As of 2015, the most popular Road Scholar programs include Florida Keys and Everglades: Human and Natural History Outdoor Studies, Greece: Island Hopping in the Aegean, and The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht. Road Scholar educational travel programs are available worldwide.
A broad scope of Road Scholar tour types is available to accommodate diverse interests, ranging from crafts and photography to food and wine, as well as history, culture, walking and hiking. Outdoor Adventure tours feature activities such as hiking, bicycling and sports. Service Learning tours enable participants to support communities around the world through projects including tutoring school children, restoring museum artifacts and reconstructing wildlife habitats. Independent City Discoveries are less structured than other tours, allowing travelers to plan self-guided excursions. Small-group, Grandparent Travel, budget-friendly and easy-paced tours are also available.
Regardless of destination, all Road Scholar programs are led by expert instructors and emphasize both educational experiences and camaraderie among travelers. Many include behind-the-scenes excursions inaccessible to independent tourists. Road Scholar participants do not take any tests or receive grades; all activities are intended to be fun and inspire lifelong learning.
Programs are searchable by location, interest, activity level, date and category on the Road Scholar website.
Road Scholar is an extension of Elderhostel, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1975.