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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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Susan from Vermilion, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/31/16 - 02/05/16
The program itself was fantastic. Everyone has options on how to arrive in Key West. We opted to take the Ferry Boat from Ft. Myers Beach. That was a very bad decision on our part. Our return Ferry boat was cancelled, which meant we had to scramble to try to find an extra night of accommodations. The following day the boat left, but the weather was still bad and the 4 hours became 4 and a half hours of much discomfort.

Susan from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/03/16 - 01/08/16
I can now cross off Key West from my bucket list. It was a wonderful place to be with much see and do. Sue M.

Sylvia from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 12/13/15 - 12/18/15
What an amazing experience! Who would have thought that such a small island could pack so many awesome sites, from the Truman White House to the Butterfly and Nature Conservancy. I came to see the Hemingway House, but saw so much more and learned "the rest of the story," as Paul Harvey would say, about sunken treasure, famous people, and island life. Thank you, Craig, for taking such good care of us and enhancing our trip with humorous insights.

Barbara from The Villages, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/13/15 - 12/18/15
A terrific trip! I had such fun learning about Key West's 'back story' in a way that was fun and informative. Key West is a charming, quirky and friendly place to visit, and the program was EXCELLENT! Our guide, Craig, made everyone feel welcome and was a terrific help the entire time. And he made us laugh! All in all, a very fun trip, one of my better vacation experiences.

Robert from Laurel, MD Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
This was a wonderful program, enhanced by beautiful springtime weather. The Westin Resort is a great location to stay if you are visiting the old town. Bridget Gallagher was an excellent leader for the program, especially since she knew the right guides to pick at each tour site. If you haven't been to Key West, this program will certainly give you a complete introduction.

Linda from Elverson, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
The Key West Program is great. So much history in Key West, and you see and learn a lot. The Westin Hotel is at a great location, and the hotel and food were excellent.

Maureen from Bella Vista, AR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/29/15 - 04/03/15
This was my first trip with RS. It was great, the lectures were in depth, the group members were fun, great value. And key west is gorgeous.

Virginia from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
Just visiting Key West is an amazing experience but participating in this Road Scholar adventure with all the extras made it even more appealing. Bridget Gallagher, our leader, was FFF - Fun,Fabulous, Fantastic. She was enthusiastic, caring and on top of everything. You could tell she loved being a group leader. The Hyatt Resort was in a great location for walking the town and the rooms were very, very nice. The lunches and dinner served at the Hyatt were average; breakfast was above average, but the restaurants we ate at in town (included in the price) were top notch. The Strip House, El Meson de Pepe & Kelly’s were excellent. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and Tennessee Williams exhibit were my two favorite museums. All the lectures were outstanding. This was one of my favorite Road Scholar trips and I would give it a high recommendation.

Karen from Indiana, PA Number of programs attended: 239
Date attended: 02/01/15 - 02/06/15
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Key West. Our program was led by Bridget Gallagher who did an outstanding job. We had a perfect blend of activities and free time. We enjoyed visiting Truman's "Little White House," the Hemingway House, the Tennessee Williams exhibit, the old courthouse which houses the art and history museum, the Mel Fisher Museum, and the Audubon House. Ray led us on a lovely walk through Old Town, Bob prepared us well for the Truman site, Alex the Diver gave a very entertaining presentation about his years spent diving and collecting artifacts from the Keys, and Juan gave us an insightful talk on Cuban-American relations. Dinner at the colorful and folksy Cuban restaurant El Meson de Pepe was great and so was the Cuban dance group that provided after dinner entertainment. We even had the chance to learn salsa!

Steven from Wharton, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
I enjoyed the walk, and sometime ride, through Old Key West. I learned and enjoyed. Looking forward to the next Road Scholar adventure!

Gloria from Alpharetta, GA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
Key West Kaleidoscope was my first experience with Road Scholar; and what a wonderful trip it was---with relevant lectures, tours of ALL the Key West highlights, beautiful accommodations, great dining variety, super-fun guide (thank you Bridget)and a great photographer (thank you Brian). I came home wondering how I'm ever going to read, reread or see all the books, plays and movies of Tennessee Williams and Hemingway. And, of course, I met wonderful, interesting and fun fellow travelers!

Sabra from Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
It was a very interesting experience with an excellent leader - I also forgot to tell you that our photographer was fabulous!!!

Janet from Playa Del Rey, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
Road Scholar rocks! I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of Key West. Lectures and tours were informative - so much to see and do on this charming and picturesque island. I have two additional Road Scholar trips booked and I look forward to these journeys.

Frank from Dalton, GA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
This was my first Road Scholar trip and initially I was wondering if the experience would be worth the cost to me and my wife. We were blown away!! It so exceeded my expectations that we can't wait until we get an opportunity to go on another trip. We were able to experience things that we would never have been exposed to on our own. I heartily recommend Road Scholar to anyone.

Edmund from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/04/15 - 01/09/15
Key West is a charming, crowded, noisy, exciting, magical, historically rich city like no other in the country, full of people with interesting lives and stories.

Robert from Saint Charles, MO Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
This program would not be at the top of my Elderhostel experiences, but it would be in the top ten or so.

Judy from Venice, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
This was a lovely week in a warm setting during a very cold winter. We were able to see many of the historical sites and learn about numerous well known people who made Key West their home. There was a good combination of walking about seeing things and lecture time. We saw there was so much more to the island than bars and restaurants. Our group leader Bridget did and excellent job planning for everyone. I would recommend this to a friend.

Kathleen from Latrobe, PA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Bridget's enthusiasm and love of Key West enhanced my visit to Key West. This was a well-balanced program with lots of variety in learning experiences and plenty of time to pursue individual tastes in food and fun. The Crowne Plaza La Concha was luxurious and ideally located.

Karen from Clermont, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Educational, interesting, and fun! I learned a lot, ate great food, and thoroughly enjoyed this trip. I felt the value for the money was very good as well!

Paul from West Grove, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Diane and I really enjoyed our venture in and around Key West. We had excellent weather, in the mid 70's and only one rainy afternoon & evening. Accommodations were excellent and hotel staff were all very accommodating. Jennifer Powell, our Group Leader was just super. All of the speakers were top notch and there was a nice blend of free time and structured activities. We met some very interesting fellow travelers. The group blended quite well and we all had a good time. The material provided was quite adequate and very helpful. All in all, a very enjoyable event. Paul Sammelwitz

Martin from Teaneck, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
This is a great trip to take after a long, cold, hard winter. It got you out, warmed the bones, and was just terrific.

Linda from Rehoboth Beach, DE Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
This interesting program reinforced my confidence in the value and learning experience Road Scholar provides. Wonderful and a nice escape from the northern winter!

Sharon from The Villages, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
What a wonderful introduction to the Road Scholar trips! My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the rest of the Road Scholar travelers. It was an educational, entertaining, and exciting trip. I was so happy with the organization and our leader that I am now going to book my trip to China with Road Scholar!!!

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