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9 Days | 8 Nights
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.
Arnold from Plainview, NY Number of programs attended: 67
Date attended: 11/05/15 - 11/13/15
Very well thought out and easy to navigate. I rely more on your website than on the tons of mail i receive from you.

Michael from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/05/15 - 10/13/15
This was a fantastic program. We saw four plays ranging from modern works to classics. The guide and experts were great, knowledgeable and helpful in getting us around London. The hotel was in a good location, right next to the tube and the food was quite good at the hotel, which isn't always the case. We even got an extra treat by having lectures by a theater critic, a Shakespearean actor and an actor who played the lead role in one of the plays. We came a couple of days early and took time for a trip to Oxford and Stratford on Avon via a guided tour. The transfer from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip worked well (and we even got a box lunch).

Esther from Arlington Heights, IL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/19/15
Excellent program with well-selected plays. I especially enjoyed the speakers: a Shakespearean actor, a West End actress (who we saw in a major play), and the theater reviewer for the (London) Times. Well organized, well managed along with a bit of free time to explore London on own. One word on the hotel: the program used the Radisson Blu Grafton hotel which has been retrofitted from an older hotel. Be sure to look at a few rooms before taking one - they vary widely in size and lighting. The rooms in the "new" part of the building might be the better ones.

Judith from Vineyard Haven, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 09/30/14
The West End Theater Tour is a chance of a life-time. Road Scholar takes care of your practical needs with aplomb: transport to and from airport and the tour venues,most meals, and accommodations. Remember the purpose of the trip is to learn about the theater: its playwrights, actors and acting, play genres, and its history. Our teachers included a lively professor of British theater, a theater critic/journalist, and our guide whom I call, Mr. London, due to his passion for and knoweldge of the city. On top of seeing five plays, our trip included the Tate Modern, the British Museum, a hands-on workshop at RADA,( where the group came alive),free afternoons to gaze at London's architecture, walk the parks, and stroll through Selfridges or Harrods, dine together in the hotel, or go off and order fish and chips in a local pub. I would do it again.

Vernon from Healdsburg, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 09/30/14
The tour leader and technical assistant were outstanding. The selection of hotel was adequate. However, the selection of plays was unfortunate to say the least. Mostly new productions of questionable quality. Need more musicals, which the West End is famous for, and a good English farce is always a welcome input. More musical presentations would also be welcome. The program has great potential provided the plays are upgraded and significantly improved.

Gloria from Camarillo, CA Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 06/09/14 - 06/17/14
It was a pleasurable experience.

Arne from Lady Lake, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/20/14
We attended with four friends. After three days on our own we joined Bel and the program on May13, 2014. De our pictures and commentary here: http://www.thesen.org/travel/2014-london/index.html arne thesen

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7 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
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