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Bryan Blakely May 18, 2015 at 08:16 PM

My wife, Sonia, and I are taking the May 28 thru June 13. Are there any other participants who would be willing to make contact prior to departure?
Bryan Blakely
Ken Allender May 18, 2015 at 09:42 PM

Sonia and Bryan, Ken and Mimi Allender will be on the May 28 trip, arriving in Lucern several days prior to its start. Do contact us at k_mallender@frontier.com


D Mook Apr 01, 2015 at 06:55 PM

My wife and I are taking the 21July - 5 August trip, our first with Road Scholar. Anyone else on this trip interested in making contact?
Dee Mook
Allan Wicker Apr 11, 2015 at 01:58 PM

Hi Dee,
Allan Wicker Apr 11, 2015 at 01:58 PM

Hi Dee,
Allan Wicker Apr 11, 2015 at 02:04 PM

My wife, Ding, and I will be taking the same trip. We have taken two other Road Scholar trips, one to Ecuador/Galapagos and one last summer, a river boat trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. We like the educational features of the Road Scholar trips. I'm a retired professor, and Ding works in college admissions. We live in Southern California. How about you?
D Mook Apr 12, 2015 at 04:11 PM

D Mook Apr 12, 2015 at 04:14 PM

Hi Allan. I too am a retired professor and my wife Kathy is a e retired hospital administrator. After 34 years in New Hampshire/Vermont, we retired to Cleveland, OH ten years ago. Thank you for your very positive comments about Road Scholars. We have heard good things from friends and colleagues, but it is nice to hear it from others too. We look forward to meeting you.
Allan Wicker Apr 12, 2015 at 05:17 PM

Hi Dee. Good to hear from you and learn that we have some things in common, and will have more with the upcoming trip. I taught psychology at the Claremont Graduate University, and in retirement have returned to being a student by auditing courses in Spanish (mostly) at the Claremont Colleges. This semster it's Leadership in Latin America.
D Mook Apr 12, 2015 at 05:45 PM

D Mook Apr 12, 2015 at 05:53 PM

Hi Allan. I admire you for taking on a language. I taught physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College, Since retirement I have gone back to study some things I wanted to learn in graduate school, but didn't have the time because the required courses got in the way. I'm sure you know what I mean. My "hobbies," besides catching up on graduate studies, are working to maintain/restore our 100-year-old house and collecting 16mm prints of feature films (mostly from the 30s and 40s). Kathy is an urban farmer, producing much of our food and is just finishing her first year collecting fresh eggs from four hens (all that the city will allow).


Sharon Weiss Feb 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

Ken,




We're on the trip to Switzerland in September. I asked Road Scholar how many they take, and they said 30 is the maximum. They have two group leaders to help with the train hopping.





I also told them they need to be more specific about the size of luggage and storage facilities on the trains. This is how it works. On train segments where you are responsible for your luggage, you can store your luggage on the car you are riding in (kind of like when you take the rental car bus at airports). There will be a space above your seat for your carry on luggage. I am a small person and think all I will be able to handle will be a 22 inch roller board, a backpack and my purse. My husband will be able to handle a 26 inch roller suitcase.




I hope this helps.
Ken,




We're on the trip to Switzerland in September. I asked Road Scholar how many they take, and they said 30 is the maximum. They have two group leaders to help with the train hopping.





I also told them they need to be more specific about the size of luggage and storage facilities on the trains. This is how it works. On train segments where you are responsible for your luggage, you can store your luggage on the car you are riding in (kind of like when you take the rental car bus at airports). There will be a space above your seat for your carry on luggage. I am a small person and think all I will be able to handle will be a 22 inch roller board, a backpack and my purse. My husband will be able to handle a 26 inch roller suitcase.




I hope this helps.

We're enrolled in the trip for September. I asked Road Scholar how many they take, and they said 30 is the maximum. They have two group leaders to help with the train hopping. I also told them they need to be more specific about the size of luggage and storage facilities on the trains. This is how it works. On train segments where you are responsible for your luggage, you can store your luggage on the car you are riding in (kind of like when you take the rental car bus at airports). There will be a space above your seat for your carry on luggage. I am a small person and think all I will be able to handle will be a 22 inch roller board, a backpack and my purse. My husband will be able to handle a 26 inch roller suitcase.




I hope this helps.

We're on the trip to Switzerland in September. I asked Road Scholar how many they take, and they said 30 is the maximum. They have two group leaders to help with the train hopping.





I also told them they need to be more specific about the size of luggage and storage facilities on the trains. This is how it works. On train segments where you are responsible for your luggage, you can store your luggage on the car you are riding in (kind of like when you take the rental car bus at airports). There will be a space above your seat for your carry on luggage. I am a small person and think all I will be able to handle will be a 22 inch roller board, a backpack and my purse. My husband will be able to handle a 26 inch roller suitcase.



Ken Allender Feb 12, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Thanks, Sharon, for the group size and luggage details. I'll check several types of luggage to see which might work best for the train travel.
Barbara Bertram Feb 12, 2015 at 04:43 PM

Ken, my husband and I took this trip in 2013 and loved it. As long as your suitcase has wheels and is not huge, it should work. We found the doors on the trains were narrow but still large enough to handle a medium sized suitcase without problem. I would worry more about the weight of the packed bag-- if you can lift it from the floor to your bed, you shouldn't have any problem getting it up into the train, and as Sharon says, there are storage places for them at the back of each car. I also used a backpack, which kept hands free for getting myself up the train steps, and carried all sorts of stuff during the day trips. I think you will find train travel marvelous-- we sure wish there was something comparable here in the states!
Ken Allender Feb 12, 2015 at 08:35 PM

Thank you very much for the valuable input. I (Mimi) had wondered about lifting even a carry-on, roller-type bag up the train car steps and up to the luggage rack. The alternative storage sounds like a good solution.
David Owens Mar 01, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Took this trip in late 2013, and I agree with Barbara - medium-sized bag fine, and small back-pack useful. The two RS folks who accompanied us (plus a third at most stops) were very helpful and organized about the luggage.


Ken Allender Feb 11, 2015 at 08:01 PM

Ken and Mimi Allender (Seattle) will be on the May 28 trip this spring; we've taken three US programs, but this is our first international one. Anyone have info or an educated guess how many participants the Switzerland-Rail trip will include?
Bryan Blakely May 18, 2015 at 08:29 PM

We have loved every trip and are big RS fans. No idea about how many will be on the trip--we were "wait-listed" for a couple days, so I would guess it's the maximum, but the best idea would be to call RS.
Bryan Blakely May 18, 2015 at 08:31 PM

My wife Sonia and I (we are from Ft. Collins CO) and we have travelled 9 times internationally with RS.


Herbert Ware Feb 09, 2015 at 05:46 PM

My wife (Libby) and I are doing this trip Oct 2-17, 2015. Two maps are suggested in the Road Scholar material: The National Geographic waterproof (1:500,000) and, in the 'package' that's available--a Michelin map(1:400,000). Aside from the obvious differences one can see in the two descriptions, does anyone have any experience with either that would help one choose which would be best? Herb, Vienna, VA
Barbara Bertram Feb 12, 2015 at 04:34 PM

Herb, my husband and I took this trip in 2013 and loved it. We found we didn't use a map, other than to refer to one occasionally as a reference. The guides do a super job of getting the group on the right trains and describing where you are and where you are going. Some of the trains also have maps posted right on the train tables. And other than Zurich, the towns were so small we didn't need a map to get around during free time.
Herbert Ware Feb 12, 2015 at 04:46 PM

Helpful. Thanks, Barbara. I'm 'obsessed' with maps and like them for 'geographic context' as much as anything, though it is good to know they won't be needed!
Allan Wicker Apr 11, 2015 at 02:30 PM

If you are a map aficionado, you might look for a Hallwag Switzerland map (http://www.amazon.com/Switzerland-Hallwag/dp/3828310117/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1428776498&sr=8-11&keywords=hallwag+maps). See the reviews on that website. I bought an older version online, one that has the map broken down into pages in with a spiral binding--much easier to manipulate in the train.


Carol Rose Feb 03, 2015 at 02:30 PM

Any suggestions on best airline to use - or ones to avoid?


Sharon Weiss Dec 24, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I have details from Road Scholar about logistics. When they suggest a small suitcase, they mean 26 inches, but that seems too big for a small person to hoist up to a train car. Luggage is stored on the same train you are riding in on a luggage rack. All trains have restrooms. I would like to hear from past participants. I am thinking of taking a roller board and a backpack rather than a 26 inch suitcase, because I don't think I can handle a suitcase that large.
Barbara Bertram Feb 12, 2015 at 04:37 PM

Sharon, I took a smaller suitcase and a backpack when my husband and I went in 2013 and it worked fine. Our group had some very nice men who helped everyone get their suitcases on and off the trains-- it was never a problem. Make sure your suitcase has wheels-- that helps haul it through the train stations. The backpack will come in handy on the day trips as well-- I was very glad I had mine!


Daniel Lander Dec 02, 2014 at 07:15 PM

My Wife is Gluten Free, Soy Free and Dairy Free, Will all the meals acomadate food allergies like this and be careful to not cross contaminate the food? We have done Holland America and Viking River Cruises with good results, but also have had some hotels and resterants that could not be bothered with dietary alergies


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