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Program #20781RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Apr 24 — May 15, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, April 24 - Departures From the U.S.
In Transit: Flights depart the U.S.

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.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, April 25 - Group Arrival in Paris / Transfer to Bayeux
Morning: Arrivals at the Charles De Gaulle Airport and transfers to the Bayeux program hotel.

Lunch: En route to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the late afternoon, 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 at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, 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.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, April 26 - The Normandy Landing Beaches
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning the coach will depart for the Caen Memorial, a major museum commemorating WWII. This is a self-guided visit, so you may wander at your own pace through the different galleries focusing on WWII, the Cold War, and peace.

Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.

Afternoon: The coach will depart for Bayeux where you will enjoy an independent discovery of the legendary tapestry that is part of UNESCO's "Memory of the World" registry. Take some time to linger over each of the 58 scenes which depict in exquisite detail the Norman invasion of England.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, April 27 - D-Day Academy: Omaha and the American Cemetery
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning there will be a lecture titled, "The Landing at Omaha." Your expert will lead you through the American landing on Omaha Beach. You will learn about the ferocity of this battle and look at the landing from a number of perspectives by transportation in a WWII period vehicle.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The coach will depart for the U.S. Normandy American Military cemetery where we will pay our respects with a wreath laying ceremony before exploring the cemetery and the visitor center. Next, our expert will lead us to Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. Later, we will take an excursion to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to WWII soldiers was built.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Churchill Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

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


Day Five: Monday, April 28 - Mont Saint Michel
Note: Today's activities incude travel by coach. At Mont Saint Michel, there is a walk of 0.56 mile from the bus car park to the shuttle, (each way) and many flights of steep steps to climb, as well as dark and narrow passages in the Abbey. Bring a flashlight and walking stick if needed.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will depart by coach to explore a place the locals call "Le Mont" - better known as Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will depart for Chinon. (3.5 hours with a rest stop en route).

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel de France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

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


Day Six: Tuesday, April 29 - Market and Visit of Chinon
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy the morning at leisure to rest, relax, or explore the marché (market) with your group leader.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will visit the Château de Chinon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel de France

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 30 - Châteaux of the Loire Valley: Amboise and Chenonc...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip to explore some of the most beautiful Loire Valley châteaux; beginning with Amboise, a favorite residence of the French Monarchy. Among them was Francis I, a generous patron of the arts who initiated the French Renaissance by bringing many Italian artists to his royal castles, including Leonardo da Vinci. There will be a lecture en route on the French Renaissance. This morning will also take us to the Leonardo da Vinci museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to the Château of Chenonceau. Beautifully situated upon the Cher River, it is called “the Ladies’ Château” due to the women who built it and influenced its design. Stroll Diane of Poitier’s elevated garden and the contrasting garden of Catherine de Medici. We will enjoy a wine tasting before returning to Chinon.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel de France

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

Description: A charming 18th century boutique hotel with an impressive period façade. It is located in the "Golden Triangle," the very heart of town--only 100 meters from the "Grand Théatre." It is completely non-smoking and has Wi-Fi available.

Contact info:
15, cours de l'Intendance
4 rue Martignac
Bordeaux, 33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 48 00 88
web: http://www.bordeaux-hotel.com/en.html

Room amenities: The rooms include air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, a hairdryer, a safe, mini bar, a modem/data port connection, a private bathroom / Ensuite, a radio, tea and coffee making facilities, and a telephone with voice mail.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a full service bar and lounge, business services and laundry facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, May 01 - TGV Tours / Bordeaux
Note: Today's activities include 2 hours 45 minutes of travel by TGV.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, the coach will drop us off at the TGV station. We will depart for Bordeaux with luggage (2 hours 45 minutes).

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip on foot through Bordeaux’s historic center, including Saint-André Cathedral, a UNESCO listed monument. You will have the chance to taste the famous “canelé,” the signature pastry of Bordeaux. We will then take the coach to check-in at the Bordeaux hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hôtel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

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

Description: A charming 18th century boutique hotel with an impressive period façade. It is located in the "Golden Triangle," the very heart of town--only 100 meters from the "Grand Théatre." It is completely non-smoking and has Wi-Fi available.

Contact info:
15, cours de l'Intendance
4 rue Martignac
Bordeaux, 33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 48 00 88
web: http://www.bordeaux-hotel.com/en.html

Room amenities: The rooms include air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, a hairdryer, a safe, mini bar, a modem/data port connection, a private bathroom / Ensuite, a radio, tea and coffee making facilities, and a telephone with voice mail.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a full service bar and lounge, business services and laundry facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, May 02 - The Bordeaux Wine Region
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip to St. Emilion to explore several centuries of history and legends, from the time of the monk Emilion to the carving out of the amazing monolithic church. You will be able to see paintings in the Chapelle de la Trinité and learn the secrets of the catacombs. In addition, you will have the chance to taste the wines of St. Emilion.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will return to Bordeaux. You may take some free time to stroll the pedestrian streets of the historic center, just footsteps from your hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hôtel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Canal du Midi and a stone's throw from the ville basse, the 4-star Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cité welcomes you in its green setting at the foot of the medieval city of Carcassonne. Warm and exotic ambiance in the restaurant, outdoor pool, bar with fireplace, you will love the quality services offered. Whether relaxing with the family or after a day of work, in summer or winter, enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this Mediterranean hotel.

Contact info:
18 Rue Camille Saint-Saëns
Carcassonne, 11000 France
phone: +33 4 68 11 92 82
Room amenities: Air conditioning, data port in room, safe deposit box in room, remote control satellite TV, Wi-Fi in your room, direct dial telephone, crib in room, work desk, Pay per view channel(s), room service ordering,manual temperature control, free access with phone card, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: Laundry service, sporting facilities, business services and restaurant- bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, May 03 - The Walled City of Carcassonne
Note: Today's activities include four hours of coach travel from Bordeaux to Carcassonne with a rest stop en route. Carcassonne is a walled medieval city with only pedestrian access. There is a slight incline from the entrance gate to the château. There will be walking on stone payment.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, the coach will depart from Bordeaux to Carcassonne. (Four hours with a rest stop en route).

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will take a guided walking exploration of Carcassonne. (1 hour 30 minutes). You will also have some free time in Carcassonne to explore.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: A three star hotel SPA, ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
Room amenities: In all rooms : Air conditioning Direct line telephone Television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels Free Wi-Fi connection Safe Bath or shower, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry Service available 7 days a week Washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Spa reserved for adults. Shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. Restaurant with a buffet breakfast and a dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

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


Day Eleven: Sunday, May 04 - Pont du Gard / Uzès
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart for Pont du Gard, an aqueduct bridge built in A.D. 60 by the Romans to supply water to Nimes.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, the coach will depart to visit Uzès, a town with superb Renaissance architecture. You will have some free time to explore before we depart for Arles.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: A three star hotel SPA, ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
Room amenities: In all rooms : Air conditioning Direct line telephone Television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels Free Wi-Fi connection Safe Bath or shower, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry Service available 7 days a week Washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Spa reserved for adults. Shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. Restaurant with a buffet breakfast and a dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

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


Day Twelve: Monday, May 05 - Arles / Les Baux de Provence
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will have a lecture titled, "Arles France's Roman Roots in the South of France." We will then have a walking tour of 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: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, the coach will depart for Les Baux where will visit the area as well as an oil factory.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: A three star hotel SPA, ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
Room amenities: In all rooms : Air conditioning Direct line telephone Television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels Free Wi-Fi connection Safe Bath or shower, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry Service available 7 days a week Washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel. Spa reserved for adults. Shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. Restaurant with a buffet breakfast and a dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

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


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, May 06 - Avignon / Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will explore the medieval city of Avignon on foot. You will have the option to take a tour of the 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 the children's song.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The coach will depart to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We will then take a field trip to a winery.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

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

Description: A charming hotel that upholds the Lyon tradition of hospitality and prestige with an ideal location, it is conveniently located in the center of town just a stone's throw from Lyon Perrache Main Train and Metro Stations. The Best Western Charlemagne Hotel offers a mix of modernity and tradition at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers.

Contact info:
23 cours Charlemagne
Lyon, 69002 France
phone: +33 (0)4 72 77 70 00
web: www.hotel-charlemagne-lyon.com/index.php?lang=en

Room amenities: Each room at the Best Western Hotel Charlemagne is equipped with satellite TV and private bathrooms. Rooms also have AM/FM alarm clock, coffee maker, dataports, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-smoking, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, May 07 - Arles / Lyon
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart to La Garde-Adhémar, a perched village overlooking the Rhone Valley. A walk through the Botanical Gardens is a feast of sights and scents, with its aromatic collection and medicinal plant collection. We will continue up the Rhône River valley to Lyon, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. On the summit of Lyon’s highest hill, La Fourvière, take in an awesome view over the city and surrounding countryside.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will descend from La Fourvière Hill on the funicular. Explore the Old Town of Lyon on foot and walk through the fascinating traboules; although a couple of Old Lyon's traboules date from Roman times, most were constructed by silk weavers in the 19th century to facilitate the transport of silk in bad weather. Resistance fighters found them equally useful during WWII. We will then take a water taxi to Perrache before transferring to the Lyon hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

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

Description: A charming hotel that upholds the Lyon tradition of hospitality and prestige with an ideal location, it is conveniently located in the center of town just a stone's throw from Lyon Perrache Main Train and Metro Stations. The Best Western Charlemagne Hotel offers a mix of modernity and tradition at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers.

Contact info:
23 cours Charlemagne
Lyon, 69002 France
phone: +33 (0)4 72 77 70 00
web: www.hotel-charlemagne-lyon.com/index.php?lang=en

Room amenities: Each room at the Best Western Hotel Charlemagne is equipped with satellite TV and private bathrooms. Rooms also have AM/FM alarm clock, coffee maker, dataports, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-smoking, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Thursday, May 08 - Lyon
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Today you will explore the Renaissance Quartier of Lyon.

Lunch: At a bouchon, a traditional restaurant where the emphasis is on a convivial atmosphere and hearty cooking.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon to explore Lyon independently.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne

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

Description: This charming hotel is ideally located in the heart of the old Colmar, an historic city known for its delicious wines and yearly Christmas market. The hotel is located in a quiet lane close to the Maison Pfister, the Place de l'Ancienne Douane and restaurants of Little Venice and offers tastefully decorated rooms well equipped and nicely furnished. Enjoy traditional and seasonal cuisine and the tasty wines of Alsace in the comfort of the hotel's restaurant. Also, take advantage of the 40 m² indoor swimming pool with underwater massage. After a strenuous work-out in the fitness centre you can unwind in the sauna and the marble steam bath.

Contact info:
1-3-5 rue Weinemer
COLMAR, 68000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 89 41 62 10
Room amenities: Hairdryer, AC , phone, TV + cable, towels. WiFi. Internet socket. Soundproof. Fully equiped bathroom with bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Newspapers, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Sauna, Massage, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Indoor Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool (All Year), Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Friday, May 09 - Beaune - Colmar
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip to Beaune, which is located at the heart of the Burgundy wine region. We will visit the Hospices of Beaune, with its exquisite Burgundian-Flemish architecture and preserved medieval décor. The hospices hold an annual wine auction, which is known as the “greatest charity sale in the world,” whose proceeds benefit the hospital.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue on the journey around France, traveling from the Burgundy region to the Alsace-Lorraine. Arriving in Colmar, a field trip to the Bartholdi Museum explores the history and works of the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty. We will then check-in at the Colmar hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant where you will taste the specialty of Alsace, a “choucroute garni.” (Sauerkraut with sausages and potatoes) A vegetarian selection will also be available.

Evening: This evening, we will take a field trip to explore Colmar on foot at night. When the lights twinkling on the Lauch River reflect upon the timber-framed buildings – a mixture of French and German architecture, they make Colmar one of the most pleasing towns to stroll in the region.

Lodging: Hotel Le Rapp

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

Description: This charming hotel is ideally located in the heart of the old Colmar, an historic city known for its delicious wines and yearly Christmas market. The hotel is located in a quiet lane close to the Maison Pfister, the Place de l'Ancienne Douane and restaurants of Little Venice and offers tastefully decorated rooms well equipped and nicely furnished. Enjoy traditional and seasonal cuisine and the tasty wines of Alsace in the comfort of the hotel's restaurant. Also, take advantage of the 40 m² indoor swimming pool with underwater massage. After a strenuous work-out in the fitness centre you can unwind in the sauna and the marble steam bath.

Contact info:
1-3-5 rue Weinemer
COLMAR, 68000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 89 41 62 10
Room amenities: Hairdryer, AC , phone, TV + cable, towels. WiFi. Internet socket. Soundproof. Fully equiped bathroom with bath and shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Newspapers, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Sauna, Massage, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Indoor Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool (All Year), Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seventeen: Saturday, May 10 - Strasbourg / The Alsace Wine Route
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, walk with your local expert through Strasbourg's la Petite France, a corner of the Grand Île (the Main Island) where the Île river splits up into a number of canals, and cascades through a small area of half-timbered houses. Learn about medieval life in the UNESCO World Heritage city as you stroll this historic quarter and view the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame of Strasbourg.

Lunch: Enjoy a specialty of Strasbourg, the Quiche Lorraine.

Afternoon: An afternoon excursion will take us through the Alsace wine route. We will travel through picturesque villages and vineyards and have a wine tasting in Riquewihr.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Le Rapp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideally located next to the Conference Center in the city center and close to the TGV train station, the Mercure Reims Centre Cathédrale hotel is ideal for both business trips and vacations. The hotel offers 126 completely renovated, air-conditioned roomswith free WIFI. It also has a restaurant, champagne bar and a private paying car park. Equipped with 10 meeting rooms, the hotel offers a range of adaptations and services to make your seminar a real success.

Contact info:
31 boulevard Paul Doumer
REIMS, 51723 France
phone: +33 )3/26844949
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/home/index.shtml

Facility amenities: 220/240 V Air conditioning Data port in room Emergency exit map Safe deposit box in room Free in-room mineral water Bathroom doors 32 inches wide Radio in room Opening windows Remote control TV Wi-Fi in your room Work desk in all rooms Satellite/cable colour TVManual temperature control Free access with phone card Crib in room 1 Direct dial telephone 1 RJ 45 outlet Coffee/tea making facilities

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eighteen: Sunday, May 11 - Reims: Cathedral and the Capitulation Museum
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will have a morning departure to Reims with a rest stop en route.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the cathedral.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will discover Reims Cathedral, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture of the 13th century, where Clovis, first king of the Franks was baptized in 498 and where many of France’s kings were crowned. We will continue to the Capitulation Museum, where on May 7, 1945 at 2:41 a.m., General Eisenhower had set up his supreme headquarters. The Allied Forces brought an end to a war that had waged on for more than five years, by obtaining the capitulation of the Third Reich. We will then depart to check-in to the Reims hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Nineteen: Monday, May 12 - Champagne Cave / Château-Thierry
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart for the village of Epernay, the center of the champagne production, to learn how this sparking wine is produced during a visit of a champagne cellar. We will then depart by coach for Vise.

Lunch: Taste champagne made by a small, independent wine maker and lunch on local cheese, bread and charcuterie at the wine cellar.

Afternoon: The coach will depart this afternoon to retrace the stories of the World War I battles of Château-Thierry at the memorials that commemorate the men who fought and lost their lives here. We will then continue on to Paris.

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Twenty: Tuesday, May 13 - Giverny / Versailles
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Learn about Monet and Impressionist paintings on a field trip to the village of Giverny . There, we will visit the American Museum of Impressionism.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will continue to Versailles, the opulent palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Visit the palace and its Hall of Mirrors, then enjoy some time to explore the gardens on your own.

Dinner: On your own.

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 after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Twenty One: Wednesday, May 14 - Paris: The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower on an exclusive behind the scenes visit. Learn the history from its construction by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to its present day use in telecommunications. Learn how the elevators are controlled in the machinery room. Gain special access to the technical area under the first level of the Tower, with its breathtaking view. We will then continue to the Louvre, where you can explore at your own pace, guided by your personal MP3 audio guide created exclusively for Road Scholar.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Use the afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Dinner: View Paris from the water, a completely different perspective, during a farewell dinner aboard a Seine River cruise boat.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Twenty Two: Thursday, May 15 - Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Departure transfers to Charles de Gaulle Airport. 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.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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20 nights of accommodations
48 meals: 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 10 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
32 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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