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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.
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Go back in time as you join monks and medieval scholars dressed in replicas of medieval clothing for an immersion into daily life in villages and castles, religion, culture and celebrations of medieval peoples. At the Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension, examine a collection of facsimile medieval books, and discuss the popular literary works of the times, including books of hours, bestiaries, and Chaucer’s "Canterbury Tales.” Experience herbs and cuisine from the time period. Discover how medieval people viewed their world, and decide if they can teach us about how we live today.


• Compare medieval and modern farming techniques during field trips to local dairy farms, and enjoy a chance to sample their homemade cheeses and ice cream.
• Explore the Snake River via pontoon boat, and learn the history of the Twin Falls area.
• View or participate in medieval dance and enjoy an evening of music during a harp performance.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Minimal walking. Elevation of 4,000 feet.

Coordinated by Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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