Florida: It's Warmer Than Minnesota!

13 DAY TOUR | FEBRUARY 4 – 16, 2023

Sandy beaches, warm sunshine and surprises around every corner await you as we explore the tropical beauty of the Sunshine State.
Welcome to FLORIDA!


Per Person/Double Occupancy


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Final payment due November 1, 2022

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This Trip Includes

Hotel accommodations, including porterage (where available)

Breakfast (B) daily; 5 lunches (L); 2 dinners (D); 5 Drury Dinners (DD)

Guided sightseeing with your Tour Manager as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; visits, admissions and special features are shown in bold.

Transportation roundtrip from Brainerd with pickups in Little Falls & St Cloud or meet at MSP Airport. Contact us for other departure points.

Full time throughout the trip

Tour Highlights

  • Edison & Ford Winter Estates
  • Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
  • National Shell Museum
  • The Ringling Museum of Art
  • Mixon Fruit Farms
  • Sponge Diving Exhibition & Cruise
  • Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
  • Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
  • Sunset Boat Tour on Crystal River
  • Gypsy Gold Horse Farm
  • Whispering Oaks Winery
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Beach Day in Fort Lauderdale
  • Everglades National Park
  • Big Cypress National Preserve featuring
  • Wooten’s Airboat Ride
  • You’re in Florida, not Minnesota in the Dead of Winter

Daily Itinerary

Breakfast (B) | Lunch (L) | Dinner (D) | Drury Dinners (DD)

Day 1


Depart Brainerd with pickups enroute and travel to Eagan, Minnesota for our pre-flight overnight.

Day 2


We fly to Fort Myers and transfer to our hotel for a relaxing evening. (B DD)

Day 3


Visit the magnificent Edison & Ford Winter Estates. After an included lunch, we visit the Shell Factory & Nature Park for a fun afternoon before returning to our hotel. (B L DD)

Day 4


Sanibel Island awaits! We start our day with a tram tour at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. After lunch, we visit the amazing National Shell Museum for a guided visit. We end our day with a Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise before heading back to our hotel in Fort Myers. (B DD)

Day 5


Our first stop this morning is at the world famous Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. After an included Amish family style lunch we visit Mixon Fruit Farms for a tram tour of the orchards. (B L)

Day 6


Our first stop is Tarpon Springs—sponge diving capital of the USA! Board a boat for a Sponge Diving Exhibition & an authentic Greek Lunch at a local restaurant! We visit Weeki Wachee Springs State Park to see their world-famous mermaids. Then it’s off to The Plantation resort on Crystal River for our two night stay. (B L D)

Day 7


This morning sleep in or if you’re feeling adventurous, experience an optional swim with manatees! Later we visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park for those that want to see these beautiful creatures and other Florida wildlife before returning to the resort for a Sunset Boat Tour and dinner! (B D)


Day 8


We head to Ocala to visit the Gypsy Gold Horse Farm. Meet Dennis Thompson who imported the first 16 Gypsy Vanner Horses to North America. We then visit Whispering Oaks Winery for some unique wine and a light lunch. We travel to Orlando for our overnight. (B L DD)

Day 9


We make a stop at the historic Kennedy Space Center to learn all about America’s space program. Then it’s on to Fort Lauderdale for our two night stay on the beach! (B)

Day 10


Enjoy a day at leisure on the beach. (B)

Day 11


Happy Valentine’s Day! We visit the Everglades today to learn all about this amazing National Park. We overnight in Homestead. (B)

Day 12


We cross the Everglades on the Tamiami trail, with stops at the Big Cypress National Preserve and a thrilling Airboat Ride! We travel to Fort Myers for our final evening. (B L DD)

Day 13


We fly back to Minnesota and transfer to Brainerd with memories of warm sunshine! (B)

What our "travelers" have to say...

Thank you for all you do for your clients!

You both are such fun, giving, caring and patient!

- Bootsie and Jack

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You have shown us so many outstanding places. We appreciate both you and Tam for all the work you put into them.

- Regina & Jeff

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- Larry and Joyce

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What a wonderful trip! We appreciate your thoughtfulness and hard work bringing it all together. The pace was great and we loved all the "must sees" we took off our list.

- Dan and Marlene

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