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: Enjoy a 3-course meal at a local restaurant with appetizer, entrée, and dessert.Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Bike Fitting: This key activity will be the last element of our orientation session. Take the rest of the evening to relax, get a good night’s sleep, and be ready for a full day tomorrow.Lodging: Ivey HouseMeals Included: Dinner
We then board the motorcoach and head to Marco Island where we hop aboard our bikes. During our first morning’s ride we will bike through the remote luxury enclave of Marco Island. Within its 24 square miles on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island features six miles of beach and more than 100 miles of waterways. It is the largest barrier island of southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area, with a permanent population of 15,000 and a peak winter season population of 35,000.
We continue east to the outpost fishing village of Goodland. With its laid back charm, Goodland continues to buck the significant development changes around it. Some 200 residents make their home in this remote village known for its fishing, airboat excursions, and seafood.Lunch: At a local restaurant, choose from a select menu of sandwiches and salads.Afternoon: After lunch as we bike along County Road 92, you will notice the marsh land and pristine waters that make up the 10,000 Islands. And then, 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. Let it all stew for one hundred years of hurricanes, financial ruin, smugglers, intrigue, isolation and you get…Everglades City.
After the scheduled ride, you will be able to bike at leisure before dinner. Our afternoon cycling begins and ends at the Inn in Everglades City.Dinner: At a local restaurant in easy walking distance, enjoy a 3-course meal with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Ivey HouseMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After the talk in the gallery, you will have the option of participating in a wet walk with gallery staff to experience the flora, fauna, and primordial beauty of subtropical Big Cypress National Preserve. Reminder: If you opt for the wet walk, you will need a change of clothes.
Marvel at the pristine splendor of the natural world as you traverse a rarely seen world filled with vibrant colors and mysterious sounds -- a spacious, richly diverse wilderness found nowhere else. As we explore, you'll learn about the fragile Everglades ecosystem and see endangered species of orchid, rare ferns, threatened bromeliads, native birds, and a host of swamp creatures. Stop beneath ancient cypress trees and feel the deep stillness of an unspoiled realm far from everyday life, a place of wonder and awe.Dinner: This evening eat out on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Ivey HouseMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
At the conclusion of the field trip, we transfer by motorcoach to the hotel and check in to our rooms with some time to freshen up before dinner.Dinner: We will walk to dinner at a nearby restaurant to enjoy a 3-course meal with appetizer, choice of entrée, and dessert.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Best Western "Gateway to the Keys"Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After the field trip, we return to the hotel via motorcoach.Dinner: Our farewell dinner is at a nearby local restaurant to enjoy good company and a 3-course meal from a select menu. Compare experiences and say farewell to new Road Scholar friends. Until next time!Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Best Western "Gateway to the Keys"Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Please note: You will need to be checked out and ready to board the bus by 10:30am.
Morning: To conclude the program, we will have a brief wrap-up with the Group Leader, followed by departure aboard the shuttle bus.
Arrival at Miami International Airport is scheduled for approximately 11:30am, depending on traffic. We advise not making ongoing flight arrangements before 2:00pm.
We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys! Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast