Florida Discovery

  • 12 Days

  • Southern USA

  • Steady pace

Take a voyage of discovery through the atmospheric Everglades of sub-tropical Florida, exciting area of Orlando, and the home of the historic Apollo space missions.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

of 12 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 17th May 2018

Meals included: 3 breakfasts,

Overview

Take a voyage of discovery through the atmospheric Everglades of sub-tropical Florida, exciting area of Orlando, and the home of the historic Apollo space missions.

At a glance

  • Kennedy Space Centre Visit the hubs of America’s space operations.
  • Everglades airboat ride Hold on tight for a thrilling ride through Florida’s famous Everglades.
  • Fort Myers The winter home and laboratory of the famous inventor Thomas Edison.
  • Florida Keys Journey through the distinctive, sub-tropical savannah landscapes to the southernmost tip of the United States.
  • Key West Once home to author Ernest Hemingway and winter White House for President Harry S Truman.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Orlando
  • 5 nights hotel stay in Orlando
  • 5 nights hotel stay - 2 nights in Clearwater & 3 nights in Orlando
  • 7 night Caribbean Cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Orlando

Fly to Orlando where you will transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Orlando

Today is free to relax or explore the many sights in the Orlando area. Perhaps visit one of Orlando's famous world-class theme parks: go beyond the screen and jump into the action of your favourite films at Universal Studios Florida or pay a visit to one of its many shopping malls.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Orlando - St Augustine - Cocoa Beach

Founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1565, St Augustine is the oldest European city in the United States. Enjoy a history lesson from an expert guide, see the sites and discover the attractions on St Augustine's hop-on-hop-off sightseeing trolley. There’s free time to wander its galleries and boutiques and the elegant Alcazar Courtyard of the St Augustine City Hall and Lightner Museum, with its extensive collections of fine and decorative art from the 19th century. Visit the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the USA or venture onto the shore to see the 17th century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cocoa Beach - Cape Canaveral - Miami Beach

Iconic launch base and home to NASA: Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre are the hubs of America's space operations. A guided tour provides compelling insights into the achievements of America's seminal space programme. Head south to Fort Lauderdale for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Miami Beach

Travel to Greater Miami for an excursion which includes Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Miami Beach. Wander the palm-lined beach and laidback streets of South Beach and its colourful art deco buildings; look out for the “Versace Mansion”, now an exclusive, luxury boutique hotel. Return to Fort Lauderdale and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Miami Beach - Key West

Head south along the Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges through the tropical islands of Florida Keys, to Key West; the picturesque, southernmost town in the continental United States. This evening pay a visit to Mallory Square for sunset views and then wander the colourful cafés of Duval Street.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Key West

Enjoy a full day exploring the sub-tropical island city of Key West, boasting Victorian homes, gingerbread conch houses and mansions on the National Register. There’s a host of interesting local landmarks to visit, including Ernest Hemingway House on Whitehead St – now a museum dedicated to the famous author - and Harry Truman's Little Whitehouse, or the John Audubon House and Gardens. No trip would be complete without a visit to the Southernmost Point in the US, situated less than 90 miles north of Cuba.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Key West - Everglades - Fort Myers

Return to the mainland and the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades to board an airboat for a thrilling ride through the extensive swamplands, before arriving in Fort Myers.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Fort Myers - Clearwater Beach

Begin the day with a visit to Fort Myers, the winter home and laboratory of the famous inventor Thomas Edison. Study his collection of intriguing inventions on a guided tour of the museum. Be sure not to miss the enormous banyan tree in the tropical, botanical garden and then step through the always open 'Friendship Gate' to visit Henry Ford's winter home. Later, cross Tampa Bay over the impressive Sunshine Skyway Bridge to the resort of Clearwater Beach, with its charming white sandy beaches. In the evening, there’s the chance to take an optional dinner cruise through Florida's peaceful inland waters.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Clearwater Beach

A full day to relax at Clearwater Beach. The Clearwater area offers a fine selection of warm weather activities, including tennis, golf, deep-sea fishing, and a variety of watersports.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Clearwater Beach - Orlando - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Orlando and/or Clearwater Beach.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Orlando: Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Center
  • Cocoa Beach: Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites
  • Miami Beach: Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach
  • Key West: Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Fort Myers: Best Western Airport Inn
  • Clearwater Beach: Quality Hotel Beach Resort

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

11th May 2017

The good was very good but was outweighed by one thing after another spoiling the holiday. 3 of the 4 flights were delayed. Not directly the fault of Cosmos but the choice of flights to get us to our destination is yours & would be poor even without the delays and in our experience very stressful. The choice of United airlines as your carrier is also down to Cosmos. The UA staff were excellent but on our return flight there was no in-flight entertainment available unless you had your own tablet etc & had downloaded their App (which we were not informed until we were on the plane & it was then to late to download unless you paid extra). 7, (or 8 due to delay) flight with no entertainment!! Hotels Cocoa Beach - Average hotel but lack of surrounding restaurants etc to cater for overnight stay. Woken at 2 in the morning by man banging on the door shouting "maintenance" Not even an apology when I told him he had the wrong room. Ft Lauderdale. Good hotel but our room infested with cockroach type insects when we got up on the first morning. Were moved room quickly but this meant missed breakfast as we had to get to the coach. Promised contact from the manager but none came. Ft Myers. Hotel at time of booking in historic area but on arrival an airport hotel with only the usual amenities around it. Clearwater. Average to poor hotel that when I looked on google earth at the time of booking had a reasonable open aspect. Now has another imposing hotel built looking over it in what was the car park, taking the sun off ours for most of the day. Unable to get into room on return one day, because the cards had been cancelled. Was told "not a problem" at reception "I'll do 2 more" Not a problem to him but was to me! IHOP refurb (dust,noise, lack of facility) already mentioned previously. Transfer from Clearwater to Orlando. Late pick up which then only arrived after 2 phone calls to get him to us because he'd gone to the wrong hotel! When arriving in Orlando, driver demanded voucher (which we were told we didn't need) and had to argue that he rang his office to confirm. Qrlando. Nice hotel, but on departure day had houskeeping knocking the door telling us we had to be out of the room by 11 even though the information in the room said 12. Another argument!! Generally, even at the good hotels the tour group seemed to be accommodated in the annex type rooms (the cheaper option??) There are other issues but I think I've outlined the reason for my poor review. Biggest disappointment was that we extended our holiday to be able to just relax at the end of a busy tour & was unable to do so.

29th April 2017

A lot of travelling for not so many sights. Only about 2 hours in Miami. Hotel standard very average.

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