Florida's Sunshine Trail

Alligators in the Everglades
11 Days

This spotlight on America's Sunshine State features Florida's top attractions: the hotspots of Miami and Key West, natural spectacle of the Everglades and historic Kennedy Space Center.


You'll enjoy Insider moments like... journeying through the streets of Little Havannah with a Local Specialist to explore hidden sites most tourists miss. Smell the earthy aroma of tobacco wafting out from cigar shops and sip coffee unique to the Cuban exiles who call this place home.

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  1. Welcome to the Sunshine State. Relax or explore your resort with its breathtakingly beautiful tropical gardens and signature atriums that recreate three Florida environments from the gently rising mists of the Everglades, the funky and vibrant island revelry of Key West, and the Spanish-infused, old-world charm of St. Augustine. At 6 p.m. join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Gaylord Palms Resort
  2. Travel north to St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. An orientation tour introduces you to its charming cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley to hear tales and interesting trivia from conductors, as they bring 500 years of American history to life. Experience early St. Augustine as you visit Old St. Augustine Village, featuring houses from the 18th and 19th centuries and the oldest wooden school in the Americas. Arrive at your beachfront hotel on beautiful Cocoa Beach.
    hotel:Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
  3. Explore the Kennedy Space Center on a NASA coach for a panoramic view of space shuttle launch pads at the LC-39 Observation Gantry. Then experience the historic Apollo 8 launch and marvel at a massive 364 foot (110 meters) Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. At the IMAX theater, the dream of spaceflight comes alive with a wall of sound, a five-story screen and realistic 3D special effects featuring dramatic footage shot by NASA astronauts during actual missions—you will feel like you're floating alongside them. End your space journey at lunch where you are joined by a veteran astronaut and Local Specialist from NASA's famous Astronaut Corps. This afternoon, continue to West Palm Beach.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:West Palm Beach Marriott
  4. Head south this morning along the fabled “Road to Paradise”—the Florida Keys Scenic Highway. With the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right, the highway winds through vistas of natural beauty and areas rich in history, legends and stunning views. Stop at the Dolphin Research Center to visit dolphins and sea lions before arriving in Key West. Discover Key West Historic District's many points of interest including world famous Duval Street, the Key West Bight, West Martello Fort, and much more. In the evening, learn about the history and sample some of the Keys' favorite dessert, Key Lime Pie, a Cultural Insight.
    hotel:DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
  5. This morning, with your choice of sightseeing, pick between visiting the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy or a tour of reclusive author Ernest Hemingway's home and museum. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests. Key West is known for its amazing variety of aquatic and land-based activities. Not sure what kind of activities you want to do? Not a problem–your Travel Director is happy to help. Tonight, join the Sunset Celebration festivities in Mallory Square at the historic Key West waterfront and see the sun slowly descend into the Gulf of Mexico.
  6. It's on up to Miami today where, upon arrival, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the historic Art Deco District with a Local Specialist. Discover the architectural crown jewels of South Beach's one-square-mile of traditional Art Deco in the first 20th century neighborhood to be recognised by the National Register of Historic Places. You'll also view the area's most infamous residence, Casa Casuarina, once the home of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore.
    hotel:Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove
  7. Enjoy today on your own in vibrant Miami. This evening, meet in Little Havana for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. The Cuban owner of a popular Little Havana restaurant welcomes you tonight for a Be My Guest dinner. Indulge in a glass of sangria while the host enlightens you on the influences Cuban cuisine has on Little Havana. After appetizers, sit down for a dinner featuring classic Cuban dishes, followed by a cup of café con leche and homemade Cuban dessert.
    meal(s):FB, BG
  8. Bid farewell to Miami before embarking on a thrilling airboat experience through the Everglades. It's an exciting ride through the saw grass prairies and mangrove wilderness. If you're lucky, you may get up-close with alligators, native wildlife and a variety of birds, such as the blue heron, American egret, bald eagle and osprey. Arrive in Naples this afternoon and explore the quaint city. Then it's on to Fort Myers for the evening.
    hotel:Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers
  9. Visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates today, a historical museum and 17 acre (6 ha) botanical garden near the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in southwestern Florida. The present site dates from 1885 when Edison first visited Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home. His home served as a winter retreat and place of relaxation until his death in 1931. His wife, Mina, deeded the property to Fort Myers 16 years later, in memory of her husband, and the site was opened to the public for all to enjoy. Today, the estates and grounds are a non-profit corporation whose mission is to protect, preserve and interpret the site for future growth and development. Edison's beautiful botanical garden contains more than a thousand varieties of plants from around the world, including African sausage trees and a 400 foot (120 meter) banyan tree given by Harvey Firestone in 1925. It was originally an experimental garden for industrial products, but Mrs. Edison enhanced it with plantings of roses, orchids and bromeliads. In the evening, enjoy a your choice dining experience.
    meal(s):FB, YC
  10. This morning, tour the dazzling palatial mansion, Ca' d'Zan, of John and Mable Ringling (of circus fame). With a guide, discover this tribute to the American Dream reflecting the splendor and romance of Venice, Italy. Afterward, visit the Circus Museum celebrating the American circus, its history, and unique relationship to Sarasota. A Farewell Dinner is served tonight—the perfect ending to your Florida vacation.
    meal(s):FB, FD
    hotel:Renaissance Tampa
  11. Visit the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. From a variety of observation platforms, you may get a chance to view manatees gathering in the clean, warm water when the temperature of Tampa Bay is warm enough (This is a seasonal visit, generally November 1st through April 15th). Then it's time to bid farewell to the Sunshine State. Your Florida trail ends at Orlando International Airport or the Gaylord Palms Resort for those wishing to extend their stay in Orlando to visit one of the many amusement parks such as Walt Disney World or Universal Studios.

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Meal Summary

10 nights' accommodations, 10 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Partake in a key lime pie making demonstration and sampling.

Be My Guest

  • Dine at a Miami restaurant for a taste of Little Havana during an exciting evening of Cuban hospitality, music and dance.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Miami's Art Deco District, Little Havana and at the Kennedy Space Center.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • of Little Havanna and South Beach Art Deco District.
  • Orientation of St. Augustine
  • Visit Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Key West, Fort Myers and Miami
  • View the wildlife of the Everglades
  • Scenic drive through the Florida Keys
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
3 Feb 17 13 Feb 17 checkmark $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp
3 Mar 17 13 Mar 17 $3,595$3,236pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,595 $3,236 pp
21 Apr 17 1 May 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,295 $2,966 pp
6 Oct 17 16 Oct 17 $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,075 $2,768 pp
10 Nov 17 20 Nov 17 $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,075 $2,768 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,150.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $118 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP members SAVE $100 per person on any guided vacation or river cruise!

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Friday, June 26, 2015
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