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Program #21030RJ
15 Days | 14 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 Aug 5 — Aug 19, 2013

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Day One: Monday, August 05 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel stands in a Grade II listed 500-year old building, famous for hosting Jane Austen's 18th birthday party.

Ship Information: N/A.

Contact info:
34-35 High Street
Southampton, SO14 2HN UK:England
phone: +44 2380 386460
web: www.mercure.com

Room amenities: All bedrooms are non-smoking and have WiFi access, flatscreen TV with satellite channels, hair dryer, iron and board, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephone. Air Cooling. 220/240 V AC and 110/120 V AC.

Facility amenities: Brasserie style Signature Restaurant and Oak Bar. WiFI internet access at a fee. Dry cleaning at a fee.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 06 -
Arrive To: London Heathrow and transfer by car or coach to Southampton.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel in Southampton.

Afternoon: Check in and relax before a welcome meeting and introductions at 5:00pm in the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

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

Description: The hotel stands in a Grade II listed 500-year old building, famous for hosting Jane Austen's 18th birthday party.

Ship Information: N/A.

Contact info:
34-35 High Street
Southampton, SO14 2HN UK:England
phone: +44 2380 386460
web: www.mercure.com

Room amenities: All bedrooms are non-smoking and have WiFi access, flatscreen TV with satellite channels, hair dryer, iron and board, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephone. Air Cooling. 220/240 V AC and 110/120 V AC.

Facility amenities: Brasserie style Signature Restaurant and Oak Bar. WiFI internet access at a fee. Dry cleaning at a fee.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 07 - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, to explore Nelson's HMS Victory and the Trafalgar Experience; Mary Rose and HMS Warrior 1860 and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Lunch: Taken in the No 7 Boathouse at the Dockyard.

Afternoon: The field trip continues with a harbour boatride to view modern warships at dock

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, August 08 - D-Day Museum. Embarkation.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Tapestry in Portsmouth. Lunchtime embarkation

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Check into your cabins and relax before dinner. Ship safety meeting. Sail at 5:00pm.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: At leisure. Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, August 09 - St Malo for Mont St Michel, Brittany.
Note: Steep climb in old town from town to Abbey, steps in Abbey. Walking 21/2 hours on some cobbles. Swan Hellenic rated 3.20-30 minute walk from coach park to public shuttle bus stop into Mont St Michel.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: The ship docks at St Malo at 9:00am. The ship is berthed in the inner harbour an easy walk into the old town and ramparts for independent exploration.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Take an afternoon field trip to the unique fortified abbey of Mont St Michel built on the summit of a rocky tidal island with access by causeway at low tide. Guided tour of the Abbey which was a Benedictine monastery and then, 73 years after the French Revolution a political prison. Free time for independent exploration. Journey of 1 hour each way. 6 hours in total.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Minerva departs St Malo at 7:15pm. Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, August 10 - A day at sea cruising from St Malo to La Rochelle...
A day at sea cruising from St Malo to La Rochelle in the west of France.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Times are subject to change.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by David Smith "Freedom Fries and French Fries-French National Identity". Welcome cocktail party.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, August 11 - La Rochelle/La Pallice. Cognac tasting.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Minerva docks at La Pallice-La Rochelle at 8:00am. Situated in a picturesque bay, the port is naturally sheltered by the Islands of Ré an Oléron. Field trip from the Gateway to Cognac. La Rochelle is the main port of call for the town of Cognac approximately 80 km. The Charente river region features some of the world-famous vineyards of Cognac as well as ancient towns studded with Romanesque treasures. In Cognac, you will visit the famous Hennessy cellars, crossing the Charente River by boat to step into the distillation area; here you will be introduced to the grand traditions involved in the manufacture of cognac including the swan’s neck-shaped alembic stills that are used to this day. Enjoy a sample of Hennessy’s cognac. After lunch in a local restaurant visit the town of Saintes, a former Roman city and an important town on the Pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela, including a photo stop at the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre.

Lunch: Included in a local restaurant..

Afternoon: Field trip continues. 5:00pm David Smith lectures on "French Food and Wine".

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities. Depart La Rochelle at 11:00pm.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, August 12 - Historic Bordeaux and Chateau wine tasting.
Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Swan Hellenic lecture at 9:30am. Minerva docks at Bordeaux at 11:45 am. Shipboard activities in the morning.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Discover the highlights of historic Bordeaux, including the Quai de Chartrons, where the Bordeaux wine trade has its roots, the splendid Place de la Bourse, the 15th century Cailhau Gate and Gambetta Square. You’ll also see the elaborate Monument aux Girondins in the Place des Quinconces. Drive out of Bordeaux through a landscape of vineyards to a prestigious château to visit the wine cellar and sample two local wines. Hot and cold refreshments available.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities. Minerva is docked in Bordeaux overnight.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, August 13 - St Emilion.
Note: .

Breakfast: On board ship

Morning: Discover the attractive regions of Pomerol and St Emilion, heartland of the Merlot grape, which produces delicious, rich, round wines. The vines on the “hill with a thousand châteaux”, reach right up to St Emilion’s 13th century town walls and surrounding moat, dug out of solid rock. You will visit the main monuments of the town: the collegiate church and its magnificent cloister from the 12th century, the ramparts and the market place. Beside the church, the catacombs include a charnel house and a number of sepulchres from the 11th and 12th centuries. During your walking tour you will also see the Cadene Gate and the King’s Tower. Enjoy some free time in the village before visiting a nearby château where you will be guided through the wine cellars and offered a tasting of two local wines.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy shipboard activities or take an independent exploration of Bordeaux. 5:00pm David Smith lectures on "The Cultural Heritage of Brittany".

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities. Depart Bordeaux at 11:00pm.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, August 14 - Belle- Ile-en-mer.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Minerva sails towards Belle Ile. Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Arrive Belle Ile for a scenic coastal drive.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: The ship departs at 8:00pm.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, August 15 - Lecture.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: 2:30pm David Smith lectures on "Art: From Monet to Gaugin".

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Friday, August 16 - St Peter Port, Guernsey, the Channel Islands.
Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.

Morning: The ship docks at 8:00am in St. Peter Port, the principal town on the island of Guernsey. Guernsey is second-largest of the several Channel Islands located 30 miles west of France's coast of Normandy and 75 miles south of Weymouth on the south coast of England. It is a British Crown Dependency but with its own sense of independence and own currency, A tender service will operate at during the afternoon from the ship to St Peter Port for those who wish to explore independently. The town centre and 12th century parish church of St Peter are within easy walking distance of the quay

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Independent exploration of St Peter Port. Minerva departs at 5:00pm.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Saturday, August 17 - Honfleur, Normandy. Pays D'Auge.
Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.

Breakfast: Included.

Morning: Drive through the Auge region, characterised by fields, wooded valleys, cider orchards and dairy farms, manor houses and chateaux to Breuil en Auge, to visit the historic slate-roofed Château du Breuil and its copper distillery. The château dates from the 16th-17th centuries and has been home to noteworthy families over the years. You can also sample some calvados, apple brandy aged in oak casks in the cellar of the castle, before returning to Honfleur. In Honfleur visit St Catherine’s Church, a 15th century church constructed entirely of wood by carpenters from a local shipyard; the interior ressembles an upturned boat. Stroll past the tile-covered salt warehouses, the old port and its picturesque quayside and the Lieutenancy – the 16th century house in which the King’s lieutenant, the Governor of Honfleur, once lived

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Independent exploration of Honfleur. See the Harbor, the Old Dock and Sainte Catherine's Church.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

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

Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.

Contact info:
140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex., UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Sunday, August 18 - Disembarkation Portsmouth. Brighton Pavillion.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Disembark after breakfast. Journey by coach to the seaside town of Brighton. Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society. The Royal Pavilion is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain.

Lunch: Taken out in Brighton.

Afternoon: Continue on to your hotel near Heathrow Airport. Check in and relax.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Monday, August 19 -
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take the public transport Hoppa bus to Heathrow terminals. Flight departures to North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


London Heathrow Airport
Central LondonThere are endless possibilities for an evening in London: The theater, a walk along the South Bank, guided walks, historic pubs, trend-setting restaurants, a stroll through SoHo.
For additional information, visit: www.timeout.com/london/

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