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Program #20216RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 Nov 14 — Nov 25, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, November 14 - US Departure and Overnight Flight
In Transit: Overnight flight to Paris

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 before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for availability and rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, November 15 - Arrival in Paris and Program Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Paris CDG and transfer to the hotel. NOTE: Rooms may not be ready for all who are arriving early. Rooms will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Check in is generally after 12:00 noon.

Afternoon: Program Orientation at the hotel at 5 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner served at the hotel

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: 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 before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for availability and rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, November 16 - Gothic Paris - Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame and the...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris from Gothic to Modernist: Architecture." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Transfer to Ile de la Cite by metro or public bus Field Trip: No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The Jewel of Gothic Architecture, Notre Dame is the heart and life of Paris.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant near Notre Dame featuring French crepes

Afternoon: Field Trip Ile de la Cite: After lunch we explore the Ile de La Cite on foot and see some of the lesser visited streets known as the Ancien Cloître Quartier. Field Trip: The Sainte Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light, the Sainte Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant near the Eiffel Tower

Evening: Paris City Lights Tour by coach takes you by some of the best known monuments of Paris, depending on the time of year you may enjoy the view with the lights illuminating the monuments or it may still be light out.

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 before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for availability and rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, November 17 - Paris Royalty and the Belle Epoque - Versaille, ...
Paris Royalty and the Belle Epoque - Versaille, the Opera Garnier and a Classical Music Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field Trip: This morning enjoy an expert-led discovery of the Palace of Versailles, the French royal chateau from 1682 until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. The beautiful gardens of Versailles are an excellent example of French garden planning and are not to be missed.

Lunch: Lunch near the Opera Garnier

Afternoon: Field Trip: Opéra de Paris or Opéra Garnier, is a 1,600-seat opera house on the Place de l'Opéra in Paris. It was the primary home of the Paris Opera from 1875 until 1989 when the Opera Bastille was opened. A grand building designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque (or "Baroque Revival") style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.

Dinner: Light dinner near performance location

Evening: Classical Musical Performance at the Sainte Chapelle: Each evening the Sainte Chapelle hosts various classical musical performances.This evening we join Parisians in an evening musical presentation at one of the most beautiful sites in Paris. NOTE: Due to scheduling of events this presentation may be at another similar venue.

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 before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for availability and rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, November 18 - Paris Art and Art History - The Louvre, Tuileries...
Paris Art and Art History - The Louvre, Tuileries Gardens and the Orangerie

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris from Gothic to Modernist: Art." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Field Trip: Enjoy a self-guided visit of the Louvre using an audioguide created exclusively for Road Scholar participants, containing informative commentary by lecturers sharing their passion for highlights 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: Lunch on your own at the Louvre. You can take your time to see the museum and eat at one of many food venues in the Carousel, at the Louvre restaurant, or upscale Café Marly. Set your own agenda.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Walk through Jardins des Tuileries, the gardens that once served as the backyard for the Kings of France and today are a place of relaxation for busy Parisians and make for a pleasant walk from the Louvre to the Orangerie. Field Trip: Discovering the Orangerie: Featuring Monet's large water lily paintings, the Orangerie is a must-see museum in Paris.

Dinner: Dinner near the hotel at a local brasserie

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

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 before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for availability and rates.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Tuesday, November 19 - Impressionist Art in Paris - Orsay and Rodin Muse...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris From Gothic to Modernist: The Impressionist Era." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Field Trip: Discover the Musée d'Orsay with its rich and varied collections covering the prolific period from 1848 to 1914 and housing some of the best impressionist paintings in the world.

Lunch: Lunch at Musee d'Orsay in the museum restaurant

Afternoon: Field Trip: The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. This is your opportunity to explore your own culinary selection in Paris.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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 Seven: Wednesday, November 20 - TGV Day Train Paris to Figueres (Barcelona) - Dal...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the train

Morning: Free time during morning on board the train to enjoy the view outside the window as the High Speed TGV crosses France from Paris to the Pyrenees and into Spain.

Lunch: Lunch in Figueres

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discovering Dalí in Figueres The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum. After the museum visit, board a coach to Barcelona.

Dinner: Tapas dinner in Barcelona

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Berna

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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 Eight: Thursday, November 21 - History of Catalonia - Barcelona City Orientatio...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel or at the Museu d'Historia de Catalunya café

Morning: Morning Lecture: An Introduction to Barcelona Art and Architecture from Gothic to Gaudi. Excursion: Enjoy a coffee break before having some free time to visit Museu d'Historia de Catalunya.

Lunch: Lunch in the Old Port featuring Spanish paella

Afternoon: Field trip: Sagrada Familia: Enjoy a guided visit of the basilica designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi followed by a driving visit of Barcelona's city highlights ending at our hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. This is your opportunity to explore your own culinary selection in Barcelona.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Berna

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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: Friday, November 22 - Barcelona People, Music and Modernist Architectur...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Field trip: Morning in the Ramblas: Join a local expert for a walking tour exploring the Boqueria market to try some local specialties and mingle with local Barcelonians as they do their market shopping. Field trip: Liceu Opera House: The opera house, built according to the plans of the architect Miquel Garriga i Roca, was inaugurated on April 4, 1847. It was the largest opera house in Europe holding 4,000 seats.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Barcelona

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city. Barcelona has so much to offer and much of it is within walking distance. Suggestions will be made.

Dinner: Dinner at 4Gats

Evening: Concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a stunning concert hall designed in the Catalan modernist style. NOTE: Performance will be listed in the final program and venue is subject to change.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Berna

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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: Saturday, November 23 - El Penedes, Cava Wines, Sitges and the Mediterran...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Field trip: El Penedes Wine Region and Cava Wines: As we drive through the vineyards, learn about the local specialty sparkling wine, its production, and explore a local cellar before you enjoy a tasting.

Lunch: Lunch overlooking the Mediterranean

Afternoon: Field trip: Museum of Cau Ferat: Santiago Rusiñol's residence and studio and the temple of his philosophy of Total Art is home to an important collection of paintings by Rusiñol and the artists who, like him, preached a modern form of art: Casas, Utrillo, Clarasó, Mas i Fondevila, Regoyos, Zuloaga, Picasso, Pitchot or Anglada Camarasa. It also presents Rusiñol's collection of wrought iron, which the museum was named after, collections of ceramics, glass, furniture and woodcarvings, and unusual objects that the author collected all through his life. Field trip: Museum Maricel: The museum has an exhibition of paintings by artists with ties to Sitges, from Romanticism through to the 20th century, including the initiators of the Luminist school and the great masters of Modernism.

Dinner: Dinner Tapas — enjoy a typical Barcelona experience

Evening: Presentation: Meet with young professionals living in Barcelona, hear about life in the city and what kind of careers they are working on.

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Berna

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

Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.

Contact info:
Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona, 08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas

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: Sunday, November 24 - Gothic Barcelona - Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral ...
Gothic Barcelona - Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral and the Picasso Museum

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Field trip: Gothic Barcelona: With our local expert explore the famed Gothic Quarter, learn about the history and the architecture of this spectacular city. Enjoy some time to wander on your own through the medieval streets and stop at the Sardanas Dancing performance in the Main Square.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the Gothic Quarter

Afternoon: Field trip: La Seu Cathedral: In the heart of the Barri Gotic, this soaring Gothic cathedral is named after Barcelona's patron Saint Eulalia who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during the Roman Empire. Her body is entombed in the cathedral's crypt. Field trip: Picasso Museum: The Picasso Museum, housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, has one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. There are more than 3,500 works in the permanent collection of the museum. Picasso first arrived in Barcelona in 1894 when his father found work teaching at the city art school. The Museu Picasso reveals the artist's relationship with the city of Barcelona from youth until his death in 1973.

Dinner: Farewell dinner

Lodging: Hotel Catalonia Berna

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Monday, November 25 - Departure from Barcelona and Return to the US
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Group transfer to the airport from the hotel (time is subject to change until 5 weeks before departure)

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Barcelona
Casa MilaCasa Milà, is yet another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces. It was commissioned by a friend of Batlló, Pere Milá i Camps. Gaudí designed furniture to the building and built one of the most distinctive of the city's buildings. in fact the building was so peculiar to Gaudï's contemporaries that they baptized the building la pedrera (the quarry) and the newspapers made caricature drawings of it. However, in 1984 Gaudí and Casa Milà got their well deserved recognition: this was the year when Casa Milà was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Parc GuellPark Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was designed by the Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paris
Boulevard St-HonoréThe Boulevard St- Honoré is the street of French designer clothing boutiques, one of the best window-shopping streets in the world.
Musee de L’OrangerieThe Orangerie is the Paris museum that houses the largest of Monet’s “Nymph” paintings. After being closed for nearly five years, the museum reopened in 2007.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-orangerie.fr/
Rodin MuseumThe Rodin Museum, housing the works of sculptor Auguste Rodin, is located near the Seine in a park-like setting. It features works that include “The Thinker,” “The Gates of Hell” and “The Burghers of Calais,” as well as many sculptures by Camille Claudel, Rodin’s lover.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-rodin.fr/

Important information about your itinerary:
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25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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