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Program #3328RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
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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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Diane from Glendale, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/22/14 - 11/07/14
This is a wonderful tour for those who have an interest in art. The city of Cuenca was an unexpected treat.

Roz from Tarzana, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/22/14 - 11/07/14
This trip is for anyone that wants an in depth art and cultural and historical experience in northern Spain.

Carol from Hatboro, PA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/01/14 - 10/17/14
A wonderful program for art lovers. Interesting locations -- cities, small towns, a winery, a posada, and more. Be prepared for lots of walking and standing, steps and cobblestones. Very enjoyable.

Kerin from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/01/14 - 10/17/14
This trip was a dream come true for me. Art? Yes! Spain? Yes! And including Barcelona? That clinched it for me! We saw so much, learned so much, enjoyed food so much--frankly I didn't want to leave Spain.

Virginia from Seal Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/17/14 - 10/03/14
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip's focus on Spanish Art, from its Golden Age to most Modern. Also, Great food, facilities and travel companions. Ginny Quinn

John from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
This trip exceeded our expectations. Spain's terrain and seeing the Basque and Catalonia areas thrilled us. Driving into Toledo offered dramatic landscapes that took our breaths away and brought El Greco to life. Cuenca was romantic and picturesque. The posada we stayed in delightful. The guide was so cute and helpful and treated us to Spanish candy and liqueur from his gift shop. We loved it. Two days there would be wonderful. The Jewish centers in Toledo and Cuenca made the trip even more enjoyable. We're not Jewish, but thanks. The biggest superlative goes to our ebullient, knowledgeable, and helpful young guide, Sonia. Thank you for all you did to help everyone enjoy the trip, Sonia. My favorite places were the Dali museum, the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Marquis de Riscal vineyards with the magnificent Gehry floating above them. My husband's was the interior of the Gaudi. The food and wine were so plentiful and delicious that we gained weight we are now working to shed. How romantic the meals all seemed. We took this trip because two friends recommended the fabulous guides: Cecilia, Jose and Silvia. Thanks for the informative history and art lectures and for taking us to Escorial. The only boring times were spent in cathedrals that just didn't seem that exciting. Having to traipse through them must be de rigueur for European trips but a couple go a long way. Otherwise it was perfect.

Barbara from Granada Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
Inspired by the dynamic trio: Sonia, Cecilia, and Silvia -- full of knowledge, enthusiasm, and motivation to make the trip terrific. Cuenca and the Rioja winery were delightful surprises.

Richard from Reinholds, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
A great tour: The tourguide, Sonia, is a treasure. The lectures were uniformly wonderful. One couldn't possibly visit all the major museums of Spain with such ease independently. The Zaragoza and Chillida visits were a waste of time but there were many other unexpected surprises and delights. Cuenca was a highlight, no doubt. But...vegetarians beware. Spain has no understanding or sympathy. White bread and iceberg lettuce. Pack lots of nuts and protein powder.

Linda from Columbia, MO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/26/14 - 04/11/14
These comments are confidential and not for posting. You decide. I would have liked to forgo the visit to the Escorial. The visit to Burgos was a disappointment for me. the knowledge of the guide was limited. The Cathedral was just plain large and overdecorated. The city itself had alot to see. I would have enjoyed spending more time just walking around.

Janet from Hamilton, ON Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/26/14 - 04/11/14
The full impact of this programme really only hit me after being home one week. This is really a program for art lovers and people who would like to become art lovers. The guides and Luis all put their heart and soul into making an unforgettable trip for us. The days are jam packed with info - both from lectures and field trips. I have a degree in art history and I also make a little art- so for me, a perfect trip.

Gene from Halstead, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/26/14 - 04/11/14
As an artist who had previously studied art history, I found this program greatly exceeded my expectations in understanding the origins of Spanish art in the context of Spanish history as well as world history. Seeing the multiplicity of works made the program amazing.

Maxine from Skokie, IL Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/26/14 - 04/11/14
This program far exceeded our expectations in every way. The hotels were comfortable, the lectures stimulating, the choice of activities excellent, the variety of experiences fabulous. Our hearts and minds were opened to art history and appreciation thanks to the excellent variety of information. Who knew that we would actually begin to love Picasso! The Program Guide kept everything organized and we felt cared for and about. Spain is a beautiful country - and thanks to the friendships we developed with other participants, this will be a trip long remembered as a highlight of our lives.

Nancy from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/30/13 - 11/15/13
Excellent tour for people interested in the culture and artists of Spain. Our tour leader, Rikardo, and lecturer Cecillia could not have been better - friendly, knowledgeable, well organized, warm and eager to please. The hotels were all well located. Cuenca was a wonderful surprise - I enjoyed it so much more than I anticipated. This was my first trip with Road Scholar, and it exceeded my expectations.

Richard from McLean, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/30/13 - 11/15/13
A fabulous trip! Cuenca was a revelation, and the Guggenheim Bibao exceeded my high expectations. The Joan Miro Foundation is an architectural masterpiece housing a plethora of Miro masterpieces. Parc Guell was fascinating--an early and daring attempt to build an English Garden community in Spain. My only quibble is that too many events were packed into the day that we flew from Bilbao to Barcelona.

Martha from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 10/30/13 - 11/15/13
This is a superb trip if you are interested in art and architecture. We had a superb instructor in Msdrid and Cuenca. Her love for art was quite evident. One suggestion: Where possible, lecture in the afternoon before and visit museum/site the following morning. The pacing was good; number of nights in one place worked well. In Barcelona, I would have preferred to visit Gaudi's Familia Sagrada in addition to the park or in place of the park.

Elaine from Tacoma, WA Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 10/30/13 - 11/15/13
My wife and I have attended 23 Road Scholar\Elderhostel programs both in the United States and Canada as well as other countries. This program on the art and architecture of Spain is at the top or near top of all of them.

Richard from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 10/04/13
I agree with the reviews of my fellow-travelers: this program met or exceeded every expectation. It was enriching is ever so many ways.

Herbert from Toronto, ON Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 10/04/13
What a fabulous trip. It was interesting and informative. The sights were great. The insights about Spain's great painters was terrific. The hotels were central and convenient. It led to great and interesting walks. I highly recommend it.

Mark from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/10/13 - 04/26/13
We came together on agreeing the tour exceeded our expectations. Not to reiterate, but we agree with what's been said. Also, we would have loved a second night in Bilbao. I can add- Thank you, to all. The group of 30 were people of extraordinary backgrounds and good will- which certainly played a part our tremendous success.

Esther from Henderson, NV Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/10/13 - 04/26/13
For those who enjoy European Art and Architecture, this program is superb. Great museums, cathedrals, UNESCO sites and significant monuments in Spain are all included.

Joel from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/10/13 - 04/26/13
We enjoyed this program and got to see some fabulous things in Spain, some we were hoping to see and some we had no idea about ...like beautiful Cuenca! We did feel the lectures were over long, however, and much as we loved Cuenca we would have liked one less night there and at least 2 nights in Bilbao. Otherwise the program organizer was great and the local guides were wonderful.

One surprise, street theatre everywhere!

Carolyn from Belmont, MA Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 04/10/13 - 04/26/13
A wonderful overview of Spanish Art through the centuries with convenient hotels, delicious food, knowledgeable lecturers, this is an excellent trip!

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