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14 Days | 13 Nights
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.
David from Olympia, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/20/14
Agree with all the posts on the June 2014 tour. All the walking and stair climbing tended to help balance out the hardy meals. The local lecturers and guides did an excellent job. The RS accompanying guides were outstanding. We often found their informal commentary and tidbits along the both informative and insightful.

John from Monroe Township, NJ Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/20/14
Overall, this was a good trip. The lecturer, James M'Kenzie-Hall was an excellent resource; Karin Kork, group leader,was attentive to details and kept things right on schedule. The food was attractively presented, but on the heavy side--light on vegetables or salads. The river boat accommodations were ok--just ok; as for the hotel room in Paris, be prepared to live out of your suitcase (there are no drawers). Overall, the trip delivered on what was promised educationally. We also enjoyed very much the opportunity to experience the rivers of Germany and the sights along the banks. We signed on to this trip because we thought it would tie in well with a WW I centenary Road Scholar trip in the fall of 2014. It did.

Gerard from Mill Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/20/14
I also agree that the activity level of this program is more than "Active" as described in the program. There is a great deal of walking and climbing stairs that may be difficult for many "elder tourists" to manage. In particular, I found the river boat to be a bit cramped, especially the dining area and the cabins with a tiny shower. However, the food was generally excellent and there was a nice open bar on board. However, it seemed that the river boat personnel were primarily involved with the large majority of French tour groups on board. Unfortunately, there was very little if any effort made to foster interaction between our small, English speaking group and the large majority of only French speaking passengers. Furthermore, the crew member who was translating the French announcements into English was often not clearly heard or understood. The overall river route was more complicated than that described for the tour. We actually sailed on four different rivers. Actually, I would have preferred that the boat sail further on the Rhine river to at least Cologne and then back up the Moselle river before leaving for Paris on the bus. Some of the small towns that were visited on the rivers were not that different and I believe could have been passed over. The lecturers on the tour were excellent - especially James M'Kenzie-Hall. For me, his talks, hand-outs and reading lists were some of the most valuable parts of the whole tour. In addition, the tour leader, Karin Kok, was outstanding in her efforts to make sure everyone was well informed and able to appreciate all aspects of the program. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in learning about the long and somewhat contentious relationship that has existed between France and Germany from antiquity up to the present day.

Joan from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/20/14
I agree with Don about the Activity Level. Way more than Active. However, the program was great and the tour leader fantastic.

Donald from Wilmington, NC Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/20/14
This program should be listed as physically challenging....more than active. More than 2 miles a day walking and lots of stairs. Transfer to the train at the Paris airport was inadequately described in the program materials.

Elaina from Vista, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/16/13 - 05/29/13
I've just gotten back from the program "Where France and Germany Meet" and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a good balance of the Alsace region (which changed between France and Germany many times) The Rhine and Neckar rivers (wine country and medieval trade routes), Moselle River(both of above comments) and Paris (for a taste in 2 days). The lectures, field trips and free time were just right. My only negative comment is that we were served too much food (all delicious), with 3 course meals twice a day. Seeing the medieval architecture was very interesting - half timbered houses in the towns, castles and ruins of red sandstone, the Strasbourg Cathedral (again of redish sandstone). We also learned some history of both World Wars on our way to Paris. The Rhine cruise was the highlight. Again we passed by many picturesque towns and castle ruins. However it had been raining and raining and the Moselle River had come up so high that the boat could not get under the bridges. There were 6 or 8 ships tied up at the mouth of the Moselle and we had to complete that portion by coach. In some ways this was good, as being up above the river we got a different picture than we would have at water level. Altogether a wonderful trip. Elaina Blankinship 6/4/13

Margaret from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/16/13 - 05/29/13
Some of the other folks in our group were on their 20th trip with Road Scholar. I totally understand why and will continue to travel with you!

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