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Program #19402RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
Maureen from Coldwater, MI Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/08/15 - 03/13/15
Delightful and highly expert program leader in Earnest, Isle of Palms Retreat Center was comfortable and delightful with Larry in the lead, the content was varied and interesting. This program is a good one.

Zima from Brooksville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/14 - 04/25/14
This program is great fun, and has a lot of new things to learn. Our tours were both fun,and we got to see the areas we learn about in class, come to life! Good walking shoes is a must! And the days will fly by, with so much to see and learn. The days end with good friendship chats, and peaceful nights!

Sharon from Eden, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
You will be able to immerse yourself in the Southern charm and hospitality of one of the most beautiful cities in the country as you learn fascinating details about the architecture of some of its outstanding homes and public buildings. Lectures and tours strike a perfect balance in this program.

Cyndi from Brunswick, MD Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
This was a wonderful wonderful program. Staying at the Lutheran retreat gave my sister and I a rest from TV - plus we had palm trees outside our windows for privacy and beauty. The ocean was right across the street. Ernest was over the top wonderful and was overfilled with excitement and knowledge about the beautiful architecture in Charleston. Our days were filled with wonderful choices, including visits to the only American Tea farm and a winery - as well as a Praise program given by African Americans preserving this from the bad slave days. The weather was perfect for me - 60's. Larry and his wife were wonderful hosts of the retreat center - and everyone who attended were fascinating and fun! (Sorry - not with it enough technically to share pictures). Cyndi White

Richard from Clinton Twp, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
This was our first Road Scholar program and we were so delighted with the program we will certainly be taking advantage of more Road Scholar offerings.

Henry from Coronado, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Thanks to Ernie we now know that we have doric pilasters on the front of our home. Also we learned that the Gullahs have their own unique language and that the Charleston low country has the only tea plantation in the North America. We enjoyed the week so much we stayed over an extra day to do what? Why, to take another home and garden tour!

Hans from Wayne, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
It is great to hear and see a Southern view of our world. There are some differences particularly when it comes to the Civil War, it's causes and the final result.

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5 nights of accommodations
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