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Adventures Afloat: In the Footsteps of the Great Masters: Impressionism Along the Seine

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Program #14662RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
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.
Elevation Note
500 feet is the highest elevation.

Itinerary for May 27 — Jun 7, 2013

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Day One: Monday, May 27 - US bound for Paris
Depart From: International flight to France

Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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: Tuesday, May 28 - Arrival and Orientation in Paris
Arrive To: Arrive in Paris and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a restaurant near the hotel

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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: Wednesday, May 29 - Impressionist Masterpieces at the Musee d'Orsay a...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Your Study Leader will take you to the Musée d'Orsay for an introduction to Impressionism focusing on the art created in Montmartre, Auvers, Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur.

Lunch: Lunch at the Musee d'Orsay

Afternoon: Your study leader will present an on-site lecture: "Pierre August Rodin: The Impressionist Influence on Sculpture" at the Rodin Museum in Paris. Then explore the Rodin Institute's Gardens featuring such famous sculptures as the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais and others.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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: Thursday, May 30 - Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Discover Auvers-sur-Oise and some of the sites that inspired Vincent Van Gogh's genius. Led by your Study Leader, stroll up to the cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother are buried.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Auvers-sur-Oise

Afternoon: Return to Paris and join your Study Leader for an optional guided tour of the Orangerie Museum, viewing Monet's stunning water lily paintings, along with paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Modigliani, and many others. Or enjoy free time in Paris to relax or perhaps visit one of the many museums and historic sites.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore some of the many delightful culinary options in Paris.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.

Contact info:
5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com

Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe

Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.

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: Friday, May 31 - Artistic Life in Montmartre and the Louvre's Trea...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: Explore Montmartre, the heart of the Parisian artistic movement, featuring the Sacré Coeur basilica and Place du Tertre.

Lunch: Lunch in Montmartre

Afternoon: Free time to continue your explorations of Paris or join the group for a self-guided visit of the Louvre using an audioguide created exclusively for Road Scholar participants, containing informative commentary by lecturers sharing their passion for highlights of the Louvre.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/seine/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 and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, 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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Six: Saturday, June 01 - The School of Barbizon and the Chateau de Fontain...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning check out of the hotel and board the coach with your luggage to travel south of Paris to the village of Barbizon. The Barbizon School originally began as a movement among landscape painters, most famous being Rousseau, Millet and Corot, who came to find inspiration in the neighboring forest of Fontainebleau. Enjoy a visit to Millet's studio and the Musee de l'Ecole de Barbizon.

Lunch: Lunch in Barbizon

Afternoon: Travel a short distance to the Chateau de Fontainebleau. Started in the 16th century by king Francois I, this was one of the largest royal palaces in France and became one of Napoleon's favorite homes. Return to Paris in the late afternoon and board the ship.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner onboard

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/seine/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 and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, 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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Seven: Sunday, June 02 - Ile de la Cite and Musee Marmottan
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval center of Paris, Ile de la Cite, where the famous cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is located.

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Paris or join your Study Leader for an optional guided tour of the Marmottan Museum. Housed in a 19th century townhouse, you will find approximately 65 paintings by the great Impressionist Claude Monet. The piece of work which gave the art movement its name, "Impression, Soleil Levant," is here, as well as paintings of Rouen Cathedral, Gare St. Lazare, scenes from Giverny, the London Houses of Parliament and, of course, water lilies.

Dinner: Dinner onboard

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/seine/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 and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, 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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Eight: Monday, June 03 - Giverny
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: Enjoy an onboard lecture on "The Impressionist Love Affair with Normandy."

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: Discover Monet's gardens at Giverny and the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist.

Dinner: Dinner onboard

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/seine/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 and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, 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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Nine: Tuesday, June 04 - Exploring Rouen and Cruising the Seine
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: As the boat cruises toward Rouen, enjoy a lecture by your Study Leader on "The Seine River: an Inspiration to Paint Outdoors."

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: This afternoon we explore historic Rouen, its magnificent cathedral where Monet painted the effects of changing light and its famous half-timbered houses. Your expert guide walks you through this unique city's history, taking time to pause at the site of the burning of Joan of Arc.

Dinner: Dinner onboard

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/seine/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 and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, 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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Ten: Wednesday, June 05 - The Abbey of Saint Wandrille
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: Enjoy an onboard lecture on further study of the Impressionism.

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: The boat arrives in Caudebec around midday. A short distance away you will find Fontenelle Abbey, or the Abbey of St Wandrille. Your local guide will take you through the monastery, founded in the first century by Wandregisel or Saint Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of St-Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. Following your tour of the abbey grounds you will have the opportunity to attend mass with the Benedictine monks and experience the Gregorian chanting, or enjoy free time in Caudebec.

Dinner: Dinner onboard

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Ship Information: The MS Seine Princess is a deluxe two-deck river ship that was built in 2002. It is 110 meters long and can accommodate 138 passengers in its 67 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: cruise.croisieurope.com/cruise/ships/seine/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 and dance floor, TV and video in the lounge, central heating, 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.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable.


Day Eleven: Thursday, June 06 - Honfleur and Eugene Boudin
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: Enjoy unique architecture during a tour of historic Honfleur. Learn why this city has one of the few remaining all wooden churches and the important role of this city in the settlement of New France.

Lunch: Lunch onboard

Afternoon: Optional Field Trip / Free Time: "Discover the Musee Eugene Boudin" Located in a 19th century chapel and two modern extensions, with views over Honfleur and the sea, the Eugène Boudin Museum named after Honfleur's most famous painter, houses some 1200 square metres of permanent exhibitions in 9 rooms. On display are works by Eugène Boudin and other great impressionists: Dubourg, Monet, Jongkind... many of whom stayed and worked at the Saint-Simeon farmouse on the outskirts of Honfleur.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner onboard.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, June 07 - Departures
Breakfast: Early breakfast onboard

Morning: Transfer via coach to Charles de Gaulle Airport for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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