For more than twenty five years, Saint Nicholas Ranch has partnered with Elderhostel, Inc. to provide outstanding adventures in lifelong learning through our Road Scholar programs. All of our Road Scholar programs offer a taste of the best we have to offer: Greek food, culture and hospitality along with lectures by college professors and experts in their fields.
To register for a Road Scholar program at Saint Nicholas Ranch contact Road Scholar at 1-800-454-5768 or
The following are the upcoming Road Scholar programs at Saint Nicholas Ranch:
The Iliad and the Odyssey and the Greek Philosophers
The Iliad and the Odyssey
The epic poetry of Homer continues to draw the modern reader. Explore the myth and history of his works; meet Agamemnon, Odysseus and Helen, whose face launched a thousand ships. Lovers of literature, poetry, and classics will enjoy this adventure.
The Greek Philosophers
Plato? Aristotle? Heraclitus? Just who were these philosophers whose names we keep hearing, but never quite got to know? Meet the thinkers who began the stream of western thought and discover why their quest continues to exert a profound influence.
Experience Greece Without Leaving the USA
Experience the sights, sounds and taste of modern Greece. Learn about Greek traditions, culture, folklore and cuisine; listen to Greek music and learn basic Greek dances. A wonderful preparation for a trip to Greece!
Alexander The Great & Greek Philosophy
Alexander The Great
He was worshipped as a god by the Asians; as a hero descended from Hercules to the Greeks. Study the feats of the man who established the first world empire by the age of thirty-two, and died when there were no worlds left to conquer.
The Classical Age Of Greek Philosophy
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle -- learn from the philosophers devoted to the question, How should we live? Discover the abiding relevance of their search, which continues to shape our conception of reality and our own self-understanding.
Experiencing Greece Without Leaving the USA
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of modern Greece. Learn about Greek traditions, culture, folklore and cuisine; listen to Greek music and learn basic Greek dances. A wonderful preparation for a trip to Greece!
Discover the fascinating history of Constantinople, 'New Rome,' and the Eastern Roman Empire that flourished during the Middle Ages and did not fall until the fifteenth century. Situated midway between Catholic Europe and the Islamic East, the experience of the Byzantine Empire offers a unique window into the relationship between Western and Eastern cultures. Explore the rich Byzantine history, beautiful worship, mystical theology and spirituality of the Eastern Orthodox Church with PhD professors who are recognized experts in their fields. Also enjoy a taste of Greek cuisine, dance, language, and culture. Bonus elements include a guided nature walk, Greek cooking class, session on medicinal Greek herbs, and evening with John Muir!