18 Day itinerary in United States, North America

Discover Florida

Visit the best sites of the amazing state of Florida, on this 18-day trip from Orlando to Tampa. Get the visit the world-famous Orlando theme parks, such as, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, The magical world of Harry Potter or the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Then, drive to the para... Read More

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Discover the amazing great variety of theme parks in Orlando


Visit Key West, the southernmost point of the United States


See different kinds of fish, collect shells, go on nature trips, and watch birds in Sanibel Island


Get to know Tampa, known for a mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks


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Day 1

place Arrival in Orlando

Today you will arrive in Orlando to start your holiday! Pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to the hotel to check in. In the evening, you can go enjoy dinner at a restaurant nearby and relax before discovering all the amazing attractions in Orlando tomorrow. Orlando offers a great variety of theme parks and is also called the "Theme park capital of the world". The city is especially well known for Disney World and Universal Studios, and for its great water parks. All those Theme Parks guarantee fun for the whole family!


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 2

place Explore Orlando's theme parks

Young and old can enjoy Orlando’s theme parks. Walt Disney World, for example, consists of four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Furthermore, the park has two water parks, golf courses and a shopping center called Disney Springs. With the different themes and activities, there is something for everyone to experience! Let us know if you would like to add those tickets to your package. At Universal Studios, you can immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment, where state-of-the-art rides, shows and attractions bring your favorite movies to life. Harry Potter fans will be “teleported” directly to the magical world of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort. Here you can find themed shops and restaurants, as well as the exciting Harry Potter rides and the escape from Gringotts. At King's Cross Station, you can take the Hogwarts Express, which will take you directly to Hogsmeade on the Universal Islands of Adventure. Please note, that the Hogwarts Express requires a multi-park ticket. Contact us if you wish to add the entrance tickets to your package.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 3

place Free Day in Orlando

On another day, you could visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, which is about an hour drive from Orlando. The Kennedy Space Center is the center of the national space program. From Cape Canaveral, US astronauts faced the challenges of space travel, boarded various shuttle flights to launch and repair satellites and build the International Space Station. In Cape Canaveral, you can learn all about it and even visit launching platforms. Alternatively, you could spend another day in one of the many theme parks, as there is an incredible amount of choice!


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 4

place Drive to Fort Lauderdale

Today, you will drive from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale. This drive takes about 3 hours. Fort Lauderdale is situated on the southeast coast of Florida and is known for its beaches and boat channels. Along the boardwalk you can find many luxury restaurants, hotels, bars and boutiques. In Fort Lauderdale, the sun shines more than 300 days per year. This means that visitors and locals have plenty of opportunities to enjoy what makes the Fort Lauderdale area so special, such as the nature, boating opportunities, different neighborhoods and a variety of events and attractions. The destination also offers museums, great nightlife, shops, casinos and family-friendly fun. After arriving in Fort Lauderdale, you can check into your hotel and have dinner in one of the delicious restaurants along the boardwalk.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 5

place Free Day in Fort Lauderdale

During your stay, you could spend a day at the beach, stroll along the boardwalk, and visit the beachfront shops and restaurants. If you are seeking more adventure you can go diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding or jet skiing. You can also visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park with hiking trails and a lagoon. A boat trip through the canals is a fun way to explore this area. For animal lovers, you can visit the Butterfly World and the Flamingo Gardens. Enjoy your time in Fort Lauderdale!


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 6

place Drive to Miami

Today, you will drive approximately 40 minutes from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. Miami Beach is located on the southeastern tip of Florida, at the barrier island above the blue waters of Biscayne Bay. Miami is famous for its colorful Art Deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendy nightclubs. The Cuban influence on this city is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops in Little Havana.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 7

place Explore Miami

Ocean Drive is Miami's most famous street, seen in many movies, and is usually the first-place people think of when they hear Miami Beach. The Ocean Drive stretches from 1st Street to 15th Street and offers colorful shops, night lighting, restaurants, bars of all kinds, chic cars and of course many palm trees. Another interesting spot in Miami is Wynwood, which is a great artistic part of the city. This Miami neighborhood is home to trendy arts and crafts galleries, cafés and museums and is one of the best day trip destinations in the city.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 8

place Free Day in Miami

Of course, relaxing in Miami is a dream. Wide beaches stretch from North Shore Open Space Park to palm-lined Lummus Park to South Pointe Park. The south end, South Beach, is known for its international fame with models and celebrities, and its early 20th century architecture in the historic Art Deco neighborhood of pastel buildings.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 9

place Drive to Key West

Today, you will drive from Miami to Key West, the southernmost point of the United States. Key West is famous for its water sports, vibrant nightlife, beaches, historic sites and pastel-colored architecture. On Duval Street, one of the liveliest street in the world with shops, bars and cafés, is Sloppy Joe's Bar, a popular former meeting place for writer Ernest Hemingway.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 10

place Free Day in Key West

There are also many other things to do in Key West such as visiting the 19th century Fort Zachary Taylor Park, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or the gardens of the West Martello Towers. You could also explore the quaint old town walking or with the Conch Tour train, a bright yellow train-like outdoor vehicle with sound effects that allow you to sit back and relax as you visit landmarks such as Hemmingway House and Southernmost Point.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 11

place Drive to Sanibel Island

Today you will continue your trip to Sanibel Island. Sanibel Island offers fantastic beaches, where you can find different kinds of fish, collect shells, go on nature trips, watch birds, play golf and tennis and enjoy art and entertainment. Enjoy 24 kilometers of pristine beaches, 40 kilometers of cycle paths, 50 fish species, 230 bird species and 250 shellfish species. The beaches of Sanibel are world-famous for their pristine sand and the breathtaking sunsets. The dolphins add something extra to the great experiences on boat trips. Besides exploring the wildlife and beaches, you can go biking, paddling, or kayaking.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 12

place Free Day in Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island also offers good shopping opportunities. There are no large shopping centers, but there are unique and beautiful shops and galleries. Spend some time at Bowman's Beach collecting premium shells or discover the Lighthouse Beach with its historic lighthouse, wetland boardwalk and fishing pier. For a delicious meal, visit the Sanibel Fish House. Have fun!


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 13

place Drive to Sarasota

Today, you continue your journey by driving to Sarasota. Located on the Gulf Coast, Sarasota offers you a diverse mix of culture and fine dining, circus thrills, pristine beaches and a variety of shopping options. The John and Mable Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota pays tribute to the Ringlings, the family behind America's most famous circus. Here you can see the old costumes, carriages and the largest miniature circus in the world. You can also visit the mansion Ca' d'Zan, the old family house of the Ringlings and a beautiful Venetian Gothic palace with 56 rooms.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 14

place Free Day in Sarasota

Another point of interest is the Marie Selby Botanical Garden. Discover the world's most spectacular display of rare orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants in this 15-acre museum on the shores of Sarasota Bay, directly across from Siesta Key.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 15

place Drive to St. Petersburg

Today will drive from Sarasota to St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg offers some of America's most popular sandy beaches. There is a lot going on in the newly designed city center in terms of shopping, dining and year-round entertainment. Major attractions include many free and family-friendly waterfront activities such as a Catamaran Tour, fresh Gulf fish, great beach bars, an exciting event calendar, and miles of beautiful beaches.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 16

place Free Day in St. Petersburg

You can also visit the Dali Museum of surreal artwork. These artworks are all dedicated to Salvador Dalí. Another option is to explore the beautiful Maximo Park, where Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay meet. In the past, several tribes lived here, so the park contains characters describing these tribes. The park has boat ramps, a beach and several picnic pavilions.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 17

place Drive to Tampa and explore the city

Today you will drive to the last destination of your trip: Tampa. Tampa is located on Tampa Bay on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is known for a mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, a culture of Cuban and Spanish flavors, vibrant business districts and beautiful waterways. Tampa also has a large selection of museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Tampa Bay History Center. You can purchase a CityPASS to access some of Tampa's best activities or attractions. Please contact us if you wish to include this pass. There are also many parks in the city center, including the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. The city offers hip bars, innovative restaurants and amazing restorations of turn-of-the-century buildings. Near Hyde Park, the upscale shopping and restaurant district, you'll find boutiques and national brands, as well as excellent restaurants and bars. If you are looking for adrenaline and a fun experience for the entire family, you should visit Busch Gardens, which is one of the most iconic theme parks in the US. Here you can find a huge variety of rollercoasters and wildlife exhibitions.


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Day 18

place Departure Day

On the last day, check out of the hotel and drive to Tampa International Airport. Here you will return your rental car and fly back home. Alternatively, you can drive back to Orlando and fly back home from there.

What’s Included

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  • 3* Hotel

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  • 19 days basic car rental

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  • All stops as per itinerary

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  • 24 h agency support
  • A detailed travel description with many tips and suggestions for excursions and activities

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  • International flights
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Options and trip extensions

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