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8 Days | 7 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. 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
Start of Program
Jun 19, 2013
5:00 p.m.
You will be staying at the Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue that night.
Location: Chicago, IL
Nearest airport: O'Hare International and Midway regional airports

End of Program
Jun 26, 2013
8:00 a.m.
You will be staying at the Kansas City Holiday Inn at the Plaza the night before.
Location: Kansas City, MO
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Location, location, location! Nestled near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, our hotel is literally steps away from downtown Chicago's beautiful riverwalk and top attractions, including the architecture riverboat tour (1/2 block); Millennium Park and Cultural Center (2 blocks); Art Institute (4 blocks); plus hundreds of dining and shopping options. The Hop On/ Hop Off Trolley stop is only 1 block from our hotel, so you may easily enjoy this program's included 3-day trolley pass throughout downtown Chicago at no additional cost. Listen to the fun narrations of trolley hosts as you travel to your favorite destinations. Located on famous Michigan Avenue, home of the "Magnificent Mile", your uniquely spacious hotel room allows you to stretch out and relax. With only 5 guest rooms per floor, the hotel offers a homelike residential feel. In contrast to some big name Chicago hotels in dingy, noisy neighborhoods, this hotel gem provides a clean, safe and beautiful Michigan Avenue setting to enjoy Chicago by day or night.

Contact info:
320 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
phone: 312-384-1208
web: www.comfortsuiteschicago.com/

Room amenities: Rooms have expansive floor plans and residence-style amenities. Rooms with one bed (king or queen) are an apartment suite, featuring a separate bedroom, a full-size kitchen, desk and chair, and living area with sofa and second TV. Room with two beds (queens) are large open rooms (no separate bedroom); plus a kitchen, easy chair, and desk and office chair (no sofa or second TV). All rooms have full kitchens, with coffee maker, stove, microwave, and refrigerator. All rooms are also equipped with a washer and dryer; and workspace with ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet. The newly remodeled rooms provide 600-800 square feet to stretch and relax. Beds feature pillow-top mattresses. Some rooms have city views.

Facility amenities: Complimentary coffee and full breakfast served daily; Complimentary high speed Internet; Same-day dry cleaning available; Complimentary access to fitness center in hotel;100% smoke free environment; Valet parking available; Bell staff; Concierge services.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by date
Come early and enjoy Chicago an extra day at our same special downtown Chicago rate. Availability and rates vary by date, but are approximately $200 (including tax) per night. Contact the hotel directly at (312) 384-1208. Request the "Iowa State University Road Scholar" rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: This hotel is ideally located near Kansas City's Union Station and vibrant new Power & Light District; and within walking distance to Kansas City's popular Country Club Plaza historic district. A wonderful feature is this hotel's hospitality shuttle vans and welcoming drivers. Hotel guests enjoy complimentary shuttle rides to attractions within a 3-mile radius, including Union Station, the Jazz Museum, outstanding art museums, National WWI Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Federal Reserve Bank's Money Museum. A convenient MAX stop (Metro Area Express) is also located by the hotel's front door, for a short bus ride to Crown Center/Hallmark Cards, Crossroads Arts District, and downtown attractions.

Contact info:
1 East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 USA
phone: 816-753-7400
web: www.kcplazahotels.com

Room amenities: One king or two queen beds, cable, satellite TV w/movie channel and pay-per-view movies, coffee maker, complimentary coffee/tea, reading chair, work desk & chair, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Full-service restaurant/lounge, complimentary shuttle service (3 miles), free morning newspaper delivered to room, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. largest outdoor pool in Kansas City, complimentary underground parking. Happy Hour drink specials & half price appetizers from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Mon.-Thurs. nights.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Seasonal rates vary.
Additional nights available by telephoning the hotel at (816) 753-7400. Ask to speak with Stephanie Porter.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips


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