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Program #20953RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Oct 2 — Oct 11, 2015

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Day One: Friday, October 02 - Departure from the US
Depart From: Departures from the U.S. for overnight flight to London.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Three restaurants and one bar.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London, UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/

Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary depending on season
Please contact Road Scholar if seeking additional nights.


Day Two: Saturday, October 03 - Arrival in London: Welcome and Orientation
Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to pack and relax. 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.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Three restaurants and one bar.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London, UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/

Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary depending on season
Please contact Road Scholar if seeking additional nights.


Day Three: Sunday, October 04 - The Royal Collection
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Coach departs hotel for a panoramic overview of London's monuments and most famous sights. Your London Expert continues a discussion of the city's history, as well as its architecture throughout the ages.

Lunch: At a local pub.

Afternoon: Your afternoon is free for independent exploration. Your group leader will be available to make suggestions or please join your Group Leader for a discovery walk to continue exploring London. This afternoon perhaps you would want to visit the Courtauld Gallery whilst you are in the neighbourhood.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, which was enhanced by further gifts in the 1930s and a bequest in 1948. 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. Other paintings include van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Peach Blossoms in the Crau,[6] Gauguin's Nevermore and Te Rerioa, as well as important works by Seurat, Henri "Douanier" Rousseau, Toulouse-Lautrec and Modigliani. In total, the Gallery contains some 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Three restaurants and one bar.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London, UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/

Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary depending on season
Please contact Road Scholar if seeking additional nights.


Day Four: Monday, October 05 - Discover the National Portrait Gallery and the Na...
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 our lecture at the hotel and then take the underground line 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: Your afternoon is 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, Embankment. We will take public transport back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Three restaurants and one bar.

Contact info:
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London, UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/

Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary depending on season
Please contact Road Scholar if seeking additional nights.


Day Five: Tuesday, October 06 - 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 start the morning with a special presentation: Diana, glimpses of a Modern Princess. Later we 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.

Afternoon: The afternoon is 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. This afternoon, you perhaps would want to visit 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: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Wednesday, October 07 - Depart London and TGV Train to Paris / Musée d'Or...
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 TGV train to Paris. The journey takes about 3 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 the Musée d'Orsay restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the Musée d'Orsay. There we will explore the world's largest Impressionist painting collection. We will then check-in at the hotel. Take some time to unpack and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a city lights tour upon our return to the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Thursday, October 08 - Paris: Ile de la Cité and Free Time
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: Discover the 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the Ile de la Cité.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and the group leader will provide recommendations for activities and maps will be provided.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Friday, October 09 - The Food Culture of Paris / Rodin Museum and Gard...
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: This 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: This afternoon we will take the metro to explore the Musee Rodin, rated as one of the most enjoyable museum 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, showcasing Rodin's best work. We will then take the metro back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Saturday, October 10 - 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 your farewell dinner.

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

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, October 11 - Departure from Paris and return to the U.S.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Morning transfers from the hotel to the airport. Exact transfer time is subject to final flight departures to the U.S. and will be posted in your final mailing prior to the start of the program. 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


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.
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.

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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17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
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10 Field trips

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