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19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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.
Martha from Kerrville, TX Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 11/01/14
A wonderful trip on my favorite ship. It's difficult to decide which was my favorite part of the trip. Istanbul was definitely a highlight. So exotic and the food was wonderful. Meteora was another unexpected treat. And as usual, many new friends. I've signed up for my next adventure, Islands of Spain and Portugal, Western Sahara and Morocco. Hope to see some familiar faces.

Mike from Aurora, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 11/01/14
A very comprehensive and enlightening tour. The activity level is rated appropriately - good shoes is a must for better enjoyment.

Alice from Sutton, VT Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/27/14
This was an incredible trip to places so important to our Western civilization. Difficult to say which aspect was best but seeing, hearing and experiencing made our previous book-learning come to life. Oh that all could take such a trip. In our mind, Road Scholar continues to exceed our already-high expectations.

Marti from Palm Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/27/14
having reached the age of 86, I'm not sure I can enjoy future trips? I did love of opera in NM. Tanglewood etc.in Mass.

John from North River, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/27/14
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our Voyages to Antiquity program with Road Scholar. The itinerary as well as the entire trip were well organized, the guides were well informed, and helpful. It was the experience of a lifetime for us both.

Glen from Reston, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/27/14
Great: our guide. Her knowledge of history, mythology and religion were encyclopedic, and her shepherding skills worthy of a border collie. Poor: shipboard internet access was slow and expensive, but with large volume discounts. My advice: never buy less that 12 hour slots, and disconnect carefully at the end of each session. Ask at the desk how much time you have left, since they won't tell you online. Awful: 3 of 4 flights were delayed, the first by over 25 hours, so that I was a day late for the start of the tour.

Road Scholar's response:
Thank you for posting your feedback. Concerning the ship's internet capabilities, due to the nature of satellite connectivity on a board a ship, the internet connection is indeed slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times. We do recommend purchasing 4 non-consecutive hours of internet access (2014 season = $18 / 4 hours). Because of the slower connectivity, normal quick tasks, such as checking email can take several times longer than usual. Participants will likely use a good portion of the 4 hour block over the course of your time on board the ship. As you noted, please do not forget to log out of the computer. This is both for security reasons, as well as to ‘stop the clock’ on your paid time block.
Steve from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/27/14
Based on what I read and studied prior to the trip I had pretty high expectations. My expectations where exceeded over and over again. The planning, attention to details, the accommodations, the group leaders and on board lecturer, to name a few aspects of the overall program, made this trip well worth while. We are considering another Road Scholar trip in the near future as a result of this experience. Thank you.

Eva from King Of Prussia, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 04/30/14
This is a well done, hassle-free tour of great sites in ancient Greece and Asia Minor. I saw some wonderful things and learned much more about them than I did on a prior, non-Road Scholar cruise in the same part of the world.

Sam from King Of Prussia, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 04/30/14
The Voyage to Antiquity program was everything it was advertised to be. I feel that I now know much, much more about Istanbul, Turkey, and Greek classical history. The logistics were taken care of, the lodging and meals were excellent, the lectures were interesting and relevant, the excursions to historical sites were well thought out, and the shipboard part of the trip was great fun. The visits to two beautiful islands without much significant history were a welcome break, as we could just relax or hike to the top for great views. I'd recommend this trip very highly.

Lynda from Olathe, KS Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/12/14 - 04/30/14
Program provided a view of the ancient world prior to Rome in a very vivid and visual manner. If you remember reading the Illiad or the Odyssey, this trip brings Homer's stories to life. Visiting mosques, palaces, churches, museums and ruins help you understand what life was like in ancient times and it's influence on today.

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