Washington D.C.
Spies, Lies & Intelligence: The World of International Espionage
Discover a world of espionage and learn about spy history and 21st-century intelligence threats as you explore the nation’s capital and its museums with intelligence experts.
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Program No. 16126RJ
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4.82 Average

Just returned from a wonderful experience. The lecturers were so interesting. Gave me a new appreciation for the intelligence community in America and what they do.


My husband and I really enjoyed this experience. The speakers were personable and informative. The leader was well organized and took time to talk with everyone. The field trips were well organized and planned for maximum enjoyment. There was enough personal time to enjoy other sights not included on our itinerary. Another enjoyable and educational experience with Road Scholar.


I plan to take more of these trips because they offer education I don't know how to find elsewhere.


Superb program. Washington, D.C. is full of other possibilities. Some of us discussed the possibility of a program focused upon George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Our tour leader would be excellent for such a program and I would suggest that you contact him for his ideas of how best to proceed in planning this. It could quickly become a favorite and popular offering.

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The museums were excellent, but the Code Museum needed more places to sit. The speakers at the museums were great. Our guide was great,the bus was great, the hotel was great, the food was OK. The speakers however should retire from speaking. Although their subject matter was very interesting, their delivery sorely needed work. I found myself being lulled to sleep as I saw many others. The retired intelligence people were having difficulties remembering their facts, going off on tangents. Maybe keeping notes in front of them would help them stay on task and remember the facts. Also they should bring their own equipment so there are no technical failures.


Great program, with incite and understanding.


I learned a lot about the world of espionage from a select group of experts who shared their exciting life experiences. The accomodations were top notch, the lectures thought provoking, the group leader was both friendly and seamlessly efficient. I would recommend this program to anyone who loves real life intrigue and mystery. I'd say more, but I don't want to give away any secrets.


The program featured a cadre of experienced and talented professionals. The speakers, the hotel and the events were truly first rate.

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This was a great program! We loved the Group Leader, Leonardo Williams, the speakers had amazing backgrounds and information, and the "field trips" in and around Washington D.C. were top notch. The speakers added so much to our experience - thank you to all of them, and to Leonardo, who made everything run so smoothly! The hotel we stayed at, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, was a lovely hotel and centrally located with a Starbuck's downstairs that gave a 25% discount for hotel guests! (Yes, we're coffee drinkers. And though we drank the coffee from the Keurig in our room, we loved having Starbuck's downstairs. And there's a place across the street that has wonderful Italian coffee [think cappuccino] and crepes.) Oh, and most of the meals were at the hotel those were wonderful. Though the speed of service in the hotel restaurant at dinner sometimes left something to be desired, the food was worth waiting for and Leonardo, the group leader, easily adjusted our schedule so it was nothing to stress over and there was no sense of disorganization. All in all, this is a trip we would HIGHLY recommend. Something we wish we had thought about in advance: a trip scheduled the week before or the week after Easter often/usually has a HUGE number of families or school children visiting the wonderful FREE Smithsonian museums (and other sights) during their spring vacations, and therefore is likely to be much more crowded than usual [think Disneyland].


If you're at all interested in intrigue, mystery & spying, you'll love this program.

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The trip was wonderful. All of the speakers were knowledgeable and fascinating. Our tour leader did an outstanding job in organizing and presenting information. The hotel and staff were hospitable and the food was delicious. I learned so much on this trip and enjoyed it thoroughly. A note--I had attempted to complete the original request for review, had it entirely complete, but the system would not take it. I am sorry; I certainly had nothing but positive commentary. This was, by far, my favorite Road Scholar trip.


Great tour. Old timers from CIA and NSA were presenters and had "tales to tell." Hotel was in a great location and rooms were very nice. Highly recommended.


Sessions were taught by retired intelligence agents and others in the field. They talked mainly about historical spies and intelligence methods. It was fascinating to hear this history from someone who lived it.


Spies, Lies and Intelligence was an excellent program which I thoroughly enjoyed and heartily recommend to anyone interested in the intelligence game.


This program was ideal for those with interest in intelligence gathering. Bravo. Please don't change a thing.


Learn about the history of spy craft and famous American and International spies. This program will give you insight into the long and inglorious history of spying, giving you tools to connect the dots on current events. Talk with (retired) CIA agents, lay hands on the Enigma and view the Sigara machine.


Please take note of the word "unclassified" in the title. Most of the speakers have taken a security oath so they are limited in what they can tell us. This is an informative program but not an exciting one except for the Spy Museum. The speakers are all retired and you will not hear much that is current. If you crave excitement, see a James Bond movie.


A really good program. The lectures were interesting and informative. Except for breakfast, the food was of high quality. The museum visits were relevant and very worthwhile. Refuse rooms on "first floor," which is actually the basement. You won't be happy there.


Informative, interesting and just plain fun. Speakers were excellant and the group leader, Leonardo Williams, was exceptional. If you have any interest in a behind the scenes look at how the CIA and other "spy" ogranizations work then this is for you. Highly recommended.


Excellent program. Speakers discussed specific spies and operations as well as covered a variety of topics related to the structure, roles, and performance of the US intelligence agencies. Speakers welcomed class participation and openly responded. Both the Cryptologic and Spy Museums were fascinating, providing additional insights. Be sure to look for the free brochures at the Cryptologic Museum; they are full of detailed information. Our group stayed in Old Alexandria. The Lorien is only a block from the Metro and 2 blocks from the Amtrak station. I recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in International Espionage.

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