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 through local experts who 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 learning adventure is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, interact with the locals and savor the authentic meals and culture that reveal each region’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 all the details so participants can focus on the learning experience.

“We created programming that takes the important aspects of each region and combines that with water travel aboard newly built small canal barges to create a truly unique educational experience,” says Yves Marceau, director of program development and contracting at Road Scholar. “We are thrilled to offer these as part of our award-winning France itineraries.

”These small barge programs can be privately chartered and offer affinity groups and families a wonderful opportunity to share a special and exclusive experience. Group organizers and agents can book directly with Road Scholar by calling (877) 209-4634 or emailing

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 (External link)

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 (External link)

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* (External link)

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* (External link)

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* (External link)

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.