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7 Days | 6 Nights
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.
From Strasburg to Altoona, explore the people and history behind Pennsylvania’s railroads. Steam, diesel and narrow-gauge — hop aboard four trains and ride the rolling hills of Lancaster County and through the rugged Allegheny Mountains as railroad employees and historians explain the construction of the rails and their historic and modern roles in passenger and commercial traffic.


• At the Railroaders Memorial Museum, uncover the story behind the 220-degree engineering marvel of Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark.
• Inspect America’s first railroad through the Alleghenies at the Gallitzin Tunnels and visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
• At the Steamtown National Historic Site, go behind the scenes at a shop where steam engines are rebuilt.

Program Notes

Ride via motorcoach to each destination in Pennsylvania. We make every effort to allow time to explore each village and town we visit throughout the program - however, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.

Activity Notes

Walking for up to one mile over varied terrain, steps to board trains, walking inside a coal mine.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Lancaster, 2 nights; coach to Wilkes-Barre, 2 nights; coach to Altoona, 2 nights; coach to Lancaster, departure.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips


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