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  • Tampa

    Tampa is the gateway to the glittering Gulf of Mexico... but with so much going on in this vibrant metropolis, why rush to the beach? Instead, stick around for a few days to uncover Tampa's many charms.

    • Sunset At Grand Hyatt, Tampa

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    • Tampa Skyline

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    • HB Plant Museum

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    With its world-class theme parks and exciting nightlife, engaging museums and glorious golf, tranquil canoe excursions, wall-to-wall sunshine and some of the Gulf coast's best shopping and dining, Tampa makes an ideal starting point for a fabulous Florida twin-centre.

    For fun-loving families, there are water slides and vertical dives (plus all sorts of animal encounters) waiting at Busch Gardens and Adventure Island theme parks; or come face to face with sharks and stingrays at the wonderful Florida Aquarium. As for more grown-up distractions, Ybor City and the SoHo Strip offer excellent dining and nightlife. Tampa is at the heart of Florida's fledgling gourmet scene, so give your taste buds a treat at one-of-a-kind restaurants, and wash it all down with made-in-Tampa craft beers.

    Then when you're ready to hit the beach, it's an easy drive to the coastal resorts of Clearwater, Sarasota, Marco Island and Naples. So make your next beach break a city-and-sea twin centre to guarantee double the fun.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From May to October, look out for the sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand and the subsequent migration of the hatchlings from their nest to the ocean. Some turtles will lay up to 250 eggs in the one nest! Naples is a great place to experience this.

    • Top Tip 2

      Driving through the Florida Keys is straightforward as there is just one road in and out - Highway 1. Everything is measured by 'Mile Markers'. Start at MM127 and go through to MM0, which is when you know you've arrived in Key West.

    • Top Tip 3

      Whilst in the Keys, visit the Dolphin Research Centre in Marathon. You'll not only learn all about our favourite marine mammal, you can swim with them too.

    • Top Tip 4

      For the best Florida shopping experience, and there are plenty of them, our vote goes to Mizner Park in Boca Raton for a relaxed, upscale shopping and dining experience.

    • Top Tip 5

      Another 'must do' shopping experience is of course Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, even if it's just for a little window-shopping.

    • Top Tip 6

      There are lots of toll roads in Florida, and you may find you're on one soon after you leave the airport so be prepared with some quarters to save time. Charges vary but expect to pay approximately $1.50 each time.

    • Top Tip 7

      For a really fun experience, take an airboat ride on the Everglades spotting alligators and manatees. It's an experience that all the family will enjoy.

    • Top Tip 8

      If you're travelling during the summer months, be prepared for afternoon showers most days. They only last a couple of hours and it soon dries up...and of course it's usually warm rain!

    • Top Tip 9

      Longboat Key, Naples and Marco Island are three of Florida's best kept secrets. All have wonderful beaches as well as great golf, fine dining and luxury shopping.

    • Top Tip 10

      One of Florida's most scenic drives is route A1A which hugs the coast all the way from Fernandino Beach in the north to Fort Lauderdale where it becomes Highway 1 and continues down to Key West.

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  • Florida Fun & Sun

    Begins and ends in Orlando, Florida

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
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    • Clearwater Beach At Sunset

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    • Clearwater Pier

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    Day 01

    Day 1 Arrive Orlando

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Orlando. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to the Sheraton Vistana Village, your base for the next five nights.

    Hotel: Sheraton Vistana Village

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    Days 2 to 5 Orlando

    Orlando is considered one of the entertainment capitals of the world, drawing visitors from near and far to sample its plethora of attractions. Head to Walt Disney World, where four fabulous Disney parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, provide entertainment for the whole family; from themed children’s rides and character meetings to adult thrills, fabulous shows and spectacular fireworks. SeaWorld is fabulous for families and adults alike. Live shows, rides and attractions bring the marine world to life, from whales and sharks to polar bears and penguins. Discovery Cove Orlando is an experience not to be missed if you’ve ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins, and their tropical fish and sting ray pool is a fantastic place to snorkel. For the ultimate in retail therapy, the Florida Mall and The Mall at Millenia offer the latest trends, whilst Orlando Premium Outlets allows you to hunt for a bargain.

    Hotel: Sheraton Vistana Village

    96Mi/155Km

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    Days 6 to 9 Clearwater Beach

    Leaving Orlando behind, today it’s just a short journey to Clearwater Beach. Located on Florida’s West Coast, Clearwater is home to beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear Gulf waters and warm sunshine, the perfect place to relax after a busy week in Orlando. Spread across ten acres of sandy white beach, days can be spent relaxing on the beach or pool deck, enjoying volleyball, water sports and tennis and exploring the surrounding wildlife. Venture out of the hotel and find yourself on Clearwater’s pristine beaches, enjoy world-class fishing and discover unique restaurants offering fine cuisines. If you want to explore slightly further afield, Tampa, St Petersburg and Longboat Key are all close by.

    Hotel: Sheraton Sand Key Resort

    110Mi/177Km

    Day 10

    Day 10 Journey home

    There may be time for some last minute beach time before making your way to Orlando International Airport where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1265 per adult and £630 per child based on quad occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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