Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 40 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking about 1 mile; uneven terrain, climbing few stairs, ramp up and down temple mound. Standing at museum.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs and omelettes, waffles, oatmeal or grits, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruits, yogurts, granola, cereals, and more plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
With our Group Leader, we'll board a motorcoach and set out to visit Emerson Point, the largest temple mound in the Tampa Bay area, overlooking the scenic Manatee River. This place has witnessed extensive human use for over 45000 years. The most striking evidence is the 1200 year old temple mound and surrounding village middens. The Portavant Mound is one of fifteen or more "temple mounds" produced by the Safety Harbor culture (900-1725) found in the vicinity of Tampa Bay.
At a local restaurant, we'll have a plated set meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
Visit DeSoto National Memorial with your Group Leader and a local expert. Explore the Nature Trail that winds along the shoreline and through several Florida ecosystems, including a mangrove forest like the one that De Soto's men would have encountered when they landed. Trails include interpretive signage and waysides that tell the story of the De Soto Expedition and the natural history of the area.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated set meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.