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4 Days | 3 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
Meals: 8 total, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Ryde Hotel: Walnut Grove, CA, 3 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Ryde Hotel was built in 1927 at the peak of the prohibition era. It was an opulent establishment, complete with beauty salon and barbershop, that served as a riverboat way station. It was also rumored to be a bordello. The lower level was a speakeasy, offering bootleg whiskey and jazz to a clientele in search of a good time. There was even a trap door in the floor that allegedly opened to reveal a tunnel running under the road to a hidden doorway at the river's edge. In later years the Hotel became a boarding house for the men and women who built the Delta levees and pioneered the area's thriving agricultural industry. Over time, the Ryde has experienced many incarnations and owners. The Hotel has resumed its original name and undergone renovation, maintaining the character of the original design while achieving an unique ambiance. Because of its age it does not have elevators and rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor of this historical building.

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14340 Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690 USA
phone: 888-717-7933
web: www.rydehotel.com

Room amenities: The 42 rooms at the Ryde Hotel have been completely refurbished. The Art Deco aesthetic theme of the Ryde Hotel and Event Center is carried out in each room. The natural ventilation of the Delta’s evening breezes provides a source of welcome cooling most days during the Delta summer. Winter evening temperatures in the Delta rarely drop below freezing levels. Enjoy the quietness of the Delta without the distraction of telephones or TV sets in guestrooms.

Facility amenities: Private boat dock, wi-fi high speed Internet, and outdoor patios.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

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Check in time: 3:00 PM

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Check out time: 12:00 PM

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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