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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
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.
Get an invigorating outdoor workout with the country’s premiere paddling school, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, as you learn the basics of kayaking amid Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Experts provide in-depth instruction on water safety and paddling technique and then send you into the water to practice on placid Fontana Lake before tackling more rigorous water based challenges such as whitewater kayaking and rafting.


• Instructors from the country’s leading kayaking school teach you the basics and point out what to watch for in your natural surroundings.
• Paddle down the Little Tennessee River and enjoy two afternoon hikes as you get lost in the beauty of the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.
• Join a professional folksinger and storyteller for a program of Cherokee songs, mountain tales, and banjo and dulcimer ballads.

Program Notes

Kayaking experience not required. River trips supervised by a professional whitewater outfitter.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Hiking up to three hours on two of the days on narrow, unimproved (or semi-improved) trails, with exposed rocks, roots, slippery footing and often continuous uphill hiking; expect elevation gains of 775 ft in 1.5 miles. Paddling kayaks or inflatables from three to six hours each day; confident swimming ability is required; be prepared for full immersion (head underwater) during wet exits.

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
6 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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