Departure Date: 14/06/2019
Explore the turquoise water and white beaches on this incredible self-drive holiday. Begin in New Orleans stopping in Biloxi - Pensacola - Wakulla Springs - Tallahassee - Crystal River - Tampa Bay Beaches Area - Naples - Miami.
Day 1: New Orleans Arrival
Start your journey in New Orleans, the city on the bayou and enjoy great music and film sites. This is a jazz lover's paradise. The jazz and blues clubs are too numerous to mention, but there are two days in New Orleans to check them out!
Day 2: New Orleans
Continue to explore this city of riverboats, jazz, and Creole cuisine. Take time to visit the beautiful botanical garden or journey out to the levees to see how they protect the city from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This evening why not board a paddle steamer for a dinner cruise on the mighty Mississippi River (optional) or discover the unique atmosphere of "The Big Easy" at night
Spend 2 nights at the 3 Star Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome. Explore throughout this area and discover all the local gems.
Day 3: New Orleans - Biloxi
As you are leaving New Orleans to continue your journey to the Biloxi, take in the scenic routes of the Gulf of Mexico. This morning, experience the laid-back, sandy side of Mississippi as you make your way through its Coastal region and arrive in Biloxi, Mississippi. Did you know that Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, having first been settled in 1699? Enjoy the sugar-white sand beaches or any of the following optional activities such as great deep-sea or freshwater fishing, an array of championship golf courses, museums and historic sites, tantalizing seafood restaurants, and the excitement of 24-hour non-stop casino resorts
1 Night at the 3 Star Quality Inn Hotel
Day 4: Biloxi - Pensacola
As you continue your Mexican Gulf expedition your journey takes you from Mississippi through Alabama and into Florida. You travel along the Gulf Coast through the untouched wildlife preserves and natural habitats that dot the landscape. Find serenity when arriving in Pensacola, FL where blue skies meet the emerald-green water of the Gulf. Wander through Pensacola's Seville District or head to the beaches of Santa Rosa Island.
Spend 1 night at the 3 Star Hampton Inn Pensacola-Airport (Cordova Mall Area)
Day 5: Pensacola - Wakulla Springs - Tallahassee
Continue your exciting vacation by venturing inland to the area close to The Capital of Florida, Tallahassee. Make your way to discover the home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world along with the amazing wildlife it brings. Wakulla Springs offers a glimpse of the Old Florida and bountiful opportunities to see alligators, deer and turtles in their natural habitats. The park also offers daily riverboat guided tours (optional) with an amazing glass bottom boat view to see the incredible wildlife swimming below. Choose optional activities such as swimming, bird watching, visiting the Historic lodge, picnicking, snorkeling, horse trails, and many more
Spend 1 night at the 3 Star Comfort Suites Tallahassee Downtown
Day 6: Tallahassee - Crystal River
Leave the freshwater springs behind and witness the beautiful views along the Gulf Coast and arrive into Citrus County and encounter the unspoiled splendor of Crystal River, the gem of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast. Crystal River is internationally recognized for its manatee-watching opportunities. The city makes the most of its great location on Kings Bay and offer many optional activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, river touring and other wildlife watching or simply take a stroll down the streets of Crystal River and enjoy the historical landmarks of the city.
Spend 1 night at the 3 Star Plantation on Crystal River, an Ascend Hotel Collection
Day 7: Crystal River - Tampa Bay Beaches Area
Continue your journey south along the Gulf and pass beautiful beaches such as Clearwater Beach, which was awarded Florida's best beach town in January of 2013. Connected to Clearwater Beach are St. Pete Beach and many small beach towns in between. Once you reach the Tampa Bay area, enjoy the scenic view with of the largest open water estuary extending more than 400 miles. You may choose to make a stop in Ybor City, which was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers, and has the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Florida, Columbia Restaurant that serves Cuban cuisine.
Spend 1 night at the 3 Star Treasure Bay Resort & Marina, an Ascend Hotel Collection
Day 8: Tampa Bay Beaches Area - Naples
On your way to Naples, we recommend that you make quick stop to visit to the soft, white sandy beach and crystal blue water of Sanibel Island. As you continue your drive south, you reach the beautiful beach town of Naples. Enjoy the fine dining, designer shops and the relaxing atmosphere of this beach community. This is a great place to enjoy the beach, stroll through the historic town center with lots of shops and admire the Spanish architecture. Experience an exquisite sunset, the crown jewel of Southwest Florida
Spend 1 night at the 2 Star Gulfcoast Inn
Day 9: Naples - Miami
Keep your fingers inside our car and prepare for a ride through the wild coast of Everglades National park, known as "Alligator Alley" due to its overwhelming number of fresh water alligators. The good thing on this single stretch of road is that it's very difficult to get lost! End your journey here in the exciting city of Miami Beach and experience the jewel of the Atlantic Ocean. You'll be dazzled by the outdoor lifestyle, art deco architecture and design. Along with its cultural food and contagious nightlife, it's easy to see why some never leave. This is the place where celebrities from around the world come to play. Kick back on a patio cafe, lay on the beach or window shop the world famous boutiques of the Lincoln Street corridor - this is the place to see and be seen!
Day 10: Miami
Today, rent an umbrella or beach chair or grab some shade under a palm tree while enjoying the view of the ocean. Soak up the sun, turquoise waters, and white sand with a stroll down the beach, and be sure to take a photo of the famous multi-colored South Beach lifeguard stands.
Day 11: Miami Departure
Return your rental car at the airport before your departure flight.
Spend 2 nights at the 4 Star Marseilles Hotel
Return flights on Qatar Airways ex Johannesburg to New Orleans, approx. airport taxes, a Mitsubishi Mirage car hire (or similar), pick up in New Orleans and then drop off in Miami with unlimited mileage and collission damage waiver, and liability cover insurance and accommdation as indicated in the itinerary above.
Self - Drive 10 Nights from R35,228 pps
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