American Music & Movie Trails

14-days/13 nights Self-drive tour

American Music and Movie Trail [Converted]
American Music and Movie Trail

Trace America’s musical heritage from the fabulous city of Chicago, down the Mississippi to Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans,  then on to Birmingham, Chattanooga and Nashville before returning to Chicago via Louisville.  Explore the music clubs and bars of Beale Street and enjoy a visit to Graceland, see where many famous records were made in the Stax and Sun Studios.  Country music lovers will enjoy a night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and a stroll along Nashville’s Walk Of Fame.   The jazz clubs of New Orleans, the House of Blues in Chicago, the clubs and bars of Memphis and Nashville offer a wonderful opportunity to experience America’s musical traditions up close and personal.  Tour operated by Americantours International (ATI).

  • Day 1. Arrive Chicago.
    Day 2. Chicago.
    Day 3. Chicago, St. Louis (approx. 290 miles).
    Day 4. St. Louis, Memphis (approx. 280 miles).
    Day 5. Memphis
    Day 6. Memphis, Vicksburg (approx. 146 miles).
    Day 7. Vicksburg, New Orleans (approx. 294 miles).
    Day 8. New Orleans.
    Day 9. New Orleans, Birmingham (approx. 340 miles).
    Day 10. Birmingham, Chattanooga (approx. 148 miles).
    Day 11. Chattanooga, Nashville (approx. 133 miles).
    Day 12. Nashville, Louisville (approx. 175 miles).
    Day 13. Louisville, Chicago (approx. 300 miles).
    Day 14. Depart Chicago

    Tour highlights:

    √ Gaze at Chicago’s Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings in North America*
    √ Explore numerous scene-stealing film locations located throughout the Windy City.
    √ Visit the House of Blues*
    √ Get a bird’s eye view of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis*
    √ Travel back in time during the Odyssey Theater’s “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West”.
    √ Embark on the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll experience at Elvis’s Graceland*
    √ Walk down Beale Street for a taste of the music Memphis makes today.
    √ Visit the Delta Blues Museum and explore the history and heritage of the blues*
    √ Let the good times roll at one of Mississippi’s 24-hour casinos.
    √ Enjoy great music & film sites in New Orleans.
    √ Get your jazz in the French Quarter, New Orleans original neighbourhood.
    √ Immerse yourself in Alabama’s rich jazz heritage at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame*
    √ Search out the original WhistleStop Cafe, the setting for the novel “Fried Green Tomatoes”
    √ Taste the south’s favourite snack, the MoonPie, which originated in Chattanooga.
    √ Walk Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame honoring country performers of nation reputation.
    √ Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum located on Nashville’s Music Row*
    √ Admire the grounds of “My Old Kentucky Home”, Kentucky’s state song

    * Admission fees not included.

     

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    Chicago

    Day 1. Arrive Chicago.  Arrive in Chicago.  Pick up your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

    Day 2. Chicago. While exploring this vibrant city located on the shores of Lake Michigan, you will notice many famous landmarks and buildings from films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, While You Were Sleeping, and The Road to Perdition, not to mention The Blues Brothers. Try and locate the Blues Brothers Soul Food restaurant on Maxwell Street, and don’t forget to pay a visit to the House of Blues jazz club.

    Day 3. Chicago – St. Louis (approx. 290 miles).  “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a summary of today’s journey. Upon arrival, take a tram ride (optional) to the top of the famous St. Louis Arch and get a city view from 630 feet. Then take time to view Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, a movie produced by the National Geographic Society and viewed on a giant four-story screen at the Gateway Arch.

    Memphis Stax theater
    Memphis

    Day 4. St. Louis – Memphis (approx. 280 miles).  Memphis offers a multitude of musical and movie moments, and there are two nights to explore your favorites. Start with a visit to Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, then choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Gibson Guitar Factory, or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded rock’n’roll hits.

    Day 5. Memphis.   During your stay, check for any outdoor concerts at the Mud Island outdoor amphitheater. Located right on the Mississippi River, Mud Island River Park is a historic and scenic outdoor area. Or, dine in B.B. King’s restaurant on famous Beale Street.

    Day 6 Memphis – Vicksburg (approx. 146 miles).   Travel from Memphis to Clarksdale, heart of the Delta Blues. Stop to tour the Delta Blues Museum filled with memorabilia from B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Follow the banks of the Mississippi River along Hwy 1, and take the opportunity to roll the dice in one of the many Mississippi casinos; they never close!

    Day 7. Vicksburg – New Orleans (approx. 294 miles).  On to the Big Easy! New Orleans is a jazz lover’s paradise, and the familiar backdrop in a string of successful movies. The jazz & blues clubs are too numerous to mention, but there are two days in New Orleans to check them out!

    New Orleans brass band
    New Orleans

    Day 8 New Orleans.   Continue to explore this city of riverboats, jazz, and Creole cuisine. Take time to visit the beautiful botanical garden or journey out to the levees to see how they protect the city from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This evening why not board a paddle steamer for a dinner cruise on the mighty Mississippi River (optional).

    Day 9. New Orleans – Birmingham (approx. 340 miles).   Sweet Home Alabama! Today, we head to Birmingham, Alabama. For music fans, the highlight would be a visit to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Entrance to this exhibition is free and inside you’ll find a wonderful tribute to jazz greats with ties to Alabama. For movie lovers, try and locate the original Whistle Stop Café, the setting for the novel, and later film, Fried Green Tomatoes. Although scenes in the movie were actually filmed in Atlanta, the original café is located in North Irondale, just outside of Birmingham.

    Day 10. Birmingham – Chattanooga (approx. 148 miles).   Returning to Tennessee today, set forth to Chattanooga. Summer travelers should check the dates of the annual Chattanooga Riverbend Festival. While in Tennessee, don’t miss the opportunity to try a “moon pie”, a favorite Southern snack since the early 1900s.

    New Orleans street car
    New Orleans street car

    Day 11. Chattanooga – Nashville (approx. 133 miles).   Nashville, “Music City USA”, is the destination today. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, a multimedia music shrine including movie theatres, costumes, instruments and other artifacts detailing country music’s colorful history. Don’t miss a visit to the Ryman Auditorium and a night at the Grand Ole Opry.

    Day 12. Nashville – Louisville (approx. 175 miles).  From Blue Grass to Brass Bands, Kentucky has popular music for every listener. Today’s destination is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the famous Kentucky Derby which takes place at Churchill Downs the first Saturday each May. Recently featured in the movie Sea Biscuit, Churchill Downs is the mecca of American horse racing and home of the Kentucky Derby Museum. Take a short side trip to Bards Town and visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s anthem of the same name which is sung by the crowds every year at the Kentucky Derby. No visit to Kentucky would be complete without a visit to a bourbon distillery, but remember that many Kentucky counties are “dry,” so often there are no tastings. Baseball fans should ensure they fit in a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum, an interactive museum honoring many of baseball’s greats.

    Day 13. Louisville – Chicago (approx. 300 miles).   Today, your tour returns you to the Windy City, Chicago, having visited seven different states, experienced many popular movie set locations, and heard music ranging from blues to jazz to soul to gospel to country to bluegrass and rock’n’roll.

    Day 14. Depart Chicago.  A final day in Chicago before you return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

     


  • 2018 Prices per adult
    sharing room a double room
    Prices in £’s
    Daily departures
    01 Apr-31 Oct
    Standard hotels
    Prices on request
    Superior hotels Prices on request

    Prices include:
    * 13 nights accommodation including local taxes.
    * Maps & guides (provided at the first hotel).

    Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals (unless indicated), petrol and personal expenses.

    Children under 12 years of age free when sharing a double room with min.2 adults and using existing bedding.

    Prices for single, triple and quad room occupation available on request.

     

     

    Location No. nights Standard (Tour code MM0-14) Superior (Tour code MM0-14U)
    Chicago 2  Chicago’s Essex Inn The Whitehall, Chicago
    St. Louis 1 Red Roof Inn St. Louis The Hotel Majestic St. Louis
    Memphis 2 Comfort Inn Downtown Holiday Inn Memphis – Downtown
    Vicksburg 1 Quality Inn  Quality Inn
    New Orleans 2 Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown Superdome Hyatt French Quarter
    Birmingham 1 Comfort Inn Comfort Inn
    Chattanooga 1 Chattanooga Choo Choo Chattanooga Choo Choo
    Nashville 1 GuestHouse Inn & Suites  The Inn at Opryland
    Louisville 1 Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair & Expo Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair & Expo
    Chicago 1 Chicago’s Essex Inn The Whitehall, Chicago

    The hotels named may be substituted for alternatives of a similar standard and location.
    The hotels will be confirmed at the time of booking the holiday.


  • Tour prices:

    The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.

    Hotels:

    Hotels featured in our self-drive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's.  Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, golf course, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information.  Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds.  Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds.  Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds.  It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.

    Note:

    Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.

    Tour notes and itineraries:

    On several of our tours the tour notes and itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.

    Tailor-made holidays:

    We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary.  We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday.  Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market.  Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent.  You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.

    National Park Passes:

    Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount.  We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit.  For the US the pass currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free).  In Canada a family pass currently costs $136.40.  Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months.  The passes can only be used in the country of purchase.  Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Just America provides a full tailor-made holiday service so if you would like a quote for a package including flights, car rental, optional excursions etc., please let us know at the time of booking. We can also adapt the itinerary to add or reduce nights in each location, offer alternate hotels and arrange onward travel to other North American destinations.
ATOL & ABTA protected.


Sandcastles & Family Fun

14-days/13 nights Self-drive tour of the Sunshine State

Sunshine and family ATI 2016 map
Sandcastles and Family Fun

 

Enjoy a leisurely self-drive tour with Americantours International (ATI) of the Sunshine State on this 14-day/13-night holiday which takes in most of the state’s highlights and allows plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Extra nights can be added at the beginning and/or the end of the holiday, or at locations in between. We can also offer the flexibility of returning from Orlando rather than Miami – just let us know your preference. Daily departures between 01 April and 30 November.

  • Day 1. Arrive Orlando.
    Days 2 & 3. Orlando.
    Day 4. Orlando, Cocoa Beach (approx. 62 miles).
    Day 5. Cocoa Beach, Miami (approx. 224 miles).
    Day 6. Miami Beach
    Day 7. Miami, Key West (approx. 162 miles).
    Day 8. Key West.
    Day 9. Key West, Fort Myers (approx. 293 miles).
    Day 10. Fort Myers
    Day 11. Fort Myers, Sarasota (approx. 99 miles).
    Day 12. Sarasota.
    Day 13. Sarasota, Orlando (approx. 131 miles).
    Day 14. Depart 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.
    √ Wander through Key West’s colourful history along Pelican Path.
    √ Climb aboard the Conch Tour Train and experience the wonder of Key West*.
    √ Explore Florida’s Everglades*, a subtropical refuge to a unique array of wildlife.
    √ Land on the Space Coast of Florida and play in the sand on Cocoa Beach
    √ Visit the beautiful beach town of Naples.
    √ Admire seashells on the beach in Fort Myers.
    √ Experience an abundance of sun, sand and water in Sarasota.
    √ Immerse yourself in world-famous theme parks and unforgettable adventure in Orlando*.
    √ Take an optional tour to the Kennedy Space Center*.

    * Admission fees not included.

    Book the ATI Access Pass and take advantage of savings at the MUST SEE activities along your drive route.
    ATI will handle all reservations and tickets so you can relax and enjoy your adventure.
    YOUR ATI ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:
    • Admission to Disney World in Orlando- 3-day Park Hopper pass
    • Admission to Kennedy Space Center
    • Airboat ride in the Everglades
    • Miami City Tour & Bay Cruise
    • Conch Train Tour of Key West
    • Macy’s 10% Discount Shopping Pass.

    £435.00 per adult / £405.00 per child (3-10 yrs)

     

  • Day 1. ORLANDO ARRIVAL  Welcome! Get settled in and ready for a fun-filled Florida vacation filled with beautiful beaches and adventure!

    Days 2 & 3. ORLANDO.  Considered by many as the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World hosts many fun-filled parks and attractions(Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and many water parks). Not to be overshadowed by Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld also have their own exciting brand of characters and attractions which you may choose to enjoy. (optional, fees apply)

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    Florida’s Space Coast

    Day 4. ORLANDO – COCOA BEACH (approx. 62 miles).  Drive east to the Space Coast of Florida and land in Cocoa Beach, home of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. You may want to explore the universe at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center or walk the famous Cocoa Beach pier and enjoy the shops, food and ocean air.

    Days 5 & 6.  COCOA BEACH – MIAMI (approx. 224 miles).  Cruising down A1A with the beach on your left and orange groves on your right you will understand why Floridians call this “The Land of Good Living”. Continue to explore Florida’s east coast moving though the tranquil beaches of Vero and the lavish estates of Palm Beach, home to such American iconic families as the Kennedy’s, Vanderbilt’s and Trumps. Moving down to the tip of the Florida peninsula bordered by emerald waters and white sand beaches you will find the jewel of the Atlantic Ocean – Miami Beach. Experience Miami’s outdoor lifestyle and art deco architecture. Combined with its cultural food and contagious nightlife, it’s easy to see why some never leave. This is the place where celebrities from around the world come to play. Kick back on a patio cafe, lay on the beach or window shop the world-famous boutiques of the Lincoln Street corridor – this is the place to see and be seen!

    Miami Deco Hut
    Miami Beach

    Day 7. MIAMI – KEY WEST (approx. 162 miles).  It’s time to load up the troops and take them on an island adventure. Head south and arrive in the first Key of 34 total Keys. Surrounded by 1700 islands, Key Largo is the largest of all the Florida Keys which is indicated by its Spanish name “Cayo Largo” meaning “Long Key”. Key Largo is a popular tourist destination and calls itself “The Diving Capital of the World”. An easy way to experience its underwater magic is to rent snorkeling equipment and hold hands while you float over sea life and beautiful coral reefs. Driving across the Florida Keys it seems like the road almost floats because of the extensive bridges spanning 100 miles to Key West. Surrounded by crystal clear water and riddled with tiny islands and boats, keep your eyes open for sharks and pirate ships!

    seven mile bridges (old & new) marathon
    Overseas highway

    Day 8. KEY WEST.   Key West is rich with history from being the home of Hemingway and the place where he wrote his most popular books,to the different festivals on Duval Street. May we suggest a visit to the Key West Shipwreck Museum (optional) which offers a birds-eye view of the island, a ride on the Conch Train (optional), a walk to the most Southern point of the US or enjoy the nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square dock.

    Key West Beach - ATI
    Key West

    Day 9. KEY WEST – FORT MYERS (approx. 293 miles). Keep your fingers inside the car and prepare for a ride through the wild coast of Everglades National Park, known as “Alligator Alley” due to the overwhelming number of fresh water alligators. The good thing on this single stretch of road is that it’s very difficult to get lost! Everglades National Park is a diverse series of habitats that shelter a wide variety of plants and animals. While crossing the Everglades, stop and visit the Miccosukee Indian Village, then continue on your journey to Naples. Founded in the 1880s, the name caught on when promoters described the bay as “surpassing the bay of Naples, Italy”. This is a great place to enjoy the beach, stroll through the historic town center with lots of shops and admire the Spanish architecture. End your day arriving into Fort Myers.

    Day 10. FORT MYERS.  An area with more than 100 barrier islands and more than 50 miles of white sand beaches, Fort Myers shelters some of the world’s best seashells. Enjoy your day playing on the beach and collecting your own souvenirs.

    Sanibel Island
    Sanibel Island nr Ft. Myers

    Day 11. FORT MYERS – SARASOTA (approx. 99 miles). Head north along the Gulf Coast to beautiful Sarasota, a popular beach resort with lots of quaint shops and a great place to pick up an ice-cream cone to cool you from the Florida heat! Sarasota is also the hometown of Ringling Brothers, “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Perhaps visit their museum to learn more about the history of circus life.

    Day 12. SARASOTA Search for shells on the beach, work on your tan or read your favorite book; Sarasota is the perfect place to do it all or relax and do nothing!

    Day 13. SARASOTA – ORLANDO (approx. 131 miles).  Drive east on I-4 through one of the agricultural areas of central Florida arriving in Orlando for one more day of Magic!

    Day 14. ORLANDO DEPARTURE.  Finish your trip off with a splash by visiting one of the waterparks or relaxing by the pool before your flight home. (optional, fees apply)

    Book the ATI Access Pass and take advantage of savings at the MUST SEE activities along your drive route.
    ATI will handle all reservations and tickets so you can relax and enjoy your adventure.
    YOUR ATI ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:
    • Admission to Disney World in Orlando- 3-day Park Hopper pass
    • Admission to Kennedy Space Center
    • Airboat ride in the Everglades
    • Miami City Tour & Bay Cruise
    • Conch Train Tour of Key West
    • Macy’s 10% Discount Shopping Pass.

    £435.00 per adult / £405.00 per child (3-10 yrs)

     

     

     

     

     


  • 2018 Prices per adult
    sharing room a double room
    Prices in £’s
    Daily departures
    01 Apr-30 Apr
    Daily departures
    01 May-31 May
    Daily departures
    01 Jun-30 Nov
    Standard hotels
    Prices on request Prices on request Prices on request
    Family Prices on request Prices on request Prices on request

    Prices include:
    * 13 nights accommodation including local taxes.
    * Maps & guides (provided at the first hotel).

    Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals (unless indicated), petrol and personal expenses.

    Children under 12 years of age free when sharing a double room with min.2 adults and using existing bedding.

    Prices for single, triple and quad room occupation available on request.

    Book the ATI Access Pass and take advantage of savings at the MUST SEE activities along your drive route.
    ATI will handle all reservations and tickets so you can relax and enjoy your adventure.
    YOUR ATI ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:
    • Admission to Disney World in Orlando- 3-day Park Hopper pass
    • Admission to Kennedy Space Center
    • Airboat ride in the Everglades
    • Miami City Tour & Bay Cruise
    • Conch Train Tour of Key West
    • Macy’s 10% Discount Shopping Pass.

    £435.00 per adult / £405.00 per child (3-10 yrs)

     

    Location No. nights Standard (Tour code SF0-14) Family (Tour code SF0-14U)
    Orlando 3 Champions World Resort Vacation Villas at FantasyWorld Resort
    Cocoa Beach 1 International Palms Resort International Palms Resort
    Miami 2 Lexington Hotel Miami Beach Seacoast Suites
    Key West 2 Doubletree Resort Sheraton Suites Key West
    Fort Myers 2 Outrigger Beach Resort Outrigger Beach Resort
    Sarasota 2 Ramada Waterfront Sarasota Shorewalk Vacation Villas
    Orlando 1 Champions World Resort Vacation Villas at FantasyWorld Resort

    The hotels named may be substituted for alternatives of a similar standard and location.
    The hotels will be confirmed at the time of booking the holiday.

    • FAMILY version can be booked with 5 people in a room with the existing combinations only: 1 adult+4 children/2 adults+3 children/3 adults+2 children/4 adults+0 children (not possible to book with 5 adults in a room for this version).
    • FAMILY version: rooms are booked with existing bedding only .
    • FAMILY VERSION: Rollaway not guaranteed or included in rate.


  • Tour prices:

    The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.

    Hotels:

    Hotels featured in our self-drive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's.  Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, golf course, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information.  Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds.  Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds.  Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds.  It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.

    Note:

    Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.

    Tour notes and itineraries:

    On several of our tours the tour notes and itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.

    Tailor-made holidays:

    We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary.  We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday.  Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market.  Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent.  You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.

    National Park Passes:

    Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount.  We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit.  For the US the pass currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free).  In Canada a family pass currently costs $136.40.  Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months.  The passes can only be used in the country of purchase.  Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Just America provides a full tailor-made holiday service so if you would like a quote for a package including flights, car rental, optional excursions etc., please let us know at the time of booking. We can also adapt the itinerary to add or reduce nights in each location, offer alternate hotels and arrange onward travel to other North American destinations.
ATOL & ABTA protected.


Sunshine Trails

13-days/12 nights Self-drive tour of the Sunshine State

Enjoy a leisurely self-drive tour with Americantours International (ATI) of the Sunshine State on this 13-day/12-night holiday which takes in most of the state’s highlights and allows plenty of time to explore at your leisure.  Extra nights can be added at the beginning and/or the end of the holiday, or at locations in between.  We can also offer the flexibility of returning from Orlando rather than Miami – just let us know your preference.  Daily departures between 01 April and 30 November.

  • Day 1. Arrive Miami.
    Day 2. Miami, Key West (approx. 160 miles).
    Day 3. Key West, Key Largo (approx. 106 miles).
    Day 4. Key Largo, Naples (approx. 136 miles).
    Day 5. Free day in Naples.
    Day 6. Naples, Sarasota (approx. 100 miles).
    Day 7. Sarasota, Crystal River, Silver Springs (approx. 180 miles).
    Day 8. Silver Springs, St. Augustine (approx. 120 miles).
    Day 9. St. Augustine, Orlando (approx. 110 miles).
    Days 10 & 11.  Orlando.
    Day 12 Orlando, Cocoa Beach (approx. 60 miles).
    Day 13. Cocoa Beach, Miami International Airport (approx. 209 miles). Or return from Orlando.

    Tour highlights:

    √ Cross the Overseas Highway, an engineering feat, to the wonderful world of the Florida Keys.
    √ Wander through Key West’s colourful history along Pelican Path.
    √ Climb aboard the Conch Tour Train and experience the wonder of Key West*.
    √ Explore Florida’s Everglades*, a subtropical refuge to a unique array of wildlife.
    √ 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 the unspoiled splendour of Crystal River, the gem of Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast.
    √ Take an optional glass-bottomed 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*.
    √ Take an optional tour to the Kennedy Space Center*.

    * Admission fees not included.

    Book the ATI Access Pass and take advantage of savings at the MUST SEE activities along your drive route.
    ATI will handle all reservations and tickets so you can relax and enjoy your adventure.
    YOUR ATI ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:
    • Admission to Disney World in Orlando- 3-day Park Hopper pass
    • Admission to Kennedy Space Center
    • Airboat ride in the Everglades
    • Miami City Tour & Bay Cruise
    • Conch Train Tour of Key West
    • Macy’s 10% Discount Shopping Pass.

    £435.00 per adult / £405.00 per child (3-10 yrs)

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    Miami Beach

    Day 1. Arrive Miami. Arrive in the Sunshine State of Florida. Pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Day 2. Miami – Key West (approx. 160 miles).   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 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 flavor of Key West. Don’t miss the Hemingway House, one of Key West’s most famous celebrity shrines.

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    Key West

     

     

    Day 3. Key West – Key Largo (approx. 106 miles).   Today, retrace your journey along the Keys and head north on US1. Be sure to stop along the way to capture photos of this unique stretch of road and enjoy some freshly caught fish at the restaurant of your choice.

    Day 4. Key Largo – Naples (approx 136 miles).  Today cross “Alligator Alley” via the Everglades National Park.  Spend time at the visitor center and we suggest you hop aboard an airboat for a thrilling experience.  Continue to the swanky town of Naples where designer shopping and fine dining compliment the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.

    Day 5. Naples.   A full day to relax and enjoy Naples.

    Day 6. Naples – Sarasota (approx. 100 miles).  Continue north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches.  Stop to visit the winter residences of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford outside Fort Myers.  Consider taking a side trip to the tropical barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva.  Visit Ding Darling State Park on Sanibel where you can rent bicycles to enjoy Floridian flora and fauna, or take a kayak trip through the mangroves.

    Day 7. Sarasota – Crystal River – Silver Springs (approx. 180 miles).  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 to Silver Springs for the night.

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    Everglades airboat

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    Florida’s beautiful beaches

    Day 8. Silver Springs – St Augustine (approx. 120 miles).  This morning, visit Silver Springs Park where the first Tarzan movies were filmed or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride on the crystal clear waters of Crystal Springs. Cross the Ocala National Forest via Palatka to St. Augustine. Ponce De Leon landed here in 1513 in search of eternal youth. You can visit the mythical Fountain of Youth during your stay.

    Day 9. St. Augustine – Orlando (approx. 110 miles).  Today, visit 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.

    Days 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, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or SeaWorld. A good sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. (Admissions not included)

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    Florida’s space coast

    Day 12. Orlando – Cocoa Beach (approx. 60 miles).  Leave Orlando this morning and head to Florida’s Space Coast and your base for tonight, Cocoa Beach.  Visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. A small admission fee (not included) allows you to see a myriad of space related exhibits and learn about NASA’s past and ongoing space missions.

     

    Day 13. Cocoa Beach – Miami International Airlines (approx. 209 miles).  Continue to Miami in time to return your rental car before your return flight.   Alternatively you may wish to return to the UK from Orlando, Just America will be pleased to advise.  Returning from Orlando will save you the drive to Miami and allow you more time in the Orlando/Kennedy Space Center area.

    Book the ATI Access Pass and take advantage of savings at the MUST SEE activities along your drive route.
    ATI will handle all reservations and tickets so you can relax and enjoy your adventure.
    YOUR ATI ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:
    • Admission to Disney World in Orlando- 3-day pass
    • Admission to Kennedy Space Center
    • Airboat ride in the Everglades
    • Miami City Tour & Bay Cruise
    • Conch Train Tour of Key West
    • Macy’s 10% Discount Shopping Pass.

    £385.00 per adult / £309.00 per child (3-10 yrs)

     

     


  • 2018 Prices per adult
    sharing room a double room
    Prices in £’s
    Daily departures
    01 Apr-30 Apr
    Daily departures
    01 May-30 Nov
    Standard hotels
    Prices on request Prices on request
    Superior hotels Prices on request Prices on request

    Prices include:
    * 12 nights accommodation including local taxes.
    * Maps & guides (provided at the first hotel).

    Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals (unless indicated), petrol and personal expenses.

    Children under 12 years of age free when sharing a double room with min.2 adults and using existing bedding.

    Prices for single, triple and quad room occupation available on request.

    Book the ATI Access Pass and take advantage of savings at the MUST SEE activities along your drive route.
    ATI will handle all reservations and tickets so you can relax and enjoy your adventure.
    YOUR ATI ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:
    • Admission to Disney World in Orlando- 3-day Park Hopper pass
    • Admission to Kennedy Space Center
    • Airboat ride in the Everglades
    • Miami City Tour & Bay Cruise
    • Conch Train Tour of Key West
    • Macy’s 10% Discount Shopping Pass.

    £385.00 per adult / £309.00 per child (3-10 yrs)

     

    Location No. nights Standard (Tour code ST0-12) Superior (Tour code ST0-12U)
    Miami 1 Red Roof+ Miami Airport Sleep Inn Miami Airport
    Key West 1 Doubletree Grand Key Resort Fairfield Inn / The Keys Collection
    Key Largo 1 Bayside Inn Holiday Inn
    Naples 2 Red Roof+ & Suites Naples Naples Beach & Golf Club
    Sarasota 1 Ramada Sarasota Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
    Crystal River 1 Best Western Crystal River Resort Plantation on Crystal River
    St. Augustine 1 Magnuson Hotel Historic District Holiday Isle Oceanfront
    Orlando 3  Champions World Resort Ramada Resort Celebration
    Cocoa Beach 1 International Palms Resort Best Western Cocoa Beach

    The hotels named may be substituted for alternatives of a similar standard and location.
    The hotels will be confirmed at the time of booking the holiday.


  • Tour prices:

    The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.

    Hotels:

    Hotels featured in our self-drive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's.  Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, golf course, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information.  Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds.  Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds.  Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds.  It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.

    Note:

    Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.

    Tour notes and itineraries:

    On several of our tours the tour notes and itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.

    Tailor-made holidays:

    We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary.  We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday.  Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market.  Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent.  You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.

    National Park Passes:

    Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount.  We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit.  For the US the pass currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free).  In Canada a family pass currently costs $136.40.  Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months.  The passes can only be used in the country of purchase.  Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Just America provides a full tailor-made holiday service so if you would like a quote for a package including flights, car rental, optional excursions etc., please let us know at the time of booking. We can also adapt the itinerary to add or reduce nights in each location, offer alternate hotels and arrange onward travel to other North American destinations.
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