Caters to everyone from businesspeople to travelers age 50 and older who also want to delve into an area’s culture. Sessions run five days to four weeks.
Created by Elderhostel. Offerings include a three-week intensive vacation in Trois-Rivières, French Canada’s cultural heartland, near Quebec, and a multigenerational adventure to Costa Rica, where language acquisition mixes with rafting and zip-lining.
AMERISPAN STUDY ABROAD
With 15 languages taught in 40 countries, this company offers a number of vacations for those 50 and older, including a one- to two-week trip to the French Riviera and programs like Chinese and Kung Fu in Beijing.
PARLONS EN PROVENCE
This family-run school in Saint Rémy de Provence (near Avignon) begins Sunday
evening and finishes Friday after lunch. The classes are capped at six students, and include a daily lunch and afternoon excursions to nearby sights, vineyards, and the countryside.
VENICE ITALIAN SCHOOL
Run by siblings Diego andLucia Catteneo, this fun and interactive school combines language immersion with after-school add-ons such as Venetian Art or History, Italian Opera, and gondola riding. Short on time? Try the two-hour survival kit to learn the basics.