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Adventures Afloat: Where France and Germany Meet: Alsace, the Rhine and Paris

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Program #19358RJ
14 Days | 13 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 Jun 7 — Jun 20, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, June 07 - Departures from the U.S.
Depart From: International flights to France.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, June 08 - Arrival and Orientation in Strasbourg
Arrive To: Flights arrive in Strasbourg in the late morning and early afternoon. Transfer by coach from the airport to the Strasbourg hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and take time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, June 09 - History of Franco-German Relations / Strasbourg M...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: There will be a presentation led by the guide on France, Germany, and the Rhine from ancient times up to the European Union.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the Palais Rohan. There will be a guided introduction and then you will have time for individual exploration of the Strasbourg City Museums: Fine Arts Museum, Decorative Arts Museum, and Archeological Museum.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

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

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, June 10 - City Walk / Palais de l'Europe
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a Strasbourg city walk that will take us to La Petite-France, a historic area, and to the Notre Dame cathedral.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for a tour of the Palais de l'Europe. You must bring your passport in order to enter. First, enjoy a visit of the Parliamentary Assembly's debating chamber. Next, there will be a conference discussing the Council of Europe's role in the European political arena. After our visit, you may enjoy some free time in Strasbourg or take the coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Léonard de Vinci is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2011. It is 105 meters long and can accommodate 144 passengers in its 72 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-leonard-de-vinci-2013

Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, and safe.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deckchairs, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Five: Wednesday, June 11 - Haut Koenigsbourg
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a field trip to the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a castle constructed strategically into the rocks and perched atop of the Vosges Mountains. We will then depart for Colmar.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Colmar.

Afternoon: We will explore Colmar, a charming town with half-timbered houses. After our visit, we will then depart by coach to board the ship in Strasbourg.

Dinner: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Lodging: MS Leonard de Vinci

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Léonard de Vinci is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2011. It is 105 meters long and can accommodate 144 passengers in its 72 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-leonard-de-vinci-2013

Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, and safe.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deckchairs, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Six: Thursday, June 12 - Heidelberg University and Castle
Breakfast: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Morning: We will travel by bus to the city of Heidelberg in Germany's Baden-Württemberg region. We will begin with a guided walking exploration of Heidelberg's old town, followed by a funicular ride up to the castle with admission to the castleyard. We will end with a walk around Heidelberg University and a guided visit of the student prison before returning to the ship.

Lunch: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Afternoon: There will be a lecture titled, "Towns, Printing and Protestantism in the Holy Roman Empire." Following this, enjoy a short walk in Eberbach before dinner.

Dinner: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Lodging: MS Leonard de Vinci

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Léonard de Vinci is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2011. It is 105 meters long and can accommodate 144 passengers in its 72 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-leonard-de-vinci-2013

Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, and safe.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deckchairs, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Seven: Friday, June 13 - Rüdesheim
Breakfast: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture titled, "The Rhine in the Imagination of Artists and Tourists."

Lunch: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Afternoon: We will take the Winzerexpress for a field trip to Rüdesheim. The Rheingauer Weinmuseum Brömserburg tells about the Rüdesheim area's 1,000 year wine growing history in the oldest castle in the Rhine Gorge. Later, enjoy a walking tour of Rüdesheim.

Dinner: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Evening: Take some free time to explore Drosselgasse, the heart of Rüdesheim's old town.

Lodging: MS Leonard de Vinci

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Léonard de Vinci is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2011. It is 105 meters long and can accommodate 144 passengers in its 72 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-leonard-de-vinci-2013

Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, and safe.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deckchairs, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Eight: Saturday, June 14 - The Romantic Rhine: From the Rock of the Lorelei ...
Breakfast: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Morning: We will begin with the Rock of the Lorelei. Lorelei is also the name of one of the beautiful Rhine Maidens who, legend has it, lured navigators of this river to their dooms with their alluring singing, much like the sirens of ancient Greek myth. Most famous is the poem, "Die Lore-ley" by Heinrich Heine, which tells of the titular female as a siren distracting shipmen with her singing, who then crash on the rocks in the riverbed. Heine's poem was labelled as "written by an unknown writer" during the Third Reich, because it was too popular to ban completely for its Jewish authorship.

Lunch: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to Cochem. The 1,000 year old castle is Cochem's famous landmark. The historical mustard mill, built around 1810, is the last one of its kind in Europe. Other places to see are the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen, St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery, and sections of the old town's walls.

Dinner: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Lodging: MS Leonard de Vinci

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Léonard de Vinci is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2011. It is 105 meters long and can accommodate 144 passengers in its 72 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-leonard-de-vinci-2013

Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, and safe.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deckchairs, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Nine: Sunday, June 15 - Viticulture in the Moselle Valley
Breakfast: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Morning: There will be a lecture titled, "The Roman Empire and its Borders."

Lunch: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Afternoon: We will explore viticulture in the Moselle Valley with a field trip to a local vineyard. Savor the taste of Reisling as a wine expert explains the unique aspects of this region's wines and lends insight into the daily lives of local vintners.

Dinner: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Lodging: MS Leonard de Vinci

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Léonard de Vinci is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2003 and refurbished in 2011. It is 105 meters long and can accommodate 144 passengers in its 72 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-leonard-de-vinci-2013

Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, and safe.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deckchairs, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Ten: Monday, June 16 - Trier and the Roman Empire
Breakfast: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a guided tour of Trier. Roman emperors have left us with considerable evidence of their occupation of this strategic site on the banks of the Moselle. Discover the Amphitheater, the Imperial Thermal Baths, and the Roman Basilica. You will also be able to admire the imposing Porta Nigra, the market place, the Dom, and numerous other marvels that the town of Trier has to offer. You will then have some free time to explore before returning to the ship by coach.

Lunch: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture titled, "Verdun and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in World War I."

Dinner: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Lodging: MS Leonard de Vinci

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 Eleven: Tuesday, June 17 - Oussaire de Douaumont / Meuse-Argonne American Ce...
Breakfast: On board the MS Léonard De Vinci.

Morning: We will disembark from the ship and travel to Paris by coach, stopping en route at the site of the Battle of Verdun, which was fought between French and German armies between February and December of 1916. We will then have a field trip to the Ossuaire de Douaumont, which serves as a sobering reminder of the huge losses during one of the most pivotal battles of the First World War on the Western Front. There will be a presentation titled, "The Heroism of a Verdun Warrior," which speaks of the life of Poilu during the battle.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will travel by coach to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. There will be an on-site lecture. We will then take the coach to Paris to check in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

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 Twelve: Wednesday, June 18 - The Occupation and Liberation of Paris / The Louv...
Note: Today's activities include use of the Paris metro. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take the Paris metro for an Occupation and Liberation tour.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will continue on for a field trip to the Louvre, using an audioguide created exclusively for Road Scholar participants, containing informative commentary by lecturers sharing their passion for highlights of the Louvre.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a Seine river cruise.

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 Thirteen: Thursday, June 19 - Île de la Cité
Note: Today's activities include use of the Paris metro. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident, walk through medieval Paris and the Île de la Cité to explore the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore one of the city's many great museums, beautiful gardens, or historic squares. Wander through the Marais district and discover beautiful Place des Vosges and the city's Jewish quarter, or perhaps climb the hill of Montmartre to visit the Sacre Coeur and have your portrait painted in the Place du Tertre.

Dinner: Farewell dinner.

Evening: Admire Paris through a city lights tour via coach.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Friday, June 20 - Departures from Paris
Breakfast: At the hotel.

In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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