The Allure of Martinique: A Taste of France in the Caribbean
The enchanting island of Martinique boasts fascinating French history and breathtaking Caribbean beauty. Explore this unique island with naturalists and local experts.
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The Martinique program was full of adventure, and there was never a dull moment. The Flex part of the program allowed individuals to pursue their own interests during the planned activities, and the small group structure worked very well. I want to return to Martinique, perhaps with Road Scholar, but I will make my own transportation arrangements, just so I can avoid JFK International Airport. Contingency planning is not that airport's forte. (At the start of our trip, our Norwegian Airlines plane had to return to JFK, due to a lightning strike possibly knocking out the navigation equipment). The ground/ticketing personnel at JFK were not ready to accommodate us or even keep us informed, resulting in long, long standing and waiting periods and some chaos. It made for a long night. The rest of the trip was worth the effort, and the Group Leader and Instructors were absolutely spot-on! This was a beautiful place, with a very interesting history. I look forward to returning.
Great program. Met lots of interesting people and learned a lot.
Allure of Martinique is a chance to spend a week getting to know the island's beauty, beaches, rain forest, mountains, and food. What was more important to me was the chance to get a different tourist perspective by meeting local people for in depth discussions and learning about the island's history, culture, and economy. Road Scholar mades that possible.
G. Robert
Our first Roads Scholar trip and what a gem! Great combination of beautiful tropical weather and rich history make this a perfect winter venture. The hotel was excellent, the food...well it is French, and the easy access to Port of France by ferry (5 minute walk) make this a great location. The way that the history of slavery is dealt with is particularly compelling. I recommend this trip highly.
Excellent program!!
An excellent balance of education, beach, touring and cuisine providing a most cost effective introduction to Martinique - a delightful French Caribbean experience.
I just returned (March 7) from a delightful visit to Martinique. The hotel (La Pagerie) was very comfortable with good beds, linens, and strong shower. The pool area is lovely with plenty of towels supplied. The breakfast buffet was large, varied, and delicious. I suggest you bring a wash cloth and shampoo and conditioner as these were not supplied. They did have a combo bodywash-shampoo however. Also, carry a small lightweight umbrella as it did rain a little almost every day but cleared up very quickly. The tour leader, Corinne, was superb. She is very knowledgeable, organized, and welcoming to the group. Casual clothes will take you everywhere. No need to bring anything fancy. Norwegian Air was very comfortable. There was plenty of leg room even with these economy seats. We weren't crammed in like on American or United. However, nothing is free on the flight not even water. They do offer food and drinks for sale with payment by credit card only. There are ATM's around to get euros. Bon Voyage!
An excellent program-great instructors-Martinique is a very interesting island-welcoming people and and a VERY NICE Hotel
I loved every minute of it. Everything I experienced touched me deeply and will stay with me for a long time.
The program was masterfully designed and balanced to enable us to experience and begin to understand the culture, history, sociology, natural world and culinary delights of Martinique. Corinne is a group leader "par excellence" who enriched our travels a hundredfold.
So much better than having to discover a beautiful island by yourselves
A great trip. It was informative and interesting. It exceeded my expectations. The tour guide was well informed and went out of her way to make sure everyone was having a good time.
The group leader, Corinne, is outstanding. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. The field trips, activities, lectures, and other learning experiences are consistently informative, interesting, and fun. The hotel and meals were very good. The physical beauty of Martinique and the friendliness of its people will charm you. And so will the rum punch which is offered just about everywhere you go!

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