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Program #14008RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Sue from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/23/14 - 08/01/14
Needs Improvement: Rooms and meeting rooms were small and hot. Bedrooms and bathrooms would have been very small for three people. England was having a heat wave at the time. Met expectations: I thought the food was nutritious and varied. It wasn’t gourmet, I admit, but with all the walking and less-than-gourmet food, I lost four pounds on the trip, so I’m happy. Exceed expectations: Everything else. The programs were fantastic. Special credit goes to Deb, a 21st Century Mary Poppins, whose creativity, devotion, and hard work were exceptional; Maria, our lecturer on Tolkien and Lewis, who spoke brilliantly with no notes, and connected with the audience in a warm, genuine way; and Mel, with his poetry and stories of England. The Harry Potter studio, Blenheim Palace, the actor who played Dumbledore, the children’s books illustrator—one wonderful, glorious, experience after the other, shared with my granddaughter. Magical Oxford is right. It truly was a magical experience, with the good aspects far outweighing anything less than ideal. I strongly recommend it for a shared grandparent-grandchild adventure of a lifetime.

Peter from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/23/14 - 08/01/14
This was a unique opportunity to experience the scholarly life of Oxford University, and for our grandchildren to meet friends and experience the world of Harry Potter.

Jean from Wayland, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/23/14 - 08/01/14
The program was very well handled for both age groups! The children had many great experiences and really bonded with Deb, as well as each other. There was enough time apart between grandparents and children to allow a breather, but the time together was especially nice. My grandson and I enjoyed all of the events - particularly the maze at Blenheim Palace, where he assisted me in finding my way! Days were all packed with activities and I can't think of one that could be eliminated. The Lodge food was a bit disappointing - pretty generic - and basically the same each time, however it was NOT a deal breaker for the program! The location was ideal for being family/kid friendly. My granddaughter has already begun planning for her turn in 3 years and I'm looking forward to a return.

Ellen from Olympia, WA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 07/23/14 - 08/01/14
I'd been looking forward to this trip for a long time, and it fulfilled my expectations - time with my granddaughter, subject matter of interest to her and me, and a lovely setting. Who could ask for anything more? The Warner Brothers soundstage - with the sets used for the films - is fabulous - I was surprised and thrilled, and could have stayed much longer. It stressed the number of people and skills needed to convert the books to film, and that message of "teamwork" was a great one for both children and grandparents to receive. The hotel met our needs although the food was, well, average. The meeting room was very stuffy and crowded since the weather was warm and the group was large. The children enjoyed the large lawns in between activities, playing hide and seak, capture the flag, and just generally running around and enjoying themselves. In short, we had a great time and have a stash of memories to draw from for years and years.

Vivian from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/23/13 - 08/01/13
The program was extremely well organized. The activities for the children and adults were well thought out. Our grandchildren, a boy and a girl, both loved it and Kyle would like to return next year! The days were well planned with tours designed for children and adults separately. The hotel we stayed at was well suited for children. It was intimate and had a big lawn that allowed the children to run around and play with each other. I would recommend, however, that there be more child friendly dishes at dinner. Also, it would be great if there were a little more variety. There was the same vegetable dish for every dinner we had at the hotel. John, our leader, was knowledgeable, conscientious and charming. The lecturers he picked were very well informed and gave wonderful perspectives on the authors, and gave us a more than a cursory view of old Oxford. Helen was a wonderful "group" leader for the children and really impressed us with what she was able to accomplish with the children given the little time she had. Roz handled all the logistics efficiently. All in all, we would highly recommend this tour and look forward to experiencing other tours with Road Scholar.

Janice from St Louis Park, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/23/13 - 08/01/13
The program exceeded our expectations! Everything was so well planned and organized, and the events and activities for both adults and children were perfect. It was fun, educational and a trip we will always remember and cherish. And best of all, we could share the experience with our granddaughter who loved it too. The staff - John, Roz and Helen - were wonderful. So skilled, knowledgable, kind and helpful. I can't thank them enough for this "magical" experience!

Anita from Holland, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/23/13 - 08/01/13
A wonderful way for grandparents and grandchildren to create "magical memories".

John from Knoxville, TN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 07/09/13 - 07/18/13
Absolutely fabulous! Our 9 and 11 yr. old granddaughters were smiling the entire time as were the grandparents! It was the right balance of "magic" and education for everyone.

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