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Exploring Unusual Cities: A Touch of History, a Taste of Utopia

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Attracted to endless sunsets and a better way of life, many unusual societies settled in the heartland. Broaden your understanding of Old Order Amish, New Age Maharishi, German Amana Colonies, Pella's Dutch, Nauvoo's Mormons and French Icarians as you meet their residents, learn their histories, compare their lifestyles and laugh with storytellers.


• We’ve reserved the best seats for you at Pella's Tulip Festival, where you’ll delight in colorful Dutch dancing, tulips, parades and ethnic foods.
• Enjoy a truly rare experience — entering an Old Order Amish (most conservative) home to learn about their practices and beliefs.
• Step inside the unique world of Vedic City, Iowa to learn about their unusual lifestyle of meditation, diet, special currency, architecture and yogic flying.

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Walking four blocks, some uneven terrain, stairs. Festival events viewed from outdoor bleacher seating.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Des Moines, Iowa, 1 night; coach to Nauvoo, Ill., 2 nights; coach to Amana Colonies, 2 nights; coach to Pella Tulip Festival and Des Moines hotel, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Iowa State University Extension.

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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
1 Performances


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