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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.
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Janyth from Fairfield, OH Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
As others have said, this program was more than I expected. The history is fascinating and the musical performances were outstanding. I never knew what an important & wealthy city Natchez was from 1820-1860 (the beginning of the global economy, as Jim Wiggins pointed out). Dining in mansions was amazing, and all the food was a very good mix of healthy & regional. I really looked forward to the lectures each day -- the history, engineering & literature of the area. Natchez is a beautiful historic city on the bluffs of the Mississippi River... and, as always, the people who attend Road Scholar programs are a special treat, too.

Virginia from Cashiers, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
This was a delightful program. Natchez is a real treasure, with so much history--which the Road Scholar program brought to life through excellent speakers, tours and activities. Natchez is a small city, so lovingly preserved and presented, We enjoyed the full blossoming of spring flowers and beautiful weather. We highly recommend this program.

Mary from Senoia, GA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/03/15 - 04/08/15
Another terrific program from Road Scholar. Don't miss this one! The beauty of Natchez is memorable -- from the incredible houses to the history of the area will keep you capitivated. Our leaders, speakers and field trips were beyond expectation. We were also fortunate to have a great group of attendees. An extra day would have been appreciated to further explore the area.

Marilyn from Arkansas City, KS Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/03/15 - 04/08/15
This was a wonderful program. The coordinators, leaders, and lecturers were top-notch and the itinerary, while very busy every day and evening, was superb. We were there during the Pilgrimage and experienced a wonderful Tableaux about the history of Natchez. The food was delicious, good Southern cooking! I would highly recommend this program to any and all. Loved it! Only one comment: it might be good to add another day to perhaps give us a free afternoon to explore on our own.

Dennis from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
Learning more about the Civil War, reconstruction and slavery and touring plantation owner's homes as well as churches was informative for a first time visitor. Hotel was adequate with a mundane breakfast. Tour guides and evening meals were stellar. They should skip one or two house tours and add Longwood and Natchez Trace Parkway with a chicken lunch at Mr D's (I skipped their program one morning and did this). The entire trip is (as usual and expected) focused on 4 full days, not 6, but 6 makes better Road Scholar PR copy. Loved the b & w photo display at 1st Presbyterian as well as lunch and visit to Episcopal church. Having sweeping river views just out the hotel's front door was amazing. As usual, camaraderie with and learning from other participants was exceptional. Downtown Natchez is in deep trouble. What appears to be zero industry (other than tourism) means few jobs--turning the houses into vacation homes for the wealthy blue bloods and leaving far too many storefronts empty. This was travel and learning at its finest. Go see for yourself.

Marsha from Rolla, MO Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
I was fascinated with the information that I gathered while on the RS adventure in Natchez. It was a great experience. If possible, attending the Natchez Tableaux is a must see and don't forget the spacious Visitor Center. Wow! Marsha in MO

Myrna from Lafayette, LA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
Natchez has such an interesting background, but it does not represent the Old South as it really was. Natchez represents the planter class of the time. For me the true meaning of Natchez was in its founding and its occupation under the French, Spanish and the English and its part in developing the colonization of the United States. When you listen to the lecturers, listen very carefully, for you might find biases and mistakes. Feel free to point these out to them. Road Scholars are not ignorant.

Martha from Leesburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
This trip was Much More than I expected! I must give glowing reports to all involved! My first Road Scholar trip but certainly not my last. May just sell my house and travel with RS!

Joan from Ormond Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
Excellent program, fascinating speakers, great field trips. I learned so much about the Civil War and REAL Southern hospitality.

Marge from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/13/14
This was a great program. The educational opportunites were excellent. The entertainment was very special. Food was very good. I highly recommend this Natchez program.

Hannah from Salem, MA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
Although the materials gave a very enlightening preview of the program in historic Natchez, nothing prepared me for the fascinating and diverse experiences I had visiting this city. If you have a passion for the history and architecture of the south, this is your program!

Nicholas from Norwood, MA Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Enjoyed the complimentary wine at the hotel and interacting with the participants.

Barbara from Lexington, OH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
I never realized how important and rich Natchez was before the Civil War, and seeing these beautiful homes, and learning about their way of life was really enlightening. This program was very well-organized and enjoyable and gave me a sense of the Deep South.

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