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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.
Sally from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/02/16 - 02/01/16
An extraordinary Group Leader, wonderfully knowledgeable Site Coordinators and lecturers, congenial fellow travelers interested in learning about these beautiful countries--this was the perfect trip! Each day was an adventure and the time flew by. We saw and experienced so many wonderful things, not the least of which were the unfailingly courteous and encouraging Kiwis and Aussies. Kudos to Road Scholar for providing such a comprehensive and enjoyable program! I would go back tomorrow if I could and have already recommended this tour to many of my friends.

Barbara J from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/02/16 - 02/01/16
"Odyssey Down Under" exceeded our expectations on so many levels. We saw all the major cites and important sites in both Australia and New Zealand. We had a wonderful and entertaining Coordinator with us for 30 days and outstanding educational experiences led by local experts at each location. As an extra bonus we enjoyed the company of a very compatible group of like-minded travelers.

Mary from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/05/15 - 12/05/15
Our group leader, John Erickson, was top notch. He was very personable, experienced, helpful, and friendly. John got to know everyone and set the tone for the whole trip to be one of sharing and caring while having a good time. Our first local guide was Albert Sword, whose knowledge, sense of humor, personality, energy, and experience touched everyone of us. He was a hard act to follow but Road Scholar managed to find expert guides who are passionate about sharing their knowledge throughout the entire trip. It was a great trip which I highly recommend.

Peggy from Burien, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/08/15 - 11/07/15
I have been recommending this program to everyone I have told at home. If you love to learn, see plants, animals and terrain that is no where else in the world, are ready for adventure every day with a group of like minded souls then this is the trip for you.

Gene from Lompoc, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/08/15 - 11/07/15
We just came home from the Most Incredible month travel adventure. We had an Incredible Guide, Incredible Local Experts and Incredible travel mates. As I said....Incredible! For those interested my wife and I kept a daily online journal with summaries and photos here: http://travel.topicwise.com/doc/Australia2015

Renee from Bexley, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/08/15 - 11/07/15
We highly recommend the trip to Australia and New Zealand for those that are willing to take a month to throughly explore these two magnificent countries. Road Scholars planned and executed a flawless program that had us going from early morning until night seeing the many sites and experiencing the culture first hand. We met the most wonderful people and had a overall great time. We are looking forward to our next Road Scholars trip though it would have to meet the high standards of this one.

Nicholas from Redlands, CA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 09/24/15 - 10/24/15
Imagine an evening barbeque under a starlit sky in the Australian Outback, where you are listening to a folksinger explain the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda. While he sings this and other Australian songs, curious Wallabies hop nearby. Afterwards, an astronomer lectures on constellations of the southern sky as you gaze up at the Southern Cross. Then imagine floating above the roof of tropical rainforest in a gondola while an expert explains that it contains over 1500 different types of trees and vines. Or imagine snorkeling in the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef with hundreds of little “Nemos” Further to the south, imagine walking next to the steaming volcanic caldrons of Rotorua, New Zealand, and witnessing the regular eruption of an enormous geyser. Or flying over the snow-capped peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps on your way to observe the recovery of Christchurch, New Zealand, from its devastating 2010 earthquake. However,one doesn’t have to imagine this, but can experience this and much more on this excellent program. A once in a lifetime trip!

Arnold from Laguna Woods, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/24/15 - 10/24/15
The trip was good and interesting. Most every day was a full day with little time to be or shop on your own. The walks were at times strenuous and you should seriously consider bringing walking sticks. The Group Leader was fabulous and most of the On-site co-ordinators and field instructors were equally good. The people we had with us on the tour were outstanding. You couldn't ask for better companions. My only caveat is to be careful if you book your air travel through Road Scholar. They screwed ours up and we found ourselves as independent travelers for internal flights and were never quite sure whether we actually had a seat on the plane or not. Our group leader was great and spent a lot of extra time ensuring we did have seats. It was an inconvenience we didn't need.

Susan from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/10/15 - 10/10/15
New Zealand is a wonderful beautiful country. Australia is also a great country. If you are going to go that far see both countries they are totally different . Road Scholar give you great value for your money

Marc from The Villages, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 12/06/14
We loved this program. For us the highlights in NZ were Rotorua and the sheep shearing. Unfortunately the weather in November was not the greatest. Australia was terrific. We really enjoyed Sydney for the opera house & Taronga zoo. In Melbourne the penguins on parade and Skyview were great. We did not care that much for Ayers Rock (Uluru)--hot and not worth the effort. But we thoroughly enjoyed Cairns, especially snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda Center, where we held a koala. All in all a great trip. You may want to skip a lecture or two in order to do some souvenir shopping on your own.

Sharon from Edina, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/15 - 03/07/15
The New Zealand and Australia Rhodes Scholar Tour exceeded all my expectations: unforgettable sightseeing, knowledgeable and compassionate site guides, and numerous attractions, adventures and fun. The Great Barrier Reef, the Glow Worm Cave, and the penguin parade were highlights.

Lillian from Manteca, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/05/15 - 04/04/15
I so enjoyed my trip to New Zealand & Australia. It definitely exceeded my expectations.

Theresa from Pembroke, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/22/15 - 02/21/15
A well orchestrated and thoroughly delightful experience. Staff and experts that had deep knowledge and passion for their roles and areas of expertise made seeing and learning about Australia and New Zealand--the culture, the history, the natural wonders, the geology, the people, the successes and challenges-- a joy!

John from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/05/15 - 03/07/15
This program was very comprehensive, informative and entertaining with a wide variety of experiences that we likely couldn't or wouldn't do ourselves ranging from attending an opera in Sydney to snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. The instructors were all very friendly and knowledgeable which added to a great overall vacation.

Roy from Rockaway, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/22/15 - 02/21/15
Roads Scholars provides a group tour experience where you learn about, rather than simply see, what and where you visit.

Marilyn from Plainfield, IN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/02/15 - 02/01/15
Absolutely worth a month of your time. So well planned and executed, terrific site and tour coordinators make it so relaxed and interesting. Not one wasted moment! Great diversity of learnings and experiences. Food and lodgings lovely throughout.

Andrew from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/02/15 - 02/01/15
This program was fabulous. The personnel involved (program leader, instructors, "local experts") were the creme de la creme. The itinerary was extensive and diversified. There were no "extra cost" surprises and the value for money was exceptional. One of my best trips ever anywhere.

Katherine from Huntley, IL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 01/08/15 - 02/07/15
We just returned from our New Zealand and Australia trip. It was wonderful! The experiences were varied and interesting. I really felt I got a good understanding of the land, the climates, the history, and the culture of both places. Strongly recommend this month long experience! Expensive, but worth it!

Sharon from Nashotah, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/02/15 - 02/01/15
Odyssey Down Under was a trip of a lifetime! More than a tour, it was an educational experience that taught us more about the countries and their cultures. The 30 days passed quickly and I can't stop thinking about all that we saw and learned on our trip! A great value too.

Isabel from Ottawa, ON Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 12/06/14
This program offers a superb overview of both New Zealand and Australia - geology, geography, flora, fauna, history, culture, economy, politics - delivered by a fabulous team. Down Under will never seem remote again. Consider passing on the guided tour of Te Papa (Wellington) in favour of exploring it by yourself.

Sharon from Carmichael, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 11/22/14
It was an amazing trip with wonderful people. New Zealand and Australia have exceptional scenery, and the instructors shared the history in an interesting way. My favorites were the Penguin Parade and Uluru. They were both exceptional experiences; penguins very close and a rainbow on Uluru. Wow, what a trip.

Thomas from Bedford, TX Number of programs attended: 46
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 11/22/14
We have been on over 40 Road Scholar programs. This is one of the best.

Robert from Gaithersburg, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 11/22/14
Fantastic trip! First class all the way. Saw and learned a great deal. Without exception, group leader and program instructors were top notch/experts in their fields. 28 days flew by - never felt ready to leave.

Shirley from Grafton, OH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 11/08/14
This was a wonderful trip. All of the trips to museums,etc. met my expectations and then some. We had wonderful leaders and great lectures by well informed speakers. I would highly recommend this trip.

Chris from Kingston, ON Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 11/08/14
This was our eighth Road Scholar trip, and, as always, was exceptional in many ways: topicality of lectures,strentgh of focus on indigenous communities, compatibility of fellow travelers, and quality of accommodation and transportation. The two countries are quite different from each other, and both are fascinating. We stayed long enough in each place to grasp the key characteristics of each. We were warned of the weather extremes we might encounter. Dress in layers. And be prepared to be dazzled by both New Zealand and Australia.

Jerry from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 11/08/14
There were a disproportionate number of left-handed people in our group. In the general population, you can expect 7% lefties -- 2 or 3 in a group of 34. I observed at least twice that number, which is not shocking for an intellectually curious group. The handedness of the guest lecturers was similarly skewed leftwards. Being a first-timer, I don't know if the general demeanor of our group is typical. What a helpful, gentle-spirited, bright-minded bunch! No grumpies! No meanies! No complainers! Punctual and polite.

Sharon from Delaware, OH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 11/08/14
Fantastic overview of New Zealand and Australia and their native cultures, but in November, be prepared for weather ranging from 7 to 33 degrees Centigrade and cold rain to blazing sun.

Benjamin from Fort Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 10/18/14
We went on the combined NZ/OZ trip. It was Great! We gained appreciation of the culture, economics, nature, animals of both countries, plus met some amazing people. I would highly recommend this trip!

Maureen from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 10/18/14
Took combined NZ/OZ trip...it was a well rounded intro to both countries with a variety of city sights, museums, indigenous sites, nature walks, flora and fauna. It was well organized and all the site coordinators/guides/drivers were top notch. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about this part of the world .. worth every penny..

George from Grinnell, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 04/12/14
New Zealand and Australia are fascinating places and Road Scholar provides the perfect introduction and ongoing experience.

Cathy from Merritt, BC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 04/12/14
A great overview of two very interesting countries with many varied experiences

Gerri from Burnsville, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/29/14
What an amazing trip!! If you’re wondering if you should go, the answer is YES! We will never forget our time in New Zealand and Australia. The weeks were packed with new friends, knowledgeable, patient leaders, and unforgettable places and experiences. Every place we went, or experience we had, was in the context of learning about the original people, plants, animals, culture, government, environment or history. We never worried about any detail, which meant we could relax and enjoy every aspect of the trip.

James from Post Falls, ID Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/29/14
Little is heard of New Zealand and Australia in world news, so if you decide to see Australia do not forgo New Zealand both locations offer much in understanding that part of the world.

Ann from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 03/01/14
What an incredible trip with fabulous leader and site coordinators. We learned so much of both New Zealand and Australia- Te Papa Museum in Wellington, Milford Sound in the sunshine, gondolas up the mountain and over the rain forest, steamers across the lake, sheering the sheep, Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta jutting out of the red dessert, snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef. Fabulous experience.

Robert from Shoreham, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 02/08/14
New Zealand is the youngest land in terms of period of human habitation, and Australia is among the oldest geologically. Together they provide an awesome panorama of natural beauty, with every type of environment known to humans. Their flora and fauna are amazing, and the opportunity to enjoy summer there during January and February was extraordinary. The people were friendly and helpful, even though they drive and talk funny.

Sharon from Chapel Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 02/08/14
This was a fantastic trip with wonderful guides, education, scenery, experiences, and fellow participants! Food and lodging were much better than I was expecting. You will love this adventure!

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