Elderhostel Travel Tours

Senior Bike Trip

For seniors interested in Elderhostel Travel Tours, it is important to note that Elderhostel, Inc. has changed their program name to Road Scholar. While the program name has changed, many people continue to refer to the traditional name of the organization: Elderhostel, Inc.

What Are Elderhostel Travel Tours?

Whether seniors call the program Elderhostel Travel Tours or the Road Scholar program, the agenda is designed for seniors who enjoy learning combined with travel. This popular program is a great way to meet people and learn about the world. For travelers who are single or married, the travel tours provide a warm, inclusive atmosphere. For single travelers who prefer to share a room, Road Scholar offers to arrange a roommate, but for guests who would rather have their own room, that choice is available as well.

Road Scholar's goal is to promote lifelong learning for people in the senior community, which makes them stand out as an educational travel provider. Their approach is different from commercial tours. The travel tours started in 1975, and all the years of experience have made it such that the trips have significantly developed over time. Elderhostel is well connected with experts, local insiders and other educators willing to enrich the tour experience with interesting history and background not often shared with tourists on most commercial tours.

Benefits of Road Scholar Tours

Aside from the experience of meeting new people while touring, travelers enjoy a number of benefits. When you travel with Road Scholar Tours, benefits include:

  • Tours that are all inclusive. Gratuities for field trips, accommodations and meals are included in the initial price paid.
  • Experts conduct field trips and lectures during the trips.
  • Travelers save money through Road Scholar's special airline rates which are offered through their International Program. If these services are used and a guest has to cancel or change their plans, in most cases a full refund is granted. Check their website or call them to see what exceptions apply.
  • Road Scholar is able to offer flexible scheduling with considerable flight options.

Additionally, for those who make travel arrangements through Road Scholar, 24-hour emergency services are provided to travelers to help with delays, canceled flights and other unexpected changes. It is important to note that for those who make their own travel arrangements, when changes occur in flight schedules, the responsibility to make changes falls on the traveler.

Choosing a Tour

Road Scholar makes choosing the right tour easy. Tours can be based on a location or interest.


  • USA
  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South Pacific
  • The Americas


Interests represented among the tours offered are varied and provide something for everyone. Here are several of the main topics represented:

  • Adventure Afloat study cruise
  • American studies and history
  • Arts and photography
  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Canadian studies and history
  • Cooking and cuisine
  • Country studies
  • Crafts
  • Cultural and fine arts
  • Food and wine
  • Golf
  • Health and fitness
  • Holidays, festivals and events
  • Homes and gardens
  • Language studies
  • Performing arts
  • National parks
  • Natural history
  • Nature
  • Ocean cruises
  • Small ship cruises
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Regional studies
  • River boats
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Tennis
  • Train trips
  • Walking/hiking
  • Winter sports

Activity Level

Another factor to help seniors choose the right tour for them is the activity level. Activity level one is the least active and level seven the most active. Activity level one requires that guests be able to climb a few stairs and handle their luggage, while activity level seven travelers must be physically fit and able to keep up even when physically challenged. Information about what is expected physically for any of the tours is available on the Road Scholar website.

Something for Everyone

Whether you prefer to study natural history, take a cruise on one of their shipboard programs, or pursue a personal interest, a travel tour is a great way to learn about art, history and culture from local insiders and world-class experts. A free catalog is available through the Road Scholar Website.

Elderhostel Travel Tours