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Program #18370RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Jul 11 — Jul 22, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, July 11 - Travel to France
In Transit: Flights depart the U.S.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Printania Hotel is located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Each of the hotel bedrooms are individual in style and size, all retaining the original charm and character of a past era. The hotel is full of original decor and artifacts which only enhance the atmosphere of the establishment. As soon as you set foot in the foyer of the Printania you will discover a warm atmosphere with regional furniture and a fine collection of Henriot Quimper porcelain. At the Printania you can enjoy breakfast in the terrace conservatory with its hundred-year-old palm trees dating from the Colonial Exhibition in 1906. Relax in the evening in the lounge, decorated in the style of Napoleon III, with a piano for guests. Discover a varied collection of paintings by regional artists as you walk around the corridors of the Museum Hotel, including etchings by Patrice Morvan, and frescoes by Jim-E-Sevelec in the dining room.

Contact info:
5 Avenue George V
Dinard, 35800 France
phone: +33 2 99 46 13 07
web: printaniahotel.com/index_en.php

Room amenities: Private bathroom with a bathtub or shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, complimentary newspaper, free Wi-Fi, phone

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and luggage storage is possible at the 24-hour reception. There is a safe-deposit box at the front desk. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, en-suite facilities, and flat screen televisions. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the small harbor below. Private car parking is available. There are three restaurants on site, each with their own style and presentation. The Printania produces a selection of regional menus, served by staff in traditional Breton costume. La Passerelle is an intimate bistro, while La Gonelle specializes in fish dishes, that you can choose direct from the vivier (aquarium). All the restaurants have incredible views over the bay.

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

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, July 12 - Arrival in Rennes and transfer to Dinard
Morning: Arrivals at the Rennes airport and transfer to the program hotel in Dinard. This transfer is approximately 80 km and will take about an hour.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. We will gather in our private meeting room at 6:00 pm 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: Hotel Printania

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Printania Hotel is located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Each of the hotel bedrooms are individual in style and size, all retaining the original charm and character of a past era. The hotel is full of original decor and artifacts which only enhance the atmosphere of the establishment. As soon as you set foot in the foyer of the Printania you will discover a warm atmosphere with regional furniture and a fine collection of Henriot Quimper porcelain. At the Printania you can enjoy breakfast in the terrace conservatory with its hundred-year-old palm trees dating from the Colonial Exhibition in 1906. Relax in the evening in the lounge, decorated in the style of Napoleon III, with a piano for guests. Discover a varied collection of paintings by regional artists as you walk around the corridors of the Museum Hotel, including etchings by Patrice Morvan, and frescoes by Jim-E-Sevelec in the dining room.

Contact info:
5 Avenue George V
Dinard, 35800 France
phone: +33 2 99 46 13 07
web: printaniahotel.com/index_en.php

Room amenities: Private bathroom with a bathtub or shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, complimentary newspaper, free Wi-Fi, phone

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and luggage storage is possible at the 24-hour reception. There is a safe-deposit box at the front desk. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, en-suite facilities, and flat screen televisions. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the small harbor below. Private car parking is available. There are three restaurants on site, each with their own style and presentation. The Printania produces a selection of regional menus, served by staff in traditional Breton costume. La Passerelle is an intimate bistro, while La Gonelle specializes in fish dishes, that you can choose direct from the vivier (aquarium). All the restaurants have incredible views over the bay.

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

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, July 13 - Dinard and Dinan
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning walking tour of Dinard led by your Study Leader.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Depart by coach for a guided visit through the medieval town of Dinan. Later on, enjoy apple tasting at the Musée du Cidre in Pleudihen sur Rance.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Printania

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Printania Hotel is located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Each of the hotel bedrooms are individual in style and size, all retaining the original charm and character of a past era. The hotel is full of original decor and artifacts which only enhance the atmosphere of the establishment. As soon as you set foot in the foyer of the Printania you will discover a warm atmosphere with regional furniture and a fine collection of Henriot Quimper porcelain. At the Printania you can enjoy breakfast in the terrace conservatory with its hundred-year-old palm trees dating from the Colonial Exhibition in 1906. Relax in the evening in the lounge, decorated in the style of Napoleon III, with a piano for guests. Discover a varied collection of paintings by regional artists as you walk around the corridors of the Museum Hotel, including etchings by Patrice Morvan, and frescoes by Jim-E-Sevelec in the dining room.

Contact info:
5 Avenue George V
Dinard, 35800 France
phone: +33 2 99 46 13 07
web: printaniahotel.com/index_en.php

Room amenities: Private bathroom with a bathtub or shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, complimentary newspaper, free Wi-Fi, phone

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and luggage storage is possible at the 24-hour reception. There is a safe-deposit box at the front desk. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, en-suite facilities, and flat screen televisions. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the small harbor below. Private car parking is available. There are three restaurants on site, each with their own style and presentation. The Printania produces a selection of regional menus, served by staff in traditional Breton costume. La Passerelle is an intimate bistro, while La Gonelle specializes in fish dishes, that you can choose direct from the vivier (aquarium). All the restaurants have incredible views over the bay.

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

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, July 14 - Saint Malo
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Saint Malo. The town was originally built as a walled citadel guarding the mouth of the Rance river and was the home of pirates for centuries. With your expert guide visit the ramparts and the old town of Saint Malo, including Saint Vincent Cathedral, the burial place of Jacques Cartier. During an on-site lecture, learn about famous characters from Saint Malo: Surcouf, the Corsair; Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada; and Chateaubriand, the French writer. You will also visit "Maison du Corsaire" (the privateer's house). Here you will discover the hidden staircases, the stately panelled salons, the cellars used as a prison during the French Revolution, and the collection of weapons, chests, documents and coins from the early 18th century.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore the charming town of Saint Malo before your coach returns to your hotel in Dinard.

Dinner: On your own to sample local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Printania

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Printania Hotel is located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Each of the hotel bedrooms are individual in style and size, all retaining the original charm and character of a past era. The hotel is full of original decor and artifacts which only enhance the atmosphere of the establishment. As soon as you set foot in the foyer of the Printania you will discover a warm atmosphere with regional furniture and a fine collection of Henriot Quimper porcelain. At the Printania you can enjoy breakfast in the terrace conservatory with its hundred-year-old palm trees dating from the Colonial Exhibition in 1906. Relax in the evening in the lounge, decorated in the style of Napoleon III, with a piano for guests. Discover a varied collection of paintings by regional artists as you walk around the corridors of the Museum Hotel, including etchings by Patrice Morvan, and frescoes by Jim-E-Sevelec in the dining room.

Contact info:
5 Avenue George V
Dinard, 35800 France
phone: +33 2 99 46 13 07
web: printaniahotel.com/index_en.php

Room amenities: Private bathroom with a bathtub or shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, complimentary newspaper, free Wi-Fi, phone

Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and luggage storage is possible at the 24-hour reception. There is a safe-deposit box at the front desk. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, en-suite facilities, and flat screen televisions. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the small harbor below. Private car parking is available. There are three restaurants on site, each with their own style and presentation. The Printania produces a selection of regional menus, served by staff in traditional Breton costume. La Passerelle is an intimate bistro, while La Gonelle specializes in fish dishes, that you can choose direct from the vivier (aquarium). All the restaurants have incredible views over the bay.

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

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, July 15 - Mont Saint Michel and Cancale
Note: At Mont Saint Michel, there is a walk of 0.56 mile from the bus car park to the shuttle (each way) and many flights of steep steps to climb, as well as dark and narrow passages in the Abbey. Bring a small flashlight and if needed, a collapsible, rubber-tipped walking stick or cane.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart for a field trip to Mont Saint Michel. Discover the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the most remarkable examples of medieval religious and military architecture. It was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. During an on-site lecture, learn about the unique character of Mont Saint-Michel's abbey and surrounding bay in an onsite lecture.

Lunch: On your own in Mont St. Michel.

Afternoon: Visit Cancale, a typical fishing harbor, and then visit a marine farm. Discover the “savoir-faire” and maritime history of the region. On-Site Lecture: Learn about oyster breeding and the local tradition and taste them fresh from the sea. Afterwards, return to Dinard.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a performance of traditional Celtic music and dance.

Lodging: Hotel Printania

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, July 16 - Departure to Caen via Dol-de-Bretagne and Bayeux
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Departure by coach to Dol-de-Bretagne and enjoy a lecture about Obelix and Asterix.

Lunch: At a local farm house inn featuring typical local Normandy specialties.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to examine the Bayeux Tapestry, a lively description of the Middle Ages that describes the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is nearly 230 feet long and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The actual origins of the tapestry remain a mystery, but legend has it that William's wife Mathilda and her ladies-in-waiting embroidered it. Visit the museum using personal audio guide, and watch a film in English about the making of the Tapestry. Afterwards, board your coach and arrive in Caen, your home for the next three nights.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, July 17 - Caen and WWII Landing Beaches
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Vierville Sur Mer. This morning we explore the landing sites of WWII in a very unique way using period vehicles. Start the morning at Point du Hoc to learn about the preparation to D-Day and the bombing leading up to the troop arrivals. Enjoy a lecture on D-Day landing beaches and learn about how the US troops stormed Omaha beach. We will visit the landing beach at Omaha and learn about how the beach head was taken with great sacrifice of US troops. We see and discuss many of the remaining gun positions that survive still today. We leave Omaha Beach and pay our respects to the fallen soldiers at the US WWII war cemetery. Here we have a brief ceremony. The morning ends in Arromomanche to see the remnants of the Articial Harbor built by the troops to unload the equipment that won the war for the allies.

Lunch: At Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: Later we take an excursion to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to WWII soldiers was built. The children will have apple juice to drink. Later this afternoon, the coach will depart to Bayeux.

Dinner: At a creperie in Bayeux to learn about Breton tradition. We will then return to the hotel in Caen.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, July 18 - Caen and the Caen Memorial
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a journey on-board a little train for an overview of Caen.

Lunch: In Caen. You will receive money for lunch. Your challenge will be to read the menu and order in French. Try not to use your French dictionary or guidebook unless absolutely necessary. When the group reconvenes you will be able to brag about your proficiency and perhaps chuckle over some of your unavoidable blunders!

Afternoon: Depart by coach to the Caen Memorial. We will watch a movie on D-Day. An on-site lecture will discuss World War II and the American allies. Adults will go through the memorial with audioguides.

Dinner: On your own to sample local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

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 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: 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 Nine: Sunday, July 19 - Rouen, Giverny and Paris
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Check out of your hotel and depart by coach to Rouen. We will take a field trip on foot in the city of Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. Here you will visit Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral (painted by Monet), the flamboyant gothic church of Saint Maclou, the old market square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, and the charming cobbled streets of the Middle Ages.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Continue on by coach to Giverny. Field Trip: visit Claude Monet's house and gardens. The house is pink stucco, just like when Claude Monet lived there (1883-1926). The gardens are a rectangular “Clos Normand” offering, from spring to autumn, a palette of varying colors of the painter-gardener who was ecstatic about flowers. Walk through a tunnel to the site of the Water Lilies, a water garden with the famous Japanese bridge, wisteria, azaleas and pond which inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies. On Site Lecture: Learn about Monet and the Impressionists and then test your knowledge with a quiz on Monet for the grandchildren. Board your coach for the short drive to Paris, your home for the next three nights.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Embark on a boat cruise on the river Seine and discover the many different bridges of Paris and their history.

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: 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 Ten: Monday, July 20 - Iconic Paris: Ile de la Cité, Louvre Museum and t...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Explore the Ile de la Cité, the medieval center of Paris. See the famous cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and visit its archeological crypt.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Scavenger Hunt at the Louvre: Enjoy a unique discovery of the Louvre, one of the most important collections of art in the world. You will divide into teams and be given a list of masterpieces to find. This treasure hunt is both an adventure and an opportunity to learn about many different periods and styles of art. Field Trip: Walk through the Tuileries Garden which was created by Catherine de Medici in the 16th century. It became a public park after the French Revolution.

Dinner: In a restaurant near the Eiffel Tower.

Evening: Enjoy an evening illumination drive and a visit to the Eiffel Tower.

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: 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: Tuesday, July 21 - Versailles and Montmartre
Note: Use of the Paris Metro

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Departure by coach for your field trip to the Château de Versailles. Lecture (on bus): "The Truth About Life in the Court of Louis the XIV Versailles" Learn the realities of what life was like in the palace of Versailles at the time of Louis XIV. At the Château de Versailles, we will explore the state apartments of the royal palace and learn about the daily life in the time of the Sun King. We will also wander in the Versailles gardens designed by Le Notre.

Lunch: On your own in the château gardens.

Afternoon: In a guided walk tour, explore Montmartre, a place haunted by impressionist painters in the 19th century. Take the funicular to go up the hill and visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, built from 1875 to 1919, and admire its stunning mosaic ceiling, marble sculptures, and stained-glass windows. Discover Montmartre while doing a treasure hunt. In order to find the “treasure," you will have to solve enigmas scattered in different places on the hill (small teams will be made out of the group). Return to your hotel on the Paris metro.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with a local French family.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twelve: Wednesday, July 22 - Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Group departure transfer by coach to Charles de Gaulle 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

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Included
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10 nights of accommodations
22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
22 Field trips
1 Performances

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