Adventures Afloat With Road Scholar: Bringing Learning to France’s Canals

Published on May 20, 2014
  • Champagne Region

    Champagne Region

    © Jocelyn Nivert / Atout France

  • Canal Marne au Rhin

    Canal Marne au Rhin

    © OT Saverne & sa Région

  • Jeanine Alsace

    Jeanine Alsace

    © Atout France

  • Peniche

    Peniche

    © Atout France

Adventures Afloat With Road Scholar: Bringing Learning to France’s Canals

 

Road
Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in adult educational travel is offering a
series of
new learning adventures aboard canal barges through France’s
waterways
.  

Road
Scholar’s small group educational voyages, offered in collaboration with
CroisiEurope, make iconic French regions come to life. Road Scholar local
experts lead explorations of 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
Provence, famous for its cuisine, weather and perched
villages. 

Each program is an opportunity to go
behind the scenes to learn about these regions in a way that few outsiders ever
have. Participants interact with the locals and savor the authentic meals and culture that reveal each place’s character. 
From
expert-led lectures, field trips, comfortable lodgings and meals,
to gratuities, taxes and a travel assistance and insurance plan
, Road Scholar
takes care of the details so participants can focus on the learning
experience. 

“Road Scholar is travel for people who love to learn,
fulfill dreams, make new friends and enrich their lives,”
says Yves Marceau,
director of program development and contracting at Road Scholar 
“Our
educational adventures aboard small canal barges through France offer a truly
unique way to learn the stories of each of these iconic regions, in the comfort
of newly-built canal barges. We are thrilled to offer these as part of our award-winning
France itineraries.”

 

Dates
begin this spring and fall with additional departures planned for next year.

*Special offer on select programs: Enroll by July 12,
2014 to take advantage of $200 savings.

Discover
Alsace-Lorraine
 

Beginning and ending in medieval Strasbourg, this voyage
on the Marne-Rhine Canal introduces you to Alsace-Lorraine’s spectacular
landscapes, magnificent castles and unique customs and cuisine.



A Walk-and-Barge Immersion in Alsace 

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to uncover the
richness of this area aboard a brand-new canal barge and along the hiking
trail. Experience the rich cultural blend at the border between France and
Germany and soak up the natural beauty on both banks of the Marne–Rhine Canal.

Burgundy Canal Voyage*

Burgundy is famously home to some of the world’s most
renowned vineyards but it has much more to offer: charming villages, artistic
masterpieces and wonderful rural and forest landscapes.



Provence Canal Voyage: the Flavor of France
by Barge
*
 

Experience the deep history and local flavors of Provence
on this voyage aboard a “hotel barge” exclusively chartered for a small Road
Scholar group. Find Roman ruins, fortified medieval towns and café-lined
streets
that inspired artists like van Gogh. Absorb the rhythms of Provencal
life along the canals and encounter wildlife from birds to wild horses in the
Camargue.


Champagne Canal Voyage: The Spirit of France
by Barge
*
 

The French province of
Champagne is known around the world for its sparkling wine. You’ll find that
there’s much more to Champagne during this voyage aboard a “hotel barge”
exclusively chartered for a small Road Scholar group. Begin your adventure with
two nights in Paris
then board the barge to visit important World War I
battlefields
, learn about the coronations of the French kings at the Reims
Cathedral
and experience traditional champagne production at picturesque
vineyards.