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Program #21095RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Nancylou from Wilmette, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/23/14 - 10/31/14
The main reason I went on this tour was to see Normandy especially during this anniversary year. The Normandy tour was fantastic. Our guide was so knowledgeable. He shared an array of facts, pictures and personal experiences with the group which gave us a greater understanding of the events. Visiting the classic highlights of Paris was lovely, however, I was blown away by seeing the less famous parts of Paris that our group leader showed us.
Fabulous tour.

Tom from Geneseo, IL Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 10/23/14 - 10/31/14
This is an excellent program with much diversity. It cuts across many interests such as history, architecture and religion. Paris is beautiful and a place all should experience. Normandy is as rural as Paris is urban and both provide a very interesting experience.

Donald from Winthrop, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/23/14 - 10/31/14
Easy to navigate website, informative and well thought out.

Judith from Glastonbury, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
This trip was my first to France and first with Road Scholar. It was truly the most wonderful event in my adult life. I learned so much from physically being in so many important places, and from Bill Snowden, our very competent, skilled, fun, and smart leader. All in all an exhilarating, intelligent and exciting travel experience.

Thomas from Flushing, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
This program was perfect for first time travelers to France. Bill Snowden, our leader was perfect for this tour. Articulate, great sense of humor and very easy to be with. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit Paris and Normandy.

Arthur from Tawas City, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
This was our first trip with Road Scholar. It was extra ordinary. Thinking back on the sites, history, professionalism, of Bill Snowden,etc, made this a life time experience. I wish I had more life left to think about all we saw. Patricia I'm waiting for a call.

Ginny from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
A marvelous trip! Every moment was a new adventure for me. I would highly recommend this trip. Bill Snowden, our group leader, was knowledgeable, welcoming and accommodating. My horizons were expanded, and the world looks even more amazing to me after this trip.

Nancy from Albemarle, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
I was very impressed with the attention to detail provided by everyone associated with the Road Scholar program. Bill Snowden was wonderful and took special care with each person on the trip. I agree with others that the only negative was the Streets Hotel in Paris - very dark and a bit creepy. I enjoyed everything we did but especially the Sunday market, Honfleur, and Omaha Beach.

Gail from Rockledge, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
Fabulous trip with a great leader and local guides. It's hard to pick a highlight: Monet's gardens, Omaha Beach, Orsay Museum, and many more. What really impressed me was the way Road Scholar handled the situation after my flight was cancelled at 10PM on the night before departure. They returned my call within 10 minutes and had me booked on a new flight in less than 30 minutes. I will never travel with any other company!! My one concern is the hotel in Paris: I feel it is not safe for seniors: the hallways are dark and the tub has high sides- difficult to get in and out of. I highly recommend this trip as an introduction to France.

Ann from La Plata, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
Great trip, with a fantastic guide, Bill Snowden. All hotels very nice with exception of first one in Paris, Streets Hotel. Dark, dreadful colors and terrible smell. Other than that, a great time. Bill made the trip educational and entertaining.

Cheryl from Powder Springs, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 10/17/14
The Best of Northern France, Paris and Normandy was the trip of a lifetime. Highly recommend!

Dorothy from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/11/14
A good program shared with interesting folks. When the weather changed, our Fearless Leader Libby adjusted the program. But we missed nothing on the schedule. I was happy we decided to arrive 3 days early and just walk around Paris on our own. Lazy, fun time, followed by structure and great adventures with the group.

Carol from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/11/14
A good introduction to Paris for first time visitors, not enough time in Paris perhaps, but a good combination for a week tour. I would recommend staying on a day or two after the tour to do some poking about and explore more dining options outside a group.

Ann from West Hartford, CT Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 10/02/14 - 10/10/14
If you want to go to Paris and also visit Normandy, this program offers an excellent opportunity to see and learn about these locations.

Ronald from Grand Haven, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/14 - 09/26/14
I found the Best of Northern France:Paris and Normandy Tour an excellent way of learning about Parisian history and culture. Visiting the actual site of where the invasion began, the logistics involved in carrying out the mission and the cost of human sacrifices that were made will give you a new perspective on what was involved.

Linda from Lewiston, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/14 - 09/12/14
This was a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed visiting the beautiful churches in Paris, Rouen and Honfleur and listening to Ange Laporte's superb narrative. The hotels and meals were excellent.

Ann from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/14 - 09/12/14
Recently returned from this trip and still recovering from jet lag, I also want to echo what a great experience this was. Seeing Normandy and having an in depth presentation of DDay was my highlight, but I also want to compliment our guide Ange Laporte on a job well done. His extensive knowledge in a number of topics and sense of humor were very much appreciated. There is a lot of walking on cobblestones on this trip so it's best to be in good shape.

Linda from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/14 - 09/12/14
This was a delightful experience. Every bit of it was interesting to me. Personal highlights included visiting the Sunday market in Paris, Mont St. Michel, and Monet's gardens in Giverny.

Jeanne from Plymouth, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/14 - 09/12/14
If seeing Normandy and Omaha Beach is one of your travel goals, the Road Scholar experience cannot be matched.

Cheryl from Maplewood, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/10/14 - 04/18/14
Fabulous trip with a wonderful itinerary! The D-Day beaches were definitely a highlight including the visit to the American Cemetery. But all aspects of the trip were great including Mont St. Michel and the various Paris excursions. Robert Andre Harvey was a great leader--informative and a great sense of humor. Included meals were terrific. People on the trip were great too. Can't think of anything I would change on this trip!

Bernardine from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/10/14 - 04/18/14
The whole trip was amazing. Our group leader, Robert Andre Harvey, was wonderful. All the cities, Paris, Giverny, Roeun, Bayeaux, Honfleur, Versailles held something of interest. I was very impressed with Jean Philippe, our guide through Normandy and Omaha Beach. He obviously cares so much about the history of D-Day and we were greatful he imparted so much of his knowledge to us. I was honored, as a veteran, to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery. Everything about this trip is great!!

Jane from Montgomery, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/26/13 - 10/04/13
Don't know if you want to share this, but I have to share my wonderful story. We stayed in the churchill Hotel, which was full of WWII memoribilia and photos. I loved it as that is mostly why we chose this trip to see Normandy and WWII things. As walking around looking at the pictures on the wall I got to the 2nd floor and lo and behold there on the wall in a picture frame was a picture of my father from WWII. I can't tell you what an emotional and overwhelming experience that was. I mean what are the chances of that happening. I will never forget that and always treasurer that. My husband took a picture of me by his picture.

Diane from Hingham, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/26/13 - 10/04/13
This trip was incredible.We had a French guide who was top rate.We were educated on the War at Normandy very moving.The food was exc.Dont miss this one. Diane Shull BOSTON

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