The city of New Orleans is notorious for its rich culture, music and nightlife. See the iconic French and Spanish Creole architecture and enjoy music in the city where jazz was born. Summon your inner child in Orlando with a visit to Universal Studios or Disney World. The tropical island of Key West may be known for its idyllic snorkelling and diving spots, but its also home to the delicious key lime pie. You’ll have enough free time to search out the best pie in town, even if every shop in the Keys claims to sell the original recipe. Throw yourself into Miami’s world famous nightlife. The city’s Cuban population, beachside setting and balmy nights set a sultry scene
Enjoy yourself to the max as you travel from New Orleans down to Miami. Skip your way down the white sandy beaches in Panama City and Key West, sampling Key Lime Pie and icy cold drinks as you go. Enjoy the high-octane thrills that come with the territory in Orlando – with an optional trip to Universal Studios or Disney World – before hobnobbing with the beautiful people at a bar or restaurant in sunny Miami. This Florida adventure in the orange capital of the world will leave you tanned, relaxed and refreshed.
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Welcome to New Orleans, USA. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 6 pm. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. As there's a great deal to do in New Orleans, we recommend arriving a few days early to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist.
Otherwise known as the 'Big Easy', New Orleans's eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests itself in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and music scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambience of the French Quarter, known also as just 'The Quarter'.
Panama City Beach
It's quite a long drive today to Panama City Beach, which should take around six hours. Once there, the best way to recover is to flop on some of the 27 miles of white sand beach, or go for a dip in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Panama City Beach is also renowned for its night clubs and parties, so if you have enough energy left at the end of the day you may choose to hit the town.
Leave Panama City Beach behind today as we head in the the heart of Florida to Orlando! With its large Latino population, including many from Cuba, Orlando has an exciting and varied nightlife, as well as a plethora of shops and outlet malls. If there's time on arrival, you may like to go out and explore the town.
Today is a free day to explore Orlando's famous amusement parks and attractions. Most people opt for Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, but there are a host of other parks that might take your fancy. Islands of Adventure is one of the world's best theme parks and if the weather is nice, Orlando has a handful of water parks such as Wet'n Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Each park is a full day's worth of action, so choose wisely.
Get comfortable today for a long drive to Key West, which can take up to eight hours. As Florida's southernmost point, you'll travel across the Oversees Highway to this little slice of American paradise. On arrival to the island city, use your free time to recharge. Later head down to Mallory Square to watch the sunset and enjoy the nightly festivities.
Today is free to explore. Key West is a town that has long been a haven for artists. The local area is famous for its pastel houses and laid-back attitude, and this combines to give the whole area a bohemian and relaxed feel. With the tip of Key West sitting around 90 miles north of Cuba, the water is warm and perfect for snorkelling and swimming among the reefs.
Drive back across the Overseas Highway this morning to Miami, which will take around four hours. Get another fix of sandy beaches and glorious sunshine down at SoBe (South Beach) before your trip comes to an end. No accommodation is provided tonight.
No accommodation is provided tonight. If you do wish to spend extra time in Miami we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Should you decide to fly out on this day, please don't book a flight before 8pm. This will give you enough time to catch a shuttle from the finishing hotel to the airport and be there two hours before departure. If you are staying in town for the evening, South Beach is also great to stroll the art deco seafront or pose with the beautiful people in ultra-cool nightspots.