Florida

Duration: 11 days

Highlights: • Key West Private Bike Tour
• Two Hour Private Sunset Sail
• Shared Seaplane Flight to Dry Tortugas National Park
• Half Day Shared Eco Tour
• Private Half Day Everglades Orchids & Alligator Tour
• Private 10,000 Islands Boat & Beach Tour
• Two Hour Private Miccosukee Reservation Airboat Tour
• Half Day Private Miami Highlights Tour
• Millionaire’s Row Sightseeing Cruise
• Ten Nights of Lodging

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Miami - Key West

Upon arrival into Miami, secure your rental car and drive three hours to Key West.

Located on a secluded 27-acre island off Key West, the Sunset Key Cottages feature 40 multi-bedroom cottages reflecting traditional Key West architecture, complete with Victorian-style tin roofs and wrap-around verandas surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowering Bougainvillea. Resort guests enjoy exclusive amenities including a "Rise and Dine" basket of freshly baked breads and fruit delivered to your porch each morning, as well as access to our spacious white sand beach, a tropical swimming pool, and the award-winning waterfront restaurant, Latitudes. Challenge friends to a friendly tennis match or indulge in personalized pampering at the Spa at Sunset Key, each day brings its own unique pleasures to our secluded island retreat.

Overnight: Sunset Key Cottages

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Day 2 - Key West

This morning meet your private guide for a three hour historical bicycle journey around the Island of Key West. Your guide will provide you with a fun and informative experience while discovering the history, architecture and culture of what is known as "The Conch Republic". You will ride all over Jimmy Buffet's favorite Island seeing top destinations like Hemingway's House, Mallory Square, the historic Key West Seaport. Take photos of the Southernmost point of the Continental United States and see the Key West Cemetery, the final resting place for some of Key West's most colorful characters. At the end of your tour, enjoy a slice of key lime pie at the Key West Key Lime Pie Company.

This evening, depart on a shared sunset cruise. This is a two-hour cruise where you will see more of our nocturnal neighbors begin to stir from their slumber along with one-of-a-kind sunset views along the Florida coastline. Relax in comfort aboard the Key Largo Princess, a 140-passenger, 75-foot aluminum motor yacht designed with a glass bottom allowing views into the crystal clear ocean below. Grab a beverage or tropical cocktail from the full-service snack bar and relax on the spacious sun deck for those perfect sunset views. Or, you can ride in comfort inside the climate-controlled cabin.

Overnight: Sunset Key Cottages

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Day 3 - Dry Tortuga National Park

This morning depart on your full day shared flightseeing tour to one of North America's most inaccessible National Park, the Dry Tortugas - located 70 miles west of Key West. The park is renowned for its marine life, pirate legends and sheer unspoiled beauty. It is dominated by its central feature, the majestic Fort Jefferson, the largest brick building in the western hemisphere. Step back in time and explore the history that is Fort Jefferson. Sunbathe on a remote white sand beach or snorkel the living reef in the warm crystal clear waters. You will have approximately 6.5 hours to explore the Park on your own, snorkeling gear is included with your flight.

Overnight: Sunset Key Cottages

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Day 4 - Key West

This morning depart on your half day private eco tour that combines the best Key West activities into an immersive experience on an authentic catamaran sailing boat. Sail to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge where you will have the opportunity to snorkel through marine nurseries, and kayak through lush mangrove islands.

Overnight: Sunset Key Cottages

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Day 5 - Key West - Naples

After a leisurely morning, check out of your hotel and drive five hours to Naples.

Naples Grande Beach Resort is located 5 miles of downtown Naples and sits on 23 waterfront acres; promising to be a sanctuary of beachfront sophistication. The Resort is complimented by 474 guest rooms and suites, 6 innovative dining experiences, spectacular ocean views with three miles of powdery white-sand beaches plus 200 acres of protected mangrove estuary and a portfolio of world-class amenities, including a luxurious spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, 15 tournament grade tennis courts as well as a beautiful beach and a vibrant swimming pool deck.

Overnight: Naples Grande Beach Resort

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Day 6 - Everglades National Park

This morning meet your guide for a 3 hour private kayak eco tour. Enjoy a leisurely paddle with a naturalist guide in a very unique part of the Everglades. Throughout the Mangrove forest are brackish "lakes" whose waters are a mix of "sweet" fresh water and salt water. They are nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters and a gamut of fishes. Beautiful butterflies, abundant bromeliads (air plants), fabulous ferns and gorgeous wildflowers, including at least seven different species of wild orchids blooming at various times of the year. Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the very edge and over the tops of these creeks forming a canopy or a tunnel. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity allowing orchids and bromeliads to thrive. The sunlight (or moonlight) shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal experience in the tunnels.

Overnight: Naples Grande Beach Resort

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Day 7 - Everglades National Park

This morning meet your guide for a 3.5 hour private 10,000 Islands Boat and Beach Excursion. The 10,000 Islands Excursion, arguably, is the best way to experience the natural world around Marco Island. Conducted within the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge, you will experience what many describe as the best of Florida. The tour is two-part. The first part is a slow, intimate boating tour among the remote islands of the refuge. While you search for dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, you may encounter ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons and any number of shorebird species. All the while, your formally trained naturalist guide will talk to you about the area's ecosystems, its long history and rich culture. The second part of your excursion is an exploration of a remote barrier island beach ... an island that you only can reach by boat, an island that few get to experience. Learn about beach dynamics; stroll through the tidal flats and wade the tidal pools of these remote islands. If you enjoy shelling, imaging shelling on islands that are NOT picked daily by 100's of people. With your naturalist guide, learn not about individual shell animals, but learn "how to" shell.

Overnight: Naples Grande Beach Resort

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Day 8 - Naples - Miami

After a leisurely morning, check out of your hotel and drive three hours to Miami.

Along the way, you will enjoy a two hour private airboat tour on the Miccosukee Reservation. You will ride through grand open areas and sawgrass tails to hammocks (or tree islands) that have been passed down through generations of a Native American Miccosukee Family. On your tour, you will visit two islands where you will find a unique collection of alligators, turtles and snake that are either rescued animals or are being raised to be released into the wild.

Centrally located in the Heart of South Beach, the W is a beachfront oasis. Here you will find 20 floors of oceanfront lodging, with bold designs by the acclaimed Costas Knodylis, Anna Busta and Paula Hayes. The hotel features 5 signature restaurants, WET outdoor heated pool, fully equipped fitness center, and rooftop tennis and basketball courts. Round it all off with a swim in the Atlantic Ocean from their SAND Beach. W South Beach is located 25 minutes from the Miami Airport.

Overnight: W South Beach Miami

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Day 9 - Miami

This morning, meet your private guide for a half day private tour of Miami. A city tour is an excellent introduction to Miami history, architecture, art, art deco, ecology, scenery, skyscrapers, cruise ships, islands and allure that make Miami unique, colorful and endlessly fascinating. Included on the tour are Miami Beach, Downtown & the Brickell Financial District, Coconut Grove, and Little Havana.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: W South Beach Miami

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Day 10 - Miami

Morning free for self-guided exploration of Miami and the surrounding area.

This afternoon depart on your sightseeing cruise. Cruise around Biscayne Bay and see the spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and "Millionaire's Row" - the Homes of the Rich and Famous. This cruise is a laid-back sightseeing experience - you’ll enjoy the gorgeous views of Miami and relax in a climate-controlled main level or on an open-air top-level aboard one of our larger yachts on this exciting 90-minute boat tour.

Overnight: W South Beach Miami

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Day 11 - Depart Miami

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to the Miami Airport. Depart on flight home.

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