Your Tour Package Includes:
17 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 17 Days Hertz Compact Rental Car, Including Unlimited Mileage, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), Liability Insurance Supplement (LIS), Taxes, Surcharges & Fees. An Explorer Kit containing Maps, Information, Driving Instructions, Mileage, Sights to See and Detailed Directions to your Hotels.
(B) Compact 2 or 4 dr. – Ford Focus or Similar CCAR / CDAR
# 2 Adults, 2 Children# 1 Large Suitcase,2 Small Suitcases# Air Conditioning# Duel Airbags# Standard for parties of 1 and 2
Rental Car Upgrades. Chose from a Convertible, Luxury Cars and from a Range of Vehicles with Off-Road Capability. Hertz Neverlost In-Car Navigation System. Extra Hotel Nights before and after your Tour, and en-route.
Flightfrom Los Angeles, CAto Miami, FL. Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Parks and Attractions unless otherwise stated.
Anaheim, Bal Harbor, Boca Raton, California and Southwest Self Drive Tours, Carmel, City, Cocoa Beach, Country, Cross-country Self Drive Tours, Death Valley Ntl. Park, Everglades, Florida, Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fresno, Hollywood, Kennedy Space Center, Key Largo, Key West, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Malibu, Miami, Miami Beach, Monterey, Orlando, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Region, San Francisco, San Simeon, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Sight, South Beach, United States, Winter Sun, Yosemite Ntl. Park
- Arrive in Los Angeles, CA
- Day: 1
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- Accommodations: (BUD) Comfort Inn Cockatoo near Los Angeles Airport or similar (1 Night) (STD) Holiday Inn Los Angeles Airport or similar (1 Night) (SUP) Hilton Los Angeles Airport or similar (1 Night)
Arrive at the airport, pick-up rental car and proceed to the hotel. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the United States. Home to famous movie stars and the infamous landmark, the Hollywood sign; it is a city brimming with culture and happenings. This big metropolis has many regions with distinct flavors and communities. Take a stroll along the Walk of Fame and see the names of celebrities commemorated in pink stars along the sidewalk. Visit Mann’s Chinese Theater, the best-preserved of the movie palaces from Hollywood’s golden era. Known for its celebrity hand and footprints in the forecourt, over 200 impressions are yours to discover. Drive through Beverly Hills, the most famous neighborhood in the United States and see exclusive homes.
Accommodations: (BUD) Comfort Inn Cockatoo near Los Angeles Airport or similar (1 Night)
(STD) Holiday Inn Los Angeles Airport or similar (1 Night)
(SUP) Hilton Los Angeles Airport or similar (1 Night)
- Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Santa Maria, CA
- Day: 2
- 244 miles | 392.596 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Courtesy Inn San Simeon or similar (1 Night) (STD) Silver Surf Motel or similar (1 Night) (SUP) Cambria Pine Lodge or similar (1 Night)
Depart Los Angeles this morning and drive toward Santa Barbara. On the beautiful Pacific Coast, Santa Barbara is a gem. The pristine city’s climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens to view breathtaking flora or hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest. The beaches all have their own allure. East Beach attracts the trendy and young while fishing and whale watching are the favorites at Arroyo Burro. Enjoy the fine collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or explore the old Mission. Fresh seafood can be found in the restaurants on Stearn’s Wharf. Continue on to Santa Maria for an overnight stay. Santa Maria Valley is nestled in the foothills of wine country. Located in the heart of California’s Central Coast, here you will discover beautiful scenery and perfect beaches. Visit one of the nearby missions or award winning wineries located along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
Accommodations: (BUD) Courtesy Inn San Simeon or similar (1 Night)
(STD) Silver Surf Motel or similar (1 Night)
(SUP) Cambria Pine Lodge or similar (1 Night)
- Santa Maria – Monterey – San Francisco, CA
- Day: 3
- 290 miles | 466.61 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Oasis Inn or similar (2 nights) (STD) Best Western Plus Americania or similar (2 nights) (SUP) Pickwick Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Depart Santa Maria this morning for the luxurious drive up the Pacific Coast toward Monterey. After being swept away by the stunning Pacific coast views, spend the afternoon enjoying Monterey. Settled in 1770 as one of the first European outposts on the west coast, many of the early American Colonial buildings still stand. Monterey eventually became the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere when the first packing plant was built in 1900. Today, the old sardine factories have been converted into quaint restaurants and boutique shops. This area called “Cannery Row” was made famous by the author John Steinbeck and still remains an amusing place to explore. Monterey Bay is a fantastic place to whale watch and tours are offered locally. Consider taking the scenic and famous 17-Mile drive up the coast. Stop at the famous Pebble Beach and enjoy the sights of luxury mansions along the coast. Continue on to San Francisco for a two night stay.
Accommodations: (BUD) Oasis Inn or similar (2 nights)
(STD) Best Western Plus Americania or similar (2 nights)
(SUP) Pickwick Hotel or similar (2 nights)
- San Francisco, CA
- Day: 4
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Today, you are free to enjoy the many sights and sounds of San Francisco. Take a cable car ride from Fisherman’s Wharf. Another major attraction is Alcatraz, a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It served as lighthouse, a military fortification, and finally as a federal prison until 1963. The rangers give excellent guided tours detailing the history and legends surrounding “The Rock.” Spend the day in Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park offers dozens of fun things to do. Top sights are the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. Don’t miss the local resident buffalo herd. This evening dine in one of San Francisco’s many distinctive neighborhoods. From Chinatown to the very Italian flavored North Beach, each offers its own distinctive culture and cuisine.
- San Francisco – Yosemite National Park – Fresno, CA
- Day: 5
- 282 miles | 453.738 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Red Roof Inn or similar (1 Night) (STD) Best Western Village Inn or similar (1 Night) (SUP) Radisson Park Inn or similar (1 Night)
Depart the bustle of San Francisco and drive toward Yosemite National Park. The striking beauty of Yosemite is due in part to the Yosemite Valley, whose flat floor contrasts with nearly vertical granite walls. The granite cliffs, including the El Capitan monolith, Glacier Point, and Half Dome all tower as major waterfalls tumble over them. In addition to the Valley, Yosemite includes an extensive high-mountain wilderness of peaks, rivers, and meadows, and groves of giant sequoia trees. Extensive visitor activities, facilities, and services are available. At Yosemite Village, you can visit the Valley Visitor Center and see its orientation film, publications, theater programs, and exhibits highlighting the natural and human history. Self-guiding trails are nearby. Elsewhere in Yosemite Valley, you can gaze up at the waterfalls; visit Mirror Lake/Meadow in the East Valley and the famous “Tunnel View” of Yosemite Valley at Wawona Tunnel. Continue on to Fresno for an overnight stay, considered to be one of the top ski resorts in the United States.
Accommodations: (BUD) Red Roof Inn or similar (1 Night)
(STD) Best Western Village Inn or similar (1 Night)
(SUP) Radisson Park Inn or similar (1 Night)
- Fresno – Death Valley National Park – Las Vegas, NV
- Day: 6
- 481 miles | 773.929 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) America’s Best Value Inn or similar (2 Nights) - (STD) Circus Circus Hotel & Casino or similar (2 Nights)
Depart the Yosemite area and drive toward Nevada. Along the way, pass through Death Valley. Here you will find raw and barren earth as carved by the elements. The visitor center is located at Furnace Creek and will be a good starting point for seeing the park. Visit Harmony Borax Works. From 1883 to 1888, more than 20 million pounds of borax, which is used to make laundry detergent, was transported from the Harmony Borax Works. Mining continued in the area until 1928. A short trail with interpretive signs leads past the ruins of the old borax refinery and some outlying buildings. Drive along Artists Drive and stop to climb one of the many hills. From the highway, you can’t see the myriad of colors splashed on the rocks behind the foothills. At Artists Palette, interpretive signs explain the source of this splendid rainbow of color. Continue on to Las Vegas for a two night stay.
Accommodations: (BUD) America’s Best Value Inn or similar (2 Nights)
(STD) Circus Circus Hotel & Casino or similar (2 Nights)
(SUP) Tropicana Hotel & Casino or similar (2 Nights)
- Las Vegas
- Day: 7
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Las Vegas has something to offer everyone. From the outrageous live shows to the excitement of casinos, the action never stops from morning to night. Stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as “the strip.” Each hotel and casino has a distinctly different theme and all are wondrous displays. Take a trip up to the top of the Stratosphere hotel tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Enjoy dinner at the Top of the World, or simply admire the view from the observation deck. Visit any of the premier hotels including Caesars Palace, The Venetian and Paris for luxury shopping. If you’re searching for a bargain, drive to one of the outlet malls featuring designer names at discounted prices. Make sure not to miss the nightly fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel. Using a dramatic combination of music, water and light, the Bellagio delivers spectacular performances nightly with its majestic fountains. For a different side of Vegas, visit Fremont Street. This historic street features shops, restaurants and casinos. Above you hangs a canopy screen where more than 12 million lights put on a spectacular show.
- Las Vegas – Palm Springs – Los Angeles, CA
- Day: 8
- 390 miles | 627.51 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Kawada Hotel or similar (2 Nights) (STD) Figueroa Hotel or similar (2 Nights) (SUP) Millenium Biltmore Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
Leave Las Vegas today for the fashionable resort community of Palm Springs. Here date palms grow wild and natural springs have attracted visitors for years. Now, known for its golf and upscale lifestyle, tourists and celebrity visitors enjoy the luxurious amenities. Take a ride on the Aerial Tramway, a popular attraction that takes you from the desert to snow-capped mountains. This cable car ride ascends Mt. San Jacinto. At the top, there are hiking trails, mule rides, a cocktail bar and a restaurant. Moorten Botanical Garden is another interesting place to visit, proclaiming itself the “World’s First Cactarium.” The garden includes 3,000 fine examples of desert cacti and other desert plants, in a quirky Wild West setting sometimes used as a film backdrop. The Village area has a variety of restaurants, trendy shops, historic sites and annual festivals. Continue on to Los Angeles for a two night stay. Accommodations: (BUD) Kawada Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
(STD) Figueroa Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
(SUP) Millenium Biltmore Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
- Los Angeles, CA
- Day: 9
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Today, explore the City of Angels. Visit the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Shop the famous Rodeo Drive, where luxury retail commands the street. Have lunch in Venice Beach, home to famous Muscle Beach, where the sand and surf are secondary to the lively scene of people that inhabit the sidewalk. Visit Santa Monica Pier, once known as the “finish line” of legendary Route 66. Santa Monica pier was built in 1916. It features an aquarium, an amusement park and the famous Hippodrome building, a mix of California, Byzantine and Moorish architecture that has been featured in many films. Or, make your way to Anaheim and visit the “Happiest place on earth.” Disneyland is home to your favorite characters like Mickey Mouse. Here you will find entertainment for the young and the young at heart. For a behind the scenes look at movie making, visit Universal Studios. Tour the sets and cast yourself in the thrilling rides shows and attractions that bring the movies to life. In the evening, enjoy Universal City Walk, filled with restaurants and nightclubs.
- Los Angeles, CA – Miami, FL
- Day: 10
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- Accommodations: (BUD) Seagull Hotel Miami Beach or similar (2 Nights) (STD) Ocean Five or similar (2 Nights) (SUP) Cardozo Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
Depart at leisure for the Los Angeles International Airport, drop-off the rental car then catch your flight to Miami, FL. Arrive at the airport and pick-up another rentalcar and proceed to the hotel. Miami is an international city, rich with a multi-ethnic culture which is reflected in the cuisine and architecture. The beaches are a great way to relax as you absorb the pastel buildings and turquoise waters. Enjoy a day at leisure. Sip a cool drink and lounge outdoors at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes. A two night stay has been arranged in Miami.
Accommodations: (BUD) Seagull Hotel Miami Beach or similar (2 Nights)
(STD) Ocean Five or similar (2 Nights)
(SUP) Cardozo Hotel or similar (2 Nights)
- Miami Beach, FL
- Day: 11
- 0 miles | 0 Km*
World famous South Beach is home to fabulous shopping, gourmet restaurants, fashion shoots and filming of TV and movies. Walk along Ocean Drive and enjoy any type of cuisine you can imagine. Shop at Lincoln Road mall and take pleasure in 175 specialty shops and galleries. Learn more about the Art Deco architecture by taking a walking tour of this district. At night, South Beach truly becomes “decadent” with scores of nightspots catering to both the adventurous and relaxed clientele. Visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an Italian Renaissance-style villa and formal gardens built in 1916. Bayside Market place offers outdoor entertainment and unique shops. There are also multiple sightseeing cruises and party boat tours that depart from here.
- Miami Beach – Key West, FL
- Day: 12
- 170 miles | 273.53 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD, STD & SUP) DoubleTree Grand Key Resort or similar (1 Night)
Leave the mainland and drive south into the Florida Keys. Pass mangroves and keep watch for wading birds, such as herons. Key Largo is the first and largest Florida Key. Here you will find John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America’s first underwater state park. Learn about this delicate and diverse ecosystem by visiting the park’s Coral Reef Theater. Continue south toward Key West. Enjoy gorgeous views over the water as you cross the Seven Mile Bridge, the longest segmental bridge in the world. There is always something happening in Key West. Specialty shops and restaurants line the streets. Take a ride on the Conch Tour Train for sightseeing and stories of the island. Visit the Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum. Here you will discover where the author wrote and lived for more than ten years. Venture outdoors to meet one of the sixty cats, including some that have six toes! No visit to Key West is complete without taking part in the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Performers, vendors and artists line the water’s edge to bid the daylight farewell.
Accommodations: (BUD, STD & SUP) DoubleTree Grand Key Resort or similar (1 Night)
- Key West – Everglades – Fort Myers, FL
- Day: 13
- 370 miles | 595.33 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Best Western Plus Ft. Myers Inn & Suites or similar (1 Night) - (STD) Outrigger Beach Resort or similar (1 Night)
Depart Key West and begin driving through Florida’s natural side, the Everglades. It is often called the “River of Grass” because of the slow moving waters and the abundance of saw grass. Unique plants and incredible wildlife inhabit the Everglades, including the famous alligator. Visit Shark Valley and take an airboat ride to discover this splendor firsthand. Continue on and travel north to Fort Myers. Fort Myers and the surrounding islands boast some of Florida’s most natural and lovely beaches. They are a haven for birds, wildlife and the sea turtles that come here to nest. Participate in one of the many water activities. Enjoy deep water fishing or take a lesson on how to windsurf. Get intimate with the back bays and aquatic preserves that surround Fort Myers by taking a guided kayak nature tour. To relax, look for some of the more than 400 species of seashells along the beautiful shores. After a day of playing on the beach, consider a dinner cruise down the Intracostal Waterway. “The Big M” gambling boat offers Las Vegas-style casino gambling aboard a luxury yacht.
Accommodations: (BUD) Best Western Plus Ft. Myers Inn & Suites or similar (1 Night)
(STD) Outrigger Beach Resort or similar (1 Night)
(SUP) Diamond Head All Suite Beach Resort or similar (1 Night)
- Fort Myers – Orlando, FL
- Day: 14
- 164 miles | 263.876 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Continental Plaza Hotel or similar (3 Nights) - (STD) Champion World Resort or similar (3 Nights)
This morning, visit the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Explore twenty acres of tropical gardens, the Edison laboratory, museum, inventions and exhibits. The Boca Grande Lighthouse and Whidden Marinia offer an interesting glance at this area’s seafaring past. For shopping, consider one of the charming antique shops of Fort Myers. Or for more traditional retail, visit the Edison Mall, with over 150 stores. Continue on to Orlando. Tonight, visit Downtown Disney for dining and shopping. Or, experience a dinner show such as Arabian Nights. A three night stay has been arranged here. Accommodations: (BUD) Continental Plaza Hotel or similar (3 Nights)
(STD) Champion World Resort or similar (3 Nights)
(SUP) DoubleTree Universal Orlando or similar (3 Nights)
- Orlando, FL
- Day: 15
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Spend your next few days enjoying all of Orlando’s attractions. Walt Disney World Epcot® –Epcot® is a showplace for the achievements of man, a tribute to innovation and imagination, and a fellowship of international culture. Epcot consists of Future World and World Showcase. Future World features attractions such as Spaceship Earth, where you will experience a journey from the beginning of time to the electronic age. Ride Test Track, a high speed thriller that mimics actual vehicle testing conditions, sending you through breathtaking twists and turns. Explore all of Future World where innovation and invention entertain. World Showcase offers the cultures of 11 nations. The architecture and landscape change as you move from one country to the next. Taste the cuisine, shop and be entertained by distinctly different traditions. End the evening by watching Illuminations, a nighttime kaleidoscope of music and light.
SeaWorld® Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando is a premiere marine adventure park. It features thrilling rides and amazing shows where the animals are the stars. Your feet will dangle on Kraken, the only floorless rollercoaster in Orlando. Meet Shamu, the famous killer whale in the sensational show, Believe. See polar bears and beluga whales on the Wild Arctic ride. Get ready for the ultimate adventure on Journey to Atlantis! Travel on water and high-speed rails through special effects and a 60 foot drop! Check out the current spectacle at the Sea lion and Otter Stadium, where Clyde and Seamore will be into some mischief. Experience the magic of marine life and the splendor of what lies beyond the ocean’s door.
- Orlando, FL
- Day: 16
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Universal Studios® Florida – You’re the star at Universal Studios where you can ride the movies! Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ where you soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure. Join the agents from “Men in Black Alien Attack” and zap aliens as you chase them through the streets of New York. Plunge into darkness on Revenge of the Mummy® a psychological thrill ride that combines special effects and speed. See Shrek 4-D an original 3-D film, with an added dimension where you will see, hear and feel the action right from your seat You’ll find something that appeals to kids of all ages at the place where you become part of the movies!
Universal‘s Islands of Adventure® – Journey through five remarkable islands where all your favorite myths, legends, comic books and cartoon heroes come to life. Enter a comic book city in the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® a 3-D thrill ride, where you will battle evil and feel the adventure. Ride your couch through the pages of the famous children’s book “The Cat In The Hat!” on Seuss Island. Explore the Lost Continent® where you will find Dueling Dragons® the world’s first inverted dueling roller coaster. Take fear to new heights on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall® on Marvel Super Hero Island®. Rocket 150 feet into the air and come back down faster than gravity! Experience all of the cutting edge rides and stories come to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
- Orlando – Kennedy Space Center – Palm Beach, FL
- Day: 17
- 219 miles | 352.371 Km*
- Accommodations: (BUD) Best Western Palm Beach Lakes or similar (1 Night) - (STD) Bradley Park Hotel or similar (1 Night)
Depart Orlando today and drive along Florida’s east coast toward Kennedy Space Center. It is the site of the American Space Program and NASA headquarters. Your exploration of Kennedy Space Center starts with one of the tours, to see NASA facilities, including the massive launch pads, gigantic Vehicle Assembly Building, and the awe inspiring Apollo/Saturn V Center. Back at the Visitor Center, experience interactive simulators, live shows and close encounters with massive rockets. Meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps in the Astronaut Encounter. Make sure to see one of the IMAX space films on gigantic five-story screens. Continue on to Palm Beach where the American elite spend the winter. Visit the luxurious shopping and dining on Worth Avenue.
Accommodations: (BUD) Best Western Palm Beach Lakes or similar (1 Night)
(STD) Bradley Park Hotel or similar (1 Night)
(SUP) Omphoy Ocean Resortor similar (1 Night)
- Palm Beach – Fort Lauderdale – Miami International Airport, FL
- Day: 18
- 77 miles | 123.893 Km*
En route to Miami International Airport, visit Fort Lauderdale, often called the “Venice of America” because of the intricate canal system. Visit the Waterfront area for dining and shopping. Continue on at leisure to the Miami International Airport. Drop-off rental car
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This wonderful tour takes you to to the brightest places on the West and East coasts of the United States. Travel up the Pacific Coast to San Francisco, see Yosemite and Las Vegas before flying to Florida and the Beachs on the Gold Coast and Gulf of Mexico.