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Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris: Cities of Inspiration

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Program #19401RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 14 — Jun 27, 2013

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Day One: Friday, June 14 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, June 15 - Arrivals
Morning: Arrival in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). Meet group outside of customs. Arrive at hotel and drop off luggage; rooms will be available at 2:00 PM.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Afternoon: We will meet at 4:00 PM in the hotel lecture room for an introduction to the program.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, June 16 - Highlights of Amsterdam
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Experience the famous Amsterdam canals on a guided excursion by canal boat before exploring Amsterdam's old city center on foot.

Lunch: Set lunch at the museum restaurant.

Afternoon: A guided field trip to the Amsterdam Historical Museum to take in the history of this great city.

Dinner: Tonight we will enjoy a traditional Dutch Indonesian Rice Table.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, June 17 - Artistic Amsterdam
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Dutch paintings from Rembrandt to Vincent van Gogh. Enjoy an audio guided excursion at the Rijksmuseum to see masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city and museums of interest on your own.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, June 18 - Flourishing Amsterdam
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Discover the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the largest flower auction in the world, where over 20 million flowers from all over the world are traded on a daily basis. We will enjoy a guided excursion through the auction house, followed by a visit to a company that specializes in breeding new varieties of roses.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We pay a visit to The Hague, the legal capital of the world, with a stop at Scheveningen, one of The Hague’s eight districts and famous seaside resort.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is located in the heart of the European Capital. The well-known Grand Place and the cultural center are only a 15-minute stroll away, accessible via the pedestrian street La Rue Neuve lined with shops, cafés and restaurants.

Contact info:
Avenue du Boulevard 17
Brussels, B-1210 Belgium
phone: +32 22051511
web: www.thonhotels.be

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, hairdryer, television, pay television, trouser press, and facilities to make coffee and tea.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, restaurant, fitness center, sauna, air conditioning, laundry facilities and a safe box at reception. There is no free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, June 19 - Antwerp en route to Brussels
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure by coach from Amsterdam. En route to Brussels, a stop in Antwerp makes for a delightful afternoon. From the medieval riverside fortress to modern waterfront creations, Antwerp is full of enchantments.

Lunch: Lunch near Antwerp Market.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided walk through the old city center of Antwerp highlighting the Cathedral of our Lady which houses famous Rubens paintings. Check into hotel in Brussels.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is located in the heart of the European Capital. The well-known Grand Place and the cultural center are only a 15-minute stroll away, accessible via the pedestrian street La Rue Neuve lined with shops, cafés and restaurants.

Contact info:
Avenue du Boulevard 17
Brussels, B-1210 Belgium
phone: +32 22051511
web: www.thonhotels.be

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, hairdryer, television, pay television, trouser press, and facilities to make coffee and tea.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, restaurant, fitness center, sauna, air conditioning, laundry facilities and a safe box at reception. There is no free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, June 20 - Highlights of Brussels
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Once in Brussels, a city whose character comes from the coexistence of French and Flemish cultures, a guided bus excursion brings the city to life. See the Royal Palace at Laken and the Atomium. Learn about the European Union as you view the most important buildings of the EU quarter, including the European Parliament.

Lunch: Lunch on the famous Rue des Bouchers.

Afternoon: A guided city walk through the old city center of Brussels.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant with a view over the famous market square of Brussels.

Lodging: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is located in the heart of the European Capital. The well-known Grand Place and the cultural center are only a 15-minute stroll away, accessible via the pedestrian street La Rue Neuve lined with shops, cafés and restaurants.

Contact info:
Avenue du Boulevard 17
Brussels, B-1210 Belgium
phone: +32 22051511
web: www.thonhotels.be

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, hairdryer, television, pay television, trouser press, and facilities to make coffee and tea.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, restaurant, fitness center, sauna, air conditioning, laundry facilities and a safe box at reception. There is no free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, June 21 - Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Hear a lecture on Flemish Art (at the hotel). Then depart for the Royal Museums of Fine Arts - Museum of Ancient Art. Enjoy a guided exploration of the museum, which will highlight the work of Brueghel, Bosch and the Flemish Primitives.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to continue to explore the museum or another place of interest.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is located in the heart of the European Capital. The well-known Grand Place and the cultural center are only a 15-minute stroll away, accessible via the pedestrian street La Rue Neuve lined with shops, cafés and restaurants.

Contact info:
Avenue du Boulevard 17
Brussels, B-1210 Belgium
phone: +32 22051511
web: www.thonhotels.be

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, mini bar, telephone, hairdryer, television, pay television, trouser press, and facilities to make coffee and tea.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, restaurant, fitness center, sauna, air conditioning, laundry facilities and a safe box at reception. There is no free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, June 22 - Medieval Belgium
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by coach to one of the gems of Belgium, medieval Bruges, where we will have a guided walking excursion through the old city center.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the medieval city of Ghent, where the Industrial Revolution started in the 19th century.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Ghent.

Evening: Coach back to Brussels.

Lodging: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel found on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery, and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and very comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of the Cartier Foundation and two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments.

Contact info:
2 rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 156 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, safe and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, 24-hour front desk, smoke-free environment, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Sunday, June 23 - Paris / Musee d'Orsay
Note: Please be prepared to carry your own luggage off the train and to the coach at Paris Nord station as there is no porter service.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we transfer from Brussels to Paris via TGV (high speed train). Upon arrival in Paris transfer to the Musee d'Orsay.

Lunch: Lunch at the museum restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a discovery of the Musée d’Orsay. A former train station converted into a museum, the Musée d’Orsay houses one of the most important collections of Impressionist art in France. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to unpack and relax.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening enjoy a city lights excursion by coach en route back to the hotel after dinner.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel found on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery, and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and very comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of the Cartier Foundation and two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments.

Contact info:
2 rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 156 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, safe and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, 24-hour front desk, smoke-free environment, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Monday, June 24 - Ile de la Cité
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Ile de la Cite is one of two natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris, it is the center of the city and the location where the city was founded. Take the metro from the hotel to Ile de la Cite and enjoy an expert-led exploration along with a visit to the island's gothic cathedral, Sainte Chapelle.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore Paris on your own. Your Group Leader will provide recommendations and distribute maps of the city.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel found on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery, and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and very comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of the Cartier Foundation and two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments.

Contact info:
2 rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 156 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, safe and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, 24-hour front desk, smoke-free environment, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Tuesday, June 25 - Monet's Garden's at Giverny / Palace of Versaille...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning enjoy an expert-led field trip to Monet’s gardens at Giverny to see the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy an expert-led discovery of the Palace of Versailles, the French royal chateau from 1682 until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant that is within walking distance from the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel found on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery, and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and very comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of the Cartier Foundation and two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments.

Contact info:
2 rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 156 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, safe and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, lounge, 24-hour front desk, smoke-free environment, air conditioning and free wireless Internet access in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Wednesday, June 26 - The Louvre and Montmartre
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a self-guided visit of the Musee du Louvre using an audioguide created exclusively for Road Scholar participants, containing informative commentary by lecturers sharing their passion for highlights of the Louvre.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Accompanied by your Paris expert, explore the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, including Place du Tertre and Sacre Coeur. After returning to the hotel in the early evening, enjoy some free time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance from the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Thursday, June 27 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) for return flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Amsterdam
Anne Frank HouseIn this museum, you will visit the house where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary while in hiding, in occupied Holland.
For additional information, visit: www.annefrank.org
Van Gogh MuseumThe Van Gogh Museum holds the biggest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world and a varied collection of other 19th-century art. The artists represented include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and others: Van Gogh’s friends and contemporaries, those who inspired him, and those who drew inspiration from him.
For additional information, visit: www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Paris
Bateaux MouchesBateaux Mouches offers evening cruises along the beautiful Seine. The cruises depart from Pont de l'Alma in the 8th arrondissement.
For additional information, visit: www.bateaux-mouches.fr
Centre PompidouThe Centre Pompidou is a hub of contemporary art in Paris. The building itself is a work of experimental ingenuity.
For additional information, visit: www.centrepompidou.fr
Les InvalidesLes Invalides provides the final resting place of Napolean Bonaparte, as well as the home of the Musee de l'Armee, the museum of the French Army.
For additional information, visit: www.invalides.org

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29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips

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