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Adventures Afloat: The Julia Child Voyage: French Cooking from Cambridge to Paris on the Queen Mary 2

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17 Days | 16 Nights
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Itinerary for May 29 — Jun 14, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Rise and shine in Boston’s charming Back Bay neighborhood from one of the Sheraton Boston Hotel’s 1,220 guestrooms. Updated, upbeat and refreshingly designed, the new Sheraton Boston guestrooms attractively reflect modern lifestyles.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199 USA
phone: 617-236-2000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=430

Room amenities: Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, LCD Flat Panel Televisions, Shine by Bliss bath amenities, Handicap Accessible Room, Room Service, Wake-Up Service, High Speed Internet,Individual Climate Control, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea Maker, Refrigerator, In-Room Movies, In-Room Safes, In-Room Video Games, Iron/Ironing Board, Voicemail

Facility amenities: Fitness facility, business center, 24-hour front desk, Gifts & sundries shop, 24-hour security, dry cleaning service, indoor passage to 150 shops and dining destinations, non-smoking hotel, concierge service, indoor pool with retractable roof, sundeck, whirlpool, and sauna

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please see Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, May 29 - Arrival and Orientation in Boston
Afternoon: Arrive in Boston and check into the hotel which is located near Copley Square. Take some time to settle into your room, and then join your group for an early evening orientation. Meet your Study Leader and discuss the program's theme, itinerary and logistics.

Dinner: Festive welcome dinner.

Lodging: Sheraton Boston

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Rise and shine in Boston’s charming Back Bay neighborhood from one of the Sheraton Boston Hotel’s 1,220 guestrooms. Updated, upbeat and refreshingly designed, the new Sheraton Boston guestrooms attractively reflect modern lifestyles.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199 USA
phone: 617-236-2000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=430

Room amenities: Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, LCD Flat Panel Televisions, Shine by Bliss bath amenities, Handicap Accessible Room, Room Service, Wake-Up Service, High Speed Internet,Individual Climate Control, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea Maker, Refrigerator, In-Room Movies, In-Room Safes, In-Room Video Games, Iron/Ironing Board, Voicemail

Facility amenities: Fitness facility, business center, 24-hour front desk, Gifts & sundries shop, 24-hour security, dry cleaning service, indoor passage to 150 shops and dining destinations, non-smoking hotel, concierge service, indoor pool with retractable roof, sundeck, whirlpool, and sauna

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please see Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, May 30 - Walking Food Tour, Boston University, and a Tradi...
Walking Food Tour, Boston University, and a Traditional Boston Clambake.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we head to the North End where we will enjoy an expert-led walk around one of Boston's most prominent food neighborhoods, stopping to sample delicacies at the shops and restaurants.

Lunch: On own in the North End

Afternoon: Later on this after, we head to Boston University's School of Gastronomy where Julia pioneered the Food and Wine Program. We hear more about Julia's role in Boston and hear from your lecturer, Barabra Haber and the head of BU's program, both who knew Julia well.

Dinner: At Boston University

Lodging: Sheraton Boston

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Rise and shine in Boston’s charming Back Bay neighborhood from one of the Sheraton Boston Hotel’s 1,220 guestrooms. Updated, upbeat and refreshingly designed, the new Sheraton Boston guestrooms attractively reflect modern lifestyles.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199 USA
phone: 617-236-2000
web: www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=430

Room amenities: Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, LCD Flat Panel Televisions, Shine by Bliss bath amenities, Handicap Accessible Room, Room Service, Wake-Up Service, High Speed Internet,Individual Climate Control, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea Maker, Refrigerator, In-Room Movies, In-Room Safes, In-Room Video Games, Iron/Ironing Board, Voicemail

Facility amenities: Fitness facility, business center, 24-hour front desk, Gifts & sundries shop, 24-hour security, dry cleaning service, indoor passage to 150 shops and dining destinations, non-smoking hotel, concierge service, indoor pool with retractable roof, sundeck, whirlpool, and sauna

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please see Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, May 31 - French Cooking Class
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we travel to the Boston Center for Adult Education where you will learn how to bake perfect French bread as well as other French specialities.

Lunch: At the Boston Center for Adult Education

Afternoon: Depart the Boston Center for Adult Education. We will take a detour en route back to the hotel to Savenor's, a specialty food market in Cambridge where Julia was a regular.

Dinner: Explore Boston's many restaurants on your own.

Lodging: Sheraton Boston

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, June 01 - Embark on the Queen Mary 2 in New York
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer to New York City to board the Queen Mary 2.

Lunch: En route to New York City, enjoy a stop at Salt Water Farms Vinyard for a wine tasting and then lunch.

Afternoon: Arrive in New York and board the Queen Mary 2. Take some time to unpack and settle into your stateroom before taking a walk around the luxurious ocean liner.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, June 02 - Crossing the Atlantic: The Life and Times of Juli...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Enjoy a presentation of how French cuisine inspired Julia Child's work and led to her outstanding career.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: Gather with your group for a Road Scholar exclusive vegetable carving demonstration. Later, take the opportunity to choose from among an array of afternoon activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, June 03 - Crossing the Atlantic: The Development of French ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture by Barbara Haber: The history of French cuisine is filled with such luminaries as La Varenne, Careme and Escoffier who shaped what became a cuisine that influenced the rest of the world. We will discuss their individual contributions and the development of French restaurants.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: Gather with your group for an exclusive Road Scholar cooking demonstration. Later, take the opportunity to choose from among an array of afternoon activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 04 - Crossing the Atlantic: French Chefs
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture by Barbara Haber: The traditional training of professional chefs in France was usually by apprenticeships that led to positions in restaurants. In contrast, Julia's goal was to learn all she could in cooking school and from individuals in order to teach French recipes and skills to an American audience of passionate amateurs.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon gather with your group for an exclusive pastry demonstration, and then take opportunity to choose from among an array of afternoon activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 05 - Crossing the Atlantic: Julia's Personality
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture by Barbara Haber: We will explore the qualities of Julia's background and personality as well as the experiences that contributed to the shaping of her goals and her huge success in accomplishing her life's work.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: Following an exclusive wine and cheese pairing class with your group, you will have the opportunity to choose from among an array of afternoon activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, June 06 - Crossing the Atlantic: "Mastering the Art of Fren...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture by Barbara Haber: Why was Mastering the Art of French Cooking such a success? We will look at the history of its creation and discuss its impact on the American public.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: Gather with your group for an exclusive cooking demonstration. Afterwards choose from among an array of afternoon activities. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, June 07 - Crossing the Atlantic: Julia's Television Career ...
Crossing the Atlantic: Julia's Television Career and the Art of Food Writing

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture by Barbara Haber: Julia's television career led to her status as a superstar. How did this happen?

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: Gather with your group for a lecture by Barbara Haber: We will discuss some of Julia's subsequent books as well as works by other food writers and talk about the qualities that makes some food writing great. Later this afternoon is your chance to prepare for tomorrow morning's arrival in Southampton and perhaps participate in a few final afternoon activities.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom (with gentlemen escorts on hand, eager to dance with the single ladies!).

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 08 - Disembark and Transfer to Paris
Breakfast: Early breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Disembark the ship board a group motorcoach bound for London. As you drive through Hampshire and Surrey a local expert will present an introduction to English history.

Lunch: Take some time to enjoy lunch on your own before continuing on to France.

Afternoon: Board the Eurostar train and watch the English and French countryside go by as you travel to Paris.

Dinner: This evening you will dine at Le Train Bleu, a famous restaurant located in the ornate hall of the Gare de Lyon. The restaurant was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900; it has been featured in several films and was given historical monument status in 1972 by André Malraux. Since its inauguration by Emile Loubet, the President of the French Republic, on 7th April 1901, customers have been flocking to the restaurant. Regulars have included Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Jean Gabin.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

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 Twelve: Sunday, June 09 - A Walk Through Julia's Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: On your first morning in Paris, gather with your group for a visit to E. Dehillerin, the 19th- century store where Julia shopped for cookware. **PLEASE NOTE: After arrival in Paris most fieldtrips and activities will be done in small groups on a rotating basis. All activities and meals in the itinerary below will be included, but the timing and order will vary. Please do not make any reservations for meals or free time activities without first consulting the Road Scholar Program Department. Your group leader will give you your individual itinerary at orientation in Boston.**

Lunch: Enjoy lunch together with your group.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a culinary demonstration and tasting with Marie Blanche de Broglie, followed by an expert-led tour of Julia and Paul's old neighborhood.

Dinner: This evening, dine with your group at a traditional French bistro.

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Thirteen: Monday, June 10 - Echoes of L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes: Cooking w...
Echoes of L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes: Cooking with Marie-Blanche de Broglie

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning you will join your lecturer at her famous Paris cooking school, "La Cuisine de Marie-Blanche," which specializes in the art of entertaining à la Française. In the spirit of "L'Ecole des Trois Gourmands," the school is located in Marie-Blanche's Paris apartment and a warm and personal atmosphere prevails. Practice your skills as a French chef using Juila's recipes. NOTE: Participants will divide into small groups and alternate cooking classes to maximize personal instruction.

Lunch: Following your hands-on cooking class you will join Marie-Blanche for a traditional seated luncheon composed of the dishes you prepared.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Paris on your own. Visit one of the many famous museums, stroll on the Ile de la Cite, or climb to the highest hill in the city for an incredible view from Montmartre's Place du Tertre and beautiful Sacre Coeur.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to further explore Parisian cuisine. This is your chance to visit one of Julia and Paul's favorite restaurants, which include: Le Grand Véfour, one of the city's most elegant restaurants located next to the Palais Royal; Lapérouse on the Left Bank of the Seine at Place Saint-Michel; Brasserie Lipp on Boulevard Saint-Germain; and La Closerie des Lilas on Boulevard du Montparnasse.

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, June 11 - Julia in Rouen: An Opening Up of the Soul and Spi...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Journey north from Paris to discover historic Rouen, best known for its cathedral where Monet explored the effects of changing light through painting and for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc in the city's old market square. Stroll the cobblestoned streets with a local expert and gain a deeper understanding of the history and importance of this medieval river town.

Lunch: Today you will discover the roots of Juila's passion for French cuisine with lunch at the famous 14th century inn La Couronne. Savor the oysters from Saint Vaast and sole meunière just as Julia and Paul did in 1948, and understand why Julia referred to her meal in Rouen as a culinary revelation and "an opening up of the soul and spirit for me."

Afternoon: Enjoy a few hours to stroll around the city and perhaps taste some of the cheeses or olives from the market, explore the interior of Rouen's beautiful Renaissance clock tower or study some of the masterpieces at the Musee des Beaux Arts.

Dinner: Return to Paris in the late afternoon and take the opportunity to have dinner on your own, choosing from among one of the scores of gourmet restaurants or family-owned brasseries that are found on nearly every street in the city.

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, June 12 - Parisian Market Tasting and Le Cordon Bleu
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning visit one of the most vibrant markets in Paris with a local expert who will take you on a culinary journey through the incredible variety of fresh local produce and products. Savor the colors and aromas as you taste regional products and learn about the farmers and artisans who created them. NOTE: Participants will divide into small groups and alternate market visits to allow more contact with the producers and personal instruction from the guide.

Lunch: If you still have room for lunch, select a few specialties from the market and create a picnic if the weather allows. Dine on crusty bread, homemade cheeses and fresh produce as you sit in the sun and you watch local Parisians go about their day.

Afternoon: Stroll the hallowed halls of the famous Parisian cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, where Julia developed her skills as a chef. Although the school's location has changed since Julia's days in Paris, the culinary philosophy and methods remain the same. Julia embraced the skills she learned but chose a more passionate and informal approach to teaching in L'Ecole des Trois Gourmands, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and all of her televised cooking shows.

Dinner: Dinner in a Parisian home: this is your chance to taste real French home cooking and enjoy an intimate dinner with local residents as you talk about life in Paris. NOTE: Participants will divide into small groups and alternate home-hosted dinners in order to fully enjoy this personal meeting and small dinner setting.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

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 Sixteen: Thursday, June 13 - A Final Goodbye to the City of Lights / Farewell ...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning gather with your group for a lecture on the cuisine of Normandy with Marie Blanche de Broglie.

Lunch: Enjoy a final meal on your own in the city followed by some free time.

Afternoon: Take this final afternoon in Paris to squeeze in a visit to the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower or one of the many other museum, monuments and fantastic shops in the city.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Les Ombres, the gourmet restaurant on the roof of the Musee du Quai Branly along the Seine. Dine by candlelight under the glass ceiling, designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel, as you are treated to a stunning up-close view of the Eiffel Tower.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Friday, June 14 - Departures from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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