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6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
George from Smithfield, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/08/15
The Asheville/Biltmore program was outstanding. Active learning in a beautiful setting. Presentations were informative and field trips were stimulating. It was a delight to explore the many historic, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of western North Carolina, Asheville and the Biltmore estate. The program coordinator, Mars Hill Universtiy, and their program leader, Ms. Jane Huffman, did an extraordinary job planning, organizing and executing every aspect of the program to perfection. Lodging and dining at the Bonclarken Conference Center was delightful. Just the right mix for those who like active learning with zero hassles. A must do program. And a great value.

Carol from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
Great Program and as usual the other Road Scholar participants are always fun to be with! Sue- Dallas

Diane from Fairfax, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
Greatly enjoyed our trip to Asheville. The Biltmore exudes quiet elegance and beauty. Lovely paintings were exhibited, and the grounds, filled with luscious trees and gardens in abundance, and planned and implemented by Olmstead, were lovely. The estate exudes carefully selected furnishings. We have Hearst out in CA, but his castle is dripping with excess and poor taste. In contrast, the Biltmore is much better planned and executed--well worth a tour.

Dale from Mount Pleasant, SC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
The Biltmore is the main attraction of this tour and it lives up to its billing. The real surprise is the city of Asheville - it's interesting history, great restaurants, and architecture.

John from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
We've always wanted to visit the Asheville area based on the many positive comments we've heard over the years, and I feel that doing so through the Road Scholar program provided a much more informative and fulfilling experience than had we done so independently by ourselves.

Patricia from Yonkers, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
It was great fun exploring the Vanderbilt mansion - which is what we went for - but learning about the Cradle of Forestry, Thomas Wolfe, and the city of Asheville was an added bonus. The days were well-planned and the accommodations comfortable. We enjoyed the company of our wonderful fellow "scholars" and had a great time.

Claudia from Horseshoe Bay, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
Very enjoyable program, lovely area, interesting history and lots to offer.

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