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  • Miami
  • Key West
  • Everglades
  • Fort Myers
  • Sarasota
  • Orlando
  • Kennedy Space center
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami

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! 

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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. 

Standard Hotel:  Ocean Five
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Superior Hotel:  Marseille Hotel
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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.

 

Standard Hotel:  Ocean Five
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Superior Hotel:  Marseille Hotel
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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.

 

Standard Hotel:  Fairfield Inn Keys Collection
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Superior Hotel:  La Concha Hotel & Spa
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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!

 

Standard Hotel:  Wyndham Garden
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Superior Hotel:  Diamond Head Beach Resort
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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!!!

 

Standard Hotel:  Clarion Inn a Lake Bueno Vista
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Superior Hotel:  Doubletree Universal Orlando
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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.

 

Standard Hotel:  Clarion Inn a Lake Bueno Vista
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Superior Hotel:  Doubletree Universal Orlando
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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.

 

Standard Hotel:  BW Plus Oceanside
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Superior Hotel:  DoubleTree Bahia Mar Beach Resort (Bed only)
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Day 9 - Fort Lauderdale > Miami

Today is your selfdrive comes to an end. Time for some last minute shopping or collecting some rays of sunshine...

Orlando Universal Orlando Resort 1-Day Admission Orlando

 Full day

In Universal Orlando Resort you take a look behind the scenes of film and TV making and you can even be part of the action!

In the high-tech theme park Islands of Adventure, you get favourite movie, cartoon and fairy tale characters come to life on five themed islands with roller coasters, 3D attractions and kid-friendly rides

The Universal's Volcano Bay is a whole new water theme park like no other full of amazing attractions. It is a tropical paradise just a few steps from everything Universal Orlando Resort ™ offers.

Entry fees 0 - 2 years old: free -  Child discount 3 - 9 years old

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Orlando Universal Orlando Resort 2-Day Admission

 2 days

The Universal Orlando Resort consists of Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands or Adventure & Universal Volcano Bay. at Universal Studios Florida you see what's going on behind the scenes of film and TV and sometimes you are part of the action!

In this high-tech Universal Island of Adventure theme park, your favorite film, comic and fairy-tale heroes come to life on 5 themed islands with roller coasters, 3D attractions and child-friendly rides. Here you will also find Hogsmeade (Hogwarts Express) and the Hogwarts Express (Hogwarts Express).

The Universal's Volcano Bay is a whole new water theme park like no other full of amazing attractions. It is a tropical paradise just a few steps from everything Universal Orlando Resort ™ offers.

Entry fees 0 - 2 years old: free -  Child discount 3 - 9 years old

 

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Miami Hop on Hop off

 

In this double decker bus, you discover Miami from "top" row! You want to get a picture of areas that you do not want to explore by foot? Just remain seated! Do you want to see more? Hop off, take pictures, visit a museum, stroll around and get back on. There are 2 routes with more than 25 stops to choose from. The bus travels through the most renowned neighborhoods like South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and much more. A guide will tell you the best facts and finest anecdotes about the sights located along the route.
The Panoramic Night Tour takes you along South Beach, Ocean Drive and the beautiful Miami skyline at sunset.

  • Youth fare (age 5 - 15)
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Hard Rock Cafe

 

Are you a die-hard Hard Rock Cafe fan as well? Purchase an advantageous menu in advance, and get yourself a T-shirt to remember this day by!

  • Acoustic Rock: main course of your choice (burger, meal salad or sandwich), dessert and a drink (coffee, tea or soft drink).
  • Electric Rock: starter (salad), main course of your choice (Burger, Fajitas, pasta or salmon), dessert and a drink (coffee, tea or soft drink).
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Miami Beach Bike Tour

 2 hours

An ideal way to explore Miami Beach is by bike! Accompanied by a guide you will ride past legendary buildings such as the Versace Mansion, along the lively Lincoln Road and through the famous Art Deco district. A nice mix of exercise, architecture and history.

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South Florida Sightseeing Pass

 30 days

The South Florida Sightseeing Pass is a fun and easy way to explore Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Key West to your heart's content for a song. No need to queue to get tickets. In addition, you will benefit from a 40% discount. You can pick 3 or 5 attractions from the more than 20 tours and activities in total. Your pass is valid for 30 days.

Here is a small overview of the attractions included (complete list in your travel shop):

  • Hop on hop off - 1 day
  • Miami Panoramic Night Tour
  • Little Havana Adventure
  • Miami Bike rental - 1 day
  • Miami Beach Art Deco Pedicab Tour
  • Fort Lauderdale Segway Experience Tour
  • Key West Snorkeltour
  • 2h Kayak ou paddle in Key West
  • Wynwood Art Walk Tour
  • Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Presentation
  • Conch train on Key West
  • Youth fare (age 3 - 11)
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Miami Biscayne Bay

 90 min.

During this unforgettable Biscayne Bay narrated cruise you navigate both the bay and the famous Venetian islands. On the islands known Star and Hibiscus and you will be able to admire the wonderful villas of many a celebrity.  A guide provides you with details durant the trip.

  • Youth fare (age 4 - 10)
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Key West Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour

 +/- 3 hours

Onboard a catamaran you sail towards the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The crew teaches you all there is to know about the 200 Key West dolphins that call this area home. You see them swim, play and eat, and will sail up as close as the Dolphin Smart Protection for responsible dolphin observation will allow. Then you go snorkeling in Key West wildlife refuge. In the shallow water you see sponges, corals and tropical fish.

  • Daily departure at 9 am and 12 pm (subject to change)
  • Snorkel gear, beer, vine, and safot drinks included
  • Reduced child rates (aged 4 - 10)
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Miami Everglades Safari Park Eco-Adventure Tour

 30 - 40 min.

The Everglades is one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world. You'll travel 30 to 40 minutes with an airboat through this beautiful nature reserve. You will attend the Alligator Wildlife nature show and explore the park by foot along the Jungle Trail and its observation platform with breathtaking views ... Keep your camera at hand and shoot those exotic birds and reptiles.

This tour is also possible with a smaller airboat with a private guide. Prices on request.

  • Child discounted rate (aged 5 - 11)
  • Children 5 years old and less enter for free
  • This tour is available in a smaller air boat with private guide. please check for applicable rates. 
  • The park can only be reached by car!
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Orlando Explorer Pass

 30 days
The Orlando Explorer Pass is a fun and easy way to discover the most for the best budget. No need to queue to get tickets. Plus you get a discount of up to 35%. You choose between 3.4 or 5 attractions included. You can pick from 15 attractions and tours. Your pass is valid for 30 days. Child fare: age 3-12 
Here is a small overview of the attractions included (complete list in your travel shop):
- Orlando Eye
- Madame Tussauds
- Fun Spot America Theme Park
- Ripley's Believe it or not
- Coco Key water park
- Factory Adventure Tour
- SEA LIFE aquarium
- Gatorland
- Boggy Creek Airboat Tours
- The Magic Circus dinner show
- ...
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Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach

 1 day

At the Kennedy Space Center you relive the history of US Space and you takes a look at future developments. Highlights include the exhibition of the Apollo program, IMAX® films and space flight simulators in the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Bet it will be a day filled with discoveries!.

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Hotels & Meals

Travel Documents

  • 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.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 
 

Tailored travel

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 groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

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)!

Time Zones

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.

 

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)

Payment Methods
  • 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.

Climate

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):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Miami 20 20 22 23 26 27 28 28 28 25 23 21
Orlando 15 16 19 22 25 27 28 28 27 24 20 17
Fort Lauderdale 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 32 30 27 25
Key West 21 22 23 25 27 29 30 29 29 27 25 23
Tallahassee 18 20 23 27 31 33 33 33 31 27 23 19
Tampa  17 18 20 22 26 28 28 28 28 25 22 18

What's included?

  • 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.

Standard Price per person


SD0MIA80


Superior Price per person


SD0MIA80


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