Road Scholar Introduces New Programs In 2014 That Include Active Adventures and Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations

Jan 28, 2014, 11:00 ET from Road Scholar

BOSTON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Road Scholar's educational adventures provide access to exceptional experiences that keep travelers intellectually engaged and physically active while visiting fascinating destinations across the U.S. and in 150 countries worldwide. Each year, Road Scholar offers 5,500 programs and to expand its offerings, new programs in 2014 include more active programs, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Iran and small barge programs in France.


"With adults living longer, more active lives and traveling more than ever, there is demand for both active and unique travel opportunities," says JoAnn Bell, vice president of Road Scholar programs. "We've seen increased interest in many aspects of our Outdoor Adventures — our bicycling programs as well as our hiking and walking programs are attracting more participants to destinations that are easily explored by bike or foot."

Outdoor Adventures

From biking to hiking, canoeing and water sports, these programs combine learning from expert instructors with physical activity and include explorations of local culture and cuisine, natural history and more.

New opportunities for active travelers include: 

Survival of the Fittest: Hiking, Biking and Water Sports on the Galapagos Islands

Hiking Seven National Parks: A Cross-Border Adventure from Yellowstone to the Canadian Rockies


Road Scholar is introducing a new eight-night experience this fall in Iran, offered only as an add-on extension to a program On the Silk Road in Central Asia.  "We believe experiencing and learning about other cultures, including off-the-beaten-path, sometimes controversial destinations such as Iran can help build bridges of understanding between people," Bell says. Participants will learn from professors, academics and Road Scholar's local experts to discover ancient wonders of Persia and learn about life in today's Iran.

Extension: Ancient Treasures of Persia, Modern Life in Iran

French Barges

In 2014, Road Scholar has launched several new itineraries on small canal barges in France accommodating 15 to 24 passengers. These new small group cruises explore the Alsace-Lorraine region, famous for its fairytale villages; the Champagne region, famous for its WWI monuments and sparkling wine; the Burgundy Region, famous for its vineyards and middle age villages; and the Provence region, famous for its cuisine, weather and perched villages.

French Canal Voyage: Discover Alsace-Lorraine by Barge

The Spirit of France: Champagne by Barge

The Heart of France: Burgundy by Barge

About Road Scholar

Not-for-profit Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Since inception, more than 5 million people have enrolled in our 5,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world.

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