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Program #10034RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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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Jean from Boston, MA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/15/14 - 02/23/14
Independent Paris is truly a "Moveable Feast." Buoyed by our stylish and erudite tour guides' daily talks presented at our comfortable hotel and on-site, we explored museums, monuments, and markets. Our fearless leaders' anecdotes and backstories will enrich memories of Place Vosges and Montmartre. I'll recall hidden gardens and architectural gems and remember the locations of revolutionary barricades and artists' studios. By engaging all our senses - the taste of ubiquitous macaroons, the smells wafting from bistros (& yes, we learned the origins of that word), the ringing of famous church bells, the sight of Eiffel Tower lit up at night from our Seine boat trip, we felt that we almost belonged to this magnificent metropolis. On the practical side, we were able to explore countless historical and cultural areas by becoming familiar with the city's transportation system . So bus stations and metro stops became part of our vocabulary, along with helpful phrases en Francais. Enjoyed this adventure so much I'm looking forward to Independent Paris II!!

Felicia from Hilton Head Island, SC Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 01/25/14 - 02/02/14
Paris is a wonderful city and this program gives you an opportunity to get a first taste. Be ready to walk alot, go up and down a lot of stairs. Wear good shoes and dress warm if you go in the winter.

Betsy from New Orleans, LA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/10/13
What a wonderful experience for my first trip to Paris. The group was small, which made it that much better as we walked or rode to the different neighborhoods. Liked the hotel and accomodations and the food was good. Our guides were terrific!
Was overwhelmed bythe beauty of the city, and the history of the place.

Merina from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/10/13
Enjoyed our Paris tour immensely. Lots of fun, great food and wine. The hotel was very nice and the breakfasts were great. The tours to the churches and art galleries were very exciting, especially for an artist. Our group was small so it felt like a small family. Our tour guides were very informative and fun and helped us feel very safe. I am recommending this tour to my friends.

Roseann from Lombard, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/10/13
I had a wonderful time on my Independent Paris program--I felt safe and taken care of and enjoyed all the sights, sounds, food and wine that we shared!

Sara from Ambler, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/10/13
If experiencing Paris through walking tours of the city, this is a great trip for you. Accommodations are slightly off the beaten track but in a good way. The neighborhood has everything (cafes, restaurants, pharmacy, food marts) w/o being in the middle of touristy attractions. It gives a sense of neighborhood. We happened to enjoy the small group size, which may have been atypical. We had a great week and want to return to see and so more.

Elaine from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/26/13 - 11/03/13
Our group leaders and guides made the trip memorable. Superior knowledge of art, architecture, and history wove a week of wonder. Great group topped it off!!

Jane from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/26/13 - 11/03/13
I was charmed by the well-known as well as the lesser known (glass covered shopping walkways from the 19th century)sites of Paris. We saw more of Paris at an enjoyable pace than I ever expected. It was lovely.

Susan from Titusville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/26/13 - 11/03/13
This was a remarkable trip--plenty of group tours but time to for each participant to explore their very own Paris. Our hosts were highly knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and Paris itself was a wonder!

Barbara from South Bend, IN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/19/13 - 10/27/13
A great way to get comfortable with many of the areas of Paris so that you can stay on or return later to see what most interests you in more depth!!

Susan from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/13 - 09/29/13
A very organized and well presented way to visit a particular area of the world!

Bessie S from Naples, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/13 - 10/06/13
My husband and I had long planned on a trip to Paris. Our Road Scholar adventure more than met our expectations; we saw and did things we would have missed on our own. Many Thanks. Bessie & Jamie

Cindy from Topeka, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/13 - 09/22/13
Watching our guides Charlotte and Malcolm dance an impromtu waltz in a ballroom in the Musee Carnavalet is an example of the unexpected fun our guides brought to learning about Paris culture.

Cynthia from Yellow Springs, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/13 - 09/15/13
I learned so much more than I expected; I have a renewed interest in the subjects that I love.

Kathryn from Lynchburg, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/03/13 - 08/11/13
Your Website is easy to maneuver. Thanks for recommending the reading list(s).

Judith from Abingdon, VA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 07/12/13 - 07/20/13
Want to learn some of the 'dirt' about Parisians, get the nitty gritty in a few short days, then do Paris with lecturer Jennifer and Robert as your Road Scholar guides.

Susan from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/25/13 - 06/02/13
A truly wonderful introduction to Paris. Morning meetings with Malcolm covered art, architecture, French history. Then it was on to the tour of day with good walking shoes and lots of physical stamina required. We small city dwellers were glad to get help navigating the metro and bus system, and were able to use that knowledge when we stayed for extra days after the trip. The hotel, Best Western Patio St. Antoine, was fine with a good breakfast and a good room for our morning meetings. However, I would have preferred a hotel closer to the Seine and the historic center. Overall,highly recommended.

Steven from Devon, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/13 - 06/16/13
This trip was fantastic. Not only is the city of Paris the most beautiful (and a lot of other superlatives) you will ever see, but the group leaders were excellent in every way I could think of. I couldn't recommend this trip highly enough.

Janet from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/25/13 - 06/02/13
Janet from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 3 Date attended: 05/25/13-06/03/13 Superlative guide Malcolm (and group herder Jacques)provided a comprehensive overview of France's history and meaningful visits to the significant churches, art museums, and neighborhoods. The museum highlight for me was the Musee d'Orsay which included a guided tour by Malcolm, lunch in the exquisite dining room,and time to explore on our own. Malcolm's guided tour of the off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods in Montmartre was fascinating. The low point was the visit to the Louvre. The audioguide was very dissatisfying. A guided tour by Malcolm would have been far better. The restaurant selected for the first dinner was far superior to the final evening. Aimless wandering by shops in an arcade near the Palais Royal could have been substituted with something more interesting such as The Paris Opera House. Attending a performance at The Paris Opera would have been wonderful! (One member of our group was brave enough to do so on her own.) Overall, I highly recommend this program.

Arnold from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/11/13 - 05/19/13
The Independent Paris program was a marvelous introduction to one of the most interesting,beautiful and delicious cities in the world. Fully appreciating everything Paris had to offer was due in no small part to our wonderful leader, Brigitte, and our insightful guide, James. I had a terrific time!

Paul from Bryn Mawr, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/25/13 - 06/02/13
A wonderful first introduction to Paris!Q Very well planned and execuited! Paujl Jablow

Britta from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/11/13 - 05/19/13
Independent Paris was a real treat. The history, the art, the cultural and, of course, the food, were all wonderful. The Parisians were helpful and pleased to share their city during early May. As expected, there were little surprises around every corner. An excellent group leader and a knowledgeable and humorous lecturer/guide made this a very special adventure.

Louise from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/13 - 04/21/13
The Independent Paris program I recently attended was as good as it gets!

Diane from Warrenville, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/15/12 - 09/23/12
A great overview of what Paris has to offer. Sorry I didn't stay a few more days to further explore places that interested me as well as just hanging out in some of the sidewalk cafes and gardens. A different hotel site (closer to the heart of the city) would be an improvement, possibly the Marais area.

Brita from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/27/12 - 11/04/12
The"Independent Paris" tour is a nice mix of group activities and independent exploration; we learned a lot about La Belle Paris.

Bonni from Saugerties, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/27/12 - 11/04/12
Paris is a wonderful city and exploring the history and art is an experience not to be missed. Using the metro and walking the streets brings the real Paris alive!!:)

Nancy from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/29/12 - 10/07/12
Nancy and Frank from Lexington KY Number of programs attended: 6 Date Attended: 9-30-12 to 10-6-12 We certainly enjoyed the program and especially appreciated Jacques' and Malcolm's efforts to add so much information and personal care to our trip. Our accommodations were comfortable, subway travel worked well, and information to go out on our own were all well taken care of. We look forward to more trips with Road Scholar and fellow curious travelers.

Vicki from Newport Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 09/29/12 - 10/07/12
This program was accurately described...However, the temptation to "do it all" was very strong...and by the 3rd day, the energy level ebbed somewhat...

James from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/14/12

Miriam from E Northport, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/12 - 10/21/12
Just came back from the October 14 -23 independent Paris Tour. It was a great experience. Loved the guided tours and the opportunity to go on our own. I loved the fact that we used the metro daily and it made me feel comfortable in the city. We extended our trip two days and we felt like Parisians using the metro and traveling about. The lectures by Malcolm were informative, interesting and entertaining. Jacque was a great group leader who kept the group together with his Go!.Go! Go!. Loved it. Even the rain did not spoil the program.

Rita from Hot Springs, AR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/14/12
Rita from Hot Springs Village: This was my first Road Scholar trip and I would have to say it was a wonderful experience. The guides, Rita and James were wonderful and so knowledgable. Though I had been to Paris before, this was such a learning experience. I highly recommend this tour, but only to those who are capable of extensive walking and are a little bit independent.

Caroline from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/14/12
I did love this trip. Tho' not my first trip to Paris, I learned a lot , thanks in no small part to our terrific guides, Rita & James. I felt there was a good balance of organized tours & free time - was pleased with that. The biggest improvement would have been the weather - so much rain! But with raincoats & umbrellas, we all soldiered on & had a fantastic week.

Joe from Nevada City, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
Excellent experience. I don't know how Road Scholar finds such great leaders and guides.

Teresa from Gladstone, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/14/12
Just returned from the 10/7 to 10/14 Independent Paris Trip. My husband and I enjoyed the whole program and appreciated the work that everyone associated with Road Scholar did to make our week so worthwhile. I don't speak French well at all so I wanted some serious hand holding, our guides couldn't have been more accommodating. Anyone wanting to learn a lot about Paris in a short time should seriously consider this trip.

Susan from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/14/12

Eugenie from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/29/12 - 10/07/12
"Independent Paris" Sept. 30-Oct. 7 was delightful. It was my first trip to Paris, so I went on all the tours, including the optional ones in the afternoons. Others who were more familiar with the city went off on their own. It all worked nicely. We stayed at a very nice hotel; although because of unforeseen circumstances it was less near the main attractions than the original one chosen, the Metro turned out to be fairly easy to navigate, with many stops near where we wanted to go. We had some beautiful weather and some chilly rain, but it all worked out. I recommend the program.

Josephine from Sag Harbor, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/12 - 09/30/12
The Road Scholar experience provides first time visitors to an area with the information, support and direction to its participants that maximizes the experience. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the guides and fellow travelers!

Anne from Alsip, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/15/12 - 09/23/12
If you enjoy seeing many museums, different neighborhoods and tourist attractions and always being on the go, this is the trip for you.

Gwen from Seneca Falls, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/01/12 - 09/09/12
This was an amazing program. I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't believe how much I saw and learned about Paris in a short time.

Dianne from West Barnstable, MA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/15/12 - 09/23/12
We loved this program, learned so much, our guides and leader were fantastic and we are planning to visit Paris again based on our experiences.

Joan from Riverside, IL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/14/12 - 04/22/12
Jacques and Malcolm were fabulous, offering enthusiasm, sharing knowledge and appearing to enjoy each task at hand. They worked well together, each had a great sense of humor.

Yvonne from West Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/12 - 04/22/12
This program was a WOW experience. Paris, the instructors:Jacques and Malcolm, and the other participants made it outstanding. I highly recommend it!

Ray from Chula Vista, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/12 - 04/22/12
The Paris tour was excellent. There was a good balance or organized activity and time to explore on my own.

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