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Program #15617RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 Sep 21 — Oct 6, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.

Contact info:
85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 800-228-9290
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycws-new-york-marriott-downtown/

Room amenities: This hotel near Wall Street features 497 newly renovated guest rooms, including 7 suites. Hotel rooms offer the new Revive bed, 300 thread-count linens, down comforters and marble bathrooms. Some guest rooms offer views of the Statue of Liberty, New York City Harbor, or Wall Street. This downtown Manhattan hotel near Wall Street offers a state-of-the-art hotel fitness center. High-tech amenities include high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs in all guest rooms.

Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking, Beauty shop nearby (referral at front desk), Cash machine/ATM, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge Lounge Hours, Concierge desk, Evening turndown service, Florist, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Housekeeping service daily, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Newspaper in lobby, Phone calls: toll-free, Room service, 6:00 AM-12:00 AM, Safe deposit boxes, front desk, Valet dry-cleaning, Virtual Concierge Available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
TBD

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, September 21 - Arrival and Orientation in New York
Arrive To: Afternoon arrival in New York.

Afternoon: Meet with your group leader for your orientation. Discuss the program details, and enjoy your initial introduction to your fellow participants.

Afternoon: Check in at hotel and take some time to settle into your room before meeting for orientation.

Dinner: Be welcomed by your group leader for your Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Take this time to get to know your fellow participants better.

Lodging: New York Marriott Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, September 22 - Embarking on the Queen Mary 2
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Free morning: Take a few hours to explore the city and perhaps visit one of the many famous museums in New York.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the many culinary delights of New York.

Afternoon: Group transfer from your hotel to the Queen Mary 2 boarding dock. Take some time to unpack and familiarize yourself with the ship.

Dinner: Enjoy your first dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, September 23 - Crossing the Atlantic: The Prelude to Armageddon ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "The Prelude to Armageddon - 19th Century" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "World War One" led by your military history expert.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you may choose from among the many available activities on board. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, September 24 - Crossing the Atlantic: The Peace Conferences, Hit...
Crossing the Atlantic: The Peace Conferences, Hitler's Rise, Appeasement and the Path to Perdition

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "The Peace Conferences and the Rise of Hitler" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "Appeasement and the Path to Perdition" led by your military history expert.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you may choose from among the incredible variety of onboard activities. At 5:00 PM, join your group leader for a welcome cocktail party and your orientation to the Queen Mary II. Learn about the myriad of activities available to you each day.

Dinner: Join together for a group dinner at 6:00 PM in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, September 25 - Crossing the Atlantic: World War II in Europe / P...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "World War II in Europe" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "Planning and Deception" led by your military history expert.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you may take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available on board - or simply relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, September 26 - Crossing the Atlantic: German Forces and the Fren...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "The German Armed Forces on D-Day" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "The French Occupation and Resistance" led by your military history expert.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: You can grab a ticket for this afternoon's planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, September 27 - Crossing the Atlantic: Interpreting the Battlefie...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Morning lecture: "Interpreting the Battlefield" led by your military history expert. Discussion: this is time for you to share experiences of the war, ask questions and discuss the causes and ramifications of D-Day.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you can take time to enjoy onboard life and the many opportunities for education, games, socializing and relaxing.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, September 28 - Crossing the Atlantic: Preparing for D-Day Sites ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Your expert lecturer will lead a final discussion as you prepare to disembark and begin learning about World War II firsthand.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon take time to prepare for disembarking and perhaps enjoy a few final activities onboard.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the logistics of disembarking as well as what to expect during the UK and France component of your program.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Just a ten minute drive from Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and city center, this Portsmouth hotel is near a host of historic, cultural and shopping attractions. Discover Charles Dickens birth place or Portsmouth’s rich naval history at the Royal Naval Museum. Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and see Lord Nelson’s historic flagship HMS Victory. Enjoy an extensive choice of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities at Gunwharf Quays and views over Portsmouth from the Spinnaker Tower.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Eastern Road
Portsmouth, PO6 1UN UK:England
phone: +44 23 92 21 91 11
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-portsmouth-hotel-PORHNHN/index.html

Room amenities: 32-inch LCD flat screen TV and freeview channels, wireless internet access

Facility amenities: Bar, Beauty Salon, Foreign Currency Exchange, Laundry/Valet Service, Lounge, News Stand, Room Service, Fitness Room, Business Center, Meeting Rooms, Restaurant, Tennis Court, Pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, September 29 - D-Day Preparations in the U.K.
Note: The HMS Victory is a historic warship with very low ceilings, uneven flooring and steep staircases. It would be difficult for participants with limited mobility or any stability/balance difficulties to take part in this field trip. As an alternative, participants can walk around the historic dockyard during this time.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board before disembarking.

Morning: This morning transfer from Southampton Docks for full day sightseeing in Portsmouth, which is the second largest city in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Portsmouth is notable for being the United Kingdom's only island city; it is located mainly on Portsea Island. It is situated 64 miles south west from London and 19 miles south east of Southampton. As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

Lunch: Lunch at a local pub

Afternoon: Field trip "Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the HMS Victory": HMS Victory is currently undergoing a period of restoration and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world. The restoration of this fine ship is a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero, and his stunning victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Her topmasts and rigging have been struck, or taken down, and her planking is under investigation. This is nothing unusual as wooden ships like Victory needed constant care and attention from the day they were launched. These repairs are simply the latest in a long tradition of regular upkeep. The last time HMS Victory was seen without her top masts was back in 1944, so this really is a once in a life time opportunity to see HMS Victory under-going such extreme maintenance. Interestingly, with her topmasts down, Victory will look much as she did after the Battle of Trafalgar when she had to be towed to Gibraltar for repairs.

Afternoon: Field Trip "Royal Naval Museum": The Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s aim is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them. The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in the year 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th century. Today, the Fleet's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is, to a remarkable extent, the history of Britain.

Dinner: Enjoy a relaxing dinner after checking in at your hotel in Portsmouth..

Lodging: Hilton Portsmouth

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Villa Lara is a new boutique hotel in the historic centre of Bayeux, nestled in a quiet tree-lined square facing the 11th century majecstic Bayeux Cathedral and along the Aure River. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is 2 minutes' walk away. The 28 elegantly appointed rooms are in a French style with 8 different colour schemes. All the furniture is made by Moissonnier, a well known company founded in 1885, whose French cabinetmaking skills have been passed on down the generations.

Contact info:
6 Place du Quebec
Bayeux, France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 55
web: www.hotel-villalara.com

Room amenities: The luxury hotel features period-style furniture, a flat-screen TV, safe and a minibar. They have an individual color theme using neutral tones and printed fabrics. Each has a private bathroom with a marble floor, bathrobes, hair dryer and slippers.

Facility amenities: Room service, bar / lounge with a fireplace, air conditioned, non-smoking rooms, fitness room, meeting room, elegant breakfast buffet

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, September 30 - Ranville War Cemetery, Transfer to Bayeux
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: In the morning check out of the hotel and take the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, France. Take this time to reflect on the many soldiers who crossed these same waters on June 6th, 1944.

Lunch: Snack Lunch on board the ferry as you cross the English Channel.

Afternoon: Field trip and on-site lecture: "Explore the first action of D-Day" led by our local expert lecturer, the precision attack by elite glider borne forces on the two key bridges at Benouville now known as Pegasus and Horse Bridges. Discover the Ranville War Cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of British soldiers.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, depart Ranville for Bayeux and check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Lara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Villa Lara is a new boutique hotel in the historic centre of Bayeux, nestled in a quiet tree-lined square facing the 11th century majecstic Bayeux Cathedral and along the Aure River. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is 2 minutes' walk away. The 28 elegantly appointed rooms are in a French style with 8 different colour schemes. All the furniture is made by Moissonnier, a well known company founded in 1885, whose French cabinetmaking skills have been passed on down the generations.

Contact info:
6 Place du Quebec
Bayeux, France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 55
web: www.hotel-villalara.com

Room amenities: The luxury hotel features period-style furniture, a flat-screen TV, safe and a minibar. They have an individual color theme using neutral tones and printed fabrics. Each has a private bathroom with a marble floor, bathrobes, hair dryer and slippers.

Facility amenities: Room service, bar / lounge with a fireplace, air conditioned, non-smoking rooms, fitness room, meeting room, elegant breakfast buffet

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 01 - Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery
Note: World War II period trucks are used for transport along Omaha Beach; participants must climb and descend a short ladder in order to get in and out of the trucks. There will be assistants on hand for this, and the experience is highlight of the program and should not be missed. However, those with mobility limitations should keep in mind that the Omaha Beach experience does require some balance and the ability to get in and out of a period truck.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: On-Site Lecture/Field trip: This morning you climb into WWII period transport vehicles and embark on a journey leading you back to 1944. Our expert Dr Jean - Pierre Benamou leads you through the American landing on Omaha Beach.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in St Laurent.

Afternoon: Field trip: We start the afternoon by honoring fallen soldiers with a wreath laying ceremony at the US Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. For those with family or friends buried here we can arrange to visit their grave.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Calvados and Cheese Normandy's Pride. Sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Chateau d'Englesqueville, where the first US monument to WWII soldiers was built.

Dinner: Return to the hotel before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Lara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Villa Lara is a new boutique hotel in the historic centre of Bayeux, nestled in a quiet tree-lined square facing the 11th century majecstic Bayeux Cathedral and along the Aure River. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is 2 minutes' walk away. The 28 elegantly appointed rooms are in a French style with 8 different colour schemes. All the furniture is made by Moissonnier, a well known company founded in 1885, whose French cabinetmaking skills have been passed on down the generations.

Contact info:
6 Place du Quebec
Bayeux, France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 55
web: www.hotel-villalara.com

Room amenities: The luxury hotel features period-style furniture, a flat-screen TV, safe and a minibar. They have an individual color theme using neutral tones and printed fabrics. Each has a private bathroom with a marble floor, bathrobes, hair dryer and slippers.

Facility amenities: Room service, bar / lounge with a fireplace, air conditioned, non-smoking rooms, fitness room, meeting room, elegant breakfast buffet

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Wednesday, October 02 - Sainte-Mere-Eglise and Utah Beach
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer from the hotel to Sainte-Mère-Église and enjoy an on-site Lecture by Dr. Jean-Pierre Benamou. Later on attend a presentation about "The Landing at Utah Beach." You will also have time to explore the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Église on your own.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: On-site Lecture: "The Artificial harbor of Gold Beach" led by our expert lecturer. Drive along the British and Canadian beaches with JP lecturing en route. On arrival in Arromanches he'll give a brief talk about the mulberry harbors as you stand overlooking the remnants of them, then you'll go to the restaurant for lunch. Note that the restaurant is right across from the museum.

Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Lara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Villa Lara is a new boutique hotel in the historic centre of Bayeux, nestled in a quiet tree-lined square facing the 11th century majecstic Bayeux Cathedral and along the Aure River. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is 2 minutes' walk away. The 28 elegantly appointed rooms are in a French style with 8 different colour schemes. All the furniture is made by Moissonnier, a well known company founded in 1885, whose French cabinetmaking skills have been passed on down the generations.

Contact info:
6 Place du Quebec
Bayeux, France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 55
web: www.hotel-villalara.com

Room amenities: The luxury hotel features period-style furniture, a flat-screen TV, safe and a minibar. They have an individual color theme using neutral tones and printed fabrics. Each has a private bathroom with a marble floor, bathrobes, hair dryer and slippers.

Facility amenities: Room service, bar / lounge with a fireplace, air conditioned, non-smoking rooms, fitness room, meeting room, elegant breakfast buffet

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Thursday, October 03 - The Battle of the Hedgerows and the Bayeux Tapest...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip and Expert-led Lecture "Saint-Lô": Travel to Saint-Lô to explore the hedgerows, which proved to be a very unique and difficult obstacle for American soldiers. On site, your expert lecturer will discuss the significance of Saint-Lô to the war.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip "Bayeux Tapestry": This afternoon, return to Bayeux and discover the legendary Bayeux Tapestry that is part of UNESCO's "Memory of the World" registry. Take some time to linger over each of the 58 scenes which depict in exquisite detail the Norman invasion of England. Later, enjoy some time to explore Bayeux on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Villa Lara

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel 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 comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: http://www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Friday, October 04 - The Caen Memorial and Patton's March to Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip "Caen Memorial" and Transit to Paris: Check out of your hotel in Bayeux and board your group coach for Paris. Stop en route in Caen for an exploration of the incredible museum-memorial dediated to the examination of 20th century conflict and the achievement of peace. Watch the museum's video that delves into the emotions and horrors of war on both sides, and walk through the impressive collection and exhibits detailing the World Wars and the many ramifications of conflict.

Lunch: Lunch at the Caen Memorial

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Paris check in at your hotel and then take some time to relax and unpack.

Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel 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 comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: http://www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Saturday, October 05 - The Occupation and Liberation of Paris
Note: The field trip focused on Paris's occupation and liberation includes up to 2 1/2 miles of walking over the course of 2 hours, with some uneven ground. Participants who have difficulty walking a few miles at a moderate pace should plan independent activities in Paris in lieu of this field trip.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip and Expert-led Lecture " The Occupation and Liberation of Paris": With your local expert guide, discover areas of Paris under German occupation and discuss the resistance and liberation. Begin at the Hotel Meurice, once the German Headquarters, and end at the statue of Charles de Gaulle on the Champs Elysées.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to discover one of the many restaurants of Paris

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city on your own and visit one of its many famous sites or museums such as the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay. Alternatively, you may join your group leader and a local expert guide for an optional field trip to explore Ile de la Cite, the island on the Seine at the heart of Paris.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Field Trip "City of Lights": Following dinner enjoy a leisurely drive around the illuminated monuments in the City of Light.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Sunday, October 06 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departure flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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