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Adventures Afloat: Where France and Germany Meet: Alsace, the Rhine and Paris

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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Heather Houston Jun 18, 2015 at 09:41 AM

I just learned I have an" E ticket " for my flight - something new to me ! Fortunately I had saved it on my computer !
Joan Buchman Jun 18, 2015 at 01:18 PM

Sounds like you are going to Disneyland in the 60's!
Joan Buchman Jun 18, 2015 at 01:19 PM

An E Ticket means Electronic. That's what you print out for the trip.


Heather Houston Jun 17, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Barbara have you received your air tickets ? Time is slipping by


Heather Houston Jun 15, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Riverboats are a wonderful way to see the world. Richard, where are you goingtin October ?
Richard Klink Jun 15, 2015 at 01:10 PM

I'm going to Berlin, Bavaria and Great Cities along the Danube.


Heather Houston Jun 15, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Thanks for your information from last year. We are always so very well looked after but the train connection seems a bit shaky I'm on the 'count down " now and looking forwaed to another great trip
Joan Buchman Jun 15, 2015 at 01:33 PM

Heather, I hope the information I gave will be helpful so you know the situation. People who work there know English. I had quite a long time to kill (5 or 6 hrs I think) and I was alone to wrestle with everything. Good you have a companion.
Barbara Bertram Jun 15, 2015 at 08:25 PM

Joan, I appreciate your info as well. I am not particularly concerned about this, but it's still good to hear that it is doable. I will have my hubby along with me, so we
Barbara Bertram Jun 15, 2015 at 08:26 PM

will keep ourselves company. We have a pretty long wait for the train as well-- about 4 hours. Plenty of time to get luggage and get through customs. Are there any places to get some food while we wait? Thanks again, Barb
Joan Buchman Jun 15, 2015 at 08:31 PM

There was only one cafe in the train station, which was pretty good. There might have been some vending machines. I think there were a lot more choices in the airline terminal. You have to keep your bags with you either way. People watching helps the time go by. I'm reliving the trip now and excited for you!


Joan Buchman Jun 14, 2015 at 08:41 PM

My tour started in Strasbourg and ended in Paris. I took the train from Paris. The notes from Road Scholar were not clear about how to find the train station from the terminal. I asked someone and got there. I had to roll my bags to the train station, though perhaps there was a shuttle I could have taken. Actually, the walk was welcome after the non-stop flight from Los Angeles.

Once I found the train station, I finally found out where I was to check in for the train. That was not clear from Road Scholar. Also, I had to keep my bags with me until an hour before the departure. I had a long layover. The Air France people made sure my bags and I were on the right train. The ride was very pleasant and relaxing.

I went a couple of days early, so I took a taxi to the hotel I had booked for 2 nights before going to the group hotel.

All in all, the tour was wonderful and Karin, our guide, was outstanding. I would recommend it, though the activity level is a bit more than advertised. Some of us made our own adjustments. Have a great time!
Richard Klink Jun 14, 2015 at 09:08 PM

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the program, I did too. My program was the reverse of yours, I started in Paris and ended in Strasbourg. I liked it a lot and I've signed up for another riverboat program in October.


Silvana Miller Jun 14, 2015 at 08:02 AM

I second Richard's comment (hi Tichard). I was traveling alone and felt very "taken care of" and comfortable. Shuttle took us from the hotel to the Air France check in. It was easy to get on the train and to know when to get off at the airport. Also easy to find the gate at the airport. Got to Dulles with no issues. I enjoyed this tour, the great group and fantastic tour guide, Karin.
Richard Klink Jun 14, 2015 at 01:24 PM

Hi Silvana, I just returned from Greece, Crete, Rhodes and Turkey, a RS program, Getting ready for another riverboat program in October.


Richard Klink Jun 13, 2015 at 02:29 PM

Ms. Long, you will love Strasbourg to Paris train trip. Checking your bag in Strasbourg is like checking it at the airport. No need to worry about a thing. You will see your bag again when you arrive home.


Mary Catherine Long Jun 13, 2015 at 02:13 PM

To the Bertrams:
I am considering this program for early June in 2016 and will be very interested in your comments after you take it this month. I hope you will post some. I am especially interested if the train arrangments from Paris to Strasbourg work smoothly. I will have RS handle my travel. I have taken 3 overseas programs with RS and will again this August. I have never been disappointed in any of them.
Barbara Bertram Jun 13, 2015 at 03:08 PM

This will be our third RS trip as well, and we loved the other two. I will post our impressions of the trip and especially the train to Strasbourg. We are really looking forward to it!


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