February 11-17, 2019
Florida Key West and the Everglades
We’ll board our deluxe motor coach this morning and head south to the “Sunshine State” of Florida. We’ll travel via I-26 and I-95 (Columbia, Savannah and Jacksonville). Late afternoon we arrive in beautiful Dayton Beach, Florida – our home for tonight.
Continuing south this morning via Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, we will arrive in Fort Lauderdale. With more than 300 miles of navigable water ways and 23 miles of Atlantic beaches and a myriad of rivers, inlets and manmade canals. Fort Lauderdale easily lives up to its nickname, the Venice of the America’s! The waterways provide a port to over 40,000 vessels (it’s the second largest passenger cruise port in the world). This afternoon we’ll board the Jungle Queen for a relaxing three hour cruise to see the port area and all the famous multi-million dollar homes. Late this afternoon we’ll continue south to overnight in the exciting city of Miami.
Today one of our stops will be Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (70 room Italian Renaissance style villa with 10 acre classical Italian gardens) home of James Deering, who was the International Harvester industrialist in the early 20th Century. This afternoon we’ll depart Miami and continue south across the Florida Keys, by the way of Key Largo and Marathon to spectacular Key West, our home for the next two nights.
Now the day we’ve been waiting for, an exciting day of fun and sightseeing in Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States! This morning we’ll board the famous Conch Train at Mallory Square Depot. This narrated tour of the city includes over 100 sites, Our guide will tell us of the days of early Indian battles, sea captains, pirates and developers. We’ll see the 19th Century Gingerbread houses, Sloppy Joe’s Bar and much more. Following our tour, we’ll visit the Harry S. Truman Little White House (vacation home of the 22nd President. He spent many working vacations here between 1946 and 1952). Lunch is at Kelly’s Caribbean Grill, one of the best and most famous restaurants in the Keys. This afternoon we’ll tour the Ernest Hemingway House & Gardens, where he wrote two of his most famous works For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. This evening is free to shop, have dinner and enjoy the sunset at Mallory Pier.
This morning takes us north through the Keys to the mainland and into the Everglades National Park. We’ll arrive at Gator Park, take an airboat ride through the Everglades and visit the gator display. Then enjoy lunch! Continuing across “Alligator Alley” takes us over to the west coast and on to Sarasota for overnight.:
When we think of grand showmen, we automatically think of John Ringling. The famous Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus that has entertained millions throughout the world. We will tour the 66 acre estate that was left to the people of Florida at Ringling’s death in 1936. The tour includes the 32 room Venetian Gothic Mansion, featuring a 400 pipe organ, Venetian glass windows, marble floors, hand wrought iron work, tapestries and furnishings from the world. We will also tour the Art and Circus Galleries. Continuing north this afternoon takes us into Tampa-St. Petersburg area for a chance to visit the historic waterfront district – famous for its specialty shops and restaurants. Banana and shrimp boats unload here almost every day, and you can see the Cuban and Spanish influence everywhere. Late this afternoon we’ll travel to Gainesville for an overnight.
We’ll bid the “Sunshine State” goodbye traveling north through the beautiful horse farm country of northern Florida and on through Georgia and South Carolina, arriving home this evening with lots of new friends, memories (and pictures) of another great tour.
Price per person:
Double Triple Quad Single
$899.00 $849.00 $828.00 $1,225.00
Full payment is due Jan. 5, 2019 and no refunds after final payment.