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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 3 — Oct 11, 2014

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Day One: Friday, October 03 - Departures from the USA
In Transit: International flights to France.

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


Day Two: Saturday, October 04 - Arrival in Paris / Orientation / Evening City Tou...
Morning: Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel in Paris and take some time to unpack and relax 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: Enjoy the highlights of the city on a bus tour. Depending on the time of year, you may or may not see the lights of Paris.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: 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 before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Day Three: Sunday, October 05 - L'île de la Cité / The Sainte Chapelle / Notre Da...
L'île 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: We will take the metro (30 minutes with one change) for a field trip where we will explore the heart of Paris: L'île de la Cité. You will discover the flower markets, the Sainte Chapelle, one of the most beautiful examples of gothic architecture, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Afterwards, we will cross the Seine over to Beaubourg for lunch near the famed contemporary museum and its fountain.

Lunch: At a crêperie near Les Halles.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon 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 to explore local cuisine.

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


Day Four: Monday, October 06 - 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: We will take the metro (30 minutes with one change) for a field trip on which 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, but 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 to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

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: 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: Tuesday, October 07 - Giverny and Monet's Garden / Rouen and Cathedral ...
Note: Today's activities include four hours of coach travel.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for Caen 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 to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: 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 Caen (1.5 hours). Upon arrival, you will check-in at the hotel.

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

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: 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: Wednesday, October 08 - WWII in Normandy / The Landing Beaches / The U.S....
Note: Today's activities include travel by coach.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for an exploration of the WWII landing sites 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 War 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: Sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument honoring 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 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: 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: Thursday, October 09 - 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 Caen. You will have free time to explore the city a bit more on your own.

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


Day Eight: Friday, October 10 - Honfleur: Charming Coastal Village / Palace of Ve...
Honfleur: Charming Coastal Village / Palace of Versailles and Royal Gardens

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach (1 hour) to discover 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 will have some time to explore on your own. Please note that the Eugène Boudin museum will be closed during this time.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

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 the hotel for one night.

Dinner: Enjoy your farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Villa Beaumarchais

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, October 11 - Return to the USA or Onward to your Combination P...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Indvidual shuttles will provide transfers for those returning to the USA. 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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