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Program #15879RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Tom from Carrollton, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/12/13 - 08/27/13
This was one of the best touring vacations I've ever been on. The Swiss countryside and cities we visited were so beautiful and awe-inspiring. The RS group leaders and assistants were great and made it hassle-free. I thoroughly enjoyed it and want to go back some day.

Dian from San Dimas, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/19/13
This is a very well organized and comprehensive trip of a very large part of Switzerland. One will come away knowing a lot about the country and having seen much of the considerable beauty of Switzerland. That said, the pace of this trip is very fast, to the point of being hectic, with a lot of rushing to make trains and buses. If rushing does not present a problem, you will enjoy this trip. If you prefer a relaxed pace, this is not a trip for you.

Marlene from Loveland, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/19/13
Our introduction to the beauty of Switzerland at Hotel Royal was perfect, with a beautiful view of Lake Lucerne, lovely dining room and food fit for royalty. Each hotel at Brig, St. Moritz, Locarno, and Interlaken provided beauty, warmth and luxury. Three nights in each hotel was restful, and we enjoyed settling into each city for three days and nights in order to enjoy and appreciate the ambiance of each Swiss Canton.

David from Mint Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 56
Date attended: 08/12/13 - 08/27/13
What a program! Walking, riding busses, intercity trains, excursion trains, steamships...all on a schedule as precise as a fine swiss watch. Super hotels, food, lectures, everything. One of the best RS program's we've ever taken.

Judith from Mint Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 56
Date attended: 08/12/13 - 08/27/13
This program couldn't have been better. If there were a higher rating than excellent I would have used it. The leaders, Andrea, Rauati, Cathy and Fabienne were great They were friendly, helpful and full of knowledge. This was one of the best programs I have been on. Many of the train connections were tight, but we all made them due to our leaders. You must be able to walk at a good pace to keep up! There was free time in every city to explore on your own. This let you do what you wanted-walk, museums, shop or just relax. Every hotel had excellent staff and good food. The experience was wonderful.

Elizabeth from Reading, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/10/13 - 06/25/13
Splendors of Switzerland by Rail proved to be a wonderful experience. The scenery was fabulous and the quality of the educational presentations exceptional. Andrea John is an outstanding tour leader who possesses a wealth of knowledge about Switzerland. Her warmth and enthusiasm as well as her attention to every detail provided participants with a most enjoyable, worry free trip. As participants, we could focus our attention on the information and esthetics of the program. Ruati Erni and Susanne Felder proved to be charming and knowledgeable assistants, whose company we also enjoyed. Debb Christenson answered a myriad of questions from the group and kept track of any stragglers. This important function kept the group together and on time. The leadership team worked very well together. The Swiss "guest speakers" were all very well versed in their subjects, spoke excellent English and certainly enriched the program.

Yvonne from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/10/13 - 06/25/13
I picked this tour because it was one of the most highly rated programs offered by Road Scholar; the rating of 4.9 was in every way justified. Because of the multilingual, multicultural character of Switzerland, it felt like we had visited several countries. It is also one of the cleanest, most efficient and orderly places on earth. The organization of the tour was exceptional, and the congeniality and punctuality of my fellow travelers further enhanced the travel experience.

Barry from Lompoc, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/18/13 - 06/02/13
A wonderful adventure through Switzerland. It is hard to imagine a more spectacular and beautiful trip. I love Switzerland - the cute houses, the minimal automobile impact, the use of public transportation, the aesthetic values and appreciation I noticed nearly everywhere. If one can handle the winter it must be a good life, and gives me hope for humanity.

David from Westminster, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/14/12 - 08/29/12
This was a great trip with lots of train riding. The hotels and meals were just fine. The Road Scholar staff was most helpful and, with one exception, the lectures were well done. This is a beautiful country and our visit to various sites was always exciting and well planned. We recommend this trip. Beware: be prepared for walking, some uphill.

Douglas from Piscataway, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/27/12 - 10/12/12
This was a wonderful two weeks. Switzerland is beautiful, and the lectures we received on its history, geography, culture, and politics greatly enhanced the experience. Andrea's meticulous planning provided a broad range of experiences and maximized the use of Switzerland's transportation systems. While there were a few times we wished we could have paused to savor our surroundings, the next event on the agenda was always appreciated.

Bob from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/12 - 10/12/12
Exciting, engaging and memorable experience. Best investment in travel that I have made this year. This was my first RS program. Picture postcard country, superb transportation system, great weather and some of the nicest people one can travel with for two weeks. Well thought out program design that was executed flawlessly. Experienced local group leader (Andrea John) and competent team support from beginning to end (Peggy, Rauati, Curt). Lectures, excursions and field trips were valuable use of group time. Four of us in the group had traveled solo. RS team and others in the group ensured that those who traveled solo were always included. This is group travel at its best. I look forward to other RS programs and strongly recommend this program to others.

Ralph from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 29
Date attended: 09/27/12 - 10/12/12
Switzerland is an adventure and a terrific learning experience.

Frank from Oronoco, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/05/12 - 09/20/12
Our Switzerland Trip with Road Scholar was a wonderful trip. A beautiful country we loved it! Frank and Laura Lecy

Charmayne from Clackamas, OR Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 09/05/12 - 09/20/12
Andrea was a fantastic group leader! Attention was paid to every detail & she did a wonderful job of making sure that everyone in the group got the most they could from their adventure. This program covers so much of Switzerland in a short time & I loved doing it by rail - great experience!

Donald from Cobleskill, NY Number of programs attended: 48
Date attended: 09/05/12 - 09/20/12
The program helped to better understand the diversity of Switzerland. Travel completely by public transportation you gained an appreciation of the efficiency of their efficent and on time trains and bus system. It also allows the opportunity to travel and interact with the locals and you feel like you are part of the community. The lectures, interaction makes for a true understanding of the country and its peoples. It is an extremely efficiently run program with a wide variety of activities.

Carolyn from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/05/12 - 09/20/12
If you want to see all of Switzerland this is the program to choose. It covers a lot of ground on a variety of transportation modes and keeps one active and enjoying the view.

Rosalind from Washington, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/12 - 06/17/12
My husband and I did this trip in June of 2012, and it was our first Roads Scholar. The itinerary and the 3 tour guides who spent the entire trip with us were great. So much attention to detail. The train rides were outstanding and the scenery spectacular. We have the highest praise for this organization and we hope to go to Australia and New Zealand next year with another of their trips. Go. You won't regret it!


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14 nights of accommodations
39 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
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