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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
Breton from St Augustine, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/15 - 06/14/15
I learned so much & found it all fascinating: the trip of a lifetime, really!

Thomas A. from Brookline, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/30/15 - 06/07/15
This is an excellent program. It is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the history and today's culture of Paris — not simply visits to well-known monuments. Highly recommended.

Christy from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/15 - 05/16/15
I have visited Paris many times and went on this program mostly to experience Paris through the eyes of two friends who had not been before. I was extremely surprised and delighted with the breadth and depth of the experience of Paris provided by Road Scholar in such a compressed time frame. It is difficult to imagine a program that could have made an introduction to this exquisite city any better.

Diana from Topeka, KS Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 05/30/15 - 06/07/15
Wonderful overview of Paris full of art and history. Be sure to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.

Elizabeth from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/15 - 05/16/15
We found the Independent Paris to be a grand journey with informative guides and wonderful travelling companions. We enjoyed seeing so much of this grand and glorious historically rich city! Kay Rencken and Bill Parsons

Joan from Northport, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/02/15 - 05/10/15
Wonderful introduction to the culture and history of Paris. Informative guides with a true love and knowledge of their city. Came away with a very positive feeling for the City of Light.

Barbara from Blue Bell, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/02/15 - 05/10/15
A great way to learn the history and culture of Paris. With the insight of our terrific guides Malcolm and Emmanuel, Paris really came alive. Many options were available as well. Whether you wanted to stay with our guide our venture out on your own, the city and its surroundings were there for you to explore.

Henry from S. Sutton, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/02/15 - 05/10/15
A terrific way to get introduced to both the grand historic sights of Paris and the local communities & culture.

Deborah from Lake Elmo, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/02/15 - 05/10/15
Gain insights on the beautiful modern and historical sights of Paris while building confidence in your ability to tour independently.

Carolyn from Shelby Township, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/18/15 - 04/26/15
I highly recommend the Independent Tour, we had wonderful guides all day but could venture off on our own if we had something different we wanted to do. The education through story telling, the care and direction of Julian Brown and Brigitte Young was outstanding! I truly enjoyed my trip to Paris. Thank you Road Scholars

Lewis from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/04/15 - 04/12/15
Absolutely outstanding program. We did not just "see" the expected sights, we experienced them. From a trip to the street market (and enjoying the tastes it offered) to the back streets of Montmartre, we were deeply immersed in Paris, insofar as a week would allow. Our instructor was superlative. His knowledge of France, art, Paris, music and history made his instruction superb. For example, we had in depth instruction the art of Monet, learning how it changed over time. We learned about the art of the 19th century, and then traveled the back lanes of Paris to see where it had all come alive. Fascinating. James M'K-Hall was the finest instructor I have had on any RS program. And the entire experience was made incomparable by our truly outstanding Group Leader, Louis-Gabriel Bideau. By far, he was the most exceptional leader we had ever had on any program. He was so genuine and personable, leading us with an incredible knowledge of Paris, Louis provided us with opportunities to experience the real Paris and led us with humor, attention and discretion. He made every effort to share his love and knowledge of Paris and its offerings with us. He taught us the ins and outs of Paris transportation, its sights, feel and taste and so much more. He shared himself with us and we felt the more "French" for it. This program was a 10 due in no small part to our two leaders ability to make it an intimate experience. Wonderful Program!

Robert from Bainbridge Island, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/15 - 04/12/15
This was our first trip with Road Scholar and we will definitely travel with them again. Our Paris visit was close to perfect. Our guides, Louis and James were warm and witty, with lots of historic and cultural information. It was a perfect mix of lectures, sightseeing and eating. Lots of good food! We highly recommend this tour.

Karen from Springfield, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/15 - 04/12/15
This trip is great for first time visitors to Paris. It gives a good introduction to the public transportation system, the "must-see" sights and how to get around safely on your own. The tours are great. You should be prepared to walk up to 10 miles a day over uneven streets with cobblestones. Getting up and down a lot of stairs and some hill climbing are also involved. Parisians seem to go on strike a lot, so be prepared with a plan B and C.

Dvora from Figueres, Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/06/14 - 12/14/14
This is an excellent program: well conceived and well delivered. Our group leader Brigitte and lecturer/guide James both carry out their jobs very well. You could read the history in a book, but it was a lot more fun to hear it from James. Brigitte's personal touch of taking us to a wine bar for a charcuterie lunch and to Miss Lunch for a unique, artistic dinner were unique experiences that made the trip even more special than Paris would normally be. The hotel was good and although it isn't smack in the middle of things, it is easy to get to by metro or bus (or a long walk if you're looking for more exercise) and being in a neighborhood it allows you to easily buy groceries or snacks or pastries! or water or bottles or wine or whatever you want to take to your hotel room. I recommend it highly.

Deborah from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/13/14 - 12/21/14
Independent Paris exceeded my expectations. Both our group leader and guide, Brigitte and Jennifer, were excellent. While I could cover the same itinerary on my own, the information, history, and commentary that they provided made everything a lot more interesting, fun, and memorable.

Erikka from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/14 - 11/16/14
This is a really great week long trip with freedom to explore on your own or follow the daily itinerary. This trip is a perfect introduction to European travel!

G. J. from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/01/14 - 11/09/14
Fabulous experience for the first-timer or refresher for a Parisian returnee utilizing thoroughly professional group leaders skilled in historic and cultural orientation to Paris. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Charlotte from Cologne, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/01/14 - 11/09/14
I am just home from RS trip, Independent Paris. It was wonderful, and timing was perfect. there were not many tourists most places. I used the Cars Air France to Gare de Lyon, and them took a short taxi ride to the hotel. Show the taxi driver the address and say it's close to Place de Nation. I tipped the taxi. Our guides, Malcolm and Thomas, were wonderful! I'm sure you guides will be as well. It's a great opportunity to get outside your box, using the Metro on your own with the pass provided, and use as much French as you can. Enjoy!

Elisabeth from Memphis, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/04/14 - 10/12/14
Independent Paris was a wonderful program that allowed me to see Paris from a different angle. Our expert guides led us into a wonderful discovery of unusual places. I enjoyed meeting the other participants and feel that the whole experience was very worthwhile.

Marilyn from Scottsdale, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/27/14
My third trip to Paris and feeling like I can't wait to return.

Susan from Delray Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/19/14
Excellent immersion in French Culture, People, Food and Talent.

Linda from Martinez, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/21/14
This is a great adventure.

Richard from Edina, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/20/14 - 09/28/14
A great way to see Paris for the first time--a nice blend of art, history, people-watching, and sight-seeing.

Rosemary from Palmetto, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/27/14 - 10/05/14
The is a wonderful tour of Paris. Be aware there is a lot of walking and stair climbing in the Paris metro. It is not a tour for those who are not in decent shape. We walked about 36 miles in 6 days and did a lot of stairs but we loved it!!!

Annabella from Buckeye, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/27/14
Our excellent tour guide and Group Leader made this an exceptional trip. Fun and knowledgable and Group Leader helpful in your every need.

Kevin from San Rafael, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/14/14
Excellent value for the money.

Joanne from Ypsilanti, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/12/14 - 09/20/14
Joanne and Roger from Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti: This was a fantastic trip--everything and more than we expected. Our group leader, Pauline was outstanding! She was energetic, attentive to everyone's needs and very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Margaret our Paris instructor also very knowledgable about Paris neighborhoods and art/architecture, had a fun flare that made for an exceptional experience. The trip overall was very well organized. It is rigorous! Lots of stairs, but does have the built in "independence". Loved using the metro. Hotel location in the Marais district was excellent. Once again, Roads Scholar gets an outstanding rating from us.

Mark from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/12/14 - 09/20/14
Mark from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 2 Date attended: 09/12/14 - 09/20/14 Wonderful trip. Extremely well organized. Pauline is an amazing group leader--very personable and competent. Margaret our guide is a gem with such passion for art and history. Moderately strenuous is accurate--lots of up and down. Nice blend of organized events with independent options. A great introduction to Paris--we can't wait to go back!

Olivia from Waltham, MA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/12/14 - 09/20/14
Independent Paris is a great program for either a first time or return visit to this exceptional city.

Clement from New Castle, DE Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/12/14 - 09/20/14
Overall this was an excellent program. Pay attention to the activity level - it's taxing. The hotel was in a state of flux and probably not a good choice at the time. Pauline (leader) and Margaret (guide) were both terrific. Clem and Barbara - Delaware

Merry from Cassopolis, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/21/14
Dear Roadscholar: Please create trips for distinct age groups. 40-50, 50-60, 60 and up

Elizabeth from Glen Ridge, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/16/14 - 08/24/14
Excellent in every way. Expect participants to be older than you. Some are beyond an age of keeping up with the group.

Martha from Salisbury, MD Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/02/14 - 08/10/14
you may use any statements I made in the evaluation

Joan from Whitestone, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/19/14 - 07/27/14
Definitely worth checking out.

Henley from Alexandria, LA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/15/14
THis was our 3 trip to Paris but I can tell you that we saw and learned more this trip than any other we have ever taken. Leader Louis was "tres fabulous" and guide Jennifer was amazing. Louis always "on guard" so we always felt safe with him around. Jennifer was so knowledgeable about French history, art, books, architecture, and walking-around information. We had 21 in our group and everyone very compatable--always a plus. Hotel not where I would have selected to stay but after 1st day of riding the metro you feel very capable of getting around Paris on your own, which we did. This is a WALKING tour. One day we walked over 10 miles-little by little; as well as up and down because Paris is not flat. Be prepared. Climate was wonderful and only rained one day but we all were troopers and the show goes on! Schedules are full every day but you do not have to attend even though it is hard to separate from Louis and Jennifer because you know you will miss something wonderful, but we had other sites we wanted to see than the Louve. All I can say is that it was not nearly enough time with Louis and Jennifer nor Paris. I see another trip in our future. Je t'aime Paris.

Carol from Riverside, CT Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 06/21/14 - 06/29/14
This trip was fantastic, beyond our expectations. Our Leader Louis and Guide James made Paris come alive. Wonderful trip and very well organize and planned. We saw and did it all. You will want to book it.

Sheryl from Ottawa, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/14/14 - 06/22/14
I thought I was going to Paris for a one-time visit, but Louis Bideau, Malcolm Livesay, and our entire group made it such a wonderful experience that I am already planning to return next year. Road Scholar is the best! Sherry, Ottawa, ON


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