Sightseeing:In Miami and Miami Beach; St. Augustine horse-drawn carriage ride, Kennedy Space Center, airboat tour through the Everglades, Thomas Edison’s Winter Home, and Henry Ford’s Winter Home.
Scenic Highlights:Florida’s Atlantic coast, Gold Coast, Miami Beach, Florida Keys, Key West, Everglades National Park, Gulf Coast shoreline, and Clearwater Beach.
Services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Clearwater Beach, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.
Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2Orlando–St. Augustine–Cocoa Beach
This morning, head to picturesque St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States, founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Upon arrival, a HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE ride through tree-lined and narrow brick streets will highlight 440 years of history. Afterward, there’s free time to explore St. Augustine on your own. Perhaps visit the Oldest House in the U.S. or the 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. End the day with a walk on sandy Cocoa Beach.NOTE: In adverse weather conditions the carriage ride will be substituted with a guided trolley ride.
Day 3Cocoa Beach–Cape Canaveral–Fort Lauderdale
Cape Canaveral and the KENNEDY SPACE CENTER are the hub of America’s space operations. Enjoy a NASA tour, which provides insight into the achievements of America’s space program. After your tour, head south to Fort Lauderdale, where you will stay for the next two nights. (B)
Day 4Fort Lauderdale. Miami Beach Excursion
Tour the greater Miami area, including Fort Lauderdale, nicknamed the “Venice of America,” Miami, and Miami Beach. Afterward, time on your own to explore the colorful art deco buildings and beach of Miami Beach. This afternoon, return to Fort Lauderdale and enjoy the Florida sun on the world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach or by the hotel pool.
Day 5Fort Lauderdale–Key Largo–Key West
This morning we head south to the Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges through the Florida Keys to picturesque Key West, the southernmost town in the continental U.S. Our suggestion for this evening: visit Mallory Square to enjoy the spectacular sunset, then stroll along Duval Street with its colorful cafés.
Day 6Key West
On this morning’s optional sightseeing tour, sit back and relax on the open-air trolley and view some of Key West’s most famous sights, including Ernest Hemingway’s home; Fort Zachary; Southernmost Point, situated less than 90 miles north of Cuba; and the Audubon House & Gardens. Spend the afternoon beachcombing or visit the many boutiques and museums. Be sure to sample the delicious Caribbean cuisine for which this semi-tropical paradise is so famous. (CB)
Day 7Key West–Everglades–Naples
Head back to the mainland to the subtropical wilderness of the EVERGLADES. Board your AIRBOAT for a thrilling sightseeing ride through the extensive swamplands. Sleepy alligators basking on the banks of the waterways are a common sight. Make a brief stop on Fifth Avenue South, Naples’ Main Street. Enjoy a walk along the landscaped promenades before heading on to the hotel. (CB)
Day 8Naples–Clearwater Beach
Visit famous inventor THOMAS EDISON’S WINTER HOME & LABORATORY. Step through the always-open “Friendship Gate” to visit HENRY FORD’S WINTER HOME. Don’t miss the enormous banyan tree in the garden.
Day 9Clearwater Beach
A full day to relax on the sugar-white sands of Clearwater Beach. Your Tour Director will have suggestions on the best places to shop and dine. Remain at your hotel, the Quality Inn Beach Resort in Clearwater, for the next two nights.
Days 10-11Clearwater Beach
Home to sugary white-sand beaches and plenty of warm sunshine, spend the next two days relaxing and watching breathtaking sunsets.
Day 12Clearwater Beach–Tampa
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Tampa International Airport.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
1 breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Years of Experience: 23 years
After graduating from Fordham University, I lived in New York City until I inherited a small inn that my grandmother had owned in my hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. I became immersed in restoring and running it, but after working 24 hour days for 10 years, I was ready for a change. I told a friend I wanted a job where I could travel. He said, "You should do what my ex-wife is doing. She's a Tour Director." That began my wonderful new career that is now in its 21st year.