Highlights of Sunny Florida with Extended Stay in Clearwater Beach (8405)

12 Day Tour from Orlando to Tampa

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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 United 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 Fort Myers 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—a fun way to conclude your Florida vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Miami and Miami Beach; St. Augustine guided trolley ride, Kennedy Space Center, airboat tour through the Everglades, Thomas Edison’s Winter Home, and Henry Ford’s Winter Home. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

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

Scenic Highlights:
Florida’s Atlantic coast, Gold Coast, Miami Beach, Florida Keys, Key West, Everglades National Park, Gulf Coast shoreline, and Clearwater Beach.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

2 breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Orlando

Welcome to Orlando! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Orlando–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. Sit back and let an expert guide share with you the history, attractions, and sights of America’s oldest city on St. Augustine’s hop-on/hop-off sightseeing TROLLEY. 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.

Day 3 Cocoa 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Fort Lauderdale. Miami Beach Excursion

This morning, enjoy an excursion to Greater Miami, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach. Time to explore the colorful art deco buildings, and beautiful palm-lined South 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 5 Fort Lauderdale–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 6 Key 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 visiting the many boutiques and museums. Be sure to sample the delicious Caribbean cuisine for which this semi-tropical paradise is so famous.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 7 Key West–Everglades–Fort Myers

Head back to the mainland to the subtropical wilderness of the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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. Overnight in Fort Myers.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 8 Fort Myers–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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Clearwater 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.

Days 10-11 Clearwater Beach

Home to sugary white-sand beaches and plenty of warm sunshine, spend the next two days relaxing and watching breathtaking sunsets.

Day 12 Clearwater Beach–Tampa

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Tampa International Airport.

 Tour Director

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: 24

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 over 20 years ago.

Tour Director - CLINTON DUNN

 Accommodations

ORLANDO Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Center (F)
COCOA BEACH Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites (MF)
FORT LAUDERDALE Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel (SF)
KEY WEST Fairfield Inn & Suites (ST)
FORT MYERS Best Western Airport Inn (F)
CLEARWATER BEACH Quality Hotel Beach Resort (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Key West
Clearwater Beach

Key West

Champagne Sunset Sail

Champagne Sunset Sail

Just as famous as the Coral Reef is Key West's sunset. This two hour catamaran sail will delight those who have come to watch the sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. Embrace your loved one or enjoy the company of friends and family while you watch the blue sky turn into a spectacular light show as it casts every color imaginable above the horizon. The beauty of a Key West sunset will take your breath away. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, champagne or soda. Departure times vary with season. Subject to availability of seating capacity.

Approximate value: $42 USD per person

Island Ting

Island Ting

Just bring your towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit and camera! The Island Ting excursion begins at 10:00am and ends at 4:00pm and includes: Catamaran Sailing, Snorkeling at the Reef, and Kayak Mangrove Exploration. Your day includes a light breakfast of pastries, an egg dish and fruit juices, a full buffet lunch of peel & eat shrimp, assorted Boars Heads meats & cheeses with assorted breads and condiments, assorted side salads and afternoon snack of fresh fruit and chocolate chip cookies. Also included beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Maximum group size is 20 people and is a relaxing way to spend your day. Subject to availability and weather conditions.

Approximate value: $106 USD per person

Old Town Trolley Key West

Old Town Trolley Key West

Sit back and relax on an open-air trolley and view some of Key West's most famous sights including Ernest Hemingway's home; Fort Zachary; the Audubon House; and the southernmost point of the United States, situated less than 90-miles north of Cuba. Local Guides will combine colorful anecdotes with well-researched historical information.

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

Clearwater Beach

Starlite Majesty Dinner Cruise

Starlite Majesty Dinner Cruise

Here's your chance to enjoy an elegant night out. Treat yourself to a delicious five-course meal and then kick up your heels on the dance floor to a live band. Every seat in the spacious, plush dining room has a remarkable panoramic view of the changing waterfront scenery.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

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