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12 Days | 11 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. 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.
Andrea from Kingston, TN Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/22/15
This is an excellent program with a great group leader in a beautiful part of Italy - with great food and wine.

Carole from Scotch Plains, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/08/15
Just back from the trip to the Cinque Terre and recommend it highly. Part of the reason is the terrific program leader and also because we went beyond the five villages and away from the crowds.

J. Peter from Scotia, NY Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/24/15
This was one of our best trips ever! The Cinque Terre towns were certainly picturesque, especially as viewed from the water, but none could top Lerici, our charming base of operations, that provided beautiful views, excellent restaurants, & even a castle! Each morning we woke up to the view from our balcony, a panorama of castle,harbor, & sky. We also loved the excursions to other small interesting towns in the area, as well as the pertinent lectures to focus & teach us. As other participants have indicated, our guide, Jane Bacon, was a treasure--organized, intelligent, no-nonsense,& funny! Her daughter, Olivia, helped out with wrangling the group (we taught her the expression "herding cats") & was just as pleasant & outgoing as her mother! Another expert guide, Umberto, also educated us & made learning fun. We highly recommend this trip & are still missing our "home" in Lerici.

Eileen from Waldwick, NJ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/24/15
Great trip. Everyday fun and interesting experiences. People friendly and easy to be with. Hotel in perfect location. Jane Bacon our leader educated, guided, entertained and cared for us with sincerity and a sense of humor.

Donna Behler from Oro Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/24/15
The Cinque Terre, Carrara, and Medieval Hill Towns adventure was beyond our expectations as we celebrated a belated 20th anniversary. Bringing a friend for her first Road Scholar trip coupled with the brilliant guidance of Jane Bacon as group leader brought us endless joy not to mention physical fitness!

Robert Donnell from Oro Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/24/15
This was an exceptional experience, and had value far beyond the Cinque Terre portion of the trip. I was consistently pleased with the supplemental elements of the trip, and came to understand their value once I had experienced them. This trip is a real winner!

Vicki from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/17/15 - 05/28/15
Wow, this trip is wonderful, as so many people have said. We can't sing the praises of Jane Bacon enough- and frankly, you should take this trip just to spend time with her. She is the very best leader we've ever had, and we've traveled a lot. The itinerary will surprise you in its diversity and interest, including places we personally knew nothing about. Cinque Terre was lovely, but we were just as enamored by other stops along the way. Lerici is an absolutely charming coastal town...small, and with fewer tourists than Cinque Terre. Our hotel was right on the water, and we each had balcony rooms facing the water. Though the rooms are small, the hotel's location made up for it all. The lectures, the seafood, our interesting group...all were wonderful. We are so glad to have done this program!

Paul from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/17/15 - 05/28/15
This program was wonderful in all respects. Jane Bacon is a superb leader and lecturer. The meals (with the exception of breakfast) were delicious and varied: a seafood lover's dream come true. Rooms at the hotel in Lerici have a glorious view of the bay. We visited many interesting and beautiful towns and had the benefit of an excellent guide, Umberto.

Gerald from Deerfield Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/14/15
Outstanding trip. Unique itinerary including lots of walks plus the opportunity to hike between the villages. At 70 and 72 we were a bit concerned about the hikes but we did two and really loved it. Food AND wine were great. The hotel location was fantastic because of the view and convenience to everything. Jane Bacon was the best Tour Director we've ever had. Complete local knowledge and a "can do" attitude that encouraged and facilitated our free time activities including a trip to Lucca. We highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to drill down into a small and beautiful part of Italy.

Lee Anne from Morgan Hill, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/18/14
The trip was fabulous! I am still dreaming of my time spent in the Cinque Terre, Carrara and the wonderful hill towns that our tour leader, Jane Bacon, brought to life. It meant so much more to have the wonderful education about the area, life and history of this wonderful part of Italy.

Helen from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 40
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/18/14
This was a wonderful trip - delicious, varied food and wines, gorgeous scenery, a beautiful hotel with rooms overlooking the sea, interesting daily adventures, and a terrific tour leader - Jane Bacon. A trip not to be missed.

Donna from Newbury, MA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/18/14
This trip is a must on a person's Italian travel list. Visit this area to see the land, learn about the culture, and experience the history.

Helen from West Orange, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/18/14
Great trip wonderful food small group ideal not to be missed

Patricia from South Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/18/14
Cinque Terre and Tuscany was a great experience. The program director, Jane Bacon, is amazing and it was a trip I will always remember. I highly recommend it. Pat Kaminski

Betty Lou from Westbury, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/15/14 - 06/26/14
This is an excellent program with a terrific Group Leader, Jane Bacon. The day trips are well organized and the hotel is in a perfect location. The walks a good and the option to hike in Cinque Terre is an amazing opportunity for the more athletic .

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