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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.
Patty from Dublin, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/23/15 - 10/26/15
The trip was much more than I expected. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Would recommend to others.

Peggy from Herndon, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/11/15
The Three friends program was my introduction to Road Scholar and it was fantastic! The four field trips, two speakers, two performers, leader, other participants, and accommodations were all top-notch. I really enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait to take another trip with Road Scholar.

Diane from Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/11/15
It was a delightful and informative trip back in time to understand the lives and times of these three Presidents. The hotel was also very nice with a wonderful breakfast. I would recommend this trip to anyone, especially history or political buffs.

David from Anderson, SC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/11/15
We enjoyed the program very much. The guides and lecturers were very well informed. We liked he Hotel ( Old English Inn ) and the staff was very friendly. We would recommend this program.

LuAnn from Herndon, VA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/11/15
Another fabulous Road Scholar trip! This three night trip was perfect for a Charlottesville getaway focused on the relationships among three of the founding fathers. The talks from scholars and a living history interpreter were richly informative, providing a context with which to more deeply appreciate site visits to the following: Jefferson's 'Academical Village' at the modern day University of Virginia; Monticello; Montpelier; and Ashlawn Highland. The English Inn where we lodged is a nice hotel that provides in-room fridges and microwaves, which are nice amenities to have if you are adhering to a special diet and prefer to bring some/all of your own food. Fellow travelers were friendly and fun to get to know, as has always been my experience and our guide was a terrific woman who kept things running smoothly and on schedule. I loved this trip! I hope Road Scholar will continue to develop and offer additional three night programs within 1/2 day's drive from some of the major cities. There were about 1/2 dozen of us who selected this particular trip in large part because, as people who are still working with limited numbers of vacation days, we were looking for more of a short-term getaway rather than a full blown week-long vacation. (This was my third consecutive three-night trip and my next one will likely be as well.)

Sandra from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/23/15 - 10/26/15
We have attended many Road Scholar programs, and I can say that "Three Friends" proved to be one of most satisfying. Not only were the speakers well prepared and informative, but many of the participants were very knowledgeable as well and contributed a lot to the discussions. We had seen Monticello before, but it was well worth a second visit, especially when compared with the two other presidential homes, and the visit to the U. of Virginia campus revealed another facet of Jefferson's brilliance. Very concentrated, with a bonus of beautiful fall foliage.

Arlene from Dresher, PA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/23/15 - 10/26/15
If you are interested in American history and want to meet other like-minded people, this is a perfect program for you. I was challenged, excited and stimulated by the information. And I was delighted by the other participants and feel I made some new friends.

Susan from Fort Wayne, IN Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/23/15 - 10/26/15
The Three Presidents program was my first experience with Road Scholar. It was well organized, and the program instructors were excellent. Going to Monticello was on my "bucket list," and I also got to see the homes of James Madison and James Monroe. I will definitely take another Road Scholar trip!

Robert from Peoria, IL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/02/15 - 10/05/15
I heartily recommend this program to anyone wanting to learn about the friendships of these men and their wives. This program was much more than just factual history.

Martha from Bolingbrook, IL Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 08/21/15 - 08/24/15
This trip if for history buffs especially Presidential history. The trip is a delightful journey into the lives of three of our Founding Fathers and offers a better understanding of the lives they led once you see their homes and learn more about their lifestyles.

Cathie from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/14/15 - 06/17/15
Excellent in every way. Great speakers leader participants and accommodations. So thrilled to learn more about our rich yet very nuanced founding fathers

Sandi from Hoschton, GA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 06/14/15 - 06/17/15
This trip was educational, interesting, and very entertaining. Hats off to all our instructors!

Neil from Somers Point, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/14/15 - 06/17/15
3rd Road Scholar Program All the instructors were great topped off by a visit from Pres. James Monroe Interesting to compare & contrast the lives & homes of Jefferson, Madison, & Monroe Liked the fiddler

Susan from Oak Hill, VA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 06/14/15 - 06/17/15
Just home from our first Road Scholar program. Had a great time we will definitely take future tours with Roads!

Janet from Brentwood, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/06/15
My husband and I decided to try the RS trip to Monticello, Montpelier and Ashlawn. We found the experience to be outstanding with amazing speakers, good fellowship, comfortable accomodations, good food. I would highly recommend the program.

Janet from Homestead, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/06/15
This program was GREAT. I did the 3 day program, and that was just right for me. I was busy all the time, so if you are looking for more free time, consider the 5 day program. But, I like an intense program, and this met my needs. Each location was very interesting and the presenters were the best. I guarantee that you will come back with so much respect for 3 of our Founding Fathers and will ponder much about their commitments to our country.

Diane W from Midland, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/17/15 - 04/20/15
Three Presidents, three estates/homesteads, UVA campus, four days, WHEW!!! Excellent program and absolutely packed with information and tours. Eileen Wells is an excellent leader/resource/guide/friend and does everything she can to make the days go smoothly. The instructors, Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Wootton, Su Tarr, and "James Madison" were very interesting and very knowledgeable. We missed meeting "James Monroe" the last day, but I'm sure he was equally as captivating. Our hotel was also where classes and most meals were held....very convenient to walk down the hall each day. We wish we had planned more free time on our own before or after the program, but were not able to do so. Charlotesville has many things to see and do.

Allen from Plano, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/19/14
The program allows you to learn about two American presidents and their contributions to establishing the American Republic.

Daniel from Jamestown, NC Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/19/14
If you enjoy learning about the Founding Fathers of the United States, you will find this program on Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe both very educational and entertaining.

Susan from Troy, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/29/14
Beautiful fall weather topped the educational experiences set in the Colonial Virginia period. The speakers, specialized Guides at the Presidentusl estates and other events were superior in every way. The three night, four day program was jam packed, we enjoyed the outstanding folks that we met and were our fellow participants. Well worth the cost of the program. Susie Allen. Troy, Mi

Barbara from Plainview, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/29/14
This fast paced program covered all I expected. Went to sleep tired but with new knowledge

Linda from Warren, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/29/14
It was a wonderful trip...fast paced..and very interesting andinformative..the speakers were fantastic!!

Linda from Boston, MA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/27/14
This program is excellent. I love history, and the quality of the instructors and the wonderful fieldtrips all provided an amazing wealth of knowledge about our early 3 Presidents-Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.Visiting their homes and also the University of VA was just great.

John from Port Angeles, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/02/14
The "Three Friends" course, sited in the beautiful Springtime countryside of Charlottesville, Virginia, gave me a brief but fulfilling immersion into the lives and times of three men deeply involved in the formation of our nation. The instructors were illuminating and entertaining and the field trips were informative and well-conducted. Hats off to Road Scholar for this experience, my first but certainly not last.

Allan from Elm Grove, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/14/14
This was a fascinating experience about our founding fathers and the historical context of their times.

Marybeth from Macungie, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/16/14
This was a fantastic program. I learned so much about these three presidents. The lecturers were FANTASTIC and the transport and tour guides at the stately homes were wonderful. The English Inn was wonderful. The length of the program was just right for me. I would recommend this wholeheartedly.

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