Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ART DECO WALKING TOUR

#1 Walking Tour & Cocktail Tour in Miami Beach 


Enrich your visit to South Beach with a cultural walking tour of the famed Art Deco district. Popular tour guides will transport you to the 20's, 30's...80's and beyond and regale you with fascinating stories. Uncover the colorful history, learn about  Art Deco architecture on the outside and admire design and decor on the inside; learn about pioneers, heroes and criminal elements that developed this magic city. Get exclusive access to interiors and rooftops not permitted to large groups. Feel like a VIP in our small group setting (no more than 8-9 people). Private and foreign language tours also available for that personal experience.

Your guide will keep you engaged with lively conversation and trivia! Tours are offered several times a day. (We also offer tours for large group requests and we provide more than one tour guide to split up the group for ease of moving along).
 
Elevate your experience with a signature drink at several hotels by taking our Art Deco Cocktail tour!

Tours offered daily at 10am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm.  Tours last 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes.

AVAILABILITY of upcoming Art Deco Walking Tours

Saturday  April 19, 10am, 1pm, 5pm
Sunday April 20, 10am, 1pm, 5pm 
Monday April 21, 10am, 1pm, 5pm



AVAILABILITY OF Cocktail Tour 2.5 hours

Saturday, April 19, 5pm
Sunday, April 20, 5pm


Please email us with request for other dates or if you have a party of 4 or more.

AVAILABILITY OF The Little Havana Tour

Saturday April 19, 10:30am 
Sunday April 20, 10:30am 
Monday April 21, 10:30am

www.littlehavanawalkingtour.com


*** Feel free to email/text/call us directly to inquire for availability any other day ***


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For expedited reservations, CLICK HERE to view full calendar & buy TICKETS via ZERVE. 

*** All payments are NONrefundable once booked ***


For 
   PRIVATE TOURS
   Non ENGLISH Language TOUR (French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German)
   GROUP TOURS (large group, corporate, special activity)
   CUSTOM TOURS ...

...Please contact us directly. Email or text is best. artdecotours@yahoo.com or 305-814-4058.  Be sure to state the number of people (adults and if any children) and a contact phone number if you are in the U.S. or Canada. Also please advise if you have an infant/toddler, a baby stroller or wheelchair as these require a private tour for separate route and other access.

*** Please know we do NOT begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center. We have several starting points within the Art Deco District around 10th street. The meeting point (an Art Deco Hotel) is provided at the time of reservation***


For pricing, click here




TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Anticipate heavy traffic after 12pm on Fridays-Sundays. Also many city parking garages are full after 3pm so allot additional 45 minutes to your drive time and to locate other parking (ie. street parking, private lots)
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WHY WE'RE RATED #1 WALKING TOUR in MIAMI BEACH

Have you ever traveled to a city and taken a large group tour or small private tour? Which was better? Sure, everyone loves the VIP Treatment--personal, undivided attention, catering to your interest, pace and questions and a memorable visit. Half of our customers are from word of mouth. Tours available in English,  Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Dutch.  We're open 7 days a week including most holidays!

*** The #1 Cocktail Tour in South Beach ***

This is a separate tour from our walking tour.
CLICK HERE to learn more.

Introducing...

YOUR PERSONAL TOUR GUIDE

Art Deco Tours, Inc offers customized South Beach/Art Deco Walking tours for two or more people. Whether you're a couple, a family of three or more, or a convention group, ADT is your personal walking tour guide for discovering Miami Beach. 

BENEFITS OF THE TOUR

It's your trip, and this is your tour! There are many benefits to having your own personal tour guide:

1. GET THE VIP TREATMENT! This is a small group tour with personal attention (maximum 8 people) where you can freely talk with the guide and ask any questions and get exclusive access to select Art Deco buildings not permitted to large groups. (Private tours also available, please contact us directly).

2. You're not limited to one time frame as offered by large group tours. We're a boutique tour service that offers the walking tours more than once a day. 10am, 1pm and 5pm.

3. Are design or architecture your cup of tea? Or do you enjoy a good thriller full of mafia/criminal (true) stories? Or do you sport a capital "HB" for history buff? ADT guides can laser in on your preference but be sure to let them know before the tour. If you enjoy all three, ask for the "garden variety"!

 
4. Be in all the photos! No matter the size of your group, ADT is ready to act as photographer so everyone is in the picture!

5. A popular benefit is the "tour after the tour". ADT will email you the highlights of the tour so you don't forget those fascinating details. Even better if you keep a travel journal or blog, you'll have plenty to write about!


6. Book a tour and your guide will go beyond and answer any questions about restaurants, other activities and so much more. You have your own local contact--just like having a personal friend or family member to ask for suggestions, ideas and opinions.

7. Price is important, for just a few dollars more than a small group tour, get the personal attention, the exclusive access, the VIP treatment!

8. Last but not least, your business helps us give back and make a difference in our community. Christine Michaels, is also the founder and president of Pawsitively Humane, Inc. 

By the end of the tour, you'll enjoy the full flavor of Miami Beach, it's colorful history and characters.

SHABBY CHIC PRICES
This two-hour tour is available for just $30/person including taxes ($35/person for tours in non -English language) (For private tours or groups of 20 or more people, please contact Art Deco Tours for special rates). 


For a PRIVATE TOUR, to focus on your specific interests or combination (history, architecture, design, etc) the rate is minimum $40/person or more depending on the day of the week and season. Please contact us for private tour rates.

To inquire about reservations, please contact us at artdecotours@yahoo.com or text at 305-814-4058. Email or text work best as we're often giving tours.

To learn more about the Art Deco Walking Tours, click here


Monday, April 7, 2014

Art Deco Walking Tours


Miami Beach aka "America's Riviera" boasts a colorful past and present. More than neon or pastel colors and Miami Vice stories, Miami Beach offers an eclectic history and a  melting pot of founders, pioneers and residents. For a city known for Cuban food, Salsa dancing and rhythms, and other Caribbean influences, did you know the name "Miami" is a native American Indian word for "Big Water"? Learn about the city's origins ...


Take a Walking Tour of the South Beach Art Deco District--the first 20th century buildings to receive historic designation. Hear the story and learn about a frail, widow's fight to protect these 1930's treasures against deep-pocket developers with political ties.

Return home with more than a sun burn and sand in your shoes. Impress your friends and neighbors with an entertaining history of Miami Beach--the architecture, the role of the Miami Vice series and the influence of the fashion industry and the mafia. Or don't tell them and beat them at Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit. Did you know Miami Beach was the only city to prosper during Prohibition and the Depression? Miami vices actually galvanized the young city.

CHILDREN, SCHOLARS, GENERATIONS X, Y, AND Z
Come as a family, group of friends or on a tour, C&C can tell a tale to keep your child's attention, or speak architect-ease for scholarly tours. There's something for everyone.

THE ACTUAL TOUR
We primarily walk outside throughout South Beach  between 10th and 15th streets. The tour steps inside a few buildings to point out Art Deco and modern design and decor and other highlights. For private group tours, we can begin and end anywhere within the Art Deco district.



Tour stops include the Versace mansion (the outside only), and Art Deco classics such as The Carlyle Hotel, The Cardozo, Jerry's Famous Deli, the 11th Street Diner and the Wolfsonian. Find out which of these buildings were backdrops for the Miami Vice scenes, and movies like the Birdcage with Robin Williams. Legend has it Capone ran his gambling syndicate from the 2nd floor of a small hotel also used in a film with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.


PRICES
TIMES


In the winter beginning November 3, times are 10am, 1pm and 4pm. From March 10  (when Daylight Savings ends in U.S.), the times are 10am, 1pm and 5pm. 

During the summer, tours for the most part are offered at 10am and 6:00pm. We are flexible with times and if you have a special request, please send  an email. 


DEPARTS
While we have several starting points, the principal starting point is the lobby of the Astor Hotel at 956 Washington Avenue at the corner of 10th street and Washington Avenue in South Beach. Your starting point will be confirmed in the confirmation email. 


*** Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and drink or bring cold bottled water! ***

YOUR VISIT SUPPORTS LOCAL CHARITY
Christine and company are passionate about a little known cause and working hard to give back and make a difference! Click here to learn more.


Looking forward to meeting you in Miami!

ABOUT the Founder & President, Christine Michaels
A native Floridian and a resident of Miami for 17 years, Christine is a former public relations manager and spokesperson for local icon company. She is also a certified tour guide through the Miami Design Preservation League. Christine enjoys highlighting the best of Miami. From Salsa dance lessons, to eating black beans and rice and fried plantains, to bike riding to the beach in the middle of winter (a cool 75 degrees), Christine savors every sight, sound and aroma of exotic, tropical Miami!






Other Specialty Tours

OTHER TOURS

If you have already taken the Art Deco Walking Tour and are interested in other cultural tours, below are a few to consider.

Cocktail Tour (select dates)

The #1 South Beach cocktail tour is the ideal way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, bachelor or bachelorette party, or  corporate activity. Contact us directly for specialty groups or go to www.artdecococktailtour.com.

Little Havana ( daily 10:30am; contact us for other times)
This area was once the future Hollywood of the Southeast and an exclusive neighborhood. Learn how history changed its course and is home to Cuban coffee, pastelitos and more. Visit a cigar factory and watch workers roll and tip fresh cigars, see elderly men stay youthful playing Dominoes at Domino park and sample authentic Cuban bites.  Duration is 2.5 hours. PRICE - $40/person. We meet in Little Havana. Address provided at time of reservation.  Click here for more information.

Customized Tour --Other Walking Tours in South Beach
The beauty of a small boutique/concierge service is that we can customize any tour for you!
  • Mafia/ Criminal tour--Al Capone, Miami Vice, Cocaine Cowboys--it happened here!
  • An Art Deco walking tour with the addition of a cocktail stop and/or appetizers
  • Rooftop tour-- we know the hotels and can get access!
  • A bacon food tour--it's all the rage--we know the best restaurants serving bacon/pork belly
These tours should be booked well in advance. Prices vary depending on the season, length of time, number of people and type of tour.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cancellation / Refund / Rain Policy


Payments are nonrefundable except during rain conditions. See below.

During the summer, statistically, rains last 20 minutes or less in South Beach. Often it will rain inland and not even touch South Beach. Therefore we require all clients to appear for the tour. In the event that it rains more than 20 minutes, clients may cancel the tour and pay any amount they feel is appropriate or ask for full refund. In the winter, it seldom rains  and showers last less than 20 minutes.

Since we specialize in small group tours and limit the number of people, the deposit is non-refundable except for:

1. an official Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning  (on the day of the tour) or 
2. if it downpours more than 20 minutes during the tour (you must appear for the tour)* or
3. if tour operator must cancel for other reasons

We are the only walking tour that allows you to get full refund should it rain heavily more than 20 minutes and you wish to stop the tour. 



TIMES, PRICE, DEPOSIT, REFUND policy














The daily tour lasts 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes and the price is  $30 per person including taxes (children under 12 are free) English language. For PRIVATE tour, the rate is minimum $40 per person depending on day of week and season.   For a group of 20 or more the rate is $22/person. 

For tours in other languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese)  the rate is $35 per person. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Tours available daily:  In the winter beginning March 13 tours are offered 10am, 1pm and 5pm only. Private tours are offered any time of your choice based on availability. In July, the 5pm tours become 6pm.

For expedited ticket purchase for daily walking tours, please click here

The information below is  for PRIVATE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE or LARGE GROUP TOURS. 

RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE in advance  Email: artdecotours@yahoo.com or call 305-814-4058. Email or text message is best as we're often giving tours and sometimes the voicemail message is not clear.

FULL PAYMENT REQUIRED
Full payment is required to guarantee your reservation. 

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY
All payments (and deposits for large groups) are non-refundable except for an official Hurricane Watch/Warning. The payment is also refundable if it rains heavily more than 20 minutes during the tour. Since this is a walking tour primarily outdoors, if it should rain heavily for more than 20 minutes during the first hour of the tour,  you may terminate the tour and receive full refund or partial refund in the second hour of the tour. However you  must show up for the tour despite if it's raining in other parts of the city before the tour. We continue the tour in drizzle rain.

By purchasing a tour with us directly or via our third party ticket vendor, Zerve, you agree to all terms as indicated here in our Participant Waiver & Release of Liability.