Day  1
Charleston, SC

 

The port city of Charleston is known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through magnificent parks and gardens

Day  2
Beaufort, SC

 

 

Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American cultural influences, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages clatter along the narrow streets of this historic district, past 18th and 19th century homes famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts and elegant homes and discover Day  3
Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the American Alligator

 

Day  4
Savannah, GA

 

 

 

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets and majestic architecture, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent shops.

Day  5
Sapelo Island, GA

 

 

 

Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

 

Day  6
St. Simons Island / Jekyll Island, GA

 

Discover the compelling history of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village," 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. St. Simons Island offers guests a view of he area's past including the momentous 18th c entury battlefields and sprawling, antebellum plantations

 

 Day  7
Cruising to Amelia Island, FL

 

 

 

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Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

 

Day  8
Jacksonville, FL Area (Amelia Island)

 

 

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

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    COUNTDOWNto your Destination Wedding

    12 -10 months

     

    • Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine

      how much you can afford to spend.

    • Notify family and friends of your decision to marry away and

      set a date.

    Contact Islands so you can:    

    • Learn about the resorts and select which one is ideal for you and

       your loved ones. Each property has its own personality!

    • Decide on a resort. Consider your wedding style and choose a

       first and second location within that resort.

        Have Islands book your stay including date, time and location of your    ceremony

    • Reserve a block of rooms at your selected resort in different

       price ranges.

    • Decide on your wedding attendants.

    • Discuss your vision with your wedding coordinator. Review the

      color theme, flowers, video, lighting, photography and more.

    9 months

    • Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator

      and local vendors. (optional)

    • Discuss your honeymoon resort with Islands if you will not be

       Honey mooning at your wedding resort.

    • Book your honeymoon/travel plans.

    • Start gown shopping and begin registering for gifts.

    • Put together your guest list.

    • Get a rough head count; reserve a block of rooms.

    • Set up your wedding website. Start with your wedding date and

       location, adding travel info and other relevant logistics as you go.

    • Review and finalize contracts.

    • Send out save-the-dates to give your guests plenty of time to

       make travel arrangements and arrange a payment plan

    6 months

    • Send out invitations

    • Contact your officiant if required. Civil ceremonies require

      additional paperwork. Work with your wedding coordinator to

      guide you step by step.

    • Prepare all paperwork (passports, documents needed for marriage

      application and license).

    • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    • Buy travel and wedding insurance.

    • Direct your invitees to your wedding website for the details.

    • Select and order your gown and bridesmaid dresses.• Make final selections for your flowers, decor, menu and cake.

    • Select music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

    4 months.

    • Have groom and groomsmen rent tuxedos, if wearing them.

       Consult with your personal Palace Resorts Wedding Coordinator  

       Design your cake Select your centerpiece Choose your bouquet

       Select your photo package Leave stress behind, enjoy!

    • Contact your officiant if required. Civil ceremonies require

      additional paperwork. Work with your wedding coordinator to

      guide you step by step.

    • Prepare all paperwork (passports, documents needed for marriage

      application and license).

    • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    4 months

    • Send out invitations.

    • Have groom and groomsmen rent tuxedos, if wearing them.

    • Confirm final meeting with vendors for when you arrive.

      Day before departure

    • Go over final details with coordinator; update website.

    • Contact other members of the wedding party and make sure they know how to reach you. 

    3 months

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    • Research group activities and excursions. Prepare welcome letter

      to guests and itinerary of events to include in gift bag.

    • Order brochures of local attractions and area maps to include in

      the gift bag.

    • Confirm travel reservations; release any rooms not needed.

    • Finalize details with wedding coordinator and local vendors.

    • Confirm your honeymoon reservation and any special requests.

    2 months

    • Set up a seating chart, get all RSVPs from guests.

    • Test a spray tan if you plan on getting one for the wedding.

    3-6 weeks

    • Review an order of events schedule with your coordinator.

    • Revisit ceremony details: write vows, finalize music.

    • Ask guests to RSVP for group activities via e-mail.

    • Ship gift bag items, printed materials (programs, etc.) to site.

    • Finalize guest head count and confirm group activities.

    2 weeks

    • Finalize the seating plan; give caterer your final guest list count.

    • Update your website with final itinerary.

    • Address any wedding announcements, stamp and arrange for

       mailing on your wedding day.

    1 week

    • Pack what you need for the wedding and honeymoon; pick up

       tuxedos.

    • Put together an emergency kit (spot remover, band-aids,

      Aspirin, etc.).

    • Determine photo schedule and shot list for photographer.

    3-4 days

    • Arrive at location and meet with on-site coordinator, officiant

    and vendors to review final details.

     

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ISLANDS AT:

    1 (888)554-7526

  • The Cook Islands

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    The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific, scattered across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean. Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace. The Cook Islands is an Island Paradise shrouded in traditions and legends handed down from generation to generation since the arrival of the Polynesians - believed to be around 800AD.  The Northern Group of islanders are thought to be from Samoa and Tonga and the Southern Group largely from the Society Islands and the Marquesas; and are part of what was believed to be the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia, which began as far back as 1500BC.

    It was also around 800 to 1000AD that Raiatea in the Society Islands became established as the centre of culture and religion in the Pacific and dispatched voyagers to Hawaii, the Tuamotu Archipelago and also the Cooks, to rule over the islands. It was they who brought the religion, cultural traditions, medicine and the language – which was Maori.

    Indulge in the pleasure of Pacific food – listen to the strums of the ukulele, the beat of the drums or swing with the sway of dancing hips. Discover the great outdoors and fish, snorkel, dive, paddle and swim in a brilliant blue sea.
    Climb the magnificent peaks lush with native vegetations and alive with song birds. Or simply stroll through the pearly sands and stop awhile to look at the twinkling sunbeams on a white crested reef.

     

     The Northern Group of islanders are thought to be from Samoa and Tonga and the Southern Group largely from the Society Islands and the Marquesas; and are part of what was believed to be the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia, which began as far back as 1500BC.

    It was also around 800 to 1000AD that Raiatea in the Society Islands became established as the centre of culture and religion in the Pacific and dispatched voyagers to Hawaii, the Tuamotu Archipelago and also the Cooks, to rule over the islands. It was they who brought the religion, cultural traditions, medicine and the language – which was Maori.

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    Mazatlan-

    I have been studying and testing on Mazatlan recently and was fascinated by what I learned so I thought I’d share a little.  They call it the Colonial City on the Beach because it was founded in the late 1500’s and they have recently restored their downtown area to its former glory. It’s all 19th century Spanish architecture and has shops, restaurants, museums and a theater arts Center.  Also, Mazatlan has a pre-lenten Carnaval week long street party in addition to gorgeous beaches, sport fishing, zip lining, surfing and 4 golf courses. Mazatlan also has excursions to old mining towns and a tequila plantation!  It really seems to have something for everyone and has the benefit of being really affordable as a destination.

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    COSTA RICA Your way

    LUXURY HOLIDAY WITH ADVENTURES

    Costa Rica offers the perfect combination of rainforest and beach, making it a top destination for family vacations. Families with older children will enjoy the many thermal pools and waterfalls which vary in temperature and are spread around the hot springs resort gardens. More than 500 species of plants and flowers are found throughout.

    There are exciting and fascinating nature tours and soft adventures to enjoy. Choose from hikes along Arenal's Hanging Bridges, hikes in the rainforest, a visit to the ArenalVolcano National Park, a boat ride and nature safari in the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, and tours on horseback. Or, go for a full adrenaline rush with a canyoning tour, Sky Trek / Tram canopy zip lines, or a Class III + white water rafting experience on the Sarapiqui River. Looking for something more active: jump on a mountain bike, chart a challenging hike in Cerro Chato, or go kayaking or canoeing in the rivers or on Lake Arenal.

    The Arenal Volcano Region is rich in nature and adventure. Over the years, its popularity has established the area as the starting or ending point to any Costa Rica Luxury Vacation. The intriguing mix of activities, hot springs, rainforest and volcano make this a must-visit part of the country.

    Call Islands 888-554-7526 for more information or email us islandstravel@earthlink.net

    Please tell us your needs and interests. We work hard to exceed your expectations, to ensure a perfect family vacation in Costa Rica

     

  
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