Florida & Key West 2018
January 17-24, 2018
$1,949 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Nancy Horn
Final payment due Dec. 8, 2017
Itinerary & Registration
Includes historic St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center & the Everglades
Did you know?
- The word “key” comes from the Spanish word “Cayo” meaning “small island." The southern most city in the continental United States is one of the most colorful. Located only 90 miles from Havana, Cuba.
- Key West’s subtropical climate nourishes lush vegetation, especially palm trees, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Ship carpenters, using wooden pegs instead of nails, built many of the older houses.
- Home at various times to writers Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Robert Frost as well as a favored retreat for presidents Truman,Eisenhower and Kennedy. Key West sunsets are among the most popular of this amazing region's many natural assets. Every night dozens of street vendors, performers and spectators gather about an hour before sunset at Mallory Square Dock in Old Towne off Duval Street.
Day 1, Wednesday, Jan. 17 – Lake City, FL – Early morning departure from Zachary and Baton Rouge. Pick-ups along I-12. We travel through Mobile and spend the night in Lake City.
Day 2, Thursday, Jan. 18– Titusville, FL – A morning guided tour of historic St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. We'll visit the Spanish fortress, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S., plus much more. Next we'll travel down the Atlantic coast to Daytona Beach and the Daytona International Speedway. Overnight at Titusville.
Day 3, Friday, Jan. 19 – Homestead, FL – Morning visit to the Kennedy Space Center, the launch site for the space shuttle. Enjoy bus tour of the complex and the Visitor’s Center. Later, a visit to Miami Beach and Miami. Overnight in Homestead, Florida’s fruit
and vegetable center.
Day 4, Saturday, Jan. 20 – Key West, FL – Drive down the beautiful Florida Keys to Key West, our home for two nights. Our travel along this “broken necklace” chain of islands is 125 miles (1700 islands linked by 40 bridges, each island another charm on the necklace.) This late afternoon we gather with others at Mallory Square for sunset. Enjoy street entertainers, perhaps a visit to Margaritaville or Sloppy Joe’s for some of Key West’s unique cuisine (conch chowder, conch fritters or Key Lime Pie) and Key West’s spectacular sunset.
Day 5, Sunday, Jan. 21 – Key West – Morning sightseeing on the famous Conch Tour Train which takes us on a 14-mile tour through Old Town and Key West. Interesting narration about the area history. Includes Duval Street, waterfront and the Southernmost Point. Your afternoon is free for shopping and independent activities. Perhaps a visit to Hemingway’s house and gardens and Harry S. Truman’s “Little White House”. Again in late afternoon we gather at Mallory Square for sunset.
Day 6, Monday, Jan. 22 - Sarasota, FL - Today’s focus is the Florida Everglades. Journey along the scenic Tamiami Trail. We enjoy an airboat excursion in the Everglades. Visit the Big Cypress Visitor’s Center.
Day 7, Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Tallahassee, FL – Depart Sarasota with a stop in Tampa to visit the Manatee Viewing Center and see these gentle mammals. Continue our journey to Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, for overnight.
Day 8, Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Home – On our way home we visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Then along Perdido Beach and Orange Beach. Arrive home in late afternoon, blessed with many wonderful memories.
SUPPLEMENTS & REDUCTIONS
Single Supplement: $595
Triple Reduction: $180/person
Quad Reduction: $240/person
- Price is per person, double occupancy and includes deluxe motor coach with restroom
- Breakfast daily
- Full sightseeing and entrance fees
- Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver
- Tips for personal services such as maid service, meals on your own are not included