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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.
Suzanne from Severna Park, MD Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/16/15 - 08/22/15
This program covering the Middle East was extremely informative. the Road Scholar guide was fantastic, with extensive knowledge of the Middle East. I enjoyed sharing views with the participants and opening my horizons. The setting was so beautiful and calm that it enhanced all this learning.

Phyllis from Brookhaven, MS Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/16/15 - 08/22/15
One of the best weeks of my life was spent at Chautauqua Institute with Road Scholar. They provided a superb lecturer on the week's study in addition to the ones offered in the Amphitheater. The staff was excellent, helping with any problems that arose; the other participants were intelligent, insightful and extremely friendly. Accomodations were good and the food abundant and delicious. I have already recommended this program to my friends.

Harriet from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/16/15 - 08/22/15
This program explains clearly the complexities of the middle east.By discussing the issues with the instructor and other participants I came away with a new perspective.This is an amazing program and venue. There is so much to do on the grounds of Chatauqua. What an experience!

Nadine from Nanuet, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/16/15 - 08/22/15
Just returned from Chautauqua. The topic for the week was The Middle East. I loved the program. I found all of the speakers to be knowledgeable in their respective fields of expertise. The evening programs were wonderful. By far the best lecturer was Molly Williamson. She had a fund of knowledge based on past experience in government. She was eager to impart this information in an impartial way. She was also extremely generous with her time, appearing as a facilitator at our impromptu meetings even though she was not obligated to. The symphony was superb. The one objection that I have is that we were not given special tickets to the Carol Burnett show. All in all though it was a wonderful program

Judith from Marysville, PA Number of programs attended: 55
Date attended: 08/02/15 - 08/08/15
Chautauqua offers a number of Themed weeks. I recommend selecting one of particular interest and participating in the Road Scholar program where all details are handled and one can truly enjoy the surroundings, camaraderie, and exceptional presentations. This was my third Road Scholar program at Chautauqua. The week's theme was "Vanishing" - what has gone (languages, types of technology, cultures, civilizations) and what is in danger of disappearing. Each day we could attend a presentation in the Amphitheater dealing with these issues: Google VP Vint Cerf on preserving digital media; Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lucitania; Nat Geo's May issue's Bee photographer/researcher Anand Varmer; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson who shared her experiences in researching and writing The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration; K. David Harrison, associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College. Additionally, we had our own lecturer, Ori Soltes, who currently teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University. Staying at the Athenaenum Hotel is delightful as it is centrally located with easy access to the literally hundreds of activities offered during the week. Site Coordinator Laurie Stanton and Group Leader Kay Hutton were on hand to help with logistics and make suggestions to participants; these are two well-organized and personable ladies. The evening performances included The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Ballet in Residence and the Beach Boys. Our daily schedule was quite flexible and the group seemed to delight in the ability to access so many activities and presentations. And, finally, the food was outstanding.

Erin from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/19/15 - 07/25/15
I found this program outstanding in its achievement of integrating the spirit of Chautauqua with the vast cultural diversity of participants. It was at once a welcoming and organized program, structured and relaxed.

Laurie from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/19/15 - 07/25/15
Chautauqua is like a camp for adults. It is a place to meet interesting, thoughtful adults from various backgrounds in a setting of tolerance for differing opinions and beliefs. The campus is a beautiful setting on a lake with choices to renew your soul and spirit. Nothing else like it!

Erica from Delaware, OH Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/18/15
I love Chautauqua and go every year. When I can't talk friends into a group I find the Road Scholar program a great way to go alone and still have good company. This year, 2015, was my fourth Road Scholar trip to Chautauqua.

Rose from Commack, NY Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/09/14
This was really an amazing place. It is a beautiful town and the overall programs were very interesting. The hotel was very old, but well kept and in tune with the rest of the town. You would love it.

Judith from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/10/14 - 08/16/14
If you would like a relaxing and beautifully calm environment to examine a topic/theme, this is the program for you. The terrain is generally flat, making it easy for everyone to get around. Provisions for the handicapped couldn't be better. There is plenty to do on the premises - from somewhat demanding, to not-at-all demanding. Accommodations are literally across a little paved road from the amphitheater. Rooms are charming and immaculate. Guests and staff are generally genteel.

Ann from Northport, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/09/14
Absolutely delightful. The accomodations at the Atheneum hotel were first class. Our guide Jane Mcarthy was a wonderful addition to the Chautauqua experience. Am renting a condo for one week next year and hopefully will spend a second week with Road Scholar at this amazing place once again.

Marilyn from Worcester, MA Number of programs attended: 29
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/09/14
Stimulating, engaging, challenging program. Could hardly wait for the next event, and the food, like the educational content, nourished the spirit as well as the body.

John from Jackson Heights, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/19/14
I was not expecting a program so on-point to what was going on in the world, particularly the Middle East. I was only mildly interested in the theme, Egypt and Citizenship, but I found myself captivated from the first day.

Priscilla from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/19/14
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our first experience at Chautauqua. The variety of lectures given on world events as well as by the 18 different religions there were thought provoking. Walking the beautiful grounds and enjoying the music was relaxing.

Ruth from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/19/14
the program is excellent but making arrangements for travel there is difficult because road scholar either does not have the information or is lacking in providing it and made it clear to me i was on my own until i got there

Judith from Marysville, PA Number of programs attended: 51
Date attended: 06/29/14 - 07/05/14
The Chautauqua programming was excellent. Under the sponsorship of National Geographic, we heard internationally acclaimed speakers on topics related to "Feeding a Hungry Planet." We also had our own lecturer, Fred Hitzhusen, to cover other pertinent topics. Chautauqua is an amazing place. Site Coordinator Laurie Stanton at the Athenaeum Hotel and Group Leader Kay Hutton gave additional information about the programming of the Chautauqua Institution, thereby turning a "visit" into quality time and more meaningful experiences than just attending on one's own. Kay is well-versed in the history of Chautauqua. She shared back stories and gave many suggestions which served to enhance my experience. It was obvious to me that Kay truly enjoys being with a Road Scholar group. In addition to the week's themed lectures, there were literally hundreds of things we could see and do. I particularly enjoyed the evening performances which were high quality and very enjoyable. Note: the benches in the Amphitheater are uncomfortable, so take some sort of cushion with a back. This was my second Road Scholar program at Chautauqua and I plan to return. It's a superior site which offers the best of the best in programming.

William from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 06/29/14 - 07/05/14
Both the morning and afternoon presentations were of high quality, and the invited lecturer for our group provided valuable perspectives on hunger issues. The Road Scholar group was one of the best I have experienced. Chautauqua itself is a wonderful environment.

kathleen from Canton, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/29/14 - 07/05/14
Outstanding experience and a great value. The participants were friendly, smart and engaged. The leaders went out of the way to provide guidance and activities. Can't wait for my next trip with Road Scholars as I embark on my retirement

Joni from Murphysboro, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/29/14 - 07/05/14
This program was Utopia, Disney World and Summer Camp for intelligent, inquisitive adults all in one package! I hope to return to CHQ with Road Scholar in the years to come. The program made access to the programs and meals almost effortless, allowing me to use my time to enjoy the lectures, sights, sounds, and events. What an outstanding value!

Rex from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/28/14
The background we learned about the various chautauqua speakers was so useful and informative. It made our later interaction with them even more meaningful. It was an excellent experience.

Arnold from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/28/14
Roger Rosenblatt and Friends is an interesting unique program. You will hear famous authors talk about their work, This is not a lecture, but a sometimes funny, always stimulating time to hear how they create.

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