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Program #20216RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Albert from Vienna, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/02/14 - 10/13/14
“Artistic Spirit of Paris and Barcelona” is an excellent and fairly in-depth program on art, architecture, and the lives of the artists. Our guide, Louis Bideau, was outstanding at making sure we had good instructors, relating to the people in the group, responding to the inevitable, unplanned changes, helping people deal with individual needs, and promoting the cohesion of the group. He seems to have a network of people that he can count on. For example, a performance on a Friday by a tenor was cancelled due to the singer’s illness. He managed to obtain 22 tickets for a performance the following night to a concert that turned out to be sold out—and our seats were all together.

Martha from Hamburg, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
From previous reviews, it seems to me that RS has fixed past problems. Louis met us at the airport and kept us organized throughout. Group size was 20 -- just right -- and wonderful listening devices allowed us to hear the guides at all times. Some sites were breathtakingly beautiful, like Sainte Chapelle and Sagrada Familia. Art as a theme throughout the trip was a brilliant idea. I loved feeling both the weight and wonder of European history first hand. I'll never forget this trip.

Patricia from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
This is a very active tour - LOTS of stairs and walking. It rained in Paris and we often took the metro but it was sunny in Barcelona and we walked EVERYWHERE. I fell in love with lively, bright and beautiful Barcelona and did a lot of wandering on my own. People on the streets at all hours. Our Guide, Louie, was excellent. Quite a personality - you will remember him!

Jay from Hamburg, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
This program was a great experience. I learned a lot and enjoyed the people on the group.

Lisa Ann from Chester Springs, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/22/14 - 06/02/14
Lisa from PA
This program was educational, artistically motivating, breathtakingly beautiful. Having an insight into two historical cities was a wonderful pairing. Our guide, Louis-Gabriel Bideau, did an incredible job with logistics, group cohension ,and went out of his way to foster positive group dynamics. For anyone who loves the arts, this program is amazing.

Robert from Grand Junction, CO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/12/13 - 09/23/13
The very best and most rewarding of any program we have attended.

Katharine from Sunnyvale, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/16/13 - 05/27/13
This is a great program for becoming more familiar with Paris and Barcelona, two beautiful historical cities. There is a variety of activities and you will learn so much about art history and general history. Even if you are already knowledgeable being there makes all the difference.

Bill from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/16/13 - 05/27/13
The Artistic Spirit of Paris and Barcelona was the most stimulating, beautiful, captivating of all the Road Scholar trips in which we have participated. Leaders were outstanding, hotels in superb locations, and all sites chosen worthwhile. Physically active, but relatively relaxed pacing. Highly recommended!

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10 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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