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Program #12187RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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Mark Weber Aug 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

My wife, Eileen Saunders, & I are coming in from Seattle, arriving Sept. 9. Looking forward to the trip and meeting other members for this 18 day adventure!


Diane Curlette Aug 09, 2014 at 08:06 PM

Hi! I'm Diane and on the 9/8-9/26/14 trip. I'd like to get acquainted with others taking this trip.
Sharon Fernandez Aug 11, 2014 at 09:17 AM

hello.. great to see a post from a fellow traveler! I am arriving 2 days prior to tour V&A and Royal Mews.. Actually I need a roomie as well! Hope others start posting..


Donna Cross Jun 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

What fun to find this lively group of participants! Alas, I fear that you all must have gone on the June trip--or were you actually packing one month in advance? (in which case, I'm WAY behind in both thinking and action). I'm going on the July 7th Quintessential Britain trip and would love to "cyber-meet" anyone else who is. Also would love to hear feedback from this group of June travelers about how the trip went. Meanwhile, thanks to all for giving me a welcome morning smile. Also for the helpful ideas about packing!
Diane Rieschick Jul 03, 2014 at 07:33 PM

Hi Donna, I am Diane and my hubby and I are going July 7th. We are traveling from the West Coast into London. Trying now to figure out how much/little to pack. Road Scholar really suggests packing light, so we are going to try to do just that.
Donna Cross Jul 03, 2014 at 07:44 PM

Hi, Diane! I'm also traveling from the West Coast, but arriving London a few days in advance. Looking forward to meeting you and your hubby! Am packing VERY light as well (just one carry-on bag).
Diane Rieschick Jul 03, 2014 at 08:18 PM

Happy travels, Donna. You are indeed traveling very light. Looking forward to meeting you. Just so looking forward to this trip!
Donna Cross Jul 04, 2014 at 05:49 PM

Me too. Wonder why no one else is on this board. Previous group was VERY active around this time. Sounds like they had a great trip too!


Alvin Denenberg Jun 07, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I am Carolyn Denenberg. Forget what I said about a few pants and tops. I am taking a lot more. It all fit into two suitcases. One 24 and one 22. Thanks to cube-it bags. Didn't take those thin type hiking or travel pants. Mine are baggy and new ones I looked at were not fitting correctly. I am traveling with stretchy capris to be comfortable on long plane trip, but have change of clothes ip at Heathrow. Also couple of changes in case checked suitcase gets delayed. I can't travel with couple of changes. I did change my raincoat. Took one that is able to roll up to smaller size. Have a bigger umbrella. Also was lucky to find a primeloft type jacket that is warm but folds up in its own pocket. Less bulky than fleece sweater. Looks like London will be in 70's for high and all other areas are 10 degrees cooler. Big change from high 80's here in Cincinnati. It is raining some where in United Kingdom at sometime. But does seem to be getting drier as weeks go by. Raining a lot here.


Alvin Denenberg Jun 06, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Have safe flights and see all of you at the orientation meeting on Tue., at the Edwardian Vanderbilt. Hope they have extra strong coffee in London.
Cathleen Kinn Jun 06, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I am ready! If any of you are traveling through several time zones for the first time, you might want to Google "jet lag". Looking forward to meeting you.
Alvin Denenberg Jun 06, 2014 at 01:22 PM

We have travelled west to CA and Hawaii many times. It will be interesting beginning a trip, traveling east with an overnight flight. Need caffeine. Anyway, my watch is already set for London local time. Hope we don't get to the airport an extra 5 hrs ahead.


Terri Spice May 26, 2014 at 06:32 PM

We are Terri & Ken Spice from Los Gatos, CA and looking forward to this trip to England, etc.


Cathleen Kinn May 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Time is getting close, folks! Are you packed?
Alvin Denenberg May 29, 2014 at 02:32 PM

Organizing and will begin packing over the weekend. We have our waterproof jackets, hats, bags for the camera, etc. too many cables, chargers, adapters.
Maureen (Micki) Stauffer Jun 01, 2014 at 12:14 PM

We are Micki and Larry Stauffer from Battle Ground, Washington State. Getting packed is a challenge, not sure how much warm weather vs. cold weather clothes. Does anyone know if capri pants for women is ok? Are sandals ok or should we just bring hiking type shoes?? Obviously our first trip to England and Europe as well as our first Road Scholar trip. We have had Road Scholar recommended to us by friends.
Alvin Denenberg Jun 01, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I am Carolyn, Alvin's wife. I am starting to pack. I have only a 24" victorinox new suitcase. I am starting to pack the tops, bottoms, and jackets, sweaters, etc. I live in cincinnat, ohio, bit we grew up in boston, ma. I am trying to remember the weather there. We also have a weather app that fives weather all over the world. No sandals unless to go to eat at night. Right now it looks like lot of cold rain. London's high is in low 70, low is 55. Edinburgh is about 7 degrees cooler. And Snowdonia is near the North Sea, and lake lomont is north west of Edinburg. I have heard from others that have gone at different times that it can be cold. Only one time in July or August did London have a heat wave. And to them a heat wave may have hit mid 80's. A lot of places have no air conditioners. Across the channel is a different story.
Alvin Denenberg Jun 01, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sorry, hit send button by mistake. I am taking couple of capris, black and camel, but also at least long jeans, , maybe two blue jeans color and one black jeans. Also a dress being pants cotton. My tops are mostly 3/4 and few short sleeve. But I am putting in some fall type zipper acrylic and polyester suede vests, neutral colors for warm and aren't bulky. Also taking one ll bean fleece sweater and spring or fall jacket with hood that can be used for rain jacket. But still taking a marmont rubbery type rain coat that can be rolled up but fits over the jacket or if the jacket gets wet, I will have alternate. I wanted to take a black puffy vest, but takes up to much room. Also small umbrella. I have gorged sneaker/hiking shoe and regular running sneakers, I have light weight hiking sneaker and black slip on pumps for dress. I have a light weight neutral sweater . Anyhow, if I have too many warm clothes, maybe we will luck out and it won't be that dreary. So far it has been raining every few days. Not a warm muggy rain like in Cincinnati. Hey, I visited Seattle few years back in august with rain jackets and after walking around we realized we didn't need it and the weather was warm, sunny and even got little bit hot even in Mt Renaire. I found by being prepared , I get the better weather that I hope for. My husband isn't dressing so warm, but I am not used to the cold anymore with age. No sandals for me. Cancun, Hawaii, yes to sandals. I hope people will be dressed appropriately because, they better not cancel anything because someone isn't dressed for walking. I expect to be going for a day hike in the national park and on the boat rides. Anyhow, first trip to European continent and first overnight tour bus travel. But I am going to be prepared. Now what to do with everything on bus while we are traveling is another problem. But we are not in Italy or France, or Spain. Or in Florida . Don't like this either. Once brought one sweater to Hawaii and there was a heat wave.
Maureen (Micki) Stauffer Jun 01, 2014 at 01:10 PM

Sounds like we are thinking alike. We are staying for a week after the tour and hopefully hiking in the Lake District, so I am taking comfortable old hiking waterproof sneaker type shoes, and walking black shoes for touring castles. I have black and brown long pants and will wear jeans on the plane. We are arriving on Saturday in London for a few extra days there. I make put in a pair of sandals in hope of warmer weather. In Washington State we have 70s now and it is pretty warm. I have long sleeved and short sleeved blouses and coverups for them, not sweaters. I have a black rain jacket that will serve as all the coats I think I need. We are also trying to pack in small carry-on type suitcases and one underseat bag each. One is a daypack type bag for hikes to carry water bottles etc. We have been on one bus tour in New Zealand, they took care of the suitcases and we took the underseat bag on the bus during the day trips. We had to have the suitcase out our door on transfer days before breakfast, so needed enough room in the underseat bags for toothbrush etc. All the suitcases were under the bus and not accessible during the day. I also would like to go to the theater if we have a chance - will just wear the black walking shoes and black pants and nice blouse.
Carrol Gibbs Meredith Jun 02, 2014 at 01:52 PM

It sounds like you've travelled before. My motto is when you are almost ready to walk out the door, take half your clothes and double your money!
Terri Spice Jun 02, 2014 at 02:04 PM

I agree with your motto! I am taking a pair of jeans, and 3 pair of black pants (one nice), 7 tops and 3 sweater/vest/jackets. Hiking shoes, and 2 pair of flats and that is about it along with a gortex rain coat and umbrella. We also arrive in London on Sat from SF. See you all next week. Terri Spice


Cathleen Kinn May 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I asked about theatre tickets while in London and got this reply:
“Program # 12187, June 9. Will there be a chance to see a play in London? How do we get tickets?”

Your group leader would be happy to assist you in purchasing tickets to a theater performance during free time or in the evening during your program. Please speak with your group leader when you arrive.
Dee Roe May 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM

Thanks Cathleen. I'd like to go as well.
Cathleen Kinn May 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM

We could actually buy tickets now, but I think waiting would be best. You can see what's playing by going to London.com. I would love to see "Good People" by Noel Coward. Imelda Staunton is in it.


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