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Road Scholars Explore History, Rum and Culture In Martinique

Road Scholar, the world’s largest educational travel organization, is launching a new learning adventure offering free airfare from Boston and New York to the French island of Martinique that highlights the island’s unique history and culture. Led by local experts, naturalists and historians, The Allure of Martinique: A Taste of France in the Caribbean delves into this hidden gem in the Lesser Antilles, which boasts some of the finest natural wonders in the Caribbean.

Known for its production of some of the world’s finest rums, Martinique is also home to incredible biodiversity and beauty. Participants will learn about the island’s formation, its unique biodiversity and visit the Pagerie Museum, home to Josephine Bonaparte, Empress of France and wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

"Many people don’t realize that the Caribbean has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches and sunsets," says JoAnn Bell, senior vice president of programs at Road Scholar. "Like all of our programs in the Caribbean, Martinique offers participants the high-quality experiential learning that they’ve come to expect with us. With free airfare from Boston and New York, this program is an exceptional value for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating culture."

Highlights include:

  • Visiting the Domaine d’ Emeraude to experience the island’s rainforest
  • Exploring several centuries-old sugar plantations, or Habitations, to learn about sugarcane milling
  • Experiencing La Savane des Esclaves, a re-creation of a "free slave" village, to learn about the lives of slaves who escaped plantations and lived off the land
  • Visiting Le Musée de la Banane to learn about hundreds of species of this significant fruit of the Caribbean

The eight-day program traverses the island from top to bottom, taking field trips to engaging museums and historic villages. Cost starts at $1,599, including free airfare exclusively from New York and Boston (varies with departure date chosen). To take advantage of free airfare for a November 10th departure, individuals must book no later than August 7th. Other departures are offered through April 2017.

"For anyone interested in delving deep into the real Martinique, this new program from Road Scholar is a must," said Valerie Vulcain, deputy director of the Martinique Promotion Bureau. "The learning adventure they’ve created truly captures the essence of our little island; our unique cultural history, exceptional cuisine, unmatched excellence in rum, and so much more. And with free airfare from select gateways on Norwegian Air, the price cannot be beat."

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About Martinique (

The currency is the Euro, the flag is Le Tricolour, and the official language is French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole Martiniquais. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years, including being ranked in the Top 16 Places to go in 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler, being named as a "Must-Visit" destination for 2015 by Caribbean Journal, "Best Caribbean Destination" by, and "Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining" by Caribbean Travel + Life. The Bay of Fort-de-France, which fronts Martinique’s charming capital city, was also recently inducted into The Club of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

About Road Scholar

Road Scholar is the nation’s largest educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. This not-for-profit educational organization offers 5,500 extraordinary learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Road Scholars are immersed in a variety of educational activities, enlisting renowned faculty and experts who offer insider access not available to most individuals. Dedicated to making educational travel available to everyone, Road Scholar offers financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs.

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