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Program #20899RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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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.
Michaelann from Palmyra, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/22/15 - 03/27/15
This was an excellent program! Our leader was wonderful! The speakers were exceptional and gave a lot of useful information for shell collecting. The "Conchologists" brought lots of samples, had lunch with us and went collecting with ous on the beach to answer and identify any shells. We had a wonderful group and we had a wonderful time! Take "no-see-um" spray for some of the excursions.

Carlene from Knoxville, TN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
Sanibel is a beautiful island. I was so impressed with the conservation efforts by local residents. Our lodging was on the beach and very ,very nice. The activities were well planned and took us to places we might not have covered,like the National Shell Museum and the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. Both were an amazing learning experience. I can't say enough about our guide. She is a lovely lady that really cares about people .

Susan from Winter Park, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
Wonderful week with great new friends. The activities were well planned and executed. I could have stayed another week.

Steve from Plano, TX Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
Great accommodation, interesting tours, good food and OUTSTANDING shelling.

Madelyn from Exton, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/08/15 - 02/13/15
An interesting and informative trip that explains the history and ecology of this precious area.

Mary Lynn from Rochester, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/18/15 - 01/23/15
I agree with all the previnous reviews. Elinor is a great tour guide, the locale is really interesting as are the tours. I learned a lot on the trip, especially at the shell museum. One caveat though-do not purchase the Mollusks in Action DVD at the museum store. It is defective and has nothing on it. They will not replace it because I did not keep my receipt, which was for cash. Very disappointing.

Barbara from Nantucket, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
My 1st Road Scholar experience was excellent. Well organized with a wide variety of field trips offered by great and informative presenters and an over-the-top leader, Elinor Martin. Everyday there was something new to learn but I never felt rushed. Perfect weather, great food, wonderful group.

Alfred from Burlington, VT Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
Excellent leader in Elinor, good accommodations, choice of meals and location and overall a nice mix of lectures, topics, outdoor activities and museum visits. All the presentations were informative, interesting and generally delivered with much enthusiasm. We found it an advantage to have additional days to explore other local attractions such as visits to Captiva and Useppa Islands. Of the eleven road scholar trips we have taken I would rate this near or at the top!

Carol from Boardman, OR Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
The 80 degree weather was perfect; the abundance and variety of shells blew my mind, I added new birds to my Life List, and the lodging was perfectly situated next to the tide line.

Cheryl from Aston, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
Busy but relaxing trip at the beach. I learned about the big variety of shells and marine life, visited the beautiful Edison & Ford Winter Estates while learning about both of those smart, forward-thinking men. Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve was beautiful, and our tram driver/guide was knowledgeable and always willing to stop so we could look at and photograph local birds and flora. Good trip for the money.

Bill from Aston, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
This is the trip for shell lovers. There are millions of various shells on Sanibel Island, and Road Scholar's experts helped us learn all about them and the creatures that live in them. The Edison and Ford Estates were a worthwhile day trip; we learned what geniuses both Edison and Ford were, as well has how they made major contributions to the U.S. - and the world - that we hadn't been aware of. And our weather was perfect all week.

Jean from Minneapolis, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
This is a very good program for people interested in conservation. It is great for people who like sunny weather and beautiful beaches.

Verna from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
If you love nature, this is the trip for you!

Debora from Richmond, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
Sanibel Island is beautiful and a unique conservation area. There are so many shells here I had to ship some home! The program provides a comprehensive education. This was my first RS program and I am looking forward to the next one.

Katharine from Waterford, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
This was an area of Florida I had not considered visiting before-but it was delightful, and very historically /culturally interesting.

Margaret from Beaconsfield, PQ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
People interested in the environment would welcome Road Scholar's program in the beautiful setting of Sanibel Island, Florida.

Nancy from Cocoa, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/06/13
This was a well-organized tour. It was very relaxing to have all the details taken care of. The hotel was nice and right on the beach that was absolutely loaded with shells. Eleanor was a great tour leader.

John from Bradenton, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/06/13
An excellent, consistently interesting adventure in a unique environment. First class accommodations made the always beguiling elements of sun, sand and surf even better. Now if we can just find uses for all of those sea shells.... John Bauman

Jean from Glenham, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
I enjoyed being on the ocean and being able to find shells steps away from the hotel. The hotel pool was great and I wish I had made more use of it. I enjoyed our excursions. I didn't have a car and there were no stores that were reachable by walking. When you are running out of sun block that's a concern.

Carolyn from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 01/20/13 - 01/25/13
Beautiful Island to visit. Very well-planned program to choose and attend with other Road Scholar attendees. Visits to conservation points on the island are all very close to the hotel. You will see the birds of the island, seashells, sea life, sea turtles, trees, flowers and learn more about nature's habitats experienced in natural settings--no huge hotels to block the views of the ocean and the beauty of nature. Hotel is very close to the ocean and a lovely place to stay.

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