Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Itinerary

Going off the beaten path in Everglades National Park


2016 DEPARTURES

4/3-4/8, 10/23-10/28

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Trip Length 6 days/5 nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart Naples, FL / Ft. Myers, FL
Price $$3,345-$3,745
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Territories Guatemala Deep In The Everglades Itinerary And Map : Itinerary & Map


Territory Map

Day 1 (Fort Myers to Everglades National Park, Corkscrew Audubon nature trail, 10,000 Islands) Your guide meets you in Fort Myers this morning and the adventure begins As we make our way to Everglades National Park, we’ll stop along the way to explore other places and features that make the Everglades area unique among all the world’s wild places. Possibilities include the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge. This afternoon settle into your accommodations in Everglades City, on the doorstep of the park. (Everglades City Motel)
Day 2 (Fakahatchee Strand State Park, Shark Valley in Everglades) With a full day to explore, you’re joined by a local Florida Master Naturalist who will open your eyes to the unique ecosystem surrounding you. The day progresses through the various habitats that make up the Everglades—sawgrass marshes, hardwood hammocks, cypress domes, and marine estuaries. Your guides also educate you on the wildlife and natural history of the area and share what it takes to restore and protect the Everglades in the face of human impacts on the native ecosystem (Everglades City Motel)
Day 3 (Kayak through mangrove tunnels) This morning it’s “Guide’s Choice,” with an activity selected especially for the group. After lunch, we’re off to paddle through a “mangrove tunnel,” part of the largest mangrove forest on the continent, composed of brackish “lakes” surrounded by mangrove forest, which serve as nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters and a gamut of fish. Interconnecting the lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks, over which grows a canopy or a tunnel – that’s where we come in! Back on dry land, we return to Everglades City to relax and have dinner. (Everglades City Motel)
Day 4 (Paddle around your wilderness camp and explore) The camping adventure begins today! You and your Off the Beaten Path guide will meet our partner, a well-respected eco-tour operator, to embark on the camping excursion. A power boat transports the kayaks, all the gear, and guests to a remote location where a comfortable base camp is set up. From the base camp, we paddle out in sea kayaks and canoes on daily excursions for an up-close and personal look at this dynamic and diverse ecosystem. We get to places that most paddlers don’t have the time to reach, and so far fewer people have experienced. As you’ll learn, sunrise and sunset paddles are part of this camping tradition! Hearty meals cooked by your outfitter while you relax around a campfire and stroll on the beach highlight your island camping experience. If you think “being there” is more important than “paddling there,” this is the perfect set up. (Deluxe Island Camp)
Day 5 (After a sunrise paddle, return to civilization) Begin the last full day of your trip with a sunrise paddle around your island (that’s right, your island!) before returning to civilization refreshed and energized by your experience and the memories you’ve made on this unique and eye-opening adventure. We head to Naples in the afternoon, where a celebratory dinner awaits, capping a fantastic trip. (Inn on Fifth)
Day 6 (Departure home from Fort Myers) Enjoy a leisurely morning in Naples, then relax and recount all your great new memories as the guide takes you to Fort Myers to catch your connections home. Or, extend your stay in some of Florida’s other fascinating corners!