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Treasure Island,Florida and Beyond

Treasure Island
and Beyond

January 29 - February 5, 2023
Tour Cost Per Person
$2,315 - Double
$3,215 - Single

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Tour Includes

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  • Round trip airfare

 

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation in Florida

 

  • Seven nights hotel accommodations

 

  • Seven breakfasts, two lunches & one dinner

 

  • Baggage handling throughout the trip

 

  • All tour-related taxes and gratuities

 

  • All activities as listed in the Itinerary

 

  • Services of a Pinnacle representative

 

Not included

 

  • Optional travel protection

 

  • Airline checked baggage fees, if applicable

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ITINERARY

Sunday, January 29

Fly to Tampa and be whisked away by private motor coach to Treasure Island, Florida.  Cross over the draw bridge and see the sparkling water of Boca Ciega Bay, the eastern border of the island. You’ll know you have arrived when you see the colorful pirate with his chest full of oranges! At only 5.3 square miles this quaint, seaside resort town boasts 3 miles of soft, white, sand beach, pristine waters and beautiful sunsets.  We’ll be staying at the newly renovated Bilmar Beach Resort for seven glorious nights!  We have Beachfront Studios with kitchenette and balcony with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort boasts two heated swimming pools, a Whirlpool spa, a state-of-the-art fitness room, pool table, ping pong, assorted outdoor games and outdoor firepits.  It is connected to the only beachfront restaurant and bar in Treasure Island, Sloppy Joe’s, which is open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, and features live entertainment most every night!

The Bilmar also has the “perfect” location.  A large grocery store, pharmacy, liquor store and a wide variety of restaurants are all within two blocks.  The Suncoast Trolley picks up in front of the hotel for easy access to wonderful places like Johns Pass with its shops, restaurants, entertainment and boardwalk.  Get settled in your room, change into your shorts and sandals, grab your favorite libation at the bar and head to the beach to experience a Treasure Island tradition – the Sunday sunset drum circle. People of all walks of life converge to form a circle with drums and shakers of all sorts.  You can join in on the dancing or just watch the spectacle as people dance, sway and hula hoop to the music until the sun sets!

 

Monday, January 30 (B)

Start your morning off with a cup of coffee from the coffee bar in the hotel lobby.  Then take a stroll along the mile-long, paved walkway that runs parallel to the beach.  A full, hot breakfast, off the menu, is included at Sloppy Joe’s every morning at your leisure!  Today is yours to enjoy as you wish.  Fill up your fridge with eats and drinks from the grocery store.  Lie by the pool, sit in the hot tub or take a chair out to the beach and enjoy the sunshine and the sounds of the sea birds and lapping waves.  Free use of beach chairs, paddleboards, kayaks, and bicycles are included!  Walk around outside of the hotel and get your bearings.  Right across the street there is a Surf and Style where you can pick up items you may have forgotten like sunglasses, visors and sunscreen.  There is also a wide variety of beach apparel.  Check out all the restaurants.  A favorite on Monday nights is Ricky T’s where Pete and Dean play their guitars and sing everything from Jimmy Buffet and Zac Brown beach songs to rock and roll from the 70’s.  Covered outdoor dining and   delicious food make Ricky T’s a great choice for your Monday evening dining and entertainment.

 

Tuesday, January 31 (B, L)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then meet us  for a fun excursion to   Tarpon Springs. You’ll enjoy the scenery along our route with views of the water and lovely seaside homes.  On arrival, we’ll meet our local guide who will acquaint us with the history of the town.  Greek sponge divers settled in Tarpon Springs in the early 1900’s and a Greek community still thrives here. See the beautiful St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and stroll along the historic sponge docks, a reminder of a once booming industry now lined with shops and restaurants.  We’ll take a sponge diver boat ride to learn how sponge diving is done and then enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at Yianni’s.  Hellas Bakery is out-of-this-world, so you’ll want to pick up some treats to take back to your room.

 

Wednesday, February 1 (B, D)

Today is at leisure.  You can stroll along the water, look for seashells, or bask in the sunshine.  You might also want to take a ride on the Suncoast Trolley as far south as Pass-A-Grille and as far north as Clearwater Beach.  You can buy an all-day pass for less than $5 when you board right in front of our hotel.  Get on and off as you wish and go as far as you wish.  Something not to miss is John’s Pass in neighboring Madeira Beach.  You can stroll along the boardwalk there, get a full meal at a restaurant with water views or just treat yourself to a yummy ice cream treat.  There are dozens of shops and you can even go on a dolphin watch cruise from there.  This evening, enjoy dinner at Gigi’s Italian Restaurant in Treasure Island, a family owned and operated restaurant since 1967.

Thursday, February 2 (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast before we depart for an excursion to Sarasota.  Our first stop will be St. Armand’s Circle, the sophisticated, outdoor dining and shopping area with a distinct European flair.  Before lunch, you’ll have time to stroll around the circle and window shop.  We’ll have a lovely lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida, owned and operated by five generations over 115 years.  Our next stop is the wonderful John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, a 66-acre museum complex featuring the State Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion and Bayfront Gardens.  In 1927 John Ringling made Sarasota the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  The Museum was established in 1948 and it well documents the rich history of the circus.  Be amazed at John and Mable’s gorgeous waterfront home and their breathtaking collection of priceless art!  Back at the resort you will have the evening free to enjoy the nightlife in Treasure Island.  Popular on Thursday evenings is Middle Grounds, where a wide variety of martinis and appetizers are offered at a discount.  How about a Lemon Drop martini and some coconut crusted fried shrimp?

Friday, February 3 (B)

Enjoy your day!  Will you be sunning, shelling or shopping?  There is a farmer’s market that features everything from pineapples to jewelry only a block from the hotel so go take a look this morning.  You could also book a deep sea fishing trip.

 

Saturday, February 4 (B)

Mid-morning we’ll depart for fabulous downtown St. Petersburg where the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market is a very popular activity for locals and visitors alike. Browse through all the stands that feature a wide variety of gourmet food items, arts, crafts and clothing.  Have a seat and enjoy live entertainment and grab lunch at one of the many American-style or ethnic food booths.  Take a walk along the waterfront and enjoy the views of the marina with all the beautiful boats.  Stroll along Beach Avenue with its many high-end shops and outdoor bars and restaurants.  Visit the Chihuly Collection with it unique sculptures by legendary glass artist, Dale Chihuly, or discover an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dali artwork at the Dali Museum.  There’s so much to see and do in St. Petersburg!  (Museum admission is additional)  This evening we will be treated to a sunset cruise complete with beer, wine, lively music and lots of fun!  As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico you’ll likely be having bittersweet feelings about the close of the day and the end of your wonderful trip in Treasure Island.  Maybe you’ll just have to tell yourself that you’ll be back soon!

 

Sunday, February 5 (B)

Take an early morning walk on the beach and enjoy breakfast before we head out for the Tampa airport.  We’ll be taking home with us wonderful memories of our stay on Treasure Island!

DEPOSIT:

$100 per person

BALANCE DUE:

October 12, 2022

RESERVATIONS:

Please complete a reservation form and return it with your $100 per person deposit, plus Travel Protection Premium, if elected, payable to Pinnacle Group Travel, to:

Pinnacle Group Travel
2440 South Brentwood Blvd, Suite 108
St. Louis, MO 63144

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CANCELLATION POLICY
All payments are fully refundable for cancellations received by October 12, 2022. Although every effort will be made to refund passenger payments, cancellations received after this date will be subject to the penalties imposed by our suppliers including, but not exclusive to, the airline used to purchase non-refundable air tickets, as well as an additional $150 cancellation fee. It is highly suggested that all travelers help protect their vacation investment by purchasing an optional travel protection plan. Your Pinnacle representative can provide information on a plan offered by Travel Insured Intl. Should the passenger purchase travel protection and need to cancel after October 12, 2022, a travel protection claim must be filed with Travel Insured Intl. Please note that we encourage all travelers to purchase a plan at the time of initial trip deposit and that the premium is refundable for cancellations received before October 12, 2022.

* This document contains highlights of the plan. The plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. C&F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The plan also contains non-insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

Travel arrangements by Pinnacle Group Travel, St. Louis, MO
Pinnacle Group Travel acts only as an intermediary and agent in handling travel arrangements that are actually provided by other suppliers. This agency, therefore, shall not be responsible for breach of contract or any careless actions or omissions on the part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay or injury to tour participants. Pinnacle Group Travel may not be held responsible for losses or expenses due to sickness, lack of appropriate medical facilities or practitioners, weather, strikes, theft or other criminal acts, war, terrorism or acts of God. Pinnacle Group Travel retains the right to substitute accommodations or services of comparable quality if the advertised services become unavailable. Pinnacle Group Travel reserves the right to cancel this tour if the minimum number of tour participants is not met. The published price of this tour is based on rates available at the time of booking. Pinnacle Group Travel reserves the right to increase the cost of the tour, at any time, in the unlikely event that our tour suppliers impose price increases such as, but not limited to, fuel surcharges. Proof of such rate adjustments from our suppliers will be provided.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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