Sun, sea, beach and tanned bodies are guaranteed on any visit to Florida, but The Sunshine State has more in store, lots more. The Everglades, for instance, where the crocodiles swarm around your airboat, you outsmart marsh mosquitoes and you enjoy some of the most extraordinary nature and beach settings in the world. Experience the Universal Orlando Resort attractions and activities and become a star during a memorable stay in Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure or Universal’s Volcano Bay!
Heed the call of Florida and enjoy cruising down Ocean Drive, counting sweat drops on South Beach, spotting alligators in the Everglades and experiencing the magic of the fun and entertainment parks Orlando is famous for. In other words...experience the best of Florida in 9 days. Imagine!
Day 1 - Miami
Miami, this city is a dream spot for several reasons: its location, its fabulous shopping, gourmet restaurants and tremendous nightlife scenes. Bet South Beach beach cabanas with style and character and Miami's Art Deco will seem familiar to you - maybe even feel a little like home - thanks to its fashion shoots and the numerous TV and movies locations.
Day 2 - Miami Beach
Miami is an international city, rich with a multi-ethnic culture. Learn more about the Art Deco architecture and the refined Coral Gables by taking a walking tour of this district walk along Ocean Drive and enjoy any type of cuisine, shop at Lincoln Road mall or take a boat ride or just relax and enjoy the warm breezes, swaying palm trees, and the sound of the waves washing ashore. You set the pace.
Day 3 - Miami Beach > Key West
You will travel through the Florida Keys by way of the Overseas Highway, with its stunning vistas, via 42 bridges to the southernmost city, Key West. Specialty shops, outdoor cafes and restaurants line the streets. Take a ride on the Conch Tour Train, visit the Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum, walk along Duval Street and sample a local favourite food, conch fritters. But whatever you do, remember no visit to Key West is complete without taking part in the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.
Day 4 - Key West > Everglades > Fort Myers
Depart Key West today and drive through the Upper Keys. The Everglades, often called the “River of Grass” are inhabited by an abundance of unique plants and incredible wildlife, including the famous alligator. Visit Shark Valley and embark on an airboat Ride. That’s life!
Day 5 - Fort Myers > Sarasota > Orlando
Continue towards Orlando via the coastal route that will take you through the charming beach towns of Sarasota, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Stop at Tampa for a visit to Bush Gardens before you arrive at the capital of amusement: Orlando!!!
Days 6 - 7 - Orlando
Orlando unites all major theme parks and is the epitome of entertainment and fun. The choice is so extreme that you will need several full days, you have two. There is Universal Orlando Resort (Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure & Universal Volcano Bay) and the Walt Disney World Theme Parks (the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), In other words: no time to waste.
Day 8 - Orlando > Kennedy Space Center > Fort Lauderdale
Drive east to Kennedy Space Centre, the site of the American Space Program and NASA headquarters and experience interactive simulators, live shows and close encounters with massive rockets. Meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps and see one of the IMAX space films. After your day of space exploration, continue on to Fort Lauderdale, known as the “Venice of America” because of the intricate canal system. The arts and entertainment district of Fort Lauderdale runs along the Riverfront and Las Olas Boulevard offers quaint shops, eateries and galleries.
Day 9 - Fort Lauderdale > Miami
Hotels & Meals
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car.Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.
The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts
Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.
No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!
Florida spans 1 time zone:
- Eastern (- 6 h)
Daylight saving time 2018: In Florida the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am. Florida turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)
- A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
- You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.
A mild, sunny climate is one of Florida's most important natural resources turning Florida into a major year-round tourist destination for millions of visitors each year. Average annual temperatures range from 18°C to 21°c (65° to 70°F) in the north, and from 23°C - 25°C (74° to 77°F) in the southern peninsula and on the Keys. At Miami, the annual average is 24°C (76°F) with a low of 21°C (69°F) and a high of 28°C (83°F). Dream temperatures for a fairytale destination.
Florida's long coastline does make it vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. Statistically, there is a very low risk that a storm will impact your vacation. Hurricane season runs from June to October each year.
Average Temperatures (°C):
- 8 nights accommodation in standard hotels
- Your digital roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)
What's not included?
Your international flights, optional excursions, tipping, meals & beverages and personal expenses.
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