Florida

Feb 24-March 10, 2022
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Cities include: St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, Miami, Key West, Florida City, Fort Meyers, Panama City Beach
Highlights:
-Trolley Tours
- Kennedy Space Center
- Everglades
- Manatee Cruise
- Dolphin encounter cruise
- MORE!!!

Day 1: Today we start to get acquainted with our new traveling friends as we make our way east for our first overnight in Forrest City, AR.

Day 2: Today we drive through Mississippi and Alabama. For the night we stay near Dothan AL. (B)

Day 3: By lunchtime, we reach the nation’s oldest permanent settlement, St. Augustine. We visit the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Mueseum. The lighthouse was built in 1874, is 165 feet tall, and provides great views of the city. Next we stop at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Built by the Spanish in St. Augustine to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route, this fort preserves the oldest masonry fortification in the continental United States. For the next 2 nights, we stay at a beachfront hotel in St. Augustine. (B, L)

Day 4: This morning we have a narrated trolley tour to learn more about this old town. Then we head south to Daytona. Discover what makes Daytona International Speedway the World Center of Racing on our tour. While there, we also visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. It honors racing in all its forms and has fun, colorful, and exciting exhibits. (B, L)

Day 5: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is on the schedule for today. Enjoy a tour around this enormous acreage on their bus where we can experience the excitement of space flight. On this narrated tour, we learn more about our country’s space program. For the night we stay in Cocoa Beach. (B)

Day 6: Miami is one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. There is something for everyone here! We explore this fascinating city with a local guide. Tonight we reach Florida City for our overnight stay. (B)

Day 7: Today we go all the way to Key West. One hundred twenty miles of sandy beaches, rocky shores, weathered homes, and lush subtropical vegetation are just part of the fun heading down the Keys! Arriving in Key West we ride the famous Conch Train for a narrated tour of this vibrant town. Lunch is on your own at Mallory Square, which is full of restaurants, shops, and street performers. This afternoon we tour the Little White House and learn more about President Harry S. Truman and how this remarkable man and his presence helped transform the island. Our overnight is in Key West. (B)

Day 8: We have a leisurely morning check-out so we can enjoy the beautiful surroundings this morning. Later we tour the famous residence of Ernest Hemingway, one of our most respected authors. It’s time to make the drive back up the Keys. Along the way we stop for a sunset dinner on the Keys before retiring once again in Florida City for the night. (B, D)

Day 9: This morning starts with an exciting airboat ride into the Everglades. This is a rare, most unusual community of plants and animals living in Florida. Back up the western coast of Florida, we check into our hotel in Fort Meyers. This evening we take a dinner cruise on the Caloosahatchee River. (B, D)

Day 10: No trip to Florida would be complete without a stop at a citrus farm. We take an open-air tram ride through Mixon’s Fruit Farms and learn the secrets of citrus in a working grove. This afternoon take a cruise to observe manatees in their natural habitat on the Crystal River. We stay at the Plantation on Crystal River tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Today we enjoy the beauty of Florida as we make our way to Panama City Beach. A local guide steps on our coach for a tour of this city. Panama City Beach is known for its unique, sugar-white sandy beaches. Our hotel for the next two night is on this sugar-white beach. A beach front reception awaits us upon arrival. (B, D)

Day 12: This morning we get a truly educational and unique experience on our Shell Island Eco Tour and Dolphin Encounter. Shell Island is a very narrow barrier island separating St Andrews Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. Here we can go shelling, explore, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful and pristine uninhabited island. Next we go watch the wild Bottlenose Dolphins frolicking in their natural habitat before docking at the Historic Grand Lagoon. This afternoon and evening are free to explore the area, stroll along the beach, or just sit and watch the waves at our beachfront property. (B, L)

Day 13: We start our drive back and stop in Biloxi MS for lunch. We reach Louisiana for the night. (B)

Day 14: Today we continue through Louisiana making stops along the way before reaching Frisco TX for our overnight. (B, L)

Day 15: We make our way back to Yoder with MANY fond memories of Florida! (B)

$3,468

15 days
Feb 24 - March 10, 2022
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