Sunshine Trails

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Miami Arrival

Arrive in the Sunshine State or Florida. Pick up your rental car and proceed to the hotel.

Day 2

Miami – Key West / driving distance: 160 mi / 260 km

Today’s journey takes you south, 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 visitor attraction is undoubtedly the only underwater park in the USA, the 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 flavor of Key West. Don’t miss the Hemingway House, one of Key West’s most famous celebrities shrines.

Day 3

Key West – Everglades National Park / driving distance: 166 mi / 265 km

Today, retrace your journey along the Keys and head north on US1. Schedule time to stop at Dolphin Cove, Key Largo where you can experience a swim with the dolphins or take a guided kayak tour in the Florida Bay back country. It is highly recommended to book in advance. Continue on to Homestead where a 10 mile backtrack will bring you to the Everglades National Park visitor’s center. Take an airboat ride to enjoy the ultimate Everglades experience.

Day 4

Everglades National Park – Naples / driving distance: 136 mi / 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. You have a choice of two main routes to Naples: Hwy 41 known as Tamiami Trail, or Interstate 75, Alligator Alley. Enjoy the fine dining, designer shops and relaxing atmosphere of this affluent beach community.

Day 5

Naples – Sarasota / driving distance: 100 mi / 160 km

Continue north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches. Stop to visit the winter residence of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, outside Fort Myers. Consider taking a side trip to the tropical barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva (toll bridge). Visit the Ding Darling State Park on Captiva where you can hire bicycles to enjoy the Floridian flora and fauna, or take a kayak trip through the mangroves.

Day 6

Sarasota – Crystal River – Silver Springs / driving distance: 180 mi / 290 km

Travel north and inland today as you head for Crystal River. Stop en route at Homosassa Springs, home to Nature World, a nature reserve for endangered manatees. Continue onwards to Silver Springs for overnight.

Day 7

Silver Springs – St Augustine / driving distance: 120 mi / 200 km

This morning we suggest a visit to Silver Springs Park where the first Tarzan movies were filmed or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride on the crystal clean water of Crystal Springs. Cross the Ocala National Forest via Palatka to the oldest city in the United States, St Augustine. Ponce De Leon landed here in 1513 in search of eternal youth. You can visit the mythical Fountain of Youth during your visit. Continue to historic St. Augustine for the night.

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 and intrigue of an historical city. You have a full day to explore.

Day 9

St Augustine – Orlando / driving distance: 110 mi / 180 km

Today visit the famous Daytona Beach before swinging inland and following Interstate 4 to the theme park capital of the world, Orlando, your base for the next three nights.

Day 10-11

Orlando

The main decision during your stay will be deciding which parks to visit. Choose between Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM and Animal Kingdom, or Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or Sea World. A good sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are recommended (Admission not included).

Day 12

Orlando – Miami / driving distance: 256 mi / 412 km

Leave Orlando this morning and head south towards Miami – if time permits before your return flight home we suggest you travel along the coastline allowing you to visit the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The small admission fee (not included) allows you to see a myriad of space related exhibits and learn about NASA’s past and ongoing space mission. Continue to Miami in time to return your rental car before your return flight.

Prices, Dates, Hotels & Conditions

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The final price you will pay for this tour is that displayed in USD. Prices converted in other
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DAILY DEPARTURES PRICE FROM (STANDARD) PRICE FROM (UPGRADE)
January, February, March, December 807 1196
April 720 863
May, June, July, August, September, October, November 654 863

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
STANDARD
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
UPGRADE
1 Miami Days Inn Miami Beach Dorchester Hotel
2 Key West Doubletree Hotel Grand Key La Concha Hotel & Spa
3 Everglades National Park Miccosukee Resort Miccosukee Resort
4 Naples Gulfcoast Inn Inn on Fifth
5 Sarasota Ramada Waterfront Sarasota Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
6 Silver Springs Sleep Inn & Suites Sleep Inn & Suites
7-8 St. Augustine Magnuson Hotel Historic St. Augustine Holiday Isle Oceanfront
9-11 Orlando Champions World Resort Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive Orlando

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Discover South Beach, Miami’s hot spot for fun
- Cross the Overseas Highway, an engineering feat, to the wonderful world of the Florida Keys
- Test your snorkeling skills at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
- Wander through Key West’s colorful history along Pelican Path
- Climb aboard the Conch Tour Train and experience the wonder and magic of Key West
- Explore Florida’s Everglades, a subtropical refuge to a unique array of wildlife
- Swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove, Key Largo’s natural lagoon
- Experience an exquisite sunset in Naples, the crown jewel of Southwest Florida
- Bird watch in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge State Park
- Experience an abundance of sun, sand and water in Sarasota
- View manatees up close at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
- Encounter unspoiled splendor of Crystal River, the gem of Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast
- Take a glass bottom boat ride in the 99.8% pure waters of the Silver River
- Visit St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest permanently occupied European settlement
-Sip the Fountain of Youth waters and hear the history behind its legendary benefits
- Immerse yourself in world-famous theme parks and unforgettable adventure in Orlando
- Meet a veteran astronaut at Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s launch headquarters
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