Secrets of Southwest Florida: From the Gulf to the Glades
Discover Naples and the Everglades as you explore world-class museums, historical landmarks, unique ecosystems and conservation efforts alongside new friends and scholarly experts.
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Program No. 20896RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

On southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast, Naples enchants visitors with a charming historic center, world-class dining and museums and a beautiful setting on the Gulf of Mexico. The nearby Everglades is a sacred reserve with a magical quality that has inspired artists and writers and mobilized politicians and conservationists in its defense. Become engrossed in the history and atmosphere of both places and study the interplay through the centuries between a booming city and a fragile ecosystem.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking one to two miles per day on some uneven terrain. Some standing and stair climbing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, learn about urgent ecological issues facing the region and how conservationist organizations work to resolve them.
  • Discover Shark Valley, the "heart of the Everglades," with an expert naturalist and observe one of North America's unique ecosystems.
  • Explore the Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail.
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Marya Repko
Author Marya Repko grew up in Hadlyme, Conn., but lived most of her adult life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, Fla., where her first book, “A Brief History of the Everglades City Area” has sold thousands of copies. She is also the author of other brief histories on the Fakahatchee and Sanibel Island. Marya is the president of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and co-editor of a bi-weekly local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.
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Ed Carlson
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