Floridas Sunshine Trail Summer 2017

An 11-Day Trafalgar Tours tour starting from $3,075

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Tour Length: 11 Days
Countries Visited: United States
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Tour Operator: Trafalgar Tours
Tour Code: TT-DFLA-2017
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This spotlight on America's Sunshine State features Florida's top attractions: the hotspots of Miami and Key West, natural spectacle of the Everglades and historic Kennedy Space Center.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... journeying through the streets of Little Havannah with a Local Specialist to explore hidden sites most tourists miss. Smell the earthy aroma of tobacco wafting out from cigar shops and sip coffee unique to the Cuban exiles who call this place home.

 
Dining Highlights
10 full breakfasts. 3 dinners (including Be My Guest). 1 lunch.

First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted Hand-picked Insider Experiences Optional Experiences and free time Porterage and local charges included Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras An expert Travel Director and separate Driver All hotel tips, charges and local taxes Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday VIP entry to many sights

 
Day 1: Arrive Orlando
Welcome to the Sunshine State. Relax or explore your resort with its breathtakingly beautiful tropical gardens and signature atriums that recreate three Florida environments from the gently rising mists of the Everglades, the funky and vibrant island revelry of Key West, and the Spanish-infused, old-world charm of St. Augustine. At 6 p.m. join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception

Day 2: Orlando ' St. Augustine ' Cocoa Beach
Travel north to St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. An orientation tour introduces you to its charming cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley to hear tales and interesting trivia from conductors, as they bring 500 years of American history to life. Experience early St. Augustine as you visit Old St. Augustine Village, featuring houses from the 18th and 19th centuries and the oldest wooden school in the Americas. Arrive at your beachfront hotel on beautiful Cocoa Beach.Full Breakfast

Day 3: Cocoa Beach ' Kennedy Space Center ' West Palm Beach
Explore the Kennedy Space Center on a NASA coach for a panoramic view of space shuttle launch pads at the LC-39 Observation Gantry. Then experience the historic Apollo 8 launch and marvel at a massive 364 foot (110 metres) Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. At the IMAX theatre, the dream of spaceflight comes alive with a wall of sound, a five-story screen and realistic 3D special effects featuring dramatic footage shot by NASA astronauts during actual missions-you will feel like you're floating alongside them. End your space journey at lunch where you are joined by a veteran astronaut and Local Specialist from NASA's famous Astronaut Corps. This afternoon, continue to West Palm Beach.Full Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: West Palm Beach ' Marathon ' Key West (2 Nights)
Head south this morning along the fabled "Road to Paradise"-the Florida Keys Scenic Highway. With the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right, the highway winds through vistas of natural beauty and areas rich in history, legends and stunning views. Stop at the Dolphin Research Center to visit dolphins and sea lions before arriving in Key West. Discover Key West Historic District's many points of interest including world famous Duval Street, the Key West Bight, West Martello Fort, and much more. In the evening, learn about the history and sample some of the Keys' favourite dessert, Key Lime Pie, a Cultural Insight.Full Breakfast

Day 5: Key West Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, with your choice sightseeing, pick between visiting the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy or a tour of reclusive author Ernest Hemingway's home and museum. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests. Key West is known for its amazing variety of aquatic and land-based activities. Not sure what kind of activities you want to do? Not a problem'your Travel Director is happy to help. Tonight, join the Sunset Celebration festivities in Mallory Square at the historic Key West waterfront and see the sun slowly descend into the Gulf of Mexico.Full Breakfast

Day 6: Key West ' Miami (2 Nights)
It's on up to Miami today where, upon arrival, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the historic Art Deco District with a Local Specialist. Discover the architectural crown jewels of South Beach's one-square-mile of traditional Art Deco in the first 20th century neighbourhood to be recognised by the National Register of Historic Places. You'll also view the area's most infamous residence, Casa Casuarina, once the home of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore.Full Breakfast

Day 7: Miami Free Time and Sightseeing
Enjoy today on your own in vibrant Miami. This evening, meet in Little Havana for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. The Cuban owner of a popular Little Havana restaurant welcomes you tonight for a Be My Guest dinner. Indulge in a glass of sangria while the host enlightens you on the influences Cuban cuisine has on Little Havana. After appetisers, sit down for a dinner featuring classic Cuban dishes, followed by a cup of café con leche and homemade Cuban dessert.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 8: Miami �� Everglades ' Naples ' Fort Myers (2 Nights)
Bid farewell to Miami before embarking on a thrilling airboat experience through the Everglades. It's an exciting ride through the saw grass prairies and mangrove wilderness. If you're lucky, you may get up-close with alligators, native wildlife and a variety of birds, such as the blue heron, American egret, bald eagle and osprey. Arrive in Naples this afternoon and explore the quaint city. Then it's on to Fort Myers for the evening.Full Breakfast

Day 9: Edison and Ford Winter Estates Excursion
Visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates today, a historical museum and 17 acre (6 ha) botanical garden near the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in southwestern Florida. The present site dates from 1885 when Edison first visited Florida and purchased the property to build a holiday home. His home served as a winter retreat and place of relaxation until his death in 1931. His wife, Mina, deeded the property to Fort Myers 16 years later, in memory of her husband, and the site was opened to the public for all to enjoy. Today, the estates and grounds are a non-profit corporation whose mission is to protect, preserve and interpret the site for future growth and development. Edison's beautiful botanical garden contains more than a thousand varieties of plants from around the world, including African sausage trees and a 400 foot (120 metre) banyan tree given by Harvey Firestone in 1925. It was originally an experimental garden for industrial products, but Mrs. Edison enhanced it with plantings of roses, orchids and bromeliads. In the evening, enjoy a your choice dining experience.Full Breakfast, Your Choice

Day 10: Fort Myers ' Tampa
This morning, tour the dazzling palatial mansion, Ca' d'Zan, of John and Mable Ringling (of circus fame). With a guide, discover this tribute to the American Dream reflecting the splendour and romance of Venice, Italy. Afterward, visit the Circus Museum celebrating the American circus, its history, and unique relationship to Sarasota. A Farewell Dinner is served tonight-the perfect ending to your Florida holiday.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 11: Tampa ' Depart Orlando
Visit the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. From a variety of observation platforms, you may get a chance to view manatees gathering in the clean, warm water when the temperature of Tampa Bay is warm enough (This is a seasonal visit, generally November 1st through April 15th). Then it's time to bid farewell to the Sunshine State. Your Florida trail ends at Orlando International Airport or the Gaylord Palms Resort for those wishing to extend their stay in Orlando to visit one of the many amusement parks such as Walt Disney World or Universal Studios.Full Breakfast

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

Sightseeing Highlights
City Tour: of Little Havanna and South Beach Art Deco District. Scenic drive through the Florida Keys Orientation of St. Augustine View the wildlife of the Everglades Visit Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Key West, Fort Myers and Miami

 

 
 

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