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Along the south-west of the Florida Gulf Coast are the cities of Sarasota and Naples – and a wealth of attractions both man-made and natural. Some of the beaches here are truly heavenly and you will experience the best they have to offer on this itinerary, as well as some superlative shopping (as only Florida can) and the rapidly-growing profile for a foodie dining adventure.
The city highlight of Sarasota is also about a lot more than beaches and shopping. It has a unique heritage, as created by circus impresario John Ringling, who made this the winter home of The Greatest Show on Earth and brought an amazing array of circus-related features to the Gulf Coast, notably his own mansion – as befitting one of the richest men in the world at the time – and the stunning Museum of Art. Likewise, Naples has become the hub of chic art galleries, boutique shopping and eco-adventures, as well as fabulous dining. In between are the small-town attractions of Osprey and Venice, where the beaches are renowned for fossilised sharks teeth and shell-collecting along a near 20-mile stretch of unbroken seafront that rarely attracts a crowd. If you think you knew the Florida Gulf Coast, a trip to this part of the region will open up whole new vistas of the Sunshine State, as well as provide some great places to eat.
Tampa International Airport
Tampa International Airport
2 nights – Sarasota
When you want all the big-city style of Sarasota, just 12 miles to the north, but a more laid-back, off-the-beaten-track hideaway, the chic Virage Hotel in Osprey is the perfect base from which to explore as it’s just minutes from great beaches like Siesta Key and Venice.
2 nights – Sanibel Island
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
enjoy the tranquility and tropical island charm of one of Florida’s most chic, small-scale destinations as well as a resort that offers a terrific array of facilities, dining and spa treatments, as well as nearby golf and water activities.
4 nights – Naples
La Playa Beach Resort & Spa
Soak up the delights of your own beachfront paradise at this superlative seaside paragon that boasts a full line-up of mod cons – including an excellent spa – as well as affording easy access to the many upscale attractions, shops and restaurants Naples has to offer.
At the end of this 9-night trip, why not add on a few extra days in Naples or head over the Everglades and stay in Miami a few nights. 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 Tampa International Airport, although we can also quote based on return flights from Fort Myers/South West Regional Airport (closest to Naples) or back from Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Call us for options.
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