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South Florida Tour
Miami - Everglades and the Florida Keys

Oct. 21 – 24th (Thu – Sun) 4 days / 3 nights

 

Join us in our first South Florida Tour.

On this tour we will NOT include the airfare, this gives you the flexibility to fly in days before or stay longer to extend your vacation or maybe use your own frequent flyer points.

We have planned an itinerary which is mostly active and adventure based, since we figure that you don’t need a guided tour to lay on the beach. We have chosen October for this trip since it should be cool enough for doing activities outside, but still warm enough to swim and snorkel.

$749 (Per person based on double occupancy)

$849 (Single room, must be 18 years old)

Sorry, but no child discount on this tour.

 

To reserve a seat for this tour you must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit per person. Remaining balance is due latest Sept. 22nd. 2021, if the remaining balance is not received on that day, the reservation will be considered cancelled with loss of the deposit. Reservations for this tour made after Sept. 22nd. 2021 must be paid in full at time of reservation. (If seats are still available)

The following is included in the price:             

  • 3 nights accommodations at a 3 Star comfortable hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts at the hotel
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • Sightseeing & activities every day
  • All local transportation w. private van from/to Miami Airport
  • Everglades National Park entrance fee
  • Everglades Airboat Ride
  • Florida State Park entrance fee
  • Wildlife Sanctuary entrance fee
  • Vizcaya Museum and Garden entrance fee
  • Venetian Pool entrance fee
  • Tour leader accompanying you for the entire time in Florida
  • Wifi at the hotel
  • All taxes and fees
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Not included in price:

  • Airfare and luggage fees from and to NYC
  • Any snack between meals
  • Any insurance
  • Optional bike rental or tram tour ($20-27)
  • Optional snorkel, glass bottom boat or kayak/sup rental ($24-50)
  • Gratuities for your guides/driver (Tipping your tour guide is left to your discretion)

 

TOUR START

The tour will start from Miami International Airport at 11 am on Thursday Oct. 21st. This will give you an opportunity to fly in from NYC with an early flight on the same day, or whenever you wish before.  

Please note though that if you are not at the pickup location in Miami Airport at 11 am, you would either have to take a taxi or Uber yourself to our first location ($40-50) where we will stay for about 1 ½ hour, or if you come later than that you will miss the first day’s activities and you have to wait and meet us at the hotel in the evening, without any compensation or refund for this. The exact pickup location in Miami Airport will be given later. 

 

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. Among the Everglades' abundant wildlife are alligators, turtles, Florida panthers and Manatees. We will visit different areas of the Everglades and you will have options of different activities.

 

We will all experience a classic air boat ride, where the captain/guide will show us around a help us find wildlife.

 

At the place where they have air boat ride, they usually have a wildlife show as well.

 

We will also visit one part of the Everglades where you can rent a bike and ride on a 7.5 miles paved path next to a canal full of wildlife.

 

At the end of the trail there is a 65-ft tall observation tower where you can search for more wildlife. (If you bike all the way to the tower and back it will be a 15 miles bike ride)

 

Here are some photos of wildlife all taken by the bike path

 

If you don’t like to bike, you can also book a 2 hours guided tram ride.

 

The bike and tram are additional costs (Bike $20, tram $27)
The bike and tram ride can be reserved in advance through this link: RESERVE BIKE or TRAM 
(You need to reserve for Saturday Oct. 23rd and for the Tram you need to reserve a 9 am departure time) 

And of course you also have the option of walking the path instead.

 

We will explore a few boardwalk trails in different parts of the Everglades as well.

 

We will also visit a few visitor centers. Here is a view from one of the visitor centers

 

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

We will visit this State Park located in the Florida Keys. Established in 1963, this was the first underwater park in the US. The primary attractions of the park are its coral reefs.

 

The reefs may be viewed from glass-bottom boats, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Other activities available in the park are kayaking, stand-up paddle board, fishing, hiking, swimming and wildlife viewing.

If you choose to book a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkeling tour or rent a kayak or canoe, these are extra charges which are not included with the tour price. You can reserve in advance through this link:

CLICK HERE TO BOOK and then click on the “BOOK NOW” link. You would need to reserve for Fri Oct. 22nd.

For Snorkeling tour, please book for 12 pm
For the glass-bottom boat tours please book for 12.15 pm
 
Glass Bottom Boat Tour: $24  (2 ½ hour long)
Snorkeling Tour: $30 (2 ½ hour long, approx.1½ hours in the water)
Snorkel equipment rental: $4
Single Kayak (2hours or less): $24
Single Kayak (4 hours or less): $30
Tandem Kayak (2 hours or less): $34
Tandem Kayak (4 hours or less): $45
Stand-Up Paddle board (1 hour): $25
Stand-Up Paddle board (4 hours or less): $50

One of the most famous sites in the State Park is the Christ of the Abyss. The 8 12-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ weighs 4,000 pounds and stands in nearly 25 feet of water. It is a popular site for scuba divers and snorkelers. If you book a snorkeling tour, it is not guaranteed that you will visit this site.

The visitor center features a 30,000 gallon saltwater aquarium and six smaller aquariums. The State Park also has a natural history exhibit about the park's different biological communities and ecosystems and a theater showing nature Films and videos.

 

You don’t have to book any of the tours, you can also just relax by the beach or enjoy some nature trails.

 

Wildlife Sanctuary

We will visit a wildlife sanctuary which is a non-profit organization. Here most of the animals have arrived either as rescues, or re-homes, and some of the animals was born at the sanctuary from parents that were brought as rescues or re-homes.

Here you will have the opportunity to get a close-up experience with over 50 species of wildlife from 5 continents. Some of the animals you will be able to actually hold or to pet them.

Few experiences in life touch the heart and mind like a personal encounter with one of nature’s fascinating creatures.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

We will visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, this is a breathtaking Gilded Age estate on the Biscayne Bay, surrounded by ten acres of formal gardens and a mangrove shoreline. It is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering. The estate was built between 1914 and 1922.

Be inspired by Vizcaya’s natural beauty, connect with Miami’s past and discover this unique cultural and historic gem. Today Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Miami-Dade County, and will offers an experience to delight your senses.

 

Venetian Pool

We will visit the Venetian Pool, this is a historic public swimming pool built in 1924. The pool was created from a 4 acres old coral rock quarry which was abandoned in 1921. The pool was created in Mediterranean Revival style and named for the Mediterranean city of Venice, Italy, the pool included a Venetian style bridge and classic mooring pillars. In 1981, Venetian Pool was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and is the only pool listed on the register.

 

The 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily. The pool is the largest fresh water pool in the US. The pool ranges in depth from four feet to over eight feet, there are two waterfalls that provide a scenic backdrop as well as the cave-like grottos which provide a fun experience for swimmers.

 

Accommodation

To make this tour affordable for everyone, we will choose a basic but comfortable 3-star hotel with a minimum Google & TripAdvisor guest rating of 3.5 (on a 1 to 5 scale). You room will have private bath, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, Flat screen HDTV and comes with free Wifi.

 

We will not stay by the beach, (This is one reason why we can offer this tour for such an unheard low price.) but the hotel has a very nice pool area. 

 

Food Included in price

Day 1: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast and Lunch
 
 

TOUR FINISH

On the last day Sunday Oct. 24th we will drop you off at Miami International Airport at 4:30 pm. This will give you an opportunity to fly back with an evening flight to NYC or you can stay more days if you wish.  

 

Suggested Packing List - South Florida Tour

 

BAGS: We have limited space in our transportation vehicle. Please don’t bring more than one small to medium size suitcase or duffel bag and one small backpack for day tours per person. Check with your airline for weight and size restrictions

 

□ A valid government issued identification (Very important, you need this for the flight)

 

CLOTHES

The average temperature in October for South Florida is from 75 to 85 degrees. 

□   Underclothes and socks

□   T-shirts

□   Sweaters

□   Hiking Pants

□   Shorts

□   Swimsuit

□   Sneakers with good traction

□   Rain Gear

□   Sun hat

 

ELECTRONICS

□   Phone and charger

□   Camera, charger and maybe extra memory & Battery

 

MEDICATION

□   Allergy medicine if needed

□   Pain relievers

□   Band-aids

□   Motion sickness medicine if needed

□   Any prescribed medication

 

TOILETRIES

□   Toothbrush and Toothpaste

□   Travel-sized lotion, shampoo, and body wash

□   Contact lens case and solution

 

MISCELLANEOUS

□   Insect repellant

□   National Park Passport (If you own one)

□   sunglasses and sun block

□   Snorkel gear (If you wish to snorkel and want to use your own)

□   Small collapsible cooler for a lunch pack

□   Cash and Credit Card

(We will pay for the hotel room, but you will have to give the hotel your Credit Card info which only will be used for incidentals such as long distance phone calls or if you damage the hotel room)

 

MULTI DAY FLYING TOURS Cancellation Fees (Per Person)

30 days or more before departure - Loss of deposit

15 – 29 days before departure - 50% of tour price

14 days or less before departure - No refund or tour credit.

If you are concern about losing money due to illness or other unpredictable matters, we highly recommend buying a travel insurance. We can recommend www.insuremytrip.com (Hines Tours is not affiliated with this site in any form)

   

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