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Program #20552RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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. 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.
Ann from Elk Grove, CA Number of programs attended: 37
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
This isn't a program for serious, or even moderately serious hikers. The setting is beautiful but only two of the four activity days were focused on hiking with the first day's hikes consisting of two fairly easy hikes of two miles each. The other hiking day had a barely moderate level hike of five and a half miles. The other two days included sightseeing activities -- museums, exhibits, and a research lab. All interesting but not what I'd expect on a hiking program. Evening presentations were very good -- interesting and appropriate to activities. The hotel/conference center provided adequate lodging and the sort of average meals you'd expect from a hotel cafeteria buffet line. Leader Lee provided endless information on the natural and cultural history of the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas as well as wonderful music. Logistics were smooth and without glitches. Appropriate adjustments were made for weather conditions. The hotel was a significant distance from the park so there were daily long van rides into and back out of the park. As always, fellow participants were a highlight of the trip.

Claire from Shalimar, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
Road Scholar programs are a great value and you always learn something, along with enjoying good food and making new friends. We really enjoy the hiking programs and recommend The Smokey Mountains.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
13 Hands-on experiences
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