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

Sunshine Trails ATI 2016 map
Sunshine Trails

 

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.

    Key West aerial ATI
    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 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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