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14 Days | 13 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.
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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Lanny Bertram Sep 16, 2015 at 08:22 PM

I was unable to complete my review of this trip in the space alotted for reviews so I will post it here.
Part 1
This was a fantastic trip offering a unique view of an area that has had so much influence on our history and culture here in America.
Traveling the Rhine was like traveling the Autobahn of the Middle Ages.
It was the life line of commerce and culture of its day. This becomes apparent when seemingly every bend in the river reveals a new castle, village or city to explore. The rich history of the area was laid out for us beautifully by our Guides and Lecturers. My favorite, Peter Furtado, was exceptional. He connected the dots of European history into a mosaic of the peoples and events of these gorgeous regions of France and Germany.
So much for the overview. Now for the nuts and bolts of the tour. The
First issue we had was transferring from the airport to the train station in Paris. It is not as intuitive as you may think. Look for
the Air France office on the LOWEST LEVEL of the train station. They can help you find your train but they are not all that easy to find. Note: there is only one restroom in the train station and it is in the rear of a store front that looks like a restaurant or lounge area and it costs 70 cents. Some complained of the size of the hotel rooms. I am a big guy, and yes they are small by US standards but in Europe real estate is not cheap and if you want a bigger room you have to pay for it. Ours were always clean and staff was eager to please.
Continued in part 2

Part 2
Shipboard accommodations can be a bit trying on many vessels and ours was no exception. I think the AC was overwhelmed by record high temps reaching 40 degrees C at times. The lower decks became a bit crowded when the Captain had to close the sun deck to lower the awning and wheel house in order to pass under a bridge or lock. This was especially true when the temps were the highest. Bathroom facilities were tiny. But again we were on a river boat not a luxury hotel. WiFi access was also a problem on the Boat. I know satellite connections can be difficult but it was really poor.
The food on board was better than I expected. Every meal was beautifully served. We believe that to understand a culture you have to eat the local cuisine. I ate a few things that I would have passed over at home, i.e. the Foie gras or the Venison (which was delicious). Breakfast was buffet style. Lunch always had a cheese course for a total of 4 courses, and dinner while only 3 courses was delicious and satisfying. The Chef and staff were eager to please and they sure pleased this Midwestern Boy's palate.
In Paris we walked our legs off and saw as much as was humanly possible in the time allowed. Our accommodations were very nice and we dined very, very well. We had some free time to explore but there is so much to see. What else can you say....It's Paris!
One thing tied all these wonderful experiences together. That is not only the RS Staff (thank you so much Karin) but also our fellow travelers. We made many new friends and enjoyed meeting and spending time with everyone on the tour. Such an inquisitive, educated, energetic, positive, caring group makes for a terrific trip!
Hey Barb..... LET'S DO IT AGAIN!!!

Joan Buchman Sep 01, 2015 at 03:11 PM

How did everything work out for this program? The train connections and everything else? I have such great memories of this trip and hope you all had a great time!
Richard Klink Sep 01, 2015 at 03:19 PM

Hi Joan,
Richard Klink Sep 01, 2015 at 03:22 PM

I had a wonderful time on this program. The train was very easy, just like checking in at the airport. Karin, our group leader., was one of the best I have ever had. I highly recommend this program to others. I liked Alsace so much that I'm going to go back next year.

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.

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