Every Road Scholar adventure has physical demands, whether you’re halfway across the world in Tibet’s rugged Himalayas hiking at 10,000 feet elevation or sitting in a wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, kindled by an expert’s post-Impressionist talk on van Gogh.
To make it easier for you to find the Road Scholar learning adventure that best suits your physical abilities, we’ve created a new Activity Level rating system. These Activity Levels are an easy way for you to glance at a program and tell instantly if it's right for you.
Our educational programs haven't changed — just the way we describe their physical demands.
“I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me, and I love to keep up with the group.”
The extent of the physical activity is your call. Select the date best for you!
Varies by Choice.
There’s multiple ways to love learning. Enjoy the activity, site or topic of your choice.
New Activity Levels Specifically for Our Outdoor Adventures!
One of the new features is a separate scale of Activity Levels specifically for our Outdoor Adventures. Whether you want to go hiking, birding or biking, now you’ll easily be able to tell just how active your learning adventure will be.
Outdoor: No Sweat
“I exercise for fun, not to win contests. I like to explore at an easy pace, stopping to snap photos and smell the roses. Varied terrain doesn’t scare me, but let’s not do anything too extreme.”
“I enjoy getting my heart going on my bike or on trails. Nothing beats the thrill of taking on a rewarding climb or ride on varied terrain with inclines. Let’s keep moving — occasional stops only, please.”
“I love pushing myself, and I can keep a steady pace on rugged and steep terrain. This is as challenging as it gets? Great. Let’s do this. At the end of the day, I want to feel like I’ve had a real workout.”
As outdoor enthusiasts know, some days can bring new variables — the weather, the terrain, my energy level — so I enjoy the flexibility of choosing from multiple options of length, challenges and pace.
Outdoor: Varies by Date.
Don’t push too much — or too little! Here’s the chance to select your desired physical challenge by date.