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Program #12417RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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Itinerary for Oct 2 — Oct 14, 2015

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Day One: Friday, October 02 - Departure from the U.S.
In Transit: International flights to France.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Appart-Hotel L'Atrium is located in downtown Aix-en-Provence and is just a short walk away from the Cours Mirabeau and La Rotonde. Renovated in 2013, It offers a peaceful and comfortable setting.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
15 cours Gambetta
AIX EN PROVENCE, 13100 France
phone: +33 4 42 99 16 00
web: http://www.odalys-vacances.com/location-campagne/provence-et-luberon/aix-en-provence/atrium.html?typevac=61&redir=true&tab=2

Room amenities: Each room has a refrigerator, microwave, bathroom with a hairdryer, ironing board, flat screen TV, television, WiFi and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes 24 hour reception, breakfast, laundry, WiFi access, and an Italian restaurant on the ground floor.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, October 03 - Arrival and Orientation in Aix-en-Provence
Arrive To: Arrive in Marseille and transfer to the program hotel in Aix-en-Provence.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and then take some time to rest and freshen up before orientation. 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 the hotel.

Lodging: APPART'HÔTEL ODALYS ATRIUM

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Appart-Hotel L'Atrium is located in downtown Aix-en-Provence and is just a short walk away from the Cours Mirabeau and La Rotonde. Renovated in 2013, It offers a peaceful and comfortable setting.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
15 cours Gambetta
AIX EN PROVENCE, 13100 France
phone: +33 4 42 99 16 00
web: http://www.odalys-vacances.com/location-campagne/provence-et-luberon/aix-en-provence/atrium.html?typevac=61&redir=true&tab=2

Room amenities: Each room has a refrigerator, microwave, bathroom with a hairdryer, ironing board, flat screen TV, television, WiFi and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes 24 hour reception, breakfast, laundry, WiFi access, and an Italian restaurant on the ground floor.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, October 04 - Cézanne in Aix
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a walking field trip around Aix-en-Provence to discover this historic city and heart of Provence. Discover the old religious and civil districts around the cathedral and the city hall, 17th and 18th century mansions' façades, typical squares with their fountains and the Cours Mirabeau.

Lunch: At a local bistro.

Afternoon: This afternoon there will be an on-site lecture titled, "In the Footsteps of Cézanne." Explore the artist's birthplace and the landscape that inspired many of his paintings. We will then take the coach to return to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: APPART'HÔTEL ODALYS ATRIUM

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Appart-Hotel L'Atrium is located in downtown Aix-en-Provence and is just a short walk away from the Cours Mirabeau and La Rotonde. Renovated in 2013, It offers a peaceful and comfortable setting.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
15 cours Gambetta
AIX EN PROVENCE, 13100 France
phone: +33 4 42 99 16 00
web: http://www.odalys-vacances.com/location-campagne/provence-et-luberon/aix-en-provence/atrium.html?typevac=61&redir=true&tab=2

Room amenities: Each room has a refrigerator, microwave, bathroom with a hairdryer, ironing board, flat screen TV, television, WiFi and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes 24 hour reception, breakfast, laundry, WiFi access, and an Italian restaurant on the ground floor.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, October 05 - The Classic Coastal Village of Cassis
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, the coach will depart to Cassis where you will discover the famous and unique calanques (deep narrow bays). Learn about their geological history and how they determined the way of living in this little Provençal village.

Lunch: At the old port.

Afternoon: The coach will transfer you back to Aix via the crest road. As you travel along, your guide will discuss the Mediterannean environment and the impact of civilization on the landscape. Upon your return, take the rest of the afternoon to explore Aix.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: APPART'HÔTEL ODALYS ATRIUM

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Mistral is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 825 33 37 77
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-mistral-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 with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, 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.


Day Five: Tuesday, October 06 - The Camargue Landscapes and Traditions
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, the coach departs Aix with luggage for Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. You will have an on-site lecture titled, "The Mythical Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer and the Camargue Landscapes and Traditions." You will learn about the traditions, wildlife and history of the Camargue: France's Wild West. Next, delight in a field trip to the Omithological Park where you will have a chance to get a glimpse of the marine birds that call this area home. Perhaps you will even spot the elusive pink flamingo!

Lunch: At Manade Cavallini, a typical ranch or bull farm located in the heart of the Camargue serving local specialties.

Afternoon: You will explore the manade and learn about daily life on the ranch, with its roots in the traditions and history of the Camargue. The coach will then transfer you to Martigues for boarding of the MS Camargue. Dinner and orientation will take place in the evening. Orientation will cover all safety aspects during the cruise, as well as drink cards, deposits for the TV remote, and a welcome dinner.

Dinner: Welcome cocktail and leisurely dinner and evening on the barge.

Lodging: MS Mistral

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Mistral is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 825 33 37 77
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-mistral-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 with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, 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.


Day Six: Wednesday, October 07 - Arles' Roman Roots
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning there will be a lecture titled, "Arles: France's Roman Roots in the South of France." A coach will transfer you to Arles to learn about the games enjoyed by the Romans in the amphitheater, a splendid and complex piece of architecture which still remains standing in the middle of the city. You will then have some free time to explore the market or other sites of interest in Arles.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon you have time to explore Arles on your own and perhaps take a moment to appreciate the Romanesque architecture represented in Saint Trophime church. For those of you who prefer to remain with the group, you can join your expert local guide for a walking discovery of Arles, which includes some of the sites that inspired Van Gogh.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: MS Mistral

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Mistral is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 825 33 37 77
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-mistral-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 with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, 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.


Day Seven: Thursday, October 08 - Avignon and the Palais des Papes
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning we will explore the medieval city of Avignon on foot. Enjoy a walking tour of the austere and imposing Palais des Papes, where we will learn about the history of papacy in Avignon. You may even get a chance to visit the Saint Benezet Bridge, known as "Le Pont d'Avignon," made famous by the children's song.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: As we cruise toward Viviers, enjoy a discussion about Provence through the centuries, revealing a melting pot of civilizations.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Enjoy an optional evening stroll in Viviers with your Group Leader.

Lodging: MS Mistral

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Mistral is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 825 33 37 77
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-mistral-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 with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, 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.


Day Eight: Friday, October 09 - Rural Villages and the Essence of Provence
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning you will have the opportunity to visit rural Provence and breathe in the country air at the beautiful family gardens of "Jardin aux Abeilles" (Garden of Bees) in Marsanne. En route to rejoin the boat in La Voulte, you will stop in Cliousclat, a town specializing in traditional pottery.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, there will be an on-board discussion titled, "The Wine Regions along the Rhone and the Origin of Wine." Later, we will take a field trip to a small wine cellar in Tain l'Hermitage where you will taste some of the regional wines paired with local specialties.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: MS Mistral

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Mistral is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 825 33 37 77
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-mistral-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 with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, 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.


Day Nine: Saturday, October 10 - The Northern Rhone and Historic Lyon
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, we will take a short walk along the bridge that connects Vienne to visit the Roman Temple of Augustus. We will then take the coach to the Gallo Roman museum. There will be a lecture titled, "Roman Vestiges of the Northern Rhône." Explore the Saint-Romain-en-Gal museum and archaeological site and learn about the everyday life of the ancient Romans. Then continue on to the Chaponost Aqueduct where you will marvel at the amazing beauty and technology created more than 2,000 years ago. Later on, the coach will depart for Lyon.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, move ahead in time and look at urban development in the Middle Ages and Renaissance as we explore Lyon, a world UNESCO heritage city. Lyon sits at the confluence of two great rivers: the Saône and Rhône. Long at the center of European trade due to its strategic location, the city serves as a midway point of France. Next, we will take the funicular down to Old Lyon for further exploration of the architecture, hidden traboules and alleyways of one of the greatest Renaissance sites in France. Later, enjoy some free time to explore Lyon.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: MS Mistral

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Mistral is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 825 33 37 77
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-mistral-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 with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, 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.


Day Ten: Sunday, October 11 - Monastic Tournus and the Vineyards of Burgundy
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Your Group Leader will present a lecture on the history of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy and the history of France from the fall of the Roman Empire to 1477.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: You will explore the monastic city of Tournus and learn about the role of monasteries in the wine trade. Then travel to a family vineyard where you will have the opportunity to taste the great wines of southern Burgundy and talk with a cellar master about his work.

Dinner: Farewell dinner and evening celebration on board.

Lodging: MS Mistral

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: Monday, October 12 - The Fortified City of Beaune
Breakfast: On board the MS Camargue.

Morning: This morning, leave your ship behind and head towards Paris, driving past some of the world's most renowned vineyards. Stop in Beaune for an educational stroll of the fortified city, capital of the Burgundy wine trade, and enjoy an on-site lecture at the famous Hospices de Beaune.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: As the coach travels to Paris, your group leader will talk about life as a French immigrant.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: Tuesday, October 13 - Medieval Paris and Île de la Cité
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident, you will explore medieval Paris and the Île de la Cité.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: The coach will transfer those who wish to return to the hotel. Those who desire to continue exploring the city may do so, but must make their own way back for dinner.

Dinner: The coach will transfer you to the farewell dinner a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a monument ride by bus around Paris after dinner to enjoy the "City of Light."

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Wednesday, October 14 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport for international flights. 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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