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    Road Scholar Outdoor Adventures Challenge the Body and Enrich the Mind

    Road Scholar participants hike on an educational adventure in Patagonia.

    For travelers looking for unique adventures, Road Scholar’s programs, known for their educational content, provide access to exceptional experiences to keep both physically active and intellectually engaged. From biking to hiking, canoeing, birding and water sports, Road Scholar’s Outdoor Adventures combine learning from expert instructors with physical activity in the great outdoors. Each program includes explorations of local culture and cuisine, natural history and more.

    “With more adults living longer, healthier and more active lives, there is demand for more active travel opportunities,” says JoAnn Bell, vice president of programming. “While our Outdoor Adventures have been consistently popular, we’re now introducing new programs that combine the outdoors with other experiences – for example, ship-based Adventures Afloat programs that include an active land component and Urban Outdoor Adventures for bicycling in major metro areas.”

    Adventures Afloat

    Riverways and Backroads: Experiencing Life Along the Mekong by Bike and Barge Participants will bike up to 20 miles per day through rural villages and interact closely with local communities in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Adventures Afloat: Hiking and Walking Along Portugal’s Douro Valley Experience the essence of Portugal during this river voyage along the beautiful Douro, and enjoy walking through the region’s countryside, thriving vineyards and historic architecture.

    Adventures Afloat: Blend of Cultures: A Walk-and-Barge Immersion in Alsace Soak up the natural beauty on both banks of the Marne–Rhine Canal aboard a brand-new canal barge and along Alsace’s hiking trail.

    Urban Outdoor Bicycling

    New York City From Greenwich Village to Central Park, New York City is teeming with landmarks that both inspire and educate — and there’s no better way to get to these icons than by bicycle!

    Washington, D.C. With Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Mall and countless other historical and cultural riches, Washington D.C. presents an opportunity to hop on a bike and take in every corner of the city.

    Vancouver and Victoria By bike and on foot, explore portions of the Galloping Goose Trail from Victoria to the rugged West Coast Trail.

    To learn more about these and other Outdoor Adventures, visit

    Image courtesy Alfio Garozzo/ Road Scholar

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