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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
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Elevation Note
500 feet is the highest elevation.

Itinerary for Sep 5 — Sep 16, 2014

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Day One: Friday, September 05 - U.S.A. Bound for Paris
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.

Ship Information: N/A

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

Room amenities: The bedrooms include cable television, a complimentary newspaper, air-conditioning, a phone, internet access, a minibar, wake-up calls, a private bathroom, bathrobes, a hair dryer, pay-per-view movies, and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes buffet breakfasts, room service, air-conditioning, and WiFi.

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, September 06 - Arrival and Orientation in Paris
Arrive To: Arrive in Paris and transfer to the 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 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: 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.

Ship Information: N/A

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

Room amenities: The bedrooms include cable television, a complimentary newspaper, air-conditioning, a phone, internet access, a minibar, wake-up calls, a private bathroom, bathrobes, a hair dryer, pay-per-view movies, and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes buffet breakfasts, room service, air-conditioning, and WiFi.

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, September 07 - Impressionist Masterpieces at the Musée d'Orsay a...
Note: Today's activities include standing and walking in museums.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart the hotel for Musée d'Orsay. There will be an on-site lecture titled, "An Introduction to Impressionism at the Musée d'Orsay." Your study leader will take you on a tour focusing on the art created in Montmartre, Auvers, Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur, and Etretat- all sites that we will visit on the program. There will also be time for individual exploration.

Lunch: At the Musée d'Orsay.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to explore the sculptures in the Rodin Institute Gardens including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and other masterpieces. There will also be an on-site lecture titled, "Pierre August Rodin and the Impressionist Influence on Sculpture." Your study leader will guide your exploration of the museum's collections and discuss the significance of Rodin's work. You will then return by coach to the hotel where you will have time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: The coach will depart the restaurant for a drive around Paris to see monuments and lights before returning to the hotel.

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.

Ship Information: N/A

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

Room amenities: The bedrooms include cable television, a complimentary newspaper, air-conditioning, a phone, internet access, a minibar, wake-up calls, a private bathroom, bathrobes, a hair dryer, pay-per-view movies, and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes buffet breakfasts, room service, air-conditioning, and WiFi.

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, September 08 - Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise
Note: Today's activities include travel by coach.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart for Auvers-sur-Oise where we will discover 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 local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will return to Paris where you will be free to relax or to explore the city at your leisure. Perhaps you may want to visit the Orangerie or one of the many other museums and historic sites.

Dinner: On your own to discover the many culinary delights of 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.

Ship Information: N/A

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

Room amenities: The bedrooms include cable television, a complimentary newspaper, air-conditioning, a phone, internet access, a minibar, wake-up calls, a private bathroom, bathrobes, a hair dryer, pay-per-view movies, and an in-room safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes buffet breakfasts, room service, air-conditioning, and WiFi.

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, September 09 - Artistic Life in Montmartre / The Louvre's Treasu...
Note: Today's activities include significant walking. Please wear comfy shoes.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: There will be a field trip and a lecture titled, "Montmartre at the Heart of the Parisian Artist Movement," which will take you to the Sacré Coeur Basilica and Place du Tertre.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Montmartre.

Afternoon: Take some time to linger in Montmartre before a field trip to the Louvre. There will be a lecture titled, "The Louvre Royal Splendor and Treasure Cove." Your study leader will lead you through an introduction of the Louvre, which will then be followed by time for individual exploration. Afterward, the coach will bring you back to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Botticelli is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2004. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 154 passengers in its 75 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-botticelli-2013

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

Facility amenities: Lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, September 10 - En Plein Air: Painting at Etretat and Honfleur
Note: Today's activities include three hours of travel by coach.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for Normandy where we will board the ship (Approx. 3 hour drive) stopping en route to discover the beautiful white cliffs of Etretat, which were painted by Courbet and Monet among others.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will visit the Musée Malraux, which houses France's greatest collection of Impressionist works outside of Paris. We will then depart by coach for the ship in Honfleur.

Dinner: Welcome dinner and orientation onboard.

Lodging: MS Botticelli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Botticelli is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2004. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 154 passengers in its 75 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-botticelli-2013

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

Facility amenities: Lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, September 11 - Boudin / Historic Honfleur
Note: Today's activities include periods of walking and standing.

Breakfast: On board the MS Botticelli.

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 this city had in the settlement of new France.

Lunch: On board the MS Botticelli.

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 houses some 1,200 square meters of permanent exhibitions in nine rooms. Named after Honfleur's most famous painter, the museum has works on display by not only Boudin himself, but other great impressionists such as: Dubourg, Monet, and Jongkind.

Dinner: On board the MS Botticelli.

Lodging: MS Botticelli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Botticelli is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2004. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 154 passengers in its 75 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-botticelli-2013

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

Facility amenities: Lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone.

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


Day Eight: Friday, September 12 - The Abbey of Saint Wandrille / Historic Rouen
Note: Today's activities include periods of walking and standing. Please wear comfy shoes.

Breakfast: On board the MS Botticelli.

Morning: A field trip will take us a short distance from Caudebec, where we will find Fontenelle Abbey, or the Abbey of Saint 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 Saint Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. You will also have the option to attend mass with the Benedictine monks and experience the Gregorian chanting or you may choose to board the coach to enjoy some free time in Caudebec.

Lunch: On board the MS Botticelli.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture titled, "The Impressionist Love Affair with Normandy" led by your study leader. Next, we will take a field trip to explore historic Rouen, its magnificent cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light, and its famous half-timbered houses. Your expert guide will walk you through this unique city's history, while also taking time to pause at the Joan of Arc burning site.

Dinner: On board the MS Botticelli.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy an evening walk through the illuminated monuments in Rouen.

Lodging: MS Botticelli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Botticelli is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2004. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 154 passengers in its 75 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-botticelli-2013

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

Facility amenities: Lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone.

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


Day Nine: Saturday, September 13 - Rouen / Painting the Seine
Breakfast: On board the MS Botticelli.

Morning: Take some free time to explore Rouen at your own pace. You will also have the option this morning to join your study leader on a guided exploration of the Musée des Beaux Arts in Rouen.

Lunch: On board the MS Botticelli.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture titled, "The Seine River: An Inspiration to Paint Outdoors" led by your study leader.

Dinner: On board the MS Botticelli.

Lodging: MS Botticelli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Botticelli is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2004. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 154 passengers in its 75 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-botticelli-2013

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

Facility amenities: Lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone.

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


Day Ten: Sunday, September 14 - Monet's Gardens at Giverny
Note: Today's activities include travel by coach.

Breakfast: On board the MS Botticelli.

Morning: The coach will depart for Giverny where you will discover Monet's gardens and admire the stunning foiliage that inspired the great artist.

Lunch: On board the MS Botticelli.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture led by your study leader where you will further study the topic of Impressionism in Paris.

Dinner: On board the MS Botticelli.

Lodging: MS Botticelli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Botticelli is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2004. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 154 passengers in its 75 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-botticelli-2013

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

Facility amenities: Lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone.

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


Day Eleven: Monday, September 15 - The Heart of Paris: L'île de la Cité
Breakfast: On board the MS Botticelli.

Morning: The coach will depart for a walking tour discovery of Medieval Paris and L'île de la Cité. The coach will then return to the ship.

Lunch: On board the MS Botticelli.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon to explore Paris at your own pace or join your Study Leader for a 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 here, as well as paintings of Rouen Cathedral, Gare St. Lazare, scenes from Giverny, the London Houses of Parliament and, of course, water lilies. The coach will then return to the ship.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the MS Botticelli.

Lodging: MS Botticelli

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Tuesday, September 16 - Departures
Breakfast: On board the MS Botticelli.

Morning: Coach transfers to the airport for individual 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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