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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 2 — Jun 17, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Millenium Hilton hotel is conveniently located right in the heart of New York City’s bustling financial district within easy reach of Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. The hotel is located just a few steps from the National 9/11 Memorial. Surrounded by the renowned New York neighborhoods of SoHo, Tribeca and Greenwich Village, this Lower Manhattan hotel is the perfect place to stay for an unmistakable flavor of an unforgettable city. Enjoy astonishing views from the sleek and streamlined 55-story building.

Contact info:
55 CHURCH STREET
New York, NY 10007 USA
phone: 212-693-2001
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/millenium-hilton-NYCMLHH/index.html

Room amenities: 50 Thread Count Sheets Air Conditioning Alarm Radio Black-Out Curtains Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection Complimentary HBO(R) Duvet Covers Ergonomic Desk Chair Feather Pillows Non Allergenic Flexible Work Environment Granite Counter Tops/Vanities Hilton Serenity Bed Hilton Serenity CollectionTM In-Room Movie Channel Lever Door Handles Non-Smoking TV - 42 Inch Flat Panel HD TV-Cable TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN TV-Standard Network Thermostat (adjustable) Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp Workstation Alarms - Audible Automatic Door Closer Controlled Access Corridors Double Locking Doors Electronic Locks Electronic Smoke Detector Safe Secondary Locking Device Thumb Dead Bolt Wide Angle Door Viewer 24 Hour Housekeeping Bathroom Amenities Coffee Maker Convenient Electrical Outlets Cuisinart Coffeemaker Desk Level Electric Plugs Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks Evening Room Service Available Hairdryer High Speed Internet Access Iron Iron/Ironing Board Mini Bar Newspaper M-F (USA Today) Remote-Controlled Television Rollaways Telephone - Auto Wakeup Telephone - Two Lines Telephone - Voice Mail Telephone - in Bath

Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental Business Center Express Mail Fax Meeting Rooms Modem Photo Copying Service Printer Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Complimentary WiFi in Lobby Concierge Desk Electric Service Elevators Foreign Currency Exchange Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Lounge Multi-Lingual Staff News Stand Room Service Safety Deposit Box WiFi - $12.95/day in Guestroom

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please call Road Scholar Travel Services to inquire about rates and availability 1800-241-1404.


Day One: Tuesday, June 02 - Arrival and Orientation in New York
Arrive To: Afternoon arrival in New York.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and take some time to settle into your room, before meeting with your Group Leader for your orientation. Your Group Leader will lead introductions, review the programme theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate and programme activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s sleep for the day ahead.

Lodging: MILLENIUM HILTON

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, June 03 - The 9/11 Memorial and the Queen Mary 2
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: This morning we pay an optional visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, an educational and historical institution honouring the victims and examining 9/11 and its continued global significance. Alternatively, you may take a few hours to explore the city and perhaps visit one of the many famous museums New York has to offer.

Lunch: Lunch is excluded to allow you to explore the many culinary delights of New York.

Afternoon: Group transfer from your hotel to the Queen Mary 2 boarding dock. Take some time to unpack and familiarize yourself with the ship.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia and Britannia Club Restaurants. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Evening: At leisure. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Perhaps even wander through the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, to find a book and that perfect reading chair.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, June 04 - Crossing the Atlantic: The Prelude to Armageddon ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Enjoy lectures by your Course Director on “The Prelude to Armageddon – the 19th Century” and “World War I”.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King’s Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch in the Boardwalk Café if the weather permits.

Afternoon: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Consider taking a class such as watercolour painting or ballroom dancing, enjoying one of the ship's swimming pools, and more.

Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.

Evening: Following dinner, you may choose to enjoy a show a show in the ship’s theatre, practice your dance steps in the ballroom or simply return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on the ship’s TV.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, June 05 - Crossing the Atlantic: The Peace Conferences and ...
Crossing the Atlantic: The Peace Conferences and the Rise of Hitler & Appeasement and the Path to Perdition

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Enjoy lectures by your Course Director on “The Peace Conferences and the Rise of Hitler” and “Appeasement and the Path to Perdition”.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: At leisure to choose from among the incredible variety of onboard activities, before joining your Group Leader and Course Director for a welcome cocktail party.

Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, June 06 - Crossing the Atlantic: World War II in Europe & P...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Enjoy lectures by your Course Director on “World War II in Europe” and “Planning for Overlord”.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: At leisure to take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available on board, or simple to relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.

Evening: Free for leisure activities.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, June 07 - Crossing the Atlantic: German Forces & The French...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Enjoy lectures by your Course Director on “The German Armed Forces On D-Day” and “The French Occupation and Resistance”.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: At leisure. You can grab a ticket for this afternoon’s planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps to retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.

Evening: Free for shipboard activities.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, June 08 - Crossing the Atlantic: Interpreting the Battlefie...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Listen as your group and Course Director lectures about “Interpreting the Battlefield” and "Intelligence and Deception".

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free for shipboard activities.

Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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

Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots

Contact info:
Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.

Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, June 09 - Crossing the Atlantic: Preparing for D-Day Sites ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Your Course Director will lead a final discussion on everything you have learned. This is time for you to share experiences of the war, ask questions and discuss the causes and ramifications of D-Day as you prepare to disembark and begin learning about World War II first hand.

Lunch: Lunch on board in a venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Take time to prepare for disembarkation and perhaps enjoy a final few activities on the Queen Mary 2.

Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the logistics of disembarking as well as what to expect during the UK and France component of your programme.

Evening: At leisure for your last chance to experience the myriad activities the Queen Mary 2 has to offer as the sun sets.

Lodging: Queen Mary II

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

Description: Standing proudly on the seafront at Southsea and looking over the Solent, this historic hotel evokes an authentic feeling of bygone days. The hote,l established in 1866, features magnificent chandeliers, grand staircases and seafaring memorabilia.

Contact info:
St Helen's Parade
Southsea
Portsmouth, PO4 0RN UK:England
phone: +44 (0) 23 9273 1281
web: www.royalbeachhotel.co.uk

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Flat screen TV with Freeview. Free WiFi. Tea and coffee making facilities. Iron and ironing board. 24 hour room service.

Facility amenities: Ark Royal Restaurant and bar. 2 lifts to the 4 floors.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, June 10 - D-Day Preparations in the United Kingdom
Note: The HMS Victory is a historic warship with very low ceilings, uneven flooring and steep staircases. It would be difficult for participants with limited mobility or any stability/balance difficulties to take part in this field trip. As an alternative, participants can walk around the historic dockyard during this time.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board before disembarking.

Morning: Field trip to The D-Day Museum. Established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944, the museum’s centrepiece is the Overlord Embroidery. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it is a moving tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany, depicting scenes across 34 fascinating panels. Also within the Embroidery Gallery is the audio-visual theatre, where archive film footage, music, wartime images and the words of those who lived through it combine to evoke the atmosphere of World War II. Elsewhere in the museum you will be able to experience the sights and sounds of Britain at war – the air raid warden’s life during the Blitz, the factory resounding to the strains of “Music While You Work” and troops preparing for D-Day in their forest camp. The climax of the displays is a dawn to dusk reconstruction of the Allied landing by sea and air on D-Day itself – World War II’s “longest day”, before a sombre photograph of the rows of gravestones from the war cemetery at Ranville in Normandy provides a sharp reminder of the price of victory, which must never be forgotten. We will also visit Southwick House, the house chosen to be the location of the advance command post of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at a traditional pub on Portsmouth Dock.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will look into Britain’s naval past at Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, with the opportunity to pay a visit to HMS Victory. Currently undergoing restoration, we will have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world. The restoration of this fine ship is a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest navel hero, and his stunning victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Her topmasts and rigging have been struck, or taken down, and her planking is under investigation. The last time HMS Victory was seen without her top masts was back in 1944, so this really is a once in a life time opportunity to see HMS Victory under-going such extreme maintenance. Interestingly, with her topmasts down, Victory will look much as she did after the Battle of Trafalgar when she had to be towed to Gibraltar for repairs. We will also have time to visit The Royal Naval Museum, one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in the year 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th century. Today, the Fleet's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is, to a remarkable extent, the history of Britain.

Afternoon: Field trip "Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the HMS Victory": HMS Victory is currently undergoing a period of restoration and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world. The restoration of this fine ship is a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero, and his stunning victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Her topmasts and rigging have been struck, or taken down, and her planking is under investigation. This is nothing unusual as wooden ships like Victory needed constant care and attention from the day they were launched. These repairs are simply the latest in a long tradition of regular upkeep. The last time HMS Victory was seen without her top masts was back in 1944, so this really is a once in a life time opportunity to see HMS Victory under-going such extreme maintenance. Interestingly, with her topmasts down, Victory will look much as she did after the Battle of Trafalgar when she had to be towed to Gibraltar for repairs.

Dinner: Enjoy a relaxing dinner after checking in at your hotel in Portsmouth..

Evening: At leisure for you to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s journey to France.

Lodging: Best Western Royal Beach Hotel

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

Description: iSituated in Caen in the heart of Normandy in the city of William the Conqueror: the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance is located in the city center.

Contact info:
1 rue de Courtonne
Caen, 14018 France
phone: +33 2 31472424
web: www.accor-hotels.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, international satellite flat-screen TV, radio. Free Wi-Fi. Air-conditioning. Hairdrier. Tea and coffee making facilities. Minibar. Room service.

Facility amenities: Restaurant bar. Free Wi-FI.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, June 11 - Crossing the Channel & Pegasus Bridge
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of the hotel and take the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, France. Take this time to reflect on the many soldiers who crossed these same waters on June 6th, 1944.

Lunch: Take lunch on board the ferry as you cross the English Channel.

Afternoon: Take a walk across the famous Pegasus Bridge, a major objective of British airborne troops in the opening minutes of D-Day. The successful taking of the bridge played an important role in limiting the effectiveness of a German counter-attack in the days and weeks following the invasion. We then depart for the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

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

Description: iSituated in Caen in the heart of Normandy in the city of William the Conqueror: the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance is located in the city center.

Contact info:
1 rue de Courtonne
Caen, 14018 France
phone: +33 2 31472424
web: www.accor-hotels.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, international satellite flat-screen TV, radio. Free Wi-Fi. Air-conditioning. Hairdrier. Tea and coffee making facilities. Minibar. Room service.

Facility amenities: Restaurant bar. Free Wi-FI.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, June 12 - Sainte-Mere-Eglise and Gold Beach
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Your lecturer will speak this morning on “The Paratroopers of Sainte-Mere-Eglise” and “The Landing at Utah Beach” as we travel to the heavily fought over town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. In the town you will be able to independently explore the fascinating Airborne Museum, which currently holds more than 4,500 artefacts relating to the battle for the town.

Lunch: Take lunch at Le Roosevelt, a restaurant built around a former German bunker just yards from Utah Beach.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will learn about the Artificial Harbour of Gold Beach. On the way to the beach your military history expert will discuss the significance of the harbours, before you yourself are able to discover the remnants of the enormous floating harbour at Gold Beach. This incredible feat of engineering enabled the delivery of crucial supplies, vehicles and personnel during the early phases of the Battle of Normandy. We will also be able to explore the German artillery battery at Longues sur Mer, with its long range guns overlooking the beaches.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at or near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

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

Description: iSituated in Caen in the heart of Normandy in the city of William the Conqueror: the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance is located in the city center.

Contact info:
1 rue de Courtonne
Caen, 14018 France
phone: +33 2 31472424
web: www.accor-hotels.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, international satellite flat-screen TV, radio. Free Wi-Fi. Air-conditioning. Hairdrier. Tea and coffee making facilities. Minibar. Room service.

Facility amenities: Restaurant bar. Free Wi-FI.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, June 13 - Omaha Beach and the American Cemetary
Note: World War II period trucks are used for transport along Omaha Beach; participants must climb and descend a short ladder in order to get in and out of the trucks. There will be assistants on hand for this, and the experience is highlight of the program and should not be missed. However, those with mobility limitations should keep in mind that the Omaha Beach experience does require some balance and the ability to get in and out of a period truck.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will visit Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest sector of the D-Day invasion and where many American GI’s young lives ended. Pay homage to their sacrifice as you stand on the sand overlooking the Channel. Step into their shoes as you climb into World War II period trucks and drive along the beach as your lecturer invokes the sights, sounds and myriad emotions of June 6th 1944.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a restaurant in St. Laurent.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will have an opportunity to pay your respects to the fallen heroes of D-Day by laying a wreath at the Normandy American Cemetary, located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetary; established by the US First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in WWII. After paying your respects, travel with the group to Chateu d'Englesqueville, home to the 600 men of the 147th Engineer Combat Battalion during the days after D-Day. Here you will be able to sample some Calvados, a traditional local apple brandy, as well as a delightful selection of local cheeses before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

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

Description: iSituated in Caen in the heart of Normandy in the city of William the Conqueror: the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance is located in the city center.

Contact info:
1 rue de Courtonne
Caen, 14018 France
phone: +33 2 31472424
web: www.accor-hotels.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, international satellite flat-screen TV, radio. Free Wi-Fi. Air-conditioning. Hairdrier. Tea and coffee making facilities. Minibar. Room service.

Facility amenities: Restaurant bar. Free Wi-FI.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Sunday, June 14 - The Battle of the Hedgerows and the Bayeux Tapest...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Saint-Lo to explore the hedgerows: a unique and difficult obstacle for American soldiers during the invasion. On site, your expert lecturer will discuss the significance of Saint-Lo to the campaign.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, travel to Bayeux and discover the legendary Bayeux Tapestry, part of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” registry. Take some time to linger over each of the 58 scenes depicting in exquisite detail the Norman invasion of England, and compare the tapestry with the modern version you were able to see in Portsmouth. Later, enjoy some free time to explore the charming city of Bayeux on your own.

Dinner: Dinner is excluded to allow you to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

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

Description: The bohemian-style Best Western Premier Opéra Faubourg is located in the heart of Paris on the rue La Fayette. It is bordered by the Opera Garnier, the antique auction house of Drouot and the Grands Boulevards. This stunning area is known for its glass covered passageways with chic boutiques, traditional Parisian restaurants and cafés and department stores. Guestrooms are contemporary in style and decorated in chocolate brown and cream. All rooms are equipped with modern en suite facilities and flat-screen TVs.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
49-51 Rue la Fayette
Paris, 75009 France
phone: +01 42 85 05 44
web: www.hotel-opera-faubourg-paris.com

Room amenities: Free newspaper, Coffee/tea maker Phone Premium bedding Hair dryer In-room safe Daily housekeeping Private bathroom Free toiletries Desk Iron/ironing board (on request) Satellite TV service

Facility amenities: Room service, 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Concierge service, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Daily maid service, Business centre, Fax/photocopying

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: .
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Monday, June 15 - The Caen Memorial and Patton's March to Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of the hotel and make our way to France’s capital, Paris. A stop en route will allow us to explore the Memorial de Caen, an incredible memorial and museum dedicated to the examination of 20th Century conflict and the achievement of peace. Walk through the impressive collections and exhibits detailing the World Wars and the many ramifications of conflict, as well as taking time to view a fascinating and moving video delving into the emotions and horrors of war on both sides.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at the Memorial de Caen.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Paris check in at your hotel and then take some time to relax and unpack.

Dinner: Dinner will be at or near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

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

Description: The bohemian-style Best Western Premier Opéra Faubourg is located in the heart of Paris on the rue La Fayette. It is bordered by the Opera Garnier, the antique auction house of Drouot and the Grands Boulevards. This stunning area is known for its glass covered passageways with chic boutiques, traditional Parisian restaurants and cafés and department stores. Guestrooms are contemporary in style and decorated in chocolate brown and cream. All rooms are equipped with modern en suite facilities and flat-screen TVs.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
49-51 Rue la Fayette
Paris, 75009 France
phone: +01 42 85 05 44
web: www.hotel-opera-faubourg-paris.com

Room amenities: Free newspaper, Coffee/tea maker Phone Premium bedding Hair dryer In-room safe Daily housekeeping Private bathroom Free toiletries Desk Iron/ironing board (on request) Satellite TV service

Facility amenities: Room service, 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Concierge service, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Daily maid service, Business centre, Fax/photocopying

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: .
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Tuesday, June 16 - The Occupation and Liberation of Paris
Note: The field trip focused on Paris's occupation and liberation includes up to 2 1/2 miles of walking over the course of 2 hours, with some uneven ground. Participants who have difficulty walking a few miles at a moderate pace should plan independent activities in Paris in lieu of this field trip.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: With your local expert guide, discover areas of Paris under German occupation and discuss the resistance and liberation. Begin at the Hotel Meurice, once the German Headquarters, and end at the statue of Charles de Gaulle on the Champs Elysees.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to discover one of the many culinary delights Paris has to offer.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city on your own and visit of one it’s many famous sites and museums. You may choose to go to the Louvre, or the Musee d’Orsay. Alternatively you may wish to join your Group Leader and a local expert guide for an optional field trip to explore Ile de la Cite, the island on the Seine at the heart of Paris.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner enjoy a leisurely drive around the illuminated monuments in the City of Light.

Lodging: Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Wednesday, June 17 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel, unless you need to depart earlier for travel connections. This concludes our programme.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departure flights. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on one of our programmes in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your programme. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.

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