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Northwest & Panhandle Classic Florida

10-nights | Florida’s other side

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Take an excursion into the unexpected side of Florida with this 10-day tour into the heart of the state and up to the Panhandle, discovering its 19th century history, its modern university (one of the largest on the country), the wonderful countryside and its rich coastal vibe. Start with two relaxing days in gorgeous Winter Park, Orlando’s upscale northern neighbour, then head for Gainesville, home of the huge University of Florida, and much more besides, including a major theatre, a historic state park, a growing arts scene and thriving small-town charm. Pensacola and Panama City Beach offer the chance to explore the glittering Emerald Coast of the Panhandle, Florida’s north-west region, where the beaches are world class – and often completely crowd-free – and the local history and culture are unique to the Sunshine State. Finally, wind down again with some of the state’s most compelling wildlife attractions in Crystal River, where the springs are crystal clear and manatees make this their home year-round. As an optional extra, you could add on three nights in wonderful Clearwater Beach and soak up more of Florida’s epic beach vistas.

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2 Nights in Winter Park

The Alfond Inn

Take advantage of the classy hotel’s ideal location to be able to ramble around this small-scale city’s wide range of charms, from boutique shopping and café-culture restaurants to fine arts museums and signature lake tours.

1 Night in Gainesville

Laurel Oak Inn

Hotel Rating: Quaint

Handily placed to discover the many charms of Gainesville, including the Florida Museum of Natural History and Matheson Museum, as well as the vibrant downtown area with its array of fine restaurants and craft breweries.

2 Nights in Pensacola

New World Inn

Hotel Rating: Quaint

A fine boutique inn nestled in the heart of historic downtown Pensacola, this is a great base from which to explore the region for both its extensive beach scene and attractions like the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

3 Nights in Panama City Beach

Marriott’s Legends Edge at Bay Point

Anjoy the self-contained splendours of this luxury resort, just a short walk from the beach and close to the many natural attractions nearby, including St Andrews State Park, Gulf World aquarium and Pier Park.

2 Nights in Crystal River

Plantation on Crystal River

Settle in to the old-world charm of this historic inn right on the riverfront and with its own tempting array of water tours, activities and excursions right on site, as well as its own golf course, swimming pool and Southern-style restaurant.

At the end of this 10-night trip, why not add on a few extra days to chill out in Clearwater Beach. Ask us for suggestions!

We can also change hotel options within the tour itinerary if you prefer.

This tour itinerary operates into and out of Orlando International Airport. Options may be available to fly back from Tampa Airport if preferred. Call us for details.

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