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Carolinas to Key West Florida Self-Drive

19 days from £3,970pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Experience traditional southern charm in Charleston and Savannah.

  • Visit Cape Canaveral and the 'Space Coast'.

  • Explore Miami's Art Deco heritage.

  • Take an airboat ride through the Everglades.

  • Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Charlotte
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • Jekyll Island
  • St Augustine
  • Cocoa Beach
  • Miami
  • Key West

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Charlotte

International outbound flight , Charlotte

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Charlotte. Upon arrival make your way to your hotel in the heart of the city where the remainder of the day is free to relax after your flight.


Day 2 Charleston

Charlotte , Charleston

Collect your hire car and drive south to Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina. En route, you may wish to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which were founded in 1676, making them the oldest public gardens in America. Spend the rest of the afternoon familiarising yourself with this charming old city

Day 3 Charleston


Enjoy a full day in Charleston. In addition to exploring the Battery and perhaps taking a horse and carriage tour, you may wish to visit nearby Drayton Hall, one of the oldest homes in the country, where an extremely knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the history of this beautiful house.

Day 4 Savannah

Charleston , Savannah

Travel along the scenic coastline to Savannah. On the way, explore the picturesque beach of Hunting Island State Park where you can climb the lighthouse for beautiful coastal views.

Day 5 Savannah


Spend a full day in Savannah. The old town trolley tour is a great way to see the city and get your bearings. Sites such as Chippewa Square, where parts of Forrest Gump were filmed, Ellis Square, Ships of the Sea Museum, Bay Street and Factors Walk are all awaiting your discovery today.

Day 6 Jekyll Island

Savannah , Jekyll Island

On the journey south to Jekyll Island today, explore the pretty villages along the ocean's edge. There are also several historic forts that once guarded these shores and the Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Reserve to explore.

Day 7 Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

Spend the day relaxing on the beach or exploring Jekyll and the other Sea Islands off Georgia's coast. The surrounding marshes are home to prolific wildlife and there are plenty of great beaches, historic houses and scenic walking trails for you to discover.

Day 8 St Augustine

Jekyll Island , St Augustine

Crossing from Georgia into Florida today, you will drive past Jacksonville where you may wish to take a free tour of the Budweiser brewery. Your journey continues along the Florida coast, past the Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area, before arriving in St. Augustine.

Day 9 St Augustine

St Augustine

Enjoy discovering St Augustine today. Founded in 1565 it is the oldest European settlement in the USA. Enjoy strolling along the cobbled streets, seeing horse-drawn carriages and sampling delicious food whilst you relax at a quaint pub or lamp-lit restaurant.

Day 10 Cocoa Beach

St Augustine , Cocoa Beach

Heading south along the coast today you will pass Daytona Beach and the famous Daytona International Speedway, where you may wish to stop, as you journey to Cocoa Beach. Historic Cocoa Village, just across the causeway from Cocoa Beach, is a great place to relax and enjoy a meal. There are also plenty of historic buildings and small local boutiques to explore.


Day 11 Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

From Cocoa beach you can spend the day learning about the USA's space program at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, or simply relax and enjoy the area's beautiful beaches.


Day 12 Miami

Cocoa Beach , Miami

Today, continuing your drive south, you will pass Port St. Lucie and Hutchinson Island - a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Indian River on the west. This half way point makes a pretty place to break up your drive south to Miami.

Day 13 Miami


Enjoy a full day at leisure in Miami. Take a walk along cosmopolitan South Beach, soaking up the sun and seeing the wonderful Art Deco buildings. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars to enjoy, plus great shopping and night life.

Day 14 Miami


Today you could rent bikes and discover Miami's boardwalk or simply relax on the beach. Alternatively, head away from South Beach and visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on Biscayne Bay. Built for industrialist James Deering, the extravagant architecture houses European antiques and decorative works.

Day 15 Key West

Miami , Key West

En route to Key West today don't miss a visit to Everglades National Park, a World Heritage Site that is an important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species such as manatees, alligators, and the elusive Florida panther. A highlight is to take an airboat ride in the swamps adjacent to the park. Continue your drive south, on the impressive Overseas Highway, to Key West.

Day 16 Key West

Key West

Spend a full day relaxing or exploring in delightful Key West. Taking the hop-on hop-off trolley is a great way to discover the 'Conch Republic'. The lighthouse and Ernest Hemingway's home are highlights but also don't miss the nightly sunset celebrations at Mallory Square.

Day 17 Key West

Key West

Enjoy a day relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of Key West or perhaps head out to Dry Tortugas National Park to spend time exploring the Civil War prison and snorkelling in the surrounding turquoise waters.

Day 18 International return flight

Key West , International return flight

Spend the morning relaxing in Key West before making your way to Key West Airport for your onward flight.

Day 19 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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