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10 Days | 9 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Ann from Middletown, OH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/15/15 - 09/24/15
This trip exceeded my expectations. Audrey, our guide, loves what she does and easily energized us. I expected a leisurely float down the canals and enjoyed so much more.

Susan from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/23/14
This was a superb trip. If you want to experience a special region of France, have a wonderful time in Strasburg and barging along the canal, enjoy food and wine and cheese, sign up now. The barge experience allows you a closeness to the culture that is unique. The combination of days in Strasburg in a 4 star hotel followed by a truly outstanding barge trip provide a great immersion into the Alsace. The organization of the trip is spot on, every day was different and great fun. The Madeleine barge is new in 2014 and is charming. Rooms are small but carefully appointed, great beds and bedding, very nice shower with plenty of hot water, and free Wi-Fi on board. Meals are very good, and the staff is delightful. Our tour leader Audrey Riehm was totally organized, a great leader, and shared so many personal stories with us that increased our appreciation of Alsace and barging. I look forward to planning another barge trip with Road Scholar and Croisi Europe.

Margaret from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 10/14/14 - 10/23/14
This was one of the very best Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs of the 16I have taken over the years! Highly recommended.

Norman from Ottawa, ON Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/16/14 - 09/25/14
If you are looking for a worry-free relaxed barge cruise through fascinating country with a variety of activities and excellent information - all conducted professionally, this cruise is for you.

Bjorn from Troy, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/24/14
The canal trip through Alsace was a ten out of ten. "Madeline" is a floating 5 star hotel, her crew attentive and cheerful. The Voges mountains were woodsy and rural while Strasbourg was historic and modern. Every day brought opportunities for bicycling, and the food and drink were plentiful and delicious. The pace of canal cruising enforces the relaxation one hopes to achieve while on holiday.

Barbara from Troy, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/24/14
If you are craving a couple of weeks leisurely spent gliding down a French canal on a brand new fully equipped for comfort barge then this Alsace Lorraine excursion is for you! Learn all about the region of Alsace while in the capable hands of the Madeleine crew and the group leader and many native guides! Thank you Road Scholar for a most pleasant first experience. This is just the beginning for me!

Neall from Stone Ridge, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/24/14
The trip was an interesting mix of city and country. Strasbourg is a bustling, fascinating city but even better was cruising through the countryside on our barge. The expeditions were interesting and the guides were informative. Riding a bike beside the canal every day was great fun.

Shannon from Cambria, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/24/14
This barge excursion surpassed my expectations. I felt like a queen on board the Madeline. What a relaxing and fairytale like way to experience the countryside of France.

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