The Sunshine Trails tour is a relaxing drive around Florida’s brightest hotspots. Start in vibrant Miami where you’ll see surfers catching the waves in a turquoise ocean and models sauntering along golden sands. See the endangered American crocodile in the Everglades. Meet your favourite astronaut at the Kennedy Space Centre and say “hi” to Mickey at the world’s best known theme park. Top it off by driving through the Florida Keys, often described as ‘Florida’s jewels’ because of the sparkling effect created by the closeness of the sea on both sides. By the end, you really will have experienced the sunshine state.
• 11 nights’ accommodation
• Car hire (Intermediate car, fully inclusive package)
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential travel information, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day routing maps
Day 1 – Miami
Arrive at Miami’s International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Pick-up your Roadbook as you check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Miami.
Day 2 – Miami to Key West (260 km)
Travel south today crossing 42 bridges and 32 islands as you drive on the Overseas Highway (US1) all the way to Key West, only 90 miles away from Cuba. Key Largo is the first in a chain of coral islands known as the Keys. The star attraction is undoubtedly the only underwater park in the US, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Continue on to Key West and walk the Pelican Path or take the Conch Tour Train to get a flavour of Key West. Overnight in Key West.
Day 3 – Key West to the Everglades National Park (265 km)
Retrace your journey along the Keys and head north on US1. Make time to take a guided kayak tour in the Florida Bay back country. It is recommended to book in advance. Continue on to Homestead where a 10 mile backtrack will bring you to the Everglades National Park Visitor’s Centre. Take an optional airboat ride to enjoy the ultimate Everglades experience. Overnight in Everglades.
Day 4 – Everglades National Park to Naples (218 km)
Leave the Everglades National Park returning to Homestead and continuing on to the beach resort of Naples located on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the fine dining, designer shops and the relaxing atmosphere of this beach community. Overnight in Naples.
Day 5 – Naples to Sarasota (160 km)
Drive north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches. Make an optional stop at the winter residence of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford outside Fort Myers. Overnight in Sarasota.
Day 6 – Sarasota to Silver Springs (290 km)
Travel inland as you head for Crystal River. Make a stop en route at Homosassa Springs, home to Nature World, a nature reserve for endangered manatees. Continue to Silver Springs for the night.
Day 7 – Silver Springs to St. Augustine (200 km)
This morning visit Silver Springs Park where the first Tarzan movies were filmed or enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride on the clear waters of Crystal Springs. Cross the Ocala National Forest via Palatka to St. Augustine and overnight.
Day 8 – St. Augustine
Located on the East Coast of Florida, St. Augustine enjoys both the relaxing atmosphere of a beach town and the charm of an historical city. Enjoy the day here. Overnight in St. Augustine.
Day 9 – St. Augustine to Orlando (180 km)
En route visit Daytona Beach before swinging inland and following Interstate 4 to the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. Overnight in Orlando.
Days 10 / 11 – Orlando
Enjoy two days to explore the theme parks including Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld.
Day 12 – Orlando to Miami (412 km) – end of tour
Leave Orlando this morning and head south towards Miami. If you have the chance, the Kennedy Space Centre is well worth a visit. Continue to Miami and drop off your car as the tour comes to an end.Want to alter anything?
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