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Program #1922RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
Joan from Buffalo, NY Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
Of the two Charleston programs I attended I liked "Charleston's Plantations and Stately Homes" the best. Our group was small and we stayed at the elegant Mill's House right next to the "South of Broad" historic houses. But each program had its strong points.

Linda from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/28/12
Excellent program excellent speakers Excellent program Directors

Marilyn from Yonkers, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
truely a gem of a city !!!stimulating lectures great and friendly tour guide(pam). personable and friendly comrades good food and great food with lots of variety . beautiful hotel in historic distdrict . cannot wait for another trip wdith my pal m.j as road scholar!!!!a

M.J. from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
This was my first but certainly not last Road Scholar trip. Along with savoring the beauty and history of Charleston, I met friendly and interesting people, enjoyed good food and gained real insight into SC culture. Pam, Ruth and all the lecturers were great. Marilyn and I are already planning our next program.

Charles from Loveland, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
a wonderful introduction to the many delights of one of America's premier destination cities

Dian from Bainbridge Island, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
Historic Charleston proved to be as described; a charming, hospitable city and our accommodations in the Francis Marion were excellent.

Jim from Hoffman Estates, IL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
This approximately 5 day program was very good. The hotel (Francis Marion) was very nice and was located in the historic part of downtown Charleston. It is always nice to stay in the historic area: it helps keep you in the historic mood. Everything was within easy walking distance and there also were 3 free city trolley lines to ride when you were tired of walking.
The College of Charleston hosted the tour. College staff directing daily activities and those lecturing were interesting and knowledgeable. The schedule allowed reasonable amounts of free time to do things on your own.
Walks were done for architecture and history and there was also a nice garden walk. There was a college campus history walk, too, as well as a black history lecture and optional tour. The group was usually divided into 2 or 3 smaller groups for the tours. Even though walk areas were within reasonable distances, buses were used to quickly get the group to and from the hotel. A bus was used to take the group to a nice plantation tour in the greater Charleston area.
Meals were mostly at the college student dining hall - many good food choices and no problems with crowds. One restaurant lunch was provided and one night was free to seek your own dining destination. NOTE WELL: If you know a popular Charleston restaurant that you want to go to, call well in advance (days or weeks) for a reservation. The only improvement I would suggest for the tour is to build in a lunch or dinner in a historic Charleston area restaurant. The catered dinners at the intro and closing sessions were just so-so. TIP: Of course, you can always skip one night of dining hall food and eat on your own - my wife and I were glad we did this. There are so many great restaurants in historic Charleston. Jim

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