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8 Day American Cruise Lines River Cruise from Jacksonville to Jacksonville (reverse) 2022
River Cruise DescriptionRound-trip from Jacksonville, explore the charming towns, impressive wildlife, and native scenery on this exciting river cruise through northern Florida. Start your voyage in Green Cove Springs, known for its warm mineral springs reputed to have healing powers. Travel along the St. John’s River, a designated American Heritage River, and admire scenic views from the top of the ship’s sun deck. Journey to the heart of the Ocala National Forest and observe alligators, playful manatees, and majestic bald eagles in their natural habitat. Explore the historic ruins, unique architecture, and narrow streets of St. Augustine, once considered to be the “American Riviera.” After each day of discovery, share your adventures with fellow guests.
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Jacksonville, FLTake in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Reflect upon the wonderful time had and the new friends made as you start your journey home. Or stay a day or two longer to experience all that Jacksonville has to offer.
Day 2 Jacksonville, FLJax, as locals call it, features miles of beaches, historic neighborhoods, eclectic museums, and a vibrant street arts scene. Led by our local guide, explore all that this vibrant city has to offer, including creative coastal cuisine, delicious craft beer, and so much more.
Day 3 St. Augustine, FLIn the late 1800s, oil tycoon Henry Flagler developed St. Augustine in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida's eastern shores. Although this "golden era" ended in the early 1900s, Flagler's legacy remains. Explore historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of a city once used as a remote outpost by the Spanish Empire.
Day 4 Cruising the Tolomato RiverTravel along one of the most impressive stretches of inland waterways in the United States, the Tolomato River. Witness many spectacular sites, including a rare glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean, visible over the Barrier Islands. Join our onboard naturalist on the open observation decks for views of native wildlife, captivating sunsets, hidden villages, and miles of pristine landscapes.
Day 5 Amelia Island, FLDiscover the unspoiled beauty of Amelia Island, with miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Explore Centre Street's Historic District,featuring restored 19th-century Victorian homes and shops. Bask in Amelia Island's charm as you stroll along the tree-lined avenues.
Day 6 Palatka, FLOnce known for its worldwide shipping commerce of citrus and timber, Palatka attracted a number of wealthy northerners looking to relocate to a warmer climate. Today, it remains a charming river town with grand homes thatstand as a testament to distinguished residents that once called Palatka home. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the beautifully landscaped Ravine Gardens State Park.
Day 7 Green Cove Springs, FLIn the1800s,Green Cove Springs attracted a surge of vacationers from the North, drawn to the warm mineral springs reputed to have medicinal qualities and healing powers. Steamboat services brought members of high society, searching for a warm retreat from the winter’s harsh climate. Today, visitors can explore the historic district, which includes vintage homes and gorgeous surroundings.
Day 8 Jacksonville, FLDeparting for Green Cove Springs, enjoy an onboard welcome reception as we cruise along the waters of St. Johns River. Distinguished as an American Heritage River, it is one of only three rivers in the nation that flows north.
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