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Program #7197RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
Charlene from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
We enjoyed the speakers and games. The food was very poor. Lovely grounds at the Cottonwood Resort but it's in need of a face lift in the rooms. There is NOT a spa on the property, it moved, too bad, I was looking forward to that. The biggest disappointment was not getting to the Diamondback stadium tour, it was cancelled.

Ann from Sebastopol, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
We attended the week of March 16-21. There were some fabulous parts and some extremely disappointing parts. All of our speakers were entertaining and informative. The rooms were comfortable and our seats at the games were exceptional except for one game where they were just OK. All of our games were "away" games. The extremely disappointing starts with the meals. They were awful. Repetitive, low quality, boring. Nothing much I wanted to eat repeated how many times? We were supposed to get to go to batting practice. Not only did that not happen, we barely got to the games before they started and in fact missed the first inning of one of the games. Not acceptable. I felt like I got more in touch with what it is like to be in commute traffic in the Phoenix area instead of Spring Training for baseball. I would not do this program again because of the flaws. But...I am really happy we did it for the lectures. A really mixed bag.

Lorraine from Orinda, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Our experience with tours in general is limited and although we have been attending Giants Spring Training for several years, this was our first tour with Road Scholar/Elderhostel. We were impressed by our two casual, but organized, group leaders as well as the interesting presentations on various aspects of baseball. Attending four baseball games in four days was what we came for and the seats were generally better than those we have had since the Giants won the Series in 2010. Accommodations were excellent and walking distance to Giants Stadium. Quality of dinners were sub-standard. All in all we had a great time.

Robert from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
This is a good program. Well run by Scott and Melanie. Four of the five speakers were quite interesting. It was nice that we got to go to other ballparks besides the Giants home field in Scottsdale, although the drives to the other fields were long and tiring. The seats at the games could have been better (too much sun!) and Scott was apologetic about that. It was great being around a large group of people who all shared a common interest in baseball. Go Giants!!!

Barbara from Stockton, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
This was our first Spring Training trip, and we'd definitely recommend it to others. Hotel was great and within walking distance of the Giants Scottsdale Stadium; the speakers were excellent, both informative and entertaining;and the leaders were organized and friendly; and the baseball games were excellent!

James from San Pedro, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Disorganized with several speakers past their prime. Leader disorganized and late for some lectures.

Lorie from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Just returned from Spring Training. Scott and Melanie were awesome leaders! Really enjoyed the speakers and of course the baseball. Not pleased with the tickets for one of the games. Thought you guys learned from last year when people wrote that the seats where in the sun. Guess not? Ticket sales began on January 9th so there really is no excuse for the poor bleacher seats we where given in the sun on the far 3rd base line at one of the games. Thanks to Scott, he informed us early of the problem, and helped us to find seats in the shade. Being Giant's fans we are use to dynamic pricing and know that tickets can be purchased way in advance. We all go to Scottsdale for baseball and Road Scholar does promise in their literature that seats priority will occur when you register for the program? This is not true! Scott and Melanie did a good job of working with the hotel because the dinner meals where terrible. We only ate two nights at the hotel because they where so bad. Didn't like the fact that the wait staff would give you folders for tips as well, at meals. Thought Road Scholars had the policy of no tipping? This became embarrassing as the wait staff ended up giving them only to the people who had previously provided them with tips. Once again Scott and Melanie where outstanding. They went out of their way to accommodate the needs of individuals. Go Giant's

Beverley from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
Lively program with plenty to see and do on this Giants Spring Training including four games seen behind home plate. Staff more than accommodating and competent. For baseball fans this program is instructional and fun~~~

Dave from Fairfield, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/07/14
My Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed the RS Spring Training program. On this program we were able to see FOUR SF Giants games at two different ball parks, as well as a tour of Chase Field. The program coordinators, Scott and Melanie were top-notch! Thanks for an amazing experience.

Jan from Redwood City, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
The Giants Spring Training trip was fantastic and we enjoyed almost every aspect. Our coordinators, Jack, Janet and Charlie were awesome. They seemed to really enjoy the program and the interactions with the participants. All of the presenters except the one on baseball films were excellent and we learned and laughed a great deal with them. We learned about the Cactus League from a journalist who also accompanied us through the entire program. He constantly added is expertise to the program which was very interesting and always presented with humor (Charlie Vascellero). We learned the ins and outs of scoring from the Diamondbacks official scorer (Rodney Johnson), we got up close and personal with the Diamondbacks organist (Bobby Freeman), a great presentation by the Giants pre-game and post-game broadcaster (Marty Lurie), insights and stories from a former MLB player (Lou Klimchock) and a real behind the scenes view from a former umpire who is now the Director of Major League Umpires (Randy Marsh). Awesome!! We visited 3 spring training stadiums. The Giants Scottsdale stadium is by far the worst. Seats are aluminum bench style and very uncomfortable. Goodyear Stadium (Cincinnati Reds) was the best. Seats were in the shade right behind home plate. Surprise Stadium (Texas Rangers) was very good. In both of these stadiums you can walk around and still view the game which is not possible at the Giants stadium. This is great if it is hot, you want to get something to eat or just get up to stretch your legs. The accommodations were at the Embassy Suites. Grounds were large which allowed you to walk around. Rooms were older but clean. We appreciated the extra sitting room although we didn't use it much. Breakfast was good - lots to choose from which is nice when you are staying for 5 nights. Program food was good and just to our taste. Overall, the trip was great and we enjoyed immensely. So much so that we have booked another trip in the fall.

Allen from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/15/13 - 03/20/13
There was an 'updated' version of our itinerary presented upon arrival. In the initial itinerary mailed to me, we were to meet a former and contemporary SF Giant player. That didn't happen... and that was disappointing.

Gail from Palmer, AK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
Great speakers, great schedule, great games, great itinerary! Our first Road Scholar trip, and we enjoyed it. The only suggested improvement is to not schedule a day game in the Scottsdale stadium unless seats can be obtained in the shade. Way too hot for most participants.

Maurine from Carmichael, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13

Gail from Elk Grove, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
This was my first Road Scholar event and it was wonderful. I enjoyed every aspect of this trip. The speakers were great, the ball parks were nice (except or the last day when the heat was too much), and the tour of Chase Field was great. A great experience for any baseball fan.

William from Genoa, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
Enjoyed every event we attended. I was very surprised that there was no collection to recognize the excellence of our bus drivers. My only complaint, my wife could not enjoy to the same degree due to physical problem negotiating stairs, heat and lengthy walks.

George from San Rafael, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
Except for the absolutely horrible Giants Scotsdale ball park, the program was superb. The Road Scholar staff was knowledgable, always helpful, and some like Charlie were so funny they should have their own show! The guest speakers were great. Imagine being able to ask questions of the retired head of major league umpires! Suggestions: Avoid scheduling games at Scotsdale, especially day games. Do everything else exactly the same.

Jane from Boulder, CO Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
For people interested in Baseball, the spring training programs (this is my 5th--2 in Tucson and 3 in Phoenix) give a wonderful appreciation of how important a part of Americana, Baseball is.

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