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Program #21095RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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 May 15 — May 23, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, May 15 - Departures from the U.S.
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flights to Paris.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur, close to the Moulin Rouge and the Haussman-Opéra district's stores, the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur hotel offers spacious and modern rooms. The hotel is within easy reach of the Gare du Nord station, St Lazare train station, the metro and the main tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and the Latin Quarter.

Contact info:
3 Rue Caulincourt
Paris, 75018 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 80 79 79
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-0373-mercure-paris-montmartre-sacre-coeur/room.shtml

Room amenities: Free wi-fi Internet access, flat screen satellite TV, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, phone, room service available.

Facility amenities: Wifi is available in the hotel, shoe shine station, dry cleaning/ironing, hair salon, gift shop, hotel bar, room service, travel information desk.

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.


Day Two: Friday, May 16 - Arrival / Paris / Evening City Tour
Morning: Arrivals and transfers from the airport to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel in Paris. Unpack and relax until orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner near the hotel.

Evening: Later in the evening there will be a Paris evening tour by bus. You will see the highlights of the city. Depending on the time of year, you may or may not see the lights of Paris.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Montmartre Sacre Coeur

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur, close to the Moulin Rouge and the Haussman-Opéra district's stores, the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur hotel offers spacious and modern rooms. The hotel is within easy reach of the Gare du Nord station, St Lazare train station, the metro and the main tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and the Latin Quarter.

Contact info:
3 Rue Caulincourt
Paris, 75018 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 80 79 79
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-0373-mercure-paris-montmartre-sacre-coeur/room.shtml

Room amenities: Free wi-fi Internet access, flat screen satellite TV, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, phone, room service available.

Facility amenities: Wifi is available in the hotel, shoe shine station, dry cleaning/ironing, hair salon, gift shop, hotel bar, room service, travel information desk.

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.


Day Three: Saturday, May 17 - Ile de la Cité / The Sainte Chapelle / Notre Dame...
Ile de la Cité / The Sainte Chapelle / Notre Dame Cathedral / Free Time

Note: Today's activities include use of the metro which is typically accessed by stairs; Elevators and escalators may not be available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will take the metro (30 minutes with one change) for a field trip where we will explore the heart of Paris: L'Ile de la Cité. You will discover the flower markets and the Sainte Chapelle, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. We will end the morning at Notre Dame Cathedral. We will then cross the Seine over to Beaubourg for lunch near the famed contemporary museum and its fountain.

Lunch: At a creperie near Les Halles.

Afternoon: Enjoy Saturday afternoon free to explore Paris, do some shopping in les Halles or see one of the many museums that are easy accessible. Optionally, you may join your leader who will head into the Marais for a walk in this historic and dynamic part of Paris. Visit the City of Paris History Museum's (Musée Carnavalet) permanent collection and end the afternoon at the Place des Vogues. You will then take the metro back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own in Paris.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Montmartre Sacre Coeur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur, close to the Moulin Rouge and the Haussman-Opéra district's stores, the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur hotel offers spacious and modern rooms. The hotel is within easy reach of the Gare du Nord station, St Lazare train station, the metro and the main tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and the Latin Quarter.

Contact info:
3 Rue Caulincourt
Paris, 75018 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 80 79 79
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-0373-mercure-paris-montmartre-sacre-coeur/room.shtml

Room amenities: Free wi-fi Internet access, flat screen satellite TV, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, phone, room service available.

Facility amenities: Wifi is available in the hotel, shoe shine station, dry cleaning/ironing, hair salon, gift shop, hotel bar, room service, travel information desk.

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.


Day Four: Sunday, May 18 - Parisian Market / Orsay Museum / Montmartre
Note: Today's activities include use of the metro which is typically accessed by stairs; Elevators and escalators may not be available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will take the metro (30 minutes with one change) to go on a field trip where we will explore the life of a typical Parisian. We will visit the Sunday market at Richard Lenoir. Enjoy the smells and flavors of Paris as you discover this small, popular, outdoor Sunday market. We will continue the morning at the Orsay Museum for a self-guided visit using the museum's audio guide system. Orsay has the largest collection of Impressionist painters in the world.

Lunch: At the Orsay Museum.

Afternoon: We will end the afternoon by taking the metro to visit Montmartre, a neighborhood that was made famous by past artists and that is still popular with current Parisian artists and writers. In addition, we will see Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre, while also exploring the back and side streets of the well-known neighborhood.

Dinner: On your own in Paris.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Montmartre Sacre Coeur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town near the D-Day landing beaches, the Churchill Hotel is just a few steps away from the famous tapestry and the cathedral. This charming hotel is in a quaint, rambling old building and is ranked one of the top hotels in Normandy.

Contact info:
14-16 rue Saint Jean
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 2 31 21 31 80
web: www.hotel-churchill.fr/pageUK/hotel.html

Room amenities: Direct telephone • Cable TV • Hair dryers

Facility amenities: Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are smaller than hotel rooms in the US and often do not have dressers. This hotel does not have an elevator; participants will be staying in rooms on the first or second floor.

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


Day Five: Monday, May 19 - Giverny and Monet's Garden / Rouen and Cathedral ...
Note: Today's activities include four hours of coach travel.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning the coach will depart the Paris hotel for Bayeux via Giverny and Rouen. (Paris to Giverny - 1 hour). We will take a field trip to explore the beautiful gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny. We will then depart for Rouen (1 hour).

Lunch: On your own in Rouen.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will explore the historic city of Rouen that has been painted multiple times by Monet as he studied the impact of light. Rouen is also a city that offers outstanding examples of half-timbered houses. Next, we will board the coach for Bayeux (2 hours). Upon arrival, you will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel in Bayeux.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town near the D-Day landing beaches, the Churchill Hotel is just a few steps away from the famous tapestry and the cathedral. This charming hotel is in a quaint, rambling old building and is ranked one of the top hotels in Normandy.

Contact info:
14-16 rue Saint Jean
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 2 31 21 31 80
web: www.hotel-churchill.fr/pageUK/hotel.html

Room amenities: Direct telephone • Cable TV • Hair dryers

Facility amenities: Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are smaller than hotel rooms in the US and often do not have dressers. This hotel does not have an elevator; participants will be staying in rooms on the first or second floor.

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


Day Six: Tuesday, May 20 - WWII in Normandy / The Landing Beaches / The U.S....
Note: Today's activities include travel by coach.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart Bayeux to explore the landing sites of WWII in a very unique way using period vehicles. We will start the morning at Pointe du Hoc to learn about the preparation to D-Day and the bombing leading up to the troop arrivals. We will continue the morning on the landing beach of Omaha and learn about how the beach head was taken with great sacrifice of the U.S. troops. We will see and discuss many of the remaining gun positions that still survive even today. We will then leave Omaha Beach and pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of the U.S. WWII cemetery. Here, we will have a brief ceremony. We will end the morning in Arromanches to see the remnants of the artificial harbor built by the troops to unload the equipment that won the war for the allies.

Lunch: In Arromanches.

Afternoon: We will go on an excursion titled, "Calvados and Cheese Normandy's Pride." Here you will have the opportunity to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to honor WWII soldiers was built. Later you will have free time to explore Bayeux. You can see the small but untouched cathedral or discover the Bayeux tapestry, which is a famous embroidered cloth (not an actual tapestry) that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in the Battle of Hastings.

Dinner: On your own in Bayeux.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town near the D-Day landing beaches, the Churchill Hotel is just a few steps away from the famous tapestry and the cathedral. This charming hotel is in a quaint, rambling old building and is ranked one of the top hotels in Normandy.

Contact info:
14-16 rue Saint Jean
Bayeux, 14400 France
phone: +33 2 31 21 31 80
web: www.hotel-churchill.fr/pageUK/hotel.html

Room amenities: Direct telephone • Cable TV • Hair dryers

Facility amenities: Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are smaller than hotel rooms in the US and often do not have dressers. This hotel does not have an elevator; participants will be staying in rooms on the first or second floor.

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, May 21 - Mont St. Michel
Note: Today's activities include four hours of coach travel.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The coach departs this morning for Mont Saint Michel (2 hours), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tiny tidal island houses the majestic St. Michel Monastery.

Lunch: At a local farmhouse inn featuring Normandy specialites.

Afternoon: We will take the coach back to Bayeux (2 hours). You will have free time to explore the city a bit more on your own.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Hotel is conveniently located near the airport and offers a free shuttle bus service between the hotel, terminals and RER/TGV train stations from 05:30 AM-midnight. The hotel offers a comfortable, stylish setting and cozy atmosphere. Rooms are air-conditioned with Wi-Fi Internet access, individual safe and satellite TV. Meeting rooms also available. Enjoy high-quality, traditional cuisine in our restaurant or relax in @éro Café, our bar. Snacks served until midnight.

Contact info:
1 Allee du Verger
Roissy en France, 95700 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 80 49 49
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1245-mercure-paris-roissy-charles-de-gaulle/index.shtml

Room amenities: Equipped with duvet, air conditioning, mini fridge, free WIFI Internet, safe, large desk, flat-screen TV and video on demand. Bathroom with bathtub, hair dryer and complimentary items.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:30 AM

Day Eight: Thursday, May 22 - Honfleur Charming Costal Village / Palace of Vers...
Honfleur Charming Costal Village / Palace of Versailles and Royal Gardens

Note: Today's activities include four hours of coach travel.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip by coach (1 hour) to enjoy unique architecture during a tour of Historic Honfleur. Learn why this city has one of the few remaining all wooden churches and its important role in the settlement of new France. You also will have the option to discover the Musée Eugène Boudin. Located in a 19th century chapel and two modern extensions with views over Honfleur and the Seine, the Eugène Boudin Museum is named after Honfleur's most famous painter, and houses some 1200 square metres of permanent exhibitions in 9 rooms. On display are works by Eugène Boudin and other great impressionists such as Dubourg, Monet, and Jongkind - many of whom stayed and worked at the Saint-Simeon farmouse on the outskirts of Honfleur.

Lunch: On your own in Honfleur.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip by coach (2 hours) to discover Versailles Palace. Enjoy visiting the inside of the castle and the Hall of Mirrors and later take some time to explore the gardens on your own. The coach will then depart for Paris (1 hour) where you will check-in at your hotel for one night.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the CDG airport hotel.

Lodging: Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Friday, May 23 - Return to the US or Onward to your Combination Pr...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Indvidual shuttles will provide transfers for those returning to the U.S. Note for participants combining this program with 21096: Since these programs are designed to be taken together, your transportation to Aix-en-Provence has been arranged by Road Scholar and is complimentary. Please see details of program 21096 for start time on this day. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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.

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