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Brittany and Normandy: Distinctive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life

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Program #14250RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
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Itinerary for Sep 9 — Sep 24, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 09 - Travel to France
Depart From: Overnight in transit.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper is located in the heart of Quimper's city center, close to the Quimper Cathedral, the quais of the Odet River and the pedestrian district.

Contact info:
6 Rue Théodore Le Hars
Quimper, 29000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 98 53 37 37
web: www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-quimper?lg=UK

Room amenities: The recently refurbished rooms have a warm and cosy atmosphere: parquet flooring, quilt, and modern furnishings. Rooms include a flat screen TV, free Wifi, clothes closet, luggage rack. In the bathroom, enjoy the roomy Italian-style shower, large mirror and all the equipment you need to “travel light”: hair dryer and an extensive range of toiletries (body and hair shower gel, exfoliating soap bar, ladies’ toiletry set with cotton swab, cotton balls, and nail file). For even greater comfort and privacy, the WC is separate from the bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Soundproof rooms, Luggage storage, Snack bar, Room service, Laundry, Ironing service, Fax/photocopying, Vending machine (drinks), Free Wi-Fi

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 rates and bookings.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 10 - Arrival in Brest and Transfer to Quimper
Morning: Arrivals at Airport of Brest Bretagne (BES). Group transfer from Brest airport to the first program site in Quimper, situated at the confluence of the Steir, Odet and Jet rivers.

Lunch: A light snack / sandwiches upon arrival at the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at hotel and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper is located in the heart of Quimper's city center, close to the Quimper Cathedral, the quais of the Odet River and the pedestrian district.

Contact info:
6 Rue Théodore Le Hars
Quimper, 29000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 98 53 37 37
web: www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-quimper?lg=UK

Room amenities: The recently refurbished rooms have a warm and cosy atmosphere: parquet flooring, quilt, and modern furnishings. Rooms include a flat screen TV, free Wifi, clothes closet, luggage rack. In the bathroom, enjoy the roomy Italian-style shower, large mirror and all the equipment you need to “travel light”: hair dryer and an extensive range of toiletries (body and hair shower gel, exfoliating soap bar, ladies’ toiletry set with cotton swab, cotton balls, and nail file). For even greater comfort and privacy, the WC is separate from the bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Soundproof rooms, Luggage storage, Snack bar, Room service, Laundry, Ironing service, Fax/photocopying, Vending machine (drinks), Free Wi-Fi

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 rates and bookings.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 11 - Introduction to Brittany
Note: Walking and standing on cobble stone and paved streets for up to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: Begin with an "Introduction to the region of Brittany". FIELD TRIP: A walking exploration of the historic center of Quimper, capital of the ancient Cornwall region. Stroll over the footbridge to the Cathedral of Saint-Corentin, with its Gothic-style façade, constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Musee Departemental Breton to learn about the cultural traditions of Brittany. View the traditional dresses, handcrafted furniture and hand painted ceramics called "Faience". The remainder of the afternoon is free to visit more of the museum of for independent exploration.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper is located in the heart of Quimper's city center, close to the Quimper Cathedral, the quais of the Odet River and the pedestrian district.

Contact info:
6 Rue Théodore Le Hars
Quimper, 29000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 98 53 37 37
web: www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-quimper?lg=UK

Room amenities: The recently refurbished rooms have a warm and cosy atmosphere: parquet flooring, quilt, and modern furnishings. Rooms include a flat screen TV, free Wifi, clothes closet, luggage rack. In the bathroom, enjoy the roomy Italian-style shower, large mirror and all the equipment you need to “travel light”: hair dryer and an extensive range of toiletries (body and hair shower gel, exfoliating soap bar, ladies’ toiletry set with cotton swab, cotton balls, and nail file). For even greater comfort and privacy, the WC is separate from the bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Soundproof rooms, Luggage storage, Snack bar, Room service, Laundry, Ironing service, Fax/photocopying, Vending machine (drinks), Free Wi-Fi

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 rates and bookings.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, September 12 - Outstanding Landscapes of Brittany
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing on paved and unpaved ground.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FULL DAY FIELD TRIP: Depart by coach to Pointe du Raz. LECTURE en route: the "Outstanding Natural Landscapes of Brittany." At the Pointe du Raz, see the impressive panoramic view at the very end of the Cornwall peninsula, where the coast juts out into the sea. Drive to the bay of Douarnenez where legend says that the beautiful city of Ys was swallowed-up by the sea. Continue to Locronan. LECTURE en route on Brittany's religious heritage and cult of saints.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP on foot in Locronan, once one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Brittany and also a place for the production of cloth from the15th to 18th century. Enjoy free time in Locronan before returning to Quimper.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an exclusive private performance of traditional Celtic music and dances.

Lodging: Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper

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

Description: Located in the heart of the historic town centre and very near the Palais des Arts and the port, the Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes welcomes you in its fully-renovated rooms.

Contact info:
Avenue Jean Monnet
Vannes, 56000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 97 47 59 60
web: www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-vannes

Room amenities: Duvet, closet, free WiFi, wall sockets at desk and headboard levels, a 26” flat screen TV. In the bathroom, enjoy a spacious walk-in shower, a large mirror and all the accessories you need: hairdryer, shower cap, soap, toothbrush glass, shower gel and shampoo. For your comfort, the toilet is separate from the bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, September 13 - The Pont-Aven Movement
Note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours on cobble stone and paved streets. Travel by motorcoach.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart Quimper to Pont Aven. LECTURE: Learn about the Pont Aven group of painters. The School, like a mediaeval guild, lived together in the inns, painting together outdoors and discussing art during the evenings. The arrival of Gauguin in Pont-Aven in 1886 was the catalyst, converting the energy and talent into an avant-garde artistic movement. FIELD TRIP on foot through Pont Aven to see sites that inspired the artists. Visit the Chapel of Trémalo, and the crucifix that inspired Gauguin’s “Yellow Christ” painting, an important work in the Symbolist movement.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Vannes. FIELD TRIP on foot to discover the old town of Vannes: its ramparts, harbor and half-timbered houses.

Dinner: Learn the difference between savory buckwheat galettes (main course) and sweet wheat flour (dessert) crêpes in a traditional Breton meal of crêpes in the land of their origin. A demonstration shows you how they are made and the many possibilities of fillings.

Lodging: Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes

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

Description: Located in the heart of the historic town centre and very near the Palais des Arts and the port, the Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes welcomes you in its fully-renovated rooms.

Contact info:
Avenue Jean Monnet
Vannes, 56000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 97 47 59 60
web: www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-vannes

Room amenities: Duvet, closet, free WiFi, wall sockets at desk and headboard levels, a 26” flat screen TV. In the bathroom, enjoy a spacious walk-in shower, a large mirror and all the accessories you need: hairdryer, shower cap, soap, toothbrush glass, shower gel and shampoo. For your comfort, the toilet is separate from the bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, September 14 - Prehistoric Sites of Locmariaquer and Carnac
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing on paved and unpaved ground.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: “Introduction to prehistory, archeology and ethnology in Brittany” with a university researcher specializing in prehistoric ceramics. FIELD TRIP to the Locmariaquer megaliths, some of the most significant Neolithic remains in Europe, including the Broken Menhir of Er Grah, the largest known single block of stone to have been transported and erected by Neolithic man, and the Merchant’s Table, a famous dolmen carved with images.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to Carnac, which has the world’s greatest concentration of megalithic sites. Predating Stonehenge by around 100 years, there are over 3000 upright stones, most around thigh-high, erected between 5000 BC and 3500 BC by pre-Celtic people of Brittany. Return to Vannes.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Anne de Bretagne is fully air-conditioned. You can spend a pleasant evening in our friendly bar or make use of our function rooms for your professional and personal engagements. Located in the heart of the Breton capital, the hotel provides an ideal base for visiting the charming city of Rennes which its old quarters dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, its pedestrian area and the beautiful botanical garden. This charming, modern hotel offers comfort and quiet privacy of its spacious and soundproofed rooms.

Contact info:
12 rue Tronjolly
RENNES, 35000 France
phone: +33 2 99 31 49 49
web: www.anne-de-bretagne.fr

Room amenities: Rooms are all equipped with full bathrooms, toilet, telephone, color TV with satellite reception, mini-bar, free wireless internet, room service.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, September 15 - Josselin Castle: One Thousand Years of Family His...
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing for up to 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Enjoy a free time in this morning. Late morning departure to Josselin, a charming, small medieval city.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Discover Josselin Castle. With its three majestic towers overlooking the river Oust and its flamboyant Gothic façade, this castle is a remarkable testimony to the feudal architecture of the Renaissance. Chateau Josselin is the ancestral home of the Rohan family, who has inhabited the castle for the past ten centuries. Enjoy some time to wander through the sumptuous rose gardens and park. Continue to Rennes.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Anne de Bretagne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Anne de Bretagne is fully air-conditioned. You can spend a pleasant evening in our friendly bar or make use of our function rooms for your professional and personal engagements. Located in the heart of the Breton capital, the hotel provides an ideal base for visiting the charming city of Rennes which its old quarters dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, its pedestrian area and the beautiful botanical garden. This charming, modern hotel offers comfort and quiet privacy of its spacious and soundproofed rooms.

Contact info:
12 rue Tronjolly
RENNES, 35000 France
phone: +33 2 99 31 49 49
web: www.anne-de-bretagne.fr

Room amenities: Rooms are all equipped with full bathrooms, toilet, telephone, color TV with satellite reception, mini-bar, free wireless internet, room service.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, September 16 - Oyster Farming and the Corsairs of Saint Malo
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing for up to 2 hours on cobble stone and paved streets.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Discover Cancale, a typical fishing port. At a marine farm, learn the details of oyster farming and regional traditions with a film in English “Oyster breeding: a local tradition” followed by a tasting of oysters and fish pate.

Lunch: Enjoy regional specialties at a seaside restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP on foot through Saint Malo, a walled port city on the English Channel notorious as the home of French privateers and pirates. Hear the tales of “Bretons and the sea – past and present”. Return to Rennes. LECTURE en route: Hear the tales and legends of Brittany including those of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Anne de Bretagne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Anne de Bretagne is fully air-conditioned. You can spend a pleasant evening in our friendly bar or make use of our function rooms for your professional and personal engagements. Located in the heart of the Breton capital, the hotel provides an ideal base for visiting the charming city of Rennes which its old quarters dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, its pedestrian area and the beautiful botanical garden. This charming, modern hotel offers comfort and quiet privacy of its spacious and soundproofed rooms.

Contact info:
12 rue Tronjolly
RENNES, 35000 France
phone: +33 2 99 31 49 49
web: www.anne-de-bretagne.fr

Room amenities: Rooms are all equipped with full bathrooms, toilet, telephone, color TV with satellite reception, mini-bar, free wireless internet, room service.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 17 - Rennes
Note: Walking and standing for up to two hours on cobble stone and paved streets.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Discover Rennes on foot and learn about the city’s Celtic remains; its medieval timber-framed buildings and its high-tech present.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free time in Rennes.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Anne de Bretagne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In Bayeux you will stay in a pleasant hotel, the Grand Hotel de Luxembourg, located in the historic center of Bayeux and the pedestrian streets. Rooms are small yet modern and comfortable and has every amenities and services within walking distance.

Contact info:
25 rue des Bouchers
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 04
web: en.hotel-luxembourg-bayeux.com/

Room amenities: Cable television, in-room movies, hairdryer, AM/FM radio, alarm clock, iron, ironing board, telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Designated Smoking Area, Restaurant, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, September 18 - From Brittany to Normandy and the Mont Saint Mich...
Note: Walking and standing on cobble stone and paved streets. Travel by motorcoach. 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: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Coach departs to the Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, Mont Saint Michel is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael. EXCURSION: After wending your way up the hilly streets of “the Mont” to its summit, explore the abbey at your own pace with personal audio-guide.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time before continuing to the city of Bayeux.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Grand Hotel du Luxembourg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In Bayeux you will stay in a pleasant hotel, the Grand Hotel de Luxembourg, located in the historic center of Bayeux and the pedestrian streets. Rooms are small yet modern and comfortable and has every amenities and services within walking distance.

Contact info:
25 rue des Bouchers
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 04
web: en.hotel-luxembourg-bayeux.com/

Room amenities: Cable television, in-room movies, hairdryer, AM/FM radio, alarm clock, iron, ironing board, telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Designated Smoking Area, Restaurant, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, September 19 - Normandy Beaches
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Coach depart to Omaha Beach. ON SITE LECTURE: "The Landing at Omaha." Transported in period WWII vehicles, retrace the movements of the American landing on Omaha Beach. Learn about the ferocity of this battle and look at the landing from a number of perspectives.

Lunch: In a restaurant near Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A wreath-laying ceremony at the US Normandy American Military Cemetery pays respect to fallen troops. Take time to examine the cemetery and the visitor center. On Site LECTURE: “The Ranger Assault at Pointe de Hoc”. Then, an EXCURSION: “Calvados and Cheese, Normandy's Pride”. Sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Chateau d'Englesqueville, where the first US monument to WWII soldiers was built. Return to Bayeux.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Grand Hotel du Luxembourg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In Bayeux you will stay in a pleasant hotel, the Grand Hotel de Luxembourg, located in the historic center of Bayeux and the pedestrian streets. Rooms are small yet modern and comfortable and has every amenities and services within walking distance.

Contact info:
25 rue des Bouchers
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 92 00 04
web: en.hotel-luxembourg-bayeux.com/

Room amenities: Cable television, in-room movies, hairdryer, AM/FM radio, alarm clock, iron, ironing board, telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Designated Smoking Area, Restaurant, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Friday, September 20 - The Caen Memorial and Arromanches with André Hein...
Note: Walking and standing for up to two hours in the museums. Travel by motorcoach.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Meet André Heintz, now 93 years old and a former member of the French Resistance in Caen, a city that was one of the main targets of the D-Day landings. From 1940 to 1944, when the city was liberated, Heintz gathered information to give to the Allied forces about German positions. En route to Caen, hear his story. FIELD TRIP André Heintz gives his personal tour of the Caen Memorial, a history museum exploring the traumatic events of World War II. Not to be missed in the Auditorium, the film about the D Day landings.

Lunch: In the Caen Memorial cafeteria.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to Arromanches. Your WWII expert explains the importance and creation of the "Mulberry Harbors" and the stubborn German Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Visit the D-Day Museum in Arromanches. Return to Bayeux. LECTURE en route by Andre Heintz "Bayeux and the French Resistance."

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Grand Hotel du Luxembourg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Right in the centre of Rouen and in the pedestrian zone near the cathedral which was painted by Monet, the Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale is an ideal hotel for exploring the attractions of this medieval city including the Old Market Square and the Gros Horloge clock tower.

Contact info:
7 rue Croix de Fer
ROUEN, 76000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 35 89 41 46
web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1301-mercure-rouen-centre-cathedrale/index.shtml

Room amenities: Hairdryer, phone, air conditioning, cable TV, minibar, towels

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking , Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, September 21 - Bayeux Tapestry and Honfleur
Note: Walking and standing on cobble stone and paved streets. Travel by motorcoach. The Rouen hotel is situated in the heart of the historic center, which has limited access for motor coaches. There is a walk of 0.34 miles (about 7 minutes) from the drop-off point, to the hotel. Your luggage is carried from the coach to your hotel room and back by porters.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: 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. Depart to Honfleur, a gem of a harbor village situated where the Seine River meets the English Channel, Honfleur has preserved the traces of a rich historical past with its picturesque streets and timber-framed houses. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and many other painters of the Impressionism movement. Stroll the picturesque Vieux Bassin (Old Port) at leisure.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time in Honfleur, perhaps to visit the museum dedicated to the paintings of Eugene Boudin or the church of Sainte Catherine, one of the largest wooden churches in Europe. Depart to Rouen in the late afternoon.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Right in the centre of Rouen and in the pedestrian zone near the cathedral which was painted by Monet, the Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale is an ideal hotel for exploring the attractions of this medieval city including the Old Market Square and the Gros Horloge clock tower.

Contact info:
7 rue Croix de Fer
ROUEN, 76000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 35 89 41 46
web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1301-mercure-rouen-centre-cathedrale/index.shtml

Room amenities: Hairdryer, phone, air conditioning, cable TV, minibar, towels

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking , Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Sunday, September 22 - Rouen
Note: Walking and standing for up to two hours on cobble stone and paved streets.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP on foot of the historic center of Rouen, the capital of Normandy: Our Lady of 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: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Rouen, perhaps to visit the Fine Arts Museum or people-watch from the table of a sidewalk café.

Dinner: In a local restaurant, featuring Norman cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Fifteen: Monday, September 23 - Claude Monet’s Giverny
Note: Travel by motorcoach. Walking and standing on paved and unpaved ground.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart Rouen. FIELD TRIP: Visit Giverny, the home and gardens of Claude Monet. As during Monet’s time (1883-1926), the house is painted pink with green shutters. The traditional French gardens display a palette of seasonal colors for the painter-gardener. Take a stroll around the lily pond with its Japanese bridge and weeping willows, portrayed in Monet’s paintings or walk over to the musée des impressionnismes (former Giverny Museum of American Art.)

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Paris, arriving late afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Tuesday, September 24 - Departure
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Group departure transfer by coach to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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14 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
22 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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