Arts of Florida’s West Coast

Tampa, ST. Pete and Sarasota  

March 20-March 23, 2019

Trip Highlights

Join the NEWARK MUSEUM on an  “all-inclusive” four day excursion to this art-driven region. The Florida Gulf coast cities where local galleries rub shoulders with world class museums offer an appealing getaway for culture lovers. Art fanatics, be prepared to explore and see for yourself what a compelling, unforgettable place the Tampa Bay area really is.


Detailed Descriptions

Day One Wednesday, March 20:   

Your United Flight departs Newark  at 1005AM and arrives at Tampa/St. Petersburg International Airport at 1250PM.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg where we start with lunch at the MFA Café. Set within the Museum, the Café overlooks Bayshore Drive with its stunning waterfront views. After lunch we have a docent led tour of  the museum with its comprehensive collection including major works by the French artists Monet, Morisot, Rodin, and Corot, and the Americans Inness, Hassam, Bellows and Andrew Wyeth. Also on view are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, Native American art.

We continue to the Chihuly Collection. This is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. The presentation is unique as it is the first installation in a building designed specifically for that purpose. creating a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site. The Collection includes spectacular large-scale installations such as Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier along with several popular series including Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds, which have thrilled audiences around the globe. 

Check into our hotel, Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. We enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight. (L/D)

Day Two Thursday, March 22

We start our day with a docent-led visit to the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. Founded by Tom and Mary James who collected works in oil,  ink and stone, its works evoke the spirit of a wide open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. Since their first acquisition, a vast artistic legacy has grown – one populated by emerging artists and living legends and filled with tribal tradition and classical finesse.

We continue our day at The Salvador Dalí Museum dedicated to the works of Salvador Dalí housing the largest collection of his works outside Europe. Its collection includes 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings. The museum is home to 7 of the 18 “masterwork” paintings by Dalí (including The Hallucinogenic Toreador and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus), the most of any museum in the world.

After lunch we visit the Morean Arts Center displaying works by local, national and international artists. Its roots date back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, with its focus on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. 

We finish our day at one of the largest holocaust museums in the country, the Florida Holocaust Museum. The Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. (B/L/D)

Day Three Friday, March22:  


Act 1 is the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Designated as the official state art museum for Florida, the institution offers twenty-one galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian, American, and contemporary art. The museum’s art collection currently consists of more than 10,000 objects that include a variety of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods from around the world. The most celebrated items in the museum are 16th-20th-century European paintings, including a world-renowned collection of Peter Paul Rubens paintings. Other famous artists represented include Benjamin West, Marcel Duchamp, Diego Velázquez, Paolo Veronese, Rosa Bonheur and Frans Hals. 

Act 2 is lunch at the Muse at the Ringling where you will dine on modern American cuisine

Act 3 is the dazzling splendor of Ca’d’Zan. The home of John and Mable Ringling stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the Venice canals, this palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved.

Act 4 is a tour of the Ringling Circus Museum. The history of the circus comes to life through the vast and varied collections in the Circus Museum. Among the highlights of the collections are performers’ wardrobes, beautifully carved parade wagons, sturdy utility wagons and a cannon that shot fearless performers across the big top. You will be fascinated by the beautifully printed lithographic posters used to advertise circuses and other fine art prints that document the circus’ influence on American and European cultures.

The Final Act is a self-guided visit to the Ringling Bayfront Gardens. As awe-inspiring as any work of art, the Gardens are a living treasure. Courting couples statuary watch over Mable’s Rose Garden;t majestic Banyan trees provide shade; the Dwarf Garden inspires whimsy; the Circus King finally rests in the Secret Garden. (B/L/D)

Day Four Saturday, March 23:

After we check out of our hotel, we head to Tampa and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. This museum is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.  FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists.  

We continue to the Tampa Museum of Art for lunch at its Riverfront Café. After lunch we have a tour of the museum and explore its collection of Modern and Contemporary art as well as its Greek, Romans and Etruscan antiquities. 

All good things must come to an end, it’s time to head for the airport for our trip home. We depart on a United Airlines flight  at 6:10PM and arrive at Newark Liberty at 9:15PM.(B/L)

Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

  • Round trip non-stop airfare and air taxes on United Airlines from Newark Liberty Airport to Tampa/St. Petersburg International Airport 
  • 3 night’s accommodations at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
  • All meals: 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners 
  • All gratuities except chambermaids
  • All room and meal taxes
  • All transfers to and from airport 
  • Private motorcoach as required throughout tour plus driver gratuity
  • All admissions, receptions and fees as per itinerar


Per person (double occupancy): $2400

Single Supplement: $400

DEPOSIT:  $500 per person due Immediately

BALANCE: Due prior to January 20

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