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Brittany and Normandy: Distinctive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life

Program Number: 14250RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/9/2014 - 5/24/2014; 5/8/2015 - 5/23/2015; 9/4/2015 - 9/19/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $3,998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 33; 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience Brittany and Normandy, two distinct regions of France that boast larger-than-life personalities, legacies of conquests and conquerors, and stunning land-and seascapes. In Brittany, discover prehistoric megalithic sites and Celtic origins, as well as a culture influenced by the sea. In Normandy, explore Mont Saint Michel, Norman and Gothic architecture and landscapes captured by the Impressionists, as well as Normandy’s connections to the liberation of Europe in World War II.




Highlights

• Enjoy a private performance of traditional Celtic and Breton music and dance.
• Andre Heintz, former member of France’s World War II resistance movement, tells his own story.
• Sample savory buckwheat crepes and cider in Brittany; traditional Calvados and cheese in Normandy.



Activity Particulars

Walk two miles, flat terrain; standing in museums.




Date Specific Information

5-9-2014, 5-8-2015, 9-4-2015

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



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Brest; coach to Quimper, 3 nights; coach to Vannes, 2 nights; coach to St. Malo, 3 nights; coach to Caen, 3 nights; coach to Rouen, 2 nights; coach to Paris, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Brest
Coach to Quimper
3 nights

Discover Quimper’s Celtic heritage in popular arts, folk costumes and the Breton language. Lectures present Brittany, from its outstanding natural landscapes to its myths and legends and their blend with local culture, religious heritage and cult of Saints. Field trips explore the old town of Quimper and the collections of the regional museum of Brittany. Enjoy a private performance of traditional dances and music.



Coach to Vannes
2 nights

In Vannes, join a university professor for discussions of prehistory, archaeology and ethnology in Brittany. Learn about the region’s artistic heritage, Gauguin and the Pont Aven art movement. Take field trips to Locmariaquer’s megaliths and Carnac, and dine on Breton crepes after learning how they are made.



Coach to St. Malo
3 nights

En route to St. Malo, visit the splendid Josselin castle. Delve into contemporary Brittany and Breton connections to the sea at the corsair city of Saint Malo. Taste oysters in Cancale and explore the city of Rennes.



Coach to Caen
3 nights

Discover Mont Saint-Michel’s unique setting and its abbey; discuss the Battle of Normandy with a veteran of the French resistance. Field trips include the Bayeux Tapestry, the Arromanches Museum, and Longues-sur-Mer coastal battery, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and Caen’s Memorial Museum.



Coach to Rouen
2 nights
Coach to Paris
1 night
Departure

Lectures introduce Rouen as capital of Normandy and a center of art and history. Examine Normandy and the Impressionists and explore critical locales in the Impressionist tradition, including Rouen’s cathedral and the picturesque fishing village of Honfleur. Experience the inspiration of Monet’s garden and lily pond at Giverny.




France

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.



Accommodations
Quimper, Vannes, Rennes, Bayeux, Rouen, Paris: Comfortable, centrally located hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper
  Quimper, France 3 nights
   Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes
  Vannes, France 2 nights
   Best Western Balmoral
  St. Malo, France 3 nights
   Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
  Caen, France 3 nights
   Best Western Hotel du Vieux Marche
  Rouen 1 night
   Villa Montparnasse
  Paris, France 2 nights
 Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper is located in the heart of Quimper's city center, close to the Quimper Cathedral, the quais of the Odet River and the pedestrian district.
  Contact info: 6 Rue Théodore Le Hars
Quimper,  29000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 98 53 37 37
web: http://www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-quimper?lg=UK
  Room amenities: The recently refurbished rooms have a warm and cosy atmosphere: parquet flooring, quilt, and modern furnishings. Rooms include a flat screen TV, free Wifi, clothes closet, luggage rack. In the bathroom, enjoy the roomy Italian-style shower, large mirror and all the equipment you need to “travel light”: hair dryer and an extensive range of toiletries (body and hair shower gel, exfoliating soap bar, ladies’ toiletry set with cotton swab, cotton balls, and nail file). For even greater comfort and privacy, the WC is separate from the bathroom.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Soundproof rooms, Luggage storage, Snack bar, Room service, Laundry, Ironing service, Fax/photocopying, Vending machine (drinks), Free Wi-Fi
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of the historic town centre and very near the Palais des Arts and the port, the Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes welcomes you in its fully-renovated rooms.
  Contact info: Avenue Jean Monnet
Vannes,  56000 France
phone: +33 (0)2 97 47 59 60
web: http://www.oceaniahotels.com/hotel-escale-oceania-vannes
  Room amenities: Duvet, closet, free WiFi, wall sockets at desk and headboard levels, a 26” flat screen TV. In the bathroom, enjoy a spacious walk-in shower, a large mirror and all the accessories you need: hairdryer, shower cap, soap, toothbrush glass, shower gel and shampoo. For your comfort, the toilet is separate from the bathroom.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Soundproof Rooms, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Balmoral
Type: Hotel
  Description: Built in 2010 with its welcoming contemporary design, BEST WESTERN Balmoral is a hotel where quality service is guaranteed. Located in front of the Saint Malo TGV station, the hotel is easily accessible.
  Contact info: 24, Rue Theodore Monod
Saint-Malo,   France
phone: +33299561673
web: http://www.balmoral-saintmalo.fr/en/
  Room amenities: Each room has a flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, soundproofing, walk-in shower or bathtub, desk, WiFi connection, and free national phone calls.
  Facility amenities: Air conditioning, internet, elevator, and business services.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
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: http://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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Hotel du Vieux Marche
Type: Hotel
  Description: Best Western hotel Vieux Marché is just a few steps away from the Place du Vieux Marché. Five minute walk away from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Seine river banks, the typical neighbourhoods of Rouen, and is only 10 minutes away from the railway station corner.
  Contact info: 33 rue du Vieux Palais
ROUEN,  76000 France
phone: +02 35 71 00 88
web: http://www.hotel-vieuxmarche.com
  Room amenities: The rooms have soft duvets, I-pod™ docks, international satellite channels broadcasted on a 26" flat screen and welcome baskets.
  Facility amenities: Free Wifi access in the entire hotel, a breakfast room, a lounge-bar area or the terrace where you can relax, a billiards table, and a business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 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
web: http://www.villa-montparnasse.com/Villa_Montparnasse/Accueil.html
  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 after: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at 5:00 p.m. at the hotel in Quimper. You will be staying at Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Montparnasse the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quimper
  Nearest city or town:  Brest
  Nearest highway: N165
  Nearest airport:  Brest
  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 are welcome to join this group transfer. Program Only Participants can take a bus or a public shuttle to the train station (4.6 euros) then take a train or a bus from Brest to Quimper (14 euros).
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest city or town:  Paris
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Paris Charles de Gaulle
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. 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. www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
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.
(Friday, May 9)
   
 In Transit: Flights depart the U.S. for France.

Day 2: Arrival in Brest / Transfer to Quimper
(Saturday, May 10)
   
 Morning: Arrivals at the Brest Bretagne Airport (BES). There will be a group transfer from the airport to the first program site in Quimper.
 Lunch: A light snack/sandwiches upon arrival at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check-in at hotel and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for 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 at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Brittany
(Sunday, May 11)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing on both cobblestone and paved streets for up to two hours.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will begin the morning with a lecture titled, "Introduction to the Region of Brittany." Next, a field trip will take us on a walking exploration of the historic center of Quimper, the capital of the ancient Cornwall region. We will stroll over the footbridge to Saint-Corentin Cathedral, with its Gothic-style façade, constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Your guide leader will lead you on a visit to the Musée Départemental Breton to learn about the cultural traditions of Brittany. You will view the traditional dresses, handcrafted furniture and hand painted ceramics called "Faïence." The remainder of the afternoon is free to visit more of the museum or for independent exploration.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Outstanding Landscapes of Brittany
(Monday, May 12)

Note: Today's activities include travel by coach and walking, as well as standing on both paved and unpaved ground.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart from the hotel to Pointe du Raz. There will be a lecture en route titled, "Outstanding Natural Landscapes of Brittany." During the field trip at Pointe du Raz, you will see the impressive panoramic view at the very end of the Cornwall Peninsula, where the coast juts out into the sea. Next, the coach will bring you to the Bay of Douamenez, where legend has it that the beautiful city of Ys was swallowed up by the sea. Following this visit, the coach will make a short travel to Locronan. An en-route lecture will tell you about Brittany's religious heritage and saint cults.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take a guided walk in Locronan, once one of the most important places for pilgrimage in Brittany and for cloth production from the 15th to 18th century. You will also have some free time before returning to Quimper.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an exclusive private performance of traditional Celtic music and dances.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Escale Oceania Quimper
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Pont-Aven
(Tuesday, May 13)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing for up to two hours on cobblestone and paved streets, as well as travel by coach.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart to Pont-Aven. There will be a lecture on Paul Gauguin and the Pont-Aven School. You will learn about the Pont-Aven group of painters. The school, like a medieval guild, lived together in the inns, painting outdoors together and discussing art during the evening. The arrival of Guiguin in Pont-Aven in 1886 was like a catalyst, converting the energy and talent into an avant-garde artistic movement. Later, we will take a field trip on foot through Pont-Aven to see sites that inspired the artists. We will visit the Chapel of Tremalo and the crucifix that inspired Gauguin's "Yellow Christ" painting, an important work in the Symbolist Movement.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The coach will depart to Vannes (one hour drive) where you will check in at the hotel. Then we will take a field on foot to discover the old town of Vannes. You will see its ramparts, harbor, and half-timbered houses.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant where you will learn the difference between savory buckwheat galettes (main course) and sweet wheat flour crêpes (dessert) in a traditional Breton crêpe meal in the land of their origin. A demonstration will show you how they are made and the many possibilities of fillings.
 Evening: Enjoy the evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Prehistoric Sites of Locmariaquer and Carnac
(Wednesday, May 14)

Note: Today's activities include travel by coach, as well as walking and standing on both paved and unpaved ground.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will enjoy a lecture at the hotel titled, "Introduction to Pre-history, Archelogy, and Ethnology in Brittany." Next, we will depart by coach to visit the Locmariaquer megaliths, some of the most significant Neolithic remains in Europe. You will view the Broken Menhir of Er Grah, the largest known single block of stone to have been transported and erected by Neolithic man and the Merchant's Table, a famous dolmen carved with images.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will travel to Carnac, which has the world's greatest concentration of megalithic sites. Predating Stonehenge by around 100 years, there are over 3,000 upright stones, most around thigh-high erected between 5,000 B.C. and 3,500 B.C. by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. We will then take a short ride to Trinite Sur Mer and have a brief stop there before heading back to Vannes.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Escale Oceania Vannes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Josselin Castle: One Thousand Years of Family History
(Thursday, May 15)

Note: Today's activities include two hours of coach travel, as well as walking and standing for up to an hour and a half.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a free morning to relax or to explore at your leisure. Later in the morning, we will depart for Josselin.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will discover Josselin Castle. With its three majestic towers overlooking the Oust River and its flamboyant Gothic façade, this castle is a remarkable testimony to feudal Renaissance architecture. Château Josselin is the ancestral home of the Rohan family, who has inhabited the castle for the past ten centuries. At the château, you will have time to enjoy some time to wander through the sumptuous rose gardens and park. We will then continue to St. Malo, your home for the next three nights.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Balmoral
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Oyster Farming and the Corsairs of Saint Malo
(Friday, May 16)

Note: Today's activities include travel by coach, as well as walking and standing for up to two hours on both cobblestone and paved streets.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will take a field trip to discover Cancale, a typical fishing port. At a marine farm, you learn the details of oyster farming and regional traditions with a film in English titled, “Oyster Breeding: A Local Tradition,” followed by a tasting of oysters and fish pâté. Later, we will depart for St. Malo via the coastal road.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take a field trip on foot through Saint Malo, a walled port city on the English Channel, notorious as the home of French privateers and pirates. Hear the tales through a lecture titled, "Bretons and the Sea -- Past and Present."
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Balmoral
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Rennes
(Saturday, May 17)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing for up to two hours on both cobblestone and paved streets.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A bus will take us to discover Rennes on foot to learn about the city's Celtic remains, its medieval timber-framed buildings, and its high-tech present.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Balmoral
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Mont Saint Michel
(Sunday, May 18)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing on both cobblestone and paved streets, as well as travel by coach. At Mont Saint Michel, there is a walk of 0.56 mile from the bus car park to the shuttle, (each way) and many flights of steep steps to climb, as well as dark and narrow passages in the Abbey. Bring a small flashlight and if needed, a collapsible, rubber-tipped walking stick or cane.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart Rennes and drive to Normandy, to visit the Mont Saint Michel, a place the locals call, "Le Mont." Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael. We will first have a visit of Abbaye with an audio guide.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: We will explore a place that the locals call "Le Mont" - better known as Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, Mont Saint Michel is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael. The coach will then depart to Caen, where you will check -n at the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Normandy Beaches
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart to Omaha Beach where there will be an on-site lecture titled, "The Landing at Omaha." Transported in WWII period vehicles, your expert will lead you through the American landing on Omaha Beach. You will learn about the ferocity of this battle and look at the landing from a number of perspectives.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The coach will depart for the U.S. Normandy American Military Cemetery where we will pay our respects with a wreath laying ceremony before exploring the cemetery and the visitor center. Next, your expert will lead you to Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. We will then finish the afternoon with an excursion to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to WWII soldiers was built.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Caen Memorial / Arromanches
(Tuesday, May 20)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing for up to two hours in the museums, as well as travel by coach.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart by coach for a field trip to Arromanches with Andre Heintz commentary en route. Your WWII expert will explain the importance and creation of the "Mulberry Harbors" and the stubborn German Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. We will then visit the D-Day Museum in Arromanches. Next, the coach will depart for the Caen Memorial with a lecture en route titled, "Bayeux and the French Resistance."
 Lunch: At the Caen Memorial restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a tour of the Caen Memorial Museum and the film about the D-Day landings in the auditorium.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Bayeux Tapestry / Honfleur
(Wednesday, May 21)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing on both cobblestone and paved streets, as well as travel by motorcoach. The Rouen hotel is situated in the heart of the historic center, which has limited access for motor coaches. There is a walk of 0.34 miles (about 7 minutes) from the drop-off point, to the hotel. Your luggage is carried from the coach to your hotel room and back by porters.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart for a field trip to the Bayeux Tapestry, a lively description of the Middle Ages that describes the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is nearly 230 feet long and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The actual origins of the tapestry remain a mystery, but legend has it that William's wife Mathilda and her ladies-in-waiting embroidered it. Visit the museum using personal audio guide, and watch a film in English about the making of the tapestry. The coach will then depart to Honfleur (1 hour 30 mins drive), a gem of a harbor village situated where the Seine River meets the English Channel. Honfleur has perserved the traces of a rich historical past with its picturesque streets and timber-framed houses. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin, and many other painters of the Impressionism movement. Stroll the picturesque Vieux Bassin at leisure.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Honfleur, perhaps to visit the museum dedicated to the paintings of Eugène Boudin or the church of Sainte Catherine, one of the largest wooden churches in Europe. The coach will then depart for Rouen in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Hotel du Vieux Marche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Rouen
(Thursday, May 22)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing for up to two hours on both cobblestone and paved streets.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip on foot to the historic center of Rouen, the capital of Normandy where you will see Notre Dame de Rouen (painted by Monet), the flamboyant gothic church of Saint Maclou, the old market square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, and the charming cobbled streets of the Middle Ages.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: We will depart for Paris.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Giverny
(Friday, May 23)

Note: Today's activities include travel by coach and walking and standing on both paved and unpaved ground.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart to Giverny where you will visit Monet's house and garden with its famous water lily pond. Take some free time to explore the gardens at your leisure or walk over to the Musée des Impressionismes.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Paris.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Departure
(Saturday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Group departure transfer by coach to Charles de Gaulle Airport. 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 Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy


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Description: A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries.



A Traveller's History of France


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At Home in France


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Description: Subtitled "Tales of an American and Her House Abroad," this account of life in a small village in southwestern France is shot through with Barry's irony and New York outlook on life.



Brittany Map


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Description: A regional map of Brittany by Michelin at the very good scale of 1:200,000.



Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


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D-Day June 6, 1944, The Climactic Battle of World War II


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Horse of Pride, Life in a Breton Village


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Legends and Romances of Brittany


Author: Lewis Spence


Description: A broad anthology that draws on varying strains of the Breton tradition, including Arthurian legends, the lays of Marie de France and tales of Breton saints as well as more standard fairy stories.



Mont Saint Michel and Chartres


Author: Henry Brooks Adams


Description: First published at the turn of the century, this classic work is a meditation on the Medieval world as reflected through its most famous religious structures.



Normandy Map 513


Author: Michelin


Description: A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic.



On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town


Author: Susan Herrmann Loomis


Description: A refreshingly direct, affectionate memoir of making a home -- and cooking -- in Louviers.



Rough Guide Brittany & Normandy


Author: Greg Ward


Description: An informative, detailed guide to Brittany and Normandy with a good overview of history and culture



The Bayeux Tapestry


Author: David Wilson


Description: An illustrated, full-color reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry, whose colorful embroidery and Latin text tell the story of the Norman victory over England in 1066. The reproduction shows the detailed stitches clearly and is enhanced by Wilson's accompanying text.



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 Most Beautiful Villages of Brittany


Author: Hugh Palmer (Photographer), James Bentley


Description: An illustrated portrait of Brittany, its landscape, architecture and people.



The Oysters of Locmariaquer


Author: Eleanor Clark


Description: Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky.



The Portrait


Author: Iain Pears


Description: On a remote island off of Brittany, an art critic sits completely still and silent as his old friend paints his portrait and tells him the story of his long and tortured life in this eerie mystery.



The Romance of Tristan and Iseult


Author: Joseph Bedier (Translator), Hillaire Belloc (Translator)


Description: This chivalric myth -- of Arthurian fame -- features a Cornish knight and an Irish princess who are under a spell of love.



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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