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Intergenerational in the City of Light: À la Découverte de Paris (Age 14-17)

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Program #17424RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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 Jun 27 — Jul 5, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, June 27 - Departures from the U.S.
Depart From: International flights to France.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Two: Sunday, June 28 - Arrival and Orientation
Arrive To: Group arrivals at Charles de Gaulle Airport. A coach will transfer you to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at your hotel and take time to settle in before orientation. 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: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Three: Monday, June 29 - Introduction to the French Language
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 that 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 while you find an artist to paint or draw your portrait in the Place du Tertre. Once you have mastered the French language, (or at least learned how to order pommes frites!) you will then 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: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Four: Tuesday, June 30 - 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 word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the Sainte Chapelle with its stunning stained glass windows. Also explore the Conciergerie, a former royal palace that was used as a prison during the French Revolution.

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 historic sites. Later, take some time to explore Paris at your own pace.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Discover the opulent splendor of the Opéra Garnier during a ballet performance.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Five: Wednesday, July 01 - The Louvre / Le château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Learn about the rich history of art in France. Next, enjoy a unique discovery of the Louvre, one of the most important collections of art 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: Take delight in a BBQ dinner with a French family.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Six: Thursday, July 02 - 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: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Seven: Friday, July 03 - 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: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, private bathroom with a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, and a fitness room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Eight: Saturday, July 04 - 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!

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: 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.

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: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, July 05 - 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

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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