Road Scholar Debuts Special Trips for Retired Teachers

Finally, a tour where there's no end to great questions.

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(Photo: Alyssa Bichunsky & Road Scholar)

Road Scholar is already popular with retired educators—the tour company estimates that more than a quarter of its participants are former teachers or professors, and it has a thriving Retired Teachers Travel Club Facebook group.

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Now it’s going the extra step and offering two private program dates specifically for retired teachers and their guests. Road Scholar calls these trips “a unique opportunity to bond even more quickly with others who share a special passion for learning and education and the experiences that only a teacher can understand.”

The program dates exclusively for retired teachers (and their non-teacher guests) are:

  • Cinque Terre, Carrara and Medieval Hill Towns: On the trip that runs August 25 to September 4, 2024, educators will share experiences like walks between the towns of Italy’s Cinque Terre, boat rides, wine tasting, culinary demonstrations and more. To reserve the educators tour date, use code 14299.
  • Nova Scotia: Highlands, History and Halifax: This trip runs from September 26 through October 5, 2024, and takes guests to seaside villages and the Nova Scotia Highlands. Participants will see wildlife like whales and puffins and learn about the Celtic and French roots of the region. To reserve the educator-exclusive departure, use code 23038. (Watch a recent Q&A session about the trip.)

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TourScoop Takeaway

I’m not an educator, but my in-laws are retired professors and I’ve seen firsthand how deeply intertwined travel and learning are for them. One of the joys of tours is to connect with like-minded travelers, so to me it makes perfect sense that of all tour companies, Road Scholar would be the one to offer educators a chance to travel together. And best of all, on an all-teacher tour, these curiosity-driven travelers won’t have to feel sheepish about asking dozens of questions that go deep into the culture, history, and natural world of a place.

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Christine Sarkis is the co-founder of Vacationist Media and editor-in-chief of TourScoop and She is the former executive editor of, a travel publication owned by Tripadvisor. Her work has been published in dozens of publications including Conde Nast Traveler and USAToday, and she has been quoted in print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also offered tips for travelers on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now.