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Intergenerational in the City of Light: À la Découverte de Paris (Age 14-17)

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Program #17424RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Jun 29 — Jul 7, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, June 29 - Depart from USA for Paris
Depart From: Departures from the USA for Paris

Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Two: Sunday, June 30 - Arrival and Orientation
Arrive To: After your arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport you will transfer to your program hotel in Paris.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take time to settle in, then meet with your group for introductions and an orientation session.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Three: Monday, July 01 - Introduction to the French Language
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: The first lesson in a new country is to familiarize yourself with the language. Your local expert will give you a brief overview of the language and pronunciation and then focus on useful vocabulary and common phrases.

Lunch: After transfering to Montmartre, you will receive money for lunch. Your challenge is to read the menu and order in French.

Afternoon: After lunch continue to use your French skills - and bargaining skills! - as you find an artist to paint or draw your portrait in the Place du Tertre. Once you have mastered the French language (or at least learned how to order pommes frites!) you will then embark on an in-depth discovery of Montmartre. The area is famous for its many artists as well as for the white-domed Basilique du Sacre-Coeur that rests at the summit of the city's highest hill.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Four: Tuesday, July 02 - The Founding and History of Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning you will learn about French history during an on-site lecture and field trip to the very island where Paris was founded, the Ile de la Cite. You will discover the word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the Sainte Chapelle with its stunning stained glass windows. Also explore the Conciergerie, a former royal palace that was used as a prison during the French Revolution.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Take some time to explore Paris at your own pace. Your local expert will give you some suggestions and directions if needed.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Attend an evening performance to experience firsthand the dramatic and artistic atmosphere of the City of Lights.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Five: Wednesday, July 03 - The Louvre and the River Seine
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Learn about the rich history of art in France and the remarkable development of Impressionism in Paris. 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.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon, admire the monuments and architecture of the City of Lights by river cruise.

Dinner: Tonight you will dine with French residents and hear firsthand about life in France. Take some time to ask questions and have an in-depth discussion about the differences between your cultures.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Six: Thursday, July 04 - Impressionism: Monet's Gardens and the Musee d'Or...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning you will travel by bus to Giverny, where Claude Monet created and painted his incredible gardens. You will feel as if you have stepped right into one of the artist's famous water lily paintings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: At the Musee d'Orsay you will discover one of the greatest collections of Impressionist masterpieces in the world. As your local expert leads you through the galleries you will marvel at the bold brushstrokes and colors of works by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and many others.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Seven: Friday, July 05 - Modern Paris and French Baking
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Tour d'Eiffel. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. You will discover the original machine room, tour the first floor control room and - bien sur! - enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Lunch: Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, at a nearby cafe of your choice or picnic on the Champs des Mars.

Afternoon: Take the opportunity to see how REAL French bread is made and practice your baking skills as you create your own mouth-watering brioche. Take notes on making this delicious bread so that you can amaze your family and friends back home!

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Eight: Saturday, July 06 - Market Visit and Farewell to Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Visit one of the city's many open-air markets where you can browse the stalls and mingle with Parisians doing their morning shopping. Experience the sights, smells and delicious treats of the marche!

Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local cafe or restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore Paris at your own pace or join your expert instructor for an optional walking exploration of Pere Lachaise. This world-famous cemetery is the final resting place for legendary figures such as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison as well as many great French politicians, writers and performers such as Moliere, Edith Piaf and Marcel Marceau. A unique setting for a final French history lesson, to be sure!

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Tonight you bid farewell to Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, July 07 - Departures from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: Morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the USA

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Included
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7 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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