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Program #20781RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 4 — Sep 25, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, September 04 - Departure from the U.S.A.
In Transit: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: http://www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 05 - Group Arrival Paris
Morning: Arrivals at the Charles de Gaulle Airport and transfers to the program hotel in Paris.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and take time to freshen up before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: http://www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 06 - Exploration of Paris
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a field trip to the Eiffel Tower. Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, 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. We will then 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: On your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city at your own pace.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: http://www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 07 - Giverny / Versailles
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Learn about Monet and Impressionist paintings during a visit to the village of Giverny. Explore Claude Monet’s house and garden with its famous water lily pond.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

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: http://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 Five: Monday, September 08 - Château Thierry / Reims
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a field trip where we will retrace 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. We will take part in a wreath laying ceremony. We will depart for the center of the champagne production, the village of Epernay.

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

Afternoon: Learn how sparkling wine is produced during a wine cellar visit. We will next travel by coach to Reims.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Suite Novotel Reims Centre

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

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, September 09 - Reims Cathedral
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a guided visit of the Reims Cathedral. Considered one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture of the 13th century, it is where Clovis, first king of the Francs was baptized in 498, and where many of France’s kings were crowned.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for Strasbourg where we will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

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

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, September 10 - Strasbourg and Alsace Wine Route
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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: Lunch & Wine Tasting in Riquewihr.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for a field trip to Colmar. Enjoy a guided walk through the city and a visit to the Bartholdi Museum. We will then return to Strasbourg.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

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: Thursday, September 11 - Beaune
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart for Beaune.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will visit the Hospices de Beaune, with its exquisite Burgundian-Flemish architecture and preserved medieval décor. The Hospices hold an annual wine auction, which is known as the “greatest charity sale in the world” and whose proceeds benefit the hospital. Afterward, we will depart to Lyon where we will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

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 Nine: Friday, September 12 - Lyon
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a walking tour of of the fascinating "traboules" and explore the Renaissance Quartier of Lyon. 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.

Lunch: Experience the food traditions of Lyon, also with origins in the silk trade, at a traditional restaurant called a “bouchon”, where the emphasis is on a convivial atmosphere and hearty cooking.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Le Lavarin is just minutes from Avignon's town centre.

Contact info:
1715, rue Chemin du Lavarin
Avignon, 84000 France
phone: +33 4 90 89 50 60
web: http://www.hotel-du-lavarin.fr/en/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, safe-deposit box, tray with tea and coffee, hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning and WI-FI.

Facility amenities: Bar and restaurant, swimming pool, garden to relax, and bicycles for rent.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, September 13 - Lyon / Avignon
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Atop the summit of Lyon’s highest hill, La Fourvière, take in an awesome view over the city and surrounding countryside. Descend from La Fourvière hill on the funicular.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The coach will depart to La Garde Adhémar. We will then transfer to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Le Lavarin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Le Lavarin is just minutes from Avignon's town centre.

Contact info:
1715, rue Chemin du Lavarin
Avignon, 84000 France
phone: +33 4 90 89 50 60
web: http://www.hotel-du-lavarin.fr/en/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, safe-deposit box, tray with tea and coffee, hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning and WI-FI.

Facility amenities: Bar and restaurant, swimming pool, garden to relax, and bicycles for rent.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, September 14 - Arles / Les Baux-de-Provence
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an on-site lecture titled, "Arles France's Roman Roots in the South of France" and a walking tour to learn about the games enjoyed by the Romans in the amphitheater, a splendid and complex piece of architecture which still remains standing in the middle of the city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart for Les Baux-de-Provence where we will visit the area as well as an oil factory. Afterward, we will return to Avignon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Best Western Le Lavarin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Le Lavarin is just minutes from Avignon's town centre.

Contact info:
1715, rue Chemin du Lavarin
Avignon, 84000 France
phone: +33 4 90 89 50 60
web: http://www.hotel-du-lavarin.fr/en/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, safe-deposit box, tray with tea and coffee, hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning and WI-FI.

Facility amenities: Bar and restaurant, swimming pool, garden to relax, and bicycles for rent.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Monday, September 15 - Avignon / Pont du Gard / Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore the medieval city of Avignon on foot and enjoy a visit to the Palace of the Popes to learn about the history of papacy in Avignon. If time allows, you can then individually visit the Saint Benezet Bridge, known as "Le Pont d'Avignon," made famous by a children's song.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart to explore the Pont du Gard. Afterward, we will depart for Châteauneuf-du-Pape and visit a winery before returning to Avignon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Best Western Le Lavarin

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

Description: The hotel is located near the Canal du Midi and just a short walk from the lower part of town. It welcomes you to a lush green space at the foot of the medieval city of Carcassonne.

Contact info:
18 Rue Camille Saint-Saëns
Carcassonne, France
phone: +33 04 68 11 92 82
web: http://www.mercure-carcassonne.com/

Room amenities: The rooms include air conditioning, a hair dryer, a safe, a telephone, a desk, satellite / cable TV, and WiFi.

Facility amenities: WiFi is available throughout the hotel. There are restaurants onsite serving traditional dishes of the region. There is an outdoor pool open in the summertime.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, September 16 - Carcassonne
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for Carcassonne.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided walking exploration of Carcassonne. Later, take some time to explore on your own before checking in at the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In a 19th-century old mansion, Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre is located near the lively Saint Pierre district, surrounded by restaurants and boutiques. A buffet breakfast is offered daily at Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre. Guests can relax and enjoy a drink at the hotel’s lounge bar or enjoy food from the room service. The Quality Hotel is 2 minute walk from the Grand Theatre, 375 yards from Place des Quinconces and 500 yards from Saint-Andre Cathedral.

Contact info:
27, rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine
Bordeaux, 33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 81 95 12
web: http://www.qualityhotelbordeauxcentre.com/

Room amenities: It has modern rooms with red and white tones and free Wi-Fi. Each air-conditioned room is fully equipped with a flat-screen TV and a Nespresso coffee machine. All rooms are serviced by an elevator.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, September 17 - St. Emilion / Bordeaux
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for St. Emilion with a rest stop en route.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore several centuries of history and legends from the time of the monk Emilion to the carving out of the amazing monolithic church. You will be able to see paintings in the Chapelle de la Trinité and learn the secrets of the catacombs. You will also taste the wines of St. Emilion. Afterward, we will depart to Bordeaux.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

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

Description: In a 19th-century old mansion, Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre is located near the lively Saint Pierre district, surrounded by restaurants and boutiques. A buffet breakfast is offered daily at Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre. Guests can relax and enjoy a drink at the hotel’s lounge bar or enjoy food from the room service. The Quality Hotel is 2 minute walk from the Grand Theatre, 375 yards from Place des Quinconces and 500 yards from Saint-Andre Cathedral.

Contact info:
27, rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine
Bordeaux, 33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 81 95 12
web: http://www.qualityhotelbordeauxcentre.com/

Room amenities: It has modern rooms with red and white tones and free Wi-Fi. Each air-conditioned room is fully equipped with a flat-screen TV and a Nespresso coffee machine. All rooms are serviced by an elevator.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Thursday, September 18 - Exploration of Bordeaux
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a guided walking exploration of Bordeaux.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take some free time to explore Bordeaux at your own pace.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the heart of the medieval Old Chinon. It offers a beautifully renovated, 16th century building complete with stylish, comfortable rooms with balconies overlooking the chateau and a charming square with a fountain. The inside of the hotel welcomes you with authentic charm, comfort and respect for tradition.

Contact info:
47 Place du Général de Gaulle
Chinon, 37500 France
phone: +33 02 47 93 33 91
web: http://www.bestwestern-hoteldefrance-chinon.com/

Room amenities: The rooms offer cable satellite television, a telephone, dataports, coffee and tea maker, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, AM/FM alarm clock, room service.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center, an onsite restaurant and room service.

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


Day Sixteen: Friday, September 19 - Bordeaux / TGV Tours
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will continue our exploration of Bordeaux.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The coach will drop us off at the TGV Bordeaux station where we will depart for Chinon. We will check-in at the hotel upon arrival.

Dinner: A a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel de France

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

Description: The hotel is located in the heart of the medieval Old Chinon. It offers a beautifully renovated, 16th century building complete with stylish, comfortable rooms with balconies overlooking the chateau and a charming square with a fountain. The inside of the hotel welcomes you with authentic charm, comfort and respect for tradition.

Contact info:
47 Place du Général de Gaulle
Chinon, 37500 France
phone: +33 02 47 93 33 91
web: http://www.bestwestern-hoteldefrance-chinon.com/

Room amenities: The rooms offer cable satellite television, a telephone, dataports, coffee and tea maker, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, AM/FM alarm clock, room service.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center, an onsite restaurant and room service.

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


Day Seventeen: Saturday, September 20 - Châteaux of the Loire Valley: Amboise and Chenonc...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to explore some of the most beautiful Loire Valley châteaux; 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. There will be a lecture en route on the French Renaissance. This morning will also take us to the Leonardo da Vinci museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will continue on to the Château de Chenonceau. Beautifully situated upon the Cher River, it is called “the Ladies’ Château” due to the women who built it and influenced its design. Stroll Diane of Poitier’s elevated garden and the contrasting garden of Catherine de Medici. We will enjoy a wine tasting before returning to Chinon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel de France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the heart of the medieval Old Chinon. It offers a beautifully renovated, 16th century building complete with stylish, comfortable rooms with balconies overlooking the chateau and a charming square with a fountain. The inside of the hotel welcomes you with authentic charm, comfort and respect for tradition.

Contact info:
47 Place du Général de Gaulle
Chinon, 37500 France
phone: +33 02 47 93 33 91
web: http://www.bestwestern-hoteldefrance-chinon.com/

Room amenities: The rooms offer cable satellite television, a telephone, dataports, coffee and tea maker, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, AM/FM alarm clock, room service.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center, an onsite restaurant and room service.

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


Day Eighteen: Sunday, September 21 - Chinon - Market and Visit of Chinon
Breakfast: At the hotel.

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

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the Château de Chinon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel de France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe is located in downtown Caen in front of the racecourse and is within walking distance from the Exhibition Center. There is a lot to discover in the area, including two medieval Abbey Churches and the Castle of Caen, all founded by the Duke of Normandy and the Memorial of Caen - Museum for Peace.

Contact info:
4 PLACE MARECHAL FOCH
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +01 49 02 00 33
web: http://www.caen-hotel-centre.com/

Room amenities: The 88 spacious bedrooms offer a very trendy graphic atmosphere with beige and chocolate tones. All the rooms are equipped with a bathrooms with a bathtub or shower and a hair-dryer, a flat screen TV and international satellite network, a telephone, a safe attress and free WiFi access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers high speed internet, a fitness center, a restaurant, and room service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nineteen: Monday, September 22 - Chinon / Mont Saint Michel / Caen
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach to Mont Saint Michel with a rest stop en route.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will explore a place the locals call "Le Mont" - better known as Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterward, we will depart by coach for Caen with a rest stop en route.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe is located in downtown Caen in front of the racecourse and is within walking distance from the Exhibition Center. There is a lot to discover in the area, including two medieval Abbey Churches and the Castle of Caen, all founded by the Duke of Normandy and the Memorial of Caen - Museum for Peace.

Contact info:
4 PLACE MARECHAL FOCH
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +01 49 02 00 33
web: http://www.caen-hotel-centre.com/

Room amenities: The 88 spacious bedrooms offer a very trendy graphic atmosphere with beige and chocolate tones. All the rooms are equipped with a bathrooms with a bathtub or shower and a hair-dryer, a flat screen TV and international satellite network, a telephone, a safe attress and free WiFi access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers high speed internet, a fitness center, a restaurant, and room service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twenty: Tuesday, September 23 - D-Day Academy: Omaha and the American Cemetery
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: There will be an on-site lecture titled, "The Landing at Omaha." Your expert will lead 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 by transportation in a WWII period vehicle.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will pay our respects with a wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Normandy American Military Cemetery before exploring the cemetery and the visitor center. Our expert will then lead us to Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. Next, we will have an excursion to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to WWII soldiers was built. We will then return to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe is located in downtown Caen in front of the racecourse and is within walking distance from the Exhibition Center. There is a lot to discover in the area, including two medieval Abbey Churches and the Castle of Caen, all founded by the Duke of Normandy and the Memorial of Caen - Museum for Peace.

Contact info:
4 PLACE MARECHAL FOCH
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +01 49 02 00 33
web: http://www.caen-hotel-centre.com/

Room amenities: The 88 spacious bedrooms offer a very trendy graphic atmosphere with beige and chocolate tones. All the rooms are equipped with a bathrooms with a bathtub or shower and a hair-dryer, a flat screen TV and international satellite network, a telephone, a safe attress and free WiFi access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers high speed internet, a fitness center, a restaurant, and room service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twenty One: Wednesday, September 24 - The Normandy Landing Beaches
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for the Caen Memorial, a major museum commemorating WWII. This is a self-guided visit, and you may wander at your own pace through the different galleries focusing on WWII, the Cold War, and Peace.

Lunch: At the Memorial.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for Bayeux for an independent discovery of the legendary tapestry that is part of UNESCO's "Memory of the World" registry. Take some time to linger over each of the 58 scenes which depict in exquisite detail the Norman invasion of England.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Two: Thursday, September 25 - Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Group departure transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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.

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49 meals: 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 11 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
30 Field trips
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