Journey down the scenic 110-mile Overseas Highway through the narrow islands of Florida’s Keys. Travel 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!
- Guided tour through Everglades National Park
- See amazing wildlife, from dolphins, cranes and gators to sea turtles and more
- Attend the famous Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square in Key West
- Conch Train guided sightseeing tour
- Key West highlights, plus Harry Truman and Hemingway houses
- Narrated cruise on Naples Bay
- Visit with working tropical agriculture experts
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
- Bag handling (one per person) at hotels
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
DAY 1—WELCOME TO FLORIDA!
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 NATIONAL PARK/HOMESTEAD
This morning after breakfast, visit Shark Valley in the Everglades and take a tram tour with an Everglades Park Naturalist. At the half-way 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, visit S&L Beans, the largest vegetable growers in Miami-Dade County. B, L
DAY 3—GATORS, DOLPHINS & WILDLIFE…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 Crane Point Hammock Museum and Nature Trail where we will have the opportunity to learn about the native Key inhabitants and animals. Crane Point is also home to the Marathon Wild Bird Center where they rescue and rehabilitate birds to be released. Just past the Bird Center head out to the Point to soak in the breathtaking views of Florida Bay. 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/BUTTERFLIES/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. Before leaving Key West, we’ll take a magical walk through the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Home to 60 butterfly species and 20 exotic birds, all under a climate-controlled glass enclosed habitat. Next we will head back up the Keys to visit the rehabilitated bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions living at the Dolphin Research Center. Tonight we stay in Key Largo on the dockside of their picture perfect Marina. B, L
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 before heading home exhilarated by our time in the gardens, parks and beaches at the tip of the Sunshine State. B
Night 1: Hilton Garden Inn Ft Myers Airport
Night 2: Best Western Gateway to the Key
Nights 3-4: Sheraton Suites, Key West
Night 5: Holiday Inn, Key Largo
Nights 6: Hilton Garden Inn Ft Myers Airport
Dates: February 9-15, 2020
February 16-22, 2020
October 4-10, 2020
Price Per Person:
February: Double $1,977; Single $2,585
October: Double $1,897; Single $2,395
Depart/Return: Ft. Myers, FL
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: Feb: $238/night, Oct: $138/night
Highs in the mid 70's/lows in the mid 60's (February)
Highs in the mid 80's /lows in the mid 70's (October)
Schedule your flight to arrive by 5:00 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.
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