Day 1: Arrive in Miami
Miami is an international city, rich with a multi-ethnic culture which is reflected in the cuisine and architecture. Miami’s South Beach is a particularly stunning and often intoxicatingly beautiful place. Warm breezes, swaying palm trees, and the sound of the waves washing ashore act as a backdrop for pastel-coloured, Art Deco buildings; it has been called the American Riviera by seasoned travellers. World famous South Beach is home to fabulous shopping, gourmet restaurants, fashion shoots and filming of TV and movies. At night, South Beach comes alive with crowds dressed in party casual chic as scores of nightspots cater to both the adventurous and relaxed clientele.
Hotels: (Standard) Stiles Hotel South Beach or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Ocean Five or similar (2 nights)
Day 2: Miami Beach
Today is yours to explore Miami Beach and the neighbouring greater Miami area. Experience the sights and sounds of ‘The Magic City’, a tropical playground full of extraordinary architectural history. Explore Downtown Miami, home to renowned Bayside Marketplace; Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Little Havana, a Cuban immigrant neighbourhood famous for its landmarks like Calle Ocho and Domino Park.
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.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Miami Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
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.
Day 3: Key West (170 miles)
Collect your car from the depot and 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. Tonight, walk along Duval Street to enjoy the festive atmosphere and sample a local favourite 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.
Hotels: (Standard) Hilton Garden Inn Key West or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Key West or similar (1 night)
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Champagne Sunset Cruise
Toast the end of a perfect day in paradise as you watch the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon aboard a Catamaran with champagne, beer and soft drinks included.
Day 4: Fort Myers Beach (281 miles)
Drive back through the Upper Keys keeping your eyes open for heron and egrets on the way. As you continue north, Florida’s natural side, the Everglades will start to appear. It is often called the “River of Grass” because of the slow-moving waters and the abundance of sawgrass. Unique plants and incredible wildlife inhabit the Everglades, including the famous alligator. Continue on to Fort Myers Beach, an area of beauty boasting some of Florida’s most natural and lovely beaches.
Hotels: (Standard) Diamondhead Beach Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Outrigger Beach Resort or similar (1 night)
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Edison/ Ford Museum
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.
Day 5: Orlando (253 miles)
Follow a coastal route towards Orlando 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 Downtown Disney, with more than 70 shopping, entertainment and dining choices.
Hotels: (Standard) Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld or similar (3 nights)
(Budget) Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista or similar (3 nights)
Day 6: Orlando
Welcome to the Theme Park capital of the world! For the next two days, you can choose your itinerary from the numerous attractions this city has to offer.
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 favourite 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. 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 appeals 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 favourite 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 Duelling Dragons® the world’s first inverted duelling roller coaster. Experience all of the cutting edge rides and stories come to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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.
Day 8: Fort Lauderdale (240 miles)
Bid farewell to the magic of Orlando and drive east to Kennedy Space Centre, the site of the American Space Program and NASA headquarters. At the Visitor Centre, slow-moving simulators, live shows and close encounters with massive rockets. Meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps in the Astronaut Encounter. After your day of space exploration, continue on to Fort Lauderdale, known as the “Venice of America” because of the intricate canal system.
Hotels: (Standard) Ocean Sky Resort or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Best Western Plus Oceanside or similar (1 night)
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Kennedy Space Centre Tour
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 centre, 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.
Day 9: Depart Fort Lauderdale (33 miles)
Enjoy the last morning in Ft. Lauderdale before your depart to Miami International Airport at your leisure for your journey home or onward to your next destination.
9 day Self Drive - from £710
With flights from £1076
Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.
- Budget accommodation – from £565
- Add a 2 day Miami Hop on Hop off Bus – from £67
- Add a Key West Champagne Sunset Cruise – from £47
- Add an Edison/Ford Museum Tour – from £24
- Add a Kennedy Space Centre Tour – from £55