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Tours and Trips

These events occur on a periodic basis throughout the year. 

Scroll down to read about each event and click for additional information and to register.

Tours and Trips

    • September 02, 2021
    • May 10, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom
    Register


    MCA Travelogue Series

    with 

    Jim Sernovitz 


    Travel the world through the exquisite photography of MCA member Jim Sernovitz.  

    Your itinerary is: 

    • December 6  - The Balkan Countries—A Clash of Cultures
      The Balkans – Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia - is where three major religions meet and in a thousand years, the area has seldom known sustained peace. Come and visit where one of the most beautiful places in the world has such a troubled past.
      • January 18 - Faces of China 
        Visit China and experience its past, present and future as we explore this ancient land including the fabled cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

      • February 15 - Mongolia-One Land, Two Worlds
        Under the leadership of Genghis Kahn, Mongolia was once the largest land Empire that ever existed. After his death, Mongolia went into a 600 year sleep and is just starting to awake. See how the people in the most sparsely populated country in the world are changing from life as nomads and shepherds into the world's fastest growing economy in a single generation.
      • March 15 - Northern India-The Heart of a Culture
        Explore Northern India, where every moment brings new stimulation! Wander through a non-tourist bazaar. Join thousands of Hindu pilgrims descending the ghats into the holy Ganges. Explore the “Golden Triangle” cities of Delhi, Agra (the home of the Taj Mahal) and the Pink City of Jaipur. Marvel at Varanasi, aflame with cremations fires! When you think things cannot be more amazing, we travel back in time to the Camel Fair in Pushkar, where thousands of camels and horses from all over India are bought and sold just as they were in ancient days.

      • April 12 - Jordan-A Biblical Land in a Modern World
        The land of Jordan is full of amazement, from the city of Petra carved out of solid rock, Ancient Roman ruins, Crusader Castles, to bustling modern cities. Abounding with many places mentioned in the Bible, Jordan is a not to be missed experience.

      • May 10 - A Journey In Southern India
        Many Americans have been to northern India, but few go to the south.  Come with us as we visit a very different part of the world that is home to millions

      So get your passport ready and register today. 

      Please Note:  You only have to register once for all sessions.  You will receive reminders (with the zoom link) one week and 1 day before each session.  

      • December 08, 2021
      • 10:00 AM
      • 3
      Register

      Tour of the Collier County Traffic Management Control Center

      The TMC provides continuous monitoring of the traffic signal network.

      Trained traffic technicians can view various video feeds, weather information, signal network information and real time network congestion reports to determine appropriate responses to congestion, weather delays, construction, equipment malfunctions and crashes.

      Using traffic management software the TMC can effectively manage over 215 traffic signals throughout the county through a large fiber optic communication network, Ethernet switches, wireless radio transceivers and cellular technologies.  

      Space is limited (30 maximum) and parking is limited, so car pooling will be arranged.





      • December 14, 2021
      • April 11, 2022
      • 5 sessions
      • Various Places in Greater Naples
      Register


      The MCA Birding Group

      Lead by Alan Gordon




      Led by MCA member Alan Gordon, MCA Birding will involve field trips to local parks including Sugden Regional Park, Eagle Lakes Community Park and Freedom Park in Collier County and Lakes Park in Lee County. The April 11 birding will take place at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, considered by many to be the best birding site in southwest Florida. Carpooling will be available for the trips to Lakes Park and to Ding Darling.

      This birding group is open to all MCA members who are interested in bird watching or nature photography or who just want to go to interesting natural habitats for an outdoor stroll. Birding sites are chosen for convenience and for number of bird species available for viewing and hearing. With the exception of the trip to Ding Darling, expect easy 1 1/2 hour walks of approximately one mile. In the case of Ding Darling, we will travel through the Refuge by car, stopping to get out at various observation points.

      Binoculars are necessary to see many of the birds, so you should be sure to bring a decent pair with you.

      Any questions? Please reply to this email.


      • December 15, 2021
      • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      • 1060 Purple Martin Dr. Naples, Florida 3412
      Register

      Tour of The Bird Garden of Naples

      The Bird Gardens of Naples is a non-profit organization whose sole concern is parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots. They are an outreach and placement program which places into safe custody, parrots which are abandoned, abused, or in need of a home for any reason. Parrots are intelligent, highly social and complex beings with lifespans of up to 100 years. The individual bird’s best interest and well being of the present flock will determine if a parrot is accepted into the organization. They actively support networking with other parrot welfare groups, animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, conservation organizations and the general public. Education is of the utmost importance concerning the well being of a parrot and its ability to successfully live with its human companions.

      Watch this video for a samples of what you will see:

      https://youtube.com/9eoEhZ1QHFM

      What to Expect

      The Bird Gardens of Naples is located in the green space of Corkscrew Swamp with a variety of flora, fauna, bees, and butterflies. You will have the opportunity to see, learn, and interact with 100+ birds from origins around the world. If weather allows, groups can enter our large macaw aviary with opportunities to take photos and hold birds. Our guided tours last approximately two hours with two miles of walking trails. Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, and comfortable walking shoes. Also feel free to bring unsalted nuts to feed the birds, however, no peanuts as they cause diseases in birds.

      The tour is free, but we will donate $10 per person. This donation will be greatly appreciated and go along way to help this organization keep the birds happy and healthy.


      • January 10, 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • 3315 Tamiami Trail East, Naples
      • 32
      Register

       

      Tour of the Collier County Jail and Court House



      Learn about the Collier County judicial system and have an opportunity to question members of the Sheriff's office. Walk through the jail and learn about the procedure for processing inmates. Visit courtrooms and see live court sessions (subject to daily schedule).

      Depending on Scheduling, there is the possibility of a sitting Judge joining the group and answering questions from the MCA members.

      Box lunch provided by Jason's Deli, $20.



      • January 12, 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
      • 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples
      • 3
      Register

      Behind the Scenes Tour of the
      Naples Botanical Garden


      Join Naples Botanical Garden staff for a look at the behind-the-scenes activity that visitors never see: the nursery and orchid house, labs, and daily operations that are invisible to guests but are critical to keep the Garden beautiful. In addition, see some of our carts, trucks, unique tools, heavy equipment and safety gear pulled out and have staff demonstrate using them. Take a guided tour of the 90-acre Preserve, full of birds and wildlife, and learn how (and why) the Garden is getting more involved locally and internationally in conservation efforts.

      An optional lunch in the Fogg Cafe follows tour. 


      • January 21, 2022
      • 10:00 AM
      • Address to be provided later
      • 13
      Register


      Tour of WGCU at FCGU



      WGCU Public Media is Southwest Florida's source for PBS and NPR. WGCU provides quality programming 24-hours a day and is a trusted storyteller, teacher, theater, library and traveling companion. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU's mission is to provide educational programming that inspires, informs and engages our community. Serving all or part of 12 counties in south and Southwest Florida with five distinct digital TV channels, three radio services, and multiple digital media platforms, WGCU delivers national and international programming, as well as develops and produces award-winning informative and educational local content. Join us for this special tour of the WGCU broadcasting station on the campus of FGCU. 

      Carpooling will be arranged

      There will be an optional lunch following the tour. 


      • February 08, 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • 3315 Tamiami Trail East, Naples
      • 38
      Register

      Tour of the Collier County Special Operations Center


      The first part of the tour will be an introduction to the Special Ops Unit followed by a tour of the facility, hangers and garage. The group will then be introduced to Swat operations, including Aviation, team Bomb Squad, Safety traffic enforcement bureau, Agriculture and marine patrol.

      Lunch from Jason’s Deli will be followed by a Q&A session.

      • February 16, 2022
      • 9:30 AM
      • Naples Luxury Imports/Bentley - 800 Tamiami Trail North, Naples
      • 21
      Register

       

      Luxury Car Tour



      A skilled representative will present luxury car products in detail for each brand. We will move from showroom to showroom. We will also have an opportunity to view unbelievable selection of preowned vehicles most with less than 1000 miles on them.

      After the  tour we will gather on 2nd floor of Bentley showroom in large board room for lunch and Q&A.

      The lunch will be ordered from Jason's Deli.

      • February 25, 2022
      • 9:45 AM
      • 1051 5th Ave S, Naples
      • 8
      Register


      A Tour of the Naples Depot Museum
      and the adjacent
      Naples Train Museum 


      Set in Naples’ restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, the Naples Depot Museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.

      Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and exciting interactive exhibits tell the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a napping village of 300 souls into today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort.

      The Naples Train Museum is a separate non-profit organization adjacent to the Depot museum that offers a large multi-level interactive model train display, as well as a “Wall of Trains” featuring original Lionel locomotives and rolling stock including some rare models.

      Admission to the Depot Museum is free. Tickets for the Train Museum are $8/person, to be purchased individually at the door.

      An optional lunch at one of the restaurants is planned.




      • February 28, 2022
      • 9:00 AM
      • Address to be provided later
      • 19
      Register



      Shy Wolf Sanctuary Tour

      lead by Gene Goldenziel




      The primary function of the Sanctuary is to provide a refuge for numerous wolves and wolf hybrids, a jaguar-leopard cross, several cougars, and other small animals. The facility is licensed and inspected on a regular basis by both state and federal entities.

      A highlight of your tour will be the ability to visit with the wolves up close and personal in their pens; this will truly be a hands on experience!!

      The Sanctuary has been described as “incredible, amazing, the best, and outstanding.” Check out You-Tube videos and other reviews of the Sanctuary at www.shywolfsanctuary.com.

      Because tour dates fill up months in advance (a maximum of 12 persons per tour) reservations are required.

      For additional information contact Michael Sobol.

      Because the Sanctuary is a 501 (c) (3) organization a minimum donation of $25 per person is required, which is being collect by MCA when you register. 

      • March 02, 2022
      • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      • 1060 Purple Martin Dr. Naples, Florida 3412
      Register


      Tour of The Bird Garden of Naples

      The Bird Gardens of Naples is a non-profit organization whose sole concern is parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots. They are an outreach and placement program which places into safe custody, parrots which are abandoned, abused, or in need of a home for any reason. Parrots are intelligent, highly social and complex beings with lifespans of up to 100 years. The individual bird’s best interest and well being of the present flock will determine if a parrot is accepted into the organization. They actively support networking with other parrot welfare groups, animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, conservation organizations and the general public. Education is of the utmost importance concerning the well being of a parrot and its ability to successfully live with its human companions.

      Watch this video for a samples of what you will see:

      https://youtube.com/9eoEhZ1QHFM

      What to Expect

      The Bird Gardens of Naples is located in the green space of Corkscrew Swamp with a variety of flora, fauna, bees, and butterflies. You will have the opportunity to see, learn, and interact with 100+ birds from origins around the world. If weather allows, groups can enter our large macaw aviary with opportunities to take photos and hold birds. Our guided tours last approximately two hours with two miles of walking trails. Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, and comfortable walking shoes. Also feel free to bring unsalted nuts to feed the birds, however, no peanuts as they cause diseases in birds.

      The tour is free, but we will donate $10 per person. This donation will be greatly appreciated and go along way to help this organization keep the birds happy and healthy.


      • March 03, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Bus Pickup Location TBD
      • 20
      Register


      Tour of the Art/Glass Collection 
      of Lawrence Sibrack


      Here is an opportunity to see and be guided on a tour of a unique art collection. The works in the collection consist primarily of contemporary glass sculpture. The artists are the masters as well as mid-career and emerging artists in the contemporary studio glass movement. The work is American as well as international in scope with work from the Czech Republic, Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada and Cuba. In addition to sculpture from glass you will see significant works of ceramic sculpture both figurative and abstract. We hope that the experience will be a feast for your eyes and senses.

      Please Note:  Transportation will be provided for a cost TBD ($30.00 last year).  Payment will be collected on the day of the event (cash or check).   

      • March 21, 2022
      • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
      • TBD

       

      MCA Keewaydin

      Island Adventure 



      We travel by boat to Keewaydin Island – a beautiful barrier island between Naples and Marco Island – accessible only by boat. You will be able to take that long romantic walk on the beach you’ve dreamed about, lounge in the sun, play beach games, or even bring your fishing gear. Or simply relax under a beach umbrella with a refreshing beverage and watch the waves. Our route takes us past the inlets of Port Royal, so this could be a side trip if desired.

      We get to Keewaydin Island by rental boats or private boats. In prior years, several dozen MCA members and spouses participated, so it's a real beachapalooza! It’s a terrific outing! Boating experience is not required, nor is beach experience.

      The price and departure point are TBD. For those who do not have access to a private boat, we’ll rent boats at a local Naples marina. We have enough MCA members with boat captain experience, so you can relax as a passenger and just enjoy the trip. We’ll share the cost of boat rentals, so the final cost will be determined by sign-up numbers. In the past, this amounted to approximately $40-45 per person.

      For more information, contact Don Belmont.


    These are 2019 - 2020 Programs. 

    Please check back later. 

    All will be scheduled during the 21-22 season. 

    Babcock Ranch Eco-Tour

    Mechanical Instrument Musical Tour

    Red Sox Spring Training Baseball

    Swamp Buggy Racing


    MCA of Greater Naples, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples, FL 34109

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