FLORIDA VALUES

SELF-DRIVE

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Florida City | Key West | Everglades NP | Ft. Myers | Orlando

Kennedy Space Center | Miami Beach

 

 

Florida Values takes you coast to coast in the Sunshine State. Experience the natural beauty of the Everglades, the charming beach towns on the Gulf Coast and the thrilling Orlando’s attractions and Kennedy Space Center. Then relax on beach or explore the shopping, nightlife, and Art Deco District on Miami Beach.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 8-night accommodation

 

Not included

International and domestic airfare · Car rental · Tolls · Parking fees · National Park admission · Meals · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides · Beverages · Optional excursions

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DAY 1 MIAMI · FLORIDA CITY

Arrive at Miami International Airport (MIA) and proceed to Florida City. Just an hour south of the airport, Florida City an ideal for anyone who wants a base to explore the Florida Keys and the Everglades. On the way you might want to stop at Zoo Miami, Coral Castle, or the Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace. If time permits visit Everglades National Park, Royal Palm is located just past the main park entrance west of Homestead and is a great spot to see wildlife or walk the Anhinga Trail boardwalk.

Accommodation: Florida City for 2 nights

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DAY 2 FLORIDA CITY · KEY WEST · FLORIDA CITY

Head 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. 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. Return to Florida City for the Night.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (Bookable Online at an additional cost)

CONCH TRAIN TOUR (EYW-CONC):

Climb aboard the Conch Train and see the best of Key West. Friendly engineers will share thrilling accounts of pirates and Indians, visionaries and artists, moguls and politicians as you see the glorious architecture and stunning tropical scenery.

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DAY 3 FLORIDA CITY · EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK · FT. MYERS

Explore Florida’s natural side, the Everglades, 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 the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park and take a tram ride to the tower or embark on an airboat ride to observe the wildlife, such as alligators, whitetail deer, river otters, and about 200 different bird species. Continue to the Gulf Coast and Ft. Myers Beach which boast some of Florida’s most natural and lovely beaches and enjoy some time on the beach. After your beach break continue to Ft. Myers for the night.

Accommodation: Ft. Myers for 1 night

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DAY 4 FT. MYERS · FLORIDA WEST COAST · ORLANDO

This morning, before departing Ft. Myers, get to know some of the most popular attractions of the area. Visit the Edison/Ford Winter Homes for a guided tour, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Continue toward Orlando via a coastal route that will take you through the charming beach towns of Sarasota, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Each of these areas has its own rhythm and appeal but they all boast white, fine sand beaches and calm crystal-clear waters. Once in Orlando, you can visit Disney Springs, with more than 70 shopping, entertainment and dining choices.

Accommodation: Orlando for 3 nights

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (Bookable Online at an additional cost)

EDISON / FORD MUSEUM (RSW-EFWE):

Take an extensive guided tour of these two famous Estates which were used as winter vacation homes by Thomas Edison & Henry Ford. The tour includes both homes, gardens, and laboratories where these two brilliant men spent many winters working, talking and even relaxing together in tropical southwest Florida.

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DAY 5 ORLANDO

Welcome to the Theme Park capital of the world! For the next two days you can create your own itinerary from the numerous attractions this city has to offer.

Admissions are NOT included in the program and can be purchased directly at the 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.

Universal Studios® Florida – You’re the star at Universal Studios where you can ride the movies. Check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter® and visit Gringotts at Diagon Alley® or take a ride on the Hogwarts Express. 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. Take fear to new heights on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall® on Marvel Superhero Island®. Rocket 150 feet into the air and come back down faster than gravity! Check out yet another part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter® and fly over Hogwarts® School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or visit Hogsmeade®. Try not to get eaten during the Jurassic Park River Adventure®. Experience all the cutting-edge rides and stories come to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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DAY 6 ST. ORLANDO

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 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.

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 One Ocean and learn more about these amazing marine mammals during the 30-minute educational presentation Ocean Discovery. 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. Make sure to include a stop at the dolphin nursery, where you can see new dolphin mothers and their calves. Experience the magic of marine life and the splendor of what lies beyond the ocean’s door.

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DAY 7 ORLANDO · KENNEDY SPACE CENTER · MIAMI BEACH

Bid farewell to the magic of Orlando and drive east to Kennedy Space Center, the site of the American Space Program and NASA 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 your day of space exploration, continue to Ft. Lauderdale, known as the “Venice of America” because of the intricate canal system. The arts and entertainment district of Ft. Lauderdale runs along the Riverfront and Las Olas Boulevard offers quaint shops, eateries, and galleries. Continue to Miami Beach for a two-night stay.

Accommodation: Miami Beach for 2 nights

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (Bookable Online at an additional cost)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER’S GENERAL ADMISSION (KSC-ADMI):

Enjoy a day of Space Exploration with this general admission ticket. A vacation destination like nowhere else on Earth, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program. The attraction offers a full day or more of awe and excitement for the whole family, from young children to space enthusiasts. More interactive than a museum, more inspirational than a science center, and more authentic and educational than a theme park, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a mix of thrilling simulators, breathtaking attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, larger-than-life 3D space films, rocket launch viewing opportunities and more.

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DAY 8 MIAMI BEACH

Today is yours to explore Miami Beach and the neighboring greater Miami area. Experience the sights and sounds of “The Magic City”, a tropical playground full of extraordinary architectural history. There is Downtown Miami, home to renowned Bayside Marketplace; Coconut Grove, the oldest city within the Miami metropolitan area, known as Miami’s Food Court for its many and varied restaurants and open air cafes; Coral Gables, almost entirely constructed in Mediterranean Revival Style; and Little Havana, a Cuban immigrant neighborhood famous for its landmarks like Calle Ocho and Domino Park, and for its social, cultural, and political activities.

Self-Guided Art Deco Walking Tour: Learn more about the Art Deco architecture by taking a walking tour of this historic district. Admire the exterior ornamentation of these landmark structures and explore the equally impressive interiors, at your own pace, while following detailed descriptions and learning a little bit of the history. Included in your Discovery Guide.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (Bookable Online at an additional cost)

BIG BUS TOUR MIAMI DELUXE TOUR (MIA-BIG2):

The Miami Sightseeing Tour has been specially designed to show the best Miami has to offer. Enjoy it all from the comfort of the open-top buses; hop off wherever you like, then hop back on to continue your journey. You will see all the most interesting and attractive areas: South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and more.

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DAY 9 MIAMI BEACH

Enjoy your last morning in Miami Beach, relax on the beach to do some last-minute shopping and depart to Miami International Airport (MIA) at your leisure.

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