Itinerary: Miami, Everglades Park, Sanibel Island, Sunset Cruise, Edison/Ford House, Fort Myers River District, Miccosukee Indian Village, Outlet Shopping
Includes: 1 night hotel accommodation with continental breakfast; van or bus with English speaking guide; visits to Everglades Park, Sanibel Island, Sunset Cruise in Gulf of Mexico, Edison/Ford House, Fort Myers, River District, Miccosukee Indian Village, Outlet Shopping.
South Beach – 7:00 am
Bayside – 7:30 am
DAY 1: MIAMI – EVERGLADES PARK – SANIBEL ISLAND – SUNSET CRUISE
We depart Miami and head northwest for 2 days to experience the unique Florida wetlands, swamps, wildlife nature and sunshine. We start by heading into Alligator alley, the only road that connects Southeastern Florida to the West coast of Florida. Our first stop is to the Everglades Holiday Park (or similar) located in the Everglades Swamps.
Our visit starts with an Airboat ride Explore the “River of Grass” on the airboat ride trail and experience the wonders of the Florida Everglades. See fish, snakes, turtles, alligators and more in their natural environment. Trained guides will show you how nature has persevered in fashioning one of the world’s most intriguing environments.
After the ride take some time, stroll the grounds and enjoy many of the displays and exhibits in the park, such as bird and reptile exhibits, alligator pits, and African spur thighed tortoises. Meet Liberty the resident Florida Panther she has the largest enclosure in South Florida or take a walk for about a quarter mile along the boardwalk nature trail that goes deep into the swamp under the cypress domes.
After our time in the park we continue West towards the town of Bonita Springs where we break for lunch (not included). After lunch we continue to Sanibel Island.Enjoy some free time to stroll through this little “slice of paradise” or lay out on the beach before we embark on a sunset cruise and see the amazing sunset into the Gulf of Mexico. Overnight: Punta Gorda – Four Points by Sheraton or similar.
DAY 2: EDISON/FORD HOUSE – FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT – MICCOSUKEE INDIAN VILLAGE – OUTLET SHOPPING – MIAMI
We start the day with a visit to the estates of 2 famous figures of the 20th century Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Led by enthusiastic site historians and docents, our tour includes the Edison compound, the Ford Estate and the Edison Botanic Research Lab.
Get the inside scoop about the great inventors, Thomas Edison & Henry Ford and their families. See the 1929 historic landscape, evident throughout the entire property including the award-winning Moonlight Garden.
After our tour, we will enjoy lunch time on our own in the River District of Fort Myers. The district is known for its boutique shops, arts and culture, and an array of eclectic and fun eating choices. Next, we head back across the Alligator Alley for a visit of the traditional Indian Village of Miccosukee where you will experience life as it was before the arrival of European settlers.
After our tour we head out through Alligator alley to Miami stopping along the way at an Outlet Mall (Sawgrass Mills or similar) for some 21st century bargain hunting. Evening arrival in Miami.
**Age 2-14, sharing room with 2 adults