Itinerary Highlights
    • Venture into unspoilt Florida, zig-zagging between charming coastal enclaves and historic towns
    • Admire Florida’s rich wildlife with a clear-bottom kayak ride and a boat trip through the Everglades
    • Soak in the best of Floridian culture with a walking tour in Miami and a visit to the prestigious Dalí Museum

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The essence of this trip? To go behind the scenes of the ‘Sunshine State’, discovering its enchanting hidden gems instead of the crowd-hot tourist spots. Your adventure begins in Miami, where you’ll be sampling the city’s rich culture and trendy contemporary feel with walks through Coconut Grove, Little Havana and Coral Groves. Then it’s on to the West Coast for some serious beach-hopping. But first you’ll be stopping at Naples, the gateway to the magical Everglades National Park, which you’ll discover on a boat trip around its many mangrove islets. From Naples to your final destination of Amelia Island lies the entire western (and a smidge of the northeastern) coast of Florida, which you’ll have twelve days to explore.
Along the way you’ll be enjoying clear-bottom kayak rides in deserted barrier islands, touring world-renowned art galleries, bathing in the nourishing waters of secluded springs and strolling the streets of charming historic towns, including the nation’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement.


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Your exciting road trip through coastal Florida starts today with a ten-hour flight to Miami. Head to the airport, whizz through security and enjoy some nibbles and refreshments in the airport lounge as you await departure. A private driver will be waiting for you on arrival to whisk off to your first hotel: a bohemian yet elegant property in the heart of the Coral Gables, a beautiful neighbourhood located a few miles southwest of Downtown Miami, known for its tree-lined boulevards and lavish mansions.



Rise and shine, it’s your first full day in sunny Florida and there’s not a moment to waste. On today’s agenda: a walking tour through Coconut Grove with a clued-up local resident-guide. Hugging the scenic Biscayne Bay, the boater’s paradise of Coconut Grove is famous for being the oldest neighbourhood in the city. What was originally just a simple village is today a bohemian and tropical district known and adored for its leafy avenues, upmarket eateries and historic charm. During the walk you’ll discover the history of the original village and admire the many different buildings built by Bahamians and the many characterful anecdotes relating to them. The rest of today is yours to spend as you please. You can continue savouring the city’s delights at your own leisure, or, if you’ve worked up an appetite, we can arrange for you to head off for a foodie walking tour in vibrant Little Havana.



It’s time to get off the beaten track and get some miles under your belt on this coastal road trip through Florida. Your next destination is Naples, an affluent and very beautiful city adored for its coastal setting and high-end feel. The journey takes just two hours, however you’ll be stopping off along the way for a boat ride around the enchanting Ten Thousand Islands, a chain of mangrove islets just off the coast of southwest Florida. The islands are tucked away in the heart of the Everglades National Park, one of the only American parks to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the exceptional variety of wildlife, including varied bird species, reptiles and rarer species such as the manatee. From here you’ll continue onto Naples, where you’ll settle in for the night in a luxurious beachside hotel full of lovely facilities.



Your coastal adventure continues today with a two-and-a-half hour drive north to St. Pete Beach, a charming resort city nestled on a barrier island nicknamed Florida’s ‘Sunshine City’ in reference to its balmy tropical climate. On arrival, settle in for three nights in a small and elegant hotel and spend the rest of today relaxing on the beautiful white-sand beach and swimming in the turquoise waters.



After a delicious breakfast this morning, drive twenty minutes to the vibrant neighbouring city of Saint Petersburg to visit a world-renowned museum entirely dedicated to Salvador Dalí. Located in a futuristic three-story building on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront, the museum is a wonder inside and out. You can easily lose track of time admiring masterpieces such as the Hallucinogenic Toreador and the Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, which form part of the world's most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dalí’s art outside of Spain. We could also arrange for you to visit the beautifully-curated Morean Arts Centre.



After a day of culture yesterday, it’s time to turn your sights once again to the immense natural splendour of your surroundings. Today you’ll be heading to Shell Key Preserve, an idyllic uninhabited archipelago home to soft white-sand beaches, warm crystalline waters and an abundance of wildlife. You’ll be exploring this coastal landscape from the comfort of a clear-bottom kayak, which makes it possible to see the beautiful marine life beneath you, which includes turtles and manatees.



The time has come to bid farewell to St. Pete Beach and hit the road again. Your next destination is Crystal River, a small coastal city surrounded by masses of unspoilt nature. On arrival, settle in for the night in a grand property surrounded by gardens and spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the hotel’s facilities. If, however, you fancy getting straight out into nature, then we can also arrange for you to spend the afternoon swimming with manatees in hot spring waters.



Today you’ll be swapping the rural coastline of Crystal River for the vibrant cultural hub of Gainesville, located an hour’s drive away. Your home here for the next two nights is an elegant Victorian property well-located for exploring on foot. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, head out to soak in the charming ambience of the city, which combines its youthful spirit (there’s a popular university here) with the gentle Floridian way of life. A big attraction here is the architecture; there is a distinctive Victorian feel in the facades of the many properties and a vast number of the central buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the former US Federal Building, now home to the Hippodrome State Theatre.



Besides its architectural charm and youthful glow, Gainesville also dazzles visitors with its proximity to immense natural treasures. You can swim in the turquoise water of the Blue Hole, a secluded spring set in the heart of Ichetucknee Springs National Park; observe bison and wild horses in the Paynes Prairie Preserve; or simply rent bikes and discover the many green parks of the city itself. As for this evening, you can keep the natural theme of the day going by eating out in a ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant (check in with our local Concierge for recommendations) and an evening drink in one of the many local micro-breweries.

DAY 10


Your road trip through the ‘Sunshine State’ continues today with an hour-and-a-half drive to St. Augustine, a beautiful city on the northeastern coast that lays claim to being the nation’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement. On arrival, settle in for the night in a historic property oozing with charm and spend the rest of today soaking in the city’s cultural offerings. You can stroll the networks of narrow lanes that make up the old town, admire the very Spanish-looking properties with their adorable overhanging balconies, learn more about the city’s history at the many museums and visit historic landmarks, such as Castillo de San Marcos, an old masonry fort.

DAY 11


Today you’ll be heading off to your final destination in Florida: the very beautiful Amelia Island, just northeast of Jacksonville, an hour-and-a-half’s drive away. Your home for the next two nights here is a large beachside Victorian property overlooking an idyllic stretch of white sand and the beautiful ocean beyond. The rest of today is yours to spend soaking in your new coastal oasis. Relax on the beach and take a dip in the water before settling in for a sunset aperitif on the porch.

DAY 12


Forming part of the Sea Islands chain of barrier islands, Amelia Island has become a luxurious destination showcasing the best of Florida’s diverse culture, all set against the backdrop of pristine coastal scenery. In between all the beachside relaxation you can visit prestigious art galleries, dine in renowned restaurants and enjoy a spot of tennis or golf at the island’s many excellent sports facilities. Make sure to also check in with our local Concierge while you’re here to find out what special events are going on; Amelia Island hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, from art and music to seafood festivals.

DAYS 13 & 14


Sadly the Florida fun had to come to an end at some point. After a delicious breakfast and one last dip in the ocean this morning, hop back into your hire car and drive forty minutes to the airport in Jacksonville. Drop off your hire car, whizz through security and take the opportunity to stock up on any last-minute souvenirs before take-off. The flight back to the UK takes around ten hours, including a brief layover in a major US city. Most flights depart in the afternoon, so you’ll spend tonight onboard and touchdown on home turf tomorrow morning. If, however, you’re not quite ready to bid Florida farewell, our team will happily arrange for you to extend your holiday with a couple of days of R&R on Cumberland Island.

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Head out in the company of a friendly local resident-guide for a foodie walking tour through the heart of Little Havana, Miami’s thriving Cuban neighbourhood. You’ll be sampling the best of Cuban cuisine, as well as discovering old jazz clubs, cigar factories, art galleries and beautiful parks.


American sculptor Dale Chihuly harnesses the appeal and intrinsic qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create an immersive arty experience at the Morean Arts Centre. Fusing sand, fire and human breath, the magnificent works of art on display offer an unforgettable sensory adventure.


Crystal River is home to the world's largest population of manatees, an endangered species of aquatic marine mammals that are sometimes known as sea cows. Between November and April, several hundred of them come to huddle along the banks and hot water springs of Crystal River. After a short boat ride, you’ll put on fins and a mask and snorkel, jump into the water and enjoy a snorkelling session with this charming species in their natural environment.


Home to over 18 miles of deserted beach, salt marshes, tidal estuaries, Spanish missions, British military posts, pre-war plantations and old pine and oak forests, Cumberland Island offers a wealth of scenic and cultural delights. Your home here is a grand Victorian property oozing with charm. Your time on Cumberland Island is all about slowing down and reconnecting with nature – we’re talking guided walks through the enchanting forests, bike rides to historic ruins and kayak trips through picturesque salt marshes.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £3,680 to £5,565 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £4,780 per person.
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