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The Artistic Spirit of Paris and Barcelona

Program Number: 20216RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/21/2015 - 6/1/2015; 9/17/2015 - 9/28/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/12/2015;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Spain/France
Price starting at: $3,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 25; 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat    

Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” or Picasso’s early masterpieces? “Winged Victory” or Dali’s surreal 3-D collages? The Palace of Versailles or the Sagrada Familia? You don’t have to choose between the treasures of Paris and Barcelona on this journey encompassing the history-making art, architecture and music of both.




Highlights

• Attend concerts at two stunning venues: Paris’s royal Sainte-Chapelle and Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• View some of the world’s great masterpieces at the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin, Dali Theatre and Museum and Museu Picasso.
• Zip from Paris to Barcelona aboard the high-speed TGV rail, taking in views of the Pyrenees as you cross the border.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to five miles per day. Extensive use of public transportation.




Date Specific Information

5-21-2015, 9-17-2015, 10-1-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Paris (France), 5 nights; train to Figueres (Spain), coach to Barcelona, 5 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Paris (France)
5 nights

Discover the grand Gothic architecture of the Ile de la Cite including Notre Dame and La Sainte Chapelle. An expert-led field trip to the Palace of Versailles highlights the chateau’s gilded chambers and impressive gardens. Enjoy a walk through the Tuileries Garden — once the backyard of kings, it became a public park after the Revolution — and its Orangerie. Learn about the Paris-based Impressionists, a group that included Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Berthe Morisot.



Train to Figueres (Spain)
Coach to Barcelona
5 nights
Departure

Step off the train in Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali, and visit the town’s intriguing museum dedicated to its favorite son. In Barcelona, explore the Museum of the History of Catalonia independently before an expert-led journey through the city. Walk La Rambla, a pedestrian-only street where you pass locals shopping and enter the beautiful Liceu opera house. Journey into the vineyards of Penedes and learn about the famed Cava sparkling wine made here.




Accommodations
Paris: Centrally located hotel. Barcelona: Hotel in a Historical Monument building next to the Placa de Catalunya.
Meals and Lodgings
   Villa Beaumarchais
  Paris, France 5 nights
   Abba Balmoral Barcelona
  Barcelona, Spain 5 nights
 Villa Beaumarchais
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Villa Beaumarchais is located in the heart of the Marais district and is just a short distance from the Carnavalet Museum.
  Contact info: 5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris,  75003 France
phone: +33 (#)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com
  Room amenities: All the rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a telephone, internet access, a minibar, a safe, and a private bathroom with a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a bar, a business center, and a fitness room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA Road Scholar can reserve additional nights at a special rate at this program hotel. Please contact Road Scholar at 1-800-241-1404 for our special rate and to make a reservation. Please call at least 45 days prior to your program departure to ensure availability of the Road Scholar special rate which includes taxes and breakfast.

 Abba Balmoral Barcelona
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: 103 Rooms, free Wi-Fi connection in all hotel, meeting rooms up to 180 people, coffee–bar, restaurant, parking, business center, sauna, fitness center and solarium. In Barcelona city center, 5 minutes to Gaudí's famous building “La Pedrera”, next to la Diagonal of Barcelona and close to Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: C/ Vía Augusta, 5
Barcelona,  08006 Spain
phone: +34 ) 93 217 87 00
web: www.abbabalmoralhotelbarcelona.com/en/index.html
  Room amenities: All Standard rooms have free Wi-Fi, a bathroom with bath, hair dryer, cosmetic/shaving mirror and all the necessary facilities and comfort for yourstay. All the rooms have a flat-screen television, safe, minibar, air conditioning, laundry service and a desk. They include free access to the gym, sauna and panoramic terrace. Room size: 25-35 m2. Type of bed: Twin (1 x 1,90 m) / Queen (2m x 1,8m).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD Contact PD for rates


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts with an Orientation at 5 PM at the hotel in Paris on Day 2. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with breakfast at the hotel on Day 12 You will be staying at Abba Balmoral Barcelona the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. No other documents are needed.
  Parking availability:
No available parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train & bus available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  Transportation to site: There are taxis readily available from Paris CDG to the hotel but these can be pricey running from 60 - 70 Euro per car plus 1 E per bag fee. There are train running every 5 minutes from the airport terminal 2 into the city costing about 8 E. For the most up to date information check the Paris CDG airport website.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Barcelona
  Transportation from site: Taxis are readily available from the hotel to the airport in Barcelona. Taxi rate runs from 30 - 35 Euro per car plus 1 Euro per bag luggage fee.
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: US Departure and Overnight Flight
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Paris

Day 2: Arrival in Paris and Program Orientation
(Friday, May 22)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Paris CDG and transfer to the hotel. Check in is generally after 12:00 noon.
 Afternoon: Program Orientation at the hotel at 5 PM. 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 at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Gothic Paris - Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle
(Saturday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris from Gothic to Modernist: Architecture." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Transfer to Ile de la Cite by metro or public bus Field Trip: No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The Jewel of Gothic Architecture, Notre Dame is the heart and life of Paris.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant near Notre Dame featuring French crepes.
 Afternoon: Field Trip Ile de la Cite: After lunch we explore the Ile de La Cite on foot and see some of the lesser visited streets known as the Ancien Cloître Quartier. Field Trip: The Sainte Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light, the Sainte Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant near the Eiffel Tower.
 Evening: Paris City Lights Tour by coach takes you by some of the best known monuments of Paris, depending on the time of year you may enjoy the view with the lights illuminating the monuments or it may still be light out.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Paris Royalty and the Belle Epoque - Versaille, the Opera Garnier and a Classical Music Performance
(Sunday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip: This morning enjoy an expert-led discovery of the Palace of Versailles, the French royal chateau from 1682 until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. The beautiful gardens of Versailles are an excellent example of French garden planning and are not to be missed.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant near the Opera Garnier.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Opéra de Paris or Opéra Garnier, is a 1,600-seat opera house on the Place de l'Opéra in Paris. It was the primary home of the Paris Opera from 1875 until 1989 when the Opera Bastille was opened. A grand building designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque (or "Baroque Revival") style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant near performance location.
 Evening: Classical Musical Performance at the Sainte Chapelle: Each evening the Sainte Chapelle hosts various classical musical performances.This evening we join Parisians in an evening musical presentation at one of the most beautiful sites in Paris. NOTE: Due to scheduling of events this presentation may be at another similar venue.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Paris Art and Art History - The Louvre, Tuileries Gardens and the Orangerie
(Monday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris from Gothic to Modernist: Art." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Field Trip: Independent exploration of the Louvre: Your expert guide will introduce you to the museum and take you to some of the highlights, but you will have time to explore the museum on your own.
 Lunch: On your own at the Louvre. You can take your time to see the museum and eat at one of many food venues in the Carousel, at the Louvre restaurant, or upscale Café Marly. Set your own agenda.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Walk through Jardins des Tuileries, the gardens that once served as the backyard for the Kings of France and today are a place of relaxation for busy Parisians and make for a pleasant walk from the Louvre to the Orangerie. Field Trip: Discovering the Orangerie: Featuring Monet's large water lily paintings, the Orangerie is a must-see museum in Paris.
 Dinner: Near the hotel at a local brasserie.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Impressionist Art in Paris - Orsay and Rodin Museums
(Tuesday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris From Gothic to Modernist: The Impressionist Era." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Field Trip: Discover the Musée d'Orsay with its rich and varied collections covering the prolific period from 1848 to 1914 and housing some of the best impressionist paintings in the world.
 Lunch: At Musee d'Orsay in the museum restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris.
 Dinner: On your own. This is your opportunity to explore your own culinary selection in Paris.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: TGV Day Train from Paris to Figueres / Dalí Museum / Barcelona
(Wednesday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: On board the train.
 Morning: Free time on board the train to enjoy the view outside the window as the TGV crosses France from Paris to the Pyrenees and then into Spain.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Figueres.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to discover the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, which occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum. After the museum visit, we will board a coach to Barcelona.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Abba Balmoral Barcelona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: History of Catalonia / Barcelona City Orientation / Sagrada Familia
(Thursday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "An Introduction to Barcelona Art and Architecture from Gothic to Gaudi." Afterwards, enjoy a coffee break before having some free time to visit Museu d'Historia de Catalunya.
 Lunch: In the Old Port featuring Spanish paella.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided visit of Sagrada Familia, the basilica designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi followed by a driving visit of Barcelona's city highlights ending at our hotel.
 Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Abba Balmoral Barcelona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Barcelona People, Music, and Modernist Architecture
(Friday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will begin with a field trip to the Liceu Opera House, built according to the plans of the architect Miquel Garriga i Roca and inaugurated on April 4, 1847. It was the largest opera house in Europe holding 4,000 seats. Afterwards, join a local expert for a walking tour exploring the Boqueria market to try some local specialties and mingle with local Barcelonians as they do their market shopping.
 Lunch: On your own in Barcelona.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the city. Barcelona has so much to offer and much of it is within walking distance. Suggestions will be made.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Take delight in a Spanish Classical guitar concert at the beautiful Santa Maria del Pi Gothic Church.
   
Accommodations: Abba Balmoral Barcelona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: El Penedes / Cava Wines / Sitges / The Mediterranean Coast
(Saturday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart by coach for El Penedes. As we drive through the vineyards, learn about the local specialty sparkling wine, its production, and explore a local cellar before you enjoy a tasting. Later on, we will transfer to Sitges and visit the Museum of Cau Ferat as well as Maricel.
 Lunch: Enjoy your meal while overlooking the Mediterranean.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore on your own before we return to Barcelona.
 Dinner: Near the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Abba Balmoral Barcelona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Gothic Barcelona: Gothic Quarter / The Cathedral / The Picasso Museum
(Sunday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: With your local expert, explore the famed Gothic Quarter and learn about the history and the architecture of this spectacular city. Enjoy some time to wander on your own through the medieval streets and stop at the Sardanas Dancing performance in the Main Square.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Located in the heart of the Barri Gotic, La Seu Cathedral is a soaring Gothic cathedral named after Barcelona's patron Saint Eulalia who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during the Roman Empire. Her body is entombed in the cathedral's crypt. Afterwards, enjoy a field trip to the Picasso Museum. Housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, it has one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. There are more than 3,500 works in the permanent collection of the museum. Picasso first arrived in Barcelona in 1894 when his father found work teaching at the city art school. The Museu Picasso reveals the artist's relationship with the city of Barcelona from youth until his death in 1973.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner near the hotel.
 Evening: Meet with local professionals in Barcelona and learn all about life, work, and family, as well as the current political challenges.
   
Accommodations: Abba Balmoral Barcelona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Program Concludes / Departures
(Monday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Group transfer to the airport from the hotel. 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Paris Boulevard St-Honoré
The Boulevard St- Honoré is the street of French designer clothing boutiques, one of the best window-shopping streets in the world.
  Musee de L’Orangerie
The Orangerie is the Paris museum that houses the largest of Monet’s “Nymph” paintings. After being closed for nearly five years, the museum reopened in 2007. For additional information, visit www.musee-orangerie.fr/
  Rodin Museum
The Rodin Museum, housing the works of sculptor Auguste Rodin, is located near the Seine in a park-like setting. It features works that include “The Thinker,” “The Gates of Hell” and “The Burghers of Calais,” as well as many sculptures by Camille Claudel, Rodin’s lover. For additional information, visit www.musee-rodin.fr/
  Barcelona Casa Mila
Casa Milà, is yet another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces. It was commissioned by a friend of Batlló, Pere Milá i Camps. Gaudí designed furniture to the building and built one of the most distinctive of the city's buildings. in fact the building was so peculiar to Gaudï's contemporaries that they baptized the building la pedrera (the quarry) and the newspapers made caricature drawings of it. However, in 1984 Gaudí and Casa Milà got their well deserved recognition: this was the year when Casa Milà was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
  Parc Guell
Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was designed by the Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia


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Homage to Catalonia


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Paris in Mind


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The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France


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