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Everglades Tour: Hosted by explore columnist Kevin Callan “The Happy Camper.”
Cost: $1,745 (land only, tax included).
Airfare: Ask about deals/group rates from your city!
Operated by Everglades Area Tours: www.evergladesareatours.com
Jan 30, 2015
- Arrive at Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers) RSW
- Private coach transfer to Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum – Check In/Get Settled
- Meet with The Happy Camper to prepare for your trip
- Local welcome dinner @ 6:30 p.m.
- Breakfast — 7:00 a.m.
- Private coach to Gulf Coast Ranger’s Station — 7:30 a.m.
- 9:00 a.m. Check in for Everglades Tour (see below for details)
Jan 31 / Feb 1 / Feb 2
We launch from shore near Marco Island, Everglades City or Chokoloskee Island and paddle the 10,000 Islands, Everglades National Park and the Wilderness Waterway. Tours can be a "loop" trip where we return to the same launch site or a "one way" trip where we launch at one location and are picked up at another. However the trip is routed, we use our fleet of powerboats to re-supply and routinely check on our guests during the tours. Your safety is our first concern.
We are fortunate to live and work in this wonderful wilderness all year round. We have the most experience of any local operator. We normally don't have "canned" routes and itineraries. These experiences are led by Florida Master Naturalists and are very much an interpretive, educational experience. The trip is always tailored to the dynamics and interests of the group, but we also must consider the group’s experience, skills, health, size, local weather, tidal and water conditions. Rarely will we do the same thing twice. We will send each traveller a questionnaire to be completed and a detailed "personal item checklist" to help us all properly prepare.
Everglades Area Tours completely outfits your trip. An important part of any good camping trip is good hearty meals. Prepared by your guide, fresh each time, the meals make your trip complete. We will get your input as part of the planning process so that we can tailor the meals to your desires and needs.
Feb 3, 2015:
- Return to Everglades base camp — tour finishes at approximately 3:00 p.m.
- Private coach to RSW Airport for your return flight to Toronto Pearson
- Depart RSW
About Kevin Callan
Kevin Callan is the author of 15 books, including the best-selling “The Happy Camper” and an incredibly popular series of paddling guides. He's a notable public speaker and frequent guest on radio and television. Kevin is also a regular contributor, blogger and columnist for Explore Magazine, and has won several National Magazine Awards. He was made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada and has recently won several filmmaking awards. Find out more at kevincallan.com.