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Self-Drive American Heritage - New York to Miami

15 Nights from €2,569 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This is a great 15-night self-drive holiday taking in the highlights of the east coast then heading south for the Deep South and finishing in Florida. You'll experience iconic sights, historic sites and stunning National Parks. In Florida explore the Everglades, have fun in Orlando & experience Miami.

Highlights

  • See the sights of New York, get a birds eye view from the top of the Empire State Building, enjoy the bright lights of Time Square and take a stroll in Central Park
  • Explore fascinating Washington DC with it's wonderful array of museums & monuments, restaurants & bars, plus the White House and Capitol Building
  • Visit the Shenandoah National Park, drive the scenic Blueridge Parkway and take a stroll along one of the marked trails in this beautiful region
  • Take a carriage ride in historic Charleston and explore the historic neighbourhoods of Savannah - both cities with a rich civil war heritage
  • Visit the nation's oldest European Settlement at St Augustine in Florida
  • In Orlando, either go wild in the theme parks or simply enjoy the fabulous restaurants and shopping
  • Enjoy the lovely resort of Sarasota on the Gulf Coast
  • Explore the Everglades with it's unique array of wildlife, including alligators
  • Have fun in South Beach Miami

Itinerary Overview

15 night Self-Drive Tour begins New York and ends Miami;  2 nights New York; 2 nights Washington D.C; 1 night Shenandoah; 1 night Roanoke; 1 night Gatlinburg; 1 night Charleston; 1 night Savannah; 1 night St Augustine; 2 nights Orlando; 1 night Sarasota; 2 nights Miami

Details

Day 1

Fly to New York

Today, arrive in New York City, known as the Big Apple and transfer independently to your hotel.

Day 2

New York

A full day is yours to explore this exciting city, filled with people, famous sights, and skyscrapers. See the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, The United Nations, and much more.

Day 3

New York – Washington, D.C.(240 Miles)

After picking up your rental car, drive southwest to Philadelphia, home of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Ben Franklin. Your destination this evening is the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Day 4

Washington, D.C.

The broad streets of America’s seat of government enhance the dramatic effect of Washington’s memorable monuments: The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, and The White House. On Capitol Mall, the Smithsonian’s complex of museums is a repository for the nation’s historic treasures.

Day 5

Washington, D.C. – Shenandoah National Park (86 miles)

Explore Virginia's colonial an Vivil War heritage. Visit the site of the strategic Battle of Bull Run, where the historical influence of Americas' founders is reflected in its institutions and architecture. Pass by Thomas Jefferson's home in Monticello before ascending to the highlights of Shenandoah National Park for the night.

Day 6

Shenandoah National Park – Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke (147 miles)

Today' follow the crest of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, which in the summer have a distinctly bluish cast. Then continue along the lush, green Shenandoah Valley en-route to your destination tonight, Roanoke, Virginia.

Day 7

Roanoke – Great Smoky Mountains - Cherokee (250 Miles)

Spend  full day exploring the mountain scenery while driving south along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the afternoon, visit  the Smoky Mountains, famous for  the distinctive blue haze which clocks them, Pass through the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Indians, en route to Asheville.

Day 8

Cherokee – Charleston (264 Miles)

The destination today is historic Charleston, a city perfect for walking. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic district and note its unsurpassed antebellum architecture. It was in Charleston that early shots of the Civil War were fired, starting a four-year battle that ended with the defeat of the Confederate States and the reemergence of the United States as one nation.

Day 9

Charleston – Savannah (105 Miles)

After leaving historic Charleston, many people choose to visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Drive south to the port city of Savannah. The historic district of Old Savannah has been beautifully restored, recreating the gracious atmosphere of the Antebellum South.

Day 10

Savannah – St. Augustine (200 Miles)

Follow the lush, semi-tropical coastline of Georgia, and see the influence of 18th century English settlers in the charming architecture of Brunswick. Pass Jacksonville en route to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. Time this evening to wander the streets of St. Augustine and enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Day 11

St. Augustine – Orlando (120 Miles)

Searching for the Fountain of Youth, Ponce de León landed here in 1513, and that eternal search continues today by sun worshippers on Florida’s beaches. Join them this morning, or explore the Spanish heritage of the city before driving south along the coast to Orlando where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 12

Orlando

Enjoy a full day exploring the entertainment complex of Walt Disney World Resort – home to the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, and Disney– MGM Studios, or experience Disney’s wildest adventure yet, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (admissions not included).

Day 13

Orlando – Sarasota (150 Miles)

Make the short drive to the western shores of Florida and Tampa Bay, which sheltered the pirates and buccaneers of a bygone era. The stunning natural beauty of Sarasota is enhanced by the barrier islands, known as “keys,” lying just offshore.

Day 14

Sarasota - Venice – Everglades National Park - Miami (230 Miles)

Follow the Tamiami Trail and drive through the heart of the largest sub-tropical wilderness in North America, the Everglades. The watery River of Grasses is a sanctuary for a myriad of birds and animals. East of the Everglades, the sandy beaches of South Florida await you.

Day 15

Miami

A full day at leisure in Miami to explore South Beach or to shop at the many superb malls. Spend your last evening in Lively South Beach. Dine or dance the night away.

Day 16

Miami Departure

Return your rental car at the airport before your flight home

What's Included

 

  • Return international flights
  • Fully inclusive car rental – upgrades available at a supplement (eg: SUV or convertible)
  • Hotel accommodation in 3* to 4* hotels  on a room only basis unless otherwise stated.
  • Welcome pack with maps and day-to-day itinerary

What’s not included (unless otherwise stated)

 

  • Resort fees
  • Parking charges
  • Meals, excursions & entrance fees
  • Fuel & road tolls

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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