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Intergenerational France: The Best of Paris, Normandy and Brittany

Program Number: 18370RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2013 - 8/7/2013; 6/25/2016 - 7/6/2016; 7/9/2016 - 7/20/2016;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $3,575.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Meals: 22; 10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 14 years of age.

Inspire another generation of Francophiles as you immerse yourselves in the history, art, food, landscapes and “joie de vivre” of three regions of France. From the Impressionist masterpieces housed at the Louvre in Paris to the Camembert of Normandy to the Corsairs of Brittany, experience a rare and very special close-up of France and its people with your grandchildren.


• Discover the Corsair city of Saint Malo, its medieval ramparts and proud Celtic heritage.
• Encounter history at its most moving — at the D-Day beaches of Normandy and the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel.
• See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, and explore Montmartre through an enriching and fun treasure hunt.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over generally even terrain. Considerable standing. Extensive use of Paris Metro.

Program is for grandchildren ages 12-14. Paris hotel rooms do not have triple rooms. One youth per adult in shared accommodations. If the second adult chooses not to be matched with a roommate in a shared double room, they may pay the single-room upgrade.

Date Specific Information

7-27-2013, 6-25-2016, 7-9-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rennes, coach to Dinard, 4 nights; coach to Caen, 3 nights; coach to Paris, 3 nights; departure from Paris.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Rennes, transfer to Dinard 4 nights

St. Malo is famous for its rocky beaches, Celtic culture, medieval ramparts and gallant seaman. Learn about the privateers known as the Corsairs as well as ancient legends and Celtic heritage. Attend traditional Celtic music and dance performances and visit the fishing harbor of Cancale. Learn about maritime life at the oyster museum, and explore the beautiful landscapes of the inland region. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel.

Coach to Caen
3 nights

Visit a typical Norman farm, taste local products and explore Bayeux and its famous tapestry. Explore the incredible collection of WW II history at the Battlefield Museum in Sainte-Mere Eglise and Omaha Beach and pay our respects to the fallen soldiers at the US WWII war cemetery. Discover the secrets of Breton crepes. Visit Caen with an overview exploration and a stop at the iconic Caen Memorial.

Coach to Paris
3 nights

Visit the historic city of Rouen and explore charming cobbled streets of the Middle Ages and the square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. At Giverny, walk through the house and gardens of Claude Monet. Arrive in Paris and embark on a boat ride on the Seine to encounter the history of the bridges of Paris. Learn about Notre Dame Cathedral and its archaeological crypt, as well as the Louvre Museum with a focus on its French paintings. Discover Montmartre through a mysterious and fun treasure hunt, have lunch at local restaurant famous as a meeting point of artists like Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola and Van Gogh. Visit Versailles Castle and learn about the “Sun King” and the French Monarchy. Enjoy a conversation with French families during an evening in their homes.


The epicurious and the curious find much to admire in Western Europe’s largest nation, whose agricultural riches and terrain of beaches, mountains and fertile fields have drawn residents for thousands of years. The northern region hosts the nation’s Parisian capital, as well as unique Breton culture, while the sun-drenched Mediterranean coast sports the chic beach-goers and the terraced vineyards of the interior.

Dinard: Comfortable hotel located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Caen: Comfortable hotel ideally located in the heart of the city. Paris: Quaint hotel located in the district that has tradionally drawn Parisian artists and intellectuals.
Meals and Lodgings
   Villa Montparnasse
  PARIS, France 4 nights
   Hotel Moderne
  CAEN, France 3 nights
   Hotel du Louvre
  SAINT MALO, France 3 nights
 Villa Montparnasse
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Moderne
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel du Louvre
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located within the walled city at the heart of Saint-Malo, this hotel offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. It provides a ticket service at the 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the dining room at Hotel du Louvre. Guests can enjoy a drink in the bar while reading the newspapers provided. The harbor is just a 2-minute walk from hotel Louvre and the beach is just 1800 ft away.
  Contact info: 2 rue des Marins
Saint Malo,  35400 France
phone: +33 (0)2 99 40 86 62
  Room amenities: The soundproofed guest rooms feature extra long beds and interconnecting rooms are available. Each room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and amenities. All rooms are serviced by an elevator.
  Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Bicycle Rental, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:30 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at Orientation at 5:00 p.m. at the program hotel. You will be staying at Villa Montparnasse that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast at the program hotel. You will be staying at Hotel du Louvre the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  PARIS
  Nearest city or town:  PARIS
  Nearest highway: A1
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers may join the group transfer or take a taxi directly to the hotel or take one of the Air France buses. Tickets can be purchased by anyone regardless of airline. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants. The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate. By using the web link below, you can take advantage of these rates and book your transfer for arrival in or departure from Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher.
  From End of Program
  Location:  SAINT MALO
  Nearest city or town:  RENNES
  Nearest highway: N137
  Nearest airport:  RENNES AIRPORT
  Transportation from site: Independent travelers may join the group transfer. Other options are to take a taxi from Saint Malo to Rennes airport (for approximately 170 euros) or take the train to Rennes and then take bus line 57 to Rennes airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Travel to France
(Saturday, July 27)
 In Transit: Overnight in transit

Day 2: Arrival in Paris
(Sunday, July 28)
 Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and independent transfers to the program hotel in Paris. Please note that rooms are not generally available until early to mid-afternoon, so you should plan to drop off your luggage at the hotel and then take some time to explore Paris or relax and have a leisurely lunch (on your own). There are Paris maps available at the hotel, and your Group Leader and hotel staff will be present to provide recommendations and directions.
 Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the late afternoon you will meet with your group at the hotel for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Overview of Paris / Louvre Museum / Eiffel Tower
(Monday, July 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy an overview of Paris by coach. This excursion will bring you to the Opera, Place Vendôme, the Bouvelard des Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and more. Afterward visit the Louvre museum to discover one of the biggest museums in the world holding great masterpieces such as Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and the Mona Lisa.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Enjoy a unique discovery of the Louvre, one of the most important collections of art in the world. You will be divided into teams and be given a list of masterpieces to find. This treasure hunt is both an adventure and an opportunity to learn about many different periods and styles of art. Walk through the Tuileries Garden, cross bridge, RER Orsay to Champs de Mars for Eiffel Tower. Field Trip: Eiffel Tower
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local cuisine
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Montmartre / Notre Dame Cathedral
(Tuesday, July 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Metro to Abbesses; Guided walk through the streets up to Place du Tertre and then into Sacre Coeur. Depart by metro to Montmartre to walk the winding streets of this “village”. Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré Coeur can be seen from many points in Paris. This butte (hillock) is a delightful area of village streets and steep stairways that suddenly rise from the Grands Boulevards. The Romano-Byzantine Basilica of the Sacred Heart dates to the late 1800’s. The interior is decorated in mosaic. The bell, named La Savoyarde is one of the world’s heaviest bells at 19 tons. Nearby the Place du Tertre (Painters Square) is very popular with tourists and street artists vying for the chance to paint their portraits. Poets, singers and artists were drawn to the area by its reputed Bohemian way of life. In the early days, they gathered in the cafés to share their works. This led to the tradition of the café-concert. The most famous of these, the Moulin Rouge, opened in 1889. Until the outbreak of World War II, La Butte remained the city’s artistic and literary center. You will be divided into teams for a scavenger hunt of Montmartre. Solve the clues that lead to a "treasure".
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Montmartre
 Afternoon: Departure by metro to Ile de la Cité. Field trip to Notre Dame Cathedral: Discover l'Ile de la Cité and the Gothic quarter of Paris. Return to the hotel by metro.
 Dinner: Tonight you will dine with French residents and hear firshand about life in France. Take some time to ask questions and have an in-depth discussion about differences between your cultures.
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Versailles
(Wednesday, July 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel by coach to the palace of Versailles. In an en route lecture learn about Louis XIV and the French Monarchy. Explore the state apartments of the royal palace and learn about the daily life in the time of Sun King. Wander the formal gardens designed by Le Nôtre.
 Lunch: On your own at the chateau
 Afternoon: Return to Paris and embark on a boat cruise on the river Seine and discover the many different bridges of Paris and their history.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Giverny / Caen
(Thursday, August 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departure by coach to Caen to visit Claude Monet's house and gardens. On board, discuss Monet and the Impressionists: "Who were they, what were they trying to accomplish with their paintings and why it was different from what came before them. Field trip to Claude Monet's house.The house is pink stucco, just like when Claude Monet lived there (1883-1926). The gardens are a rectangular “Clos Normand” offering, from spring to autumn, a palette of varying colors of the painter-gardener who was ecstatic about flowers. Walk through a tunnel to the site of the Water Lilies, a water garden with the famous Japanese bridge, wisteria, azaleas and pond which inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies. Learn about Monet and the Impressionists in an on-site lecture. Then test your knowledge with a quiz on Monet for the grandchildren. Continue to Rouen
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Explore the Vieux Marche and learn the story of Joan of Arc. Depart by coach to Caen
 Dinner: Dinner nearby the hotel
Accommodations: Hotel Moderne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Landing Beaches and Bayeux Tapestry
(Friday, August 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Coach Depart to Vierville to learn about WWII landing
 Lunch: Lunch in Omaha Beach
 Afternoon: Field trip: DDay and American Cemetery Wreath Ceremony. Departure to Bayeux to visit the Tapestry.
 Dinner: Dinner in Bayeux and learn about Breton tradition.
Accommodations: Hotel Moderne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Caen Memorial / WWII Landing Beaches
(Saturday, August 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Enrichment activity : Enjoy a journey on board of a little train for an overview of Caen.
 Lunch: Lunch in Caen: Receive money, read the menu and order the food in French.
 Afternoon: Departure by coach to the Memorial of Caen.Field trip to the Mémorial of Caen: the American Memorial museum, and underground H.Q. Lecture (on site): World War II and the American allies. Watch a movie on D Day
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local cuisine
Accommodations: Hotel Moderne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Mont Saint Michel / Saint Malo
(Sunday, August 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel by coach to Mont Saint Michel. Discover the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture. It was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the unique character of Mont Saint-Michel's abbey and surrounding bay in an onsite lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at Mont Saint Michel
 Afternoon: Coach depart to Cancale La Ferme Marine via coastal road. On board, discuss Facts or Fiction: "Should oysters only be eaten in months ending in the letter R?" FIELD TRIP: Discover Cancale, a typical fishing port. At a marine farm, learn the details of oyster farming and regional traditions with a film in English “Oyster breeding: a local tradition” followed by a tasting of oysters and fish pate. Coach transfer to St Malo along coastal route
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Enjoy a performance of traditional Celtic music and dance
Accommodations: Hotel du Louvre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: St Malo
(Monday, August 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip: on foot through the streets inside the walled city. Learn about the privateers known as the Corsairs as well as ancient legends and Celtic heritage. At the Privateer's House (La Maison du Corsaire) discover the hidden staircases, the stately panelled salons, the cellars used as a prison during the French Revolution, and the collection of weapons, chests, documents and coins from the early eighteenth century
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local cuisine
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
Accommodations: Hotel du Louvre
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Dinan /Dinard/ /Apple Tasting
(Tuesday, August 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel by coach to Dinan. Excursion: Walk trhough Dinan and discover the "savoir faire of the region."Coach departs to Pleudihen for apple tasting.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local cuisine
 Afternoon: Coach departure to Dol de Bretagne Menhir. Lecture on board: Astérix and Obelix.. Return to St Malo and have free time to pack.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel du Louvre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Departure
(Wednesday, August 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer from St Malo to Rennes airport
Meals Included: Breakfast
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