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Adventures Afloat: Champagne Canal Voyage: The Spirit of France by Barge

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Program #21555RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Sep 1 — Sep 10, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 01 - Departures from the U.S.
In Transit Overnight: International flights to France.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Central Saint Germain was recently renovated in 2009 and is centrally located in the Latin Quarter and in Saint Germain des Prés near the Seine.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
3 Rue Champollion
Paris, France
phone: +33 1 46 34 14 20
web: http://centralsaintgermain.com/index_en.html

Room amenities: There are 35 renovated and air-conditioned rooms, decorated in a typically romantic Parisian style. All rooms are equipped with a private shower or bathtub, toilet, hairdryer, safe, TV with international channels, and WiFi.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a reception with a luggage room, lounge, buffet breakfast offering coffee, tea, cereal, cheese, yogurt, toast, bread and other "viennoiseries," an elevator, and WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Tuesday, September 02 - Arrival in Paris and Orientation
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel. Check-in and take time to relax and 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 near the hotel.

Lodging: Central Saint Germain

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Central Saint Germain was recently renovated in 2009 and is centrally located in the Latin Quarter and in Saint Germain des Prés near the Seine.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
3 Rue Champollion
Paris, France
phone: +33 1 46 34 14 20
web: http://centralsaintgermain.com/index_en.html

Room amenities: There are 35 renovated and air-conditioned rooms, decorated in a typically romantic Parisian style. All rooms are equipped with a private shower or bathtub, toilet, hairdryer, safe, TV with international channels, and WiFi.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a reception with a luggage room, lounge, buffet breakfast offering coffee, tea, cereal, cheese, yogurt, toast, bread and other "viennoiseries," an elevator, and WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, September 03 - Discovering Paris' L'île de la Cité - Notre Dame ...
Discovering Paris' L'île de la Cité - Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle

Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles in the morning over cobblestone streets. This day also includes use of the Paris metro. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning walk and metro ride to L'île de la Cité, the historical heart of Paris. With your local expert, explore the two best examples of gothic architecture, the Sainte Chapelle and the beautiful famed Notre Dame cathedral.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the historic center of Paris.

Afternoon: Spend some free time to discover the parts of Paris you have not yet seen or head over to the Musée d'Orsay or the Louvre.

Dinner: On your own. Recommendations will be provided.

Lodging: Central Saint Germain

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Riverboat

Description: With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide.

Ship Information: The ship is a motorized canal and river barge. It is 128 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
Room amenities: All cabins are outside cabins with window or porthole and feature a private bathroom with shower, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe, and independant air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a spacious lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure, as well as WiFi. Bicycles are also available onboard for passenger use.

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

Bathroom: Showers only


Day Four: Thursday, September 04 - Discover Montmarte and Embarquement
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles in the morning over cobblestone streets and using the metro.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a late morning. Check out must be completed by 10:00 a.m. and luggage can be stored in the lobby. After checking out, we will head over to Montmarte, the artistic Heart of Paris. Led by your expert, learn what made this little hill in Paris so famous.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy a quick lunch at your choice of the many cafés on Montmarte.

Afternoon: We will continue exploring the Butte Montmarte, ending the afternoon by taking the coach to embark the barge.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the MS Raymonde.

Lodging: MS Raymonde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide.

Ship Information: The ship is a motorized canal and river barge. It is 128 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
Room amenities: All cabins are outside cabins with window or porthole and feature a private bathroom with shower, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe, and independant air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a spacious lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure, as well as WiFi. Bicycles are also available onboard for passenger use.

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

Bathroom: Showers only


Day Five: Friday, September 05 - Chalons-en Champagne to Epernay
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles in the morning over cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: On board the MS Raymonde.

Morning: We will discover the rarely visited town of Chalons-en-Champagne, known as the bubbling Venice. We will next board a small boat to see the city from its many canals. We will then end the visit with a tasting of regional specialties.

Lunch: On board the MS Raymonde.

Afternoon: Enjoy sailing on the Marne and taking in the vistas as we leave Chalons-en-Champagne for Epernay. There will be a presentation led by your Study Leader on the history of the Champagne region and the rise of Champagne production.

Dinner: On board the MS Raymonde.

Lodging: MS Raymonde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide.

Ship Information: The ship is a motorized canal and river barge. It is 128 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
Room amenities: All cabins are outside cabins with window or porthole and feature a private bathroom with shower, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe, and independant air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a spacious lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure, as well as WiFi. Bicycles are also available onboard for passenger use.

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

Bathroom: Showers only


Day Six: Saturday, September 06 - Château Thierry / Discover the Champagne Wine Ro...
Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles in the morning over cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: On board the MS Raymonde.

Morning: We will leave for an exploration of the Champagne Wine Route. You will discover the region's picturesque vineyards and explore Hautviller, where Dom Perignon is believed to have invented the method of turning wine into champagne. We will end the day with a visit to the Royal Cathedral of Reims, which was saved from the bombing of WWI and remains a jewel of Gothic Architecture.

Lunch: On board the MS Raymonde.

Afternoon: As we sail toward château Thierry, learn about the Marne valley. It was a major tether for the American Dough Boys during WWI and the sites offer beautiful monuments honoring the sacrifice made by troops in the 14-18 conflict.

Dinner: On board the MS Raymonde.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of French and regional trivia.

Lodging: MS Raymonde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide.

Ship Information: The ship is a motorized canal and river barge. It is 128 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
Room amenities: All cabins are outside cabins with window or porthole and feature a private bathroom with shower, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe, and independant air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a spacious lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure, as well as WiFi. Bicycles are also available onboard for passenger use.

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

Bathroom: Showers only


Day Seven: Sunday, September 07 - La Ferte-sous-Jouarre
Breakfast: On board the MS Raymonde.

Morning: Our journey will transport you back almost 100 years to the battlefields of the Western Front. Learn about some decisive battles that turned the war around and remember the sacrifice made by our heroes during a special wreath laying ceremony at the American WWI cemetery in Belleau Woods.

Lunch: On board the MS Raymonde.

Afternoon: Sail through the heart of the Seine-et-Marne countryside for La Ferte-sous-Jouarre. Enjoy a presentation by your Study Leader on the history of the Champagne region.

Dinner: On board the MS Raymonde.

Lodging: MS Raymonde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide.

Ship Information: The ship is a motorized canal and river barge. It is 128 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
Room amenities: All cabins are outside cabins with window or porthole and feature a private bathroom with shower, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe, and independant air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a spacious lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure, as well as WiFi. Bicycles are also available onboard for passenger use.

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

Bathroom: Showers only


Day Eight: Monday, September 08 - Meaux
Breakfast: On board the MS Raymonde.

Morning: As we sail towards Meaux, enjoy another presentation by your Study Leader. You also will be able to admire the beauty of the Marne valley before we arrive in Meaux.

Lunch: On board the MS Raymonde.

Afternoon: Experience a visit to Meaux, a beautifully kept city offering a wonderful blend of medieval, Gothic, Baroque, and modern architecture. This city was home to a large religious community that was said to have created the method to make brie cheese. We will end our visit of Meaux at the new WWI museum.

Dinner: On board the MS Raymonde.

Lodging: MS Raymonde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide.

Ship Information: The ship is a motorized canal and river barge. It is 128 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, France
phone: +Nopublicphoneforthebarge
Room amenities: All cabins are outside cabins with window or porthole and feature a private bathroom with shower, TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe, and independant air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a spacious lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure, as well as WiFi. Bicycles are also available onboard for passenger use.

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

Bathroom: Showers only


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 09 - Paris
Breakfast: On board the MS Raymonde.

Morning: Enjoy the final cruising and take in the vistas as we approach Paris.

Lunch: On board the MS Raymonde.

Afternoon: Enjoy the highlights of Paris. We will start by driving around the French capital to see the main monuments before disembarking near the Palais Royal to enjoy a walk around the covered passageways, not often used by visitors.

Dinner: Farewell gala dinner on board the MS Raymonde.

Lodging: MS Raymonde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Wednesday, September 10 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: On board the MS Raymonde.

Morning: Disembark no later than 9 AM and transfer to the Paris CDG airport for your flights home. 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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