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10 Days | 9 Nights
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Kathleen Fulchiron Jul 26, 2015 at 01:28 PM

I am enrolled for this trip in fall 2016. Just wondering how the travel arrangements go smoothly I am going solo.
Peter Griffin Jul 26, 2015 at 06:10 PM

Usual 5 star Roads Scholar trip - you'll get to know your fellow travers quickly as the barge is just for Roads Scholars.

Laura Gruen Aug 15, 2014 at 04:39 PM

I am enrolled in the program September 16-25. Is anyone else from that departure online? My traveling companion and I are from West Chester, PA, outside of Philadelphia. I am a walker and especially happy to see that we can walk the paths along the canal.
Joan Gruen Aug 17, 2014 at 08:56 PM

Is this Laura Miller Gruen? You will encounter lovely views as you walk or you can use a bike as many of my fellow passengers did. Happy travels. Joan Gruen (Mrs. David)
Laura Gruen Aug 21, 2014 at 06:41 PM

It is, indeed. Nice to hear from you, Joan, and to know that you enjoyed the trip. Hope all is well with your family.

Peter Griffin Aug 11, 2014 at 09:58 PM

We enjoyed it very much. Food on the barge was excellent; Strasburg is a very interesting combo of old and new. Although RS sent us by air from Paris to Strasburg we found out there is a high speed train available which we would like to have used... roomier and probably almost as quick. If that sounds interesting you might see if RS would route you that way.

Peter Griffin Aug 11, 2014 at 08:40 AM

Ms. Cloe - RE: Walking / biking along the canal. The barge stops at each lock so you can get off or on. The locks are not uniformly spaced but are not far apart; the crew can tell you how far it is to the next lock. Biking will get you to the next lock WAY ahead of the barge; walking speed is about the same as barge speed. It is a very leisurely pace.
Judith Cloe Aug 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Thanks Peter! Any other words of wisdom based on your experiences would be much appreciated.

Judith Cloe Aug 11, 2014 at 08:11 AM

We are thinking about signing up for this tour for next year. I have a question. If you are walking or biking along the canal, can the barge stop to pick you up anywhere or do you have to go to a scheduled stopping place?
Barbara Henry Aug 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I've always packed them in my checked luggage and had no problem. I don't know about the carry on luggage.

Joan Gruen Feb 25, 2014 at 08:40 AM

Suzanne: My concern is that "Program" writes me one thing and "Travel" tells/writes me another.
Suzanne Dreyer Feb 25, 2014 at 04:39 PM

As soon as they will give you a copy of your E ticket you will be able to tell whether you transfer in Paris ( if you are on Air France) to a plane or a train. They should soon have your ticket done, usually 30 days prior. There are direct trains from Charles de Gualle airport to Strasbourg. The train depot is indcated by the code XWG and the airport is SXB. Call and ask what code your ticket shows. In case you are wondering, I am a travel agent.

Joan Gruen Feb 22, 2014 at 09:55 AM

I will be coming from New York City. Michael of the Travel Department says a majority of those with whom I will be travelling are coming from there.
Joan Gruen Feb 25, 2014 at 08:32 AM

Joan Gruen Feb 21, 2014 at 09:24 PM

According to the travel department the Frankfurt option is no longer available so we all are going Air France.
Suzanne Dreyer Feb 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

And it will depend on where you come from whether there is a flight connection in Paris or a misconnect so you need to take a train. The travel dept should give you a schedule so you know what to expect.

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