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Program #12141RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 16 — May 28, 2014

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Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day One: Friday, May 16 - Travel to France
Depart From: Overnight in transit

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Two: Saturday, May 17 - Arrival in Paris / Welcome Orientation
Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and independent transfers to the program hotel in Paris. Please note that rooms are not generally available until early to mid-afternoon, so you should plan to drop off your luggage at the hotel and then take some time to explore Paris or relax and have a leisurely lunch (on your own). There are Paris maps available at the hotel, and your Group Leader and hotel staff will be present to provide recommendations and directions.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

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 at a local restaurant

Evening: A neighborhood walk introduces you to the area around the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Three: Sunday, May 18 - Paris and the Louvre
Note: Walking and standing in museum at own pace. Return to hotel by Metro (subway)

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: Delve into the History of Paris from Roman development through the Middle Ages. FIELD TRIP: Enjoy a panoramic overview by coach of Paris' monuments and most famous sites, while your Paris Expert continues the discussion of the city's history and its architecture throughout the ages.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to the Louvre, the largest royal palace built in the 16th century, enlarged in the 17th C., turned into a museum after the French Revolution. Visit the Louvre at your own pace, using Road Scholar’s exclusively customized MP3 audio-guide. Return to the hotel using the Paris Metro (subway) system.

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


Day Four: Monday, May 19 - Montmartre: History, Art and the Bohemian Life
Note: Use of Paris Metro (subway), with some unavoidable stairs; visit of Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur on foot includes walking on pavement and cobblestones for up to 1.5 hours at a time, walking up to two miles over the course of the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: “French Society and France’s political system.” FIELD TRIP: Depart on foot and use the Paris Metro and the Montmartre Funicular. At the Basilica of Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) examine the history of its construction, the amazing murals that decorate its interior – not paintings, but intricately constructed mosaics – and take in the views over Paris from the city’s highest geographical location.

Lunch: In a restaurant in Montmartre.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the tiny streets and squares of Montmartre. Discover the meeting places where the artists gathered at the end of the 19th century and learn about the neighborhood’s Bohemian traditions. Return to the hotel on the Metro.

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


Day Five: Tuesday, May 20 - The City Island and Rive Gauche - The Latin Quart...
Note: Use of Paris Metro (subway), with some unavoidable stairs; visit of the City Island and Latin Quarter on foot includes walking on pavement and cobblestones for up to 1.5 hours at a time, walking up to two miles over the course of the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: "May 1968" Learn the history and long-term effects of this eventful period in Paris. FIELD TRIP: "Medieval Art & Architecture in Paris" Explore the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris featuring Sainte-Chapelle & Notre Dame Cathedral, led by your Paris Expert.

Lunch: In a Left Bank restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A walking exploration of the myriad streets of the Latin Quarter, home to the biggest university complex in France and one of the oldest universities in the world - La Sorbonne, dedicated to Literature, Languages, Civilizations, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Walk the streets of this neighborhood to examine the medieval foundations of the quarter’s churches and small pedestrian streets. You may wish to explore Cluny Convent, the Pantheon or the Luxembourg Gardens independently. Return to the hotel on the Metro at your leisure.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: View Paris from the Seine River, a completely different perspective, during a boat cruise.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

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 Six: Wednesday, May 21 - High-Speed Train to Lyon and the Beaujolais Wine ...
Note: Embarking and disembarking train with luggage. Travel by train.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Take the TGV or "high-speed train" from Paris to Lyon.

Lunch: In the Beaujolais vineyards.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Head out into the picturesque villages and vineyards of the Beaujolais. The Beaujolais region is the most southern part of the Burgundy vineyards. Wine has been produced in this region since Roman times. Learn what differentiates Beaujolais from other red wines during a tasting. Return to Lyon late afternoon to check in at the hotel.

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 Seven: Thursday, May 22 - Lyon’s Historic Streets Old and New: Old Lyon, La...
Lyon’s Historic Streets Old and New: Old Lyon, La Fourviere and The Confluence

Note: Use of Lyon subway and tramway, with some unavoidable stairs; visit of the historic districe of Lyon on foot includes walking on pavement and cobblestones for up to 1.5 hours at a time, walking up to two miles over the course of the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: LECTURE: "History and economy of the city of Lyon". FIELD TRIP: Explore the old town of Lyon on foot, from the Place de Terreaux to the Place de Bellecour. 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. Take the funicular up to La Fourviere to enjoy the view over the city.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: Contrast the historic center of Old Lyon with the new architectural developments of La Confluence, on a pedi-cab ride, ending at the hotel.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

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 Eight: Friday, May 23 - Lyon, the Gastronomic Capital of France
Note: Use of Lyon subway and tramway, with some unavoidable stairs; visit of the markets of Lyonon foot includes walking on pavement and cobblestones for up to 1.5 hours at a time, walking up to two miles over the course of the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Experience the food traditions of Lyon, known as “the stomach of France” on a walk through the market stalls frequented by local and restaurant chefs alike. Learn about the local ingredients, how they are used and the origins of regional customs.

Lunch: Taste regional specialties.

Afternoon: Free Time

Dinner: In a nearby restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

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: http://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: Saturday, May 24 - Introduction to Provence
Note: Visit of the village on foot includes walking on pavement and cobblestones for up to 1.5 hours at a time, walking up to two miles over the course of the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the medieval, walled village of Saint Paul-Trois-Chateaux on foot. 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 (bicycle race). Medieval remains include vestiges of 14th century ramparts, the Eglise St Jean, rebuilt in the 12th century by the Knights Templars, and the vestiges of a 14th century synagogue. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: Learn to play “petanque”, the outdoor bowling game played in the village squares around Provence. Share a “pastis”, the traditional drink of the south with local residents.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Learn about an Introduction to Provence in a lecture at the hotel. Then enjoy a guiding walking tour of the old town of Avignon.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy an evening stroll at leisure through the village, taking part in its everyday life.

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: http://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: Sunday, May 25 - Market Day in Nyons
Note: Visit of the village on foot includes walking on pavement and cobblestones for up to 1.5 hours at a time, walking up to two miles over the course of the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart on an EXCURSION through the back roads of Provence, where rows of lavender color the landscape in deep purple and hill towns are capped by medieval castle ruins. FIELD TRIP on foot through charming Nyons, situated on the banks of the River Eygues and surrounded by olive groves. Thursday is market day: delight in the colorful display of local produce and lively activity.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare. Why not pick up some olives, bread and cheese at the market?

Afternoon: ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: Taste the wines of the Vinsobres vineyards. Return to Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel L'Esplan

Meals Included: Breakfast
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: http://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: Monday, May 26 - Aix-en-Provence and Avignon
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart by motorcoach to Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. LECTURE En Route: “Impressionists in Provence”. FIELD TRIP: In Aix-en-Provence, visit Cezanne’s small but airy studio. Walk through the flower market and tiny streets of the historic center.

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: 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: http://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 Twelve: Tuesday, May 27 - Arles and the Camargue
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Depart by motorcoach to Arles and the Camargue. LECTURE en route: “Romans in Provence”. 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 the Camargue, famous for its native breeds of bulls and horses. Visit a “manade” (cattle ranch) and learn about daily life, with its roots in the traditions and history of the Camargue. Return to Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux.

Dinner: Enjoy an “aperitif” with locals then celebrate your journey with a Farewell Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel L'Esplan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Wednesday, May 28 - Departure
Breakfast: the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Departure by coach from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS).

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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