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Reviews, photos and videos for program: Tracing the Routes of the American Revolution
Nancy from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/10/14
Part 1: Well, what a mixed review this will be! I had a good time overall on my 5th RS trip, but things really bothered me. I resented having paid for some things I didn’t get. Nevertheless, I learned much more about the American Revolution & the birth of our nation. For that I am grateful. I had many questions about it that frustrated me, but second, have made me explore more on my own to find answers about the cultural aspects of that time than the tour gave. No question, Jim, our expert, was well versed on the various battles that entailed the Revolution. I learned that though there were many battles lost, the war WAS won afterall, and amazingly so due not to the prowess of the American warriors, but the myriad of other factors involved, like the French fleet that rescued us and the British distraction of other possible conquests (such as the Caribbean, for example) (and stupidity actually because they ignored the fantastic potential of the US)!! Anyway, we certainly learned a TON about our burgeoning nation’s battles, once and for all… Emilie did her best to make sure all were accounted and was always pleasant. Joe, our bus driver extraordinaire, beyond doubt the best one I’ve ever known! He was always kind, congenial and courteous, a veritable gentleman!!! (Part 2 continued)

Carolyn from Las Vegas, NV Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/10/14
This program is definitely worthwhile IF you are truly interested in the battles of the American Revolution. Many miles are logged on a bus and our bus driver, Joe, made the trips enjoyable and comfortable. The program whets the appetite to explore more details about the personalities involved in this period of history. Make sure you carefully understand and think through any cancellations of trips and sites involved. There appeared to be no quality substitutions provided for the sites we were not able to visit and had paid for. Inquire about the availability of listening devices throughout the program. There were speakers we could not adequately hear because there were no listening devices available. Inquire about the need to begin the program in Hull, MA. This location seemed to be worthless for the transportation cost to get there. Inquire about the reputation of Sugar Tours which we believe was contracted to run this program. James Dassatti, our Program Leader had great expertise and enthusiasm for his subject. If Revolutionary War battles are not of interest to you, this program might not be one for you to consider.

Mary from Washington Island, WI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/10/14
The program stated that participants would "gain an understanding of our nation's struggle for independence during lectures and on-site explorations with local historians and interpreters," and I certainly was able to do that. The historian/reenactor who led our group took on the responsibility for most of the narrative, but additional expert guides in Boston, Philadelphia, Annapolis and other locations supplemented his presentation with their knowledge. I was able to relearn what I'd learned in college about the American Revolution, and the trip has made me want to deepen my knowledge. Being where the events took place has given me a greater understanding of how the events happened.

Mary from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/10/14
If you are interested in doing anything but Revolutionary War battlefields, do NOT take this program. I thought we would have more time at some of the sites. We had free time in Williamsburg for only one hour starting at 4 PM. Even if you wanted to buy the ticket, most everything was closed by that time. In Philadelphia we had several hours, so were able to go to the US mint. Some people skipped dinner so they could take in some of the various museums. The Hull hotel was 17 miles out of town. In addition to paying between $70 and $90 for transportation from the airport, the next day you had to travel TO Boston, and THROUGH Boston to get to your destinations, which were on the other side of Boston. Four hours wasted traveling for those two days. They should stay on the Lexington/Concord side and cut down on travel. Sometimes less is more. If people ask about Benedict Arnold, I don't think they want to hear his whole campaign history. Maybe just why he was a traitor. Part of this was my fault, but I really feel the Revolution was not just about battles, but about how the people lived too. I really enjoyed Mt Vernon. The high point of the trip as far as I am concerned. The guide talked constantly on the bus, or played movies and documentaries. Hardly ever a moment of silence. He loves the sound of his own voice.

Pat from Aptos, CA Number of programs attended: 37
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/17/13
Other than the hotel at Hull being so far from anything concerning the program, it was a great trip in spite of the "shutdown".

Nola from Fredericksburg, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/14/12 - 10/25/12
This program is the best offered on American History! I could not have asked for a better Road Scholar experience! Fantastic itinerary, great Tour Guides, Coordinator and driver! Beautiful fall colors and frequent excellent gourmet food.

James from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/14/12 - 10/25/12
Terrific in depth learning experience. I will never again celebrate my American heritage in the same old way.


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