ATA Optional Leisure Tours
41st Annual Conference
Wyndham Palace Resort
Wednesday, September 20
Florida's Silver Springs (8 hours). Florida is renowned for its crystal-clear springs. See nature's beauty at Silver Springs. You will enjoy a close-up look at the springs through glass-bottom boats while your captain tells stories about the area's colorful history. Step aboard the Jungle Cruise boats and sail past uncaged animals from six continents. For the courageous, a Jeep Safari tour is also offered. ($68 per person includes transportation, guide, and box lunch.)
Space Center (8 hours). Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Kennedy
Space Center aboard a double-decker bus, covering terrain first mapped by exploring
Spaniards four and a half centuries ago. As ongoing operations permit, you will
see buildings where the space shuttles are readied for launch, the launch pads
and Complex 39, home of the space shuttles. Enjoy a patriotic Imax theater presentation
of the space program. ($76 per person includes transportation, guide, and box
Thursday, September 21
Busch Gardens (10 hours). Busch Gardens, located one hour from Orlando on Florida's West Coast, introduces guests to the Dark Continent. Busch Gardens offers guests the most unique experience found anywhere outside the wild. Showcasing its world-class zoo, the park's Edge of Africa offers the most intense safari experience outside of Africa and features naturalistic animal habitats, remote encampments, and African villages. Wild or tame, your adventure is waiting at Busch Gardens. ($78 per person includes transportation and guide.) Lunch on your own.
Cypress Gardens (8 hours). Cypress Gardens, a botanical wonderland intertwined with the natural beauty of Lake Eloiser, is one of Florida's top attractions in Florida. Take in the original gardens with over 160 acres of floral lined "Brick Roads," winding through over 3,000 varieties of plants and flowers. Visit Southern Crossroads, a replica of an antebellum town. Enjoy "The Greatest American Ski Show," the world's most famous water show. ($53 per person includes transportation and guide.) Lunch on your own.
Friday, September 22
SeaWorld Adventure Park (7½ hours). The miracle of life and the thrill of discovery await you at SeaWorld, America's most popular marine life park. Its undisputed star remains Shamu, the killer whale. From the sunlight expanse of Shamu Stadium to the cool, dark confines of "Sharks," your adventure continues. Enjoy "Wild Artic" providing a close-up look at polar bears and "Key West at SeaWorld," which encourages up-close encounters with dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles. ($67 per person includes transportation and guide.) Lunch on your own.
Universal Orlando (7½ hours). Mile after miraculous mile of movie marvels and astonishing live entertainment Universal Studios is the biggest motion picture and television studio outside of Hollywood. Go behind the scenes and in front of the camera to spend a day at the movies that you'll never forget. This is your chance to be a star and see a star! ($72 per person includes transportation and guide.) Lunch on your own.
Cirque du Soleil (3¼ hours). Acclaimed by an audience of over 23 million worldwide, Cirque du Soleil has been pleasing the public with a novel show concept that is as original as it is non-traditional; an astonishing, theatrical blend of circus arts and street performance, wrapped up in spectacular costumes and fairyland sets and staged to spellbinding music and magical lighting. There are no animals in the Cirque du Soleil production -- only sheer human energy is put to work! ($90 includes transportation and guide.)
Saturday, September 23
Winter Park (7 hours). Begin your day viewing the true beauty of Winter Park from an excursion boat and cruise the beautiful lakes and Venetian canals. Your guide will take you back through time, and dazzle you with the magnificent homes and mansions that have lined the shores for the past hundred years. Explore Park Avenue with its shops, galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. Enjoy the exhibits at the Morse Gallery of Art. Many of these works were rescued from Louis Comfort Tiffany's Art Nouveau mansion. ($67 per person includes transportation, guide, and lunch.)
Real Florida Day (5½ hours). Enjoy a turn of the century fish camp experience combined with an eco-guided American heritage river tour via airboats. Learn about the fresh water eco-system of the St. John's River. As you fly over the remote sea of grass, search for alligators, turtles, river otters, wading birds, and the American bald eagle. A buffet lunch includes selections native to the regions: alligator, catfish, frog legs, and, of course, hamburgers, hot dogs, and key lime pie. ($63 per person includes transportation, guide, and lunch.)
Walt Disney World's "Innovation in Action" (3 hours). Available only to guests staying on Disney property, this tour will allow you to visit many behind the scenes areas that are not open to the every day visitor. Begin your day with an orientation and audio-visual presentation introducing the world of Walt Disney. Then off to the Tunnel/Utilidor with nine acres of basement and one mile of corridor lying beneath the Magic Kingdom. Visit wardrobe, the parade and entertainment production center, and the topiary garden. Note: Due to program content, this tour is limited to adults 17 years and older. ($109 per person includes transportation and guide.) Lunch on your own.
Complete the ATA Leisure Tours Registration Form to register.
For more information, contact ATA,
phone: (703) 683-6100; fax: (703) 683-6122;
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