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Adventures Afloat: France Along the Rhone: Provence to Paris

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Program #12417RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 19, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, September 07 - Departure from the U.S.
Depart From: Depart US for international flight to France

Type: Hotel

Description: The 4-star Grand Hôtel Roi René is ideally located at the heart of Cézanne's home town, near to the Cours Mirabeau and the business district. Discover its inviting, contemporary rooms, elegant restaurant serving typical southern cuisine and functional meeting rooms. The patio at the Grand Hôtel Roi René is full of flowers and provides an oasis of calm in this city of 100 fountains, whether you sit on the terrace or by the pool.

Contact info:
24 boulevard du Roi René
Aix en Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 37 61 00
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1169-grand-hotel-roi-rene-aix-en-provence/index.shtml

Room amenities: 134 bright rooms with a calm and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a pleasant day in sunny Provence.Modern decor, flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and safe. Bathroom with bathtub or shower, high-end products, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi access.

Facility amenities: Outdoor unheated pool, Multilingual Staff, Air conditioning, WIFI Wireless Internet access, Porter Fax machine, Safe deposit box at reception, Copy/print service available, Self service business centre with support staff, Dry cleaning / Ironing, Computer hire facilities, Wheelchair access, Phone light for hearing impaired

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.


Day Two: Sunday, September 08 - Arrival and Orientation in Aix-en-Provence
Arrive To: Arrive in Marseille and transfer to the program hotel in Aix.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, check in at your hotel to rest and freshen up. Then assemble with your fellow Participants for an orientation meeting and a short walk around Aix-en-Provence to orient yourself to the area.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at or near the hotel

Lodging: Grand Hôtel Roi René

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The 4-star Grand Hôtel Roi René is ideally located at the heart of Cézanne's home town, near to the Cours Mirabeau and the business district. Discover its inviting, contemporary rooms, elegant restaurant serving typical southern cuisine and functional meeting rooms. The patio at the Grand Hôtel Roi René is full of flowers and provides an oasis of calm in this city of 100 fountains, whether you sit on the terrace or by the pool.

Contact info:
24 boulevard du Roi René
Aix en Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 37 61 00
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1169-grand-hotel-roi-rene-aix-en-provence/index.shtml

Room amenities: 134 bright rooms with a calm and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a pleasant day in sunny Provence.Modern decor, flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and safe. Bathroom with bathtub or shower, high-end products, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi access.

Facility amenities: Outdoor unheated pool, Multilingual Staff, Air conditioning, WIFI Wireless Internet access, Porter Fax machine, Safe deposit box at reception, Copy/print service available, Self service business centre with support staff, Dry cleaning / Ironing, Computer hire facilities, Wheelchair access, Phone light for hearing impaired

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.


Day Three: Monday, September 09 - Cézanne in Aix
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy walking around Aix en Provence to discover this historic city and heart of Provence. Discover the old religious and civil districts around the cathedral and the city hall, XVII and XVIII century mansions façades, and typical squares with their fountains and the Cours Mirabeau.

Lunch: Lunch at a local bistro

Afternoon: During a field trip and on-site lecture you will follow in the footsteps of Cézanne. Explore the artist's studio and the landscape that inspired many of his paintings.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Grand Hôtel Roi René

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Four: Tuesday, September 10 - Aix- Cassis-Aix
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: Coach depart Aix for Cassis. Lecture/ Field trip: In Cassis you will discover the famous and unique Calanques (deep narrow bays). Learn about their geological history and how they determined the way of living in this little Provençal village.

Lunch: Lunch in the old port area of Cassis

Afternoon: Coach returns to Aix. Take photos and enjoy the lecture and the field trip as you travel along the crest road. Your Guide will discuss the Mediterranean environment and the impact of civilization on the landscape. Enjoy some free time in Aix this afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on own to explore the food of Provence

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Built in 1999. Length 110 meter. Width 11 meters. Accommodates 125 passengers

Room amenities: 77 Double cabins all with shower and toilet, TV, Hairdryer, Safe

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Five: Wednesday, September 11 - Aix- Saintes Maries - Martiniques
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: Coach departs Aix for Saintes Maries. On site Lecture and Field Trip:Today you will learn about the traditions and history of the Camargue, France's "Wild West". This morning start in Saintes Maries de la Mer with her mythical church and proceed away from the coast to better understand the Camargue's landscape and wildlife. At the Ornithological Park you will have a chance to glimpse the wealth of marine birds that call this area home and perhaps even sight the elusive pink flamingo. Coach transfer to the Manade.

Lunch: Lunch at a manade (the Camargue's version of a typical ranch or bull farm) in the heart of the Camargue serving local specialties

Afternoon: This afternoon you will explore the manade and learn about daily life on the ranch, with its roots in the traditions and history of the Camargue.

Dinner: Dinner and Orientation: After checking in, enjoy a welcome cocktail and leisurely dinner and evening on the barge.Tonight's orientation will cover all safety aspects during the cruise as well as drink cards.l

Lodging: M.S.Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Built in 1999. Length 110 meter. Width 11 meters. Accommodates 125 passengers

Room amenities: 77 Double cabins all with shower and toilet, TV, Hairdryer, Safe

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Six: Thursday, September 12 - Port Saint Louis - Arles - Avignon
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: On Site Lecture/Field Trip: Arles France's Roman Roots in the South of France.This morning, we coach to Arles to learn about the games enjoyed by the Romans in the amphitheater, a splendid and complex piece of architecture which still remains standing in the middle of the city. Enjoy Free time to explore the market and other sites of interest in Arles.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Free Time: Now you have to explore Arles on your own and perhaps take time to appreciate the Romanesque architecture represented in Saint Trophime church. Optional Trip: For those of you who prefer to remain with the group, you can join your expert local guide for a walking discovery of Arles, including some of the sites that inspired Van Gogh. Board the boat and enjoy time to rest and relax before dinner

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: M.S.Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Built in 1999. Length 110 meter. Width 11 meters. Accommodates 125 passengers

Room amenities: 77 Double cabins all with shower and toilet, TV, Hairdryer, Safe

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Seven: Friday, September 13 - Avignon - Viviers
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Field Trip: Explore the medieval city of Avignon with your local guide on foot. Free Time or Optional Tour: The Palais des Papes.Take some time for individual exploration of the town. You may remain with the group for a walking tour of the austere and imposing Palais des Papes where we learn about the history of the papacy in Avignon. If time allows you can then individually visit the Saint Benezet Bridge, known as "Le Pont d'Avignon", made famous by a children's song.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: As you cruise northward on the Rhone your Group Leader will present a lecture on Provence through the centuries, revealing a melting pot of civilizations.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Evening: Enjoy an optional group activity

Lodging: M.S.Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Built in 1999. Length 110 meter. Width 11 meters. Accommodates 125 passengers

Room amenities: 77 Double cabins all with shower and toilet, TV, Hairdryer, Safe

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Eight: Saturday, September 14 - Viviers - Tain
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Coach departs for Marsanne. Field Trip: This morning you have the opportunity to visit rural Provence and breathe in the country air at the beautiful family gardens of "Jardin aux abeilles" in Marsanne. En route to rejoin the boat in La Voulte you will stop in Cliousclat, a scenic village specializing in traditional pottery.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon lecture focused on the history of the great wine regions along the Rhone. After arrival in Tain l'Hermitage you will walk with your Group Leader to a small wine cellar and taste some of the regional wines paired with local specialties.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: M.S.Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Built in 1999. Length 110 meter. Width 11 meters. Accommodates 125 passengers

Room amenities: 77 Double cabins all with shower and toilet, TV, Hairdryer, Safe

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Nine: Sunday, September 15 - Vienne - Lyon
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Take a short walk along the bridge that connects Vienne and visit the Roman Temple of Augustus. After returning to the ship, we will coach to the Gallo Roman museum.Visit Vienne Museum de Saint - Romain-en gal. On site Lecture/ Field trip: "Roman Vestiges of the Northern Rhone" Explore the Saint Romain en Gal museum and archaeological site and learn about the everyday life of the ancient Romans. Then continue on to the Chaponost Aqueduct where you will marvel at the amazing beauty and technology created more than 2000 years ago.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant on Fourvière hill in Lyon

Afternoon: Field Trip: This afternoon move ahead in time and look at urban development in the Middle Ages and explore Lyon. This UNESCO World Heritage city sits at the confluence of two great rivers, the Saône and Rhône, and has long been at the center of European trade because of its strategic location. Walk through Old Lyon and admire the architecture, hidden traboules and alleyways of one of the great Renaissance sites in France.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Evening: This evening boat departs from Lyon to Trevoux

Lodging: M.S.Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Built in 1999. Length 110 meter. Width 11 meters. Accommodates 125 passengers

Room amenities: 77 Double cabins all with shower and toilet, TV, Hairdryer, Safe

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Ten: Monday, September 16 - Monastic Tournus and the Vineyards of Burgundy
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Your Group Leader will present a lecture on the history of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy and the history of France from the fall of the Roman Empire to 1477.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Field Trip: This afternoon you will explore the monastic city of Tournus and learn about the role of monasteries in the wine trade. Then travel to a family vineyard where you will have the opportunity to taste the great wines of southern Burgundy and talk with a Cellar Master about his work.

Dinner: Farewell dinner and evening celebration on board the barge.

Lodging: M.S.Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Marais, around the patio, forget the hustle and bustle of the city. Adjacent to the former royal hunting pavilion, the Villa Beaumarchais is able to offer you a charming stopover, an ideal Paris pied-à-terre.

Contact info:
5, rue des Arquebusiers
PARIS, 75003 France
phone: +33 1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com/EN/index.html

Room amenities: A/C. Fully equiped bathroom. Minibar.Wifi on demande. Safe.

Facility amenities: Air conditionning WIFI on demand. Conference room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: 160€ twin / 150€ single
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Tuesday, September 17 - The Fortified City of Beaune
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning leave your ship behind and head towards Paris, driving past some of the world's most renowned vineyards. Stop in Beaune for an educational stroll of the fortified city, capital of the Burgundy wine trade, and enjoy an on-site lecture at the famous Hospices de Beaune.

Lunch: Take this opportunity to have a quick lunch on your own before continuing on to Paris.

Afternoon: After lunch you will journey on to Paris and check in to your hotel.

Dinner: Dine at a local restaurant in Paris.

Lodging: VILLA BEAUMARCHAIS

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Marais, around the patio, forget the hustle and bustle of the city. Adjacent to the former royal hunting pavilion, the Villa Beaumarchais is able to offer you a charming stopover, an ideal Paris pied-à-terre.

Contact info:
5, rue des Arquebusiers
PARIS, 75003 France
phone: +33 1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com/EN/index.html

Room amenities: A/C. Fully equiped bathroom. Minibar.Wifi on demande. Safe.

Facility amenities: Air conditionning WIFI on demand. Conference room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: 160€ twin / 150€ single
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, September 18 - Medieval Paris and Île de la Cité
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: This morning, accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident, you will explore Medieval Paris and the "Île de la Cité".

Lunch: Today, lunch is on your own. It is your chance to be a Parisian for a day. Choose to eat on a terrace, in a cafe or just buy something from the local market and picnic along the Seine. Your Group Leader can assist you in making a good choice.

Afternoon: This is your chance to set your own schedule and expore the city on your own. Your Group Leader will provide suggestions for activities and general information.

Dinner: Tonight say goodbye to each other in style during a festive farewell dinner.

Lodging: VILLA BEAUMARCHAIS

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Thursday, September 19 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport for international flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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10 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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