Arrive at Miami International Airport (MIA) and proceed to your hotel. 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-colored, Art Deco buildings; it has been called the American Riviera by seasoned travelers. 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 partycasual chic as scores of nightspots cater to both the adventurous and relaxed clientele.
Accommodations: (STD) Ocean Five or similar
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, 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, Key West for an overnight stay. 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.
Accommodations: (BUD) & (STD) 24 North Hotel Key West or similar or similar
Depart Key West today and drive through the Upper Keys. Keep your eyes open for heron and egrets. 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 saw grass. Unique plants and incredible wildlife inhabit the Everglades, including the famous alligator. Visit Shark Valley and embark on an Airboat Ride to observe the wildlife, such as alligators, whitetail deer, river otters, and about 200 different bird species. Afterwards, you will enjoy a demonstrative alligator show, followed up by a visit to the museum, and the alligator farm, where you can see over a 100 alligators, crocodiles and black caymans. Continue to Fort Myers Beach for your overnight stay. Fort Myers and the surrounding islands boast some of Florida’s most natural and lovely beaches. They are a haven for birds, wildlife and the sea turtles that come here to nest. You will find many diverse restaurants in the downtown area.
Accommodations: (STD) Outrigger Beach Resort or similar
This morning, before departing Fort 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 Downtown Disney, with more than 70
shopping, entertainment and dining choices.
Accommodations: (STD) Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista or similar
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 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. 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. Experience all of the cutting edge rides and stories come to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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 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.
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 Believe. 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 up close new dolphin mothers and their calves. Experience the magic of marine life and the splendor of what lies beyond the ocean’s door.
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 on to Fort Lauderdale, known as the “Venice of America” because of the intricate canal system. The arts and entertainment district of Fort Lauderdale runs along the Riverfront and Las Olas Boulevard offers quaint shops, eateries and galleries. The Jungle Queen Boat tour goes up the New River and offers a closer look at the striking homes along the waterway and includes a stop at their “Indian Village”.
Enjoy the last morning in Ft. Lauderdale and depart to Miami International Airport (MIA) at your leisure.