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12 Days | 11 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Joella Werlin Feb 04, 2016 at 06:31 PM

Thank you for what could be a very helpful suggestion. It turns out that the flight of someone who booked through RS arrives 10 minutes after I do, so I am able to tag along on a ride to the hotel. Looking forward!!
Charles Berry Feb 05, 2016 at 03:47 PM

Great! Thank you for writing back. I'm surprised that more of us aren't using the Discussion Board; we're all BIZZY packing, I suppose. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Charles Berry Feb 04, 2016 at 03:01 PM

Hello again, Joella - -

If you are arriving on "The Correct Day" (rather than a day early like us), I think Holbrook Travel can arrange a shuttle to the hotel. In case you don't have contact info, here it is. We've found them very helpful:

Nicole Sullivan
Road Scholar Destination Consultant | Holbrook Travel
Address: 3540 NW 13th Street | Gainesville, FL 32609
Tel: 800.451.7111 ext. 322| Fax: 352.371.3710
Email: nicole@holbrooktravel.com
Web: holbrooktravel.com

Joella Werlin Jan 15, 2016 at 12:20 AM

(repeat of earlier post?)Re Feb.10-19 Costa Rica program: I am flying out of Seattle on Feb.9, through Houston. Anyone else on UA1096 Feb.10, arrive San Jose 12:41?To C.Berry... alas, no board games, except Scrabble. Would be hopeless in Spanish. ¡Hasta pronto! Joella Werlin
Charles Berry Jan 29, 2016 at 01:38 AM

Hi, Joella ... thanks for your post. We'll arrive on Feb. 9, so can't help there.
Charles Berry Jan 29, 2016 at 01:40 AM

We'll bring a few games ... modern style, shorter and deeper than attack-and-eliminate-your-friends-in-6-hours like Monopoly, & Risk.
Charles Berry Jan 29, 2016 at 01:42 AM

PS ... despite how we got signed up on Road Scholar, we're normally Betsy & Chuck rather than Elizabeth & Charles (except when we're at the bank or in trouble).

Charles Berry Oct 31, 2015 at 09:10 PM

We're on the February 10-19 2016 trip. Does anybody else play modern board games (in Spanish, of course!)?

Sue G Sep 02, 2015 at 06:37 PM

Has anyone stayed for a few days more in Costa Rica? I'm thinking of going to Monteverde when the program ends on November 13. Any thoughts?

Paula Maziar Mar 11, 2015 at 06:48 PM

I hate to be the fly in the ointment here. I don't feel my skills have improved much as a result of the program. I was in the intermediate group last January. It was a good review of the tenses - preterito y imperfecto. I could have used less grammar and more conversation (at my level.) The difference in teaching method from my previous one was somewhat confusing. I am working here on conversational opportunities. So, it may depend on your previous experience. However I enjoyed the trip. All the teachers and other people were muy amable y simpatico. It is worth visiting the country.
Michael Rancer Mar 11, 2015 at 08:12 PM

It may depend on the teacher and the level. Our group's teacher was Anita and we spent hours in conversation, which helped me to improve my ear for Spanish. We did spend time on grammar, especially the subjunctive, which we all felt was important. But even the grammar presentations were in Spanish. Today, two years later, Anita and I still exchange emails and news (in Spanish).

John Loomis Mar 11, 2015 at 09:31 AM

thanks for sharing your experience, Michael!

John Loomis Mar 10, 2015 at 09:04 PM

has anyone attended who is at intermediate/advanced level? did you feel that your proficiency improved? i'm considering the program experience.
Michael Rancer Mar 10, 2015 at 09:55 PM

I attended the program 2 years ago and was put in the most advanced group, which I think of as a strong intermediate level. I found that my skills improved substantially as a result of the program.

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