What is a Road Scholar Independent City Discovery?
Road Scholar has been offering hundreds of educational travel adventures worldwide for more than 40 years!
They have programs in signature cities and national parks that offer walking, hiking and multi-generational opportunities.
However, the Road Scholar Independent City Discoveries collection is one that most appeals to me.
These learning adventures are offered in cities around the world. They combine unique group activities with opportunities for independent discovery.
Each day, after breakfast, the group spends some time with a Road Scholar expert who knows the city well. Then, you venture out by bus to visit the places that bring to life the historical and cultural information discussed.
Lunch is usually on your own, or as happened with me in Prague, with a new friend or two.
The afternoons are free for your own independent exploring. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.
As a side note, these programs are very affordable!
Discovering Magic Places
As someone who enjoys solo travel, I can tell you that the afternoons alone can be simply magical. Once you feel confident about the city, you can start wandering on your own.
With the security of knowing that your group is back at the hotel, you can be a little brave. For example, on my trip to Prague, I headed towards Charles Bridge, which is a busy tourist spot. Along the way, I took a wrong turn and ended up at the spectacular Vrtbovska Garden.
I walked around the spectacular manicured garden and fell in love with the terraces that took me all the way up to the most spectacular panoramic view of the city.
I even got caught up in a wedding photo shoot and made friends with the beautiful couple when I captured a gorgeous picture of the bride.