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11 Days | 10 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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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Joy Podger

A Canadian by birth, Joy Podger has lived in Santa Barbara since 1934, and is one of its most enduring and popular interpreters and lay historians. Joy has filled her life with volunteer activities since retiring from a long career in education during which she taught at both the elementary and high school levels. She is a docent at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Presidio and Santa Barbara Mission, and has been described in the local media as a “Santa Barbara treasure.”

Bob Dickey

Bob Dickey immerses himself in wine in every way, except literally. He has studied winemaking, wine growing and wine business at Hancock College and UC, Davis and attended wine conferences throughout the state. From pruning to pouring Bob has participated in every aspect of winemaking. He has co-hosted a radio wine show and leads excursions through the Santa Barbara Wine Country. He photographs the local wine country for local and national publications and major wine events.

Gael Gallagher

Gael Gallagher has a passion for the Monterey Bay area and pursues ongoing coursework in local history, ecology, architecture and the natural sciences. Gael serves as a docent at the Point Lobos State Reserve and is an instructor and trainer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is also a docent at the National Steinbeck Center and is an instructor for the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Summit.

E’Louise Ondash

E’Louise Ondash took her first cross-country trip at age four, and has been hooked on traveling ever since. She has visited 41 states, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, and organizes an annual women’s hiking adventure in various parts of the U.S. and Canada. E’Louise currently writes two weekly newspaper columns — one on consumer health and one on traveling — and freelances for several publications.

Dr. Simon Kenrick

Simon Kenrick has worn many hats throughout his career. A former city planner, he has also worked as a graphic designer, political journalist, neighborhood artist and kindergarten teacher. He taught art history at universities and art schools in California, England and Morocco. Today, Simon teaches at CSU Long Beach and Antioch University in Los Angeles, and is a 15-year veteran of Road Scholar learning adventures. He was trained in European and North American art of the 18th through 20th centuries, and specializes in relations between Islamic cultures and the West. Simon received his B.A. in art history from Cambridge University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. He also has a graduate diploma in city planning from the Architectural Association in London.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences


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