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10 Days | 9 Nights
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.
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Roberta Hung Oct 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM

I enrolled for the Nov. 5-14, 2016 dates. My concern is the final day, when the bus lets us off at McCarran Airport by 11:15am. Based on past flight schedules, there are flights out of Las Vegas to Boston leaving at 1pm, so it is mandatory that I get to the airport by 11am. Would NAU schedule earlier breakfast and departure that last day?
Helen Sternheim Oct 05, 2015 at 05:32 PM

last year we had bus trouble and get to the airport later than expected. maybe you need to fly back a day later.

Jean Gilman Mar 30, 2015 at 03:23 PM

Thanks, Judy, that's great info that explains the schedule.

Judy Chuhran Mar 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM

The Saguaro National Monument on Day 2 is a wonderful outdoor natural "museum" of wonderful cacti. Depending on when you are going, they may in bloom. I had visited there before and there are many trails to explore on your own. If you are going early to the program, this would be a great thing to do on your own. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is also outdoors, with lots of exhibits, telling the story of desert life. The whole program is so timely, because of the drought the Southwest is experiencing. You really learn about the fragility of the landscape, what water means, and the effect it has on flora, fauna, and humans too.

Jean Gilman Mar 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM

I am thinking about signing up for this trip. However, in reading the daily schedule, it sounds like the first two to three days are a lot of museums and not much outdoor activity. Could someone who has taken this trip respond. Thanks.

Barbara Buescher Jan 10, 2015 at 04:24 PM

We're hoping the same thing about Jeff. When I called, I was told he would not be our guide. We usually get along with guides and have had great experiences with Road Scholar. We're all set for a couple of days of road tripping before joining the group in Tucson.
Barbara Buescher Jan 10, 2015 at 04:28 PM

So we were told information in error.........But we're going to power through!
Steve Swarin Jan 10, 2015 at 06:13 PM

Yes, we were told the same thing and then received the paperwork which indicated he would be the guide. We will keep an open mind.

Steve Swarin Dec 02, 2014 at 10:35 PM

OK, we're going to hope that Jeff had a "bad day" or a personality conflict with some of his guests in 2013, and sign up for this trip. Thanks for all the input.

Judy Chuhran Dec 02, 2014 at 08:48 AM

Mike and I did this program in February 2013 with Bruce as our guide. He was thoughtful, enthusiastic, helpful with suggestions. He also was open about past issues with meals. So as he took us to new restaurants, he asked for our opinions. (They were great). I would recommend this program. Are the Road Scholar people listening to this discussion board? Can they respond to your concerns about specific past guides? Maybe they have been let go. Maybe it was only one. Anyway Bruce was a great one. Enjoy your trip. We did.
Steve Swarin Dec 02, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I have been in touch with Road Scholar about this issue and they are responding. But it may take several days going through channels.

Steve Swarin Dec 01, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Thanks for all the input. Does anyone know if Jeff Strang is still associated with this program? This website still lists him as one of the "Experts" for this program. Did anyone have him as a guide after February, 2013
Helen Sternheim Dec 02, 2014 at 03:48 PM

I have had Jeff as a guide on the color country trip (Bryce, Zion, North Rim Grand Canyon. That was in 2004 or so. He was excellent.
Ellie Knesper Dec 02, 2014 at 07:14 PM

I just had Jeff as a guide on an AZ photography trip. He was great -- helpful, friendly, organized,and also an excellent photographer.

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