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Program #12417RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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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.
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Rowena from Bedford, IN Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/30/14 - 10/12/14
Loved the program; very well done; so enjoyed having time to spend in the French Villages along the Rhone. The food on the vessel was very good and service excellent. Would go again in a heartbeat!!!

Ann from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 09/30/14 - 10/12/14
This was a very good program: educational and fun. Very good food and wine, too. All of the particpants were enjoyable to be with. My favorite parts of the trip were the walk around Aix-en-Provence, the field trip to Atelier Cézanne,the trip to Cassis including the boat ride, lunch, and drive along coast road, visiting a rural village, winery and chocolatier, the Hospices de Beaune and, and Cerise's tour of Notre Dame. Even if you have been to Notre Dame before, go on this tour. Kate Webb is an outstanding group leader. She is very knowledgeable. She is very organized and keeps every thing running on time. She makes it seem like 34 is not a large group. Finally, Kate is the ultimate problem solver. She is very flexible and always very gracious. I cannot imagine a better leader. I would go on any trip that had Kate as the group leader. Laurence Roux is an exceptional instructor. The amount of knowledge she can impart without ever looking at notes is quite amazing.

Cary from Biloxi, MS Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/17/14
I would definitely recommend this program. There was a lot to see and learn about, the coordinator and guides were good, and the food was good.

James from Olathe, KS Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/17/14
The organization, quality and leadership of this program exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this trip for anyone who would like to get a better understanding of the culture and history in the Provence and Rhone valley region. It was a great experience.

Patricia from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/17/14
This France Along the Rhone trip was even better than I had anticipated, with a nicely varied itinerary that included guided walks through charming French villages, visiting an artist's studio, several generous wine tastings, travel through the picturesque countryside by bus to meet the boat at it's next port, wine with most meals, tasty food (lots of duck), actually learning about medieval France, and lively companionship. As a single traveler, I always wonder if I'll find compatible travelers, and I usually do because the other tour members are interested in the covered topics and usually are seasoned travelers. This trip was no exception and our small number (only 14 in our group) added to the fun and fellowship. The combination of land-based activities and living and traveling by river boat was welcome and added to the uniqueness of this trip. Each stop, each town brought something new, and anticipation towards the next destination. Each town held some unexpected attraction and held it's own surprise quality -- a view, a church, a night tour, a unique museum. I looked forward to every day and wound up a night tired but satisfied.

Nina from Holland, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/17/14
This was a perfect program on all aspects - it included the history, the art, the food and wine, not to mention a great company of a relatively small group (just 14 of us) and an outstanding tour director Penny Old. The pace was moderate, the program included a number of small towns one never hears about, each with its own rich history and art. The Vienne mosaics were particularly unexpected. The food and wine were part of the educational experience, both on the land and on the boat, and what an experience!!! Try it and see for yourself!

Polly from Auburn, GA Number of programs attended: 40
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/17/14
If you are interested in learning about Provence this is a perfect program for you. It is well planned, has lots of information and is also lots of fun. I do not believe you could do any better!!!!!

Sandy from Green Bay, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/31/14 - 04/12/14
Enthralling journey through a mix of large and small towns. Great commentary by superb tour guide and instructor. Enjoyed meeting local people and time for self exploration. Loved the pretty countryside, the extraordinary architecture, the river cruise. Wonderful way to experience France.

Lincoln from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/31/14 - 04/12/14
This program is a great way to experience the region with new experiences every day. The Road Scholar program is informative, interesting, surprising, and fun. The shipboard experience is very well done, with an attentive and friendly crew. All-in-all, we had a great time with new-found friends.

Alberta from Alameda, CA Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/25/13
I enjoyed this whole program, especially the visit to the manade. Our leader and instructor were gracious about my attempts to speak French, too.

Elaine from Willow Street, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/25/13
The trip was very diverse with Roman ruins, wine tasting, visits to delightful small cities, cathedrals, country gardens, a bull ranch, a bird sanctuary, and a boat ride on the Mediterranean. . It was very busy but there was also time to enjoy the scenery while cruising the Rhone. Cherifa Swearingen, the tour director, was fantastic. She cheerfully handled the problems that are sure to arise on such a trip and made adjustments when necessary. All of the guides were knowledgeable and clearly loved France and its history.

John from Rutherford, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/25/13
We could not have been more pleased with our river excursion to Provence and Burgundy in October 2013. The accomodations on the MS Van Gogh, Hotel Artea and Villa Pantheon were very good and well located. Our Group Leader, Kate Webb, was exceptional! We could not have asked for anyone better. She was knowledgable, well organized, outgoing and personable along with being very accomodating to the needs of individuals in the group. The daily excursions were very informative and provided a real taste of the regions visited. We particularly like the trips to the typical Provencal country home and garden along with excursions to a Burgundy winery and a trip to the town of Cassis. The progam, overall, is very full but does provide enough free time to explore a little on your own. When comparing this Road Scholar excursion to similar ones offered by other providers, the value offered by Road Scholar is far and away the better one.

Marcia from Tigard, OR Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/07/13 - 09/19/13
Thanks to our group leader, Cherifa Swearingen, this program was very enjoyable. I would travel with her anywhere.

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