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Itinerary for Jul 24 — Aug 2, 2015

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Day One: Friday, July 24 - Departure to London
Depart From: International flight to London.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located right on the River Thames in the heart of London, The Tower Hotel benefits from panoramic views over Tower Bridge, The River Thames and St Katherine Docks. The Tower Hotel is right next door to two World Heritage Sites - Tower Bridge & The Tower of London

Contact info:
St Katherine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 871 376 9036
web: www.guoman.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial telephone. Tea and coffee making facilities, flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Mini bar, in room safe, BT Openzone Wi-Fi. Trouser press.

Facility amenities: Every room at The Tower hotel is air-conditioned, en-suite and has BT Openzone wireless internet access: your room rate also includes free use of our gym facilities, with room service available 24 hours a day. The Brasserie Restaurant. Xi Bar and Lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, July 25 - Arrival in London: Welcome and Orientation
Afternoon: Transfers to the hotel. Upon arrival, check in and take the afternoon to unpack and to relax. We will gather in the hotel lobby before walking the short distance to a local restaurant 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.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: The Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located right on the River Thames in the heart of London, The Tower Hotel benefits from panoramic views over Tower Bridge, The River Thames and St Katherine Docks. The Tower Hotel is right next door to two World Heritage Sites - Tower Bridge & The Tower of London

Contact info:
St Katherine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 871 376 9036
web: www.guoman.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial telephone. Tea and coffee making facilities, flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Mini bar, in room safe, BT Openzone Wi-Fi. Trouser press.

Facility amenities: Every room at The Tower hotel is air-conditioned, en-suite and has BT Openzone wireless internet access: your room rate also includes free use of our gym facilities, with room service available 24 hours a day. The Brasserie Restaurant. Xi Bar and Lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, July 26 - Panoramic Tour & The Victoria and Albert Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a panoramic overview of London's monuments and most famous sights. Your London expert will discuss the city's history, as well as its architecture throughout the ages. We will also pay a visit to The Victoria & Albert Museum, a stunning collection of over 4.5m artifacts.

Lunch: At a local pub.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon free for independent exploration. Your group leader will be available to make suggestions or you may join your Group Leader for a discovery walk to further explore London. We suggest visiting the Courtauld Gallery. The art collection at the Institute was begun by its founder, Samuel Courtauld, who presented an extensive collection of mainly French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in 1932. His collection included such masterworks as Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and a version of his Déjeuner sur l'Herbe, Renoir's La Loge, landscapes by Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, a ballet scene by Edgar Degas and a group of eight major works by Cézanne. In total, the Gallery contains some 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located right on the River Thames in the heart of London, The Tower Hotel benefits from panoramic views over Tower Bridge, The River Thames and St Katherine Docks. The Tower Hotel is right next door to two World Heritage Sites - Tower Bridge & The Tower of London

Contact info:
St Katherine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 871 376 9036
web: www.guoman.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial telephone. Tea and coffee making facilities, flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Mini bar, in room safe, BT Openzone Wi-Fi. Trouser press.

Facility amenities: Every room at The Tower hotel is air-conditioned, en-suite and has BT Openzone wireless internet access: your room rate also includes free use of our gym facilities, with room service available 24 hours a day. The Brasserie Restaurant. Xi Bar and Lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, July 27 - Discover St Paul's Cathedral and The National Por...
Note: This day includes use of the Undergound in London. 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. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will begin by taking the world famous London Underground to the imposing St. Paul's Cathedral. Considered to be Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece and the tranquil interior is majestic in its Baroque splendour. From St. Paul's we will then travel to the National Portrait Gallery. Spanning six centuries of history, the Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life. From Elizabeth I and Henry VIII to Shakespeare, Cromwell, Nelson, Dickens, Churchill and Beckham, gain an overview of the Collection seeing the highlights on display.

Lunch: At or near the Gallery.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon free for independent exploration. Your group leader will be available to make suggestions or please join your Group Leader to visit the National Gallery London. The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Later on, walk through St James' Gardens , the Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, and Embankment.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located right on the River Thames in the heart of London, The Tower Hotel benefits from panoramic views over Tower Bridge, The River Thames and St Katherine Docks. The Tower Hotel is right next door to two World Heritage Sites - Tower Bridge & The Tower of London

Contact info:
St Katherine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 871 376 9036
web: www.guoman.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial telephone. Tea and coffee making facilities, flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Mini bar, in room safe, BT Openzone Wi-Fi. Trouser press.

Facility amenities: Every room at The Tower hotel is air-conditioned, en-suite and has BT Openzone wireless internet access: your room rate also includes free use of our gym facilities, with room service available 24 hours a day. The Brasserie Restaurant. Xi Bar and Lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, July 28 - Discover Kensington Palace and Hyde Park
Note: This day includes use of the Undergound in London. 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. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will start the morning with a special presentation from former Royal Protection Officer Ken Wharfe titled, "Diana, glimpses of a Modern Princess." This SAS trained officer was chosen to head up the security for the Queen’s grandchildren, heir apparent Prince William and Prince Harry who as children, affectionately called him ‘Uncle Ken’. A year later in 1987 he was appointed a Personal Protection Officer to the Princess of Wales. Just months after Diana’s death in Paris on August 31 1997, Inspector Wharfe was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and made a Member of the Victorian Order, a personal gift of the Sovereign for his loyal service to her family. Later, we will make our way by coach to Kensington Palace. As part of Kensington's transformation, Victoria Revealed, an exciting new permanent exhibition explores Queen Victoria's life and reign through her own words. Experience Victoria's first day as Queen at Kensington Palace, the romance of her early relationship with Prince Albert, moments of family life, and aspects of Albert's involvement in the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made by your group leader. You may also join your group leader for a discovery walk in the Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. We will take public transport back to the hotel. We suggest visiting Tate Gallery. The gallery opened on July 21, 1897 as the National Gallery of British Art, but became commonly known as the Tate Gallery, after its founder Sir Henry Tate. It houses a substantial collection of J.M.W. Turner's works.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: The Tower Hotel

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 neighbourhood 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 1 56 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: The rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a mini-bar, and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar / lounge, laundry services, WiFi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: .
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Wednesday, July 29 - Depart London and Eurostar Train to Paris / L'il...
Note: This day includes use of the Undergound in London and the Metro in Paris. 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. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.

Breakfast: Early breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer from the hotel in London to the train station for your Eurostar train to Paris. The journey takes about three hours and luggage service is available on arrival and at the hotel. The coach will drop you off at the restaurant and the luggage assistant will take luggage and carry-ons to the rooms at the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discover L'Ile de la Cité. On this two hour tour, led by your local expert, you will learn about and explore Gothic Paris with visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie (where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned before her death by guillotine) and the exquisite Sainte Chapelle. Afterwards, you will check in at the hotel and have some time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

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 neighbourhood 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 1 56 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: The rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a mini-bar, and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar / lounge, laundry services, WiFi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: .
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Thursday, July 30 - Orsay Museum and Independent Exploration
Note: This day includes use of the Metro in Paris. 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. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With your Paris expert guide, explore the World's largest Impressionist painting collection at the musée d'Orsay.

Lunch: At the musée d'Orsay restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. The group leader will provide recommendations for activities and maps will be provided.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 neighbourhood 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 1 56 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: The rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a mini-bar, and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar / lounge, laundry services, WiFi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: .
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Friday, July 31 - The Food Culture of Paris and The Rodin Museum an...
Note: This day includes use of the Metro in Paris. 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. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore the market and food culture of Paris. Discover small shops while learning and tasting some incredible local flavors in a typical Parisian neighborhood.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take the metro to explore the musée Rodin, rated as one of the most enjoyable museums in Paris. The museum boasts the best collection of works by the sculptors Pierre August Rodin and Camille Claudel. It features an indoor museum and a lovely outdoor garden. We will then take the metro back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 neighbourhood 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 1 56 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: The rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a mini-bar, and a safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar / lounge, laundry services, WiFi in the lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: .
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Saturday, August 01 - Paris: the Louvre and Montmartre
Note: This day includes use of the Metro in Paris. 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. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take the metro to enjoy an on-site presentation of the Louvre. One of the largest museums in the world, the Louvre was once the royal residence of the kings of France and is now home to a collection of art unmatched by any other museum.

Lunch: On your own at the Louvre or at one of the restaurants near the museum. Alternatively, grab a sandwich at one of the local boulangeries and enjoy a leisurely walk in the Tuilleries Gardens where you can people watch on a park bench.

Afternoon: Meet your group leader for an optional visit to Montmartre. Included is a special visit to Place du Tertre and Sacre Coeur. The metro will be taken back to the hotel. You will have some leisure time before dinner. A bus will be taken to the farewell dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy the farewell dinner.

Evening: The coach will take you on a city lights tour during the return to the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, August 02 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Morning transfers from the hotel to the airport. 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


Free Time Opportunities


Paris
Musee Jacquemart-AndreThe Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. It has furniture, tapestries and enamels, but is most noted for its paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck and Italian Renaissance works by Bernini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Donatello, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian and Uccello. Don’t miss the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), with its marble statuary, tropical plants and double-helix marble staircase. Just off it is the delightful fumoir (the erstwhile smoking room) filled with exotic objects collected by Jacquemart during her travels. The salon de thé is one of the most beautiful in the city.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
Musee National du Moyen AgeThe National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two structures: the frigidarium (cooling room) and other remains of Gallo-Roman baths dating from around AD 200, and the late-15th-century Hôtel de Cluny, considered the finest example of medieval civil architecture in Paris. The spectacular displays at the museum include statuary, illuminated manuscripts, weapons, furnishings, and objets d’art made of gold, ivory and enamel. But nothing compares with La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn), a sublime series of late-15th-century tapestries from the southern Netherlands now hung in circular room 13 on the 1st floor. Five of them are devoted to the senses, while the sixth is the enigmatic À Mon Seul Désir (To My Sole Desire), a reflection on vanity.
For additional information, visit: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/
Musee de L’OrangerieLocated in the southwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, this museum, with the Jeu de Paume, is all that remains of the once palatial Palais des Tuileries, which was razed during the Paris Commune in 1871. It exhibits important Impressionist works, including a series of Monet's Decorations des Nymphéas (Water Lilies) in two huge oval rooms purpose-built in 1927 on the artist's instructions, as well as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Sisley, Soutine and Utrillo.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-orangerie.fr/
Rue du Faubourg Saint-HonoréThe rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in the 8th arrondissement. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.
London
British MuseumOne of London’s most visited attractions, the British Museum draws an average of five million punters each year. The museum was founded in 1753 following the bequest of royal physician Hans Sloane’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The collection opened to the public in 1759 and the museum has since kept ex-panding its collection through judicious acquisitions and the controversial plundering of imperialism. It has galleries devoted to ancient civilisations, from Egypt to Western Asia, the Middle East, the Romans and Greece, India, Africa, prehistoric and Roman Britain and medieval antiquities. One of its most famous items is the Rosetta Stone.
Buckingham PalaceBuilt in 1705 as Buckingham House for the duke of the same name, this palace has been the Royal Family’s London lodgings since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved in. You can always tell if the Queen is in residence, look at the flagpole on top of the Palace, if the flag is flying then 'the Queen is at home'! The Changing of the Guard in front of the palace is one of the most popular attractions in London. It happens on most days. The official start time is 11:30 a.m.
Tower of LondonThe Tower of London was started during the reign of William the Conqueror (1066–87). The Tower is in fact a castle and has served over the years as a palace, observatory, storehouse and mint, but it is most famous for its grizzly past as a prison and site of execution. The culmination of your tour will leave you at the Chapel Royal of St Peter in Chains, a rare example of ecclesiastical Tudor architecture and the burial place of those beheaded on the scaffold outside, most notably Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey. In the Waterloo Barracks you will see the Crown Jewels, including the Imperial State Crown, set with 2868 diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and pearls, and the platinum crown of the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth, which is famously set with the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) diamond. Surrounded by myth and legend, the 14th-century diamond has been claimed by both India and Afghanistan. It reputedly confers enormous power on its owner, but male owners are destined to die a tormented death.
Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey has never been a cathedral (the seat of a bishop). It's what is called a 'royal peculiar' and is administered directly by the Crown. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned here, with the exception of Edward V who was murdered and Edward VIII who abdicated before coronation. Look for the ordinary-looking Coronation Chair. The building is a mixture of architectural styles, considered the finest example of Early English Gothic in existence. The original church was built in the 11th century by King (later Saint) Edward the Confessor, who is buried in the chapel behind the main altar. Henry III began work on the new building in 1245 but didn't complete it; the French Gothic nave was finished in 1388. Henry VII's magnificent Late Perpendicular–style Lady Chapel was consecrated in 1519 after 16 years of construction. Apart from the royal graves (including most of the monarchs from Henry III to George II), many famous commoners were interred here, especially in Poets' Corner, where you'll find the resting places of Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Tennyson, Dr Johnson and Kipling as well as memorials to the other greats (Shakespeare, Austen, Brontë etc). Also in the abbey are the graves of Handel and Sir Isaac Newton.

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