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Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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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.
Claire from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 06/13/15 - 06/19/15
This was a wonderful Road Scholar program. The San Juan Islands are beautiful, the presenters were excellent, and i enjoyed seeing a part of the country I had never been to before.

Maxine from Galt, CA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 05/23/15 - 05/29/15
An overall wonderful and rich cultural experience in the beautiful islands of the Pacific Northwest. The ferry rides alone are worth the journey.

Joanne from Malibu, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/23/15 - 05/29/15
This trip was not only educational but a beautiful place to visit and learn of the lifestyle of the San Juan Islands. A great way to make new friends and broaden your educational horizons.

Carolyn from Dousman, WI Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/18/15 - 04/24/15
Want to step back in time to a simpler lifestyle and meet musicians, scientists, historians, artists, and goat farmers(!)? A visit to the San Juan Islands provides this and more. I loved the relaxing pace and varied activities.

Karen from Concord, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/18/15 - 04/24/15
I'll be back!

Penny from Novato, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/02/15 - 05/08/15
There is no way that anyone could possibly see and learn about life on an island dependent upon a Ferry system and the kindness of neighbors to match the Three San Juan Island Hopping itinerary of Road Scholar. The weather, forest landscape and remoteness shape daily life on the Islands. In a week you will feel like an islander. Every view from the outside deck of the Ferry is breath taking with snow capped mountains, forest covered cliffs and the possibility of seeing resident Orca whale pods swimming nearby. Penny Hansen

Ann from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/25/14 - 10/31/14
Very informative on Indian Culture. Wonderful experience with the different culture of all three islands. Very well organized.

Susan from Half Moon Bay, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/17/14
The Island Hopping Tour introduced me to the beauty and diversity of the San Juan Islands. Each day was filled with new experiences as well as new vistas. It was terrific opportunity to learn about another treasure in our amazing country.

John from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
Want to see and explore an area of America that is beautiful, lightly known, and fascinating? Then, San Juan Islands is the experience for you.

Suzanne from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
This is an outstanding adventure in a gorgeous environment. Kevin, Keith, Angie, Robin and Angie(chef) were exceptionally talented and in keeping the experience interesting and exciting. Thanks to them, perfect weather & a marvelous group of travelers we truly enjoyed this program.

Patricia from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/26/14 - 08/01/14
This program exceeded my expectations. If you love the sea, northern forests, eating healthy, and learning about the ways of life on these islands from several centuries up to the present day, from teachers who can impart their love and unique knowledge of this area, this program is for you.

William from Lexington, MA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 06/21/14 - 06/27/14
Island life is different from mainland life, and this program gives you a good taste of that. Varied speakers and day trips between islands make it an enjoyable experience.

Benita from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/09/14
This trip was very scenic and informative. The hotel, the meals, the group leader, all the speakers, and the field trips exceeded my expectations. It was so informative to see how residents were protective of their islands. And hearing from people who started businesses there and the historic sites was very interesting. The only down side was rain on most days.

Jean from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/09/14
If you go to the San Juan Islands off season, know that stores and shops close early by 4 or 5pm and some stores and restaurants are closed on some weeknights. Dress in layers and bring a windbreaker or rain jacket/umbrella, be ready for sun or rain.

Karen from Indiana, PA Number of programs attended: 220
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
My husband, Gerry, and I cannot imagine a better way to see these beautiful islands. We have each been to over 220 Elderhostels, and we rate this one A+. On our own we could never have experienced what we did thanks to this program, which focused a lot on the islanders and how they live in these remote places. We enjoyed meeting writers, artists and an art collector, musicians, people in sustainable agriculture, and residents of a green community. Our accommodations and meals in Friday Harbor were excellent, too, so we had a great week and highly recommend this Road Scholar program.

Bonnie from Laguna Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
In planning a visit to the San Juan Islands one first hears about how beautiful they are. Which is true but there is another whole dimension to the Islands which we heard about when we visited the site of the American and British camps dating from the Revolutionary War . Much history here that I did not study in school !!

Harriet from Ventura, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
This is a wonderful program. And the islands are sensationally beautiful. But is somewhat physically demanding if you have problems breathing or walking.


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