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Highlights of Sunny Florida with Extended Stay in Clearwater Beach (8405) - 2015 / 2014

12 Day Tour from Orlando to Tampa


Highlights of Sunny Florida with Extended Stay in Clearwater Beach
A picturesque view of Everglades National Park
A picturesque view of Everglades National Park
Stroll along the sandy shores of Miami Beach
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

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Join us on this sun-soaked vacation around Florida, including the state’s east and west coasts and the Florida Keys. Begin in Orlando, the “capital” of Disney’s entertainment parks, and travel north to St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the Unites States. Overnight in Cocoa Beach and head to Cape Canaveral for a NASA tour at the Kennedy Space Center. Turn south and visit Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach before crossing 42 bridges to Key West, the southernmost town in the continental U.S.—only 90 miles from Cuba. Check out the many boutiques and museums, relax on the beach, and be sure to sample delicious Caribbean cuisine. Then, travel back to the Florida mainland and be on the lookout for sunbathing alligators as you experience the Everglades via a thrilling airboat ride. Overnight in Naples and head to Clearwater Beach, one of Florida’s most popular resort cities. Relax on the sugar-white sands and take advantage of warm-weather activities before departing from Tampa. What a relaxing and fun way to spend your Florida vacation.

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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.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Clearwater Beach, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.


Day 1Orlando

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.


ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott-Marriott Village (F)
COCOA BEACH Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites (MF)
FORT LAUDERDALE Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel (F)
KEY WEST Doubletree Grand Key Resort (F)
NAPLES Courtyard by Marriott Naples (F)
CLEARWATER BEACH Quality Hotel Beach Resort (ST)

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.

CLINTON DUNN

Years of Experience: 22 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.

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