No. of travelers


How many people does it take on an international trip (Italy for example) for the trip not to be cancelled?



  • I'm not sure and it's pretty hard to get any information out of anyone when you call. Generally all they will give you is a vague answer which to me is unhelpful for planning purposes.

    I did figure out that if I went to the "private" program forum everyone's name was listed who is signed up for the tour. Now, we are not down to the final payment yet so there might be some cancellations but I'd not think more than 2 or 3.

    The smallest trip I've been on was 17 on a trip to Cornwall a couple of years ago.

    I do travel with another company to Europe as well as Road Scholar. The other will tell you how many are signed up and how many are signed up for a single supplement.

  • In reply to PamInIdaho:

    Thank you Pam. We only have 10 so far, so maybe they will cancel the trip.
  • In reply to Kim Gonzalez:

    Hi Kim, our goal is to run every program, and numbers are flexible. Minimums change all the time, so they are not a good measure as to whether a program will run. We look forward to seeing you on this trip to Italy! Best, Rachel
  • In reply to PamInIdaho:

    I'm going on a Cornwall trip next week. Managed to get after they had closed for sign ups. From the vague answers I got to my questions, it sounds like we will be around 18. I read that some of the touring is on a smaller bus. Your experience?
    At the same time I checked on another trip that is approaching final payment in a few days. Was told that they had reached the minimum. But the rep suggested I call before making my flight res (when I return from Cornwall) just to make sure. (Just got a mailing promoting that same program.)
    My smallest international RS trip, I think, was Cooking in Lyon. Maybe 12-14. Limited signups due to space considerations at some of the activities.
  • In reply to GerryL:

    GerryL, have a wonderful time in Cornwall. I thought using the small bus for the day trips from Falmouth was wonderful. On the day you go to the Chysauster Ancient Village you will be so happy you are in a smaller vehicle. A regular sized coach could not get down that lane! We had the regular sized coach from/back to London so there was room to spread out on the longer trip. Expect wind at times and have a waterproof jacket.

    Do some looking ahead of time for what restaurant might look appealing in Falmouth. We had one night with dinner on our own (would have been fine if there were more) and the city center is a short walk away. Lots of choices and a neat town!
  • In reply to PamInIdaho:

    Thanks for the tips. I am eagerly anticipating some fish & chips -- with vinegar. I've been watching videos of Cornwall on YouTube, and the one constant has been the sound of wind. Am packing a hat with a chin cord, sturdy shoes and clothes that can be layered -- along with the rain coat, of course.
  • In reply to GerryL:

    Good plan! The instructor for that program, Peter, lives in Falmouth and can give you his opinion of which "chippie" is best in Falmouth. On the day you travel to Land's End and the Tin Mine you'll likely eat lunch at Sennen cove and have fish and chips. I'm not sure I've ever seen such an enormous serving of fish, lol!

    I went in October, 2017 on this trip but last May I did a Rick Steves tour that included some days in Cornwall and the flowers were just gorgeous. I'm betting the Lost Gardens of Heligan will be amazing.

    A hat with a chin cord is a very good idea. You'll have a lot more daylight than I had so you may be able to walk along the shore trail in the mornings or evenings! The hotel in Falmouth is pretty neat - old beachfront hotel. Needed a bit of refurb but the location and views were stellar!

    If you are arriving early, the Radisson Blu Edwardian in London is in an excellent location.

    Sorry Kim! Dragged this off your topic!