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Adventures Afloat: In the Footsteps of the Great Masters: Impressionism Along the Seine

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Program #14662RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Adrienne from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/18/14
Adrienne from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: about 12 Date attended: 05/07/14-05/18/14 My husband and I enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Jenny, our guide, had a deliciously wry sense of humor and provided a treasure trove of information on Impressionist Art, Paris, and the highlights along the Seine. Cathy, her assistant, taught us about French customs, was extremely sensitive to guests with special needs, and even got some of us up on the dance floor. I loved spending my birthday on the boat, where the crew serenading me over a special dessert graced with a sparkler!

Wendy from Brick, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/18/14
The trip was wonderful! The highlight for me was Monet's gardens at Giverny. Our tour guide, Jenny, and her assistant Cathy were very informative and wonderfully pleasant. Unexpected changes in the schedule were handled seemingly effortlessly. The ship was very comfortable & crew was very attentive to all our American dietary requests. This was my first with Roadscholar and I will definately be taking another.

Jan from St Simons Island, GA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/18/14
This is a lovely trip. Monet's gardens are marvelous and the museums excellent.. The ship was so relaxing and the crew were very friendly.

Carol from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/16/14 - 04/27/14
This is an absolutely fabulous trip and you will learn more about Impressionist art and artists than you can imagine! Paris and the river boat cruise combined made for a very enjoyable vacation.

Marcella from Savannah, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/16/14 - 04/27/14
This was my first Roads Scholar trip and was truly enlightening and comfortable. The accommodations and dining were splendid, the guides so very helpful and informative and the other tour members were a hoot. I enjoyed each and every person. I am still learning and I just ordered a DVD on Van Gogh's life called "Brush with Genius" from Amazon and I will send it to some group members to enjoy also.

Fred from Rockport, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/16/14 - 04/27/14
A wonderful experience with Jennifer Burdon, who is knowledgeable, charming, and a phenomenal teacher with a great sense of humor, to boot. Cathy Sanchez was also excellent and knowledgeable, who couldn't do enough for us. I recommend this program to all interested in learning more about Impressionism.

Susan from Edgewater, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/16/14 - 04/27/14
A wonderful learning experience with Jennifer Burdon,the best guide you can imagine- knowledgeable, charming, and a phenomenal teacher. It is like a semester college course about the Impressionists in 10 days in the places where they actually painted. An added bonus was Jennifer's delightful assistant, Cathy Sanchez, who couldn't do enough for us. Our first Road Scholar trip and it was fabulous!

Ruth from Woodland Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/16/14 - 04/27/14
For anyone interested in the Impressionists, this is a fantastic tour. It is physically strenuous due to lots of cobblestones and stairs, but absolutely worth the effort! Our guide Jennifer Burdon was absolutely the best. She knows the material very well indeed. Road Scholar was wonderful to work with.

Kathleen from Bridgeport, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
Kathy from Bridgeport, CT Date Attended: 9/29/13 - 10/10/13 This was my first Road Scholar experience. It was truly an enjoyable and memorable trip. Our guide Jennifer was extremely knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. She and her assistant Paco made sure that all our needs were taken care of. We traveled with a great group of people and Jennifer provided tremendous insight into impressionism and French history and helped bring all of the beauty of Paris and its artists alive. I would highly recommend this program to others.

irene from Trumbull, CT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
It was a truly wonderful trip. The guide Jennifer was exceptional. She is very knowledgeable on the subject of impressionism but also very organized, kind and helpful. An altogether great experience. Irene Juthnas

Jean from Brevard, NC Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
Viva le Impressionism Along the Seine and Merci! to all who shared their lives with me on this wonderful adventure. Jean Brinckerhoff

Joyce from Westerly, RI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 08/26/13 - 09/06/13
An absolutely wonderful trip. This was the best learning experience which I have had with Road Scholar. The guide Jennifer was excellent. There should have been more free time in some sites like Barbizon instead of sitting and waiting and waiting for a meal. I would highly recomend this trip.

Mary Ann from Calgary, AB Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/26/13 - 09/06/13
I have just completed "In the Footsteps of the Great Masters: Impressionism Along the Seine" and want to recommend this program to anyone interested in this topic. Every aspect of this tour is outstanding. Jennifer is a capable, well-prepared leader and goes above and beyond the expectations you might have for a tour guide. The description of the activity level of this program is accurate. There are many cobble-stoned streets and sidewalks and sometimes dirt paths. Participants should be used to walking distances of 1-2 miles/day, including uphill and down from time to time. Take a walking stick if you need one. I don't normally use one, but it was very helpful on walks on uneven surfaces and hills. You will learn a lot on this tour and make new friends as you enjoy it!

Nancy from Oakville, ON Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/01/13 - 04/12/13
on a scale of 1 to 10 my wife and I would rate this a 12. Jennifer was wonderful - knowledgeable, cheerful, witty and always helpful. kathy did a wonderful job of keeping us on track. the accommodations were excellent, the food was fattening, and the other participants were great fun. a delightful experience we would heartily recommend.

Marcia from Cleveland, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/01/13 - 04/12/13
Great trip with knowlegable guide, good food, great accommodations in Paris and on the boat. This met all our expectations.

Charles from Brockport, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/01/13 - 04/12/13
The "Footsteps of the Impressionist Masters" tour was excellent. Although Interested in Impressionist art, I did not know much about it until I read some of the pre-trip recommended reading. The trip helped bring the artists and their work to life. The food was excellent, especially on the Seine Princess. Our guide-lecturer was great: She helped fill in the cracks regarding the Impressionists and their art with her lectures and field trips. I would not have minded a bit more free time in Paris, but the group time was used well. I strongly recommend this trip for anyone interested in French art and cuisine.

Teresa from Incline Village, NV Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/01/13 - 04/12/13
This is the best of bests: knowledgeable leaders, world-class art, great food, hotels in convenient city locations. If you love Impressionism, sign up. Teresa from Nevada

Linda from Chula Vista, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/01/13 - 04/12/13
A wonderfully balanced program of art history and sight seeing. All the main Impressionist sights are included and some I never knew about. The amount of walking was just right and having a bus to get us through Paris traffic was a relief. The hotel is charming and the river boat portion was a dream.

Leighton from Langhorne, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/17/12
Since this was our first Road Scholar trip, we had no idea what to expect. Boy, were we surprised. Pleasantly so! The level of organization and the myriad details carried out with impeccable accuracy was astonishing. The rewards were greater than we expected and our fellow participants were smart, funny and most enjoyable. Thank you, Jennifer and Road Scholar. This will be a tough one on which to improve. Peter and Leighton Jackson

Dolores from West Roxbury, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/17/12
This was my second riverboat trip, the first being "France Along the Rhone," which I highly recommend. The wonderful meals afforded time to get acquainted with the other people on the tour, who were all willing to mix. I loved the night cruise under the bridges of Paris.

I loved the Place de l'Europe and Montmartre. In the Orsay we got close to the works of art despite the crowds. Jennifer's lectures on the boat were also helpful and interesting.

One favorite was the trip to Auvers sur Oise, where I learned not only about Van Gogh's last days but about Daubigny and Dr. Gachet. Honfleur was another favorite, partly because the town is charming, partly because the Musee Boudin is interesting, and partly because I visited a museum devoted to the music of Erik Satie -- not on the tour but one of the many extras that Jennifer told us about or provided opportunities for. In Paris, those extras included a chance to visit the Marmottan and the Petit Palace, as well as a helpful study of one of the main doors of Notre Dame.

The audio system is terrific and a great help when one is walking through crowded streets. There was a good supply of batteries and ear pieces too.

My one negative relats to the buses provided. Anyone with long legs would have been in agony on the trip to the Normandy coast and anyone with bathroom issues wuld have been puzzled if not defeated by the emergency toilet provided. It also took some ingenuity to find support for getting in and out of the rear door.

All in all, however, this trip deserves its high rating.

Linda from Branchburg, NJ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/17/12
Having read 2 quite different reviews of this trip, I didn't know what to expect. Having just returned from the October program, I can only say that this was a very interesting and enriching experience. Our guide, Jennifer, was one of the best I have had. Her organizational and inter-personal skills were excellent as was her knowledge of impressionist art. The itinerary was amazing; walking in the footsteps of the great masters is an apt title. It appears Roads Scholar heeded Mary's complaint about the group size since ours was only 32 participants, not 47 like hers. Lunch still took 2 hours but that is more the style of French lunches than group size. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who appreciates Impressionist art and wants to see not only the paintings but the locales of the masterpieces. The barge experience was wonderful; nice accomodations, great service, and fabulous French food. I liked our hotel location in the Latin Quarter, close to Notre Dame and the Seine. Having a free afternon and evening allowed me time to visit the Museum Marmatton Monet and take in a ballet at the Palais Garnier. Buses and subways are easy to use to get around on your own. My only complaints are that final itinerary was not provided until about 3 days before the trip (and then changed the first day of the trip) and the travel agent group did not seem knowledgeable nor organized, resulting in my making my own plane reservations. Most of the other participants used the travel group and were pleased with the service although some of the flight times made me wonder if the participants could have done better making the arrangements on their own.

Road Scholar's response:
Thank you for your feedback, Linda. We are sorry we were not able to find an air itinerary that met your needs. Our goal with all of our participants is to work with them to customize their air travel to and from the program, to allow them the flexibility needed based upon personal preferences. We apologize that you did not find our services acceptable to you.

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