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13 Days | 12 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Joan from Buffalo, MN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 12/14/15 - 12/26/15
This program was a wonderful way to experience the Christmas season and its various foods and customs in three different areas of France (Paris, Alsace, and Provence) with the bonus of a half-day visit to Dijon as well. Our local guides were well-informed and shared their knowledge about what we were seeing in interesting and enthusiastic ways. Using the TGV (high speed train) to get from one major region to another was an efficient way to travel and provided the group with an additional French cultural adventure. Last but not least, all of this was coordinated in a top-notch manner by our group leader, Louis-Gabriel Bideau, who was friendly as well as professional and always ready and willing to handle the expected and the unexpected situations that arose.

Lynn from Weatherford, TX Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 12/14/15 - 12/26/15
The joy and beauty of the season, new friendships and fascinating history of the area are in this tour.

Susan from Tuscaloosa, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/15/14 - 12/27/14
This program was my first Road Scholar trip, and if it's any indication of the quality of their programs, I will be a frequent traveler with this organization! It was well organized, offering educational opportunities as well as just plain fun travel. Our group leader, Louis-Gabriel, was terrific -- amiable, capable, well organized. I hope to travel on more Road Scholar trips, and hope he is our leader on some of them!

Louise from Virginia Beach, VA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 12/15/14 - 12/27/14
This trip captured the flavor of three distinct areas of France enhanced by the charm of Christmas markets and lights. Our group leader, Louis-Gabriel, energetically guided us through a well thought out itinerary, with a good balance between tours and free time. His warmth and interest in every participant was truly exceptional. As well - the meals were superb.

Carol from Tuscaloosa, AL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 12/15/14 - 12/27/14
This program was comprehensive, interesting, and extremely well organized. The group leader, Louis-Gabriel, worked tirelessly to make sure that a diverse group of participants were able to learn, see, or experience the full complement of holiday experiences characteristic of Alsace, Paris, and Provence. It is difficult to pick out just one highlight, but this program whetted my appetite to return to France.

Kathy from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/14/13 - 12/26/13
This beautiful trip was an experience I'll never forget. Our guide, Louis, was sweet, charming and took care of wandering lambs (and there were some wandering lambs among us). Colmar felt like home to me; I could have moved there and never left. Christmas Eve mass in the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix-en-Provence that I attended on my own, was lovely, only supplanted by the elegant Christmas Eve dinner that followed with the group. I've been hesitant to write so glowingly of this trip because I didn't want it to fill up before I had the chance to enroll for 2014, but family obligation require me to stay stateside this Holiday season. A small warning . as in any group, there will be some along who are ill (chickenpox in this case), some who are lame, some who are deaf and some who seem barely alive. We must remember, we are not there to make friends, but to make memories. And I did: I made memories, I even made a friend.

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11 nights of accommodations
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