Earlier this year, I wrote about day trips offered at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. At the time we were finalizing plans for our first overnight trip—one that took Osher members to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. We were also making plans to our first international trip—one that will take Osher members to Bordeaux, France.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Bordeaux with Osher This Summer

  1. French Wine with an Expert

Towson University assistant professor of marketing, Philippe Duverger, has been sharing his love and knowledge of French wines to Osher members over the years in his class, “French Wines Demystified”. As a native of the Bordeaux region, Philippe’s early career was in the French hospitality industry where he studied at the Bordeaux School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is a trained chef and maître d’ and his culinary career got its start in the Bordeaux region. As a connoisseur of French wines, Philippe’s enthusiasm is immense. His wit and sense of humor add to his charm and bien sûr, he is very excited to have wine tastings in fantastic French châteaux with Osher members on this trip.

philippe duverger, bordeaux

Philippe Duverger, a native of Bordeaux and TU faculty member, will join Osher members on a tour of Bordeaux, France.

  1. Great Travel Companions

Speaking of Osher members, what better travel companions to share this experience with than your fellow classmates, their spouses, and friends (who we hope to become long-time Osher members too)? At Osher, we are happy to have a wonderful community of engaged learners who respect and appreciate one another. While not everyone on the trip may know each other prior to the program, Osher is the common bond that brings everyone together.

  1. The Setting

A magnificent port city in Southwestern France, Bordeaux is the hub for this ten-day wine studies tour. The program starts with a guided walking tour that introduces you to this vibrant city and cultural destination. We’ll enjoy wine tastings while touring the region’s world class vineyards and châteaux. Highlights of the trip include a tour of the medieval village of Saint-Émilion with its fascinating history and architecture; visit to Sarlat with a trip to its renowned market; to the town of Arcachon for a trip to an oyster farm with tasting; and a chance to celebrate Bastille Day with fireworks in Bordeaux!

  1. Great Value

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University has partnered with CISabroad, a leader in educational travel programs, so that we can offer this program with our own faculty member guiding the way while the logistical elements of the program are taken care of by industry experts who strive to make sure that everyone’s needs are met, allowing the instructor, Philippe, to have ample time to share his extensive knowledge on the region, French culture, and of course, French wines.

  1. Did Someone Say Wine?

Enjoy this unique chance to learn about the French wines of the Bordeaux region from our very own Philippe Duverger. Come home with fantastic memories of visits to magnificent châteaux and lovely wine tastings with friends old and new!

Upcoming Information Session

For more information about this program, please come to Philippe Duverger’s presentation on Tuesday, December 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the 7400 Building, Room 101. If you are unable to attend, but would like more information, please contact Tracy Jacobs at tjacobs@towson.edu.