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Your Country-by-Country Passport to the World

Program Number: 20859RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/23/2014 - 3/27/2014; 9/15/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $589.00 - 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

3-23-2014

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.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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. You'll find the form before 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 and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, March 23)
   
 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. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. You'll find several hot entrees, a splendid salad bar and chef's dessert of the day. 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: We will gather in our private meeting room for ORIENTATION where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. 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: Norway's History and Culture
(Monday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You'll find a selection of hot and cold entrees along with fresh fruit and juice.
 Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on A LITTLE PIECE OF NORWAY. For the Midwesterner, Norway conjures up images of lutefisk, lefse, mountains and trolls. Norway is this and so much more. This lecture will provide an overview of Norway and its people and geography. We will take a visual tour visiting travel highlights in Norway. Finally, we will catch a glimpse of modern Norway. Why does Norway continually top the lists of the best place in the world to live? Glimpses of Norwegian art, music and folklore will help us explore the Norwegian identity. Take a break between presentations to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room for a presentation on EXPLORING THE NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE. This lecture and interactive workshop will explore the Norwegian language. Participants will learn some basic Norwegian phrases and aspects of the Norwegian sound system. In addition, we will talk about the complex and fascinating language situation in Norway today and how it got to be that way. Expect to relax, produce some beautiful new sounds and sing a song or two.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on NORSE MYTHOLOGY. The ancient stories of Thor, Loki and the other gods are consistent across all of Scandinavia. Delve into their personalities and also talk about the Vikings and their culture.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in our private meeting room for some light EVENING ENTERTAINMENT - TBA.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Norway's History and Culture
(Tuesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on NORWEGIAN HISTORY. Learn more about Norway's historic struggle for independence. Take a break between presentation to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room for a presentation on NORWEGIAN HISTORY. Learn more about Norway during WWII and the sabotage of the heavy water production facility.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN. When we hear the term Scandinavian Design we think of simplicity, minimalism and functionality. The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should not only be affordable to the wealthy, but to all, is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism. Discuss noted designers as well as take a look at award-winning architectural landmarks and famous art pieces like Edvard Munch's "The Scream."
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in our private meeting room for some light EVENING ENTERTAINMENT - TBA.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Norway's History and Culture
(Wednesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on THE NORWEGIAN KITCHEN. Join our executive chef for an exploration of Norwegian flavors and ingredients. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of several Norwegian specialties. Take a break between presentation to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room for a presentation on MUSIC OF EDVARD GRIEG. Take a look at the life and music of composer Edvard Grieg. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping develop a national identity, much like Jean Sibelius did in Finland .
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Afternoon: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on THE ART OF NORWEGIAN ROSEMALING. This decorative folk art originated in the rural valleys of Norway and is characterized by painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scrollwork, lining and geometric elements, often in flowing patterns.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.
 Evening: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation of HARDANDER FIDDLE MUSIC.Gain an appreciation of the Hardanger fiddle through tunes, stories, and examining its exquisite decorations. The tunes are from various regions of Norway along with some composed by Stoughton fiddlers Lars and Hans Fykerud of the early 20th century.
   
Accommodations: Covenant Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Norway's History and Culture / Program Concludes with Lunch / Departure
(Thursday, March 27)

Note: Check-out of room by 10:30 am.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.
 Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on NORWEGIAN IMMIGRATION. The upper Midwest was a magnet for Norwegian immigration. Learn why and how they traveled to America and what life was like once they arrived.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Program concludes with lunch. Independent departure by 1:00 pm. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
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.


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