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Program #20927RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 11 — Feb 16, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Port of the Islands is a very unique property located in the heart of the Everglades. Please note that the resort is located in a remote area 15 miles from Everglades City, Marco Island, and East Naples, and that there are no shops or other facilities nearby or within walking distance. While this helps to add to the exclusiveness of the program, we want to make sure that you are prepared by bringing any necessities you need with you. We will be making a trip to a local grocery store on Day 2 of the program, so you may be able to pick up any items you may have forgotten, but if you do not have your own vehicle you will not be able to travel throughout the area on your own.

Contact info:
25000 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34114 USA
phone: 239-394-3005
web: www.poiresort.com/

Room amenities: Complimentary light service replenishing towels Trash removal is provided to all guests on a daily basis Start up Complimentary Coffee and Toiletries are provided in your unit. Complimentary Direct TV including HBO Microwave Mini Refrigerator DVDPlayer 4 Cup Coffee maker

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool Picnic area/Chickee Hut Fitness Center and Locker/Shower Area Free Parking Game room with poker and pool tables Internet access in public areas Coin-operated laundry facilities "The Catch" Restaurant and Bar: Open 12 pm-l0 pm Tuesdays- Sunday (Closed Monday} Full-service marina on site Resort hours are 8:30am-5pm,daily. If returning to the property after office hours, be sure to have a room key with you to enter the building. If you arrive late and need to contact someone, please call the Road Scholar Emergency Cell phone at: 617-780-4318

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price based on availablility
Call Port of the Island Resort at 239-394-3005 to book pre and post nights. Make sure to let hotel know that you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, February 11 - Arrival, Check-In, and Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Evening: ORIENTATION : We'll review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. You'll also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants.

Lodging: Port of the Island Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Port of the Islands is a very unique property located in the heart of the Everglades. Please note that the resort is located in a remote area 15 miles from Everglades City, Marco Island, and East Naples, and that there are no shops or other facilities nearby or within walking distance. While this helps to add to the exclusiveness of the program, we want to make sure that you are prepared by bringing any necessities you need with you. We will be making a trip to a local grocery store on Day 2 of the program, so you may be able to pick up any items you may have forgotten, but if you do not have your own vehicle you will not be able to travel throughout the area on your own.

Contact info:
25000 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34114 USA
phone: 239-394-3005
web: www.poiresort.com/

Room amenities: Complimentary light service replenishing towels Trash removal is provided to all guests on a daily basis Start up Complimentary Coffee and Toiletries are provided in your unit. Complimentary Direct TV including HBO Microwave Mini Refrigerator DVDPlayer 4 Cup Coffee maker

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool Picnic area/Chickee Hut Fitness Center and Locker/Shower Area Free Parking Game room with poker and pool tables Internet access in public areas Coin-operated laundry facilities "The Catch" Restaurant and Bar: Open 12 pm-l0 pm Tuesdays- Sunday (Closed Monday} Full-service marina on site Resort hours are 8:30am-5pm,daily. If returning to the property after office hours, be sure to have a room key with you to enter the building. If you arrive late and need to contact someone, please call the Road Scholar Emergency Cell phone at: 617-780-4318

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price based on availablility
Call Port of the Island Resort at 239-394-3005 to book pre and post nights. Make sure to let hotel know that you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, February 12 - Port of the Isles & Natural History
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel

Morning: Port of the Isles

We will explore the Port of Isles waterway and hidden canals to get aquaited with our kayaks. We will take a few detours from the waterway to explore mangrove canals. If fortune smiles on us we may spot a gentle manatee.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant or picnic

Afternoon: LECTURE - Florida Natural History

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: After dinner, you will have time on your own to rest or explore the area.

Lodging: Port of the Island Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Port of the Islands is a very unique property located in the heart of the Everglades. Please note that the resort is located in a remote area 15 miles from Everglades City, Marco Island, and East Naples, and that there are no shops or other facilities nearby or within walking distance. While this helps to add to the exclusiveness of the program, we want to make sure that you are prepared by bringing any necessities you need with you. We will be making a trip to a local grocery store on Day 2 of the program, so you may be able to pick up any items you may have forgotten, but if you do not have your own vehicle you will not be able to travel throughout the area on your own.

Contact info:
25000 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34114 USA
phone: 239-394-3005
web: www.poiresort.com/

Room amenities: Complimentary light service replenishing towels Trash removal is provided to all guests on a daily basis Start up Complimentary Coffee and Toiletries are provided in your unit. Complimentary Direct TV including HBO Microwave Mini Refrigerator DVDPlayer 4 Cup Coffee maker

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool Picnic area/Chickee Hut Fitness Center and Locker/Shower Area Free Parking Game room with poker and pool tables Internet access in public areas Coin-operated laundry facilities "The Catch" Restaurant and Bar: Open 12 pm-l0 pm Tuesdays- Sunday (Closed Monday} Full-service marina on site Resort hours are 8:30am-5pm,daily. If returning to the property after office hours, be sure to have a room key with you to enter the building. If you arrive late and need to contact someone, please call the Road Scholar Emergency Cell phone at: 617-780-4318

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price based on availablility
Call Port of the Island Resort at 239-394-3005 to book pre and post nights. Make sure to let hotel know that you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, February 13 - Wiggins Pass & Barefoot Preserve
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: KAYAKING: Barefoot Beach Preserve - Wiggins Pass

Barefoot Beach Preserve consists of over 300 acres on a barrier Island. It is bordered by the gulf of Mexico, sand dunes, mangroves and tidal black bays. It is one of the last stretches of undeveloped beachfront land in South Florida. This paddle brings us back in time to an area that has remained rich and unspoiled for more than a hundred years.

We put in at Cocohatchee River Park Marina. This area is mangrove estuary. From the marina, we enter a boat channel which leads us to the secluded marked paddling trail of Barefoot Beach Preserve (FL Pristine Waters). We will land the kayaks and explore the Saylor Nature Trail (variety of native vegetation and Gopher Tortoise sanctuary) or stroll along the beach. We will also paddle along the Delnor –Wiggins State Beach (barrier island).

Wildlife viewing possibilities: Coastal and wading birds, dolphins, manatee, and a variety of fish and shellfish.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP/LECTURE: Marco Island Historical Museum The new Marco Island Historical Museum will bring to life the history of Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians, a vanished civilization that is very important to the make p of this region. An expert led lecture will unravel mysteries of the Calusa, from the unique Shell Mounds to being responsible for the untimely death of Spanish discoverer Ponce de Leon. LECTURE: Wild Florida given by a Master Naturalist

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: After dinner, you will have time on your own to rest or explore the area.

Lodging: Port of the Island Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Port of the Islands is a very unique property located in the heart of the Everglades. Please note that the resort is located in a remote area 15 miles from Everglades City, Marco Island, and East Naples, and that there are no shops or other facilities nearby or within walking distance. While this helps to add to the exclusiveness of the program, we want to make sure that you are prepared by bringing any necessities you need with you. We will be making a trip to a local grocery store on Day 2 of the program, so you may be able to pick up any items you may have forgotten, but if you do not have your own vehicle you will not be able to travel throughout the area on your own.

Contact info:
25000 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34114 USA
phone: 239-394-3005
web: www.poiresort.com/

Room amenities: Complimentary light service replenishing towels Trash removal is provided to all guests on a daily basis Start up Complimentary Coffee and Toiletries are provided in your unit. Complimentary Direct TV including HBO Microwave Mini Refrigerator DVDPlayer 4 Cup Coffee maker

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool Picnic area/Chickee Hut Fitness Center and Locker/Shower Area Free Parking Game room with poker and pool tables Internet access in public areas Coin-operated laundry facilities "The Catch" Restaurant and Bar: Open 12 pm-l0 pm Tuesdays- Sunday (Closed Monday} Full-service marina on site Resort hours are 8:30am-5pm,daily. If returning to the property after office hours, be sure to have a room key with you to enter the building. If you arrive late and need to contact someone, please call the Road Scholar Emergency Cell phone at: 617-780-4318

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price based on availablility
Call Port of the Island Resort at 239-394-3005 to book pre and post nights. Make sure to let hotel know that you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, February 14 - Estero River & Mound Key
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: KAYAKING: Estero River & Bay

Explore with us the jungle-like stretches of the beautiful Estero River as we navigate its twisting and turning oxbows. Live Oaks hang lazily over the river spilling long beards of Spanish Moss toward the water’s crystal clear surface. Here, it is easy for us to imagine what Florida was like in the first days of pioneer settlement. Watch for abundant wildlife along the surrounding shores and swimming in the waters alongside the canoe.

Before we begin our paddle we will tour the Koreshan Unity, an idealistic commune established on the banks of the Estero River during the waning years of the nineteenth century. This village has now been turned into a state park. Learn how Dr. Cyrus Teed attempted to bring to life his “New Jerusalem,” founded on the principles that he received during a “divine illumination” in 1869. The settlement buildings of the Koreshan Unity have been restored to their appearance during the early years of the 20th century. Discover the intriguing reasons why this settlement is now a historic site instead of a living community.

We put in at Koreshan State Historic Site where Halfway Creek enters from the south. From this point to Estero Bay, predominant vegetation is mangrove and on higher ground some Australian and Sand pine. Passing a number of small bays and side streams, the river enters Estero Bay and tidal influence becomes quite pronounced. Wildlife viewing possibilities on river: alligators and various birds; Bay: a variety of birds as well as marine life (horseshoe crabs, stingrays, fish).

Lunch: Box Lunch

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Mound Key - Calusa “Capital”

We continue the paddle across the stunning, shallow, sun-dappled waters of Estero Bay as we examine the rich ecosystem upon which the native peoples of Southwest Florida constructed their prosperous society. See native birds, mangrove islands and rich estuarine breeding grounds on the way to a hidden alcove marking the entrance to the State archaeological treasure we call: Mound Key.

Climb with us to the top of Mound One, the highest point in Southwest Florida and legendary home of the King of the Calusa Empire. From here, witness the realm over which these talented and industrious people ruled. Descend to the ancient water court, an inner sanctum for the native Calos, here in their capital city.

Learn of the various peoples who made this 125 acre island home for the past 2000 years, from the Calusa, to the Spanish missionaries, to an aging pirate, some Cuban fisherman far from home, and members of a now-defunct utopian commune that settled on the island in the late Victorian era.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, you will have time on your own to rest or explore the area.

Lodging: Port of the Island Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Port of the Islands is a very unique property located in the heart of the Everglades. Please note that the resort is located in a remote area 15 miles from Everglades City, Marco Island, and East Naples, and that there are no shops or other facilities nearby or within walking distance. While this helps to add to the exclusiveness of the program, we want to make sure that you are prepared by bringing any necessities you need with you. We will be making a trip to a local grocery store on Day 2 of the program, so you may be able to pick up any items you may have forgotten, but if you do not have your own vehicle you will not be able to travel throughout the area on your own.

Contact info:
25000 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34114 USA
phone: 239-394-3005
web: www.poiresort.com/

Room amenities: Complimentary light service replenishing towels Trash removal is provided to all guests on a daily basis Start up Complimentary Coffee and Toiletries are provided in your unit. Complimentary Direct TV including HBO Microwave Mini Refrigerator DVDPlayer 4 Cup Coffee maker

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool Picnic area/Chickee Hut Fitness Center and Locker/Shower Area Free Parking Game room with poker and pool tables Internet access in public areas Coin-operated laundry facilities "The Catch" Restaurant and Bar: Open 12 pm-l0 pm Tuesdays- Sunday (Closed Monday} Full-service marina on site Resort hours are 8:30am-5pm,daily. If returning to the property after office hours, be sure to have a room key with you to enter the building. If you arrive late and need to contact someone, please call the Road Scholar Emergency Cell phone at: 617-780-4318

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Price based on availablility
Call Port of the Island Resort at 239-394-3005 to book pre and post nights. Make sure to let hotel know that you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, February 15 - East River, Fakahatchee, and Everglades Frontier ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP/ LECTURE: Everglades City & Chokoloskee

Take a settlement at the end of the world, add a legendary gentlemen’s fishing and hunting lodge, bring in a daring financier with the determination to build a road across the Everglades, lay out an imposing city with a grid of wide boulevards and a town circle, then let it all stew for one hundred years of hurricanes, financial ruin, smugglers, intrigue and isolation and you get…Everglades City.

We will also explore the historic fishing village of Chokoloskee where you will be visiting an old Indian Trading Post – virtually unchanged since the day it was built. A lecture by a local author and historian will tell the story of this frontier town.

Lunch: Lunch either be a picnic or held in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: KAYAKING: East River, Wild and Scenic

The East River flows through Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, just west of Everglades National Park. It is a beautiful and varied creek, passing through a succession of small lakes and canopied mangrove tunnels before widening into a tidal river. The mangrove tunnels are particularly beautiful, becoming larger and more majestic with each passing mile. Alligators may be seen in the river's upper section, as well as a variety of birds.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Lodging: Port of the Island Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Saturday, February 16 - Program Wrap-up and Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: Time to say your good-byes and reflect on the week!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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