Orlando & Miami‘s South Beach – Feb 8th – 14th 2019

Orlando… while its themed attractions may steal the limelight, with a vibrant city center and a climate that averages 75°, there is a surprising number of things to experience here. Epcot… exposes you to vision of world culture and technological discoveries. Kennedy Space Center… our ongoing space journey… get access to historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities. South Beach… has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. Everglades National Park… The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Click here for a flyer – Orlando & Miami’s South Beach

Day 1 – Friday February 8th – Home to Orlando
Welcome to Orlando… and our home for the next 3 nights… The Celebration Hotel offers a charming blend of Old Florida elegance and contemporary luxury… it is in the heart of Celebration Village… a planned community famous for its nostalgic hometown flavor amidst the boutique shops, dining & nature trails. The Bohemian Celebration Hotel 700

Day 2 – Saturday February 9th – Orlando – Epcot
After a leisurely morning we’ll head to Epcot… it’s dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “permanent world’s fair”. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour on arrival… see the fish farm and 4 greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion… a slow-moving boat cruise through multimedia agricultural displays and the 4 working greenhouses. You’ll have some free time for lunch and to explore this amazing place on your own… you may want to take in the Dolphin Show and learn about the intelligence of these beautiful underwater mammals or be whisked away to the French countryside (or at least imagine it) when you stop in for this film tribute at the Impressions de France Pavilion. There is an abundant of places and things to explore here. We’ll head back to the hotel for a rest before we head to the Sleuths Dinner Show… a comedy mystery show where you become the detective and solve the crime! Watch out, you might be chosen for a cameo role in the longest running mystery dinner show in Orlando! The Bohemian Celebration Hotel 700 (B, D)

Day 3 – Sunday February 10th – Orlando – Kennedy Space Center
Welcome to the Kennedy Space complex where rockets launch and inspiration begins… we’ll arrive early for a full-day experience at the greatest space adventure on Earth. Explore some of their amazing exhibits on your own before we sit down to lunch with an astronaut… listen to fascinating astronaut tales about what it’s really like to launch, live, and work in space, brought to life by someone who has been there. During the presentation, ask questions about anything you’ve ever wanted to know concerning NASA’s astronaut corps. Afterwards, we’ll take a group photo with the astronaut to capture a memory of a lifetime. Next, embark on the Explorer Tour… ride along with a space expert on a tour of America’s Spaceport. The tour will take us beyond the Kennedy Space Center, making several stops to capture once-in-a-lifetime photo. See icons of spaceflight operations like the Vehicle Assembly Building, historic Launch Complex 39, and disembark for a view of the launch pads used by NASA’s commercial partners such as SpaceX and ULA. We’ll make our way back to the hotel where your evening is fee to explore the village and find the perfect dinner. The Bohemian Celebration Hotel 700 (B, L)

Day 4 – Monday February 11th – Orlando to Miami’s South Beach
Today we’ll head to Miami… It’s the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks – the pristine Everglades National Park and the Biscayne National Park. We’ll stop at The Coral Castle Museum for a tour of the stone sculpture garden, built by one man, Edward Leedskalnin. From 1923 to 1951, Ed single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock, and his unknown process has created one of the world’s most mysterious accomplishments. Welcome to Miami’s South Beach… it has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. Yet there’s more than fine white sand and colorful buildings to South Beach’s fantasyland of exuberant Deco architecture. South Beach offers an eclectic mix of world-class boutiques, galleries, and stores. It’s also a culinary hot spot for everything from gourmet to casual beachside cuisine. At night, South Beach comes alive with crowds ready to go out and have a world-class evening. Our home for the next 3 nights is the Hampton Inn located in the heart of South Beach and 1 block from the ocean. You have a chance to get cozy in your room before we head out to dinner. Hampton Inn South Beach (B, D)

Day 5 – Tuesday February 12th – Miami – Cuban Tour
It was not long ago that Miami was a rather large but quiet Southern city. The 1959 Castro Revolution in Cuba changed Miami forever. Wave after wave of Cuban refugees have transformed Miami into the Capital of the Americas: a fast-paced, internationally-connected, commercial, and entertainment hub with a racy Latin image. From the food to the accents on the street to the fashion scene and artist’s studio, Miami pulses to the beat of an original blended culture.

We’ll journey through the story of Miami’s Cuban community. Experience the passion and vision that these motivated exiles brought to their new home. We visit a well-loved marketplace, great Cuban food spots, moving monuments, lively street scenes and a place of spiritual reflection and longing. Take in the smells, sights, sounds, and colors of a street that launched the dramatic transformation of Miami over five decades ago and prepare yourself for a day of discovery and fun. We’ll also enjoy some great Cuban cuisine this afternoon… we’ll make our way back to South Beach where your evening is free… head to the beach or enjoy the great shopping that South Beach is famous for. Hampton Inn South Beach (B, L)

Day 6 – Wednesday February 13th – Miami – The Everglades
Skip across the shallow waters and sawgrass prairie to a distant Miccosukee Island as your Native American guide prepares you for a day of natural wonders and historical discovery! Watch in wonder as Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Woodstorks, and Ibis take to flight as we travel into the true heart of the Florida Everglades. It is here among the sawgrass prairie that remote cypress islands fill with Seminole and Miccosukee history still exist and it is here that our adventure begins… Only accessible by airboat, we will travel miles into the Everglades to experience a historic Miccosukee island camp… hear how the Miccosukee families learned to live in harmony for generations in what many considered an unlivable landscape. We get off the airboats and continue west for lunch at the Camellia Street Grill… put on by superstar chef Terri Rementeria… Then venture through the quirky town of Everglades City, the center of Everglades life for over 100 years…and down to the historic fishing village of Chokoloskee where we will visit the old Indian Trading Post… Our last stop is a world-famous photographer’s studio… and art gallery… Clyde and Nikki Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery… Keep your camera’s ready this is going to be great! You’ll have some time to rest up before our farewell dinner. Hampton Inn South Beach (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Thursday February 14th – Miami to Home
We’ll head home today with fond memories of cultures, technology, and so much more from this fun trip. (B)

$3,238 Double   $3,934 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by December 10th, 2018