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Your Country-by-Country Passport to the World

Program Number: 20859RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2013 - 11/14/2013; 9/15/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $569.00 - 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!




Highlights

• 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

11-10-2013

AUSTRIA: Journey to The Alps and the country that gave us Strudel, Mozart and Freud. Study the Habsburg Dynasty and the 1938 Anschluss of Austria by Germany. Listen to the music of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Strauss. Take a closer look at the art of Gustav Klimt and architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Look at Austria today as part of the Eurozone and its assertion of permanent neutrality.
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9-15-2014

Norway — Journey to the Land of the Midnight Sun, known for stunning fjords, Stave churches and lefse. Discuss Norway’s ties to the sea from Vikings to whale watching to caviar. Learn simple Norwegian words.
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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.



Accommodations
Conference center located on beautiful Geneva Lake in a 51-acre wooded site. Beautiful lake shore walking path for viewing historic mansions.
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
web: www.covenantharbor.org
  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 Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. COVENANT HARBOR WAIVER. This form cannot be completed online. It is located in the pre-program materials just in front of the Participant Information Form. Complete and return to the address provided.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site for duration of program.
Transportation
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

 
 

Service:

 

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 

 

Distance:

 

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, November 10)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in at Geneva Bay Conference 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. 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 about your hometown and hobbies.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Austria's History and Culture
(Monday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 9:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S HISTORY. What does it take to build a nation? Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. We can't study Austria without talking about classical music. Take a look at the music of Mozart.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Continue discussion of Austria's classical music heritage with the music of Haydn.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 7:15 pm for a session on another aspect of AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Enjoy some musical entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Austria's History and Culture
(Tuesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 9:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S HISTORY. Take a look at the dynasty of the Hapsburgs. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S HISTORY. Continue our discussion.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Enjoy a presentation on the Austrian kitchen with our executive chef.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 7:15 pm for a session on another aspect of AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Discuss art and architecture with the works of Klimt and Hundertwasser.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Austria's History and Culture
(Wednesday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 9:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S HISTORY. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:30 am to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room at 11:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Continue our discussion of classical music with the music of Schubert.
 Lunch: At 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in the meeting room at 2:00 pm for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Wrap up our discussion of classical music with Strauss.
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 7:15 pm for a session on another aspect of AUSTRIA'S CULTURE. Enjoy a live performance of works by Mozart by professional musician Dr. Trevor Stephenson. He plays the works of the great composers on historically accurate instruments.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Austria's History, Program Wrap Up, Departure
(Thursday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in the lower level meeting room at 9:00 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S HISTORY. Take a thirty-minute break at 10:00 am. Check-out of rooms during break. Come back to the meeting room at 10:30 am for a lecture on AUSTRIA'S HISTORY.
 Lunch: At 11:30 am in the lower level 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 www.lakegenevawi.com
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


Austria Enchantment of the World


Author: R Conrad Stein


Description: Each book examines climate and geography; plants and animals; history; government; economy; people and languages; religion; spiritual life; mythology; culture; the arts and sports; daily life and more. The text is highlighted by breathtaking colour photographs, and numerous original maps that feature population distribution, natural resources, topographic features and historical landmarks. An easy to use Fast Facts appendix pinpoints key statistical information from the text, and an illustrated timeline compares the country's history to world history.



Mozart: A Life


Author: Paul Johnson


Description: Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. Mozart’s gift and skill with instruments was also remarkable as he mastered all of them except the harp. For example, no sooner had the clarinet been invented and introduced than Mozart began playing and composing for it. In addition to his many insights into Mozart’s music, Johnson also challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer’s health, wealth, religion, and relationships. Always engaging, Johnson offers readers and music lovers a superb examination of Mozart and his glorious music, which is still performed every day in concert halls and opera houses around the world.



Last Waltz in Vienna


Author: George Clare


Description: On February 26, 1938, 17-year-old Georg Klaar took his girlfriend Lisl to his first ball at the Konzerthaus. His family was proudly Austrian; they were also Jewish, and two weeks later came the German Anschluss. This incredibly affecting account of Nazi brutality towards the Jews includes a previously unpublished post-war letter from the author’s uncle to a friend who had escaped to Scotland. This moving epistle passes on the news of those who had survived and the many who had been arrested, deported, murdered, or left to die in concentration camps, and those who had been orphaned or lost their partners or children. It forms a devastating epilogue to what has been hailed as a classic of holocaust literature.





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