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Your Country-by-Country Passport to the World

Program Number: 20859RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/17/2013 - 3/21/2013; 4/10/2016 - 4/14/2016; 5/22/2016 - 5/26/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/22/2016;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $588.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Is there a country you’ve always wanted to visit or revisit, but you haven’t had time or the right opportunity? Join us for an interactive learning adventure that will educate you on much more than armchair travelogues. Each of these virtual journeys provides an array of rewards with highlights of history, heritage, literature, language, lore, music and food — all without leaving home. Explore one, explore all!


• Hear lively presentations enhanced by performances or activities celebrating the country’s culture.
• Explore the lives of those who have made significant contributions to the world, and meet local residents who will share aspects of their heritage.
• Savor meals that highlight national specialties.

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking required; participants are welcome to explore nature paths or lakefront.

Date Specific Information


SCOTLAND: Take a walk amongst the heather on the hill of magical Scotland. Explore Scotland’s relationship with England and its system of government. All lads and lassies are invited to practice some Gaelic words and phrases in your best Scottish accent. Study the poetry of Robert Burns and the classic literature of J.M. Barrie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Learn more about the bagpipe and traditional Scottish music. Listen to folktales and enjoy an evening of Scottish dancing.
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4-10-2016, 9-18-2016

WALES AND CORNWALL: Explore these two areas of the United Kingdom that retain their own distinct cultural identities in landscapes characterized by windswept cliffs and long coastlines. Both areas struggled economically after a decline in mining and fishing. The future may lie in greater autonomy from London.
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THE BALTICS: Take a look at the counties of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Once part of the USSR, these counties have interesting histories and distinctive cultures. All are uniquely positioned, geographically, politically and economically between Europe and Russia. Discuss ongoing events with Russia and Putin.
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Coordinated by Covenant Harbor.

Lake Geneva

One hour southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a resort city whose popularity arose from its accessibility from Chicago via the railroad. With its many large summer homes, the city has been called "The Newport of the West," and it remains a year round destination for those seeking a quaint, lakeside getaway.

Conference center located on beautiful Geneva Lake in a 51-acre wooded site. Beautiful lake shore walking path for viewing historic mansions.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Christine Brookes

Christine Brookes is a Lake Geneva native who received her bachelor’s in education from the University of Michigan and master's in education from Viterbo University, specializing in language arts and reading. She has performed at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and with several community theaters.
Nancy Walczyk

Dr. Nancy Walczyk received her Ph.D. in Irish literature from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was the associate director of the Center for Celtic Studies, and served as a senior lecturer in the English department. She has been a coordinator of Milwaukee Irish Fest's cultural area more than 25 years.
Nancy Heingartner

Dr. Nancy Heingartner has a Ph.D. in Slavic languages from Brown University. Most of her professional career has been in Russian language instruction, though she has also worked in the Foreign Service. In addition to serving as outreach coordinator for University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), she administers University of Wisconsin-Madison's Baltic Studies Summer Institute and Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute.
Meals and Lodgings
   Covenant Harbor
  Lake Geneva, WI 4 nights
 Covenant Harbor
Type: Conference Center
  Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.
  Contact info: 1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.
  Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80.00 Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00 Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.
  Check out time: 10:30 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrival and check-in at 4:00 pm at conference center in Lake Geneva, WI. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after 11:30 am lunch. Departures by 1:00 pm. You will be staying at Covenant Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Covenant Harbor Bible Camp and Retreat Center waiver.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site for duration of program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Geneva, WI
  Nearest highway: Highway 50.
  Nearest airport:  Gen. Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Geneva, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Gen. Mitchell Int'l Airport (MKE), Milwaukee, WI to Lake Geneva


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Covenant Harbor Van Shuttle
phone: 262-248-3600 x309
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$75 per person, $100 for two people traveling together
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 15 minutes 




55 miles


Van Shuttle provided by Covenant Harbor from/to the Milwaukee airport on the program start and end dates only. Contact Ms. Brooke Furmanek, the program coordinator, to make your reservation at 262-248-3600 x309. One-way cost $75 per person or $100 for two people traveling together.

Driving Directions
  From Chicago to Lake Geneva Take the I-294 N towards Milwaukee (there will be tolls). Take I-94 W (You are actually going north) to Milwaukee (There will be tolls). Take the Hwy 50 W exit to Kenosha/Lake Geneva. Follow Hwy 50 W approximately 28 miles to Lake Geneva. Stay on Hwy 50 W one mile and turn left into the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp entrance. The entrance is just before Highway 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway.
  From Madison to Lake Geneva Take I-90 south to I-43 north. Follow I-43 north to Hwy 50 east (Lake Geneva). Follow Hwy 50 for about 10 miles. As you enter Lake Geneva you are coming down a big hill and the highway will narrow from four lanes to two lanes, at this point the Covenant Harbor/Geneva Bay Centre entrance is on the right. Continue down the drive and bear to the right at the fork, up the hill to Geneva Bay Centre (three story red brick building). Passenger drop off to the left, parking to the right. Travel time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
  From Milwaukee to Lake Geneva Take I-43 south to Exit 36, Hwy 120 East Troy/Lake Geneva. Take Hwy 120 south 13 miles to Lake Geneva (three stop signs). Continue straight into Lake Geneva, do not follow Hwy 120 around the city, instead continue straight onto Broad Street to the second stop light (intersection of Broad St and Hwy 50, the lake will be directly in front of you). Turn right on Hwy 50 and proceed west one mile (the lake is on your left) to the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp/Geneva Bay Centre entrance on your left (lakeside). Look for the red "Welcome Road Scholar" sign. The entrance is just before Hwy 50 widens from two lanes to a four lane highway. If you see Snake Road you've gone too far. Continue down the driveway and bear to the right at Heinzelman Way, continue up the road and park in front of the thee-story brick building (Geneva Bay Centre).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Welcoming Orientation
(Sunday, March 17)
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in at Geneva Bay Center at Covenant Harbor at 4:00 pm central daylight time. Please, no early check-ins. If you do arrive early, you are welcome to bring in your luggage, have a cup of coffee and wait in the lounge or take a walk down by the lake until your room is ready. Room key, name tag and program booklet distributed at check-in.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the dining room. Most meals will be buffet style for this program. You'll find a salad bar with fresh greens and an array of toppings. Be sure to pace yourself at meals; we know it all looks so good, and it is, but you'll want to pace yourself. Grab a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of soda, iced tea, coffee, tea or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.
 Evening: Gather at 7:15 pm in the meeting room to kick off the program with ORIENTATION. Your Group Leader will give an overview of the program, provide additional information about your accommodations and amenities and answer any questions. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little bit about your hometown and hobbies.
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Scotland's History and Culture
(Monday, March 18)
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the dining room.
 Morning: Class 9:00-10:30 am. Begin the program with a little SCOTTISH HISTORY. Take a 30-minute break to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back for a second class 11:00 am-12:30 pm for SCOTTISH CULTURE.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Class 4:00-5:30 pm on SCOTTISH HISTORY.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the dining room.
 Evening: Tonight's entertainment begins at 7:15 pm.
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Scotland's History and Culture
(Tuesday, March 19)
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the dining room.
 Morning: Class 9:00-10:30 am on SCOTTISH CUISINE with the Executive Chef. A 30-minute break provides an opportunity to take a walk around the grounds. Perhaps you'd like to see the historic carriage house from the original estate. Class 11:00 am-12:30 pm continues with SCOTTISH CUISINE.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Class 4:00-5:30 pm on SCOTTISH MUSIC.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the dining room.
 Evening: Tonight's entertainment begins at 7:15 pm.
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Scotland's History and Culture
(Wednesday, March 20)
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the dining room.
 Morning: Class 9:00-10:30 am on SCOTTISH HISTORY. Take a 30-minute break to stretch. Class 11:00 am-12:30 pm on SCOTTISH CULTURE.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Class 4:00-5:30 pm on SCOTTISH LITERATURE.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the meeting room at 7:15 pm. Tonight we welcome the cadets from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. The SJNMA Pipe Band tradition dates back to 1917, providing a unique musical experience for both cadets and their audiences! The Pipe Band has performed at Cinco de Mayo in Pueblo, Mexico, with The Chieftains at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee and at the Bradley Center during half-time of a Milwaukee Bucks game. Each year, the Pipe Band performs in the Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade and the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 2011, the SJNMA Pipe Band won Best Youth Band and Best in Parade at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria, Virginia.
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Scotland's History, Program Wrap Up, Departure
(Thursday, March 21)
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the dining room.
 Morning: Class 9:00-10:00 am on SCOTTISH HISTORY. Take a 30-minute break to pack and take some things to your vehicle. Class 10:30-11:30 am on SCOTTISH CULTURE.
 Lunch: At 11:30 am in the dining room. Program ends after lunch. Independent departure by 1:00 pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  Lake Geneva, WI Lake Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
Your guide to Lake Geneva. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

A History of Scotland: Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History

Author: Neil Oliver

Description: Scotland's history gets a rewrite by archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver. How accurate are the accounts of Mary Queen of Scot's tragic demise or Bonnie Prince Charlie's forlorn cause? Oliver reveals a Scotland that forged its own identity with success, despite its union with England in 1707.

Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends

Author: Ferenc Morton Szasz

Description: Today the images of Robert Burns and Abraham Lincoln are recognized worldwide, yet few are aware of the connection between the two. In "Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends," author Ferenc Morton Szasz reveals how famed Scots poet Robert Burns—and Scotland in general—influenced the life and thought of one of the most beloved and important U.S. presidents and how the legends of the two men became intertwined after their deaths. This is the first extensive work to link the influence, philosophy, and artistry of these two larger-than-life figures. Lacking a major national poet of their own in the early nineteenth century, Americans in the fledgling frontier country ardently adopted the poignant verses and songs of Scotland’s Robert Burns. Lincoln, too, was fascinated by Scotland’s favorite son and enthusiastically quoted the Scottish bard from his teenage years to the end of his life. Szasz explores the ways in which Burns’s portrayal of the foibles of human nature, his scorn for religious hypocrisy, his plea for nonjudgmental tolerance, and his commitment to social equality helped shape Lincoln’s own philosophy of life. The volume also traces how Burns’s lyrics helped Lincoln develop his own powerful sense of oratorical rhythm, from his casual anecdotal stories to his major state addresses. "Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns" connects the poor-farm-boy upbringings, the quasi-deistic religious views, the shared senses of destiny, the extraordinary gifts for words, and the quests for social equality of two respected and beloved world figures. This book is enhanced by twelve illustrations and two appendixes, which include Burns poems Lincoln particularly admired and Lincoln writings especially admired in Scotland.

Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

Author: Robert Burns

Description: Robert Burns is more than Scotland's national poet. With Shakespeare, Burns is an icon for the UK and Scotland he is a national symbol. This volume of poems and songs is a best selling, beautiful edition of his work.

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

Author: Arthur Herman

Description: Who formed the first modern nation? Who created the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. Mention of Scotland and the Scots usually conjures up images of kilts, bagpipes, Scotch whisky, and golf. But as historian and author Arthur Herman demonstrates, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland earned the respect of the rest of the world for its crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since. Arthur Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. He lucidly summarizes the ideas, discoveries, and achievements that made this small country facing on the North Atlantic an inspiration and driving force in world history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong.

J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys

Author: Andrew Birkin

Description: J.M. Barrie, novelist, playwright, and author of "Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up", led a life almost as magical and interesting as his famous creation. Childless in his marriage, Barrie grew close to the five young boys of the Llewelyn Davies family, ultimately becoming their guardian and devoted surrogate father when they were orphaned. Andrew Birkin draws extensively on a vast range of material by and about Barrie, including notebooks, memoirs, and hours of recorded interviews with the Llewelyn Davies family and their circle, to describe Barrie's life and the wonderful world he created for the boys. Originally published in 1979, this illustrated account is reissued with a new preface to mark the release of "Neverland", the film of Barrie's life, and the centenary of "Peter Pan".

Rob Roy

Author: Sir Walter Scott

Description: By turns thrilling and comic, Rob Roy contains Scott's most sophisticated treatment of the Scottish Highlands as an imaginary space where the modern and the primitive come together. Newly edited from the `Magnum Opus' text of 1830, this edition includes full explanatory notes and a critical introduction exploring the originality and complexity of Scott's achievement.

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