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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (Variable by Program Date)
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Mary from New Westminst, BC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/09/15 - 10/16/15
Take this program, you will be very glad you did. It was the experience of a lifetime. Mary Shore

Joshua from Staatsburg, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/15 - 10/16/15
An incredible experience on every level. You don't just visit the Grand Canyon, you meet it and get to know it. It's actually quite amazing how much you learn and how many angles you approach the region from in so short a time. Matt Turner was an excellent guide and, when it was all over, I couldn't believe how much I'd learned and how far I'd traveled in only a week. Highly recommended.

Deborah from wichita, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/15 - 09/28/15
We had the very best time! This was a bucket list trip, first to Crand Canyon, first with Road Scholar. Wanted to go to Grand Canyon my whole life but was so intimitidated by where to go, stay, how to arrange for fun adventures like rafting, etc. This was the morst relaxing trip I have ever been on because I wasn't the one having to make every decision, plan, arrangement. The details were expertly coordinated. There was a nice mix of natural adventure and cultural events. I really liked staying in local lodges and interacting with native peoples. Got up every morning at 4:47 to hike one of the canyons to see sunrise and all lodges were in the perfect locations for doing so. Only one suggestion for improvement, make all meals buffet style so we can serve ourselves. I found portions to be way too large and it bothered me to be so wasteful.

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Thank you for your suggestion, Deborah! We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate the feedback
Margaret from Spotsylvania, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/15 - 09/28/15
This trip is more than Grand Canyon sightseeing, it is a week long educational experience of the geology, history,environment and people of the entire Colorado Plateau. The Grand Canyon itself is the icing on the cake, with expert guides leading the way on field trips to this overwhelmingly beautiful place.

Marcia from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/15 - 09/28/15
The Grand Canyon Odyssey was better than I expected. Accommodations, meals and activities were excellent...it was the first Road Scholar experience for my husband and me but I am certain it will not be the last..

Pierre from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/03/15
The Grand Canyon Odyssey was a highlight of my travel experience. It blended many areas of interest, including the history of ethnic cultures, animals, geology, geography and botany. For me it was a return to a wonderful outdoor classroom.

Kenneth from Saginaw, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15
There aren't words to capture and communicate the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. This trip was an outstanding overview - from the start at Glen Canyon through the South Rim and down to nearly Lake Mead. Rafting, touring, group discussion, meeting new friends, helicopter shuttle, cross cultural presentations - what can you say? Outstanding!

Judy from Oak Harbor, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15
Wonderful program covering so much of Northern Arizona, Indian Reservations, cattle ranching, the Grand Canyon Village and Marble Canyon. The helicopter ride and the raft trips were high points but I will always remember the group of people that shared my week.

Spencer from Marblehead, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15
Please use our narrative on the evaluation. It was written by my husband and me. We would like you to also share it with Bruce and Vic. Libby and Spencer Moore

Pete from Davis, CA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15
Pete from Davis, Ca Number of programs attended: 15 Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15 There were some repeat parts of the program for me but as always I saw something new at every program site. I can't say enough about Bruce, Vic and of course Cowboy Karen. The total package. We saw beautiful country. Lots of driving but no way that could have been avoided. I agree with Jamie that singles(like myself) were welcomed by the others and made the trip even more enjoyable for me. The hardest part was arriving at the airport in Phoenix and having to get on the plane and come home. I highly recommend this program. NAU does a good job.

Jamie from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/19/15
What a wonderful experience and trip. The trip leaders were fabulous and I made new friendships with many of those in the group. The single people (like myself) were very welcomed by the others in the group. Every outing and activity was incredible - the only downside to this trip was the amount of driving involved, which I'd estimate was between 2 and 6 hours per day.

Rheda from Boerne, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/21/14
This was an awesome trip. Incredibly beautiful scenery and highly informative. The very best feature was our Tour Leader Bruce. He was very knowledgeable, personable and organized. Bruce and our bus driver George were very capable in handling any problem that would arise. We learned so much about the geology and history of the area. Overall a fun and educational week.

Ellen from Carlisle, PA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/21/14
I have taken 11 programs through Road Scholar. Bruce Banker is by far the best guide/instructor/facilitator I have ever experienced.

Alice from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/21/14
This is a great program for people who have never been to the Grand Canyon before.

Penny from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/16/14 - 09/23/14
Our instructor Dave Hall was just great - so knowledgeable and fun! The helicopter ride down to the Grand Canyon was thrilling!

Patricia from Simi Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/21/14
If you are interested in experiencing the Grand Canyon upclose and personal, this is the trip for you! The geology, plants, animals, history are all available as well as experiencing the Canyon from top to bottom. I'm very happy!

Frank from Kaneohe, HI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/16/14 - 09/23/14
I agree with Julie, our leader Dave, made this experience much more than I would have expected. Riding the rafts and seeing the Grand Canyon walls from the bottom was awsome.The helicopter ride down to the raft ride of the Grand Canyon West was great! Viewing the landscape from the bus was also spectacular. I'm looking forward to my next Road Scholar adventure.

Julie from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/16/14 - 09/23/14
Grand Canyon is a perfect trip for first time visitors to the Canyon. The leader was a geologist who provided invaluable information about the formation of rocks in the Grand Canyon. He made the trip enjoyable and well worth the money spent for this trip. Highly recommend it.

Pat from Wauwatosa, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/16/14 - 09/23/14
My expectations were GREATLY exceeded! This was my 1st - but not last - trip with Road Scholars.

Wendy from Harrisburg, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/18/14 - 04/25/14
My first Road Scholar trip was educational and fun and so fulfilling! I will surely do this again!!

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