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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Margaret Norton Aug 22, 2015 at 01:49 PM

We are looking forward to the trip. We are interested in the history most of all. Is anyone ready to share ideas about what you have been reading in regard to ancient, byzantine or modern history. We both liked Crescent and Star: Turkey between Two Worlds by Stephen Kinzer and we are now seeing the very old classic movie by Elia Kazan America! America! about the Greek population in Turkey. Other reading we would like to share with those interested without going on too long. We travel September 16, 2015 Margaret and Jerry Norton
Leonard Behr Aug 22, 2015 at 02:17 PM

Hi Margaret, We are on the same trip. As for readings I have gone through most of the reading list provided by RS. The best of it seems to me to have ben JJ Nrwich's "Short History of Byzantium". That filed in all the history I missed in high school and college. Where do you folks hail from?

Felicia Furman Aug 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

I've signed up for the trip to Turkey (From legends to History) on October 14. Felicia Furman, Boulder, CO, solo
Victor Moffett Aug 18, 2015 at 07:18 AM

Have fun Felicia! And don't be afraid. Sadly, you'll be safer in Turkey than going to a movie or driving on an interstate in CO.
Felicia Furman Aug 19, 2015 at 02:47 PM

Yes, sadly that's true.

Premium Email Subscriber Aug 17, 2015 at 02:32 AM

i am trying to find out who may be going on the trip with me Sept 9-25 but cannot seem to find that out. any ideas?
Victor Moffett Aug 18, 2015 at 07:20 AM

Maybe you should use a real name?

Felicia Furman Aug 16, 2015 at 08:54 AM

I'm in the midst of deciding.
Leonard Behr Aug 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Deciding what?
Felicia Furman Aug 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM

About whether to go because of Middle East unrest but I think I'll rise above that fear.
Leonard Behr Aug 16, 2015 at 12:28 PM

I don't know where you are from Felicia but I am convinced that Road Scholar is not about to take risks with any group. No place in this world is 100 % safe... that said, I am sure we won't be near any of the nasty stuff going on along the border with Syria. We have been on other trips with RS and never felt any unease about places, not even Egypt.
Susan Healy Aug 16, 2015 at 08:22 PM

Hi, I'm Sue Healy from Australia and joining the RS Turkey trip in Ankara in 1 October. I agree with Leonard - we are not going that far east of Turkey and I am sure everything will be fine. Friends in Istanbul have assured me that all should be well.
vickie kilgore Aug 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Sue, my husband and I (from Olympia, WA) are on same trip. We'll be spending a few weeks in Amsterdam and Paris first and arriving in Ankara late night on the 30th. Vickie
Susan Healy Aug 25, 2015 at 05:14 PM

Hi Vickie, That is great and I look forward to meeting you both in Ankara. Enjoy Amsterdam and Paris - I'm sure we will all have a great time in Turkey and I will see you 1 October.

Betsy Noyce Aug 04, 2015 at 01:14 PM

We are signed up for the Oct 14 departure and would like to hear from others going at this time.
Suzanne Milazzo Aug 06, 2015 at 08:29 AM

we are also signed up for Oct 14 departure from Philadelphia. Happy there are at least 4 of us on this is tour!
Felicia Furman Aug 16, 2015 at 11:58 AM

I'm signing up late, like tomorrow, for the Oct. 14 departure. I'm from Boulder, Co traveling solo.

Lynda Bogel Jul 29, 2015 at 10:39 AM

With Turkey in a game-changing position now in the Middle East, I wonder when and if RS will cancel upcoming trips. I'm scheduled for 9-28 September, with growing concern about the advisability of Turkish travel.
Victor Moffett Jul 31, 2015 at 01:38 PM

Not to worry, Lynda. RoadScholar is very good about taking care of us, and Turkey is a very large and well defended nation. If the State Department gets nervous, then make other plans. But not until then.
Lynda Bogel Jul 31, 2015 at 02:21 PM

I so want this trip, so will adopt your advice, Victor. Thanks.

Victor Moffett Jul 22, 2015 at 01:30 PM

Hey, y'all, I'm booked for 2/17/16, so this post might be a tad premature. Anyhow, I'll appreciate any advice and look forward to meeting fellow travelers.

Leonard Behr Jul 11, 2015 at 09:01 PM

We are booked for the trip to Turkey September 16 to October 2 - From Legends to History. Interested in meeting online others booked for this same trip.
James Ragusa Jul 16, 2015 at 07:31 PM

Hi Leonard...am also attending this program on those dates....but not the extension program
Leonard Behr Jul 17, 2015 at 08:25 PM

My guess is that you will ly out of JFK just like we do. We live upriver from you near Hudson, NY. Have you been on other RS trips before?
Carol Van Schaack Jul 22, 2015 at 01:31 PM

I think the RS information booklet is out of date on this! Best to call RS & ask. Besides, it is very easy to do online! BTW, the trip was wonderful and we had a terrific group leader/guide, one of the best I've ever had with RS. But remember, you don't meet the guide until you've gone through passport control & that's when you need your visa! So she won't be able to help with that.
Susan O Aug 08, 2015 at 05:12 PM

We (my husband and I) are signed up for the 9/16/15 trip to Turkey, and the extension. We got our Visas online -- pretty easy process.
Leonard Behr Aug 08, 2015 at 06:09 PM

Hi Susan, my wife and I are also signed up for the 9/16/15 trip . I got our e-visas on line as you did. I am told that we will use these to get the real visa at passport control on entry and that it's no big deal. Looking forward to meeting you and the others in this group. Where are you folks from? We hail from upstate New York.
Susan O Aug 08, 2015 at 06:32 PM

We are from New York City, but my Mom's daily was from Rochester and my Dad's family was from Lyons and Camillus. Are you anywhere near there?
Leonard Behr Aug 08, 2015 at 06:39 PM

We are just 40 miles south of Albany on east side of Hudson River.
Susan O Aug 08, 2015 at 06:47 PM

That's a beautiful area of NY. Have you been to Turkey previously?
Leonard Behr Aug 08, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Never been any closer than Chios Island - just within sight. This is, however, our fourth trip with RS and, if one must be in a group, RS is definitely top shelf.
Susan O Aug 08, 2015 at 11:14 PM

This is our first time with RS and we've only done two other tours. Mostly we love to travel on our own. However, we have heard wonderful things about RS and thought it was time to give them a try. What time do they usually get started every day?
Leonard Behr Aug 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

My remembrance is they get moving most days about 8 AM with breakfast available well before that. I am sure it differs a bit from one tour to another.
James Ragusa Aug 16, 2015 at 01:11 PM

James Ragusa Aug 16, 2015 at 01:16 PM

Either morning lectures or bus departure started at 8:30 on my prior trip

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