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Holiday Light Tours

No matter your age, who does not enjoy the magic of the holidays? At Old Town Trolley Tours and Conch Tour Train, we have some great holiday light tours.

Key West
While we will never have a white Christmas in the Southernmost City, it doesn’t mean we don’t have our fair share of twinkle lights. Join us each night at 6 pm through December 24 from Mallory Square as we sing some carols and view some dazzling light displays. For more information call us at 305-296-6688.

San Diego
Hop on board San Diego's premier holiday tour as you take in the sights and sounds, share fun historical traditions and sing-along songs of the holiday season!
Go to San Diego Holiday Tours to learn more.

It’s all aboard the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley as we take you through Savannah’s illuminated historic district decorated in its holiday finery. Stops at the Isaiah Davenport House and the gingerbread village at the Westin Harbor Resort are just part of the fun you will have on this tour of Savannah and Hutchinson Island. Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies will round out this magical evening.
Go to Savannah Holiday Tours to learn more.

St. Augustine
It wouldn’t be Christmas in St. Augustine without the city’s annual Nights of Lights on the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley. Over two million lights illuminate America’s oldest city’s historic area through January 31. Old Town Trolley has even brought Santa along so kids of all ages can have their picture taken with the big guy from the North Pole.
Go to St. Augustine Holiday Tours to learn more.

Conch Tour Train
holiday lightsIt’s not Christmas in Key West without a holiday light tour aboard the world famous Conch Tour Train. Since 1958, the Conch Train has been showing the holiday spirit of the Southernmost City with its annual light tours. Join us for caroling, cider and cookies as we showcase the city’s beautifully decorated houses, guest houses and businesses on this time honored holiday tradition.
Go to Key West Holiday Tours to learn more.

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Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights

holiday lightsOld Town Trolley Tours of Savannah is proud to be partnering with the Savannah Harbor Foundation in the 2012 Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights! The Road Course at Savannah Harbor on Hutchinson Island will become a twinkling wonderland - home to over 60 larger-than-life lighted, holiday-themed displays. This one-of-a-kind, experiential, interactive holiday lights event will surely become a beloved family holiday tradition for years to come.

Festival of Lights is open Wednesdays through Sundays until December 31. Old Town Trolley Tours will be offering shuttles to the Festival of Lights. Admission to the display is $12.50 for adults and $10 for kids.

For more information or to purchase tickets go Savannah Festival of Lights Tour.

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strawberry being dip in chocolate fountainChocolate Tours

It’s our favorite time of the year. No, not Christmas; although we are pretty fond of that one. Actually, it’s chocolate season at Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston and St. Augustine. January is when these two scrumpdillyicious begin playing havoc with our New Year’s diet plans. But who can resist chocolate?

Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston has their Original Boston Chocolate tour running now through April 30. The three-hour tour departs on Saturdays at 11 am and 12:15 pm and takes guests on a flavorful journey into the history of chocolate in Boston, which is home to the Boston Crème Pie, Tollhouse cookies and hot fudge sundaes. Of course there are samples and tastings at some of Boston’s sweet spots. Fun for all ages and especially those with a sweet tooth! As you travel between each decadent destination, our tour conductors will share the history, myths and legends of chocolate as well as mouthwatering chocolate trivia. The Chocolate Tour is by advance reservation only and can be made by calling 617-269-7150.
To learn more, go to Boston Chocolate Tours.

St. Augustine
Down south, Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine begins its third delicious season of St. Augustine’s Original Chocolate Tour. Every Saturday through February, Old Town Trolley Tours takes you on a two-hour delectable tour to some of America’s Oldest City’s famed confectioners. Along with our favorites, the Aviles Restaurant and St. Augustine’s original chocolate family, the Whetstones, this year they have added the charming San Sebastian Winery for tasting and goodies. Who can pass up a piece of Chocolate Dome Cake or chocolate popcorn? Tours take place every Saturday during January and February at 1:30 pm. Reservations are required by calling 904-829-3800.
To learn more, go to St. Augustine Chocolate Tours.

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The New Yankee Freedom III

yankee freedom catamaranWe are pleased to introduce to you our new, state-of-the art ferry, Yankee Freedom III, taking guests to Dry Tortugas National Park 70 miles west of Key West, Florida.
On October 9, the familiar sight of the sleek white lines of the high-speed Yankee Freedom II catamaran sailing through Key West’s Historic Seaport were replaced with a new sight: The sleeker, higher speed white lines of the new Yankee Freedom III catamaran! The new vessel debuted on the Dry Tortugas National Park run just three days after completing the journey down the eastern seaboard from its construction site in Somerset, Massachusetts. Although the Yankee Freedom II had been admirably fulfilling the duties of the 140-mile round-trip journey for almost ten years, the National Park Service contract for exclusive service on the route required a vessel with expanded seating capacity.

The Yankee Freedom III was built by Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding from an Incat Crowther design; the same team used for the Yankee Freedom II. She is 111’ long and utilizes the latest technology including automatic ride control that dampens pitch and yaw, vinyl hull coatings in lieu of paint, a satellite tracking system that allows anyone with internet access to track her position, and modern efficient LED lighting. Both the interior and exterior deck space are expanded, allowing passengers the choice of cooling off in the air conditioned cabin, tanning on the sun decks or enjoying an unhindered view of the surrounding ocean from the stadium-tiered viewing platforms on the foredeck.

The wheelchair accessible main deck features 140 seats and 4 wheelchair spaces - all with tables. The individual padded sling seats are a step up in comfort from the bench seating of the Yankee Freedom II. The galley, bar, and retail area includes a stand-alone buffet counter with sneeze guard that allows two-sided access for faster breakfast and lunch service. Aft of the bar are 4 toilets - one of which is wheelchair accessible. The main deck cabin features forward doors with direct access to the foredeck and gangways to the upper deck aft. The upper deck features 54 exterior seats and 56 interior seats, some with tables, and an additional bar. The external freshwater showers now have both hot and cold water.

The Yankee Freedom III is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512C engines which are Tier 2 emissions compliant. These engines each produce 1650hp at 1800rpm. On sea trials, Yankee Freedom III achieved speeds in excess of 30 knots and operates at a service speed of 28 knots. Chris Belland, CEO of Historic Tours of America and Yankee Freedom III, LLC, enthuses: “This is an exciting new vessel and will allow our visitors to travel in even greater comfort while enhancing their ability to directly experience the magnificent environment of the open sea. I can’t wait to go out on her myself!”

For reservations, call 1-800-634-0939.

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Key West Duck Tours

key west ducks splash downThere is no better way to see the island of Key West by both land and sea than aboard the Key West Duck Tours. The amphibious hydra–terras will show you the beauty of the island from Historic Duval Street to the azure blue waters of Key West Harbor. Your 90- minute tour takes you through Old Town Key West before “splashing” down at the former Truman Annex submarine basin. The Captain and First Mate will show you the island from water as you see Mallory Square the Key West Bight and much more!

To learn more, go to Key West Duck Tours.

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national geographic best of the world 2013 National Geographic Traveler names St. Augustine in its annual list of the World's 20 Must See Places

National Geographic Traveler magazine recently named St. Augustine on of its 20 must see places in the world for 2013. St. Augustine was only one of three U.S. destinations on the list. And listed in the article as the way to get around America’s oldest city is none other than Old Town Trolley Tours!

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Celebrate the 239th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party

boston tea party shipsJoin us on Sunday, December 16, 2012 as we relive the Boston Tea Party. In celebration of the event, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will offer free admission to the public from 10 am to 1pm. Then the excitement kicks into high gear starting at the Old South Meeting House at 4 pm with a theatrical show that will include Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and other Patriots much like what happened on that cold dark night in 1773. From there, you can join the Sons of Liberty as they march to the Boston Tea Party Ships. Board the Brig Beaver and break open the tea and take part in the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.

For more information or to buy tickets to the reenactment, go to Boston Tea Party Anniversary Celebration.

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