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The Best of London and Paris: A Tale of Two Cities

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Program #20953RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Jul 19 — Jul 28, 2013

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Day One: Friday, July 19 - Departure from the US
Depart From: Departures from the U.S. for overnight flight to London.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on the River Thams in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.

Contact info:
St Katharine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
web: http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LDC TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, July 20 - Arrival in London: Welcome and Orientation
Morning: Various arrival and transfers to the program hotel. Exact transfer time is subject to final flight arrivals from the U.S. and will be posted in your final mailing prior to the start of the program. Early arrivals may not be able to check in to their rooms prior to 2:00 p.m. Rooms will be assigned for check in based on arrival time at the hotel.

Lunch: For those arriving early, lunch is not provided. Your Group Leader will be happy to make suggestions near the hotel.

Afternoon: Program Orientation: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the early evening (17:30) you will meet with your group for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation. You will also receive some expert advice on getting around in London.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on the River Thams in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.

Contact info:
St Katharine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
web: http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LDC TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, July 21 - The Royal Collection: Queens Gallery and the Roya...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Expert presentation at the hotel focusing on the Royal Collection. Shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, the Royal Collection includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles. Later we leave by coach for a panoramic overview of London's monuments and most famous sights. Your London expert continues a discussion of the city's history, as well as its architecture throughout the ages. We end the morning with an on-site lecture/field trip at the Royal Mews. Hear how the Mews serves the Queen in the performance of her official duties and prepares for major State and ceremonial occasions, from the State Opening of Parliament to royal weddings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local pub.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made by your group leader.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on the River Thams in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.

Contact info:
St Katharine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
web: http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LDC TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, July 22 - Discover the National Portrait Gallery and the Na...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: On-site lecture/field trip to the National Portrait Gallery. Spanning six centuries of history, the Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life. From Elizabeth I and Henry VIII to Shakespeare, Cromwell, Nelson, Dickens, Churchill and Beckham, gain an overview of the Collection seeing the highlights on display.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon, join your local expert to visit the National Gallery. The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Hear curators, scientific and conservation staff talking about the techniques used to create some of the masterpieces in the National Gallery collection. Get beneath the surface of the paintings; find out what has been discovered using x-rays and modern scientific techniques.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on the River Thams in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.

Contact info:
St Katharine's Way
London, E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
web: http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LDC TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, July 23 - Discover Kensington Palace and Hyde Park
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We start the morning with a special presentation: Diana, glimpses of a Modern Princess. Later we make our way to Kensington Palace. As part of Kensington's transformation, Victoria Revealed, an exciting new permanent exhibition, explores Queen Victoria's life and reign through her own words. Experience Victoria's first day as Queen at Kensington Palace, the romance of her early relationship with Prince Albert, moments of family life, and aspects of Albert's involvement in the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made by your group leader, or please join your local expert to for a discovery walk in the Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, taking public transport back to the hotel. At 145 hectares, Hyde Park is central London's largest open space. Henry VIII expropriated it from the Church in 1536, when it became a hunting ground and later a venue for duels, executions and horse racing. The 1851 Great Exhibition was held here, and during WWII the park became an enormous potato field. These days, it serves as an occasional concert venue and a full-time green space for fun and frolics.

Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel.

Evening: Please don't forget to pack and settle your room charges. We have an early departure in the morning.

Lodging: Tower Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Wednesday, July 24 - Depart London by Train to Paris / Musee d' Orsay
Breakfast: Early breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer from the hotel in London to the train station for your TGV train to Paris. The journey takes about 3 hours.

Lunch: Lunch at the Musee D'Orsay.

Afternoon: With your expert guide, discover the world's largest collection of Impressionist paintings at the Orsay Museum. Facing the Seine, the Musée d’Orsay is housed in a former train station (1900). It displays France’s national collection of paintings, sculptures, objets d’art and other works produced between the 1840s and 1914, including the works of the Impressionist, post-Impressionist and art nouveau movements.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner enjoy a scenic coach drive, by some of Paris' most famous monuments. Depending on the time of year you may enjoy the monuments during daylight or illuminated at night.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Thursday, July 25 - Paris: IIe de la Cite
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: The morning discover l'Ile de La Cite and the Gothic quarter of Paris. Led by your local expert learn about and explore Gothic Paris with visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie (where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned before her death by guillotine) and the exquisite Sainte Chapelle.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site. Thursday offers unlimited potential as all museums are open. Check with your Group Leader for suggestions or just wander the city discovering the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing read sipping a cafe au lait.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Friday, July 26 - The Food Culture of Paris / Rodin Museum and Gard...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning explore the Market and Food Culture of Paris, spend the morning exploring some small shops and the local market learning and tasting some incredible local flavors in a typical Parisian neighborhood.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon explore the Musee Rodin, rated as one of the most enjoyable museum in Paris. The museum boasts the best collection of works by the sculptors Pierre August Rodin (creator of famous statue, "The Thinker") and Camille Claudel. It features an inside museum and a lovely outside garden showcasing Rodin's best work.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris, close to Saint-Germain des Près, Notre-Dame, Panthéon, La Sorbonne, Ile Saint-Louis, Thermes de Cluny, Arènes de Lutèce, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.

Contact info:
41, Rue des Ecoles
Paris, 75005 France
phone: +33 (0)1 53 10 95 95
web: www.villa-pantheon.com

Room amenities: Private en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, TV with international channels and Pay TV, in-room safe, direct dialing telephone, small refrigerator with bar, in-room modem plug for Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are often considerably smaller than hotel rooms in the US.

Facility amenities: The Villa Pantheon offers a traditional English feel with leather easy chairs and relaxed atmosphere.

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 availability and rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Saturday, July 27 - Paris: the Louvre and Montmartre
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy 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. One of the largest museums in the world, the Louvre was once the royal residence of the kings of France and is now home to a collection of art unmatched by any other museum.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in or near the museum.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site. You can also choose to join your local expert for an optional in-depth exploration of Montmartre, the Place du Tertre and the Sacre Coeur basilica, including some charming hidden streets. Montmartre offers one of the best views of Paris.

Dinner: Enjoy your Farewell Dinner.

Lodging: Villa Pantheon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Sunday, July 28 - Departure from Paris and return to the U.S.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Morning transfers from the hotel to the airport. Exact transfer time is subject to final flight departures to the U.S. and will be posted in your final mailing prior to the start of the program.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Paris
Musee Jacquemart-AndreThe Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. It has furniture, tapestries and enamels, but is most noted for its paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck and Italian Renaissance works by Bernini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Donatello, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian and Uccello. Don’t miss the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), with its marble statuary, tropical plants and double-helix marble staircase. Just off it is the delightful fumoir (the erstwhile smoking room) filled with exotic objects collected by Jacquemart during her travels. The salon de thé is one of the most beautiful in the city.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
Musee National du Moyen AgeThe National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two structures: the frigidarium (cooling room) and other remains of Gallo-Roman baths dating from around AD 200, and the late-15th-century Hôtel de Cluny, considered the finest example of medieval civil architecture in Paris. The spectacular displays at the museum include statuary, illuminated manuscripts, weapons, furnishings, and objets d’art made of gold, ivory and enamel. But nothing compares with La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn), a sublime series of late-15th-century tapestries from the southern Netherlands now hung in circular room 13 on the 1st floor. Five of them are devoted to the senses, while the sixth is the enigmatic À Mon Seul Désir (To My Sole Desire), a reflection on vanity.
For additional information, visit: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/
Musee de L’OrangerieLocated in the southwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, this museum, with the Jeu de Paume, is all that remains of the once palatial Palais des Tuileries, which was razed during the Paris Commune in 1871. It exhibits important Impressionist works, including a series of Monet's Decorations des Nymphéas (Water Lilies) in two huge oval rooms purpose-built in 1927 on the artist's instructions, as well as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Sisley, Soutine and Utrillo.
For additional information, visit: www.musee-orangerie.fr/
Rue du Faubourg Saint-HonoréThe rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in the 8th arrondissement. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.
London
British MuseumOne of London’s most visited attractions, the British Museum draws an average of five million punters each year. The museum was founded in 1753 following the bequest of royal physician Hans Sloane’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The collection opened to the public in 1759 and the museum has since kept ex-panding its collection through judicious acquisitions and the controversial plundering of imperialism. It has galleries devoted to ancient civilisations, from Egypt to Western Asia, the Middle East, the Romans and Greece, India, Africa, prehistoric and Roman Britain and medieval antiquities. One of its most famous items is the Rosetta Stone.
Buckingham PalaceBuilt in 1705 as Buckingham House for the duke of the same name, this palace has been the Royal Family’s London lodgings since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved in. You can always tell if the Queen is in residence, look at the flagpole on top of the Palace, if the flag is flying then 'the Queen is at home'! The Changing of the Guard in front of the palace is one of the most popular attractions in London. It happens on most days. The official start time is 11:30 a.m.
Tower of LondonThe Tower of London was started during the reign of William the Conqueror (1066–87). The Tower is in fact a castle and has served over the years as a palace, observatory, storehouse and mint, but it is most famous for its grizzly past as a prison and site of execution. The culmination of your tour will leave you at the Chapel Royal of St Peter in Chains, a rare example of ecclesiastical Tudor architecture and the burial place of those beheaded on the scaffold outside, most notably Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey. In the Waterloo Barracks you will see the Crown Jewels, including the Imperial State Crown, set with 2868 diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and pearls, and the platinum crown of the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth, which is famously set with the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) diamond. Surrounded by myth and legend, the 14th-century diamond has been claimed by both India and Afghanistan. It reputedly confers enormous power on its owner, but male owners are destined to die a tormented death.
Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey has never been a cathedral (the seat of a bishop). It's what is called a 'royal peculiar' and is administered directly by the Crown. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned here, with the exception of Edward V who was murdered and Edward VIII who abdicated before coronation. Look for the ordinary-looking Coronation Chair. The building is a mixture of architectural styles, considered the finest example of Early English Gothic in existence. The original church was built in the 11th century by King (later Saint) Edward the Confessor, who is buried in the chapel behind the main altar. Henry III began work on the new building in 1245 but didn't complete it; the French Gothic nave was finished in 1388. Henry VII's magnificent Late Perpendicular–style Lady Chapel was consecrated in 1519 after 16 years of construction. Apart from the royal graves (including most of the monarchs from Henry III to George II), many famous commoners were interred here, especially in Poets' Corner, where you'll find the resting places of Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Tennyson, Dr Johnson and Kipling as well as memorials to the other greats (Shakespeare, Austen, Brontë etc). Also in the abbey are the graves of Handel and Sir Isaac Newton.

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