Quinlin 3:00 pm- We’ll return to the historic square and allow folks to spend a bit more time there before returning to the hotel. 4:30 pm- Return to the Drury Inn for a relaxing evening – light dinner and Manager’s Reception tonight.
March 3 – Thursday, Day 15 Travel to Lexington, Kentucky (363 Miles) 7:00 pm- Set your luggage outside your door / 7 am - A full breakfast is served this morning. 7:30 am- The coach departs for Lexington, Kentucky. Set your seats back as we travel along picturesque countryside to the lovely state of Kentucky. Our lunch and comfort stops will be made as the day progresses. 5:30 pm- Check into the lovely historic hotel in Lexington: Hotel: The Historic Campbell House This is a Hilton property with all the amenities you’d expect from a Hilton. They offer a full-service restaurant, two beds in the rooms (one for couples/singles) coffeemakers, irons & boards, hairdryers, free WiFi. Settle in for a restful evening at your leisure.
March 4 – Friday, Day 16 Visit Louisville, Kentucky Derby Museum / Travel to Romeoville, IL (375 Miles) 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors and go to breakfast - served in the restaurant of the hotel. 7:45 am- “And We’re Off” to another fun day filled with adventure and a few surprises! We'll check out of the hotel and travel 75 miles west to Louisville. 9:30 am- Estimated arrival to Louisville! We have an appointment to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum this morning. We’ll even try our luck with a little betting on our favorite horse! Lunch is included today. 1:00 pm- Depart Louisville and stay on course another 300 miles through Indiana and Illinois to Romeoville. We’ll cross into Central Time Zone today. 6:00 pm- Arrive to Romeoville - (Hotel: Holiday Inn Express) The Holiday Inn Express has an indoor pool, fitness center, coffeemaker, hairdryer, irons & boards. This is a new property.
March 5- Saturday- Day 17 Home Sweet Home 7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors and help yourself to Breakfast at the hotel. 8:00 am- Board the coach! We're HOMEWARD BOUND. Our last day together will include stops along the way. Time to reflect on a fun trip and visit a little bit more with fellow travelers before everyone has to say good-bye to one another. We hope you've left a little extra room for all the wonderful Winter Escape for all the memories you've made! 1:30 pm- Estimated arrival to Eau Clair, Wisconsin (Lunch Venue at the Oakwood Mall). Also, this is where folks from Central Minnesota will transfer to their shuttle vehicle and begin their journey home. Below is an estimated arrival home hour. To Central Minnesota: 5:30 pm to St Cloud, 6:00 pm to St Stephens For Northeast MN - 5:30 - Duluth; 7:00 pm-Eveleth; 7:15 pm- Virginia; 7:45 pm-Hibbing; 8:30 pm Grand Rapids.
Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. If a change of hotel, restaurant or an attraction occurs, we’ll replace it with one of equal value or better. As always… we’ll inform you of any changes as we learn of them. Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability what-so-ever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, pandemics, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.