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Adventures Afloat: In the Footsteps of the Great Masters: Impressionism Along the Seine

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Program #14662RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
500 feet is the highest elevation.

Itinerary for Oct 10 — Oct 21, 2014

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Day One: Friday, October 10 - Departures from the USA
Depart From: International flight to France.

Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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 rates and availability.


Day Two: Saturday, October 11 - Arrival and Orientation in Paris
Morning: Arrive in Paris and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and take some time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Study 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 restaurant near the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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 rates and availability.


Day Three: Sunday, October 12 - Impressionist Masterpieces at the Musée d'Orsay /...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Your Study Leader will take you to the Musée d'Orsay for an introduction to Impressionism focusing on the art created in Montmartre, Auvers, Giverny, Rouen, and Honfleur.

Lunch: At the Musée d'Orsay.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for the Musée Rodin where you will explore the Rodin Institute's Gardens featuring such famous sculptures as the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais among others. Your study leader will present an on-site lecture titled, "Pierre August Rodin: The Impressionist Influence on Sculpture." Afterwards, we will return by coach to the hotel. Take some time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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 rates and availability.


Day Four: Monday, October 13 - Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach to discover Auvers-sur-Oise and some of the sites that inspired Vincent Van Gogh's genius. Led by your Study Leader, stroll up to the cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother are buried.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Auvers-sur-Oise.

Afternoon: We will return to Paris by coach. Upon arrival, you may join your Study Leader for an optional guided tour of the Orangerie Museum, where you will view Monet's stunning water lily paintings, along with paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Modigliani, and many others. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time in Paris to relax or perhaps visit one of the many museums and historic sites.

Dinner: On your own to explore some of the many delightful culinary options in Paris.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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 rates and availability.


Day Five: Tuesday, October 14 - Artistic Life in Montmartre / The Louvre's Treasu...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach to explore Montmartre, the heart of the Parisian artistic movement, featuring the Sacré Coeur Basilica and Place du Tertre.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Montmartre.

Afternoon: Take some free time to continue your explorations of Paris or join the group for a self-guided visit of 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.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Six: Wednesday, October 15 - The School of Barbizon / The Château de Fontaineb...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check-out of the hotel and board the coach with your luggage to travel south of Paris to the village of Barbizon. The Barbizon School originally began as a movement among landscape painters, most famous being Rousseau, Millet and Corot, who came to find inspiration in the neighboring forest of Fontainebleau. Enjoy a visit to Millet's studio and the Musée de l'Ecole de Barbizon.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Barbizon.

Afternoon: We will travel a short distance to the Château de Fontainebleau. Started in the 16th century by King Francois I, this was one of the largest royal palaces in France and became one of Napoleon's favorite homes. We will return to Paris in the late afternoon to board the ship.

Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Seven: Thursday, October 16 - L'île de la Cité / Musée Marmottan
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval center of Paris, L'île de la Cité, where the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is located.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Paris or join your Study Leader for an optional guided tour of the Marmottan Museum. Housed in a 19th century townhouse, you will find approximately 65 paintings by the great impressionist Claude Monet. The piece of work which gave the art movement its name, "Impression, Soleil Levant," is located here, as well as paintings of Rouen Cathedral, Gare St. Lazare, scenes from Giverny, the London Houses of Parliament and, of course, water lilies.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Eight: Friday, October 17 - Giverny
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: Enjoy an onboard lecture titled, "The Impressionist Love Affair with Normandy."

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: Discover Monet's gardens in Giverny and the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Nine: Saturday, October 18 - Exploring Rouen / Cruising the Seine
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: As the boat cruises toward Rouen, enjoy a lecture led by your Study Leader titled, "The Seine River: An Inspiration to Paint Outdoors."

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: We will explore historic Rouen, its magnificent cathedral where Monet painted the effects of changing light, and its famous half-timbered houses. Your expert guide walks you through this unique city's history, taking time to pause at the site of the burning of Joan of Arc.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Ten: Sunday, October 19 - The Abbey of Saint Wandrille
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: Enjoy an onboard lecture on further study of impressionism.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: We will arrive in Caudebec around midday and a short distance away, you will find Fontenelle Abbey, or the Abbey of St Wandrille. Your local guide will take you through the monastery, founded in the first century by Wandregisel or Saint Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of St-Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. Following your tour of the abbey grounds, you will have the opportunity to attend mass with the Benedictine monks and experience the Gregorian chanting, or enjoy free time in Caudebec.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Eleven: Monday, October 20 - Honfleur / Eugène Boudin
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: Enjoy unique architecture during a tour of historic Honfleur. Learn why this city has one of the few remaining all wooden churches and the important role it had in the settlement of new France.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: Discover the Musée Eugène Boudin. Located in a 19th century chapel and two modern extensions, with views over Honfleur and the sea, the Eugène Boudin Museum, named after Honfleur's most famous painter, houses some 1,200 square meters of permanent exhibitions in nine rooms. On display are works by Eugène Boudin and other great impressionists: Dubourg, Monet, and Jongkind, many of whom stayed and worked at the Saint-Simeon farmhouse on the outskirts of Honfleur.

Dinner: Farewell dinner onboard.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Tuesday, October 21 - Departures
Breakfast: Early breakfast onboard the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: Transfer via coach to Charles de Gaulle Airport for departures. 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.

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