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Program #12416RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
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Elevation Note
500 feet is the highest elevation.

Itinerary for May 6 — May 19, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, May 06 - Departures from the U.S.
Depart From: International flight to France.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, 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

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 07 - Group Arrival and Welcome
Arrive To: After your arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, transfer by coach to Normandy and the first program site, Caen.

Lunch: Light lunch en route to Caen.

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

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, 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

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 08 - Pegasus Bridge / British Sector / The Bayeux Tape...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Your WWII expert will lead you to Pegasus Bridge and then along the British and Canadian sector of the D-Day operation. Learn the importance and creation of the "Mulberry Harbours" and the stubborn German Battery at Longues sur Mer.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: 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: On your own in Bayeux.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, 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

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, May 09 - Omaha Beach / The American Cemetery / Pointe du H...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will have 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will start the afternoon with a wreath laying ceremony at the US Normandy American Military Cemetery, then continue on to Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. We will finish the day with a tasting of the region's renowned apple brandy at the château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to WWII soldiers was built.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, 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

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, May 10 - Utah Beach / Sainte Mère Eglise / The Battle of t...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will enjoy a lecture titled, "The Battle of the Hedgerows." We will travel to Saint-Lo to explore the hedgerows, which proved to be a very unique and difficult obstacle for American soldiers.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Your WWII expert will lead you in an on-site discussion of the operations in Sainte Mère Eglise and Utah Beach. Sainte Mère Eglise was at the center of the U.S. paratrooper landing and is known for the U.S. soldier whose parachute got stuck on the church's steeple, leaving him stranded overnight.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Moderne has a combination of charm, comfort and tradition. You will appreciate the excellent services including a lounge bar, a sauna and a conference room. The hotel is ideally situated less than 2 minutes from the Caen's historic centre and the harbour. Explore William the Conqueror's city at your own pace : the Abbey of St. Etienne (Men's Abbey) and William's grave, the ladies' Abbey and Mathilde's grave. Departing from the hotel you can take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian streets in the town centre where you can find the department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps...), the theatre and the cinema. Nearby, the picturesque district of Le Vaugueux and its numerous restaurants, invites you in a small greedy escape in the Norman flavors.

Contact info:
116, boulevard du Maréchal-Leclerc
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 31 86 04 23
web: en.bestwestern-moderne-caen.com/

Room amenities: Telephone, Free wifi access, Flatscreen television with satellite channels, Minibar, Safety deposit box, Bathroom with bath, hairdryer, separate toilet.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Concierge Service, 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

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, May 11 - Normandy Country Cuisine / Mont Saint Michel
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a few hours of free time to explore Bayeux at your own pace before your mid-morning departure.

Lunch: At a local farm/restaurant en route to Mont Saint Michel.

Afternoon: Explore a place the locals call "le Mont" - better known as Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, Mont Saint Michel is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Moderne

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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

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.


Day Seven: Monday, May 12 - Honfleur
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace before we board the coach for the Caen Memorial.

Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.

Afternoon: The Caen Memorial is a major museum dedicated to the history of the 20th century. This is a self-guided visit, and you may wander at your own pace through the different galleries focusing on WWII, the Cold War, and Peace. We will then board the coach for Honfleur to board the ship.

Dinner: Welcome orientation and dinner onboard the MS Seine Princess.

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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

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.


Day Eight: Tuesday, May 13 - Honfleur / Eugène Boudin Museum
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

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 that this city had in the settlement of New France.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: Either spend some free time to explore on your own or go on a field trip to discover the Musée Eugène Boudin. Located in a 19th century chapel and two modern extensions, with views over Honfleur and the Seine, the Musée Eugène Boudin houses some 1,200 square meters of permanent exhibitions in nine rooms. Named after Honfleur's most famous painter, there are works on display by not only Boudin himself, but also other great impressionists such as: Dubourg, Monet, and Jongkind.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

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.


Day Nine: Wednesday, May 14 - Caudebec and the Abbey of Saint Wandrille
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: There will be an onboard lecture titled, "War and Discoveries." With your study leader, explore some of the new discoveries that emerged during World War II, such as penicillin, jet aircraft and nylon.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: A field trip will take us a short distance from Caudebec, where we 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 Saint Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. After exploring the abbey, you will have the option of attending mass with the Benedictine monks as they sing Gregorian chants.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

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.


Day Ten: Thursday, May 15 - Historic Rouen
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

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

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture titled, "Robert Capa." With your study leader, learn about the fascinating photographer who captured some of the most well-known images of the D-Day invasion and liberation of Paris.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

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.


Day Eleven: Friday, May 16 - Giverny
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: Discover Monet's gardens at Giverny and view the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist. Take some time to explore the Impressionism museum and view the collections.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture by your group leader titled, "Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny." With your study leader, explore 19th century painting, the Academy, and Monet as you sail along the Seine."

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

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: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/ms-seine-princess-2013

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.


Day Twelve: Saturday, May 17 - Paris: L'Île de la Cité
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: We will be accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident who will lead us to explore Medieval Paris and the Île de la Cité on a walking tour. The Île de la Cité is the heart of Paris and the location where the city was founded. It is dominated by the Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris.

Lunch: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Afternoon: Take time to enjoy Paris at your own pace.

Dinner: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Lodging: MS Seine Princess

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Sunday, May 18 - The Louvre / The Liberation of Paris
Breakfast: On board the MS Seine Princess.

Morning: We will enjoy a lecture titled, "The Occupation and Liberation of Paris." With your local expert guide, discover areas of Paris under German occupation and discuss the resistance and liberation. We will begin at the Hotel Meurice, once the German Headquarters, and end at the statue of Charles de Gaulle on the Champs Elysées.

Lunch: On your own in Paris to explore some of the world-famous cuisine offered by the city's sidewalk cafes and renowned restaurants.

Afternoon: Your group leader will take you to the Louvre, where you will have time to explore on your own. Investigate the wing or collection of masterpieces that most peaks your interest. Later in the afternoon, we will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Montparnasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Monday, May 19 - Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel.

In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. 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

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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32 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
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