Your Tour Package Includes:
16 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 16 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.
Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Parks and Attractions unless otherwise stated.
Amelia Island, Bal Harbor, Boca Raton, Cedar Key, City, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Cocoa Beach, Country, Crystal River, Everglades, Florida, Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Kennedy Space Center, Key Largo, Key West, Miami, Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach, Region, Seaside, Sight, South Beach, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Stuart, Tarpon Springs, United States, Wakulla Springs, Winter Sun
- Arrive in Orlando, FL
- Day: 1
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- Accommodations: (STD) Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista or similar (3 nights)
Arrive at Orlando International Airport, pick-up rental car and proceed to your hotel. Welcome to the Theme Park capital of the world! Enjoy an evening at Downtown Disney, with over 170 shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, everyone will find something fun to do. Or experience the exitement of an interactive dinner show, such as Arabian Nights. You will have four nights to enjoy the magic of Orlando.
Accommodations: (STD) Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista or similar (3 nights)
- Orlando, FL
- Day: 2
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Today you have the choice to enjoy one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.
Magic Kingdom Park® – Meet Mickey Mouse and his friends in the Magic Kingdom® Park, where the fantasies of Walt Disney become reality with attractions for the young, and the young at heart. See Cinderella Castle at the top of Main Street, USA which shows America as it was nearly a hundred years ago. Visit Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Tomorrowland. See The Haunted Mansion and experience the thrill of riding Space Mountain. Make sure to visit Mickey’s Toontown Fair, THE place to meet Mickey and the gang in person. Enjoy the nightly fireworks spectacular featuring favorite Disney characters and a stunning music and lights display.
Disney’s Epcot® – Visit the two entertaining worlds of Epcot® (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). This Park is a showplace for the achievements of man, a tribute to innovation and imagination, and a fellowship of international culture. It 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 eleven 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.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® – Take off on an African Safari to encounter real elephants, lions, and herds of zebra and giraffe. Voyage millions of years back in time to rescue a dinosaur from extinction. Join characters from The Lion King in a celebration of the never-ending Circle of Life. Whether real, imaginary, or extinct, the animals who rule this domain bring to life a day of adventure.
- Orlando FL
- Day: 3
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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. Fly with E.T. on a star-bound bike as you help him save his home planet. You’ll find something that appeal 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. Experience all of the cutting edge rides and stories come to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. 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. 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. Make sure to include a stop at the dolphin nursery, where you can see up close new dolphin mothers and their calves. Experience the magic of marine life and the splendor of what lies beyond the ocean’s door.
- Orlando – Kennedy Space Center – Miami Beach, FL
- Day: 4
- 266 miles | 427.994 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Days Inn Oceanside or similar (2 nights)
Leave the magic of Orlando this morning and head to Kennedy Space Center. This is the site of the American Space Program and NASA’s headquarters. 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. After a day of space exploration, continue to sunny Miami Beach. 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. In the evening, take a short drive to South Beach’s Lincoln Road, this pedestrian-friendly outdoors Mall is home to ove 175 specialty shops, outdoor cafes, restaurants and galleries. For a special treat visit Ghirardelli Chocolatiers where you will be greeted at the door with a sample of their delectable chocolate; aside from the overhealming aroma of sweets in the air, the sheer size of the store is enough to impress even the premier chocolate connoisseur. Try one of their delicious shakes, malts, ice creams or baked goods. Accommodations: (STD) Days Inn Oceanside or similar (2 nights)
- Miami Beach, FL
- Day: 5
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Warm breezes, swaying palm trees, and the sound of the waves washing ashore act as a backdrop for pastel-colored, Art Deco buildings making Miami’s South Beach a stunning and often intoxicatingly beautiful place. It has been called the American Riviera by seasoned travelers, but there’s more to this city than fine white sand and turquoise waters. World famous South Beach is home to fabulous shopping and 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. Consider a visit to Bayside Marketplace which offers unique shops and outdoor entertainment. Several types of boat tours also depart from Bayside Marketplace, including sightseeing cruises and party boats.
- Miami Beach – Florida Keys – Key West, FL
- Day: 6
- 171 miles | 275.139 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Bayside Inn & Suites or similar (1 night)
Today, depart Miami Beach toward the tropical island paradise that is Key West. You will travel through the Florida Keys by way of the Overseas Highway, with its stunning vistas, via 42 bridges to the southernmost city of the continental United States, Key West for an overnight stay. There is always something happening in Key West. Specialty shops, outdoor cafes 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! Tonight, walk along Duval Street to enjoy the festive atmosphere and sample a local favorite food, conch fritters. 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: (STD) Bayside Inn & Suites or similar (1 night)
- Key West – Everglades City, Fl
- Day: 7
- 222 miles | 357.198 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Ivey House Bed & Breakfast or similar (1 night)
Depart Key West and drive to Florida’s natural side, the Everglades. Often called the “River of Grass” because of the slow moving waters and the abundance of saw grass, the Everglades is Florida’s premier nature spot. Unique plants and incredible wildlife inhabit this area, including the famous Florida alligator. This subtropical paradise is Florida’s best kept secret; here you can enjoy activities such as boating, fishing, walking, bird and nature watching, and visiting historical places of interest. Sample the local fish in the restaurants; grouper, snook and stone-crab claws are some of the favorites. The area is centrally located for easy access to such places as Big Cypress, Shark Valley, Seminole State Preserve, and Fakahatchee Strand. Visit Shark Valley and take an airboat ride to discover this splendor firsthand. Accommodations: (STD) Ivey House Bed & Breakfast or similar (1 night)
- Everglades City – Sarasota, FL
- Day: 8
- 157 miles | 252.613 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Sandcastle Resort Lido Beach or similar (2 nights)
Enjoy a bit of the everglades this morning before departing up the West Coast to Sarasota. Sarasota is home to some of the most spectacular sunsets and sandy beaches on the Gulf Coast. While it maintains the charm of a sleepy beach town, it is also recognized as a cultural center. This is a perfect time to relax, lounge by the swimming pool or take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Accommodations: (STD) Sandcastle Resort Lido Beach or similar (2 nights)
- Sarasota, FL
- Day: 9
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Today, you can opt for a short trip to Historic Spanish Point, a fascinating 30-acre historical, archaeological and environmental museum. Overlooking beautiful Little Sarasota Bay, Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Experience prehistory by stepping inside “A Window to the Past”, an archeological exhibition about the gulf coast region’s earliest people. Stop at St. Armands Circle and shop in designer boutiques and lunch in one of the many eclectic restaurants. For a dose of nature, visit Selby Botanical Gardens which boasts more than 6,000 living orchids and other plant life. Mote Marine Aquarium offers a firsthand view of the indigenous sea life.
- Sarasota – St. Petersburg Beach, FL
- Day: 10
- 75 miles | 120.675 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove or similar (1 night)
Continue your journey this morning to Clearwater home of pristine white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, warm sunshine, and plenty of hospitality. At the quieter end of the sunny barrier islands that stretch 28 miles along the Pinellas Peninsula’s Gulf shore, the beach town of Clearwater attracts romantics and families to its powdery sands. Clearwater Beach is rated the number one beach in the Gulf region. Activities in this area revolve around the beaches and calm waters; swimming, paddle boating, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing are but a few. For a more relaxing activity, go shelling; hunt for that perfect specimen to take back home. Many sunset dinner and sightseeing cruises also depart from these shores.
Accommodations: (STD) Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove or similar (1 night)
- St. Petersburg Beach – Crystal River, FL
- Day: 11
- 74 miles | 119.066 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Plantation on Crystal River or similar (1 night)
This morning depart Clearwater Beach and drive along Florida’s Nature coast. With its beautiful views, rivers and abundant wildlife it’s a joy to drive here! As you continue on your journey, make a short stop a Tarpon Springs, a Greek sponge fishing town, before continuing to Crystal River for the night. Enjoy a true adventure at the Crystal River. Take a conoe ride and get up-close and personal with nature. Swimming with manatees is also a favorite activity at Crystal River. See these protected mammals up close! You can also choose to take a boat trip and see the manatees from a short distance.
Accommodations: (STD) Plantation on Crystal River or similar (1 night)
- Crystal River – Wakulla Springs, FL
- Day: 12
- 162 miles | 260.658 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Wakulla Springs Lodge or similar (2 nights)
Leave the wonders of Crystal River behind as you drive toward Wakulla Springs. Along the way you will travel past some of Florida’s Parks and forests where you might consider stopping. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is over 402,000 acres, the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern United States. The Okefenokee Swamp is approximately 7000 years old. It is a vast peat-filled bog inside a huge, saucer-shaped depression that was once part of the ocean floor. The Suwannee River is the principle outlet of the swamp. Osceola National Forest offers nearly two hundred thousand acres of the original Florida waiting to be explored. The Florida National Scenic Trail winds its way through 23 miles of the Forest. There are twenty boardwalks on this hiking trail which offer drier views of swamps and wetlands. You might catch a glimpse of the famous local residents of the forest, the Florida alligator. You will spend two nights at Wakulla Springs Lodge. This lodge, surrounded by beautiful nature and built by Edward Ball in 1937, shows you Florida of the ’30. With its marble and handmade iron this lodge is a beautiful place to stay. The lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Accommodations: (STD) Wakulla Springs Lodge or similar (2 nights)
- Wakulla Springs, FL
- Day: 13
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Today, visit Wakulla Springs State Park. At 185 feet deep, Wakulla, is one of the world’s deepest and largest fresh water springs. The grounds are home to many nature trails and an abundance of wildlife. There are over 180 species of birds to watch and photograph. You can choose to take a glass bottom boat tour or take a swim, or maybe even do both! Another wonderful nature spot in this area is the Apalachicola National Forest; it encompasses more than half a million acres of bald-cypress swamp. View longleaf and slash pines that support the world’s healthiest population of woodpeckers, open savannas, and odd plants. Take a hike on the Florida Trail for an up close look at this natural wonder.
- Wakulla Springs – Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island, FL
- Day: 14
- 216 miles | 347.544 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Marriott Residence Inn Amelia Island or similar (2 nights)
Enjoy the springs this morning before continuing on to the natural beauty of Amelia Island for a two-night stay. Home to such local treasures as the Live Oak and Sea lavender, Amelia Island offers lovely natural beaches where you can spend time searching for unique sea shells and shark teeth. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the countless activities and amenities found at the hotel. With four Audubon International certified sanctuary golf courses, 23 Har-Tru tennis courts, a holistic spa, shopping village, and Nature Center, Amelia Island Plantation offers something for everyone. So relax and reconnect with nature! Accommodations: (STD) Marriott Residence Inn Amelia Island or similar (2 nights)
- Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island, FL
- Day: 15
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Today, visit Amelia Island State Park. See 200 acres of pristine nature, beautiful beaches, saltwater swamps and forests along the coast. This park shows you the “real” Florida! Horseback riding on the beach and fishing are the main things that visitors come to do here. Have a relaxing afternoon picnic and enjoy the beautiful sights. During the evening take a walk or carriage ride through the forty historic blocks that line the downtown area of Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant seaport, and admire the elegant Victorian homes.
- Fernandia / Amelia Island – Saint Augustine, FL
- Day: 16
- 66 miles | 106.194 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Quality Inn Historic St. Augustine or similar (1 night)
Leave Amelia Island behind this morning and drive to St. Augustine for your last night of the tour. Historic St. Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Here, the blend of Spanish, English and American cultures come alive. Among the many points of interest is the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a fortress which served as the city’s outer defenses. It is the oldest remaining European fortification in the continental United States. Explore the historic district with its cobblestone streets and interesting shops. There are many dining options in the Old City, including authentic pubs, gourmet bistros, waterfront terraces, and unique, casual cafes.
Accommodations: (STD) Quality Inn Historic St. Augustine or similar (1 night)
- St. Augustine – Orlando International Airport, FL
- Day: 17
- 125 miles | 201.125 Km*
Depending on your flight schedule you may choose to enjoy some more of this historic and charming city this morning before departing to Orlando. Another option is to stop briefly in Daytona Beach on the way to the airport. Daytona Beach has been depicted in countless movies; it is the only beach where cars are allowed to drive on the sand. It is also known as the home of the Daytona Speedway, one of the most well known and largest car race tracks in the US. Continue to Orlando International Airport. Drop-off rental car
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Explore Florida”s best as you travel from the theme parks of Orlando to the southernmost point in the United States, Key West. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Everglades and marvel at the colorful side of Miami Beach. Rendezvous with nature at Wakulla Springs and Amelia Island and have fun on the sun-drenched beaches of the West Coast.