New York
The Chautauqua Experience in Fall and Spring
Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is an enduring celebration of art, history and culture. Join us for an enriching adventure of classes, lectures and expert-led excursions.
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Program No. 1713RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Since it began as an educational experiment in 1874, Chautauqua Institution has grown into a mecca for lifelong learners. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York, the Chautauqua Institution is known for its bustling summer season. This unique Chautauqua experience takes place in “off-season” of fall and spring, and it lets you and your fellow Road Scholars get the grounds mostly to yourself. Enjoy exclusive Road Scholar courses while staying on the institution’s peaceful, scenic grounds. During your stay, explore exciting themes such as art, music, literature, science, politics, religion and more. Get ready for the educational opportunity of a lifetime!
Activity Level
Varies by date
Minimal walking through hotel and to meals. Shuttle service to classes and entertainment.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Participate in a variety of stimulating classes and lively lectures with distinguished experts.
  • In the afternoons, pick from a range of activities like nature walks, yoga, or a discussion with a political analyst or scientist.
  • Relish in evening entertainment such as jazz performances, bluegrass, a cappella choirs and more!

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Durwood Swanson
Durwood Swanson is the go-to expert for walking and bus explorations of the Chautauqua grounds, able to summon up facts at a moment’s notice. For instance, he’ll go into great detail to tell you when electricity arrived in Chautauqua (off and on between 1877-1908, he’ll explain). A former elementary school teacher and principal, Durwood is an enthusiastic and informative Group Leader.
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Tom DeAngelo
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