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Adventures Afloat: France Along the Rhone: Provence to Paris

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Program #12417RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for May 10 — May 22, 2013

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Day One: Friday, May 10 - Departure from the U.S.
Depart From: Depart US for international flight to France

Type: Hotel

Description: The 4-star Grand Hôtel Roi René is ideally located at the heart of Cézanne's home town, near to the Cours Mirabeau and the business district. Discover its inviting, contemporary rooms, elegant restaurant serving typical southern cuisine and functional meeting rooms. The patio at the Grand Hôtel Roi René is full of flowers and provides an oasis of calm in this city of 100 fountains, whether you sit on the terrace or by the pool.

Contact info:
24 boulevard du Roi René
Aix en Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 37 61 00
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1169-grand-hotel-roi-rene-aix-en-provence/index.shtml

Room amenities: 134 bright rooms with a calm and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a pleasant day in sunny Provence.Modern decor, flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and safe. Bathroom with bathtub or shower, high-end products, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi access.

Facility amenities: Outdoor unheated pool, Multilingual Staff, Air conditioning, WIFI Wireless Internet access, Porter Fax machine, Safe deposit box at reception, Copy/print service available, Self service business centre with support staff, Dry cleaning / Ironing, Computer hire facilities, Wheelchair access, Phone light for hearing impaired

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 details.


Day Two: Saturday, May 11 - Arrival and Orientation in Aix-en-Provence
Arrive To: Arrive in Marseille and transfer to the program hotel in Aix.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, check in at your hotel to rest and freshen up. Then assemble with your fellow participants for an orientation meeting.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at or near the hotel

Lodging: Grand Hôtel Roi René

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Three: Sunday, May 12 - Cezanne in Aix
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: Enjoy a walking field trip around Aix-en-Provence to discover this historic city and heart of Provence. Discover the old religious and civil districts around the cathedral and the city hall, 17th and 18th century mansions façades, typical squares with their fountains and the Cours Mirabeau.

Lunch: Lunch at a local bistro

Afternoon: During a field trip and on-site lecture you will follow in the footsteps of Cézanne. Explore the artist's studio and the landscape that inspired many of his paintings.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The 4-star Grand Hôtel Roi René is ideally located at the heart of Cézanne's home town, near to the Cours Mirabeau and the business district. Discover its inviting, contemporary rooms, elegant restaurant serving typical southern cuisine and functional meeting rooms. The patio at the Grand Hôtel Roi René is full of flowers and provides an oasis of calm in this city of 100 fountains, whether you sit on the terrace or by the pool.

Contact info:
24 boulevard du Roi René
Aix en Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 37 61 00
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1169-grand-hotel-roi-rene-aix-en-provence/index.shtml

Room amenities: 134 bright rooms with a calm and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a pleasant day in sunny Provence.Modern decor, flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and safe. Bathroom with bathtub or shower, high-end products, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi access.

Facility amenities: Outdoor unheated pool, Multilingual Staff, Air conditioning, WIFI Wireless Internet access, Porter Fax machine, Safe deposit box at reception, Copy/print service available, Self service business centre with support staff, Dry cleaning / Ironing, Computer hire facilities, Wheelchair access, Phone light for hearing impaired

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 details.


Day Four: Monday, May 13 - The Classic Coastal Village of Cassis
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: This morning enjoy some time on your own in Aix-en-Provence.

Lunch: Lunch in the old port area of Cassis

Afternoon: In Cassis you will discover the famous and unique Calanques (deep narrow bays). Learn about their geological history and how they determined the way of living in this little Provençal village. Then return to Aix along the scenic crest road as your guide discusses the Mediterranean environment and the impact of civilization on the landscape.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine

Lodging: Grand Hôtel Roi René

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Van Gogh is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 33 37 77
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/rhone/ships.html

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge/bar with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Five: Tuesday, May 14 - The Camargue Landscapes and Traditions
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: Today you will learn about the traditions and history of the Camargue, France's "Wild West". This morning start in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer with her mythical church and proceed away from the coast to better understand the Camargue's landscape and wildlife. At the Ornithological Park you will have a chance to glimpse the wealth of marine birds that call this area home and perhaps even sight the elusive pink flamingo.

Lunch: Lunch at a manade (the Camargue's version of a typical ranch or bull farm) in the heart of the Camargue serving local specialties

Afternoon: This afternoon you will explore the manade and learn about daily life on the ranch, with its roots in the traditions and history of the Camargue.

Dinner: In the early evening board the ship in Martigues. After checking in, enjoy a welcome cocktail and leisurely dinner and evening on the barge.

Lodging: MS Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Van Gogh is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 33 37 77
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/rhone/ships.html

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge/bar with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, May 15 - Arles' Roman Roots
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning, we coach to Arles to learn about the games enjoyed by the Romans in the amphitheater, a splendid and complex piece of architecture which still remains standing in the middle of the city.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: This afternoon you have time to explore Arles on your own and perhaps take a moment to appreciate the Romanesque architecture represented in Saint Trophime church. For those of you who prefer to remain with the group, you can join your expert local guide for a walking discovery of Arles, including some of the sites that inspired Van Gogh.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: MS Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Van Gogh is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 33 37 77
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/rhone/ships.html

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge/bar with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, May 16 - Avignon and the Palais des Papes
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Explore the medieval city of Avignon with your local guide. Then take some time for individual exploration of the town. Alternatively, you may remain with the group for a walking tour of the austere and imposing Palais des Papes where we learn about the history of the papacy in Avignon. If time allows you can then individually visit the Saint Benezet Bridge, known as "Le Pont d'Avignon", made famous by a children's song.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation on the history of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy and the history of France from the fall of the Roman Empire to 1477.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Evening: Enjoy an optional evening stroll in Viviers with your Group Leader.

Lodging: MS Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Van Gogh is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 33 37 77
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/rhone/ships.html

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge/bar with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Eight: Friday, May 17 - Rural Villages and the Essence of Provence
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning you have the opportunity to visit rural Provence and breathe in the country air at the beautiful family gardens of "Jardin aux abeilles" (Garden of bees) in Marsanne. En route to rejoin the boat in La Voulte you will stop in Cliousclat, a town specializing in traditional pottery.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon lecture focused on the history of the great wine regions along the Rhone. After arrival in Tain l'Hermitage you will walk with your Group Leader to a small wine cellar and taste some of the regional wines paired with local specialties.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: MS Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Van Gogh is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 33 37 77
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/rhone/ships.html

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge/bar with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Nine: Saturday, May 18 - The Northern Rhone and Historic Lyon
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning the focus is on the Roman vestiges of the Northern Rhône. Explore the Saint Romain en Gal museum and archaeological site and learn about the everyday life of the ancient Romans. Then continue on to the Chaponost Aqueduct where you will marvel at the amazing beauty and technology created more than 2000 years ago.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Lyon

Afternoon: This afternoon move ahead in time and explore Lyon of the Middle Ages. This UNESCO World Heritage city sits at the confluence of two great rivers, the Saône and Rhône, and has long been at the center of European trade because of its strategic location. Walk through Old Lyon and admire the architecture, hidden passageways and alleyways.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: MS Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The MS Van Gogh is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 1999. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 158 passengers in its 78 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 33 37 77
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/rhone/ships.html

Room amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a window, TV, radio, safe, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Dining room, lounge/bar with dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, shop, radiophone, radar, large sun deck, library, fully air-conditioned.

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


Day Ten: Sunday, May 19 - Monastic Tournus and the Vineyards of Burgundy
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely morning as the ship sails up the river.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: This afternoon you will explore the monastic city of Tournus and learn about the role of monasteries in the wine trade. Then travel to a vineyard where you will have the opportunity to taste the great wines of southern Burgundy and talk with a Cellar Master about his work.

Dinner: Farewell dinner and evening celebration on board the barge.

Lodging: MS Van Gogh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Monday, May 20 - The Fortified City of Beaune
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning leave your ship behind and head towards Paris, driving past some of the world's most renowned vineyards. Stop in Beaune for an educational stroll of the fortified city, capital of the Burgundy wine trade, and enjoy an on-site lecture at the famous Hospices de Beaune.

Lunch: Lunch on your own: Take this opportunity to sample some of the local specialities.

Afternoon: En route to Paris enjoy a presentation on immigrants in France. Upon arrival in Paris we will check into the hotel.

Dinner: Dine at a local restaurant in Paris.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.

Contact info:
2, rue Boulard
Paris, 75014 France
phone: +33 (0)1 56 80 34 34
web: www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html

Room amenities: In each room there is satellite TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, bar / lounge, laundry service, smoke-free environment. Wifi is available in the lobby. Participants should be aware that hotel rooms in Paris are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the United States.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Tuesday, May 21 - Medieval Paris and Île de la Cité
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: This morning, accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident, you will explore Medieval Paris and the Île de la Cité.

Lunch: Today, lunch is on your own. It is your chance to be a Parisian for a day. Choose to eat on a terrace, in a cafe or just buy something from the local market and picnic along the Seine. Your Group Leader can assist you in making a good choice.

Afternoon: This is your chance to set your own schedule and expore the city on your own. Your Group Leader will provide suggestions for activities and general information.

Dinner: Tonight say goodbye to each other in style during a festive farewell dinner.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Wednesday, May 22 - Departure from Paris
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport for international flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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3 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
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