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Intergenerational in the City of Light: À la Découverte de Paris (Age 14-17)

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Program #17424RJ
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.
Lynn from Burr Ridge, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/26/14 - 08/03/14
A wonderful opportunity for a group of teens (and grandparents) to bond and learn together -- a great experience that I hope to eventually share with my other grandchildren.

Laurel from Chesterfield, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/26/14 - 08/03/14
My grandson and I had a fabulous time exploring Paris! Interesting, fun sites to see, rich history and great opportunities to try new foods and the best guides ever--Caroline and Louis! Incredibly knowledgeable, with a sense of humor and they relate well to the teens. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to open the world of travel to their grandchild! You will not be disappointed.

Louisette from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/26/14 - 08/03/14
Great leaders, interesting program, I would recommend to anyone.

Mary from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/19/14 - 07/27/14
I'm so happy I took my grandson on this trip. He loved it. I loved it. And we both learned so much from our dynamic guide Frederic, a gifted teacher and story teller. It was wonderful to hear vignettes from World War II, WW I, the French Revolution, various kings and their plots and so on right where they happened. Fred also gave us enlightening introductions to the art and artists we encountered. My grandson, who also enjoyed being with the other teens on the trip, couldn't have "discovered" Paris in a better way.

Robert from Prince Frederick, MD Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 07/19/14 - 07/27/14
Our program leaders, Penny Old and Frederick were outstanding. Penny with her organizational skills and Frederick with his French history and ability to truly connect with the kids are what made this trip a success. However, for us grandparents, the amount of walking and stair climbing was a bit much. Some taxi rides were taken back to the hotel rather than face the long walk and metro stairs back to the hotel.

Ann from Shacklefords, VA Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 07/19/14 - 07/27/14
Our program leader, Frederic, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and entertaining and we truly "did" Paris thoroughly. The food was fantastic. But my knee is complaining loudly--all those stairs (many in the Metro), cobblestones, and marble for miles every day did a number on it. You might want a walking stick!

Ann from Roanoke, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/12/14 - 07/20/14
My hope was to introduce our grandchildren to Paris in an intelligible way. Our guide very successfully brought history, art and culture to life. The young ones could also see that everyone uses public transportation and that young and old can mix well. But the grandparents must know that this was five miles of walking almost daily in the heat of July. Or maybe knowing that ahead will discourage folks from doing what they thought they could not do.

John from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 07/12/14 - 07/20/14
This was a wonderful trip -- perfect for the teenage g'kids -- interesting for the g'parents. Great agenda, wonderful guide, Paris splendid. However, Francis hits on a major flaw -- we were badly misinformed about the amount of walking and stair climbing. Wake up, RoadScholar!! Five of the twelve g'parents wore FitBits -- they knew exactly how far we walked and how many stairs we climbed. Your "...two miles per day..." was nonsense. The first four days we walked 4.5 to 5.5 miles per day -- on the fifth day 6.5 miles -- on the sixth day over 7 miles. On one day we climbed 17 flights of stairs (mostly in the Metro). Mind you, the sights and scenes were wonderful -- but the distances and stairs were unexpected and quite hard on the g'parents. There were frequent dropouts and taxi rides back to the hotel when the older people couldn't make that additional mile walking. I strongly recommend this trip -- but RoadScholar, please give us a more accurate description of the activity level.

Francis from Roanoke, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/12/14 - 07/20/14
Do not take this program unless you are prepared to spend considerable time on foot walking to and from Metro stops. There is more time spent walking than is actually spent visiting museums, galleries, restaurants, and the like.

Molly from La Jolla, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/12/14 - 07/20/14
This Grandparent/teen program was well beyond expectation both for me and my 15 yr. old granddaughter. The group was full of neat kids and interested grown ups, the guides were unbelievably knowledgable and fun, the variety of activity was perfect, and we saw the very best of Paris. Our accommodations were in a great location, the meals superb at great restaurants. Perfect!!

Judy from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/28/14 - 07/06/14
We highly recommend Road Scholar's Intergenerational program to the City of Lights. The outstanding guides, program itinerary and the attention to detail make Paris come alive.

Madeleine from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/16/13 - 07/24/13
The intergenerational experience in Paris was outstanding! Being with my granddaughter in Paris under the tutelage of Fred Vignot was beyond my expectations. It will rank as one of the best traveling experiences I have ever had. Fred has the gift of knowledge and the ability to make everyone on the trip a cohesive unit-engaged in not only sightseeing but caring for each other.

Jo Ann from Royersford, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/09/13 - 07/17/13
What a wonderful way to share the sights and sounds of Paris with my granddaughter! Brigitte and Fred were the perfect duo to lead us during this fast-paced, energetic program - the days were filled with high energy level activities that left us all (kids included) tired when we finally quit after being on the go for 12-13 hours! It would be difficult to select one thing that made the trip so fantastic - it was that way from beginning to end!

Norma from Blacklick, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/09/13 - 07/17/13
My granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to paris-7/10-7/17. Tour guides Brigitte and Fred couldn't have been better. They were very caring and knowledgable. It was a nice mix of activities. Giverny was so beautiful and the lights on the Eiffel Tower were gorgeous! A trip never to be forgotten!

Heida from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/06/13 - 07/14/13
It was indeed moderately challenging. Hot temperatures. We loved the trip. Louis and Romi were great guides. Helpful and informative and increased my understanding for this lovely city. The French lesson the first day was fabulous. It really helped tremendously and was surprisingly helpful. The audio equipment a wonderful tool to hear the lectures. I loved the way we used the metro system. Feel that I could do it on my own now. It was also great to live in the Marais district. Central and full of interesting sights. The games for the kids, e.g. the market questions engaged them greatly, which was a delight. The trip to Giverny was one of the highlights for my granddaughter and me. What a treat. At the time I was thinking that I would have liked Ana to have been a little older. Now, when I heard her talk about the trip, I realize that she learned a lot and is very articulate talking about her experiences. A few suggestions: 1. The dinner the first evening took too long, as did many of the meals. And yes, I understand that is the French way of eating. Louis mentioned a couple of restaurants he did not want to revisit and I agreed at the time, but can't remember which ones they were. 2. It would have been helpful to me to have some type of a name game over dinner the first night. Participants generally did not wear name tags and it was more awkward to talk to them not remembering their name. 3. Romi's lectures were enlightening but at times a bit too detailed. 4. The hotel elevator presented a problem by frequently being out of order. Obviously out of your control. I want to thank both Louis and Romi for their personalized attention and care. They created an amazing experience. Heida Brenneke and Ana Clarkson

Jacqueline from East Northport, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/09/13 - 07/17/13
Fabulous experience with warm, friendly, knowledgeable guides. My 16-year old Grandson and I LOVED it! Thank you RoadScholar!

Mary Lou from West Newton, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/06/13 - 07/14/13
Our intergenerational trip to Paris not only introduced us for the first time to a beautiful city and taught us so much, but also gave us the chance to get to know our grandson so much better. My husband and I will never forget this trip and, over the years, we will all look back on it with joy.

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