Florida Vacations - Cosmos® Guided Tours

Florida Discovery (8400)

10 Day Tour from Orlando to Orlando

2017 Tour Details

Join Cosmos on this sun-soaked tour around Florida, including the state’s east and west coasts and the Florida Keys. Your tour begins and ends in Orlando with overnights also in Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Fort Myers, and Clearwater Beach. Along the way, stroll on the white-sand beaches, enjoy gorgeous sunsets, and feel the sun drain away tension as you sit back, relax, and let Cosmos handle the details and the driving!

On this Florida tour, you’ll spend time in St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. An included hop-on/hop-off trolley tour highlights the city’s history and attractions. You’ll also visit Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, where you’ll learn about America’s space program during your NASA tour. In Fort Myers, visit the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. As good friends, they had winter homes next to each other, including 20 acres of botanical gardens. Your time in Fort Lauderdale includes an excursion to Miami Beach, where you can explore the art deco buildings and beautiful palm-lined South Beach.

A highlight of this tour is the ride you’ll take on an airboat through the swamplands in the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Keep an eye out for sleepy alligators basking on the banks of the waterways. But that’s not all…also enjoy the drive to picturesque Key West, which crosses over 42 bridges. In Key West, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the town. Be sure to capture the beautiful sunset! Finally, you’ll enjoy free time in Clearwater Beach, one of Florida’s most popular resort cities. Relax on the sugar-white sands and take advantage of warm-weather activities.

Gorgeous beaches, interesting experiences, and striking scenery…this Florida tour designed for value-minded travelers has it all!
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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.

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Everglades National Park

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 breakfasts, 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 U.S., explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Your expert guide shares 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 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 for 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. A suggestion for tonight: 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. 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 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.

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.

Day 10 Clearwater Beach–Orlando

This morning, the motorcoach continues to the Courtyard Lake Buena Vista for tour members extending their stay in Orlando. Continue on to Orlando International Airport, where the tour ends for guests with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after Noon.

 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) or Best Western Oceanfront (ST) on departure May 5
FORT LAUDERDALE Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach (F)
KEY WEST Fairfield Inn & Suites (ST)
FORT MYERS Best Western Airport Inn (MF)
CLEARWATER BEACH Quality Hotel Beach Resort (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


KeyWest
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Key West

Sailing Trips
Sailing Trips

Sailing Trips

Catamaran and schooner tours provide an authentic sailing experience. By using wind power on the open water instead of a motor, enjoy a quiet excursion in the fresh Caribbean air.

Price Range: $$$

Old Town Trolley of Key West
Old Town Trolley of Key West

Old Town Trolley of 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.

Price Range: $

Clearwater Beach

Starlite Majesty Dinner Cruise
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.

Price Range: $$

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