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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.
Sandra from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/16/15 - 10/23/15
Enjoyed the trip--good information from Jere and Karen. Haven't received the "official" evaluation form yet.

Nancy from McMinnville, OR Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/09/15 - 10/16/15
Wild weather, big water, tiny cabins -- what a great adventure! (I was really lucky to have Ina for a roommate!) This program is an excellent introduction to Alaska. Meeting "locals" also added to the experience. And the food on the ferry was delicious with huge servings. It is Alaska, after all!

Ina from Blythe, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/09/15 - 10/16/15
This is a great pre or post trip to add to another program especially if you are traveling from the east coast. Do not expect to visit all the ferry stops listed in the program as there will only be 45 min stops at some ports and some stops are in the very early morning. The cabins are extremely small, hardly room for two small people. You may be able to upgrade to a larger one after the first two nights if you want to pay extra and one is available. It was worth it to me to do so. I enjoyed the beauty of nature and the leisurely pace after a two week pre-trip to the Pacific Northwest. An ocean voyage up the Inside Passage would not give you the same experience, as large ships cannot navigate the narrows and small passages.

Elizabeth from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/02/15 - 10/09/15
This was a fantastic vacation. The scenery was mind bogglingly beautiful, every single minute, on or off the ferry. And our leader, Karen and Jere were very knowledgeable and talented presenters. In their hands topics that I could have found a tad dry, like Russian history or fishing in Alaska were interesting and exciting. Jere even made studying tide tables a lot of fun. And the topics toward which I was inclined, like floral Alaska and Native arts were riveting. Beyond that the trip was wonderful because of our leaders' constant hard work and planning. We were given a schedule everyday, full of details, information and playful questions. I saved everyone and they have formed a travel diary. We spent a lot of time on the ferry,, without cell service, radio, tv or newspapers but I was never bored. Things were nicely balanced between talks, videos, quiet watching, wildlife alerts(whales, porpoises, seals sea lions, eagles, etc.). There were even a few delightful surprises. Our excursions were time limited and dictated by the ferry (and, hence the tides). But thanks to careful planning we saw a good sampling of Alaska. From a stroll in Skagway to a magical early morning viewing of the Mendenhall Glacier to a pair of Totem Parks and an afternoon in Sitka, our experiences were rich and varied. Karen and Jere were tireless in their planning and never seemed to be off duty. Upon request they woke us up, past midnight for a dazzling viewing of the Northern Lights. The food issue had been a surprise and I was very vocal about it. But I made up my mind to get what ever I wanted and pay the difference. I ate very, very well, including two kinds of salmon, coconut shrimp, halibut and a daily hot breakfast and ended up only $20 over-budget. Which I was not asked to pay in the end. So no complaints. All in all this was the best of my Road Scholar trips. And I have been on some good ones. A magnificent introduction to Alaska.

Kim from Montague, MI Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/02/15 - 10/09/15
Just returned from my first visit to Alaska. Wonderful adventure. Our leaders were exceptionally knowledgeable about their home state. Caution when riding the ferry. Food is not covered on an unlimited basis. There is an expected per diem limit. Hopefully this will be explained clearly in the program in the future. Ferry food prices are high and set by the State of Alaska so a per person daily expected allotment was presented on day 1 so honor system of tallying one's daily total made meal times a little uncomfortable. We could have adjusted better if we were forwarned.Leaders did a good job if alleviating our fears but it was still a surprise and unexpected concern.

Maureen from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 47
Date attended: 04/17/15 - 04/24/15
Highlights of Alaska's Inside Passage: Bellingham - Guided tour of George E. Pickett House on my own; Friday - settled in a very small windowless cabin with an assigned roommate and explored the ship; Saturday - Roommate moved out into her own cabin; Bella Bella and Point Dryad Lighthouses; Sunday - Potlatch Park in Ketchikan and purchase of small Raven statue; skipped lunch at Cape Fox Lodge to explore lodge and since funicular was not running I walked down hill via the Married Men's Walk; Wrangell Narrows; Monday - Mendenhall Glacier; Lynn Canal; Point Retreat and Sentinel Island Lighthouses; Vanderbilt Reef; Eldred Rock LH; cold and very windy walking tour of Skagway - only a few places open; Tuesday - tour of Russian Bishop's House, photographed St. Michaels and cable bridge in Juneau; Wednesday - dense fog and then low tide delayed Malaspina for three hours, did not see the petroglyphs on rocks in Wrangell; rock 'n roll at Dixon Entrance open water crossing; Thursday - passed through open waters: Milbanke Sound and Queen Charlotte Sound; Farwell Dinner with decorated sheet cake; Friday - Instead of docking at 8:00AM Pacific Time we docked at 11:30AM just in time for me to hit 20MPH traffic from Everett to south of Olympia and bridge construction at Kalama. Animals: one deer; orcas; one bear; one Humpback Whale; Bald Eagles; and Dall's Porpoises with "rooster tail" splashes.

Jan from South Jordan, UT Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/17/15 - 04/24/15
The rooms are very small but adequate, the ladder to the top bunk is very narrow and hard to use to get to the top bunk but comfortable mattress once you get up there

Ray from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/10/14 - 10/17/14
Great introduction to Alaska---settlers, natives, wild life, and nature. Traveling by ferry (the marine highway) is an excellent way of interacting with residents who offer insight into life in Alaska. Highly recommended.

Naomi from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/10/14 - 10/17/14
This is the perfect program for people who want an overview of Southeast Alaska's beauty, culture and history.

Mary from Glen Ellyn, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/11/14
This was a wonderful way to learn about Alaska by voyaging the inner passage. I enjoyed getting to know our leaders, the people in our group, Alaskans we met on our journey, and the awe inspiring state of Alaska.

Thomas from River Ridge, LA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/11/14 - 04/18/14
For people who wish to experience the inside passage in the company of Alaskans, the ferry up and down the passage provides ample opportunities. In addition, the views of the geography are exceptional as are the experiences in the small port towns. A definite sense of adventure on the American frontier and a grasp of new insights.

Donna from Clayton, NC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/18/13 - 10/25/13
What a magical, unforgettable experience. Take a look at my poems and photos here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zg_GabgBsjuXMSJ1H8ORuhF-zyfdE0GLPKZuf26NRdg/edit?usp=sharing

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