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8 Days | 7 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.
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Marlene from Swansea, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
If you like to travel, see new sites, meet new people while learning geography and history then this is a good program for you. The majority of people are young at heart and many are well traveled but for some it is a new experience.

Clyde from Fort Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
Clyde from Fort Myers Number of programs attended: 8 Dates attended: 11/11/14-11/18/14 We enjoyed this program very much despite the cold and sometimes rainy weather. The evening lectures were interesting especially the first nights on the history of Texas and San Antonio. The presentation on LBJ's administration was only OK and was duplicated in part by the guide at the Texas White House. The story teller was only OK as well. Would have liked more time in Fredericksburg. Overall, it was a great program for someone who knew little about Texas and very little about San Antonio, and I would recommend it highly.

Marcia from Troy, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
This was a great introduction to San Antonio. It was a wonderful way to learn about such an important historical city...... A great way to learn and have fun at the same time!!

Anne Marie from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
This was a great trip! Ginger was wonderful! And Bonnie was very helpful. Interesting, informative trip.

MIchael from Harrison Twp, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
San Antonio is a great trip and I would advise any one who has not been there to get on a future Roads Scholar trip.

Gail from White Bear Lake, MN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
as wonderful trip despite the horrible weather. San Antonio is such a beautiful city I am so impressed with how much they value their history. Their buildings, cathedrals etc are so well taken care of. Was very happy with the leader Chita we had. She was so organized, caring, and knowledgeable. Road Scholar does such a good job - it was amazing how smoothly everything ran. One suggestion would be - a day to ourselves so we could have more time to explore on our own. Thank you. Gail Diez

Nancy from Galena, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
We enjoyed our time in San Antonio. The Road Scholar Great American Get-together program was well run and included all the high points of urban SA as well as the Texas Hill County. We loved the trip to the Knibbe Ranch. We enjoyed Fredericksburg but could have spent the entire day there – many folks chose the Museum of the Pacific War, which can take at least 4 hours to see, while shopping and eating can take 4 hours as well. The trip to the LBJ ranch was interesting, but could have been a trip for another day if combined with some other destination. The day at the missions, the Alamo, the King William Historic District and the presentations were all wonderful. We enjoyed the company of (the yellow) our group. Our Leader Chita was wonderful, organized, friendly and helpful. Our photographer, Ken was not only a great photographer, but a terrific tour guide on our Mission trip. He also took his own time to produce two videos of our week-long group activities. The depth of feeling that our group leaders have for their city and state is obvious and added to the emotional aspect of our Road Scholar experience. The accomodations and food were great also. WE LOVED IT!

Susan from Canton, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
This was my first adventure with Road Scholar, but it won't be my last. The trip was top notch from start to finish. There was so much to do, but I never felt rushed. The hotel was wonderful and the food served there was excellent. It's location on the River Walk made for a great walking experience. The excursions, field trips and lectures made San Antonio come alive for me. The logistics of getting so many people to so many places without incidence was incredible. It being a get-together there were 147 people broken into 5 groups. We all saw the same things but at different times and days. All the group leaders were top of the line. I will definitely travel with Road Scholar again. The excursions, field trips, and lectures made San Antonio come alive for me.

Gaylene from Athens, GA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
My husband and I were very satisfied with this program. It covered so much history, and the leaders were extremely knowledgeable about everything covered in the program. The accommodations were AWESOME!! You cannot find a better organization that gives you as much for your money. Can't wait to find another program to attend! (After resting up, of course:)

Laura from Olympia Flds, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
I found San Antonio to be one of the more interesting cities that I have visited. Its history, its current outstanding care for the less fortunate among its citizens, it is unique...and full of special pleasures.

Victor from Queens Village, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
Despite the temperature in San Antonio being 40 degrees colder than normal this time of year, it didn't cool our enthusiasm for this wonderful, fun, educational program. While the little kid in me was thrilled at being at the Alamo, I learned that there is so much more to see and do in and around SA. The River Walk was beautiful and fascinating, the murals on the West Side wonderful, the lectures educational and informative, the trip up to the LBJ ranch and Texas White House a real thrill, the missions and churches beautiful, and there was so much more. And let's not forget our group leaders! They were all knowledgeable, interesting, personable, and just so much fun! We loved the Green Team's Janie!! I recommend this program without any reservations.

Janet from Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it did not disappoint! It was a quality experience from start to finish. I don't see how it could have been improved upon. I will be doing another R.S. trip in the near future.

Selma from Yakima, WA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
The depth and scope of this program is incredible! You will leave San Antonio knowing so much more about Texas and Texans! Incredible value for your dollar when you consider the accommodations, the food, the quality lectures and field trips. Amazing how they are able to do it!

Dennis from Sterling Hts, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/18/14
San Antonio is an amazing and interesting city. This program offers fun tours and you will learn something. The food is great. I highly recommend this program.

George from Batavia, IL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
San Antonio is a cosmopolitan city blending a variety of ethnic and cultural communities into a vibrant whole. The history of the city and of the surrounding area of Texas is fascinating and the scenery is spectacular. Road Scholar presented this entire area in a fast paced and very well done manne.

Bernard from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
San Antonio, The great American Get-Together was my first Road Scholar protam and it did not disappoint! The experience was educational and entertaining. There was a nice balance of lectures, talks and tours of historical sites and other venues. The organizers and tour guides were excellent. I enjoyed meeting all of my fellow Road Scholars. I am looking forward to participating in another Road Scholar program.

Martin from Paramus, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
We enjoyed our trip to San Antonio so much that we have already made a reservation to go on a Road Scholar trip to Malta in October.

James from Ashburn, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
Jim and Joan from Ashburn, VA The San Antonio tour was a wonderful balance of history, culture and entertainment of the very interesting city. The program was expertly managed and paced to keep our interest and satisfy everyone.

Dolores from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
This San Antonio experience was everything we had expected and more. Our knowledgeable, patient and vivacious tour guide, Ginger Burkholder opened our eyes to the beauty and culture of the city where she was born. The variety of tour venus and restaurants selected enhanced our enjoyment as well as the pleasant travelling companions we got to meet in both the small and larger groups.

Larry from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
This is my first Road Scholar trip and I hope not my last. We had a well executed program, with great guides (thanks Chita), and wonderful city to spend a week. Lectures were excellent as well.

Frances from Lynchburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
An interesting, rewarding, educational and well-done program.

Linda from Galena, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
This was our first road scholar program and we are now hooked. A very well organized, fun, educational experience. The lectures were very interesting as we learned so much about Texas and the southwest. Lodging and food were great. We met so many interesting and delightful fellow participants. Can't wait to go again. BTW, San Antonio and it's residents are awesome!

Wilda from Dexter, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
An interesting mix of history and forward planning is put forth by a visit to San Antonio. A city preparing for the future, while holding onto its varied history. Good food, delightful setting, and a great mix of activities makes this program topnotch.

Carolyn from Belmont, MA Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
Don't let the large group intimidate you! This trip was a great getaway; interesting, entertaining, beautifully organized with room for active and less active participation. San Antonio is a delightful introduction to Texas history and Texas pride with a variety of enjoyable experiences, great food, interesting city, and the usual Road Scholar bright friendly eager participants.

Daniel from Queensbury, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
Overall, a very enjoyable experience! A few glitches with this size group but the energetic and capable staff did a great job. The San Antonio scene offers a variety of cultural, historic and, gastronomic perspectives. The program touched each of these areas and more. Group leaders and guest speakers were all local natives so we got lots of insider knowledge. Would have liked more time at the McNay Museum and the Alamo. All group leaders were well prepared, energetic and passionate about Texas and their San Antonio. A busy but well paced and diverse program made everyday day a new adventure.

Marie Louise from Devon, PA Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
Of the 25 or more Road Scholar programs I've taken, this was one of the best. Beautifully organized, interesting, well balanced in subject matter. Everyday was a treat. What a wonderful city to visit.
Wawa PA

John from Piedmont, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 02/25/14
A fantastic trip. You will learn more about San Antonio that you can imagine. You will enjoy the beautiful river walk but you will also learn how San Antonio manages their water.It is amazing story. It is a wonderful way to learn the history of this part of Texas throuh lectures and visitations to historical sites. I wish all history classes could be so much fun.

Diane from Surprise, AZ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 12/03/13 - 12/10/13
This city has made an about-face in the past thirty years and has emerged stronger and incredibly delightful, Learning about the history in detail and realizing the strides made in water conservancy and how incredibly important that is to the city has opened my eyes to what is possible. I want to return.

Natalie from Gilbert, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 12/03/13 - 12/10/13
S.A. DOES have a winter! Great trip, anyway. Gene Krantz was a thrill, and the storyteller and "plant lady" were great. Activities were varied and well-planned, though the huge group made for long buffet lines that got scanty on a couple of items. The large group allows for better use of money (airfare, Krantz), but I missed the coziness of smaller groups we've been in before. All the people were great, as usual.

Janis from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
This was my first Road Scholar adventure and I am ready for more. This week was chock full of history, stories, and sites by such entertaining and knowledgeable speakers and guides. The other participants were friendly, approachable and interesting. It's my best retirement gift to me.

Priscilla from Sun City, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Loved the sights, sounds and smells of San Antonio and the wonderful River Walk. But for me, a midwesterner transplanted to the arid Southwest of Suhuaros and prickley pear cacti, I particularly enjoyed the frolicing squirrels of San Antonio. Didn't realize how much I missed them and the trees they inhabit till I saw them in the tiny park next to the Alamo and in the garden of the Governor's House. They were an unexpected highlight of this educational trip, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Priscilla A. Fenner, Sun City, Arizona (My 5th Elderhostel trip)

Patricia from Baltimore, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Pat from Baltimore, Maryland
This was my 2nd Road Scholar experience and I would highly recommend your programs to others. I throughly enjoyed San Antonio. Everyone involved in providing our tours, lectures and accomdations did an outstanding job. I learned sooo much. It was a treat to have the men from the home office - Boston - Hope you are all well and getting dug out!! I'm looking forward to doing another Road Scholar trip soon. I'm seriously considering doing one of your intergenerational programs. Kind Regards 'till then

Charla from Mission Viejo, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
I came because of interest in San Antonio, and I wanted to check out Road Scholar; especially traveling singly. I was truly impressed. I felt I learned a lot and enjoyed doing so. The staff and speakers were outstanding and very accommodating; and best, was the other participants, who were extremely interesting, friendly, and fun people.

Jim from Baldwinsville, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Frankly, I did not give much of a "yee-haw" about Texas before this trip. San Antonio seemed like a nice, warm destination away from our Central NY winter and it seemed a good value with air included. However, WOW! What a great time and such history! Previously I not heard much about San Antonio besides the Spurs...but...what a great city and program! Accomodations, meals, presenters, field trips, fellow participants, group leaders (wonderful) and even Howie (the boss) were all above expectations. I now have information about and feel an ongoing connection to San Antonio as well as an appreciation for its place in our shared (US) history. And then there's the Alamo and four other historic missions...a moving experience. Real Tex-Mex food, and many other tasty options. So, to sum up: YEE HAW!

Jennine from Minneapolis, MN Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
San Antonio was a revelation especially the water conservation and urban ecosystem revelation. The group leaders were organized and moved several large groups like clockwork. At no time did the group seem too big. The speakers that one could get for a large group were excellent including the director for Mission Control, the history professor and the storyteller.. The guides were outstanding- Bill Perryman (teacher of teachers and historic impersonator) is the best! He really made the places' histories come alive. Weather was great, opportunity for hikes and walks, and food pretty good. We were too full from lunch to go out on our 2nd free day so would have liked another opportunity to have top Tex Mex food. I would not be put off by the size of attendance of any future "great get-togethers" as management of this one was so good.

Elaine from Baldwinsville, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
This was my second experience with a Road Scholar program. The entire trip totally exceeded my expectations. The walking tours, the field trips, the lectures...all amazing. The instructors and tour guides were outstanding..thank you Mary Margaret, Ginger, Chita, and Sue. Not only were you knowledgeable, interesting, totally professional, and fun...you were all so kind and caring to each and everyone of us!

Elizabeth from North Chesterfield, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Great tour. Very well organized, friendly people, knowledgeable staff. New listening devices were so freeing! Most meals were very good; some meals were outstanding. Loved the hotel Drury Plaza on the Riverwalk. I liked the pace.

Virginia from Plymouth, NH Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
It was our first experience with Road Scholar. I found the program to be well organized ;the level of the presentations was quite high, especially the Texas historian and the story teller. The group leaders were very patient , helpful and accomodating with my mobility issues. It was good to have our hotel connected to the River Walk and the wonderful restaurants that our group leader recommended:Boudreaus and Paesanos. We met some very nice people and plan to do some house-swappingwith them. We took this trip because of the opportunity to get out of NH in the winter and because airfare was included. We would definitely go on another especially if the airfare we were included again! This snow storm we are getting make us wish we were back in San Antonio right now. Until next time,Virginia Garlitz

Patricia from Arden Hills, MN Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
This was a very nice opportunity to get away to a warm climate in early Feb. Thank you Road Scholar for paying our travel expenses, how lovely, and it made the other expenses possible for our brother, Michael, to cover. My 3 brothers and one sister , one sister-in-law, and myself found ourselves surrounded by extremely interesting and curious people. Thank you Howie, Matt, Karen, Mary Margaret, and Ginger. So many others contributed to our happiness. We are now home and have promised to search for another trip in the next year. We especially loved meeting Gene Kranz, what an amazing individual! As Lady Bird Johnson said, A little stress and adventure is good for you, if nothing else, just to prove you are alive. Many Thanks.

Peter from Wescosville, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Well done! The staff did an heroic job of planning and execution. The Drury hotel was first rate and located right in the middle of the action. There was a very nice balance of large meals, group size meals and opportunity to eat on our own. Really great spots on the River Walk just steps from the hotel. The presentations were varied and well done. Learned an amazing amount about water and water conservation strategies. Field trips, both walking and by coach, were varied with options and with time on our own. We saw everything there was to see around San Antonio and learned a lot about Texas.

Penny from Winder, GA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
I have jsut returned from my first Road Scholar trip to San Antonio, Texas. It was delightful!. I enjoyed the hotel, the food, the tours, the guides and especially the River Walk. I would highly recommend the Road Scholar trip to San Antionio.

Pat from Painesville, OH Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Great trip enjoyed it very much and learned many things about Texas. Looking forward to next trip.

Jeanne from Citrus Heights, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
This was my second Road Scholar trip and it didn't disappoint. I had a great time learning all about the great state of Texas and especially San Antonio. It was a great picutre taking opportunity. The missions and cathedrals were beautiful. Where should I go next??

george from Brookline, MA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
This is my 1st Roads Scholar trip, but I have made trips w/Elderhostel previously. I enjoyed the trip, the participants, and the staff. I did not enjoy the supposedly ranch visit, or the box lunch. I believe the hotel did a good job, but service fell off on the weekend. I thought that the group was too large, however it spite of that, I was able to intermingle w/a no. of folks. Overall it was a good trip, I enjoyed it very much. Joe Oubre

Kathleen from Chardon, OH Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
Just completed the Great American Get -Together San Antonio. IIt was our first and we are studying the catalogues already for the next. Better than expected. Recommend taking a tour before making a quick judgment call. I would not consider us the studious type at all but all the education programs were well worth attendance and besides they are optional.

Kathleen from Royal Oak, MI Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 01/29/13 - 02/05/13
I thoroughly enjoyed the SanAntonio get-together. The leaders and volunteers were most helpful, even with minor problems. We had a good mix of lectures and field trips, with available options. The hotel was very comfortable and I enjoyed meeting so many interesting people. Even the weather was copacetic.


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