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Aventure en Famille à Paris: Three Generations Discover the City of Light

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Program #20814RJ
9 Days | 8 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 Jul 5 — Jul 13, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, July 05 - Departures from the U.S.
Depart From: International flights to France.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Two: Sunday, July 06 - Arrival and Orientation
Arrive To: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle Airport and transfers to the program hotel in Paris.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take time to settle in. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening 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.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Three: Monday, July 07 - The Louvre / Château de Vaux le Vicomte / French ...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a course to learn about the rich history of art in France. Next, take delight in a discovery of the Louvre, one of the most important art collections in the world. You will divide into teams and be given a list of masterpieces to find.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will travel by coach to the château de Vaux le Vicomte.

Dinner: Enjoy a BBQ dinner with a French family.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

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

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Four: Tuesday, July 08 - Introduction to French Language / Montmartre
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a course to learn the basics of the French language and to practice pronunciation. This is your chance to master the essential phrases you will need to use during your week-long Parisian adventure!

Lunch: You will receive money for lunch and a list of restaurant choices in Montmartre. Your challenge is to read the menu and order in French. Try not to use your dictionary or guidebook unless absolutely necessary.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue to use your French skills and bargaining skills as you find an artist to paint or draw your portrait in the Place du Tertre. Now that you have mastered the French language, (or at least learned how to order pommes frites!) you will embark on an in-depth discovery of Montmartre. The area is famous for its many artists, as well as for the white-domed Basilique du Sacré-Cœur that rests at the summit of the city's highest hill.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

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

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Five: Wednesday, July 09 - French History / L'Île de la Cité
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: You will learn about French history during an on-site lecture and field trip to the very island where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. You will discover the world's most famous cathedral Notre Dame as well.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a unique view of Paris from the water as you cruise along the river and admire the beautiful and historic sites. Later, take the time to explore at your own pace.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a performance of the French classic La Belle et la Bête.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

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

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Six: Thursday, July 10 - Impressionism: Monet's Gardens and the Musée d'Or...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will travel by bus to Giverny, where Claude Monet created and painted his incredible gardens. You will feel as if you have stepped right into one of the artist's famous water lily paintings.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take some free time to explore Paris at your own pace before we take a field trip to the Musée d'Orsay. We will discover some of the masterpieces you learned about this morning, which were considered daring and avant-garde in the 19th century.

Dinner: At the Musée d'Orsay restaurant.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

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

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Seven: Friday, July 11 - Modern Paris and Local Culture
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Tour d'Eiffel. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. You will discover the original machine room, tour the first floor control room and bien sûr! - enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Eiffel Tower, at a nearby café of your choice, or picnic on the Champs des Mars.

Afternoon: Take the opportunity to see how real French bread is made and practice your baking skills as you create your own mouth-watering brioche. Take notes on making this delicious bread so that you can amaze your family and friends back home!

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: An exceptional setting in the heart of Paris, the floor is covered of jade marble and antique furniture in the hall. A few strides further, the purple velvet seats and the Art Deco works of art light up the eyes. The elegance of the setting combines with a warm and friendly atmosphere to assure an exceptional stay. This hotel is a true oasis of serenity and has many charms: the private gardens nestled in the center of the building appear as the jewel of the establishment.

Contact info:
289b Rue du Faubourg St Antoine
75011 Paris, France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 09 40 00
web: www.lepatiosaintantoine.com/uk/index.php

Room amenities: Alarm clock, Complimentary Newspapers, Desk & chairs, Hairdryer, Individual Air conditioning, Individual Heating, Interconnecting/adjoining rooms, Iron & ironing board, Minibar, Kitchenette stocked with the basics needed for preparing and eating food, microwave, Tea/Coffee making facilities, Bathrooms have bathtubs and showers, Radio, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking rooms, Soundproof windows, TV - Pay per view and satellite, Windows may be opened. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often smaller than hotel rooms in the U.S. There are no dressers in the rooms.

Facility amenities: 24 hour Front Desk, Concierge, Fax & photocopying, Garden, Valet laundry service, Luggage room, Meeting rooms, Porterage, Taxi service, Direct telephone line, Phone features: voicemail, Wifi in bedroom, Wifi in lobby/public rooms There is a small set of stairs from the reception and breakfast room areas leading to the first courtyard and elevator. There is a set of stairs to access the meeting room and hotel restrooms. The whole hotel is smoke free. The only spots where people are allowed to smoke are in the private courtyards.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Eight: Saturday, July 12 - Market Visit and Farewell to Paris
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit one of the city's many open-air markets where you can browse the stalls and mingle with Parisians during their morning shopping. Experience the sights, smells and delicious treats of the marché! No visit to Paris is complete without a stop at the Père Lachaise cemetery. Don't be fooled by the ghoulish sound of this outing; this is a unique chance to experience history as you walk along the stone markers bearing the names of Jean Moulin, Jim Morrison, Honoré Daumier, Oscar Wilde, and many other famous artists, musicians, statesmen, and heroes.

Lunch: On your own.

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

Dinner: Farewell dinner.

Evening: Tonight you bid farewell to Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Take this opportunity to consider all that you have experienced and learned this week as you view the city from up high.

Lodging: Le Patio Saint Antoine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, July 13 - Departures from Paris
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the USA. 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

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18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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