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Tour 3

DISCOVER THE SUNSHINE STATE

The best of Florida and New Orleans

 

Discover the flair and multicultural atmosphere of New Orleans, the capital of Jazz, and the highlights of Florida on this trip

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TOUR PROFILE: 18 DAYS – 2800 KM

Übersichtskarte Tour 3

TOUR DESCRIPTION

 

DAY 1: NEW ORLEANS

Overnight stay: New Orleans

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Flight with well-known scheduled airline service from Frankfurt am Main or Hamburg (optional) to New Orleans (connecting flight possible). Meeting in the terminal with your qualified road captain who accompanies you during the whole trip.

 

DAY 2: NEW ORLEANS

Overnight stay: New Orleans

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Steamboat trip on paddle steamer Natchez with Creole lunch at 11:30 a.m. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

DAY 3: NEW ORLEANS

Overnight stay: New Orleans

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New OrleansDay at leisure. You can optionally book a 2-hour airboat trip through the marshes of New Orleans and the wetlands of Lafitte. The trip starts at 9:45 a.m. and we meet Sugar and Flour, the only albino alligators of the Bayou, turtles and native birds.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 3We can hold an alligator baby in our arms. Individually you can go on a hop on and off bus tour, however, in any case you should visit the world-famous and most-photographed Oak Alley Plantation. The films “Interview with the vampire” and “Primary Colors” have been made here. You may optionally book a 2-hour vampire round tour at 8 p.m.

 

DAY 4: MOBILE

Day´s stage: 273 km – overnight stay in Mobile

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 4We are picked up at the hotel to collect our motorcycles at about 8:30 in the morning. After having loaded the luggage into the support vehicle, we start our ride. We ride over Lake Pontchartrain. Lake Pontchartrain in the southeast of Louisiana is a brackish lake, after the Great Salt Lake the second largest lake in the USA.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 4We take Highway 90 along the coastline, crossing several bridges over the sea. We ride on to Biloxi, where we stop at Hardrock Café and the local Harley dealer, and continue our ride along the coast to Pasgaoula. Our destination of today is Mobile in the US state of Alabama.

 

DAY 5: PANAMA CITY

Day´s stage: 248 km – overnight stay in Panama City

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 5We start around 7:30 in the morning and after a short ride towards the harbor we visit USS Alabama. The USS Alabama is a battleship of the South Dakota-class. It was built on the Norfolk Navy Yard dock. Start of construction was on 1 February 1940. The ship was launched on 16 February 1942, and completed on 16 August 1942. Since 1965 the ship is accessible for visitors as museum ship. We ride on along the coast to Pensacola Beach. There is a Harley dealer, too.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 5Today we cross several bigger bridges. On Pensacola Beach, we arrive at Fort Pickens. Fort Pickens is a pentagonal former coastal fortress on the western top of the long Santa Rosa Island in Florida. It protected the entry to bay and harbor of Pensacola. Here the mighty Apache chief Geronimo was arrested. We stop at the Harley dealer in Fort Walton Beach and ride on to our destination of today, Panama City. The old city is a world heritage site. An impressive attraction is the building of the Supreme Court and the Franz von Assisi Church. Our hotel is directly on the beach and close to it is the Pier Park, a beautiful shopping mall with great restaurants and different leisure facilities. A Harley dealer is here, too.

 

DAY 6: CRYSTAL RIVER

Day´s stage: 460 km – overnight stay in Crystal River

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 6Today we ride along the coast again nearly all the time. First, we pass Tyndall Air Force Bay. It is a US Air Force Base. We pass wonderful beaches and ride through Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. We cross Apalachicola and ride over the Big Bend Scenic Byway over the sea. Then we make a detour over the 7-km long Bryant G. Patton Bridge to St. George Island, a 28-miles long paradise island.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 6If we are lucky we may watch dolphins. We always stay on the Big Bend Scenic Byway and if time allows, we make a detour to Wakulla Springs State Park. The Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park contains one of the biggest and deepest freshwater springs: the Wakulla Springs. These springs are also the origin of the Wakulla River, which runs through a marsh covered with cypresses. Our destination of today is Crystal River. The main attraction in Crystal River are the many manatees, due to which the Crystal River is also called “Home of the Manatee”. Optionally bookable: Sunset Padding Tour of about 1.5 hour to the manatees with sunset.

 

DAY 7: ORLANDO

Day´s stage: 390 km – overnight stay in Orlando

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 7Today we ride over Inverness to Leesburg. There we pass several lakes (Lake Denham, Lake Harris, Lake Griffin and Lake Eustis). Alligators, turtles and many bird species live here. After Daytona Beach, we quickly ride another 180 km. There is one of the most famous sandy beaches in Florida and if you want to party you should come during spring holidays. Thousands of teenagers are here and every evening Miss Wet Shirt is elected. The first car race in the USA took place here and on the biggest Bike Week all hell breaks loose.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 7Let´s have a look at this place and visit the Harley dealer in any case. Starting from tomorrow the Harley Davidson Biketoberfest takes place, and we may have a look. We make a detour over Highway 1 along the coast to Cape Canaveral, where we spend some time. In the late afternoon, we ride the remaining 90 km to Orlando. Our hotel is at the I-Drive. The International Drive is an 18.5 km long road in Orlando and the main touristic road in the city. There are Orange County Convention Center, many big hotels, the Wet´n Wild Water Park, theme restaurants, bars, endless shopping facilities and many other tourist attractions. All other theme parks such as Sea World, Disney… are in close vicinity and our hotel offers a shuttle service.

 

DAY 8: ORLANDO

Overnight stay in Orlando

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Day at leisure. Discover exciting activities in Orlando!

 

DAY 9: SAINT PETERSBURG

Day´s stage: 165 km – overnight stay in Saint Petersburg

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 9Today we ride to Lakeland, a city in Polk County, where we visit the local Harley dealer. We ride on to Tampa, the third largest city in Florida. Tampa is situated on the estuary of Hillsborough River in Tampa Bay. The southern part of the city extends as a peninsular into the bay. We ride on to Ybor City. It´s not easy to just walk by. The Historic District northeast of downtown was founded by cigar manufacturers in the 1880s.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 9Cigars, rum cocktails and a Cuban community can be found here. We pass Tampa Beach Park and ride over Old Tampa Bay to Saint Petersburg, Florida´s sunshine City. There is the biggest collection of Salvador Dali outside Europe. You may also visit Fort de Soto Park with a beautiful beach. Dolphins are not unusual there. From the pier, you can look at Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which we are going to cross the next day. In St. Petersburg and Tampa there are Harley dealers.

 

DAY 10: NAPLES

Day´s stage: 305 km – overnight stay in Naples

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 10First, we ride over wonderful Sunshine Skyway Bridge (8,850 m high) above Tampa Bay, which is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges. We ride over Longboat Key Beach and Venice Beach. Venice is also called “Shark´s Tooth Capital of the World”. During the annual Shark´s Tooth Festival, numerous exhibitions of fossilized shark teeth take place, which can be found also on the beaches around and on the seafloor as well. We ride to Fort Myers and we enjoy riding along the main road Mc Gregor Boulevard. Over 25 km it is lined by king palms (more than 2000 palms). The avenue was created by inventor Thomas Alva Edison who lived in Fort Myers in the 20s in winter. His former winter home and the estate of Henry Ford are situated on this road and are visited by many tourists.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 10Meanwhile we make a short detour to Cape Coral to the Yacht Club Community Park and have a look on some luxury yachts. McGregor Boulevard leads us to Estero Island, better known as Fort Myers Beach. Fort Myers has got a Harley dealer, too. We ride along the coast to Naples. Sunny Naples is a famous, sophisticated and magnificent destination on the Gulf of Mexico. Our hotel is located on 5th avenue. If you visit Naples and do not take a walk through 5th avenue in the evening, you have missed out on something. Exclusive shops and restaurants are here in nice atmosphere one after the next. The avenue runs directly to Naples Beach and Naples Pier, a highlight especially in the evening at sunset, when dolphins can be seen. Here, too, a Harley dealer is available.

 

DAY 11: HOMESTEAD

Day´s stage: 250 km – overnight stay in Homestead

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 11Now let´s enjoy nature purely in the Everglades, which we cross. We ride along the famous Tamiami Trail. We see alligators and other animals in water and on land. Keep your eyes open and take your camera with you. Here you find the highly poisonous copperhead snake. In addition to the wildlife you can also watch offenders of the local prison working on the road. If possible, we ride along Big Cypress Loop Road. Miccosukee (Indian village) is on our way and we stop there. Another stop is planned at Shark Valley Visitor Center.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 11Shark Valley in the Everglades has a unique vegetation with about 2000 different plant species. The Florida panther is rarely seen, because there are not many panthers anymore. They hide in the thicket and avoid touristic paths. However, not only the Florida panther is in danger, but also the American crocodiles, which live in salt water, and certain turtle species, such as the green sea turtle. In Shark Valley, too, there are lots of small mammals, which you meet repeatedly, such as raccoons, squirrels, musquashs, opossums and skunks.

 

DAY 12: HOMESTEAD

Day´s stage: 200 km – overnight stay in Homestead

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Day at leisure. On our part, a bike trip to Flamingo Visitor Center through the southern Everglades is planned. Optional extra: airboat tour through the Everglades in the afternoon.

 

DAY 13: KEY LARGO

Day´s stage: 360 km – overnight stay in Key Largo

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 13We start early this morning! Today we visit the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys are a string of islands consisting of more than 200 coral islands with a total length of more than 290 km (180 miles) They are in front of the southern end of the Florida peninsular between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. On the Keys, you find extraordinary plants and animal species, which you can´t find anywhere else in America. On the Keys live some unique animals, such as the protected Key white-tailed deer and the American crocodile. We ride along the “Road of Paradise” to Key West. Overseas Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the world.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 13We are going to visit Duval Street, where we find some of the most famous restaurants and bars of Key West, such as Sloppy Joe´s, the Bull and Whistle, Rick´s Café and Irish Kevin’s Bar. It is named after William Pope Duval, the first territorial governor in Florida. We visit Hemmingway House, too, and still more. We ride back to Key Largo. Key Largo has a length of 53 km and besides it is the longest island of the Keys. Caribbean Club Bar is a famous film shooting location in Key Largo and the “African Queen”, the ship of the film with the same name, lies directly behind Holiday Inn Hotel on the water´s edge. You should in any case try the famous Key Lime Pie! Swimming with the dolphins is an optional extra in the late afternoon.

 

DAY 14: MIAMI BEACH

Overnight stay in Miami Beach

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 14Today we ride back over North Key Largo through Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge to Angelfish Creek. We visit Key Biscayne, the place of “The Stand” of Stephen King. Key Biscayne is an island in the Miami-Dade County in the US state of Florida between Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. It is located south of Miami Beach and southeast of Miami. It is the most southern of the barrier islands off the coast along the Atlantic Coast of Florida.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 14The Key is connected to Miami and the mainland by the Rickenbach Dam. We make a detour to the Harley dealer and return our bikes then. A shuttle brings us to our hotel directly to Miami Beach. Miami Beach is one of the islands off the coast in front of Miami, in the south of Florida, USA. South Beach, well-known as SoBe or “The Beach..” is one of the most popular destinations worldwide! The water is often turquoise-blue like in the Caribbean. If the wind is not too strong, the water is perfectly clear and you can watch the fishes.


DAY 15: MIAMI BEACH

Overnight stay in Miami Beach

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 15Day at leisure. There is much to see in Miami. A hop on and off tour is recommended. Spending the day on the beach is not bad, too... We meet at the reception in our hotel at 6 o´clock in the evening, for eventually spending the evening together. We may make a trip to Ocean Drive and take a walk there. In the numerous cafés, restaurants and hotels on the South Beach promenade, there are stars, rich people and normal people who want to see and to be seen.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 15In the evening party people gather for the motorcade. The front view of “Browns Hotel” (112, Ocean Drive) first reminds us of an insignificant wooden hut. In the evening, however, its restaurant becomes a meeting point for prominent people.

 

DAY 16: MIAMI BEACH

Overnight stay in Miami Beach

Day at leisure. Optional extra: city tour in German including speed boat tour, Banana Vice Style, known from “Galileo” on Pro 7 and “Auf und Davon” (Off and away) on VOX (duration 5 hours).

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 16Banana Joe wants you to take part. Hawaiian shirt and straw hat are the perfect accessories for our tropic adventure. Get to know the most exotic places in Miami and experience the city with the eyes of a European. On our tour, you learn interesting details about South Beach´s world-famous Art Deco District and its epicenter, the Ocean Drive, which is full of joy of life, including Gianni Versace´s famous estate.

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 16Miami Beach attracts bon vivants and exotic people from all over the world with palms, sunshine and dream beaches. Whether Lincoln Road or Espanola Way, Washington or Collins Avenue, Lummus Park or South Beach, we inform you about everything you want to know. The definite highlight of the tour is the final speed boat trip. There is no better possibility to get to know Miami than on the water.

Meeting again at 6 p.m. at the reception.

 

DAY 17: FLIGHT HOME

USA – Tour/Reise 3 – Entdeckungs­tour durch den Sunshine-State – Das Beste Floridas und New Orleans – Tag 17A shuttle takes us to the airport and we must say goodbye (connecting flight possible).

 

DAY 18: ARRIVAL AT FRANKFURT AIRPORT

 

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Services

  • Welcome Drink
  • Patch TOURS OF LEGENDS
  • Secured Payment Certificate - complete insurance cover A travel insurance certificate states that a tour operator has secured the travel allowances entrusted to it with an insurance company or a credit institution.
  • Personal advice on all tour questions - before, during and after the tour
  • Scheduled flight Economy Class from / to Frankfurt to ... (transfer connection possible), taxes, security fees, airport transfers
  • All overnight stays in good to very good hotels
  • Partial breakfast
  • Welcome and closing dinner
  • Motorcycle rental including unlimited miles with all taxes and utilities
  • VIP-Zero Plus Comprehensive Insurance (complete protection in the event of damage, the renter pays $ 0 in case of damage)
  • Road Assistance (24 hours on 7 days)
  • DOT approved helmet for driver and front passenger
  • tour guide from / to Frankfurt during the motorcycle tour by a trained Road Captain
  • Escort vehicle for the luggage with second guide
  • Snacks and cool drinks while driving at cost
  • German company
  • Replacement machine in case of defect (within 24 hours)
  • Travel Guide + Hardcover Book Tour / Sightseeing (specially created for each tour)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and back, transfer to Harley rental and back

DATES:

2019: 12.02.2019 – 12.19.2019
2020: 03.02.2020 – 03.19.2020 11.30.2020 – 12.17.2020
2021: 03.05.2021 – 03.22.2021 12.03.2021 – 12.20.2021
2022: 03.04.2022 – 03.21.2022 12.02.2022 – 12.19.2022

PRICES:

2019: Double room: 6,595.00 EUR p. p.
Double room back-seat driver: 3,495.00 EUR p. p.
Single room: 7,895.00 EUR p. p.
2020: Double room: 6,795.00 EUR p. p.
Double room back-seat driver: 3,695.00 EUR p. p.
Single room: 8,095.00 EUR p. p.
2021: Double room: 6,895.00 EUR p. p.
Double room back-seat driver: 3,795.00 EUR p. p.
Single room: 8,195.00 EUR p. p.
2022: Double room: 6,995.00 EUR p. p.
Double room back-seat driver: 3,895.00 EUR p. p.
Single room: 8,295.00 EUR p. p.

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TOUR 3: Discover the sunshine state -The best of Florida and New Orleans

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