One of the most beautiful states in the United States is definitely Florida if you’d ask me. The state is so versatile and has so much to offer: from the Everglades in the south to the sandy beach of Miami Beach and to the metropolises like Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville…the sunshine state has everything that your heart desires. And as this holiday package that I have found on thomson.co.uk includes a car hire you will be able to plan many exciting day trips and to explore Florida on your own. Besides the rental car, the price of £495 per person (based on 2 adults sharing) includes 14 nights in a good hotel with flights from Newcastle to Sanford.
You are going to stay in the 3 star Celebration Suites Kissimmee (64% on TripAdvisor) which is located in Kissimmee and has probably the best location to visit Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Studios: Walt Disney World is only a 10 minute drive away and the Universal Studios are only 20 minutes from your hotel away. So don’t miss the chance to visit one or both theme parks and enjoy a wonderful day on the roller coasters or watch the wide range of special events. Walt Disney World is running at the moment for example the Star Wars Weekends until 16/06/2014 or the Beauty and the Beast live on stage, so would match perfectly with the travel dates. If you want to do something else then stroll to the old town of Kissimmee which is just a stone’s throw away from your hotel. It is a family-friendly town where you can do swap tours or spend your time in the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Back to the hotel you will find spacious suites with a patio or a balcony and a fully-equipped kitchen. There are also 2 outdoor pools and even a sandy volleyball court. You can get your groceries at the Walmart supermarket which is only 5 minutes away by car. The hotel has an average rating on TripAdvisor, but the latest reviews are positive saying that the hotel offers a good location for a good value. But of course you’re not going to stay in a 5 star high luxury hotel, just keep that in mind :)
Not far from Orlando is also Cape Canaveral from where the US start numerous missions to space. You can get to know a lot about the Apollo missions and the technique of space missions. It’s truly an amazing experience. And anyone who loves sports should try to watch a game of Orlando Magic, which is the local basketball team. If you’re more interested in motor-sports, then you’re going to love the Daytona International Speedway, which is close to Orlando and Cape Canaveral.
FYI: you need a valid passport to enter the USA and you need a visa. The US Visa Waiver Programe (VWP) allows most British Citizen to visit the United States for up to 90 days. At least 72 hours before travel you should provide your details online with the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). Please read the details on gov.uk.
- Florida Holiday Package: 14 Nights incl. good Hotel, Flights and Car Hire for only £495
- Travel period: 02/06/2014 – 16/06/2014
- Travel duration: 14 Nights
- Airport of departure: Newcastle
- Airline: Thomson Airways
- Hotel: 3 star Celebration Suites
- Rating: 64% on TripAdvisor out of 1.096 reviews
- Location: in the old town of Kissimmee, 10 minutes from Walt Disney World
- Destination: Orlando / Florida
- Board basis: self catering
- Airport transfer in Orlando not included
- Rental car included
- Entry: valid passport and visa necessary. Further info on gov.uk
- Price: only £495 per person based on two adults sharing
Short note: When I was searching for the deal and clicked ‘continue’, one of the sites displayed a price of £1750 per person by mistake. If this happens to you, don’t be surprised and click again on ‘continue’. The next step displays the correct pricing.
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