Road Scholar Programs

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

IBT has been a program provider for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 1988, a natural fit that results in bike tours, barge tours, and bike & barge tours. The not-for-profit organization Elderhostel Inc., through its Road Scholar programs, inspires adults to learn, discover, and travel. IBT assists in reaching these goals in administering and developing the content of the international educational programs below, which include lectures, field trips and extracurricular activities in the visited country. Barges are classic river barges with pleasant amenities and either ten or twelve twin-bedded cabins each with private bath.

Adventures Afloat: Belgium: Art & Architecture Along the Waterways / Program #20370
Belgium / 9 days
June 12 – 20, 2020 | September 25 – October 3, 2020
Wind your way through the scenic canals and rivers of Flanders by barge and learn from experts about the artistic and architectural masterpieces of Belgium along the way.

Adventures Afloat: The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River / Program #19504
The Netherlands / 10 days
April 2 – 11, 2020 | August 20 – 29, 2020 | September 10 – 19, 2020
Discover the cultural heights of Holland’s Low Lands as you join experts to learn about artistic masterworks, renowned museums, historic architecture and an iconic earthenware factory.

Adventures Afloat: Mosel River Valley: Vineyards, Castles & Culture by Barge / Program #11951
Germany & Luxembourg / 10 days
September 4 – 13, 2020 | October 2 – 11, 2020

By private barge, voyage the Saar and Mosel rivers for an in-depth perspective on the timeless villages, medieval castles, ancient vineyards and Old World traditions of Western Germany.

A Cycling Journey: Bike and Barge in Holland and Belgium / Program #10530
The Netherlands & Belgium / 16 days
April 3 – 18, 2020 | June 19 – July 4, 2020 | August 28 – September 12, 2020
From your floating home on a river barge, set out on a bicycle journey through lovely, historic towns to discover the local history, culture and art of Holland and Belgium.

A Family Cycling Journey: Bike & Barge in Holland / Program #22665
The Netherlands / 9 days
July 10 – 18, 2020
Sweet Dutch pancakes. Wooden shoes and windmills. A seal rehabilitation center. Explore magical North Holland by bike and barge as you soak up friendly locals’ welkom at every turn.

Bike & Barge in Holland: A Cycling Journey with Your Grandchild / Program #23746
The Netherlands / 9 days
July 17 – 25, 2020
Explore the magical province of North Holland by bike and barge with your grandchild, paint traditional wooden shoes, learn how to steer the barge from the ship’s captain.

A Cycling Journey: Tulips and Windmills in the Netherlands / Program #22618
The Netherlands / 9 days
April 18 – 26, 2020 | April 21 – 29, 2020 (e-bikes)
Bicycle along Holland’s famed tulip fields as you learn the history of the country’s windmills, delve into the flower industry and enjoy the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade.

A Cycling Journey: Northern Italy From the Alps to Verona / Program #20865
Italy / 12 days
May 9 – 20, 2020 | May 23  – June 3, 2020 | June 20 – July 1, 2020 | September 5 – 16, 2020
Unravel the enchanting story of Northern Italy as you cycle from the Alps to Verona, learning about Roman monuments, traditional vineyards, ancient villages and authentic cuisine.

A Cycling Journey: the Elbe River from Germany to Czech Republic / Program #12145
Germany & Czech Republic / 14 days
June 13 – 26, 2020 | September 5 – 18, 2020
While cycling the Elbe River you can’t help but discover history and culture along the way — from ancient castles to local museums, from national parks to Prague’s iconic Old Town.

A Cycling Journey: Munich to Vienna along The Danube River / Program #3044
Germany & Austria / 14 days
May 7 – 20, 2020 | May 28 – June 10, 2020 | August 6 – 19, 2020 | September 10 – 23, 2020
Explore the Danube on comfortable bike paths as you enjoy expert-led lectures on shipping history, folklore and culture. Plus, visit the famous 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk!

A Cycling Journey: Vienna to Budapest along The Danube River / Program #23058
Austria, Hungary & Slovakia / 12 days
May 5 – 16, 2020 | August 4 – 15, 2020 | September 8 – 19, 2020
Pedal along the Danube River to experience Austria, Slovakia and Hungary’s magnificent countryside, while plunging into their deep-rooted culture and exploring significant landmarks.