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Program #15122RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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.
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Vermont Traveler Jul 03, 2014 at 12:44 PM

All signed up for 10/18/2014 departure from Burlington, VT to SFO. Looking forward to it and have lots to learn before departure so I won't be a complete cultural dunce!

Premium Email Subscriber Jun 28, 2014 at 01:06 PM

We went on this tour from Apr 26 - May 11. Road Scholar did a fabulous job of organizing everything for the tour including what we saw and visited, lodging, meals, transportation - everything went smoothly and was a wonderful experience. One of the best facets of the trip was the Lead Guide, Shi Wentau. He is an exceptional human being, highly educated and knowledgeable, with a gift for reading people and understanding how to lead and manage a group. The only part of the trip we did not enjoy was the long bus ride to Chongqing to board the Victoria Cruise Lines for our trip down the Yangtze. Good luck!

Premium Email Subscriber Jun 28, 2014 at 07:00 AM

We are very excited about this late Oct adventure. Live in Lexington Ky and have traveled much of Europe. First trip to the Orient. Kirk

Sharon Squires Jun 21, 2014 at 03:56 PM

is there anyone going a day ahead of time on the Oct.7-Oct.22, 2014 China trip? Please let me know. Perhaps we can share the taxi? Also, any single gal that would care to share a room? My original traveler has back problems and had to cancel her trip. Thanks. Sharon Squires
Faye Sibert Jul 01, 2014 at 09:12 PM

Thanks Elizabeth. I was one of the people who thought taking a credit card was a better choice. In order to get Yuen out of the ATM you need an ATM card. The credit card works for stores, restaurants, etc. Banks are rarely close and have to be the “right one.” Go to a camping store and purchase 6 or so compressed rolls of backpacking toilet paper. Except for the hotels it is rarely furnished. The toilets at the historical sites are oval shaped porcelain bowls in the floor. They do flush. You have to straddle them. : -/ There are usually a couple of western toilets if you look, with a line of course. The hotels were nice and clean. They all furnished shampoo, hairdryers, slippers, soap, etc. I brought things I didn’t need. We had good air conditioning which was needed. Wifi was usually in the lobby and in the rooms in a couple of the hotels. I wore compression socks on the 12 hour flight with normal shoes and had swollen ankles the whole trip. It was a bummer. I had to go out and buy larger shoes by myself taking a taxi with and adress of a nonEnglish speaking shopping center and I didn't have my yuan to dollar exchange in my head. Bring a small calculator. Remember to pack sandals and loose fitting shoes. Came back on airline only wearing hotel slippers (free), stretched and rotated ankles and got up and walked around a lot. No swelling upon arrival or since. Never used my jacket or long sleeved shirts. Hot in Bejing and Xi’an. Had great group, 13 of us and enjoyed Elizabeth, Bob and James a lot. : ) Great guide Who Ling where we would follow anywhere and did just that.
Faye Sibert Jul 01, 2014 at 09:15 PM

This post was supposed to follow Elizabeth Gitter's post. No choice to correct it.
Faye Sibert Jul 01, 2014 at 09:25 PM

Note to: Sharon Squires, I went by myself and it was fine. HOWEVER, make sure the taxi takes you to the correct hotel when you leave the airport. Two of us who didn't arrive the first day were taken to two different wrong hotels. The drives DO not speak English. I also heard this happened to a member of another RS group. The 5 taxis I took all turned on their meters. I was a day early and the lady at the hotel desk couldn't figure out why I arrived a different day than the group nor could she find my reservation which I had a copy of in my hand. It was a long day. You need your passport for every hotel and airplane ride. Also, everyone was usually searched before boarding a plane.
Sharon Squires Jul 08, 2014 at 08:50 AM

Thanks for the info. I appreciate your tips.

Elizabeth Gitter Jun 03, 2014 at 11:54 PM

We really enjoyed our trip. If you are going, please take your ATM card, as credit cards don't work most places, but ATM cards do.

Bob Gitter May 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Hi All,
We are registered for the May 17 tour and will be flying out of Detroit. We live in Columbus OH.

Bob and Liz Gitter

James Kirk May 11, 2014 at 08:21 AM

Hi Bob - are you on the 1:00 pm Delta flight? My wife and I are on that one.
Bob Gitter May 14, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Yes, we are on that flight as well. Looking forward to meeting you. This should be quite a trip! Bob
Faye Sibert May 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

How nice for you guys to be on the same flight. My husband isn't able to make the trip. I will be leaving a day early from Seattle. We live in Portland OR.
James Kirk May 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I'll bet your flight is shorter than ours, Faye. 14 hours for us. See you on Sunday. Bob, I will see you at Metro on Saturday morning.

James Kirk Apr 29, 2014 at 01:01 PM

Is anyone else registered for the tour which begins on May 17? Getting close!
Faye Sibert Apr 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM

I am very excited about going. I think we made a great choice. This trip is going so many interesting places. There are 15 people going on this tour.
James Kirk Apr 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

That is a nice size for the group. My wife and I are getting excited. It will be my first time in China and my wife's first time there in decades.

Mary Almerigi Apr 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Does anyone know how many people are participating in the Classic Icons of China tour 4/26-5/11/14?
Gloria Kennedy Apr 21, 2014 at 01:20 PM

I heard seven.

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