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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Robert from Marlton, NJ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
The trip was very interesting, I learned a lot about West Virginia, it is not at all like I thought it would be. Lori Pace our tour guide was great, she seemed to know about anything she was asked. She also made a point of repeating questions and answers for everyone to hear. Our Buss Driver Gelan was a great asset to the trip. His driving skills were the best I have ever seen and with his knowledge of the area was exceptional.

Barbara from Toms River, NJ Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
What was presented was excellent. A one-woman reenactment play by Karen Vuranch detailing the reality of coal mining through the eye's of a coal miner's wife was absolutely stellar. Doug Wood's presentation on the impact of native American's on the history of WV was eye-opening. The comparison of the opulent life associated with the Greenbrier Resort Complex as compared with the tour of the Beckley Coal Mine Tour was mind blowing. Most meals were catered in by a local restaurant and while selections were limited to a buffet of two choices (and could include both), they were always tasty. Outside meals were interesting and ranged from the $18 hamburger at Greenbrier (enhanced with a golf green view at the Sam Sneed restaurant and presented Greenbrier style) to luncheon prepared by local organizations (tasty and hospitable). Shoney's luncheon was a pleasant surprise - it's more than fast food. Weak point - nothing happens on first night except participant announcements, a free night with nothing to do, and only one lecture on last day. It's really a four-day program. Jim Costa's musical presentation was informal, but very interesting. Lori, our program leader, was superior. She is a native and instead of local field trip travel being boring, she, in essence, did unexpected lectures on the bus giving us a local perspective on a wide variety of topics. West Virginia is much more than I expected. If you drive, allow time to tour before or after. Check out the other WV Road Scholar programs for ideas. We toured the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Black Water Falls State Park on our way home.

Winsome from Joppa, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/10/15 - 05/15/15
They keep you very busy..but you get so much good food you need to be on the go..the food was wonderful and great choices..W.V. is a beautiful state,and we had a great bus driver. I would recommend this trip..

Clara from Glencoe, IL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
Ivan covered all the highlights of this excellent program. I especially enjoyed the play "Stand By Your Man" at the Greenbrier Valley Theater and Karen Vuranch's one woman show about the life of a coal miner's family. This was truly a 5-star program!

Ivan from West Seneca, NY Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
I was surprised at how well structured this program was. On the first day, we learned about the history of the area, including the role the Native Americans played. The second day focused on the coal mines and lives of the coal miners. The third day focused on the luxury of the Greenbrier Resort and the cold war bunker beneath it. The next day focused on agriculture. The final morning focused on this area at the time of colonial and Revolutionary War era. By the time the program was over, I had a better understanding not only of the Greenbrier Valley, but why the State of West Virginia exists and why its people love it. Combined with quality accomodations, good food, excellent program coordinator, lecturers and bus driver, this was definitely a program I would recommend to anyone, especially if they are looking for something they didn't expect.

James from Wake Forest, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
This was my first trip with Road Scholar. A great experience, and we are already planning on our next venture.

Anna from Baltimore, MD Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
This program covers several subjects, including history, astronomy, coal mining, and agriculture. It also includes several professional entertainments.

Jim from Hamburg, NY Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/01/14
Program #9504- Greenbrier Valley Adventure-July 27th to August 1 2014
It was a great pleasure to attend a recent Road Scholar program in Lewisburg, West Virginia. This was an eclectic program in that we saw coal mines, old churches, an unusual radio observatory in Green Bank; W.V. an apple orchard where a excellent presentation on what must be done to bring an apple from blossom to the store was given. We also got to see an old grist mill and more. All of it was well planned and very satisfying. Probably the most interesting visit was to the bunker at the Greenbrier Resort and a delicious lunch at their Golf Club restaurant. We got an idea on beautiful and diverse southern West Virginia is and I would certainly recommend this program. I would be remiss if I didn’t include the Cass scenic railroad trip up the mountain and an evening at the Greenbrier Valley Theater where we saw a most entertaining play called- Lucky Stiff. This Road Scholar program was packed with so much pleasure!


Linda from Folsom, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
Our Greenbrier trip proved very interesting and lots of fun. We especially enjoyed learning more about the early coal miners and was educated in the effect it had on families by the one woman show presented by Ms. Karen Vuranch. All in all, a delightful experience.

Allan from Westerville, OH Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
West Virginia is not only Wild and Wonderful but packed with a wide assortment of genuinely fascinating experiences when packaged by design artists who are both creative and enjoyable. This gets our top rating of nine programs to date.

Carolynn from Clarksboro, NJ Number of programs attended: 59
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
Gloria was a great leader and made the program extra special.


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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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