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28 Days | 27 Nights
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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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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Errol Costello

Errol Costello taught animal science and agriculture at Lincoln University for 40 years, and he has been serving as a top-notch Road Scholar group leader and provider for the past 26 years. In retirement, Errol has taken to light engineering projects like boat building, as well as gardening. Errol and his wife Margaret are avid travelers, having visited South America, England, Ireland and Scotland.

Liz Cruickshank

Liz Cruickshank studied horticulture at Lincoln University in New Zealand and did research in the university’s Botany Division of the Department of Scientific Industrial Research. She took her studies to the field as an ecologist for the Ministry of Agriculture. She then transitioned to radio work, compiling and presenting her own radio program as a Rural Broadcasts Officer. After accruing these years of invaluable experience, she decided to share her extensive knowledge and passion with the world as an expert instructor with Road Scholar.

Sue Grebenschikoff

Sue Grebenschikoff is an instructor and site coordinator in Cairns. Originally from Sydney, Sue moved to Cairns 20 years ago after she fell in love with the tropical region and took so many holidays there that she may as well have been living there. Sue has a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a concentration in marketing, is a keen gardener, and loves to travel and meet people. She has worked in various capacities for many years on award-winning wilderness adventure programs around tropical North Queensland.

Brian Kirkham

Brian Kirkham is an Australian transplant by way of England. He spent 32 years in sales and marketing for an Australian airline and, when he retired early in 1995, held a position with the Sydney Olympic Organizing Committee in the lead-up to the 2000 Summer Olympics. Brian has since volunteered with Australia’s Olympic Youth Camp, the Rugby World Cup, Wheelchair Sports Australia and the Sydney Marathon. He relishes introducing visitors to the Land Down Under.

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Peter Burns

A native of Melbourne, Peter Burns is a civil engineer by training – with a master’s degree in natural resources – but he went on to work as a teacher and environmentalist in addition to engineering. His work brought him remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia. Peter also worked for 18 years as a ranger in charge of the Great Otway National Park, and he is actively involved in the community as a voluteer ambulance officer.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
25 nights of accommodations
70 meals: 25 breakfasts, 25 lunches, 20 dinners
17 Expert-led lectures
42 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances
7 Flights during the program


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