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Vizcaya Palace Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya was originally an estate of 180 acres, designed to resemble a typical Italian villa, self-sufficient with a dairy, poultry house, mule stable, greenhouse, and staff residences. The house took two years to build. The formal gardens were not completed until 1921 due to the outbreak of World War I.
The house and gardens are the creation of three architects: F. Burrall Hoffman designed the buildings; Diego Suarez planned the gardens; and Paul Chalfin was the general artistic supervisor for every phase of the project. Together they created an estate that looked as if it had been lived in by succeeding generations of the same family with each generation adding their own period furnishings of the time. All of the decorative elements were purchased by Deering on shopping expeditions throughout Europe.
Nearly 200,000 people visit Vizcaya each year including some of the world's leading dignitaries such as President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth of England and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. In 1994, the historic Summit of the Americas was held at Vizcaya with President Clinton and the 34 leaders of the Western Hemisphere.
Once you have booked and received your travel voucher, the contact details for the travel service operator will be on this voucher under the heading Important Information. Where applicable, you are required to call the travel service operator directly to advise of additional information such as:
- Hotel for pick up
- Weights for helicopter tours
- Choice of times for tours
- Special dietary requirements, meal choices etc.
You must call the travel service operator at least 48 hours prior, or upon arrival at your destination.
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Narrated tour
- Admission to Museum and Gardens
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Note wheelchair accessible
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