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Profile of Road Scholar


Profile of Road Scholar

Finnmark, Norway

Photo © Johan Wildhagen / Innovation Norway

Organization Information:

Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mature adults with “learning adventures.” Road Scholar offers trips to 90 countries; the organization presented almost 8,000 learning programs in the United States and Canada last year.


“Road Scholar offers in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning experiences for almost every interest and ability.”


North, Central, and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia, and Antarctica when conditions permit.

Tour Participant Demographics:

55 and older. Road Scholar offers special intergenerational programs for grandparents and grandchildren ages 4 and up.

Single Traveler Information:

Road Scholar does charge a single supplement, but you don’t have to pay it if you sign up for a roommate.


Varies widely. One-day programs are about $50 and up. Some North American travel programs cost less than $600.

Trip Length:

Varies. Road Scholar offers one-day programs as well as short and long trips.

Quick Facts About Road Scholar:


  • ERoad Scholar’s program fees may or may not include airfare. Check your program’s itinerary for complete information.
  • Nearly all other expenses are included; check each trip’s itinerary for details.
  • Road Scholar offers a wide variety of trips and programs. You can learn a new skill, such as basketweaving, try a high-adventure sport, immerse yourself in the culture of another country or participate in a service learning trip. Activity levels vary.
  • Road Scholar works hard to accommodate travelers with disabilities, but warns that many overseas destinations do not have accessible facilities.
  • Road Scholar offers partial scholarships for their U. S. and Canada programs.
  • Some international trips involve “home-basing” at one hotel and taking daytrips to various sites. For example, the “Treasured Sicily” participants spend most nights at a hotel outside of Palermo, but visit destinations all over the island. Check a map or online mapping site to see if you are comfortable with the distances you’ll travel each day.
  • Trip insurance is available.

Contact Information:

(800) 454-5768

Road Scholar

11 Avenue de Lafayette

Boston, MA 02111-1746

U. S. A.


E-mail: website@roadscholar.org


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