Epic Everglades

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

April 12, 2015 through April 17, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,395 per person double occupancy; $695 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Big Cypress National Preserve

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

April 12-17, 2015

Only 8 spots left on this small group adventure to Everglades!

Everglades National Park spans 1.5 million acres, representing the largest tropical wilderness area in the United States.  You will explore this bio-diverse parkland by foot, sea-kayak, and canoe, venturing into mangrove forests, freshwater prairies, and cypress grove strands. 

The adventure begins on land with short hikes and interpretive tours through this unparalleled setting.  Everglades National Park was the first park created specifically to protect a fragile ecosystem that provides important habitat for rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, various wading birds, and the elusive Florida Panther.  After touring by land, you’ll explore the farthest reaches of the area on a remote island camping excursion where you will paddle into rarely visited areas and immerse in the heart of the ecosystem. The trip is capped to perfection with a transfer to Naples to a comfortable hotel and a final night of celebration. 

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

Island Camping

A truly off the beaten path experience; explore the Everglades over 3 days and 2 nights by sea-kayak and canoe from your sandy island beach base camp.  

Unqiue Ecology

Everglades National Park is one of three locations in the world to be declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance.  

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Ft. Myers, Florida

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

April 12: Head to Everglades National Park

Your journey begins with your guides picking you up this morning in Naples.  As you make your way to Everglades National Park you will explore other attractions that make the Everglades area one of a kind.  Possibilities include the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Big Cypress National Preserve and 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  In the afternoon you will settle into your home on the doorstep of the park in Everglades City. Everglades City Motel (L,D)

April 13: Everglades National Park

With a full day to explore, a local Florida Master Naturalist will join the group and open your eyes to the unique ecosystem surrounding you.  The day takes you through the various habitats that make up the Everglades – sawgrass marshes, hardwood hammocks, cypress domes and marine estuaries. Your guides will also educate you on the wildlife and natural history ofthe area as well as the efforts of restoring America’s Everglades to counter human impacts on the native ecosystem. Everglades City Motel (B,L,D)

April 14-15: Everglades National Park

This is when the adventure truly begins!  You and the guides will meet our partner, a well-respected eco-tour operator to embark on your camping excursion.  All camping equipment will be supplied and hauled by jet boat allowing the group to get an up close and personal look at this dynamic and diverse ecosystem by sea-kayak and canoe.  From your basecamp on a remote, sandy island beach you’ll endeavor into areas few have the opportunity to explore.  Hearty meals cooked by your outfitter while you relax around a campfire and stroll on the beach complete your two nights of island camping. (B,L,D) Island Camping

April 16: Everglades National Park to Naples, FL

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 the experience and memories made on your adventure.  You will make your way to Naples in the afternoon where a celebratory dinner awaits, capping a fantastic trip.  Naples Hotel (B,L,D) 

April 17: Naples, FL

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Naples before heading to Ft. Myers for departures home.  Or, extend your stay with some rest and relaxation on the beaches of Naples and Marco Island! (B)

NPCA requires individual arrivals the day before your trip begins, allowing the opportunity to start with a full day on the first day of your tour. NPCA will advise on pre-departure lodging options in confirmation material.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995 - $3,395 per person double occupancy; $695 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Off the Beaten Path

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Alternate Departure Date

If you cannot join us for the NPCA departure there is an alternate departure date for this tour which is April 19-24, 2015.

If you choose to travel on an alternate departure date rest assure that 10% of your tour cost will still be donated to NPCA from Off the Beaten Path.

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Lodging Info

Everglades City Motel

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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