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Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music

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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.
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dorothea from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
It was great; just like Christine said, a great variety of experiences. I would especially like to commend our guides, Paul and Jackie. Paul was such an expert on Savannah; As he said, he has lived in Savannah all of his life. The historic section of the city is beautiful with wonderful vegetation and historic architecture. I strongly recommend this tour.

Christine from Oxnard, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
A great variety of experiences - lectures, field trips, local cooking class, music of Johnny Mercer, all presented in such an entertaining and informative manner. Recommend it highly

Marie Louise from Devon, PA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
One of the best Road Scholar programs I have attended (out of 30 plus) Interesting, fun, wonderful hotel, interesting lectures, delicious food.

Lynn from Deptford, NJ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
Take this program! Savannah is a unique American city. The historic district is compact, yet with wide sidewalks, tree filled squares, interesting architecture and local shops and eateries. If you like the freedom of walking and the beauty of a historical small city, this program is for you.

Jo Anne from La Grange, TX Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/11/14 - 05/16/14
If you have not traveled in the SE states, start here in Savannah. The history of this state is much more than what you learned in history classes. The state and local efforts to preserve the historic homes is wonderful. A trip you won't soon forget.

Barbara from Los Alamitos, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
This is an outstanding tour, way beyond our expectations. It was interesting, entertaining, and fun, all at a relaxed Southern pace. We learned about Savannah, its present, its history, its music and its food. The cooking school day was great fun.

Betty from Pine Brook, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
This was our first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded our expectations. It was very well organized and we enjoyed all the programs, field trips and restaurants. It was truly a memorable experience!

Nancy E. from Wilmington, DE Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
If you enjoy learning about history of one of our outstanding city in the United States, take the Road Scholar trip to Savannah, GA. The city is beautiful with delightful Squares with live Oak trees, outstaning architecture, good food and many other things to discover.

Diane from Marengo, IL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
My husband and I just finished the program in Savannah, Georgia, and loved every minute of it. The program covers the history, culture, food and music of the city and the area. Presenters were well-chosen and did a fantastic job. I especially loved the cooking lesson at Chef Darin's cooking school and the music presenters, both singers and musicians, were excellent. We were glad that we had chosen to stay at the downtown location (DeSoto Hilton) as everything was within walking distance, and free public transportation was just a half block away. What a beautiful city and what a great program!

Judith from Montgomery, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/23/14 - 03/28/14
This program was educational, entertaining, a relaxed pace and left me with an appreciation of Savannah that I had not experienced prior to this. It was delightful.

Ana from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
Incredible experience. Paul and Jackie great leadership. Music to remember. Great group of people from all over.

Eileen from Baldwinsville, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
A thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience. This may have been the first Road Scholar trip for me, but it will not be my last. Eileen

anne from Norfolk, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
See the REAL Savannah!

Jerry from Ligonier, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
Beautiful city, brimming with history and stories of the past. This trip was a true southern experience and opened my eyes to much of our nations's history- and the characters that developed it. This was a great program! I can't wait for my next Road Scholar trip!

Fred from Cliffside Park, NJ Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
Best program so far. Excellent hotel, really good food, terrific presentations. A bargain and a beautiful city.

Susan from Sun City Center, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
I was so impressed by my first Road Scholar trip - to Savannah. The leaders, Paul and Jacky, were so efficient that the programmes went ver smoothly from one to the other. The stately homes of Savannah were fascinating and the really lively talk by General Oglethorpe was outstanding. The other great event waste hands on cooking with Chef Darin. A good group of friendly people made this lone English person feel very welcome.

Karen from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This was my first Road Scholars trip but certainly, with the help of God, not my last. The learning experience provided by Paul was top notch. The tours were so informative and interesting. Meeting all the different people from all walks of life was awesome as well. And the food...well that was just wonderful especially the cooking class with Chef Darin. I would definitely recommend this tour but only if you are taking it with Road Scholars!

Lucy from Essex, CT Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This was a terrific program - Paul and Jacky were SO helpful and knowledgeable, the hotel was centrally located and had great b'fast buffet - the programs were fun, with lots of music and history - some restaurant meals for lunch and/or dinner in good, local restaurants and enough free time to relax, see the sights and totally enjoy Savannah - I'd like to add that I am Gluten-free (not by choice) and every meal I ate was GF & great - I have done other programs & this was the best ever -

Sally from Sun City Center, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
All I can say was the experience was incredible. Met new friends, learned a new perspective on savannah and enjoyed every aspect. Made new friends, laughed a lot!

Joan E. from Wauconda, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This was my first Road Scholar Trip. I was very impressed with the variety of programs that Paul provided for us: a morning history lecture, historical impersonator, sessions on architecture and art, two on music, a cooking class that was very exciting, walking tours of the city and historical houses and fabulous food (which we walked off on the tours). The visit with Mr. Duncan, a prominent bookseller, and his wife, in their old restored home, was very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to Provence next fall.

Norman from Brookfield, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
This a worthwhile program with excellent, talented instructors. Highly recommended if you have an interest in 1700-1800 America. Quite specific in its content.

Bill from Watertown, MA Number of programs attended: 40
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
Lee and Bill would rank the Savannah program near the top. Intro to low country food was nice, including Mrs. Wilkes Dining Rm. and of course the cooking school. New appreciation for this fine city.

Lee from Trotwood, OH Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
This program was just right for an overview of the "Old South." The cooking class was an unexpected plus!

Tony from Auburn, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
What a good mix History, entertainment, regional food, tours of historical homes and district, cooking class and more.

Judi from Somers, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
Our Coordinator Paul and his sister Jackie made Savannah come alive. They were a fountain of knowledge about the history, culture and music of Savannah. The program was well organized, the food beyond incredible and the diversity of the people on our tour made it a delight!

Evelyn from Carlsbad, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
Exceeded my expectations. Bravo to the entire team. Paul was an endless flow of information. Thank you.

Patricia from Olathe, KS Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
We had a wonderful time in Savannah The program was well organized and the Hilton Hotel was great. We had wonderful food and the musical program on Johnny Mercer was outstanding.

Alice from Hendersonville, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This is a wonderful program for those interested in Savannah's heritage, its food, music and history. I learned so much, even though I had visited Savannah a number of times previously. October is a wonderful time to travel, weather-wise, and the accommodations at the Desoto Hilton cannot be matched. It was a wonderful experience!

Sheila from Hudson, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
This was wonderful trip thanks to Paul and Jackie. I can't say anything negitive it was so great! Learned so much!

David from Penfield, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
Dave and Carol Boyer from Rochester, NY We really enjoyed the diversity of the program from tours of historic homes, to cooking school, to music and enjoying that great southern cooking especially Mrs Wilkes low country lunch. Our coordinator, Paul, was super helpful, knowledgeable and a walking history lesson. The weather was great and the people we meet on this program were exceptional. The only disappointment we had was with the Hilton hotel. We had a room with adjoining doors which were NOT sound proofed and had 2 nights of little sleep until our room was finally changed. changed

Janet from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
After reading some of the reviews of the Savannah program, I want to emphasize the morning with Mercer's songs as a highlight of the week for my husband and me. Kim Michael Polote is an extraordinary vocalist. David Duckworth's keyboard accompaniment and solos also displayed virtuosity.

Susan from Corvallis, OR Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
This thoroughly organized program has a combination of history, music and culinary art that would be hard to beat at any price. Paul and Jackie saw that we were prepared for this active program. My fellow travelers were welcoming and my flight across the country as a single participant was worth every minute.

Nancy from Wilton, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
The website is quite easy to use. And I know I will be checking it for future adventures with RoadScholar.

James from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
just a wonderful tour by knowledgeable and interesting leaders

Kathy from Simi Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Our trip to Savannah was the best trip we have ever taken. We had a wonderful group of 40 participants. Accommodations were beyond expectations, presentations could not have been more informative and educational. I left much more knowledgeable with a greater appreciation for the settlers who came to this country. There were so many, many obstacles that were faced and settlers had an iron will to keep going. This program made me very proud of my American heritage. Freedom is not free. The history of Savannah is quite entertaining, very colorful, mysterious and presented in a way that is titillating. There was never a dull moment. At times it felt as tho the hands of times had rolled back. Wonderful!

Peter from Wescosville, PA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
What history in Savannah GA! The program staff did a great job of laying out the timeline staring with General Oglethorpe founding the 13 colony of Georgia through the Civil Was (or as they liked to say, the war of northern aggression). The history lessons were intermingled with a cooking class that was great fun. We prepared the black eyed pea salad for guests two days after getting home. Lots of music as well, Johnny Mercer and music from the early colony. Plenty of Road Scholar special touches with the back door entry to Mrs. Wilkes boarding house and a tour of a restored private residence. This program definitely deserves it's 5 star rating.

Nancy from Rapid City, SD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
This was our first Road Scholar trip and it was great! We enjoyed the pace and diversity of the program. The hotel was lovely and in the center of old Savannah. The meals were good and even the weather was nice. The cooking class was a lot of fun. Learning the history of Savannah while touring is wonderful. Most of all, the trip was an excellent value.

Carolyn from Crystal Lake, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
The whole Savannah experience was over the top and I couldn't have been more pleased.

Catherine from Peoria, AZ Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
This was a great program and exceeded my expectations. The smaller group (31) enhanced the experience.

Mary Ann from Crystal Lake, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
This was my first Road Scholar experience...it was fabulous. Paul Blatner, our tour leader, was fantastic...a walking and talking book with never-ending information and intriguing stories. The history, architecture, food, music and folklore of Savannah came alive with Paul's expertise, knowledge and experience. He was always enthusiastic and filled us with wonder. Our walking tours and varied speakers gave us all many hours of entertainment and enlightenment. Our cooking school experience with Chef Darrin was fabulous and delicious. Thank you Paul and the Road scholar staff for a wonderful week in beautiful, historic Savanna, GA. What a memorable gift for us all! Mary Ann Landon from Crystal Lake, IL and snowbird from Venice, FL.

Marshall from Waynesville, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
Marshall and Gerri from North Carolina Do not miss this program. This was our first Road Scholar experience and were frankly skeptical that the value added by Road Scholar would justify the expense. But were we wrong. This program is first class from day one. Would we change some things, probably, but not enough to discourage anyone from this program. The Cooking School is, as some others have said, incredible. Paul is a gem.

Jean from Augusta, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
THE HISTORIC SAVANNAH WAS EVERYTHING PLUS WHAT I COULD HAVE HOPED FOR..THE PROGRAMS,MUSIC,PEOPLE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER. SO WELL PLANNED. JEAN FROM MAINE 4/10/13-4/19/13

Evelyn from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
Great trip!! Historic Savannah is wonderful and the course was excellent. Good balance of history, music, and good food!!

Karen from Grand Blanc, MI Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
This program was everything that I hoped it would be and more. I felt like I really got to learn in depth about Savannah. the cooking class was extrordinary

Hal from Redwood City, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
We had a great time in Savannah. The program was educational and fun, satisfying for those with an interest in southern history, architecture, the arts, cooking, and music. I have written up a detailed description of our experience at http://www.posix.com/SAV13/index.html

Paula from Bellingham, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Everything about this program was great - actually exceeded our expectations. My husband and I are very new to Road Scholar and we will be looking at more programs in the future.

Froydis from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
The program was fabulous. I learned so much about history that I did not know. The instrctors were very knowlegeable about history and I enjoyed the the other programs besides the history sessions as well. The food was great and I enjoyed visiting the different historical houses built and restored. This was my third Road Scholar trip and they were all great. Froydis Beckerman Columbia, MD

Richard from Brookfield, WI Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Excellent program. Good instructors. Great learning experience. (History,music,& architecture of Savannah). Good local restaurants. Good accommodations in historical district of Savannah. Dick and Pat Krueger. Brookfield, WI

Marilyn from Sharon, MA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
The program was everything and more than was advertised. I am looking forward to my next trip with Road Scholar

Patricia from Dartmouth, NS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
A wonderful tour that far exceeded my expectations. Interesting presentation of history, southern cooking and music. Food was good.

Joan from Jamesville, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
excellent value; incredible presentors; delicious food; and a wonderful adventure to a southern urban city.

Barbara from Interlaken, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
A great trip!!! Wonderful break from the winter weather. Super to see green grass and flowers!! Presentors were top notch, field trips interesting and educational. The cooking class was fun and the food amazing!!! Sign up and go!!

Mary Anne from La Jolla, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
Following the Siege of Charleston Road Scholar program we spent the weekend in Beaufort SC (loved it), then on to the Savannah Road Scholar tour. We recommend it highly but felt that the Architecture lecture should have been on the first day rather than the last. We also would have preferred to have the Kim Polote Trio in the evening. The accommodations at the hotel were very very nice but the food left much to be desired. The restaurants, other than the hotel, were delightful. The cooking class was tops on my list but then the Kim Polote Trio and the Gen Oglethorpe events were outstanding as well. All in all, we recommend the tour.

Don from Park Rapids, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
Don't change a thing!

Ruth from Saint Albans, WV Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
Savannah may be the most beautiful city I've ever seen.

Madeleine from Berwyn, PA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/02/12
....this program was FABULOUS: education, tours, meals and hotel.......ps....weather was perfect.

Donna from White House, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
Loved Savannah, GA. The Road Scholar Program was enjoyable from day one until we left. It is well worth the cost.

James from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
An outstanding program!!! This was our 5th -- and we rank it high in the standings. Savannah has a rich, vibrant history -- and the presenters at this program did it proud. EVERY presenter was superb. We learned and enjoyed so much during our session. Savannah is truly unique. We had excellent accomodations, were located in a delightful walking area in the historic district, experienced a wide range of activities, had excellent coordinators (Paul and Jacky), and experienced a variety of dining venues. Best of all, we were part of a delightful group from across the States.

Chris from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
This was our 5th or 6th Road Scholar trip. Every one has been a uniquely different and pleasurable learning experience. I must say, however, that this Savannah experience was our best one yet. The speakers were incredible, especially the hands-on cooking demo, and the Oglethorpe lecture. Fantastic !!

Robert from Annandale, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
This was our fifth Road Scholar program. All have been a lot of fun & educational, but this was the best yet! The instructors were uniformly outstanding and entertaining. We learned a lot about Savannah and its history and - most important - had a great time!

Laurie from Costa Mesa, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
This trip jumped to one of my top three favorites (11 trips with Road Scholar). It offered much variety in terms of exploring and classroom time -- history, foods and cooking, architecture, music, museums, and lifestyle of Old Savannah. Just the right amount of free time. Central location of hotel was perfect -- walking distance to everything. Programs were fascinating and well-presented by knowledgeable historians.

Marilyn from Gleason, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/21/12 - 10/26/12
The Rhodes Scholar program titled historic Savannah was excellent. It was interesting with a wide variety of programs and activities.


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