Domestic ExpeditionsLighthouses of The Gulf Coast
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April 5th through April 14, 2011
For 2011 we are returning to the Gulf Coast, this time for an expanded tour to show our support for the folks and businesses that have been affected by the offshore oil spill. Beginning in New Orleans and ending in Fort Myers, this unique 10 day tour is highlighted by 21 lighthouses in four states, including some rarely seen Gulf lights of Louisiana, 6 boat rides, a two masted schooner, and the French Quarter. In addition to the normal donations made to lighthouses on our tours, a portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund to support their efforts to safeguard wildlife affected by this tragedy.
Our comprehensive tour of the Gulf Coast lighthouses begins in New Orleans with a welcome dinner in the French Quarter. Our first full day will be a real adventure as we cruise out to the two Southwest Pass (1839 & 1871) lights as well as the South Pass (Port Eads) and Pass a l’Outre lighthouses. We will return to New Orleans for a special dinner and enjoy jazz aboard a riverboat. After viewing the Port Pontchartrain Lighthouse the next morning, we will cross the longest bridge in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway, followed by a tour of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse and visit to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Heading east, we will tour the recently restored Biloxi Lighthouse and spend the night near Mobile, Alabama.
Boat tours highlight our next day as we cruise to view Sand Island Lighthouse in the morning and in the afternoon climb aboard the Joshua, a 72 foot gaff rigged sailing schooner, for an exciting ride out to one of only two screwpile lighthouses in the U.S. in its original location, the Middle (Mobile Bay) Lighthouse. Overnight will be in the Daphne, Alabama area. Continuing our journey, our next destination is a tour of the landmark Pensacola Lighthouse. After lunch we will continue on for a view of the St. Joseph Lighthouse and a tour of Cape San Blas. After an overnight in Apalachicola we will visit the St George, Crooked River and St, Marks Lighthouses, all of which will offer us the opportunity to climb their towers. Getting a head start on the next day to catch favorable tides, we will spend the night near Perry, Florida. Our lone lighthouse of the next day will require a boat ride out to the Cedar Key (Seahorse Key) Lighthouse. After that tour, we will give you some free to time in the afternoon to relax in the beautiful island community of Cedar Key, where we will spend the night.
After a restful day in Cedar Key our tour continues down the west coast of Florida with two more boat adventures out into the Gulf Coast waters, first to the Anclote Key and then to Egmont Key Lighthouses. This evening we will spend the night near Venice, Florida. Our final full tour day begins with a visit to the Boca Grande and Gasparilla Island Lighthouses for tours and lunch. In the afternoon our final tour will be at the Sanibel Island Lighthouse. Arrangements have been made for the Coast Guard to give us access to all three of these lighthouses. Our tour, designed to support the business, lighthouses and wildlife of the Gulf, will end with a farewell dinner at our hotel located near the Fort Myers International Airport.
Double - $4,400
Single - $2,850