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

Program Number: 17424RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/5/2014 - 7/13/2014; 6/25/2016 - 7/3/2016; 7/2/2016 - 7/10/2016; 7/9/2016 - 7/17/2016; 7/16/2016 - 7/24/2016; 7/23/2016 - 7/31/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $2,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 18; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 14 - 17 years of age.

Bienvenue! The avenues of Paris are open to you and a grandchild as you discover the art, culture and cuisine for which the city is famous. Converse with Parisians in their own language, admire the greatest artworks ever created, go underground beneath the Eiffel Tower and hear the story of Quasimodo at Notre Dame Cathedral. All this and more packs an unforgettable week of adventure in Europe’s most exciting city.


• With an experienced teacher, learn the basics of the French language, then practice over dinner with a Parisian family.
• Explore the Eiffel Tower’s original machine room, underground bunker and first-floor control room.
• After visiting the Musée d’Orsay, have a portrait of you and your grandchild painted by an artist in Montmartre.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Extensive use of Paris Metro.

Program is for grandchildren ages 14-17. Triple rooms are not available. This program is also offered for grandchildren ages 10–13 (#21308).

Date Specific Information

7-5-2014, 6-25-2016, 7-2-2016, 7-9-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-23-2016

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Paris, 7 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Paris
7 nights

To really experience Paris, you’ll need to know some French. An experienced teacher will introduce you to French language, culture, and history during your time in the City of Lights. On Ile de la Cité, where the city of Paris was started, explore Notre Dame Cathedral to hear tales of gargoyles and Quasimodo. Visit the Eiffel Tower, learn about the Impressionists at the Musée d’Orsay and have a portrait of you and your grandchild painted by an artist in Montmartre. Discuss Parisian culture, schooling and daily life over dinner with a Parisian family and discover the many works of art on display in the Louvre. Spend an evening at the theater to experience firsthand the dramatic and artistic atmosphere of the City of Lights. Enjoy some time in Monet’s home and garden in Giverny.


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.

Three star hotel in the heart of historic Paris.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Fred Vignot

Fred Vignot has been teaching junior high and high school for 20 years. A Paris resident with his wife and two sons, Fred is always trying to boost his creative energy and keep up with the school kids. Among other things, he plays keyboard and guitar and is a singer in a “funky” band. With Fred’s knowledge and boundless enthusiasm, a week in Paris with this charismatic teacher and entertainer is sure to be an unforgettable adventure!
Meals and Lodgings
   Villa Beaumarchais
  Paris, France 7 nights
 Villa Beaumarchais
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.
  Additional nights after: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts with orientation at 5 p.m. at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses and taxis are available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest highway: A6
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle Airport
  Transportation to site: Independent travelers may take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost is between 60 and 80 euros, and can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic. You may also take one of the Air France buses from the airport. One way fare is 16.50 euros or you can purchase a round trip ticket for 27 euros (tickets can be purchased by anyone regardless of airline). Travel time is about one hour but this varies depending on traffic conditions. Buses depart approximately every 30 minutes from four different places at Charles de Gaulle Airport. 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 Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. (Note that the website does not indicate that it is a Road Scholar or discount price.)
  From End of Program
  Location: Paris
  Transportation from site: Independent travelers can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport or can ask the hotel for assistance in arranging a shuttle transfer. 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 departure in Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. (Note that the website does not indicate that it is a Road Scholar or discount price.)
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
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: Departures from the U.S.
(Saturday, July 5)
 Depart From: International flights to France.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation
(Sunday, July 6)
 Arrive To: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle Airport and transfers to the program hotel.
 Afternoon: Check-in at your hotel and take time to settle in before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening 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.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to the French Language / Montmartre
(Monday, July 7)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a course to learn the basics of the French language and to practice pronunciation. This is your chance to master the essential phrases that you will need to use during your week-long Parisian adventure!
 Lunch: You will receive money for lunch and a list of restaurant choices in Montmartre. Your challenge is to read the menu and order in French. Try not to use your dictionary or guidebook unless absolutely necessary.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue to use your French skills and bargaining skills while you find an artist to paint or draw your portrait in the Place du Tertre. Once you have mastered the French language, (or at least learned how to order pommes frites!) you will then embark on an in-depth discovery of Montmartre. The area is famous for its many artists, as well as for the white-domed Basilique du Sacré-Cœur that rests at the summit of the city's highest hill.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a Moroccan restaurant where you will learn about immigration and diversity in France.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: French History / L'Île de la Cité
(Tuesday, July 8)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: You will learn about French history during an on-site lecture and field trip to the very island where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. You will discover the word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the Sainte Chapelle with its stunning stained glass windows. In addition, you will explore the Conciergerie, a former royal palace that was used as a prison during the French Revolution.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a unique view of Paris from the water, as you cruise along the river and admire the beautiful historic sites. Later, take some time to explore Paris at your own pace.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance of the French classic La Belle et la Bête.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Louvre / Le Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
(Wednesday, July 9)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about the rich history of art in France. Next, enjoy a unique discovery of the Louvre, one of the most important art collections in the world. You will divide into teams and be given a list of masterpieces to find.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will travel by coach to the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
 Dinner: Take delight in a BBQ dinner with a French family.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Impressionism: Monet's Gardens and the Musée d'Orsay
(Thursday, July 10)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will travel by bus to Giverny, where Claude Monet created and painted his incredible gardens. You will feel as if you have stepped right into one of the artist's famous water lily paintings.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take some free time to explore Paris at your own pace before we take a field trip to the Musée d'Orsay. We will discover some of the masterpieces you learned about this morning, which were considered daring and avant-garde in the 19th century.
 Dinner: At the Musée d'Orsay restaurant.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Modern Paris and Local Culture
(Friday, July 11)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the iconic Notre Dame cathedral, including one of the bell towers.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a nearby café of your choice.
 Afternoon: Take the opportunity to see how real French bread is made and practice your baking skills as you create your own mouth-watering brioche. Take notes on making this delicious bread so that you can amaze your family and friends back home!
 Dinner: On your own.
 Evening: Enjoy the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Market Visit and Farewell to Paris
(Saturday, July 12)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Visit one of the city's many open-air markets where you can browse the stalls and mingle with Parisians during their morning shopping. Experience the sights, smells and delicious treats of the marché!
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: No visit to Paris is complete without a stop at the Père Lachaise cemetery. Don't be fooled by the ghoulish sound of this outing; this is a unique chance to experience history as you walk along the stone markers bearing the names of Jean Moulin, Jim Morrison, Honoré Daumier, Oscar Wilde, and many other famous artists, musicians, statesmen, and heroes.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
 Evening: Tonight you bid farewell to Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Take this opportunity to consider all that you have experienced and learned this week as you view the city from up high.
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Departures from Paris
(Sunday, July 13)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the USA. 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List

A Moveable Feast

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Description: A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

Author: E.L. Konigsburg

Description: A marvelous fictionalized portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England successively, traveler to Constantinople, wife of a future saint, mother of Richard the Lionheart and for 15 years a prisoner of the English Crown. For young adults.

A Traveller's History of Paris

Author: Robert Coles

Description: A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its foundation, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times.

Cathedral, The Story of its Construction

Author: David MacAulay

Description: In this illuminating book for middle readers, master draughtsman MacAulay presents text and innovative drawings that detail the planning and construction of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. It's a masterpiece.

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.

Charlotte in Paris

Author: Joan Knight

Description: In this sequel to Charlotte in Giverny (Item FRN813), Charlotte's family moves to Paris, where our heroine becomes friends with Edouard Manet's niece.

City Walks with Kids Paris

Author: Christina Henry De Tessan

Description: These 50 colorful convenient cards, each with a map and suggested walk or activity, include neighborhoods and attractions of Paris for the family.

Eyewitness Guide Paris

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: Gorgeous, well illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.

Fodor's Around Paris With Kids, 68 Great Things to Do Together

Author: -

Description: A compact colorful guide to Paris for families, featuring a handpicked selection of attractions that kids will find especially interesting. With games, activities, color photographs, maps and diagrams.

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Author: Fodor's

Description: This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.


Author: Mary Colson

Description: One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.

Lily B. on the Brink of Paris

Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Description: This imaginative story of a teenager separated from her class on a field trip to Paris and the adventures that befall her will appeal to any teen or pre-teen on vacation in the City of Light.

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet

Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

Lonely Planet Not for Parents Paris

Author: Lonely Planet Publications

Description: Jam-packed with photos, fun facts and goofy cartoons, this glossy guide is just the thing for eight-year-old travelers.

Murder in the Latin Quarter

Author: Cara Black

Description: The ninth installment in Black's series featuring "adorably punkish" detective Aimee Leduc, who gets around on a pink Vespa. This time, Aimee's investigations lead her through the old university district of Paris -- its colorful streets, schools, museums, cafes and bookstores providing a vivid backdrop to the suspense.

Murder in the Marais

Author: Cara Black

Description: Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more.

Paris Map

Author: Borch Maps

Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.

Paris Stories

Author: Mavis Gallant, Michael Ondaatje (Introduction)

Description: All written in Paris (where Gallant has long lived), these magnificent stories take place from the Left Bank to the French Riviera, postwar Germany and Franco-era Spain. If you haven’t read her work (many of the stories originally appeared in the New Yorker), you are in for a treat. Gallant is one of the great 20th century short story writers.

Paris in Mind

Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)

Description: With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.

Paris to the Moon

Author: Adam Gopnik

Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train

Author: Ina Caro

Description: The infectiously enthusiastic Ina Caro charts 25 day trips from Paris in this marvelously conceived history and guide. From the splendor of Chartres, wonders of Sainte-Chapelle and elegant Place de la Concorde, Caro enchants.

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide

Author: Ines de la Fressange

Description: Icon of chic and quintessential Parisienne, Ines de la Fressange includes her favorite offbeat museums, shops, salons and spas, restaurants, cafes and hotels in this charming guide, jammed with photographs, drawings and hand-written lists.


Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Description: The action in this YA novel, set against the backdrop of Paris, brings together figures from the French Revolution, the Classical roots of American rock-- and the very modern struggles of a 21st-century teenage girl coming of age.

The Family Under the Bridge

Author: Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams (Illustrator)

Description: This Newbery Medal winning book for children ages 9-12 is a charming, wonderfully human story recounting the Parisian adventures of the hobo Armand and the three homeless children who make him shed his grumpy ways.

The Food of France

Author: Waverly Root

Description: An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south).

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author: Brian Selznick

Description: An intricate mystery told as a graphic novel for middle schoolers, Brain Selznick's captivating tale of an orphan boy on the streets of Paris in the 1930s seems a brilliant choice for Martin Scorsese's first 3-D venture, a family film starring Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen. The movie opens November 23.

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris

Author: John Baxter

Description: Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales.

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

Author: Ina Caro

Description: Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.

The Secret Life of the Seine

Author: Mort Rosenblum

Description: After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.

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