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Program #14419RJ
6 Days | 5 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.
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Stephen from Dublin, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
I greatly enjoyed the program. Our leader (Christina) really knew her subject and did a fantastic job of handling minor hiccups when they occurred (such as providing last minute transportation when it was too cold to walk). It would have been nice to have a few more evening programs or suggestions about fun places to hang out. Round tables for the dinners in the Alamo room would be better than the long ones to encourage conversation. All in all, a great experience.

Alan from Palo Alto, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
I enjoyed the program and meeting the people who were in it.The hotel and meals were great(avoiding long tables if at all possible would be desirable).The leader was fun/knowledgeable and is clearly experienced in herding cats(and seniors)! But the lack of evening programming or even suggestions for interesting things to do at night was disappointing. And more talks like that of Professor Hinojosa would have given a more stimulating picture of the historical/cultural aspects of the region.

Cynthia from Wellesley Hills, MA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Interesting and well presented program. Great hotel location (right next to the Alamo and River Walk). Engaging and well organized program leader.

Judith from Chalfont, PA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
A great chance to learn about San Antonio and nearly Hill Country.

Resa from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/01/15 - 03/06/15
A terrific and well paced educations program!

Karen from Traverse City, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
This program covered a lot of historic San Antonio and spent a day in Fredericksburg. Christina and Hector did a wonderful job guiding us. The group was rather large (almost 40), making it difficult to get to know everyone. The Crockett Hotel was wonderful, friendly, and comfortable. This was a general program and covered its territory well. If a more in-depth educational focus is desired, perhaps the "Signature City San Antonio" would be an alternate choice.

Patricia from Woodland Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
What a wonderful week I had with the Road Scholars in San Antonio. Everything I wanted to see (for a long time) I did - and with such a great group. The accommodations were perfect, the destinations well-planned, and the amount of information gained beyond what I expected. San Antonio was a wonderful choice for my first RS trip. It has set a high standard for my future travels.

Stephen from Franklin Square, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
This was an excellent trip that was informative and fun.

Joan from Holland, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
We had a wonderful week in and around San Antonio. This tour and our tour leader, Christina, provided a great combination of history, fun experiences, and fine food. The perfect Texas weather and that bluebonnet sky were awesome. The Crockett Hotel is in a great location so close to Riverwalk, the Alamo and RiverCenter mall.

Pam from Round Rock, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
My husband and I recently completed the Heart of Texas and Heart of the Hill Country program in San Antonio TX. The program was very interesting and filled with just the right combination of tours, lectures good food and free time exploration. The day spent at the LBJ ranch and in Fredericksburg mid week was a perfect break in the weeks activities. Our tour guide, Christina, made the experience more memorable by sharing her insider knowledge about various locations and her little "surprise" side trip added to the real Texas experience. We learned about the importance of the Spanish, German, Mexican and Anglo influence on what makes Texas such a unique and interesting state. The folks who attended from all over the US and a Canadian guest were so warm and friendly. It was a pleasure getting to know them. I would highly recommend this program. You won't be disappointed!

Ellen from Hilton Head Island, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
If you think you know Texas, you don't, but you will after participating this program. You will learn about major events that shaped the state, about the people who settled there, and about some of its favorite sons. San Antonio is a wonderful city, not to be missed.

William from Los Lunas, NM Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
There's a lot packed into this 5-night adventure: Texas history and culture, art, lectures, field trips, shopping, Riverwalk barge cruise, varied dining venues - even a siesta if you need it! And did I mention, "Remember the Alamo?" For a great overview of everything from this area's multicultural history and the Spanish missions, to cowboys and cattle drives, to the Germans who settled in the Hill Country and a peek at LBJ's Texas Whitehouse, this experience has something for everyone.

Pauline from Niagara, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
This was an excellent program. The leaders were wonderful, and we saw a great deal of the area. The participants were friendly as well. I would not hesitate to sign up for this activity even if I were alone as several people were. I would say the average age was about 70 for most of us.

Carla from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
Loved the program! Enjoyed learning about the history of the area and the people who settled there. This was my first trip to Texas, and I found the people there very friendly and outgoing. Our group leaders were knowledgeable and lots of fun.

Joan from Neenah, WI Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
Joan from Neenah, WI Date attended: 11|3-11|8 Great program truly enhanced by Hector and Della who complimented each other and made the program informative and fun.

Nancy from Fort Collins, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
This was my first time in San Antonio and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Alamo building was much smaller than I had imagined but, the history of it was so much bigger that I ever thought! Hector and Della are the perfect compliments to each other and seemed to really enjoy showing us their city.

Ramona from Fort Collins, CO Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
Ramona from Ft. Collins Heart of the City, Heart of the Hill Country was a very educational program with good directors. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn history. Loved our hotel The Crocket and the location. I always wanted to the river ride and it was better than I could think of.

Sherry from Fort Collins, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/03/13 - 11/08/13
Just returned from the "Heart of the City, Heart of the Hill Country" trip; it was so interesting and varied and our guide, Hector, was the greatest ever. Every lecture was so educational and entertaining. I highly recommend this trip.

Carol from Visalia, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
What a great way to see and learn about San Antonio! Would do this trip again!

Rachelle from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
I really liked San Antonio. Our guides, Hector and Delia, were wonderful. Delia especially went out of her way to help me and my traveling companion. We missed the LBJ ranch due to the govt. shutdown, but we got to see so many neat things. My only complaint was the food that the JCC provided for us: It was awful! The other meals were fine and nice restaurants were chosen for us. I realize now that Road Scholar is not known for its culinary focus. I'm in the process of selecting my next RS adventure. And of course, I'll always "Remember the Alamo!"

Road Scholar's response:
Rachelle, thank you so much for traveling to San Antonio and reviewing the program! Your feedback is very important to us. While the government shutdown did prevent the group visit to the federal area of the LBJ Ranch, we are glad you enjoyed the state-managed area of the ranch. The meals are carefully selected to represent the many culinary variations that make up the San Antonio dining scene. We do not however cater from the JCC kitchen as it is located more than 20 minutes outside of downtown SA. Perhaps you are referring to the meals on Sunday evening and Thursday evening, both catered to the hotel from catering services who work directly with local restaurants. We are sorry you felt the meals were subpar but hope that the hotel setting provided a private, intimate setting that appropriately allowed for effective ‘welcome’ and ‘bon voyage’ evenings. We are certainly happy for you that you will remember the excellent guides, the other restaurants visited on site and of course, the Alamo.
Marsie from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
I learned so much about San Antonio and the Hill Country. Was fascinated by the LBJ Ranch and the history of the ranch. Our group leader Christina was excellent. The history of the area was a learning experience for me. The visit to Fredericksburg and the National Museum of the Pacific War were great.

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