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The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy

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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 Oct 9 — Oct 17, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, October 09 - Departures from the USA
In Transit Overnight: International flight to France.

Type: Hotel

Description: Streets Hotel is located in the heart of the fashionable district Le Marais, just a few steps away from the Place de la Republique. The hotel offers high tech and unique services.

Contact info:
13 Boulevard du Temple
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 1 42 71 20 00
web: http://www.streets-hotel.com/fr/page/streets-hotel-paris-marais-accueil.1.html

Room amenities: The rooms include a smart T.V. with Miracast.

Facility amenities: Streets Hotel offers free WiFi, a fitness center, a patio, a business center, and a restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for details
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Two: Friday, October 10 - Arrival in Paris / Orientation / Evening City Tou...
Arrive To: Arrival in Paris and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and take some time to relax and to freshen up before 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: See the highlights of the city of Paris by tour bus. Depending on the time of year, you may or may not see the lights of Paris.

Lodging: Streets Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Streets Hotel is located in the heart of the fashionable district Le Marais, just a few steps away from the Place de la Republique. The hotel offers high tech and unique services.

Contact info:
13 Boulevard du Temple
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 1 42 71 20 00
web: http://www.streets-hotel.com/fr/page/streets-hotel-paris-marais-accueil.1.html

Room amenities: The rooms include a smart T.V. with Miracast.

Facility amenities: Streets Hotel offers free WiFi, a fitness center, a patio, a business center, and a restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for details
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Three: Saturday, October 11 - L'île de la Cité / Sainte Chapelle / Notre Dame ...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to explore the heart of Paris: L'île de la Cité. Discover the flower markets and Sainte Chapelle - one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. We will end the morning at Notre Dame cathedral and then cross the Seine River over to Beaubourg for lunch near the famed contemporary museum and its fountain.

Lunch: Lunch at a creperie near Les Halles.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Paris, do some shopping in Les Halles or see one of the many museums that are easy connections. Alternatively, join your group leader who will head into the Marais for a walk in this historic and dynamic part of Paris. Visit the Paris' History Museum's (Musée Carnavalet) permanant collection and end the afternoon at the Place des Vogues.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Streets Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Streets Hotel is located in the heart of the fashionable district Le Marais, just a few steps away from the Place de la Republique. The hotel offers high tech and unique services.

Contact info:
13 Boulevard du Temple
Paris, 75003 France
phone: +33 1 42 71 20 00
web: http://www.streets-hotel.com/fr/page/streets-hotel-paris-marais-accueil.1.html

Room amenities: The rooms include a smart T.V. with Miracast.

Facility amenities: Streets Hotel offers free WiFi, a fitness center, a patio, a business center, and a restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for details
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings


Day Four: Sunday, October 12 - Parisian Market / Orsay Museum / Montmartre
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Experience the lifestyle of a typical Parisian. We will visit the Sunday market at Richard Lenoir and enjoy the smells and flavors of Paris as we explore this popular little outdoor Sunday market. We will then continue the morning at the Orsay museum for a self guided visit using the museums audio guide system. Orsay has the largest collection of Impressionist painters in the world.

Lunch: At the Orsay Museum.

Afternoon: We will end the day at Montmarte to explore the neighborhood that was made famous by artists and still is to this day popular with current Parisian artists and writers. See Sacre Coeur and Place du Terte, and also explore the back and side streets of the well known neighborhood.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Streets Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe is located in downtown Caen in front of the racecourse and is within walking distance from the Exhibition Center. There is a lot to discover in the area, including two medieval Abbey Churches and the Castle of Caen, all founded by the Duke of Normandy and the Memorial of Caen - Museum for Peace.

Contact info:
4 PLACE MARECHAL FOCH
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +01 49 02 00 33
web: http://www.caen-hotel-centre.com/

Room amenities: The 88 spacious bedrooms offer a very trendy graphic atmosphere with beige and chocolate tones. All the rooms are equipped with a bathrooms with a bathtub or shower and a hair-dryer, a flat screen TV and international satellite network, a telephone, a safe attress and free WiFi access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers high speed internet, a fitness center, a restaurant, and room service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, October 13 - Giverny and Monet's Garden / Rouen and the Cathed...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for Normandy. En route, you will enjoy a field trip to the beautiful gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. Learn about the history of Giverny in the Impressionist movement. Afterwards, we will continue on to Rouen for lunch.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will discover historic Rouen. We will start at the Cathedral of Rouen, 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. Afterwards, we will continue on to the hotel in Caen.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe is located in downtown Caen in front of the racecourse and is within walking distance from the Exhibition Center. There is a lot to discover in the area, including two medieval Abbey Churches and the Castle of Caen, all founded by the Duke of Normandy and the Memorial of Caen - Museum for Peace.

Contact info:
4 PLACE MARECHAL FOCH
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +01 49 02 00 33
web: http://www.caen-hotel-centre.com/

Room amenities: The 88 spacious bedrooms offer a very trendy graphic atmosphere with beige and chocolate tones. All the rooms are equipped with a bathrooms with a bathtub or shower and a hair-dryer, a flat screen TV and international satellite network, a telephone, a safe attress and free WiFi access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers high speed internet, a fitness center, a restaurant, and room service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, October 14 - WWII in Normandy / The Landing Beaches / U.S. WWI...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will explore the landing sites of WWII in a very unique way- using period vehicles. Start the morning at Point du Hoc to learn about the preparation to D-Day and the bombing leading up to the troop arrivals. We 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 survive still today. We will leave Omaha beach and pay our respect to the fallen soldiers at the U.S. WWII war cemetery where we will have a brief ceremony. We will finish in Arromomanches with a visit to the remants 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 depart by coach for Bayeux. Sample the region's renowned apple brandy at Le château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument honoring WWII soldiers was built. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in Bayeux to explore the city on your own. See the small but untouched cathedral or discover the Bayeux Tapestry which is a famous embroidered cloth—not an actual tapestry—depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe is located in downtown Caen in front of the racecourse and is within walking distance from the Exhibition Center. There is a lot to discover in the area, including two medieval Abbey Churches and the Castle of Caen, all founded by the Duke of Normandy and the Memorial of Caen - Museum for Peace.

Contact info:
4 PLACE MARECHAL FOCH
Caen, 14000 France
phone: +01 49 02 00 33
web: http://www.caen-hotel-centre.com/

Room amenities: The 88 spacious bedrooms offer a very trendy graphic atmosphere with beige and chocolate tones. All the rooms are equipped with a bathrooms with a bathtub or shower and a hair-dryer, a flat screen TV and international satellite network, a telephone, a safe attress and free WiFi access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers high speed internet, a fitness center, a restaurant, and room service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, October 15 - Mont St. Michel / Farmhouse Lunch
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont St. Michel. This tiny tidal island houses the majestic St. Michel Monastery.

Lunch: Lunch at a local farm house inn featuring typical local Normandy specialties.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Caen.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe

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 Eight: Thursday, October 16 - Honfleur Charming Coastal Village / Versailles Pa...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Marvel at the 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 it had in the settlement of new France. Please note that the Eugène Boudin museum will be closed during this time.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for a field trip to 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.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Paris hotel.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Friday, October 17 - Departures from France or Onward to your Combinat...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfers to Charles de Gaulle airport. NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS COMBINING THIS PROGRRAM WITH PROGRAM 21096: Because 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 the 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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14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips

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