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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Itinerary for Sep 12 — Sep 20, 2014

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Day One: Friday, September 12 - Departures from the U.S.A.
In Transit: International flight to France.

Day Two: Saturday, September 13 - Arrival in Paris: Welcome and Orientation
Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and independent transfers to the program hotel in Paris. Please note that rooms are not generally available until early to mid-afternoon, so you should plan to drop off your luggage at the hotel and then take some time to explore Paris or relax and have a leisurely lunch. Your Group Leader will be present to provide recommendations and directions.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. At 5:30 p.m., 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.

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Three: Sunday, September 14 - L'Île de la Cité
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Meet this morning with your group for a lecture focusing on the origins of Paris from Roman development through the Middle Ages. Afterward, enjoy a panoramic overview by coach of Paris' monuments and most famous sites, while your Paris expert continues a discussion of the city's history and its architecture throughout the ages. You will then return by coach to the hotel.

Lunch: On your own near Notre Dame Cathedral.

Afternoon: Led by your local expert, explore Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral. An on-site lecture will discuss medieval art and architecture on L'Île de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris.

Dinner: On your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Four: Monday, September 15 - The Latin Quarter and the Left Bank
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Your Paris guide will help you to experience the Latin Quarter as the students do. A location dominated by the Sorbonne, this special area is generally associated with intellectuals, artists, and a bohemian way of life.

Lunch: On your own in the Latin Quarter.

Afternoon: You may remain with your group leader and continue exploring the Left Bank with visits to St. Germain des Prés and St. Sulpice. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to head off on your own and discover the Jardins du Luxembourg with its puppet show and botanical garden with fruit trees and beehives.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: Your group will reconvene for an evening cruise along the Seine to view the magnificent illuminated monuments lining the river.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Five: Tuesday, September 16 - Parisian Market / The Marais Quarter / The Vosges...
Parisian Market / The Marais Quarter / The Vosges Royal Square and the Carnavalet Museum

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional Parisian open-air market. Here you will truly be able to experience the Paris of Parisians.

Lunch: Create a picnic lunch from the specialties you've gathered at the market or enjoy a meal at a nearby café.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity to explore the neighborhoods of the Marais district including what was historically the Jewish quarter, and perhaps browse Europe's largest collection of modern art at the Pompidou Center. Those who wish to remain with the group can enjoy a brief exploration of the Jewish quarter followed by a guided discovery of the Carnavalet Museum.

Dinner: This evening we divide into two groups for dinner. Group B will have dinner on their own. Group A will meet with a culinary artist-in-residence in her shop/studio where she will prepare dinner for the group. The next evening Group B will enjoy dinner with the culinary artist, and Group A will have dinner on their own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Wednesday, September 17 - Palais Royal / The Louvre
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a wonderful opportunity to head off on your own to discover the Champs Elysées or walk the famed Rue St-Honoré and see haute couture. Alternatively, explore the Palais Royal area with your Paris guide, discovering covered passageways, hidden courtyards, and learning about Paris through the centuries.

Lunch: On your own near the Louvre.

Afternoon: 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: This evening we divide into two groups for dinner. Group A will have dinner on their own. Group B will meet with a culinary artist-in-residence in her shop/studio where she will prepare dinner for the group.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Seven: Thursday, September 18 - 19th Century Art in Paris
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: At the Musée d'Orsay, you will discover one of the most extensive collections of Impressionist art in the world. Your local guide will discuss the importance of the works by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and many others as you walk through the galleries of this former railway station.

Lunch: On your own at or near the Musée d'Orsay. The museum itself has three options for dining, or you may choose to eat at a nearby brasserie.

Afternoon: Enjoy some time to further explore this area of the Left Bank known as St. Germain des Prés, or if you prefer, you may linger at the museum. Those who wish to remain with the group will continue on to Pont Alexandre III, followed by a discovery of Les Invalides, and Napoleon's church / tomb. Conclude your afternoon's exploration at the Rodin Museum and sculpture garden, where you will learn more about 19th and 20th century Impressionist masterpieces.

Dinner: On your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Eight: Friday, September 19 - Montmartre and the Orangerie Museum
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Led by your local expert, explore the collections of the Musée de l'Orangerie and view Monet's magnificent Nymphéas (Water Lilies).

Lunch: On your own in Montmartre.

Afternoon: In Montmartre, you will study the lives of artists in Paris and learn about Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in the community. You will have an opportunity to explore Place du Tertre, the tourist center of Montmartre, or visit Sacré Coeur Basilica. You may also walk around the neighborhood and discover the streets that inspired so many artists.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, September 20 - Departures from Paris
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel (depending on your departure time).

Morning: Individual departures to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. Your group leader will give you helpful information on getting to the airport and be available to assist you with arrangements if needed. 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

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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