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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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.
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Martha from Fair Oaks, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
I loved my Road Scholar tour of NYC. It was well organized with a blend of sites to see, experiences to enjoy and neighborhoods to explore. The guides and educational experts were superb. I would recommend Road Scholar to everyone and plan to go on another Road Scholar tour myself

Camille from Medford, OR Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
This program keeps participants on the go enjoying a variety of sites throughout the day interspersed with good meals. There are also exceptional NY experiences offered as options on all evenings except the "free" day.

Glenis from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
5 Boroughs in 5 days was a wonderful experience. Never again will I think of New York as Manhattan of the iconic landmarks. Never will I walk through the streets without looking up at buildings and appreciate not only their beauty and grandeur, but the different eras of their design and function. Never again will be beholden to the expensive taxi journey because I have gained the sophistication of a confident subway rider. And never again do I eat inferior and expensive tourist fare, because now I know of the borough areas where wonderful less expensive ethnic food restaurants that can reached by subway and make me feel I am in the real New York. Thank you Road Scholar, as you can guess it was a wonderful week.

Anne from Arlington, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/28/15
See New York as a native!

Earl from Wexford, PA Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/28/15
Be prepared to walk--a lot--right into an amazing world of the real New Yorker. Everything from history to lifestyle to mores is explored. The pace is part of the message. Happy hustle and bustle with a generous helping of a caring attitude. I'd repeat this program in a heartbeat! Not for people who have difficulty with stairs or brisk walking.

Allan from Thornhill,, ON Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
Highly enjoyable and educational. Not to be missed.

Catherine from Franklin, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
Thoroughly enjoyed the program and learned a lot. A competent group of tour guides and very friendly group

Helen from Goodyear, AZ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
This program will make you want to come back to NYC every year. Maybe every other year.

Richard from Seven Hills, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
Feel proud of America and come to NYC to see the sites and encounter the polite and friendly New Yorkers.

Burdette from Mays Landing, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
Positives: Great optional evening excursions offered: Empire State Building, Central Park, High Line, Chelsea Market, Financial District, World Trade Center site & 911 Memorial, Greenwich Village. Family style meals not so great for a vegetarian with limited options to share dishes offered. Had good luck with Chef Yu's Chinese restaurant but only 1 entree offered for me for Uncle Nick's Greek restaurant while all the other people had 2 meat entrees to eat. Tick Tock Diner was great...had 3 breakfasts there...all very good. Bag lunch for Staten Island Ferry ride not so great. Dry sandwich, no chips, chemical tasting wrapped bag cookies. No lettuce or tomato or mustard with sandwich...only mayonnaise packet in bag. Orange was fruit choice...apple would have been easier to eat. Knowledgeable tour guides who really knew their stuff! Different personalities led to different experiences with each one! Limit group size to 24. 32 people on this tour was way too big. Made it harder to maneuver in the subways & just getting around the neighborhoods & places we went to. Get more comfortable listening device earpieces. Had lots of discomfort with the earpiece in my Quietvox device & it kept falling out at inopportune times! Loved the Staten Island Ferry ride, the Brooklyn Bridge walk & the lecture by Christopher Moore. He had a great sense of humor & was funny. Didn't like when he read long passages from his notes...too boring & hard to follow. Lose the 1 1/2 hours spent at the Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island...plan to see the St. George neighborhood & artist colony instead.

Donald from Wells, ME Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
Wonderful experience! Like most participants we had already experienced some of Manhattan, but expanded our comfort zone for visiting other parts of the city.

James from Springfield, OH Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
. For a large group of seniors with differing walking abilities to be able to stay together crossing busy Manhattan streets and to keep together getting on and off subway cars, takes very good organization. Molly, John, Angela and the Explore NY staff did just that, extremely well! . We loved the walking tours of borough neighborhoods, being able to see people walking their dog, pushing a baby carriage, enjoying the parks, doing their shopping. It gave us a great glimpse into NYC as a living city, not just the wheeling-dealing, jet-set megalopolis that you see on TV. Also, eating in neighborhood restaurants with locals was nice. . Tbe excellent staff made what could have been a hectic and over-whelming experience, a real delight!

J from Hampden, ME Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
Learned a lot about NYC and its history. Had no idea there were so many wonderful parks and how essential they are to life in the city. It was fascinating to learn the impact Snug Harbor had on so many sailors. Really enjoyed the entertaining and informative presentations. Was gratified to see so much renovation and re-purposing of buildings and the old elevated High Line. Had tasty Greek, Sri Lankan and Italian meals in comfortable neighborhood restaurants. Started learning how to navigate the subway system. The leaders, presenters and program participants were a lot of fun to be with.

Mimi from Peru, IN Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
We learned so much on this program. The leaders were awesome.....they truly knew how to organize a large group of seniors. Excellent and highly recommended.

Iwona from DeKalb, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
This program is well organised, very informative, I can highly recommend to see New York with Road Scholar

Roy from Kennewick, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
We live in a medium-sized city in the desert of southeastern Washington, D. S. (Da State), and had never tried either Road Scholar and had never been to New York City. The program was a perfect match with what we came to the city for, and we felt it a very good value. Having both our hotel and many meals provided was a great advantage, because one's first visit to a place is mainly a course on what would be done differently if there were a next time. We learned a great deal about the five boroughs that make up the city, and were especially impressed by the many change in those boroughs over time. We'll definitely do more Road Scholar tours.

Pat from Fair Oaks, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
This program is for the hearty walker and provides the opportunity to return to the hotel if the need arises. Worked for me!!

Richard from Fresno, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Great way to see the Five Burroughs. Make sure you bring extra comfortable walking shoes as you will be walking about 5 miles on each of several days.

Susan from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Road Scholars might not consider this trip to be an "environmental" experience but there were lots of opportunities to learn about and be surrounded by nature, even in the dense boroughs - lots of walks in green spaces, water, etc. - delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of the streets. The High Line and city parks are amazing.

Barney from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/25/14 - 05/30/14
Top notch program even for those who have visited NYC many times before.

Alice from Beaver Falls, PA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Learned how the boros and neighborhoods changed through the years.

Seth from Happy Valley, OR Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
This is absolutely the best way to see and get to know your way around NYC. Great location, food, sightseeing, and most importantly, great speakers and leaders.

cheryl from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
I get to NYC often but never got to the other most interesting places outside of Manhattan. the lectures helped me understand the evolution of NY and seeing places I never would have done on my own was wonderful. I travel single so I was a bit hesitant about a room mate, but this turned out to be great. I will do RS again --the question is where there is so much to choose from!

Joanne from Barnegat, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
HI Barbara! I loved this tour; would definitely recommend road scholar to anyone and will travel with them again. Very nice group and great guides!!

Barbara from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
what an awesome experience!!!!!!!

Laurel from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
If you want to experience life in each of the five New York City boroughs, this is the program for you. I was amazed and delighted to learn about the diversity that makes up New York City. This trip was my first Road Scholar Program but won't be the last.

Karen from Arcata, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
I got what I wanted from this program: a better sense of New York City and a visual of the boroughs, especially Brooklyn,the Bronx, Queens and their geographic relation to Manhattan Island. The program was well organized and expertly led, especially by Angela whose warmth and generosity made for an incredible experience.

Kristin from Davenport, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
I learned much more than I anticipated while experiencing the sites and the hustle 'n bustle of New York City Boroughs. The program is well designed and everyone, including staff and fellow participants were fun and a joy to be with.

Jane from Ridgefield, WA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
I learned so much about New York and had a wonderful time learning it.

Myrna from Novato, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
Five Boroughs in Five Days (New York city) was an outstanding tour. The instructors were informative, had a great sense of humor and engaged the participants in their presentations. Angela, our group leader was outstanding and very patient with the "large" group needs. This program is a winner.

Cynthia from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
Just enjoyed my first visit to New York!! Learning about the 5 burroughs gave me an understanding of the diversity they deal with. Great way to see all the major sightsin 5 days!!

Patricia from Franklin, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
John K's arichtectural comments on our walking excursions pointed out details that I never would have been able to see for myself. For many of the boroughs I felt that I was transported back in time to the 19th, early 20th century when these wonderful homes and landmarks were built.

Charles from University Heights, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Each activity on the itinerary was well thought out and exceeded my expectations.

Brenda from Bloomington, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Fascinating week in New York learning about the history, boughs and architecture.

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