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Centenary of World War I: A Voyage of Remembrance on the Queen Mary 2

Program Number: 21429RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/12/2014; 10/27/2014 - 11/11/2014; 7/13/2015 - 7/28/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/18/2015; 10/28/2015 - 11/12/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: US/UK/England/France
Price starting at: $4,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 45; 17 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

“Some wars name themselves. This is the Great War.” This statement from MacLean’s Magazine in 1914 gave name to a conflict that would forever change the world and usher in a new age of warfare. On the 100th anniversary of WWI, join us on a remarkable voyage through time and across the Atlantic, as we trace the events of the Great War and see firsthand the battlefields and cemeteries that retain its legacy.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles at a time over varied terrain, cobblestones; standing for up to 1.5 hours; stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

New York City, 1 night; aboard Queen Mary 2, 8 nights; London (England), 2 nights; Lille (France), 1 night, Reims, 2 nights; Paris, 1 night; departure.



Days 1-8: Arrival New York City / embark Queen Mary II / At Sea:

Enjoy a morning to explore the New York City World Trade Memorial before beginning your voyage across the Atlantic. On board presentations led by our historian plumbs your knowledge of the events of WWI, including stories about how the war began, its opening battles, the Western Front, the war at sea, technological advances in warfare and more. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 9-11: Disembark / coach to London (England):

Take in an exhibition at the British Museum that honors the centenary of the Great War, and pay homage at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, the London Cenotaph, the Royal Air Force Memorial and Royal Artillery Memorial. Spend a morning taking in the WWI collection at the Imperial War Museum, and enjoy an afternoon to explore London on your own. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 12-15: Ferry to Calais (France) / coach to Lille / coach to Reims:

Stop to explore the Road of Remembrance and the Dover War Memorial before boarding the ferry to Calais. In France, see first hand the battlefields of Somme, Verdun and Argonne that set the stage for some of the Great War’s most historic events, and take an opportunity to pay homage at American cemeteries during wreath laying ceremonies. Lodging: Comfortable hotels.



Days 16-17: Coach to Paris / departure:

Make your way to the hills of Champagne to learn how the region’s famous beverage is produced. Explore the American battlefields around Chateau Thierry and Belleau Woods, and take in an on-site presentation on the battles of the Marne Valley, with a stop at Belleau Woods. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.


Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters, World Trade Center
  New York City, USA 1 night
   Queen Mary II
  At Sea, At Sea 8 nights
   Millennium Gloucester Hotel
  London, UK:England 2 nights
   Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place
  Lille, France 1 night
   Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale
  Reims, France 3 nights
   Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle
  Paris, France 1 night
 Club Quarters, World Trade Center
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located on the south side of the World Trade Center, Club Quarters has unfettered views of the Freedom Tower and the reflecting pools of the Memorial. Club Quarters hotels are boutique-like with intimate lobbies. They are generally smaller in number of rooms when compared to larger hotel chains in the major cities where they are located.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 140 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 212-577-1133
web: http://www.clubquarters.com/loc_WTC.php
  Room amenities: Free high-speed Internet access/wired at desk, premium bedding and linens, LCD TV, Cordless speaker phone, refrigerator, Alarm clock radio, Individual controlled heater/air conditioner, Refrigerator, Complimentary coffee/tea
  Facility amenities: Free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, 24-hour multi menu delivery room service, fitness center, chilled, purified bottled water, Restaurant and Bar, *Rooms are smaller than standard hotel rooms due to the location of the property
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies depending on season For pre/post nights you may call the Hotel directly at 203-905-2100 or email memberservices@clubquarters.com and request for the Road Scholar member rates at Club Quarters, World Trade Center.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Queen Mary II
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.
  Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots
  Contact info: Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
  Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.
  Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Three restaurants and one bar.
  Contact info: 4-18 Harrington Gardens
London,   UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/
  Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place
Type: Hotel
  Description: A charming hundred-year old hotel in the heart of Lille. Near railway stations, the Opera, the Grand Square, the Beaux-Arts museum and the Convention/Exhibition Centre. Bar and meeting facilities.
  Contact info: 2 boulevard Carnot
Lille,  59000 France
phone: +33 )3/20147147
web: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0802-mercure-lille-centre-grand-place/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Flat-screen satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and free WIFI connection. Bathroom with hair dryer. 220/240 V AC Air conditioning Emergency exit map Crib in room Radio in room Opening windows Remote control TV Wi-Fi in your room Direct dial telephone Work desk in all rooms Satellite/cable colour TV Manual temperature control Minibar Shower Bathtub Toilets Hair dryer in bathroom Hair dryer at reception Alarm clock Operator wake up call
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: Ideally located next to the Conference Center in the city center and close to the TGV train station, the Mercure Reims Centre Cathédrale hotel is ideal for both business trips and vacations. The hotel offers 126 completely renovated, air-conditioned roomswith free WIFI. It also has a restaurant, champagne bar and a private paying car park. Equipped with 10 meeting rooms, the hotel offers a range of adaptations and services to make your seminar a real success.
  Contact info: 31 boulevard Paul Doumer
REIMS,  51723 France
phone: +33 )3/26844949
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/home/index.shtml
  Room amenities: 220/240 V Air conditioning Data port in room Emergency exit map Safe deposit box in room Free in-room mineral water 32 inches wide Radio in room Opening windows Remote control TV Wi-Fi in your room Work desk in all rooms Satellite/cable colour TV Manual temperature control Free access with phone card Crib in room 1 Direct dial telephone 1 Coffee/tea making facilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Hotel is conveniently located near the airport and offers a free shuttle bus service between the hotel, terminals and RER/TGV train stations from 05:30 AM-midnight. The hotel offers a comfortable, stylish setting and cozy atmosphere. Rooms are air-conditioned with Wi-Fi Internet access, individual safe and satellite TV. Meeting rooms also available. Enjoy high-quality, traditional cuisine in our restaurant or relax in @éro Café, our bar. Snacks served until midnight.
  Contact info: 1 Allee du Verger
Roissy en France,  95700 France
phone: +33 (0)8 25 80 49 49
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1245-mercure-paris-roissy-charles-de-gaulle/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Equipped with duvet, air conditioning, mini fridge, free WIFI Internet, safe, large desk, flat-screen TV and video on demand. Bathroom with bathtub, hair dryer and complimentary items.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Orientation at 6 p.m. at the group hotel in New York City. Hotel check-in begins at 4 p.m. You will be staying at Club Quarters, World Trade Center that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast at the program hotel in Paris, France. Hotel check-out is at 12 p.m. You will be staying at Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **PLEASE NOTE: Cunard requires that you register online in order to receive your E-ticket(s) and cruise documents. You should do this when you receive your final program materials about 5 weeks prior to departure, your booking number and cabin assignment will be included with these materials. Please go to www.cunard.com to register. Click on Already Booked, then click on Voyage Personaliser on the left-hand side, scroll down a little and click on Visit Voyage Personaliser (in red font). That will open a new window where you can enter your first and last name and booking reference number to sign in. Once you have completed your online registration, you will be able to view and print all of your cruise documents. **You must print your own Queen Mary II Luggage Tags, they are required by the ship porters so your bags can make their way safely to your ship cabin.**
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: There are buses/taxis from JFK airport to Manhattan.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York City
  Nearest airport:  JFK International Airport
  Transportation to site: The Air Train connects JFK airport with the New York City subway system. From JFK airport take the Air Train from Howard Beach station and get off at Fulton St stop. Go down John St, and turn right on William St. Once you pass Pine St, the hotel should be on your left. Club Quarters, World Trade Center is 12 minutes subway ride from Grand Central train station. Take the green line 4 or 5 from Grand Central and get off at The Wall Street stop. Go down Wall street towards New St. Take a left once you get to William St. and walk towards Pine St. The hotel should be on your left. Participants who booked their domestic arrival flights through Road Scholar Travel Services and who are arriving in New York on the group arrival date will be compensated for their transfer. The compensation will not exceed $30 per transfer regardless of the arrival airport, and a receipt must be presented to the group leader upon arrival to receive the compensation.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Transportation from site: A free shuttle is available from the hotel to the airport starting at 5:15 am in the morning until 12:15 am to Terminal 2. The ride is about 20 minutes. If you are departing from Terminal 1, please take the hotel shuttle to terminal 2 and use the airport train "CDGVal" to transfer to Terminal 1. CDGVAL comes every 4 minutes and the transfer between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is about 8 minutes. If you have any questions about airport transfers, your group leader will be there to help.
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: Arrival and Orientation in New York
(Sunday, July 27)
   
 Arrive To: Afternoon arrival in New York.
 Afternoon: Check in at hotel and take some time to settle into your room before meeting for orientation.
 Afternoon: Meet with your group leader for your orientation. Discuss the program details, and enjoy your initial introduction to your fellow participants.
 Dinner: Be welcomed by your group leader for your Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Take this time to get to know your fellow participants better.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters, World Trade Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Embarking on the Queen Mary 2
(Monday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.
 Morning: This morning visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It commemorates the September 11 attacks of 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, on the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the attacks. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation was renamed the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in 2007. Later on, you will have time to have lunch on your own before transferring to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the many culinary delights of New York.
 Afternoon: Group transfer from your hotel to the Queen Mary 2 boarding dock. Take some time to unpack and familiarize yourself with the ship.
 Dinner: Enjoy your first dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Crossing the Atlantic: The Prelude to Armageddon and World War I
(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Lecture: :" Intro -World 1914 and Causes of War – Majoring on Europe" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "The Armies of Europe" led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you may choose from among the many available activities on board. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations
(Wednesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Lecture: "1914 - Opening Battles" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "1914 - Development of Trench Warfare" led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you may choose from among the incredible variety of onboard activities. At 5:00 PM, join your group leader for a welcome cocktail party and your orientation to the Queen Mary II. Learn about the myriad of activities available to you each day.
 Dinner: Join together for a group dinner at 6:00 PM in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Lecture: "1915 Western Front" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "1915 Gallipoli and Dardanelles " led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you may take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available on board - or simply relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the glistening Atlantic.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations
(Friday, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Lecture: "1916 - the French and Verdun" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "1916 - The Somme" led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: You can grab a ticket for this afternoon's planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations
(Saturday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Lecture: "The War at Sea" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "1917 The French/ British Offensives" led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you can take time to enjoy onboard life and the many opportunities for education, games, socializing and relaxing.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.
 Morning: Lecture: "Technology of War" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "The AEF" led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon take time to prepare for disembarking and perhaps enjoy a few final activities onboard.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations Warp Up and preparations for Disembarkation
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities
 Morning: Lecture: "1918 - German and Allied Offensives" led by your military history expert. Lecture: "Outcomes Presentation Wrap Up and preview of the upcoming land and site visits" led by your military history expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.
 Afternoon: This afternoon take time to prepare for disembarking and perhaps enjoy a few final activities onboard.
 Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the logistics of disembarking as well as what to expect during the UK and France component of your program.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Disembarkation - War Memorials, the Cenotaph - Remembering the fallen, light a light
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you get ready to disembark
 Morning: Explore the British Museum that will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War with an exhibition about "The other side of the medal how Germany saw the First World War."
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in London
 Afternoon: Field Trip: - The Grave of the Unknown Soldier, - The London Cenotaph, - The Royal Air Force Memorial and - The Royal Artillery Memorial. On-Site Lecture/Field Trip: During and after the First World War, Britain’s attitude towards war memorials altered. Instead of commemorating military triumph, the emphasis fell on the ordinary soldier. War memorials became a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by so many servicemen and women and the bereavement of those they left behind. There are hundreds of war memorials across London. The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of national homage devoted to the remembrance of those who have given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation's dead of both World Wars, and in 1980 it was widened once again to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel.
 Evening: "War Horse has been produced by the Handspring Puppet Company in conjunction with the National Theatre. It started life as a children’s story, written my Michael Morpurgo and has been adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford. Directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot, this stunning production deals with themes of friendship, loyalty, courage and, persistence. The theme that dominates the most however, is that of a young soldier’s affection for his horse, amidst the nightmare that was the First World War. This tale was originally designed for children but there is nothing childish about the theme or the show in general which uses these realistic and fine-looking puppets to bring this story to life. War Horse is set in the time of the First World War, a time when this was to be the war to end all wars. Just before outbreak of hostilities, we are introduced to a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. "
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: London - The Imperial War Museum and Free Time
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip: IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'. We are proud to be regarded as essential sights of London On-Site Lecture/Field Trip: IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the Great War. The intention was to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that war - civilian and military - and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society.
 Lunch: Lunch at a typical London pub
 Afternoon: At leisure to explore London on your own. This is a perfect opportunity to change topic and visit one of the art museums or to just wander along London's many different neighborhoods.
 Dinner: on your own to explore local fare
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Folkestone, Dover and Ferry to Calais
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel and check out
 Morning: Field Trip Folkestone: For many of the millions of servicemen making their way to the trenches of World War I it was the last part of Britain they stepped foot on. The steep downhill road in Folkestone, now named Road of Remembrance, led to the boats waiting to take the troops across to France." We continue our journey to France with a stop at the Dover War Memorial, erected on what was the front lawn of Maison Dieu House , depicts a bronze figure of Youth, feet encircled by thorns, hands upstretched to grasp a fiery cross. Our last stop in the UK is the Royal Flying Corps memorial and the Royal Artillery and the USA AAA 127th Battery memorial. This monument was erected in memory of all ranks of the Royal Regiment of Artilleryand of the 127 AAA Gun By United States Army who served in the Dover area the monument was dedicated on 5 August 1986". We end the morning by boarding onto the ferry as foot passengers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ferry
 Afternoon: Upon arriving in Calais, we make our way to Lille to check in to our hotel.
 Dinner: on your own to explore local restaurants near the hotel
   
Accommodations: Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: The Western Front from Belgium to the Marne, the Battles of the Somme
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip and an on site presentation: Understanding the Canadian role in WWI and the battle of Vimy Ridge.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip and on site presentation to explore the Somme battlefields and learn about the American battles here and the offensives that helped turn the tide of the great war. Later we visit the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial and honor our fallen heros with a wreath laying cemetery.
 Dinner: Dinner near the hotel in Reims
   
Accommodations: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Remembering the Battle of Verdun and Exploring the French Defensive System and Trenches
(Saturday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip and on site presentations: today we explore Verdun and the French monuments to World War I. Verdun became a battle cry for the French to defend from the German and the area around Verdun saw some of the fiercest battles of the war. The area also offers some of the most beautiful monuments and memorial to the war. Today we will explore the Fort Douaumont and the Trenches that remain today.
 Lunch: Lunch near Verdun
 Afternoon: We end the day at the Ossuary and cemetery that commemorate the immense loss of life that happend here in 1916.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Reims and Meuse - Argonne in World War I
(Sunday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip and on site presentation: The Meuse Argonne Battles. This is an area where Americans saw some of the fiercest battles of the war. We end the morning with a special commemoration at the Meuse- Argonne American Cemetery.
 Lunch: Lunch en route
 Afternoon: This afternoon we explore the beautiful Cathedral of Reims, were the Kings of France had to come to be Crowned.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: The Americans in the Marne Valley and Farewell Lunch
(Monday, August 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Today we enjoy a late morning start. Before lunch we check out of the hotel and make our way to the Champagne hills to learn about Champagne production and vine cultivation.
 Morning: Today we have a late morning departure for the hills of Champagne. Enjoy a presentation of the making of Champagne and the vine.
 Lunch: Farewell Champagne lunch.
 Lunch: Special Farewell Champagne Lunch
 Afternoon: This afternoon as we depart the area around Reims, we explore the last of the American Battlefields around Chateau Thierry and Belleau Woods. We end the day with our last commemorative ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial.
 Afternoon: Field trip and on site expert presentation on the battles of the Marne valley with a stop at Belleau Woods. We end the day with a final commemorative ceremony at the Aisne - Marne American Cemetery and Memorial to honor our hero's.
 Dinner: Light dinner at the hotel
 Dinner: light dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner

Day 17: Departure from Paris CDG Airport
(Tuesday, August 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Individual hotel shuttle transfer to the airport for departure flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


A Traveller's History of France


Author: Robert Cole


Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.



All Quiet on the Western Front


Author: Erich Maria Remarque


Description: Written by a soldier in the Kaiser's army, this novel has been hailed as the greatest novel of World War I, and was later made into a memorable film.



Champagne Regained


Author: Jacqueline Widmar Stewart


Description: With its deep and storied history, the beautiful Champagne region of France is easily one of the most pleasant places in Europe. With more than 100 color photographs and a history of the area, Stewart provides a great introduction.



Europe's Last Summer, Who Started the Great War in 1914?


Author: David Fromkin


Description: Fromkin puts the imperial struggle between Germany and the Austro-Hungarian over Serbia at the heart of this enthralling, persuasive analysis of the events leading to World War I.



Eyewitness Guide France


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb guide to all of France features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.



France Map


Author: Michelin


Description: A colorful, accurate and up-to-date map of France at a scale of 1:1,000,000.



Frommer's London Day by Day


Author: frommers


Description: This shirt pocket guide and map is ideal for a short visit.



Good-Bye to All That, An Autobiography


Author: Robert Graves


Description: Grave's bittersweet, influential and magnificently written memoir, two-thirds devoted to his experience in World War I. A reissue of the original 1929 version.



Paris 1919, Six Months that Changed the World


Author: Richard Holbrooke (Introduction), Margaret Macmillan


Description: A vivid, comprehensive analysis of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the treaty to end the war that was supposed to end all wars.



Tales of Two Cities, Paris, London, and the Birth of the Modern City


Author: Jonathan Conlin


Description: The dual history of Paris and London, how the two modern metropolises grew alongside each other in design, politics, law and culture.



The Eye in the Door


Author: Pat Barker


Description: This eloquently and morally complex novel of the brutal effects of World War I on the human psyche and British society is the second in Barker's trilogy.



The First World War


Author: John Keegan


Description: Keegan, a well known British military historian, paints in visceral detail the major campaigns and battles of the war in this popular history.



The Great War and Modern Memory


Author: Paul Fussell


Description: Fussell's original study of the Great War and how it was immortalized by Robert Graves and others who lived and wrote about it, here in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition.



The War to End All Wars, The American Military Experience World War I


Author: Edward M. Coffman


Description: A comprehensive account of the American involvement in World War I, often noted for being the best history on the subject.



World War I, The Definitive Visual History


Author: R. G. Grant


Description: Well designed and illustrated with maps, timelines and charts, this comprehensive history of the First World War includes touching personal accounts and special interest stories.





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