Of the three tours we’ve got in our locker, this is the shortest of the bunch. It’s ideal if you’ve got a week to play with, and you fancy something a little different to your standard feet-up beach break.
You’ll blend some of the state’s best-known destinations with a handful of under-the-radar stop-offs, and the starting point’s the most-commonly visited of the lot – Orlando. From here, you’ll spend a couple of days working your way along the east coast, stopping overnight at the likes of Titusville and Miami. That means easy access to the Kennedy Space Center, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, plus plenty of time to enjoy the Magic City’s shops and sands.
Next, you’ll head to the state’s most southern spit of land, the Florida Keys. You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Marathon, before crossing the vast Everglades on your way to one of America’s wealthiest cities – Naples. Sarasota’s the last port of call before things wrap up, and it’s home to everything from state parks to 1920s architecture.
On the last day, you’ll make the return journey to Orlando. From here, you can either fly home or continue your holiday at one of our Orlando or Florida beach hotels. To learn more about our Multi-Centre breaks, here’s how to tailor-make your perfect holiday.
This tour’s tailor-made for Florida fanatics, who want to get their teeth into every corner of the Sunshine State. It reels off some of the same destinations as its seven-night sibling, but also adds some must-see extras to the party.
Like all of our road trips, it starts and finishes in Orlando, and the first overnight stop takes you to one of Florida’s most historic cities. You’ll check into a hotel in St Augustine, which is loaded with Spanish-style architecture and national monuments.
The east coast hotspots of Cocoa Beach and Miami are next on the list, so you’ll have ample opportunity to flake out on a top-class strip of sand. The following three days mirror the seven-night tour, which means stops at Marathon and Sarasota, plus a drive through the Everglades. In Crystal River, you’ll be able to see the manatees of Homosassa Springs, and the end of the trip gives you a proper chance to see Orlando.
Unlike the shorter version, you’ll get three days to fill up on theme parks, restaurants and shopping malls. The city’s home to Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, plus the lively night scene on International Drive. You’ll either call it a day here, or – if you’ve opted for a Multi-Centre holiday – check into another Orlando hotel or one of our Florida beach destinations.
And real thrill-seekers are sure to have one eye on Volcano Bay – Florida’s new water theme park.
As far as road trips go, this ones the biggest attention-grabber of the three. After you’ve touched down in Orlando and picked up your car, you’ll make a beeline for the east coast. Overnight stays in Titusville and St Augustine start things off, and then it’s time to leave Florida behind.
You’ll follow the highway north into Georgia, where you’ll spend a couple of nights in the oldest city in the state – Savannah. Charleston and Atlanta are up next, before you spend a night in Nashville, the home of country music.
In Memphis, Elvis Presley’s famous Graceland estate is on the to-do list, and the charming town Natchez sits close to the banks of the Mississippi River. The next city, New Orleans, is arguably the standout stop on this trip. French and Caribbean architecture pops up all around, and the nightlife is on another level.
As you continue your loop back towards Orlando, you’ll have a couple of nights split between Fort Walton Beach and Crystal River. Then, once you’ve dropped off your car, you can fly home or continue your break at one of our Orlando or Florida beach hotels.
If you opt for Orlando, there’s one question which is sure to spring to mind - which is the best theme park in Florida?
Some of Orlando’s top shopping centres are within easy reach of the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista.
If you want to see International Drive, the Rosen Shingle Creek is only a five-minute cab ride away. It sits right in the grounds of Rosen Creek Golf Course, too.
If you want to add a luxury edge to your Florida break, the Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is just the ticket. It’s got an Italian design, tropical gardens, and the theme parks are only 10 minutes’ away by car.
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