Before the ‘Sunshine State’ became known for its fun-filled theme parks and bustling beach resorts, it was a haven for interwar artists, writers and architects. Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost and Tennessee Williams made their home in Key West, travelling artists established a creative community in St Petersburg and Miami’s South Beach was transformed in a sweep of Art Deco colour and geometric splendour. This tour follows in their footsteps and traces the history of Florida even further back, to the settlement of St Augustine in 1565, but does not ignore the best of the state’s attractions, including Everglades National Park and Kennedy Space Center.
10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
1 meal: 1 dinner (day 9 or 10)
Included excursions and visits: 8
Visit St Augustine
Entrance to Kennedy Space Center
Visit to Miami famous for its art deco buildings and white sandy beaches
Tour of Key West on historic conch train
Entrance to Hemingway House
Everglades airboat ride
Visit to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Estate
Dinner cruise aboard the Starlite
Plus all these benefits:
Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service®
Free connecting flights from regional airports
Check-in service by Titan staff with porterage
Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
Scheduled British Airways direct flights
Best available coaches with experienced drivers
Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Orlando, Florida. On arrival our coach will transfer you to the Rosen Shingle Creek (4T), our base for the next two nights.
Day 2 St Augustine
This morning we head to charming St Augustine. Founded in 1565, it is the oldest city in the United States. With its palm-lined streets and grand buildings, this charming city has much to offer. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Orlando - Hollywood, FL
No visit to Florida would be complete without a visit to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. It has been five decades since Alan Shepard first launched from Florida to become the first American in space. This afternoon we travel on to Hollywood, FL and our hotel the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach (4T).
Day 4 Hollywood - Miami - Key West
Today we enjoy the unique cosmopolitan city of Miami, famous for its colourful art deco buildings and white sandy beaches. Later we have our first glimpse of the stunning Florida Keys as we arrive at the Doubletree Grand Key (3T) or The Gates Hotel (3T+), our home for the next two nights.
Day 5 Key West
Today we take the conch train, a trolley tour, which explores the island and affords views of ornate Victorian mansions, tin-roofed conch houses and many historical sights. We also visit Ernest Hemingway’s home, located in the very heart of Old Town Key West where the Nobel Prize winner lived and wrote with his many cats for more than ten years. The rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the dramatic sunset.
Day 6 Keywest - Everglades - Cape Coral
This morning we leave the Keys and venture into the stunning scenery of The Everglades, the third largest National Park in the United States. Here we take a brief airboat ride to further explore the area where many alligators, raccoons and pelicans reside. Heading north we arrive in Cape Coral and the Westin Cape Coral (4T).
Day 7 Cape Coral
A leisurely day to explore the area, home to wonderful beaches, a mixture of restaurants and great shopping venues. You might like to explore the historic downtown area of Fort Myers including the Edison Theatre. The hotel offers a water taxi to Fort Myers Beach.
Day 8 Cape Coral - Clearwater
Today we visit the homes of two remarkable inventors at the impressive Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates in their tropical riverside setting. Later this morning we follow the picturesque Florida coastline north to Clearwater and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort (4T).
Days 9-10 Clearwater
A chance to relax, soak up the sun and explore. On one of the evenings we enjoy an included dinner cruise with dancing to live music.
Day 11 Clearwater - Orlando - In flight
We transfer to Orlando Airport and our direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.
Day 12 London
Arrival at London Gatwick where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
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Scores 8.8 out of 10based on 9 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 6 months.
9 out of 10
This holiday was a fantastic way to experience Florida away from the theme parks. Kennedy Space Station was amazing, the airboat ride on the Everglades an experience and the Ford / Edison houses were very interesting. Watching the sunset from Key West, marvellous! Overall an education and a treat. If you're considering this tour, jump in with both feet, you won't be disappointed.
26 May 2016
11 June 2016
9 out of 10
Great tour. Tour manager very knowledgeable and went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our tour and returned to UK with good memories. Thank you David.
24 March 2016
07 April 2016
9 out of 10
An excellent holiday to see Florida all at one time but be prepared to find it busy and get clever with your suitcase packing. Two of the hotels were rather isolated, we loved the hotel at Key West and at Clearwater where we could go for a walk and be more independent if we wanted to. The excursions were excellent, especially visiting Ernest Hemingway's house and the homesteads of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, on both, we had excellent guides too. An excellent Tour Manager, very safe driver and the welcome VIP service made it all a most memorable holiday.
10 March 2016
03 April 2016