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 flydrive 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, 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 notesand 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 recommend that you purchase a road atlas such as the excellent National Geographic Road Atlas to the USA and Canada (Just America can provide these - currently £15 plus P & P).  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 costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free).  In Canada a family pass 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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