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10 Days | 9 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
James from Pittsboro, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/09/15 - 07/18/15
Our experience with the inter-generational program in Costa Rico was outstanding. Our guides, Edwin and Tomas, were wonderful. I consider this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Jim Wilson

Jean from Midreshet Ben Gurion, Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/09/15 - 07/18/15
The Road Scholar Costa Rica trip provided a great way to bond with my thirteen year old grandson in a fun and fascinating learning adventure. I know we'll always remember this special time we spent together floating and rowing and zipping through tropical forests, with amazing plants and creatures all around us.

Judy from Palo Alto, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 07/14/14 - 07/23/14
This provides a marvelous opportunity to enjoy a new culture and the great outdoors with your grandchild. This trip was one of the best I've done with the intergenerational road scholar trips - well organized, well paced, and filled with unique birds and animals that most of us don't see at home. Terrific leaders as well!

Elmore from New Orleans, LA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/24/14 - 08/02/14
This is a wonderful program for many reasons. The country is beautiful, the guides were well informed and child oriented and the adventures captivating and educational. The grandparents enjoyed their grandchildren and each other. For my grandson and me, it was a magical week. Elmore Rigamer, New Orleans

Fran from Mendocino, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/07/14 - 07/16/14
An outstanding trip for grandparents and grandchildren, combining high adventure and a real learning experience. We will treasure the memory of traveling with our 10 year old granddaughter, and sharing the thrill of zip lining at the end of the trip.

Beach from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 32
Date attended: 07/29/13 - 08/07/13
The second day there are two visits, first to an environmental center where you see up close many of the plants and animals you will see during the tour. Second to a Children's museum which a guide took us through showing a bit of the history of Costa Rica. There are two seasons on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica--Rainy and Rainier. Prepare for that. Seeing the turtles lay eggs was a once in a lifetime experience. The explanation of the uses of the coconut was informative and entertaining. We had Coconut fudge which he made while he talked. The program does not say to but TAKE BINOCULARS if you wish to see a lot of the habitat in the wild. Howler monkeys did not know what time zone we were on as they woke us at 5AM on the second day--even with my ear plugs. We saw two other types of monkeys and both types of sloths. Lots of iguanas all over the forest. The volcano was cloud covered but the clouds lifted some on the second day. The lecture was thorough. On to the west coast and a trip up a river of Crocodiles and a great many birds, They provided pictures with names of the birds so it was a bit easier to identify them. Sea Kayaks were fun and I was amazed by the salt content of the water-it held my 189 lb body up with no problem. The next day it was the zip lines yes 12 of them for a total of 3.5 KM. This old body did great and I consider it a high point. The hotels we occupied were very good and food ranged from very good to great. Lots of rice and beans. This was an adults perspective but I think my 9 year old grandson would agree with the review.

Laura from Duxbury, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/29/13 - 08/07/13
If you want to learn more about a fascinating country - its culture, natural attractions and diversity, this program is highly recommended. From the Atlantic side to the Pacific, there is so much to see and do. It's also a photographer's paradise.

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