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Program #20822RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation on the program is 3000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).

Itinerary for Aug 19 — Sep 1, 2013

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Day One: Monday, August 19 - In Transit
In Transit Overnight: Depart the U.S. for the overnight flight to Europe and the Zurich airport.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated in the third generation and located in the center of the village.

Contact info:
Hof 30
Lingenau, A-6951 Austria
phone: +4355136360
web: www.loewen-lingenau.com

Room amenities: TV, radio, telephone, hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, sauna, fitness center close to the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 20 - ZURICH AIRPORT ARRIVAL - BREGENZERWALD VALLEY - L...
Note: Approximate walking time is 1 hour.

Morning: After arrival at Zurich airport you are met by the Group Leader and transferred by private coach to Lingenau (2 hours), offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. On arrival you will first be required to clear customs, and then proceed to claim your luggage and meet the group in the meeting area, Terminal 1 Arrival Hall. Look for the Road Scholar sign that the Group Leader will be holding, one hour prior to transfer time, and who will also want to see your nametag to note your arrival. Your luggage will be collected and transported directly to the hotel and placed outside your room.

Afternoon: After having settled in your rooms at the hotel, take a short walk with the Group Leader to become familiar with the village. Welcome drink and orientation briefing prior to dinner.

Dinner: A selected meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Gasthof zum Lowen

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated in the third generation and located in the center of the village.

Contact info:
Hof 30
Lingenau, A-6951 Austria
phone: +4355136360
web: www.loewen-lingenau.com

Room amenities: TV, radio, telephone, hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, sauna, fitness center close to the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 21 - THE BREGENZERWALD CHEESE TRAIL - CHEESE ROAD WHIC...
THE BREGENZERWALD CHEESE TRAIL - CHEESE ROAD WHICH IS UNIQUE TO THE WORLD.

Note: Approximate walking time is 2.5 hours. Lecture: "Alpine Dairy Farms and Cheese Making."

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel.

Morning: The first trans-regional cheese road (3210-5136 feet), which is unique in the world, features Alpine dairy farms, alps and private cheese manufacturers, farmhouses that are open to visitors, “cheese inns” that offer special cheese dishes on their menus and specialty stores selling cheese products as well as traditional craft shops and tourist facilities. Today watch past and present cheese-making techniques at the cheese museum in Hittisau, and today's cheese-making at an Alp cheese manufacturer where you will also enjoy a cheese tasting. On this field trip you will discover how cheese is made from milk, how cheese tastes, and all of the different foods which can be made from cheese.

Lunch: Experience the local dish “Kässpatzle” (cheese dumplings).

Afternoon: On your return walk via Hittisau, visit the old water saw mill where a brief lecture will be given. Return by local bus back to Lingenau.

Dinner: A selected meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Evening: Dinner tonight will represent a typical "Bregenzerwalder" farmer's buffet, see and experience how farmer's celebrate special occasions.

Lodging: Hotel Gasthof zum Lowen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated in the third generation and located in the center of the village.

Contact info:
Hof 30
Lingenau, A-6951 Austria
phone: +4355136360
web: www.loewen-lingenau.com

Room amenities: TV, radio, telephone, hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, sauna, fitness center close to the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 22 - MAINAU ISLAND - KNOWN AS THE EXOTIC FLOWER ISLAND...
MAINAU ISLAND - KNOWN AS THE EXOTIC FLOWER ISLAND (little tropical paradise).

Note: Approximate walking time is 2 hours. Lecture: "All You Need to Know About the Island."

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: Begin today’s field trip by traveling to Mainau Island (1300 feet) located in Lake Constance on the south shore. The island is known as the exotic flower island (a little tropical paradise) as everyone will realize as the curator explains while walking on the island park. The curator will lecture about the history, botany, about the Teutonic Knights, originally owners of the island, and about the present residents, Count Bernadotte's family, an uncle of the King of Sweden.

Lunch: Independent lunch on the island. Choose from seven different restaurants - from a restaurant that has been on the island since 1937 serving superb local and international cuisine to a restaurant in the style of a beer garden. All restaurants serve all types of beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), and local produce along with the local wines. Go to the web-site www.mainau.de to learn more about the different restaurants.

Afternoon: Board a boat for a 30 minute ride on Lake Constance with a short stop in Meersburg (6783 feet) for a stroll through the picturesque town.

Dinner: Experience and learn about the traditional fondue dinner including cheese, meat, vegetables and fruit.

Lodging: Hotel Gasthof zum Lowen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Family owned and operated in the third generation and located in the center of the village.

Contact info:
Hof 30
Lingenau, A-6951 Austria
phone: +4355136360
web: www.loewen-lingenau.com

Room amenities: TV, radio, telephone, hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, sauna, fitness center close to the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 23 - THE WALDERBAHNLE - RIDE THE NOSTALGIC LOCAL STEAM...
Note: Approximate walking time is 2.5 hours. Lecture: "History of the Walderbahnle."

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: In the morning walk from Lingenau through fields and along the woods to Schwarzenberg (1408 feet), a beautiful old town with traditional homes and a lovely church typical of the region.

Lunch: Independent lunch in Schwarzenberg. There are several local establishments to choose from, and the Group Leader will be happy to assist you with a decision.

Afternoon: Independent time in Schwarzenberg to explore on your own before walking to Bersbuch to board the nostalgic local steam-engine train (which was used between 1902-1980) to Beznau and back. Returning by local transportation to Lingenau.

Dinner: At dinner tonight there will be a typical "farmers" buffet, a long-standing tradition in the Alp regions.

Evening: Folklorist music and entertainment.

Lodging: Hotel Gasthof zum Lowen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Most traditional and centrally located building in the famous Hinterzarten spa area, and it's history dates back over 127 years. Rich variety of culinary delights. The hotel is owned and operated by the Gutzweiler family. The hotel was originally built by Anton Riesterer as the train station guesthouse.

Contact info:
Freiburger Str. 2
Hinterzarten, 79856 Germany
phone: +49765212030
web: www.schwarzwaldhof.com

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, radio, safe and hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, dozy farmhouse parlour, sun terrace, and gardens. Also known for their own patisserie, variety of coffee and tea specialities. Local cuisine is served in the restaurant, hearty buffet breakfast, and also an area where "spirits" and snacks can be enjoyed. Relax in the sauna and steam bath, solarium or request one of the many massage treatments available at the hotel. The Schwarzwaldhof provides a variety of regional, seasonal and international specialities, all dishes are freshly prepared and that is why the restaurant is known for their high-quality cuisine.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, August 24 - BREGENZERWALD (LINGENAU) TO HINTERZARTEN VIA THE ...
Note: Approximate walking time is 1 hour. Lecture: "The Famous Rhein Falls."

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel before departure to Hinterzarten.

Morning: On the way to the Black Forest visit the breathtaking structure of the Rhein Falls, fed by the Rhine River, the largest waterfall in Europe. The falls is 50 meters in width, reaches a height of 23 meters, a torrential 700 meters of gushing water pouring over the cliff, offering visitors a stunning view of the cascading waterfalls.

Lunch: A stop will be made in Stein am Rhein, CH (1355 feet) for an independent lunch and time to explore this quaint village.

Afternoon: Arrive late afternoon in Hinterzarten (2904 feet), check-into the hotel, if time a brief stroll around the village.

Dinner: A selected meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Most traditional and centrally located building in the famous Hinterzarten spa area, and it's history dates back over 127 years. Rich variety of culinary delights. The hotel is owned and operated by the Gutzweiler family. The hotel was originally built by Anton Riesterer as the train station guesthouse.

Contact info:
Freiburger Str. 2
Hinterzarten, 79856 Germany
phone: +49765212030
web: www.schwarzwaldhof.com

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, radio, safe and hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, dozy farmhouse parlour, sun terrace, and gardens. Also known for their own patisserie, variety of coffee and tea specialities. Local cuisine is served in the restaurant, hearty buffet breakfast, and also an area where "spirits" and snacks can be enjoyed. Relax in the sauna and steam bath, solarium or request one of the many massage treatments available at the hotel. The Schwarzwaldhof provides a variety of regional, seasonal and international specialities, all dishes are freshly prepared and that is why the restaurant is known for their high-quality cuisine.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, August 25 - THE HEIMATPFAD WALK including a demonstration of ...
THE HEIMATPFAD WALK including a demonstration of glass blowing and learn how the cuckoo clocks are made.

Note: Approximate walking time is 2.5 hours. Lectures: "St. Oswald Chapel," "The Art of Glass Blowing," and "Making of the Cuckoo Clocks."

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: Begin today’s field trip along the “Heimatpfad” (4114 feet), a high Black Forest path known as the "local" history path and continues along the Loffel Creek. Continue the walk to Höllsteig for an excursion to St. Oswald Chapel dating back to 1148.

Lunch: Lunch at the Hofgut Sternen, where in 1770 Marie-Antoinette passed by on her way to Paris to marry Louis XVI.

Afternoon: A demonstration of glass blowing and the assembling of the famous Black Forest cuckoo clocks. Before returning to the hotel delight in a slice of traditional Black Forest cake at a local establishment known for this famous cake.

Dinner: A selected meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Most traditional and centrally located building in the famous Hinterzarten spa area, and it's history dates back over 127 years. Rich variety of culinary delights. The hotel is owned and operated by the Gutzweiler family. The hotel was originally built by Anton Riesterer as the train station guesthouse.

Contact info:
Freiburger Str. 2
Hinterzarten, 79856 Germany
phone: +49765212030
web: www.schwarzwaldhof.com

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, radio, safe and hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, dozy farmhouse parlour, sun terrace, and gardens. Also known for their own patisserie, variety of coffee and tea specialities. Local cuisine is served in the restaurant, hearty buffet breakfast, and also an area where "spirits" and snacks can be enjoyed. Relax in the sauna and steam bath, solarium or request one of the many massage treatments available at the hotel. The Schwarzwaldhof provides a variety of regional, seasonal and international specialities, all dishes are freshly prepared and that is why the restaurant is known for their high-quality cuisine.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, August 26 - FREIBURG, CAPITAL OF THE BLACK FOREST REGION incl...
FREIBURG, CAPITAL OF THE BLACK FOREST REGION including the magisterial "Altstadt" (old town).

Note: Approximate walking time is 2 hours. Lecture: "The Black Forest Capital, Freiburg im Breisgau."

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to the train station for the transfer to Freiburg (912 feet), the capital of the Black Forest, university town since 1457, and “city of music.” The town was extensively destroyed in 1944 but no modern buildings have been allowed to challenge the supremacy of its magisterial “Altstadt,” (old town). During the walk one of the sights will be the famous cathedral built in 1120. The lecture, will be given by a local historian/guide of Freiburg and will educate you on the past and present history of the Black Forest Capital.

Lunch: Independent lunch in Freiburg.

Afternoon: Independent afternoon before returning at one's own leisure by train back to Hinterzarten. Prior to dinner there will be a briefing.

Dinner: A selected meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Most traditional and centrally located building in the famous Hinterzarten spa area, and it's history dates back over 127 years. Rich variety of culinary delights. The hotel is owned and operated by the Gutzweiler family. The hotel was originally built by Anton Riesterer as the train station guesthouse.

Contact info:
Freiburger Str. 2
Hinterzarten, 79856 Germany
phone: +49765212030
web: www.schwarzwaldhof.com

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, radio, safe and hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, dozy farmhouse parlour, sun terrace, and gardens. Also known for their own patisserie, variety of coffee and tea specialities. Local cuisine is served in the restaurant, hearty buffet breakfast, and also an area where "spirits" and snacks can be enjoyed. Relax in the sauna and steam bath, solarium or request one of the many massage treatments available at the hotel. The Schwarzwaldhof provides a variety of regional, seasonal and international specialities, all dishes are freshly prepared and that is why the restaurant is known for their high-quality cuisine.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, August 27 - WALK ON THE HILLTOPS OF THE BLACK FOREST
Note: Approximate walking time is 3 hours. Lecture: "Flora, Fauna and Geology of the Black Forest."

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: This morning transfer by bus via Oberried to the Zastlertal, and walk on the "dead man" to the Erlenbacher hut (1100 meters), which offers splendid views of the Black Forest's hilltops.

Lunch: Taste the difference of a "hand-beaten" traditional organic schnitzel at one of the region's most beautiful mountain huts.

Afternoon: Walk back to the starting point and return by bus to Hinterzarten. In the afternoon visit the Ski Museum. The Black Forest region is the birthplace of skiing in Germany, and the museum exhibits the over 100-year-old history of skiing, and shows the past harsh life of the farmers during winter.

Dinner: A selected meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Renowned for it's location of the hospitality of the owners, the Graff family, and a perfect location for exploring the Alsace. The hotel is a continued work in progress thanks to the financial support of the General Council and the Region. With this location there are hourly buses/trains running between Turckheim and Colmar.

Contact info:
29, rue Romaine
Turckheim, F-68230 France
phone: +33389279550
web: www.hotelturckheim.com

Room amenities: Private bath with tub and shower, TV and balcony.

Facility amenities: Full service restaurant, public areas, local wines are available, outdoor heated pool, free wi-fi and Internet, and bicycles available for no cost during your stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Wednesday, August 28 - BLACK FOREST TO THE ALSACE via the panorama road ...
Note: Approximate walking time is 2.5 hours. Lecture: "Introduction of the Alsace and the History."

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel before beginning the transfer to Turckheim (760 feet).

Morning: Private coach transfer via the panorama road to Sankt Maergen (3000 feet), starting point of today’s field trip. Walk undulating trails with magnificent views of the High Black Forest (Hochschwarzwald) to Sankt Peter. Both of these villages are situated in a valley with cow-speckled hills and both represented with impressive cathedral/abbeys with Sankt Peter having the most famous one, Klosterkirche.

Lunch: Independent lunch en-route in the village of Sankt Peter. The Group Leader will assist with selections of local establishments.

Afternoon: Continue by coach to your hotel in Turckheim (approx. 3,800 inhabitants), crossing the Rhein River en route. Briefing prior to dinner.

Dinner: A special meal of the chef's choice will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Les Portes de la Vallee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Renowned for it's location of the hospitality of the owners, the Graff family, and a perfect location for exploring the Alsace. The hotel is a continued work in progress thanks to the financial support of the General Council and the Region. With this location there are hourly buses/trains running between Turckheim and Colmar.

Contact info:
29, rue Romaine
Turckheim, F-68230 France
phone: +33389279550
web: www.hotelturckheim.com

Room amenities: Private bath with tub and shower, TV and balcony.

Facility amenities: Full service restaurant, public areas, local wines are available, outdoor heated pool, free wi-fi and Internet, and bicycles available for no cost during your stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, August 29 - COLMAR THE MOST ALSATIAN TOWN IN ALL OF ALSACE.
Note: Approximate walking time is 2 hours. Lectures: "Colmar" and "Unterlinden Museum."

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel.

Morning: This morning the walking field trip is through the charming historical center of Colmar, also known as “Little Venice,” which happens to have one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe and countless treasures from the middle-ages to the 20th century. Today’s walk also includes an excursion of the exquisite, famous Unterlinden Museum, formerly the Dominican convent from the 13th century.

Lunch: Independent lunch in Colmar.

Afternoon: Independent afternoon in Colmar, the Group Leader will be happy to assist you with "must-see" suggestions. At one's own leisure, return to the hotel by train.

Dinner: A local chef teaches you how to bake your own "flammachueche" - Alsacian Pizza. Bon appetite!

Lodging: Hotel Les Portes de la Vallee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Renowned for it's location of the hospitality of the owners, the Graff family, and a perfect location for exploring the Alsace. The hotel is a continued work in progress thanks to the financial support of the General Council and the Region. With this location there are hourly buses/trains running between Turckheim and Colmar.

Contact info:
29, rue Romaine
Turckheim, F-68230 France
phone: +33389279550
web: www.hotelturckheim.com

Room amenities: Private bath with tub and shower, TV and balcony.

Facility amenities: Full service restaurant, public areas, local wines are available, outdoor heated pool, free wi-fi and Internet, and bicycles available for no cost during your stay.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, August 30 - THE ALSACE VINEYARDS AND CASTLES, one of the most...
THE ALSACE VINEYARDS AND CASTLES, one of the most impressive Alsace fortresses will be viewed, the Chateau Haut-Koenigsbourg.

Note: Approximate walking time is 3 hours. Lecture: "Alsace Wines and Gastronomy."

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: Private coach to the Château Haut-Koenigsbourg (2625 feet). Built in the 12th century, Haut-Koenigsbourg castle has witnessed eight centuries of European conflicts and rivalries between lords, kings and emperors. On the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 the castle was handed over to the French government and given the status of "National" palace. Today this Château gives a remarkable picture of life in a 15th century fortress in Alsace.

Lunch: A special lunch will be served at an establishment in Selestat.

Afternoon: This afternoon experience the wines first-hand when you are invited to a wine tasting. Following the wine tasting transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Les Portes de la Vallee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel near the Zurich Airport and exhibition center.

Contact info:
Oberhauserstrasse 30
Glattbrugg, CH-8152 Switzerland
phone: +41448094747
web: www.bestwestern.worldexecutive.com

Room amenities: TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, cocktail lounge, buffet breakfast, currency exchange, Internet available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, August 31 - Transfer day back to Zurich.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel prior to the transfer back to Zurich.

Morning: Transfer by private coach back to Zurich and check-in at the airport hotel. Approximate transfer time is 2 hours.

Lunch: Independent lunch in Zurich.

Afternoon: Independent time, the Group Leader will be happy to give you ideas and assist with directions for transferring into the city.

Dinner: Independent dinner in Zurich.

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Fourteen: Sunday, September 01 - Departure
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent shuttles to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 11 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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