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All Aboard! Enchanting Cities of Europe by Private Train

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Program #20817RJ
12 Days | 11 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.
Pat from Wever, IA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
Loved Ingrid and her graciousness, but not impressed with the train. Those of us not in deluxe accomodations were in cramped, overheated quarters. The long days were mostly due to the train not being able to pull into the station at a reasonable time. We got to Salzburg late in the afternoon. After eating, it was dark, cold, and all of the shops were closed. We couldn't board the train until 9 or 10 that night and couldn't stay in the restaurant. In Verona, the train was prevented from moving to a track where we could board until almost midnight. Those were the long days Emily was referring to. Still, it was a good bunch and I'd probably do it again. I certainly was not bored. The guides were great, we had some truly excellent meals, and Octoberfest is a fun time to go.

Emily from Trumbull, CT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
A tremendous journey through Europe but not for the faint of heart. Long days and constant touring, listening, and learning. The train trip was fantastic. A great adventure overall.

Mary from Topeka, KS Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
Overall, the program was good with a variety of experiences and an interesting group of participants and guides. I was disappointed in the train accomodations and wish that we had not taken the trip until we had been able to get a deluxe cabin.

Derek from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
This was my second Road Scholar trip and it lived up to all my dreams and hopes. The cities we visited were absolutely marvelous. The people on the trip with us were friendly and nice. Our leaders were thoughtful and accommodating. The lectures were informative. And the star of the show was the train. Even though there were some challenges for seniors in the smaller cabins, the romance of sitting opposite my wife in the dining car or lounge car and talking to others across the aisle was wonderful. I felt like I was in an Agatha Christie book.

Frank from Topeka, KS Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/10/13
This is a RR enthusiast's dream trip; however ensure you have the first class accommodations. The bunk beds in second class are too small and unsafe for seniors. The Guides are multi-lingual and multi-cultural--a must for this geographically challenging trip.

Fred from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 05/02/13
I really enjoyed the tour. I wish we had more time to just enjoy the train ride in the daylight. More of it and some info on what we were seing woyuld have been nice....and educational.

The most intriguing part of the trip was through the new countries of Slovenia and Croatia. But, unfortunatly, all in the dark. I did not mind the awaking by the border people. It added to the atmosphere of Europaen rail travel as seen in old movies. That will be gone when Croatia joins the EU.

Fred Rea

Jeanne from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 05/02/13
Traveling on the Danube Express was one of the highlights of this trip for me. I loved sitting in my cozy room with a picture window and looking at the beautiful landscape in springtime. Each car had its own attentive attendant and we enjoyed delicious breakfasts. There were seven stops and our leaders provided different kinds of experiences. I particularly enjoyed wandering in the outdoor farmers market in Munich and the large indoor marketplace in Budapest. Shopping in Venice was fun. Although our group was large, I think it was very compatible and I picked up some ideas for future travel. This debut trip was a wonderful value and I am sure that any glitches will be ironed out. Get on board!

Donna from Lady Lake, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 05/02/13
Donna from Boston and Lady Lake Ingrid was phenomenal-a wealth of information and multi-lingual. Train ride was great and stop at the railway museum and riding the miniature trains was awesome. Our tour leader would not entice me to go again and the pace and difficulty of maneuvering with a large group with wide abilities of making the death marches (keep moving you slowly group) was demeaning and infanticizing. But the cities-Vienna and Budapest were outstanding. More planning needed in Innsbruck (like taking the horse driven carriages to the castle for those trying to absorb the gorgeous scenery). Lots packed in-Belevedere Museum is a must see for Klimt exhibit and the Christian Art Museum was a surprising hit. Loved our cabin attendant and as a chocoholic was disappointed that dinners on train had no desserts. Life is short-eat desserts first. Great group of travelers! Boatrides in Venice and Budapest as well as folklore evening at restaurant across from hotel in Budapest were loads of fun.

Ellen from Hartsdale, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 05/02/13
The All Aboard! itinerary was comprehensive. The train was great. It enabled us to cover a lot of territory & share wonderful experiences. The staff on the train - car attendant, dining car staff, & train captain - catered to our needs & provided a "smooth ride". The one disappointment for me was the the group leader was not up to the standards I have come to expect from Road Scholar (& Elderhostel).

Carole from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 05/02/13
I was also on the Enchanting Cities trip and loved evey minute. Vienna and Budapest are beautiful cities and the magnificent train ride took us to lovely towns, with the bonus being the magnificent views of the Alps. Carole Hinkelman

Marian from Chiefland, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 05/02/13
Traveling on the vintage train was almost like going back in time. It is an experience everyone should be able to encounter once in a lifetime. I truly enjoyed being on the train and the being able to go to the dining car was such a special treat. The sleeping arrangements were excellent, except when the police entered the train.It was almost like an old movie from TCM.


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