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6 Days | 5 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.
Investigate the planets, the Sun, the Moon and the stars plus black holes, the Big Bang theory, radio astronomy and more with a team of scientists from three Virginia universities and astronomers from the Green Bank Observatory. This beautiful setting far removed from city lights is the perfect place to turn to the sky and unravel the mysteries of the universe.


• Use telescopes to view the Sun by day and the stars and galaxies by night (weather permitting, of course).
• Astronomers and scientists share the latest in cutting-edge astronomy research.
• Enjoy the grounds of the Mountain Lake Hotel in your free time; take a nature walk, play lawn games or tennis or choose from many more activities.

Activity Notes

Minimal walking and standing on this program. No experience required.

Date Notes
Join us as we observe meteors from the end of the annual Lyrids Meteor Shower, typically producing about 20 meteors per hour.8/14/2016
Join us as we observe meteors from the end of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower, one of the brightest and most active showers.10/23/2016
Join us as we observe meteors from the end of the annual Orionids Meteor Shower, typically producing around 20 meteors per hour.

Coordinated by The Mountain Lake Conservancy.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

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


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