BOSTON, Jan. 5, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Each year, Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in lifelong learning, introduces new educational adventures across North America and around the globe with local experts to provide exceptional behind-the-scenes access to a world of knowledge and discovery.

In 2016, Road Scholar will launch several exciting new learning adventures to off-the-beaten path destinations, including an archaeology dig in Israel and a new voyage to one of its most popular destinations—Cuba.

"To the thousands of North America and International learning adventures we offer, we've added some rich new experiences including a mix of language and cultural immersion, outdoor adventure and one of the nation's only voyages from the U.S. to Cuba," said James Moses, president and CEO of Road Scholar. "Road Scholar participants enjoy an experience that is deep, thought-provoking and life-enriching, besides being great fun, among a community of fascinating fellow learners who add the excitement of new friendship to the learning adventure."

New in 2016
Wagner's "Ring Cycle" at the Washington National Opera
Richard Wagner's monumental cycle of four operas that comprise "The Ring of the Nibelung" is the pinnacle of operatic achievement. Attend all four operas and meet and mingle with opera lovers from around the world at the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.

Signature City Nashville
Visit Music City USA. Experience the full range of the city's art, history, culture and music.

Great American Get-Together on the Mississippi
Join lifelong learners from around the country for a special week navigating the Upper Mississippi River and the scenic Great River Road.

Adventures Afloat: A Historic Voyage: Miami to Cuba by Sea
Experience a groundbreaking voyage from Miami to Cuba aboard a ship reserved exclusively for Road Scholar. Sail a route that has been closed to Americans for more than five decades, learning about the nation's authentic heritage alongside top-notch experts and welcoming locals.

Living and Learning in Jerusalem: Independent Stay and Language Study
Adding to a growing list of language and cultural immersion adventures abroad including France, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Germany and Canada, Road Scholar is introducing a new six-week program in Jerusalem, Israel. Become a resident of Jerusalem in your own apartment as you immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine. Learn Hebrew from experts while you experience living in a new country independently. You'll be supported by a Road Scholar group leader who's always on call to help.

Preserving History: Join an Archaeology Dig at Israel's Tel Dor
Join thousands of Jews and visitors from around the world as they welcome in the Jewish Sabbath at the Western Wall. Explore the City of David and Israel Museum. Road Scholar's conduct southern wall excavations, visit the Jewish Quarter and walk the bustling and colorful Machaneh Yehuda fruit and vegetable market.

Adventures Afloat: Expedition Antarctica: Fly to and Discover This Icy World
Discover the ethereal, ice-covered world of Antarctica on the only study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage instead of sailing it. Before your journey to the southernmost continent, experience cosmopolitan Santiago and discover the dramatic, natural beauty of Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park.

Expeditions with explora® in Chile: Atacama, Patagonia & Rapa Nui
Discover the authentic explora® lodge experience in three of Chile's most remote and beautiful areas: the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and Rapa Nui. Placed in some of the world's hardest-to-reach locales, the explora® lodges are purpose-built for active outdoor learning adventures.

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

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