At Road Scholar, one of the most unique, bonding and rewarding experiences we offer is a holiday learning adventure in the United States and overseas.
For those who don’t have plans or for those who want to try something new, taking part in the holiday traditions of a new culture has a lot of appeal. Some people even make attending a Road Scholar holiday program a tradition all their own. There are a half-dozen Road Scholars who come back year after year to spend Christmas with us on a holiday learning adventure in Victoria, British Columbia. They and the rest of our group stay at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel and enjoy activities like Afternoon Tea and experiencing the magical holiday transformation of magnificent Butchart Gardens.
In the United States, we offer experiences like Thanksgiving in Yosemite, the Festival of Lights in San Antonio, New Year’s in Charleston and much, much more.
For me, there’s also something very special about going abroad during the holidays.
For instance: Rome at Christmas. The energy in the city is like nothing else. The medieval streets and homes are decorated beautifully and the churches arrange elaborate nativity scenes. And another extraordinary place to ring in the New Year? Reykjavik, Iceland. Get to a high vantage point around midnight and watch the sky light up with fireworks as far as the eye can see. Or be among the first people on the planet to celebrate New Year’s — down in Australia, where Jan. 1 comes first!
No other organization has a selection of holiday experiences like we do at Road Scholar. See all the International holiday programs still with space available this year.
When you spend the holidays with us, we take care of all the details. These programs are also a great value. These popular destinations can be expensive over the holidays, but we’ve negotiated special rates with hotels and restaurants. We’ve also worked out special rates with the airlines, if you need airfare. But the best part of all? You’ll learn about interesting customs and you’ll meet warm and welcoming fellow Road Scholars, whether you come solo or as a couple. You never know, you may just find a new holiday tradition of your own.
Is there a place you’ve always wanted to experience over the holidays? Just add a comment below!