E2ride Bike Tour in the San Marco section of Jacksonville rents Trek 7200 hybrid bicycles for a guided 11-mile tour with stops at historic and picturesque places in the San Marco neighborhood, which was modeled after Venice, Italy. The hybrid bike blends the characteristics of both a road and mountain bike and provides a comfortable riding position and cushioned ride. One of the oldest sections of Jacksonville, riders will pedal along the St. Johns River, taking in statues, European architecture and a variety of wildlife, all while knowledgeable guides point out features you might otherwise miss. Bikes, helmets, water and snacks are provided, but if you’re a local with your own two wheeled ride you can bring that instead. Terrain has some small inclines with short, grassy hills, but is mostly flat. E2ride Bike Tours also offers group and corporate team building tours.
Alligators sun themselves as an airboat glides through marsh grasses. The smell of Cuban coffee seeps into a tour bus winding through Little Havana. A yacht pulls up to a home once owned by Al Capone. For 20 years, the guides of Safari Tours have led explorers on such adventures in both Miami's urban enclaves and the Everglades' swampy surround, expounding all the while in both English and Spanish. Passengers board Safari Tours' licensed and insured vehicles at the Bayside location. Tour operators sometimes lead travelers to more remote reaches, including excursions to Key West, multiday explorations of Orlando, and time travel to the Jurassic period.
Each year, a great wildebeest migration takes place in East Africa's vast plains, as millions of ungulates trek more than 600 miles in search of fresh grass. Thomson's gazelles, zebras, and other prey animals join with the wildebeests en masse, and predatory lions, hyenas, and jackals follow the herd as a promising food supply. Safari Ventures, named one of the World's Best Adventure Travel Companies by National Geographic in 2009, sends tour groups in four-by-four vehicles on a circular trek across the Serengeti plains in search of migrating wildebeests and other big game. The itinerary includes the following and is available on select dates:Days 1–2: Flights on Ethiopian Airlines depart from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) and arrive at Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) the next day (after a stopover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Upon arrival, visitors are transferred to the nearby Kia Lodge for an overnight stay. Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa at more than 19,000 feet, is visible in the distance on a clear day. Days 3–4: After breakfast, tour groups head to Lake Manyara National Park for the first of many game drives. There, zebras and buffalo rove the plains, and more than 400 bird species fly above. Blue monkeys, bushbucks, mongooses, and flamingos also comprise the area's native population. Visitors retreat for the night to Migunga Tented Camp. Days 5–7: After breakfast, tour groups enter Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site they'll explore for the next three days. On the way to Serengeti, the caravan stops at a Masai village to learn about the local tribe's culture and heritage. Most of the time in the park is spent on game drives, searching for the wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, lions, and jackals. Guests stay overnight in Ikoma Tented Camp.Days 8–9: After a breakfast and one last morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, the safari heads toward the Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way, the tour makes a pit stop in Olduvai Gorge, an archaeological site where paleontologists discovered fossils that date back nearly two million years. Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, safari drivers seek out the big four animals: lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros. Nightly accommodations are at Crater Forest Lodge. Days 10–11: On the final leg of the safari, the caravan makes the return trip, passing through the town of Mto wa Mbu. Here, safari-goers can stretch their legs and browse local markets. Later that evening, guests take a homeward-bound flight on Ethiopian Airlines from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). View the FAQ page for more information. Pre-trip excursions to Mount Kilimanjaro and the beaches of Zanzibar are also available for an additional fee.
LED lights glimmer in the dark, illuminating St. Petersburg's scenic streets. As the lights loom closer, they reveal a steel behemoth whose deck is serving as a stage for neon-clad '80s pop stars cycling in tandem and one lone acrobat steadying himself for a mid-motion keg stand. Though this doesn't happen every night, Rhett Reynolds and Daniel O'Brien have hosted several strange occurrences ever since they moved their pedal-bus pub crawls from the Twin Cities to sunnier climes. City Cycle Tours' four-wheeled, pedal-powered bus was designed and contracted by an independent engineering company and transports 14 passengers past the city's scenic sights and to an array of drinking establishments.
The blue-and-silver craft coasts along with minimal passenger effort at no more than 6 miles per hour as participants sit beneath a pounding six-speaker sound system and wide canopy, safe from the eyes of bird paparazzi. Dual 66-liter coolers carry riders' nonalcoholic libations, but the craft also boasts enough room to accommodate a half keg. Groups roll along guided by LED blinkers and headlights, kept buoyant with full suspension. The company's designated drivers hold taxi licenses and reflect a cabbie's knowledge of road etiquette and avoiding jousting matches as they ferry their charges through city parks and along piers.
Dash Around Tours' experienced guides cart up to 14 sightseers to scenic central Florida locales, such as Cocoa Beach, Lake Eola, and Kissimmee, aboard the Dashmobile, a van replete with complimentary food and drinks. During unique expeditions, quirky tour guides take digital pictures for the group's future perusal on the web, as well as dole out their own brand of trivia about central Florida that they admit is more useless than a megaphone at mime school. The tour price includes admission to area attractions, but riders must provide their own change for retail purchases.
The chefs at Red Snapper Seafood & More are fearless when it comes to trying new things: oysters, crabs, gator tails, catfish. They create dishes with them all, but there are also a few unexpected items in their repertoire?namely several traditional Vietnamese dishes, several of which are lower in calories. They cook stir-fry and fill bowls to the brim with pho, in which thin slices of medium-rare beef marinate in a rich broth. Popular dishes include vermicelli noodles and the salad bowl. Bubble tea makes the perfect complement to all the different meals.