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6 Days | 5 Nights
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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.
Amid the breathtaking foliage of the Appalachian Mountains, step back in time as you take an authentic ride on a storied railroad, experience a centuries-old Native American village and explore a gilded mansion that defies imagination as your extraordinary adventure takes you to the top peaks of the Blue Ridge Parkway — perhaps the most scenic road in America.


• Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad through rivers, valleys and the scenic Smoky Mountains themselves.
• Visit a living Cherokee Indian Village from more than two centuries ago, an existing reservation and an authentic craft market.
• Marvel at the incomparable beauty of the 255-room French Renaissance Biltmore House and Estate, the largest private residence in the United States.

Program Notes

There are two different lodging options for this program, depending on the date. One is at a beautiful conference center in Flat Rock, NC, 40 minutes from Asheville. The other is at a hotel one-half mile from the heart of downtown Asheville offering a free evening shuttle to the city's sites and restaurants. Minor modifications to the programming for each site.

Activity Notes

Walking up to one mile, some uneven paths. Elevations up to 6,000 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Flat Rock, 3 nights; coach to Cherokee, 1 night; coach to Flat Rock, 1 night; departure.
(Date based in Asheville hotel, 5 nights, Asheville.)

Date Notes
This program date is based at a modern hotel in downtown Asheville.

Coordinated by Mars Hill University.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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