Experience Jacksonville during your time at conference. We've partnered with a local touring company to offer you four different tour options:
- St. Augustine Experience - Nation's Oldest City Driving Tour - Canceled
- Made in Jacksonville - local products tour - Canceled
- Jacksonville Churches Tour - Canceled
Please note the following important information:
- Aglow is partnering with AdLib Tours to provide tour opportunities to our attendees, however, please note: By signing up and attending a tour with AdLib Tours in Jacksonville, FL and/or St. Augustine, FL you agree to not hold Aglow International responsible for any damages, lost or stolen property, injury, negligence, and all means of liability.
- All tours are fully managed and provided by AdLib Tours (to include scheduling, payment, tour questions, etc.).
- If tours do not meet the registered minimum they will be canceled.
Your professional tour guide meets you at your hotel to take you on a historical walk of Downtown. We go into six buildings including the subterranean city with secret underground tunnels and bank vaults. History comes to life as we elaborate on the silent movie era and cover events such as the Great Fire of 1901. The picturesque city along the river is truly an architectural gem worth exploring on this unique tour.
Time: 10am – 12noon
Distance is about 16 blocks or 1.2 miles.
No Tax. Min of 10 people, max of 25 people per tour guide.
Secret underground bank vault
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St. Augustine Experience – Nation’s Oldest City (Thursday 9/14/23)
Enjoy your day in the Nation’s Oldest City! The various architectural styles, narrow brick streets, and European flavors combine for a unique escape. Your professional tour guide meets the group dressed in period costume and weaves a tapestry of stories from the early colonial years to the Victorian Flagler era. We tour all the major sites including the Fountain of Youth, Spanish Mission Grounds, City Gates, Castillo de San Marcos, Spanish Plaza, Cathedral-Basilica, Spanish Government House, Flagler Memorial Church, and the old Flagler-era hotels. We disembark at the Spanish Mission Grounds for a spiritual walk to see the Father Lopez statue, Great Cross and Our Lady of La Leche shrine. The tour includes one more stop at the old 1888 Alcazar Hotel to see the beautiful courtyard; once a playground for the rich and famous. Lunch today is on your own combined with shopping and free time exploring the historic district. During your free time, you can visit attractions such as the free Government House Museum. Your personal tour guide in colonial attire creates an interactive tour atmosphere which is fun for everyone.
Time: 6.5 hours, 9am – 3:30pm
$80.63 with tax is based on a minimum of 25 people in a 32-passenger mini-coach. Max of 31 people. Per person price includes mini- coach transportation, driver gratuity, cooler of bottled ice waters, escort and tour guide.
Castillo de San Marcos
Note: Bring your “Senior Pass” to the National Parks if you have one. During free time, you can use your Senior Pass to get yourself plus 3 additional people inside the Castillo de San Marcos at no cost.
St. Augustine Experience Tour Itinerary
- 9am Depart from Hyatt Regency
- 9:50am Bathroom break in St. Augustine
- 10:00am – 11:45am St. Augustine tour with 2 stops (Mission Grounds, old Alcazar Hotel)
- 11:45am – 2:30pm Lunch on your own, free time
- 2:30pm – 3:30pm Return time back to hotel
Made in Jacksonville (Friday 9/15/23)
Sample some of the most popular products made in Jacksonville and enjoy the sites of all things made in the city. After departing from the hotel, you will soon discover the city’s deep regard for all things related to food and drink. Jacksonville caters to gourmands and countless products are made locally, including Maxwell House coffee whose iconic “Good to the Last Drop” coffee cup logo can be seen atop the factory.
Our first stop is the home of Sweet Pete’s candy factory. The owner Pete is like the resident Willy Wonka making a variety of candy treats. Try the salted caramel, their signature item. There is also a viewing area to see the candy being made and a separate viewing area of the packaging room.
Our next stop is Martin Coffee, Jacksonville’s original craft coffee roaster. We will see the production facility and enter a tasting room to sample the world’s finest 100% Arabica coffee beans.
Next we take a driving tour including a stop at Treaty Oak where you will have the opportunity to take a photo of the oldest living thing made in Jacksonville. We continue through Jacksonville’s historical San Marco neighborhood to tour the original Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Although the company’s signature item is chocolate-covered popcorn, you will see plenty of other irresistible sweets. Peterbrooke is also known for decadent truffles, hand-dipped strawberries, milk chocolate potato chips, and even dark chocolate pizza.
Afterwards, you will have free time in San Marco Square to browse the boutique neighborhood shops before returning to the hotel. Your personal tour guide creates an interactive tour atmosphere which is fun for everyone.
Time: 3 hours, 1pm – 4pm
Per person price includes mini-coach transportation, driver gratuity, tastings, cooler of bottled ice waters and tour guide. $60/person ($64.50 with tax) is based on a minimum of 25 people in a 32-passenger mini-coach. Max of 31 people.
San Marco Square
Sweet Pete's Candy Factory
Jacksonville Churches Tour (Friday 9/15/23)
Come enjoy history, architecture and culture of the largest city in the continental United States! Architects from around the United States descended upon the city after the Great Fire of 1901. From the ashes, skyscrapers were built and magnificent churches in Gothic Revival, Romanesque, and Mediterranean Revival styles.
You will see many churches such as the historic Immaculate Conception Basilica and the St. John’s Cathedral. We will explore inside of 3 churches during the tour. You will also be treated to an organ demonstration inside one of the churches. The tour will be in Downtown and the nearby Riverside/Avondale area that was ranked by APA as a “Top 10 Great Neighborhood in America”. The varied architectural styles make for a picturesque community along the river. Your guide creates an interactive tour atmosphere which is fun for everyone.
Time: 3 hours, 1pm – 4pm
Per person price includes motor coach transportation, driver gratuity, church donations, organist and tour guide.
$60/person ($64.50 with tax) is based on a minimum of 25 people in a 30-passenger mid coach. Max of 29 people, plus guide.
Immaculate Conception Basilica