FLORIDA DISCOVERY - 2017
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Begin your trip in Orlando, the “capital” of Disney’s entertainment parks, and travel north to St. Augustine, situated on the Atlantic Coast and the oldest European city in the United States. Next, overnight in Cocoa Beach and head to Cape Canaveral for a NASA tour at the Kennedy Space Center. Turn south and visit Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach before crossing 42 bridges to Key West, the southernmost town in the continental United States—only 90 miles from Cuba. Check out the many boutiques and museums, relax on the beach, and be sure to sample delicious Caribbean cuisine. Then, travel back to the Florida mainland and be on the lookout for sunbathing alligators as you experience the Everglades via a thrilling ride aboard an airboat. Overnight in Fort Myers and then head to relax on the sugar-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Relax at your seaside hotel and take advantage of warm-weather activities before heading back to Orlando.
In Miami and Miami Beach; St. Augustine guided trolley ride, Kennedy Space Centre, airboat tour through the Everglades, Thomas Edison's Winter Home, and Henry Ford's Winter Home.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Florida's Atlantic coast, Gold Coast, Miami Beach, Florida Keys, Key West, Everglades National Park, Gulf Coast shoreline, and Clearwater Beach.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
1 breakfast (B), 2 continental breakfasts (CB).
Day by Day
Welcome to Orlando! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
ORLANDO-ST. AUGUSTINE-COCOA BEACH.
This morning, head to picturesque St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the U.S., explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Your expert guide shares with you the history, attractions, and sights of America's oldest city on St. Augustine's hop-on/hop-off sightseeing TROLLEY. Afterward, there's free time to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Oldest House in the U.S. or the 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. End the day with a walk on sandy Cocoa Beach.
COCOA BEACH-CAPE CANAVERAL-FORT LAUDERDALE.
Cape Canaveral and the KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE are the hub of America's space operations. Enjoy a NASA tour for insight into the achievements of America's space program. After your tour, head south to Fort Lauderdale, where you will stay for the next two nights. (B)
FORT LAUDERDALE. MIAMI BEACH EXCURSION.
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Greater Miami, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach. Time to explore the colourful art deco buildings, and beautiful palm-lined South Beach. This afternoon, return to Fort Lauderdale and enjoy the Florida sun on the world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach or by the hotel pool.
FORT LAUDERDALE-KEY WEST.
This morning, we head south to the Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges through the Florida Keys to picturesque Key West, the southernmost town in the continental U.S. A suggestion for tonight: visit Mallory Square to enjoy the spectacular sunset, then stroll along Duval Street with its colourful cafes.
On this morning's optional sightseeing tour, sit back and relax on the open-air trolley and view some of Key West's most famous sights, including Ernest Hemingway's home; Fort Zachary; Southernmost Point, situated less than 145 kilometres (90 miles) north of Cuba; and the Audubon House & Gardens. Be sure to sample the delicious Caribbean cuisine for which this semi-tropical paradise is so famous. (CB)
KEY WEST-EVERGLADES-FORT MYERS.
Head back to the mainland to the subtropical wilderness of the EVERGLADES. Board your AIRBOAT for a thrilling sightseeing ride through the extensive swamplands. Sleepy alligators basking on the banks of the waterways are a common sight. Overnight in Fort Myers. (CB)
FORT MYERS-CLEARWATER BEACH.
Visit famous inventor THOMAS EDISON'S WINTER HOME & LABORATORY. Step through the always-open "Friendship Gate" to visit HENRY FORD'S WINTER HOME. Don't miss the enormous banyan tree in the garden.
A full day to relax on the sugar-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Your Tour Director will have suggestions on the best places to shop and dine.
This morning, the motorcoach continues to the Courtyard Lake Buena Vista for tour members extending their stay in Orlando. Continue on to Orlando International Airport, where the tour ends for guests with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after Noon.
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