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Program #21336RJ
10 Days | 9 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
Basil from Sterling, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/14/14 - 11/23/14
CONS: I had a list of things I wanted to see and do during my free time, and I sent this list in advance to Road Scholar asking them to forward it to the group leader. FAIL. PROS: Saw crazy modern and postmodern art, ate like a pig, lost six pounds! Tour leader gave us subway and museum passes and an itinerary that let me join and abandon the group at leisure at several discrete segments of the day. I could play along with the group or go my own way and had all I needed to do both, or a little bit of both each day. More programs that provide this capability, please!!!!

Robin from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/14/14 - 11/23/14
The activity level was certainly as advertised. Food was great (too much!) and the sites chosen gave us a good overview. This made our independent explorations effortless and more tailored to our individual interests. This is my second Road Scholar adventure.

Mingmei from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/14/14 - 11/23/14
Faboulous trip! Exceeded my expection in every aspect!

Lucila from Springfield, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/17/14 - 10/26/14
If you're open to new adventures, if you enjoy the company of a diverse group of like-minded people and are looking for worry-free travel arrangements and learning experiences try Road Scholar. You may be glad you did.

Joanne from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/16/14
Excellent tour! Highly recommend both the tour and all the guides. They were very knowledgeable and approachable. Jason in particular was attentive to the needs of all the participants.

Myrtle from Longwood, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/16/14
This trip exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend the tour.

Corol from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/17/14 - 10/26/14
A fine overview of both cities. The guides were excellent, especially Joaquin, the leader who was outstanding both in his knowledge of the area and his kindness, care and attention to the welfare and enjoyment of the attendees...far beyond what might be expected.

Jean from Auburn, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/28/14
What a wonderful adventure in Madrid and Barcelona! Our group was engaging, interesting, and enjoyable throughout the time we had together. I truly believe this experience was exceptional due to our tour guide, Sonia, and her sincere concern for our welfare and fun. Thank you for a fantastic first time adventure with Road Scholar!

David from Danville, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/26/14 - 10/05/14
We also combined Barcelona/Madrid and the Best of Portugal programs and thoroughly enjoyed them both. Both program leaders were excellent: enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and eager to share. We join Marian below in singing the praises of the RS photographer, Carl, who accompanied us in Spain.

Marian from Flat Rock, NC Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/26/14 - 10/05/14
WE combined Spain ( Barcelona and Madrid)along with a Rhodes Scholar trip to Portugal. It was a lengthy trip but a very good combination. We particularly enjoyed Barcelona and using the metro. WE also were surprised at how much we liked Madrid for the location is prime for the major museums. One trip or both you will be happy with the experience and if Carl, the Rhodes Scholar photographer, is part of the group it will be even more fun

Margo from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/28/14
If, like me, you want to finally experience Gaudi's architecture up close, this is the trip for you. Madrid's Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza museums are a treasure trove. And the Prado!

Larry from Lone Tree, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/26/14 - 10/05/14
The Best of Spain was our first Road Scholar trip, but won't be our last. Great sites, group leader and instructors. We were sorry when it was over. Just go!

Eileen from Bluffton, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/05/14 - 09/14/14
This was our first Roads Scholar experience. It exceeded our expectaions, and we learned so much from our group leader, Luisa, and our instructors. Within a week of returning home, we have booked another trip.

Tamara from Mountainside, NJ Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 09/19/14 - 09/28/14
This is a great program for people who do not want to do the homework themselves, saving them a lot of time and effort. Road Scholar does it for you - all you need to do is follow the leaders! You can be sure they will make it a great experience.

Cindy from Lakewood, CO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/16/14 - 05/25/14
This is a great trip which I highly recommend. Be prepared for lots of walking and many stairs since using the Metro is the method of transportation. So much to see, so little time, but a lot is covered in the time available.

Ray from Chula Vista, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/25/14 - 05/04/14
What a great tour. Great architecture and great art. Wonderful food in well chosen restaurants. Very helpful guide and lectures.

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