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Program #20781RJ
20 Days | 19 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 25 — Oct 14, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, September 25 - Travel to France
In Transit: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town near the D-Day landing beaches, the Churchill Hotel is just a few steps away from the famous tapestry and the cathedral. This charming hotel is in a quaint, rambling old building and is ranked one of the top hotels in Normandy.

Contact info:
14-16 rue Saint Jean
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 2 31 21 31 80
web: www.hotel-churchill.fr/pageUK/hotel.html

Room amenities: Direct telephone • Cable TV • Hair dryers

Facility amenities: Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are smaller than hotel rooms in the US and often do not have dressers. This hotel does not have an elevator; participants will be staying in rooms on the first or second floor.

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

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 26 - Arrivals and Transfer to Bayeux
Morning: 1) Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and transfers to the program hotel in Bayeux. 2) Participants who have scheduled pre-program nights in Paris will be transferred from the hotel in Paris to the hotel in Bayeux. Independent travelers should arrange with Road Scholar to meet one of the above transfers to the hotel in Bayeux.

Lunch: En route to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the late afternoon you will meet with your group at the hotel for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner featuring the cuisine of Normandy.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town near the D-Day landing beaches, the Churchill Hotel is just a few steps away from the famous tapestry and the cathedral. This charming hotel is in a quaint, rambling old building and is ranked one of the top hotels in Normandy.

Contact info:
14-16 rue Saint Jean
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 2 31 21 31 80
web: www.hotel-churchill.fr/pageUK/hotel.html

Room amenities: Direct telephone • Cable TV • Hair dryers

Facility amenities: Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are smaller than hotel rooms in the US and often do not have dressers. This hotel does not have an elevator; participants will be staying in rooms on the first or second floor.

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

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, September 27 - The Normandy Landing Beaches
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: ON SITE LECTURE: "The Landing at Omaha." Transported in period WWII vehicles, your expert leads you through the American landing on Omaha Beach. You will 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: Examine the Bayeux Tapestry, a lively description of the Middle Ages that describes the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The actual origins of the tapestry remain a mystery. Then, we pay our respects with a wreath laying ceremony at the US Normandy American Military Cemetery before exploring the cemetery and the visitor center. 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.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Hotel Plantagenet is made up of three buildings: two 19th century mansions and a modern annex - all set around an enclosed private garden. The hotel is situated on Joan of Arc Square, just opposite the banks of the Vienne River. The main pedestrian streets of the medieval town are just steps outside the door.

Contact info:
2 place Jeanne d'Arc
Chinon, 37500 France
phone: +33 (0)2 47 93 36 92
web: www.hotel-plantagenet.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, satellite television direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board available, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, computer with Internet access and laundry service.

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


Day Four: Saturday, September 28 - Mont Saint Michel
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart by private, air-conditioned motorcoach to begin our journey around France. FIELD TRIP: We explore a place the locals call "le Mont" - better known as Mont St-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Depart Mont St. Michel and travel through Brittany to the Loire Valley and the charming village of Chinon, on the banks of the Vienne River. The medieval town was a favorite residence of Henri II.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Le Plantagenet

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Hotel Plantagenet is made up of three buildings: two 19th century mansions and a modern annex - all set around an enclosed private garden. The hotel is situated on Joan of Arc Square, just opposite the banks of the Vienne River. The main pedestrian streets of the medieval town are just steps outside the door.

Contact info:
2 place Jeanne d'Arc
Chinon, 37500 France
phone: +33 (0)2 47 93 36 92
web: www.hotel-plantagenet.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, satellite television direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board available, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, computer with Internet access and laundry service.

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


Day Five: Sunday, September 29 - Sunday Market and the Medieval Fortress of Chinon
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FREE TIME: Enjoy the morning at leisure to rest, relax, attend religious services or visit the open-air market.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Castle of Chinon and learn the story of Joan of Arc’s visit in 1429 during the Hundred Years War. Walk the streets of the town, with its half-timbered houses that have changed little since medieval times.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Le Plantagenet

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The Hotel Plantagenet is made up of three buildings: two 19th century mansions and a modern annex - all set around an enclosed private garden. The hotel is situated on Joan of Arc Square, just opposite the banks of the Vienne River. The main pedestrian streets of the medieval town are just steps outside the door.

Contact info:
2 place Jeanne d'Arc
Chinon, 37500 France
phone: +33 (0)2 47 93 36 92
web: www.hotel-plantagenet.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, satellite television direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board available, private bathroom with bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, computer with Internet access and laundry service.

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


Day Six: Monday, September 30 - Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Amboise and Chenonc...
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore some of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley’s chateaus; beginning with Amboise, a favorite residence of the French Monarchy. Among them was Francis I, a generous patron of the arts who initiated the French Renaissance by bringing many Italian artists to his royal castles, including Leonardo da Vinci. Visit the Chateau du Clos Luce, a gift to da Vinci from Francis the first, where he spent the last three years of his life.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to the Chateau of Chenonceau. Beautifully situated upon the Cher River, it is called “the Ladies’ Chateau” due to the influences of the women who built it and influenced its design. Stroll Diane of Poitier’s elevated garden and the contrasting garden of Catherine de Medici. Return to Chinon.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Le Plantagenet

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hôtel de Normandie is located in the heart of the 18th-century centre of Bordeaux, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Garonne riverfront, the Grand Théâtre opera house and the city’s other main monuments are only a short walk away. The CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council), situated opposite the hotel, will allow you to discover the Bordeaux wine country. The windows of the Hôtel de Normandie offer a view of Bordeaux’s famous Esplanade des Quinconces, a short distance from the Grand Théâtre and the Place Tourny square.

Contact info:
7 cours du XXX Juillet
Bordeaux, 33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 52 16 80
web: www.hotel-de-normandie-bordeaux.com

Room amenities: 100 sound-proofed rooms - with air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, automatic alarm, room service, satellite television, and a mini bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, October 01 - High Speed Train to Bordeaux
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart to the TGV (high speed train) station and board the train to Bordeaux.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP on foot through Bordeaux’s historic center, including Saint-André Cathedral, a UNESCO listed monument. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: Taste the famous “canelets” the signature pastry of Bordeaux.

Dinner: Savor regional cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel de Normandie

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hôtel de Normandie is located in the heart of the 18th-century centre of Bordeaux, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Garonne riverfront, the Grand Théâtre opera house and the city’s other main monuments are only a short walk away. The CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council), situated opposite the hotel, will allow you to discover the Bordeaux wine country. The windows of the Hôtel de Normandie offer a view of Bordeaux’s famous Esplanade des Quinconces, a short distance from the Grand Théâtre and the Place Tourny square.

Contact info:
7 cours du XXX Juillet
Bordeaux, 33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 52 16 80
web: www.hotel-de-normandie-bordeaux.com

Room amenities: 100 sound-proofed rooms - with air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, automatic alarm, room service, satellite television, and a mini bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, October 02 - The Bordeaux Wine Region
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: “Bordeaux wines: History and economic impact on the region” FIELD TRIP: Explore one of the most prestigious areas of the Bordeaux wine region, Saint Emilion. Learn the centuries of history and legend from the time of the monk Emilion and visit the underground cathedral carved deep into the limestone. Enjoy some free time in the village. HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: Taste the wines of St. Emilion.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to Bordeaux. Free time to stroll the pedestrian streets of the historic center, footsteps from your hotel, and explore independently.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel de Normandie

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: In the heart of a village of Provence, this ancient charmingly comfortable mansion, distinctive of the 16th century, displays a contrasting harmony of elegant historic features and contemporary style. The cuisine in the restaurant is traditional and offers many specialties cooked with truffles, olive oil, fresh vegetables and herbs that will give you a real taste of the Drôme Provençale region.

Contact info:
15 PLace de l'Esplan
Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, 26130 France
phone: +33 (0)4 75 96 64 64
web: www.esplan-provence.com/index2.html

Room amenities: Telephone, television, air conditioning, free WiFi, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Terrace, Elevator, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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


Day Nine: Thursday, October 03 - The Walled City of Carcassonne
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart to Provence, stopping en route in Carcassonne. FIELD TRIP: Learn about the medieval crusade against the Cathars. The walled, city of Carcassonne is surrounded by 52 towers and two concentric walls forming two miles of battlements. Explore this medieval city with your local expert on foot.

Lunch: Lunch in Carcassonne

Afternoon: Depart to the Provence region to the medieval, walled village of Saint Paul-Trois-Chateaux. The iconic village is one of France’s official truffle centers, where the Black Truffle of Tricastin (Tuber Melanosporum) is found. The village is also famous for having been the start of a stage of the 2011 Tour de France. LECTURE en route: "The Art of Living in Provence."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel L’Esplan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: In the heart of a village of Provence, this ancient charmingly comfortable mansion, distinctive of the 16th century, displays a contrasting harmony of elegant historic features and contemporary style. The cuisine in the restaurant is traditional and offers many specialties cooked with truffles, olive oil, fresh vegetables and herbs that will give you a real taste of the Drôme Provençale region.

Contact info:
15 PLace de l'Esplan
Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, 26130 France
phone: +33 (0)4 75 96 64 64
web: www.esplan-provence.com/index2.html

Room amenities: Telephone, television, air conditioning, free WiFi, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Terrace, Elevator, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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


Day Ten: Friday, October 04 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Walking exploration of Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux. Medieval remains include vestiges of 14th century ramparts, the Eglise St Jean, rebuilt in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, and the vestiges of a 14th century synagogue. Meet locals and get a sense of daily life in a Provencal village. Depart on an EXCURSION through the back roads of the Vaucluse, where rows of lavender color the landscape in deep purple and hill towns are capped by medieval castle ruins.

Lunch: Taste the seasonal flavors of the region and the wines of the Vinsobres vineyards.

Afternoon: Continue to the hilltop town of Grignan, immortalized in the letters of Madame de Sevigne, an icon of French literature. Visit the castle, built in medieval times and renovated through the ages, the castle was the home of Madame de Sevigne’s daughter, who married the Count of Grignan. Return to Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: Share conversation and an “aperitif” (French pre-dinner drink) with local residents.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel L’Esplan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: In the heart of a village of Provence, this ancient charmingly comfortable mansion, distinctive of the 16th century, displays a contrasting harmony of elegant historic features and contemporary style. The cuisine in the restaurant is traditional and offers many specialties cooked with truffles, olive oil, fresh vegetables and herbs that will give you a real taste of the Drôme Provençale region.

Contact info:
15 PLace de l'Esplan
Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, 26130 France
phone: +33 (0)4 75 96 64 64
web: www.esplan-provence.com/index2.html

Room amenities: Telephone, television, air conditioning, free WiFi, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Terrace, Elevator, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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


Day Eleven: Saturday, October 05 - The Pont du Gard, Arles and Avignon
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Head to the Pont du Gard, the aqueduct that was one of the wonders of the Ancient world. Walk the paths around this awe-inspiring construction, built in over 2000 years ago yet still in very good condition. Continue to Arles. FIELD TRIP on foot through Arles, including its Roman Amphitheatre, Antique theater, the 12th - 14th centuries cloister of Sainte-Trophime and the places painted by Van Gogh.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Avignon. Situated on the banks of the Rhone, the city’s destiny changed during the period in the 14th century when it became the seat of the Papacy. Visit the Palace of the Popes to learn about the intrigue, politics and wealth of the Avignon popes. Return to Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel L’Esplan

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

Description: A charming hotel that upholds the Lyon tradition of hospitality and prestige with an ideal location, it is conveniently located in the center of town just a stone's throw from Lyon Perrache Main Train and Metro Stations. The Best Western Charlemagne Hotel offers a mix of modernity and tradition at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers.

Contact info:
23 cours Charlemagne
Lyon, 69002 France
phone: +33 (0)4 72 77 70 00
web: www.hotel-charlemagne-lyon.com/index.php?lang=en

Room amenities: Each room at the Best Western Hotel Charlemagne is equipped with satellite TV and private bathrooms. Rooms also have AM/FM alarm clock, coffee maker, dataports, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-smoking, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, October 06 - Botanical Garden of La Garde Ardhemar and Old Lyo...
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: EXCURSION: Meander through the back roads that follow the Rhone River, to La Garde Adhemar, a perched village overlooking the Rhone Valley. A walk through the Botanical Gardens is a feast of sights and scents, with its aromatic collection and medicinal plant collection. Continue up the Rhone River valley to Lyon, situated at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. On the summit of Lyon’s highest hill, La Fourviere, take in an awesome view over the city and surrounding countryside.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Descend from La Fourviere hill on the funicular. Explore the Old Town of Lyon on foot. Walk through the fascinating “traboules”: Although a couple of Old Lyon's traboules date from Roman times, most were constructed by silk weavers in the 19th century to facilitate the transport of silk in bad weather. Resistance fighters found them equally useful during WWII.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

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

Description: A charming hotel that upholds the Lyon tradition of hospitality and prestige with an ideal location, it is conveniently located in the center of town just a stone's throw from Lyon Perrache Main Train and Metro Stations. The Best Western Charlemagne Hotel offers a mix of modernity and tradition at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers.

Contact info:
23 cours Charlemagne
Lyon, 69002 France
phone: +33 (0)4 72 77 70 00
web: www.hotel-charlemagne-lyon.com/index.php?lang=en

Room amenities: Each room at the Best Western Hotel Charlemagne is equipped with satellite TV and private bathrooms. Rooms also have AM/FM alarm clock, coffee maker, dataports, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-smoking, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Monday, October 07 - Lyon and the Silk Industry
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: Silk made Lyon a major industrial city in the sixteenth century when Francis I had weavers from Italy brought to Lyon to set up a factory. It was here, in 1804, that the Jacquard loom was invented. FIELD TRIP: Learn the intricacies of silk production have evolved through the ages and its importance in the economy today, with a visit to a silk workshop.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time to explore Lyon independently.

Dinner: Dinner on own

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

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

Description: This charming hotel is ideally located in the heart of the old Colmar, an historic city known for its delicious wines and yearly Christmas market. The hotel is located in a quiet lane close to the Maison Pfister, the Place de l'Ancienne Douane and restaurants of Little Venice and offers tastefully decorated rooms well equipped and nicely furnished. Enjoy traditional and seasonal cuisine and the tasty wines of Alsace in the comfort of the hotel's restaurant. Also, take advantage of the 40 m² indoor swimming pool with underwater massage. After a strenuous work-out in the fitness centre you can unwind in the sauna and the marble steam bath.

Contact info:
1-3-5 rue Weinemer
COLMAR, 68000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 89 41 62 10
Room amenities: Hairdryer, AC , phone, TV + cable, towels. WiFi. Internet socket. Soundproof. Fully equiped bathroom with bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Newspapers, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Sauna, Massage, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Indoor Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool (All Year), Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, October 08 - From Burgundy to Alsace (Lyon - Beaune - Colmar)
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Depart to Beaune, at the heart of the Burgundy wine region, and visit the Hospices of Beaune, with its exquisite Burgundian-Flemish architecture and preserved medieval décor. The Hospices hold and annual wine auction which is known as the “greatest charity sale in the world” whose proceeds benefit the hospital. HANDS ON EXPERIENCE: End your visit with a wine tasting.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue on the journey around France, traveling from the Burgundy region to the Alsace-Lorraine. Arriving in Colmar, a FIELD TRIP to the Bartholdi Museum explores the history and works of the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty.

Dinner: Taste the specialty of Alsace, a “choucroute garni” (Sauerkraut with sausages and potatoes). A vegetarian selection will also be available.

Evening: Field Trip: Explore Colmar on foot at night, when the lights twinkling on the Lauch River reflect upon the timber-framed buildings – a mixture of French and German architecture that make Colmar one of the most pleasing towns to stroll in the region.

Lodging: Hotel Le Rapp

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

Description: This charming hotel is ideally located in the heart of the old Colmar, an historic city known for its delicious wines and yearly Christmas market. The hotel is located in a quiet lane close to the Maison Pfister, the Place de l'Ancienne Douane and restaurants of Little Venice and offers tastefully decorated rooms well equipped and nicely furnished. Enjoy traditional and seasonal cuisine and the tasty wines of Alsace in the comfort of the hotel's restaurant. Also, take advantage of the 40 m² indoor swimming pool with underwater massage. After a strenuous work-out in the fitness centre you can unwind in the sauna and the marble steam bath.

Contact info:
1-3-5 rue Weinemer
COLMAR, 68000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 89 41 62 10
Room amenities: Hairdryer, AC , phone, TV + cable, towels. WiFi. Internet socket. Soundproof. Fully equiped bathroom with bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Newspapers, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Sauna, Massage, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Indoor Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool (All Year), Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, October 09 - Colmar - Strasbourg and the Villages of The Alsa...
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Drive to Strasbourg and walk with your local expert through Strasbourg's la Petite France, a corner of the Grand Île (the Main Island) where the Île river splits up into a number of canals, and cascades through a small area of half-timbered houses. Learn about medieval life in the UNESCO World Heritage city as you stroll this historic quarter and view the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Lunch: Enjoy a specialty of Strasbourg, the Quiche Lorraine.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: The Alsace Wine Route travels through picturesque villages and vineyards. Stop to stroll through the streets of a picturesque village and taste wines of the region. Return to Colmar.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare. Perhaps you’ll try “tarte flambee” the Alsatian version of pizza.

Lodging: Hotel Le Rapp

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

Description: The Suite Novotel Reims Centre is a modern, all-suites property located in the heart of Reims, in close proximity to the train station and conference center.

Contact info:
1 rue Edouard Mignot
Reims, 51100 France
phone: +33 (0)3 26 89 52 00
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7237-suite-novotel-reims-centre/index.shtml

Room amenities: 80 efficiency suite-style rooms measuring 30 square meters with air-conditioning, data port for High-Speed Internet access, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television with English language channels, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, tea and coffee tray, microwave, in-room safe, mini-bar, bathrobe, slippers, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer. The fourth floor has designated smoking rooms, the rest of the hotel rooms and all public areas are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour reception desk, snack and gift shop, laundry service, fitness center.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Thursday, October 10 - Reims: City of Kings and Champagne
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart to Reims.

Lunch: In a restaurant near the cathedral.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Discover Reims cathedral, one of the most beautiful examples of gothic architecture of the 13th century, where Clovis, first king of the Francs was baptized in 498 and where many of France’s kings were crowned. Continue to the Capitulation Museum, where on May 7, 1945 at 2:41 a.m. where General Eisenhower had set up his supreme headquarters, the Allied Forces brought an end to a war that had waged for more than five years, by obtaining the capitulation of the Third Reich.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Suite Novotel Reims Centre

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 Seventeen: Friday, October 11 - The Making of Champagne and the American Monument...
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: Depart to the center of the champagne production, the village of Epernay, to learn how this sparking wine is produced during a visit of a champagne cellar.

Lunch: Taste champagne made by a small, independent wine maker and lunch on local cheese, bread and charcuterie at the wine cellar..

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP/ On Site LECTURE: American Cemetery in Chateau. Thierry retraces the stories of the World War I battles of Château-Thierry and Belleau Woods at the memorials that commemorate the men who fought and lost their lives here. Continue to Paris.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Eighteen: Saturday, October 12 - Monet’s Giverny and Versailles, the Palace of the...
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Learn about Monet and Impressionist painting as you drive to the village of Giverny . Visit Claude Monet’s house and garden with its famous water lily pond.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continue to Versailles, the opulent palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Visit the palace and its Hall of Mirrors then enjoy some time to explore the gardens on your own. Return to Paris.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

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 Nineteen: Sunday, October 13 - Paris: The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower on an exclusive “behind the scenes” visit. Learn the history from its construction by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to its present day use in telecommunications. Learn how the elevators are controlled in the machinery room. Gain special access to the technical area under the first level of the Tower, with its breathtaking view. Continue to the Louvre, where you can explore at your own pace, guided by your personal MP3 audio guide created exclusively for Road Scholar.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time. Included option to explore the Cathedral of Notre Dame with your local expert.

Dinner: ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: View Paris from the water, a completely different perspective, during a Farewell Dinner aboard a Seine River cruise boat as you celebrate your journey around La Belle France.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twenty: Monday, October 14 - Departures
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Group departure transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Paris
Musee Jacquemart-AndreThe Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. It has furniture, tapestries and enamels, but is most noted for its paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck and Italian Renaissance works by Bernini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Donatello, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian and Uccello. Don’t miss the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), with its marble statuary, tropical plants and double-helix marble staircase. Just off it is the delightful fumoir (the erstwhile smoking room) filled with exotic objects collected by Jacquemart during her travels. The salon de thé is one of the most beautiful in the city.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
Musee National du Moyen AgeThe National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two structures: the frigidarium (cooling room) and other remains of Gallo-Roman baths dating from around AD 200, and the late-15th-century Hôtel de Cluny, considered the finest example of medieval civil architecture in Paris. The spectacular displays at the museum include statuary, illuminated manuscripts, weapons, furnishings, and objets d’art made of gold, ivory and enamel. But nothing compares with La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn), a sublime series of late-15th-century tapestries from the southern Netherlands now hung in circular room 13 on the 1st floor. Five of them are devoted to the senses, while the sixth is the enigmatic À Mon Seul Désir (To My Sole Desire), a reflection on vanity.
For additional information, visit: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/
Musee de L’OrangerieLocated in the southwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, this museum, with the Jeu de Paume, is all that remains of the once palatial Palais des Tuileries, which was razed during the Paris Commune in 1871. It exhibits important Impressionist works, including a series of Monet's Decorations des Nymphéas (Water Lilies) in two huge oval rooms purpose-built in 1927 on the artist's instructions, as well as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Sisley, Soutine and Utrillo.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-orangerie.fr/
Rue du Faubourg Saint-HonoréThe rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in the 8th arrondissement. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.

Important information about your itinerary:
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