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Adventures Afloat: Intergenerational: Highlights of Paris and Normandy on the Seine River

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Program #21266RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
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Itinerary for Jul 11 — Jul 24, 2014

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Day One: Friday, July 11 - Departures from the U.S.
In Transit Overnight: International flight to France.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located at the foot of the Montmartre hill, the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur is a modern hotel within convenient distance to the Paris Metro and monuments.

Contact info:
3 rue Caulaincourt
Paris, 75018 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 80 79 79
web: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0373-mercure-paris-montmartre-sacre-coeur/index.shtml

Room amenities: Air-conditioned room with free Wi-Fi Internet connection, bed with duvet, flat-screen satellite TV, mini fridge, safe and bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer. The hotel allows smoking on one specific floor only, all other areas and guest rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Breakfast Room, bar, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, gift shop, laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies by program date
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, July 12 - Arrival and Welcome to Paris
Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and 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 hotel and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. 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 in a nearby restaurant.

Lodging: Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS France is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 159 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-france-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deck chairs, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Three: Sunday, July 13 - Montmartre / Paris Overview
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement. Montmartre is on a hill; there is some walking uphill at a leisurely pace.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Depart on foot to Montmartre to walk the winding streets of this “village." Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré Coeur can be seen from many points in Paris. This butte (hillock) is a delightful area of village streets and steep stairways that suddenly rise from the Grands Boulevards. The Romano-Byzantine Basilica of the Sacred Heart dates to the late 1800’s. Nearby the Place du Tertre (Painters Square) is very popular with tourists and street artists vying for the chance to paint their portraits. Until the outbreak of World War II, La Butte remained the city’s artistic and literary center. We will later divide into teams and learn about Montmartre’s Bohemian history on a treasure hunt.

Lunch: At a local Montmartre restaurant.

Afternoon: We will go on a field trip by coach for an overview of Paris. This excursion will drive by the Opera, Place Vendôme, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Louvre Museum, The City Island and the Left Bank. Afterward, we will embark the river cruise ship.

Dinner: Welcome and ship orientation followed by dinner on board the vessel.

Lodging: MS France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS France is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 159 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-france-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deck chairs, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Four: Monday, July 14 - Paris: L'Île de la Cité and Eiffel Tower
Note: Today's activities include use of the Paris Metro (subway) which has unavoidable stairs. Walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement, as well as walking and standing during visits.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship’s dining room.

Morning: We will go on a field trip to the heart of the city, where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. Discover the word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the stunning stained glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the World's Fair that marked the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Discover the original machine room, tour the first floor control room and - bien sûr! - enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.

Evening: Enjoy the display of fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, in celebration of Bastille Day.

Lodging: MS France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS France is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 159 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-france-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deck chairs, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Five: Tuesday, July 15 - Monet's Giverny
Note: Today's activities include walking on pavement and gravel up to one mile.

Breakfast: In the ship’s dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture titled, “Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny." With your Study Leader, learn the basics of the Impressionism movement and its artists, while the ship navigates along the Seine.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Discover Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny and the stunning foiliage that inspired the great artist.

Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.

Lodging: MS France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS France is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 159 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-france-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deck chairs, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, July 16 - Historic Rouen
Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship’s dining room.

Morning: Delight in a hands-on activity onboard to learn about French culture.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Explore historic Rouen, its magnificent gothic cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light, and its famous medieval half-timbered houses. Stroll the cobble stone street of the Big Clock to the Old Market Square and the site where Joan of Arc was martyred.

Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening and perhaps walk over to the Rouen cathedral.

Lodging: MS France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS France is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 159 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-france-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deck chairs, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, July 17 - Caudebec and the Abbey of Saint Wandrille
Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to one mile.

Breakfast: In the ship’s dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a hands-on activity to learn about French culture.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: A short distance from Caudebec, is Fontenelle Abbey, also called the Abbey of St. Wandrille. Hosted by one of the abbey’s monks, visit the monastery and learn the story of its founder, Wandregisel, or Saint Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of St. Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. You may wish to attend mass and experience the Gregorian chants or return to Caudebec for free time.

Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening.

Lodging: MS France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS France is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 159 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-france-2013

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, central heating, gift shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck with deck chairs, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Eight: Friday, July 18 - Honfleur / Marine Museum
Note: Today's activities includ walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

Breakfast: In the ship’s dining room.

Morning: Enjoy unique architecture during a tour of historic Honfleur. Learn why this city has one of the few remaining all-wooden churches and the important role of this city in the settlement of New France.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Learn how Honfleur’s history is tied to the sea at the Marine Museum, where model ships, paintings and objects depict daily life, business and crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, you may enjoy the atmosphere of the Old Port or visit the Eugène Boudin museum independently.

Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.

Lodging: MS France

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

Description: The Novotel Bayeux is a modern hotel, located 0.6 miles (1 km) from the famous Bayeux tapestry, the old town and in close driving proximity to the D-Day landing beaches.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
117 Rue St Patrice
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)3 32 92 16 11
web: http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0964-novotel-bayeux/index.shtml

Room amenities: 77 air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, tea and coffee courtesy tray, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a bar, computer with Internet access, outdoor swimming pool and landscaped garden.

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 Nine: Saturday, July 19 - Disembark/ Bayeux Tapestry
Note: Today's activities includ walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet onboard.

Morning: Disembark the river cruise ship and depart by motorcoach to Bayeux. Examine the Bayeux Tapestry, a lively description of the Middle Ages that describes the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is nearly 230 feet long and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The actual origins of the tapestry remain a mystery, but legend has it that William's wife Mathilda and her ladies-in-waiting embroidered it. Visit the museum using a personal audio guide and watch a film in English about the making of the Tapestry. Next, enjoy some free time in the heart of Bayeux's pedestrian area before continuing on to Omaha Beach.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Depart by coach from Bayeux to St. Laurent-sur-Mer to check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Novotel Bayeux

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

Description: The Novotel Bayeux is a modern hotel, located 0.6 miles (1 km) from the famous Bayeux tapestry, the old town and in close driving proximity to the D-Day landing beaches.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
117 Rue St Patrice
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)3 32 92 16 11
web: http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0964-novotel-bayeux/index.shtml

Room amenities: 77 air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, tea and coffee courtesy tray, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a bar, computer with Internet access, outdoor swimming pool and landscaped garden.

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 Ten: Sunday, July 20 - Caen Memorial and D-Day Academy
Note: Today's activities include riding in authentic WWII period vehicles can be somewhat bumpy depending on the terrain. Walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground. Walking and standing in the museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Visit the Caen Memorial and Museum, where displays, films and exhibits tell the story of World War II and the D-Day Landing Beaches.

Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.

Afternoon: Meet instructors from the D-Day Academy to drive in WWII period vehicles. Through specially-designed workshops and hands-on experiences, gain insights to life during the war.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Novotel Bayeux

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

Description: The Novotel Bayeux is a modern hotel, located 0.6 miles (1 km) from the famous Bayeux tapestry, the old town and in close driving proximity to the D-Day landing beaches.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
117 Rue St Patrice
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)3 32 92 16 11
web: http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0964-novotel-bayeux/index.shtml

Room amenities: 77 air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, tea and coffee courtesy tray, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a bar, computer with Internet access, outdoor swimming pool and landscaped garden.

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 Eleven: Monday, July 21 - Omaha Beach / American Cemetery / Point du Hoc
Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We will go on a field trip to Omaha Beach and have an on-site lecture. The battle for Omaha Beach is brought to life through stories and experiential learning activities that include a treasure hunt and quiz, while traveling the length and breadth of the beach with a D-Day expert.

Lunch: At a restaurant near Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: Learn about the American Invasion forces at Pointe du Hoc, an iconic site in US military history, marking the western end of the Omaha beach sector and the point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord. At the American Cemetery, a wreath-laying ceremony pays tribute to fallen heroes. We will then return to Bayeux.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Novotel Bayeux

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

Description: The Novotel Bayeux is a modern hotel, located 0.6 miles (1 km) from the famous Bayeux tapestry, the old town and in close driving proximity to the D-Day landing beaches.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
117 Rue St Patrice
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)3 32 92 16 11
web: http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0964-novotel-bayeux/index.shtml

Room amenities: 77 air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, tea and coffee courtesy tray, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a bar, computer with Internet access, outdoor swimming pool and landscaped garden.

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 Twelve: Tuesday, July 22 - Mont Saint Michel
Note: Today's activities include travel by motorcoach, walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement. Mont Saint Michel is built on a hill, therefore there is some uphill walking and steps to arrive at the abbey.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: Enjoy a field trip to Mont Saint Michel, a place the locals call "le Mont" and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, Mont Saint Michel is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael dating from the Middle Ages.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach to return to Bayeux.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Novotel Bayeux

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

Description: The Novotel Bayeux is a modern hotel, located 0.6 miles (1 km) from the famous Bayeux tapestry, the old town and in close driving proximity to the D-Day landing beaches.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
117 Rue St Patrice
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 (0)3 32 92 16 11
web: http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0964-novotel-bayeux/index.shtml

Room amenities: 77 air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, tea and coffee courtesy tray, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and a bar, computer with Internet access, outdoor swimming pool and landscaped garden.

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 Thirteen: Wednesday, July 23 - Sainte-Mère-Église / Cotentin Peninsula
Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles on pavement and sand. Plan to wear shoes that can get wet if walking across the sand at low tide.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We will take a field trip to Sainte-Mère-Église to learn the story of the paratrooper whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take an excursion to the island of Tatihou, just opposite the port of Saint Vaast La Hougue and accessible on foot at low tide or by amphibious vehicle.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Novotel Bayeux

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Thursday, July 24 - Departures
Note: Transfer Bayeux to Charles de Gaulle is approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. 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.

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