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Cruising the Backwaters of the California Delta

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4 Days | 3 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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Jan from Davis, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/23/13
We enjoyed this trip tremendously. We live in the region and learned a lot about the Delta's waterway routes, wildlife, history, economics and beauty. The Captain and first mate were excellent. The coordinating couple were excellent. This was a great introduction to Road Scholars. We met very interesting and interested fellow travelers. We'll be back. This trip was relaxing yet we got some exercise with walking, interesting, and refreshing. Thank you! Jan and Dick Coss

Barbara from Redondo Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/23/13
As a conservationist from Southern California who wants to learn my birds better, I had been wanting to go with this program for a very long time. We needed to learn more about the Delta and see it for ourselves.It was all that I wanted it to be, and was so very satisfying. Our leaders were among the best we ever had, the boat was so much fun, and our lunch stops gave us a chance to see the local towns. We rarely get this far north and took the opportunity to explore San Francisco, Sacramento, Napa and Davis while in the area. Also enjoyed several hours at John Muir's home in Martinez. Thank you for bringing us north, Road Scholar. You "did very, very good".

Alan from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/23/13
I lived in San Francisco for 17 years and saw and learned many things on this trip that I was completely unaware of.

Terry from Clovis, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/01/13 - 05/04/13
Loved the program, the people and the knowledge of the instructors. This was our first Road Scholar trip and we got hooked. Excellent information, accurate depiction of what to expect and we really liked the variety of things included in the program. When it was over, we retraced the steps, only from land instead of the waterways this time. Highly recommended adventure.

Floyd from Lincoln, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/24/13 - 04/27/13
This is a very interesting program.Probably would fit California residents better but I would take this program again.

Janice from Redlands, CA Number of programs attended: 45
Date attended: 05/01/13 - 05/04/13
Your website has been much improved!

Shirley from San Antonio, TX Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/17/12 - 10/20/12
We took this tour in October of 2012 and were the only non Californians participating. We live in San Antonio, TX and enjoyed all the facts and sites we saw. We would recommend it to all. There is not a lot of hiking, the accommodations were very nice and the food was brought to the hotel. Shirley and Dick

Janet from Santa Cruz, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/14/12 - 10/17/12
This program is especially valuable for California residents to understand the historical uses and mis-uses of the San Francisco Bay delta and make informed decisions as voters. You will get a whole new perspective on an area that we usually drive over with very knowledgeable and congenial presenters.

William from Indio, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/10/12 - 10/13/12
The California Delta Backwaters cruise is a short 3 day delightful, relaxing program in beautiful Central California. It is led by three great, personable instructors and it provides several days of comfortable boating during which participants learn a lot about the area, birding fishing, etc. Very enjoyable.

Pat from Port Townsend, WA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/25/12 - 04/28/12
We went on the April 25-28 trip this year and had a great time. See my husband's little video at

Jacquelin from Davis, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/02/12 - 05/05/12
I am not a birder but might have to become one after this program. Even with slightly inclement weather, dozens of birds were pointed out to us by our guides. I am glad that I brought along my binoculars for close up views of the ospreys, hawks, pelicans and other bird life we encountered. On board the boat was a good selection of books, articles and maps to go beyond the narration from our excellent captain and group leaders. Note about the activity level, the walk from the boat to the bus stop is over a very uneven gravel driveway and sidewalk. We were given free time after lunch in Napa and Suisun City to explore on our own. There is plenty to see or do in both cities for all interests. I highly recommend this program.

George from Costa Mesa, CA Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 04/18/12 - 04/21/12
Cruising the backwaters of the California Delta for 2 days was thrilling and exciting - I would recommend it enthusiastically.

Beth from Rio Vista, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/25/12
Previous reviews have had somewhat negative comments about the long boat rides home... I did not find the ride home to be laborious. Perhaps Ron's new boat is more comfortable and faster than the previous one... also Ron and Barbara have so much information to impart that the ride home can be every bit as interesting as the one headed out.

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