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Sunshine State – Fly Drive

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  • Date: May
  • Destination: Sunshine State
  • Duration: 13 nights
  • Price: 2079
Destination United States
From Dublin
Date May to October 2019
Duration 12 Nights
Price From €2,079 pp
Flight Details Dublin to Miami
Miami to Dublin

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to the Sunshine State

Thoroughly explore what makes Florida such a magnificent state: its gorgeous beaches, tropical islands, and exciting amusement parks.

Discover the freedom of the open road with a fly drive holiday. Fly drive holidays give you the opportunity to discover America at your own pace and to your own timetable. If you’ve been dreaming of driving iconic Route 66 or touring the Sunshine State, these are the holidays for you.

With your car waiting for you at the airport you’ll be straight on the open road, and then the world is your oyster.

Itinerary

Day 1: MIAMI ARRIVAL
Arrive in the Sunshine State of Florida. Pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

Day 2: MIAMI – KEY WEST
Today’s journey takes you south, crossing 42 bridges and 32 islands as you drive on the Overseas Highway (US1) all the way to Key West, only 90 miles away from Cuba. Key Largo is the first in a chain of coral islands known as the Keys. The star visitor attraction is undoubtedly the only underwater park in the US, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Continue on to Key West and walk the Pelican Path or take the Conch Tour Train to get a flavor of Key West. Don’t miss the Hemingway House, one of Key West’s most famous celebrity shrines.

Day 3: KEY WEST – KEY LARGO
Today retrace your journey along the Keys en route to Key Largo. Be sure to stop along the way to capture photos of this unique stretch of road and enjoy some freshly caught fish at the restaurant of your choice. Overnight in Key Largo.

Day 4: KEY LARGO – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – NAPLES
Today cross “Alligator Alley” via the Everglades National Park. Spend time at the visitor center and we suggest you hop aboard an airboat for a thrilling experience. Continue to the swanky town of Naples where designer shopping and fine dining compliment the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.

Day 5: NAPLES
A full day to relax and enjoy Naples.

Day 6: NAPLES – SARASOTA
Continue north to Sarasota, passing the popular Fort Myers and Venice beaches. Stop to visit the winter residence of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford outside Fort Myers. Consider taking a side trip to the tropical barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva (toll bridge). Visit Ding Darling State Park on Captiva where you can rent bicycles to enjoy the Floridian flora and fauna, or take a kayak trip through the mangroves.

Day 7: SARASOTA – CRYSTAL RIVER
Travel north and inland today as you head for Crystal River. Stop en route at Homosassa Springs, home to Nature World, a nature reserve for endangered manatees.

Day 8: CRYSTAL RIVER – ST. AUGUSTINE
This morning, visit Silver Springs Park where the first Tarzan movies were filmed or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride on the crystal clear waters of Silver Springs. Cross the Ocala National Forest via Palatka to St. Augustine. Ponce De Leon landed here in 1513 in search of eternal youth. You can visit the mythical Fountain of Youth during your stay.

Day 9: ST. AUGUSTINE – ORLANDO
Today, visit famous Daytona Beach before swinging inland and following Interstate 4 to the theme park capital of the world, Orlando, your base for the next three nights.

Day 10: ORLANDO
The main decision during your stay will be deciding which parks to visit. Choose between Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM and Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or SeaWorld. A good sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. (Admission not included)

Day 11: ORLANDO
A full day at leisure to discover what inspires this city built on imagination.

Day 12: ORLANDO – COCOA BEACH
Drive east to the Space Coast of Florida and land in Cocoa Beach, home of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. You may want to explore the universe at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center or walk the famous Cocoa Beach pier and enjoy the shops, food and ocean air.

Day 13: COCOA BEACH – MIAMI DEPARTURE
Continue to Miami in time to return your rental car before your return flight.

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Price Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to Miami
  • Car hire based on Jeep Cherokee (or similar) with Liability Insurance Supplement included
  • 12 nights accommodation, staying in centrally located hotels
  • Room only basis
  • Includes day by day driving instructions
  • 20kg check-in bag per person

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  • Extend your stay
  • Change hotel options
  • Choose a smaller or larger car
  • Choose your travel dates
  • Choose your preferred airline

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Upgrade hotels from €20pppn
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €300 per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • Optional Insurance €48 (conditions apply)
  • Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
May to October 2019 €2,079

Departures available from May to October to suit your needs.

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