All new for 2018, journey down the scenic 110-mile Overseas Highway through the narrow islands of Florida’s Keys. Pass through iconic Key Largo, lush wildlife reserves and marine sanctuaries, romantic beach scenes, tropical forests, and one of the longest segmental bridges in the world. Then, stay in colorful Key West, the nation’s southernmost city (it’s actually closer to Havana, Cuba than Miami). You’ll love its street entertainment and artists, festivity, literary heritage, dining opportunities and more!
And, you'll be amazed by the lush flora and colorful wildlife of famed Everglades National Park -- a World Heritage site that's home to hundreds of animal species. Watch for the endangered leatherback turtle, the Florida panther, American crocodile and the West Indian manatee, to name a few. It's a wonderful, warm-weather get away to the “other” Florida—local, less-traveled, Country Travel DISCOVERIES-style!
- Guided tour through Everglades National Park
- Harry Truman's "Little White House"
- Visit Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West
- See the Dolphin Research Center and sea turtle rehabilitation center
- Narrated cruise on the Naples and Gordon Pass waterways
- Two nights in Key West right across from Smathers Beach
- Conch Train trolley tour
- Visit with working tropical agriculture experts
- See amazing wildlife, from cranes and gators to key deer
DAY 1—WELCOME TO FT. MYERS!
Welcome to Ft. Myers. Upon arrival, you’ll settle in at your comfortable hotel and meet your Discoveries Director and fellow passengers at this evening’s welcome reception.
DAY 2—EVERGLADES N.P./HOMESTEAD
This morning after breakfast, visit Shark Valley in the Everglades and take a tram tour with an Everglades Park Naturalist. At the halfway point a 45 foot high observation deck gives an opportunity to experience panoramic views of the Everglades extending out 20 miles in all directions. After lunch at a local favorite, Woody’s Barbecue, visit S&L Growers, the largest vegetable growers in Miami-Dade County. B, L
DAY 3—GATORS, DOLPHINS & TURTLES…OH MY!
Start today with a thrilling walk through a sawgrass marsh on the Anhinga Trail—keep your eyes open for alligators, turtles and many different breeds of birds. After lunch we visit the rehabilitated bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions living at the Dolphin Research Center. At a nearby turtle hospital, we learn how they rescue, treat and release sick and injured turtles. You can even track your favorite turtle after release, and watch as they swim thousands of miles around the globe! Tonight, we’ll unpack for the next two nights in our all-suite hotel in famed Key West, just across the street from Smathers Beach. B, L
DAY 4—KEY WEST/HEMINGWAY HOUSE/FREE TIME
Today board the famous Conch Tour Train for a private tour of some of the most famous sights in Key West. Learn about the unique architecture, history and colorful characters that make this such an exciting place. After, we tour the house that Ernest Hemingway called home for more than ten years. Step back in time and visit the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner’s writing career. This afternoon you are on your own to explore the streets of old Key West, or head back to the hotel to relax by the pool or beach just across from our hotel. This evening we’ll take you to Mallory Square for Key West’s famed Sunset Celebration. B, L
DAY 5—TRUMAN’S HOUSE/ROBBIE’S/KEY LARGO
Following breakfast we learn of some of the naval and presidential history in Key West at Harry Truman’s Little White House. Built in 1890 as naval officers’ housing, it has since seen many important visitors such as Thomas Edison and six U.S. presidents. Heading back up the Keys, be on the lookout for the endangered residents of National Key Deer Refuge, like a miniature white-tailed deer found only in the Keys. Our next stop is at Robbie’s Marina, home of the world-famous Tarpon feeding! Tonight we stay in Key Largo at the Marina. B, L
DAY 6—FLORIDA FRUIT/ORCHIDS/CRUISE
This morning say goodbye to the Keys as we head back to the mainland. En route, we’ll make a stop at Robert is Here Fruit Stand, a local favorite. Here we will get the chance to sample different exotic fruits. Next, walk through a tropical paradise at R.F. Orchids Nursery, where vibrant colorful varieties of orchids are grown. We’ll get a tour of the gardens and greenhouse and enjoy a lunch in a lush tropical setting. In Naples, we’ll enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise through the Naples Bay and Gordon Pass waterways, passing many luxurious mansions that dot the shore. From there, our journey continues back to Ft. Myers. B, L
DAY 7—FAREWELL, FLORIDA
This morning, we’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before heading home exhilarated by our time the gardens, parks and beaches at the tip of the Sunshine State. B
Oct 14-20, 2018
Depart/Return: Ft. Myers, FL
Price Per Person:
Jan/Apr: Double $1,977; Single $2,595
Oct: Double $1,927; Single $2,475
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $198 (Jan/Apr)/$148/night
Highs in the mid 70's/lows in the mid 60's (Jan)
Highs in the low 80's /lows in the low 70's (Apr)
Highs in the mid 80's /lows in the mid 70's (Oct)
Schedule your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home anytime after breakfast on Day 7.
Starting hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service.
Complimentary for duration of tour.
Moderate to moderately extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.
Refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, Coffee makers, swimming pools and exercise rooms throughout tour.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for
your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details
approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks
before departure containing all your final documents.
Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/FLK.
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