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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
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Sara Hinderer Feb 12, 2016 at 01:49 PM

We are Drew and Sara Hinderer and looking forward to this adventure. Has anyone purchased their visa for Turkey yet?

Susan Cleveland Oct 21, 2015 at 03:48 PM

Hi, I am looking at a later trip starting March 10 and wonder if anyone can answer some questions. How long is the total return trip from Istanbul to JFK? Is there a change in Rome? Is luggage covered under the price of the trip?

Tamera Grieshaber Oct 15, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Is everyone ready for our wonderful trip?! As the colder weather moves into New England, I look forward to extended warmth on this trip.

I've never been to any of these cities and am SO looking forward to seeing and learning and meeting all of YOU!

Barbara Offner Oct 05, 2015 at 06:08 PM

I am having a host of questions regarding flights and have not received my tickets yet.
Flight from Istanbul is TK 1861 IST-FCO. (Google this). And pass this information on to other travelers. If you want to see some stunning photos of the plane's interior, including the meals served,enter the flght no.
I have put a call into RS but they haven't called back. plane, just
enter the flight no.of the departure flight. Unfortunately, when I did that, the flight was 2 hours late today in the departure and late in arriving at JFK. I don't
t know if this is a typical of Turkish culture, or if it is an exception, but it is
important to me in ticketing for a connecting flight, as I live in Seattle. Also, did you
read if a layover from Turkey is warranted, that a night in Rome is advised. Name of the hotel? Reservations made? Departure time from Rome? So far, RS has not provided me with this information, as the Customer Service was new at her job.,
Bobbi (Barbara)
Richard Kisseberth Oct 12, 2015 at 04:23 PM

Hello Barbara. I expect RS will answer your questions when they get to you. I believe we have e-tickets so no paper. Just show up with passport. I did find some negative remarks about Turkish Air and ontime record. Reviews say the food is good but the service by the cabin crew - not so much. Also seems the airport in Istanbul is chaotic. We'll need to stick together! See you soon.

Richard Kisseberth Oct 01, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Per post below: Flight from Rome to Athens is via EuroSun. Tickets will be provided to group in Rome. We do not have to swim to Athens. FYI. Looking forward to meeting all.
Mary Kay Kisseberth

Richard Kisseberth Sep 30, 2015 at 06:56 PM

Hello All,
Is anyone else missing information about the flight from Rome to Athens? Yikes. I hope we don't have to hitch hike? All other flights are well documented. I have a call in to Road Scholar folks.
Mary Kay Kisseberth
Tamera Grieshaber Sep 30, 2015 at 07:19 PM

It is in the email RS sent 9/25.

Barbara Offner Jul 27, 2015 at 03:18 PM

Please overlook the numerous messages in this site that
I posted. They are a slip of the hand and I couldn't delete them.

Barbara Offner Jul 27, 2015 at 03:15 PM

This is today's comment on the US State Department site. I'm confident that Road Scholar can be trusted with any information that would influence travel plans.

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12 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
2 Flights during the program


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