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  • Experience historic London during field trips to the Tower of London and World Heritage Site, Greenwich
  • Take a river voyage up the Thames from Greenwich to Westminster, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city via a ride on the London Eye.
  • Perform in a final production with your grandchild that will be recorded and provided to you on DVD.

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Take the London stage by storm! With your grandchild by your side, learn improvisation, storytelling skills, and engage in a joint performance under the leadership of Age Exchange, an organization whose theater workshops use fun to connect the past with the present and pass on a shared heritage between generations. Go on a privileged exploration backstage at the National Theater, and enjoy some of London’s finest theatrical offerings as you take in four shows, including a performance of Shakespeare at the Globe Theater.

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Road Scholar Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.6 Meals
All the World’s a Stage: Intergenerational Theater in London

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  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
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  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
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Don't go! March 2017

  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:

While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:

Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Day 1: 

In Transit: Overnight flights to London.

Day 2: 

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Arrive To: London.

Morning: Transfers to the hotel by car or MPV from London Heathrow only.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm.

Afternoon: Free time followed by a welcome meeting with your course director, group leader and student helpers.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: A fun and active drama workshop for the grandchildren. This workshop will be one of three during the course of the week that will specialize in training improvisation skills. Free time for the grandparents.

Day 3: Reminiscence theatre workshops/Tower of London

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Separate workshops for grandchildren and grandparents at the specialist charity Age Exchange. Age Exchange is a leading charity in the field of Reminiscence Theatre, and has 27 years of experience of working collaboratively and running successful projects across all age ranges. Age Exchange is committed to providing opportunities for learning between generations. intergenerational programmes focus on reminiscence work and are designed to promote learning, understanding and creativity between generations. Reminiscence Theatre is a unique way of making theatre based on the life history and personal reminiscences of the participants. the course will include background to Reminiscence Theatre, participation in workshops exploring making theatre from memories, guest speakers, theatre trips and social excursions plus the opportunity to work with members of Age Exchange culminating in an intergenerational theatre presentation. The benefits of reminiscence: ·it connects the past with the present · it brings people and communities together · it helps us to see the other person’s point of view · it passes on heritage between generations · it is a gift we can all give and receive · it gives us a strong sense of who we are · it helps to us look back and reflect on life · it helps us to recognize people as individuals · we can learn from other people’s experiences

Lunch: Taken in Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Tower of London. En route enjoy an expert-led coach journey of London's Highlights. The Tower of London-In the early 1080s, William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the centre of his London fortress. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications. The Tower has been the seat of British government and the living quarters of monarchs, the site of political intrigue and the repository of the Crown Jewels. The imposing building has protected, housed, imprisoned many citizens. See the Tower's highlights: The White Tower, the Medieval Palace, the Yeoman Wardens, the East Wall Walk, Tower Green and, of course, the Crown Jewels and it's most famous inhabitants -the ravens. En route to the restaurant for dinner enjoy more of London's Highlights

Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner in cental London.

Evening: The first of our theatre performances ( a light play, a musical, a major West End production and Shakespeare at the Globe).

Day 4: Skills of Storytelling workshops/Backstage/Perfor...         

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Separate workshops at Age Exchange for grandchildren and grandparents on the Skills of Storytelling.

Lunch: At Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Go behind the stage at a top London theatre such as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner.

Evening: London theatre performance eg. a musical.

Day 5: Greenwich. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Greenwich. Explore the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Field trip continues to the Old Royal Naval College, the great baroque masterpiece of English architecture, set in landscaped grounds on the River Thames in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. View the world's last tea clipper, Cutty Sark.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: The grandchildren will go ten pin bowling with the youth leader at the AMF Lewisham Bowling Centre. Grandparents may spend time by themselves or go bowling!

Day 6: Age Exchange workshops.  

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Separate workshops at Age Exchange focusing on how to dramatise and perform memories.

Lunch: At Age Exchange.

Afternoon: The coach will drop you off in central London so that grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy London at their leisure. The group leader will offer suggestions.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Central London theatre performance.

Day 7: Improvisation for grandchilden. Wigmore Hall        

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Improvisation for grandchilden. Wigmore Hall concert for grandparents.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Grandchildren enjoy an improvisation workshop in the hotel. Grandparents go to historic Wigmore Hall for a concert late morning.

Lunch: Grandchildren take lunch in the hotel. Grandparents take a late lunch in central London after the concert.

Afternoon: Grandchildren continue the workshop after lunch and perhaps play on the heath with the youth leader. Grandparents return to the hotel. Followed by free time to explore the village atmosphere of Blackheath.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Evening lecture for the grandparents on Shakespeare in preparation for tomorrow's performance. A drama workshop on improvisation for the grandchildren.

Day 8: Shakespeare at the Globe/The London Eye.           

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Workshop for both groups at Age Exchange – combined. Grandparents and grandchildren will start to share what they have learned in the course of the week. Exchanging ideas and experiences.

Lunch: Lunch at Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Take a boat cruise on the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster. Then see London from another perspective-a bird's eye view-during a "ride" on the London Eye.

Dinner: Pre-performance dinner near to the Globe.

Evening: A performance of a Shakespearean play at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside.

Day 9: Final performance and DVD recording.     

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: All day workshops at Age Exchange prepare everyone for the late afternoon performance of their show!

Lunch: At Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Workshops continue. The Grande Finale: The Performance of the Show by grandchildren and grandparents. A DVD will be recorded and will be sent at a later date to everyone.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Grandchildren improvisation presentation. Followed by farewells.

Day 10: Departure

Meals : Breakfast

Depart From: London.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

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Trip Includes
  • 8 nights of accommodations
  • 21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 1 Expert-led lectures
  • 8 Field trips
  • 13 Hands-on experiences
  • 4 Performances
  • Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
  • An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
  • The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, which is purchased on behalf of every participant and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance services coverage.
  • Taxes
  • State-of-the-art QUIETVOX listening devices
Trip Excludes
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport expenses
  • Insurance
Meals Included:

21 meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
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