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Intergenerational Italian Classics: Rome, Florence and Venice

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Program #20211RJ
14 Days | 13 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.
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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Judy Dearasaugh Mar 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

My granddaughter, Lydia, is 16. We will be on the June 24 trip to Italy. She lives in Seattle area and I am in Denver.
Tony Southwell Mar 16, 2014 at 06:21 PM

Hi, Judy - nice to learn that you and Lydia will be on the same trip as ourselves. My wife, Darlene and I will be with our granddaughter, Julia who is almost 14. We live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Julia lives in San Jose, California. We plan to arrive a day early in order to "climatize" our time clock! This will be a great adventure for the children and the "old" people! Our two previous Road Scholar adventures with grandchildren have been memorable, as will this one, I am sure!
Judy Dearasaugh Mar 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Great to hear from you Tony and Darlene! Lydia and I will also be going a day early, leaving from SEA an d going "over the top" on Lufthansa. I have traveled on two previous intergenerational trips and found them great adventures.

Norman Petersen Feb 14, 2014 at 04:13 PM

Would love to hear from participants going on the July 7 trip. My granddaughter is 17 and wonders if there will be other kids close to her age. She lives in Boston and I live in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Barbara Badger Jun 28, 2013 at 01:58 PM

would love to hear from participants in the july 13th granddaughter is 15 and would love to know the ages and interests of other kids (and so would I, of the grandparents!)
Edith Helmich Jan 16, 2014 at 02:47 PM

Barbara, we are bringing two grandchildren (mixed twins, both 15) who are active in everything -- athletics, social activies and academic programs. This is their first trip to Europe. My husband and I have traveled extensively but this is our first trip with the younger generation! We're in Texas -- grandkids are in Northern Florida.

Patricia Garnett Jun 18, 2013 at 07:48 AM

On previous trips, I've gotten a list of participants and where they're from. Did anyone get a list this time?
Tony Southwell Jun 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM

Hi, Paticia. Our experience on two previous trips was that we were unable to get a list of participants before the trip. However, at the orientation session at the start of the trips we were given a list of participants and their home state/province. Our next trip is June of 2014 and we will attempt to get a list of participants or at least the mix of the ages of the children.
Patricia Garnett Jun 18, 2013 at 05:46 PM

My last intergenerational trip was about 8 years ago. Same grandchild; we just never got around to taking his "big trip" until now.

Tony Southwell May 13, 2013 at 08:00 PM

Hi, Carol Washko. I was unable to find your comment. Please post it again.

Tony Southwell May 12, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Re: June 24/2014 Program . . . Our granddaughter will still be 13 and we are hoping there might be children age 14. If your grandchild will be 14 we would appreciate knowing. We are slightly concerned that a 13 year old could be "left behind", so to speak. She does not turn 14 until Oct. 2014.
Patricia Garnett May 12, 2013 at 08:14 AM

Hi Tony, I've been on several intergenerational programs and no one gets left behind. After a couple of days the kids are so busy that age becomes irrelevant. My grandson is 17 and has older and younger siblings and can relate both ways. I look forward to meeting you all.
Edith Helmich Jan 13, 2014 at 07:43 AM

Edith Helmich Jan 13, 2014 at 07:49 AM

Our twin grandchildren, Morgan and Michael, are both 15 and this will be their first trip to Italy/Europe. They are interested in learning abut the others on our trip. We'll all be flying out of Houston, Texas. Has anyone been on a similar trip (time/country) who can provide tips on what to pack, etc.? All four of us are excited and looking forward to exploring Italy.
Tony Southwell Jan 13, 2014 at 04:30 PM

Hi, Edith - we are booked on the June 24th/July7th Rome/Florence/Venice adventure with our 14 year old (almost) granddaughter. Her name is Julia and she lives in San Jose, CA. We are in Victoria, B.C., Canada and the three of us will be flying out of Vancouver, B.C. on the 22nd June to arrive the next day in Rome (one day ahead of the Program start just to deal with "jet lag"! My wife and I have been to Rome and Florence and we fully expect high temperatures along with high humidity. So, we will be taking light/breathable casual clothing. There will be days when "shorts" will not be appropriate. Fortunately, the hotels appear to be air conditioned so there will be some relief at the end of each day! Not sure if your party will be on the same program . . . hope we will be!
Edith Helmich Jan 16, 2014 at 02:44 PM

Same program! I've sent them your e-mail so they'll be loking forward to meeting Julia. We have been to Rome in July (HOT) but am wondering if you know whether dinners will be more dress-up -- or as casual as the day activities?
Tony Southwell Jan 16, 2014 at 08:04 PM

Hi, Edith - Our experience is that dress for dinner is casual . . . would be surprised if it were otherwise. The program is full so it should be a great adventure for us and our grandchildren. The hotels are air conditioned so we will be able to escape the heat at the end of the day! Hope the boys make contact!
Dara Markowitz Feb 15, 2014 at 08:52 PM

Hi! I notice that a couple people are asking about the 6/24 trip! My daughter, Charlotte will be on the trip. She will be 14 in October as well and is very excited!
Tony Southwell Feb 16, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Really nice to hear from you, Dara. We are booked on the 24/6 trip as well. Our granddaughter will turn 14 also in October (23rd). Her name is Julia and she is quite excited to see all the great sites. She lives in California and we live in British Columbia, Canada

Patricia Garnett Jan 26, 2013 at 07:38 PM

Is anyone out there going on the to Italy with a grandchild on June 26? Let's talk.
Kathie Selden Jun 15, 2013 at 03:00 PM

Hi Patricia. My granddaughter are on the June 26th flight out of NY... leaves at 9:40 p.m.... Any chance you are on that flight? Kathie Selden
Patricia Garnett Jun 18, 2013 at 07:47 AM

Hi Kathie. Christian and I are leaving from Boston around 5 p.m. Getting excited !!
Kathie Selden Jun 18, 2013 at 01:39 PM

I guess we'll meet in Rome!
Kathie Selden Jun 18, 2013 at 01:40 PM

Have a safe trip!
Patricia Garnett Jun 18, 2013 at 05:49 PM

You, too.
Edith Helmich Jan 16, 2014 at 02:41 PM

Kathie and Patricia, Morgan and Michael live in Northern Florida but will be flying out of Houston, TX, with us. They would enjoy hearing about their travel companions. Both (twins) are heavily involved in their high school's athletic and academic activities.
Patricia Garnett Jan 16, 2014 at 04:08 PM

Hi Edith. You will have a blast on this trip. If you look at the dates on the comments from Kathie (who is a doll) and me you'll see that we were on the trip in 2013.
Patricia Garnett Jan 16, 2014 at 04:11 PM

As far as clothes, it will be warm (HOT one day in Venice)and the girls who were with us wore sundresses, mid thigh shorts or capris. Good walking shoes (cobblestone streets everywhere) are essential.
Patricia Garnett Jan 16, 2014 at 04:17 PM

In Florence the kids (14 to 17) went running late at night---over all the bridges. We felt they were safe out in a group and it wore off a lot of energy. Also, if you get a chance, one evening in Venice you have a free time with no meal planned. Three of us grandparents took a bunch of the kids to Lido and ate al fresco, sandy legs, wet bathing suits and all on the way back to the water bus.
Patricia Garnett Jan 16, 2014 at 04:21 PM

One warning----YOU are responsible for your kids, not the guide. There were a few kids on our trip that I could have left in a canal.....they were disrespectful to their grandparents and that was uncomfortable for the rest of the kids and grands.
Norman Petersen Feb 14, 2014 at 04:14 PM

Oops. The account is under my husband's name, Norman, which is why his name appears above. I am Toni and he actually is not coming.

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