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Intergenerational: Highlights of Paris and Normandy on the Seine River

Program Number: 21266RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2015 - 7/20/2015; 8/7/2015 - 8/20/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $2,997.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats; Intergenerational
Meals: 32; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 11 - 14 years of age.

Share with your grandchild the magic of Paris and the history of the Allied invasion of Normandy on a voyage of interactive discovery and learning along the Seine. In charming ports of call along the river, explore medieval history, modern life and Impressionist art, and provide your young learner with perspective on World War II and the events of the invasion of Normandy through hands-on experiences and special field trips on period vehicles.

Activity Particulars

Extensive walking on cobblestone and paved streets, some unpaved terrain. Walking and standing in museums; some stairs without railings.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Paris, 1 night; aboard vessel, 6 nights; Omaha Beach, Normandy, 5 nights.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-4: Paris / embark vessel:

Discover the historic heart of Paris, from Notre Dame Cathedral and the exquisite stained-glass windows of la Sainte Chapelle to a treasure hunt in Montmartre and a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Eiffel Tower. Board the vessel for your Seine River study voyage and enjoy festive fireworks on Bastille Day. Lodging: Centrally located Paris hotel.

Day 5: Giverny:

Experience the splendor of Monet’s gardens including the famous water lily pond. You may wish to visit the Giverny Museum of Impressionisms.

Day 6: Rouen:

On a narrated walk through Rouen, explore the city’s half-timbered houses and the site of Joan of Arc’s trial and execution.

Day 7: Caudebec-en-Caux:

Visit the Abbey of Saint Wandrille, a Benedictine monastery founded in the seventh century, where your host is one of the monks.

Day 8: Honfleur:

Discover the unique architecture of historic Honfleur and its picturesque old port. Pay a visit to the largest remaining wooden church in France.

Days 9–13: Disembark / coach to Omaha Beach / coach to Paris / departure:

Trace the events of D-Day with interactive experiences at the Memorial of Caen and at a special, hands-on D-Day museum. Take a field trip in World War II period vehicles to learn the events of the Normandy Beach invasions. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel, an imposing island monastery, and examine the world-famous, 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman conquest of England. Lodging: Comfortable hotel at Omaha Beach.

MS Seine Princess

The MS Seine Princeses features two decks with a dining room, lounge-bar with a dance floor, library and gift shop. The ship's one-sitting restaurant serves artfully prepared traditional French cuisine, and the sundeck offers an incredible view of the Seine as it meanders through Normandy and into Paris.


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.

Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western La Tour Notre Dame
  Paris, France 1 night
   CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
  Paris, France
Vernon, France
Rouen, France
Caudebec, France
Honfleur, France
6 nights
   Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
  Caen, France 5 nights
 Best Western La Tour Notre Dame
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Best Western La Tour Notre Dame has been completely renovated and is one hundred percent smoke free. It is situated in front of la Sorbonne in the heart of the Latin Quarter.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 20 Rue du Sommerard
Paris,  75005 France
phone: +33 01 43 54 47 60
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Type: Riverboat
  Description: The MS Seine Princess saild on the Seine. Croisi vessels do not have life boats on board, as the bodies of water on which we travel are small, and life jackets provide appropriate flotation and protection in case of emergency. Croisi vessels also do not have medical staff on board. In case of an emergency, the purser will immediately contact a doctor or nurse on land and the ship will stop at the nearest possible landing point to facilitate emergency medical attention. Every ship has a defibrillator on board and at least two people on the vessel are trained to use it.
  Ship Information: Year Built: 2002 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 360 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 67 Total Passengers: 138 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet
  Contact info: 12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg,  67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
  Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths. There is no iron provided on the ship. Each cabin is provided with two adult and two children life jackets.
  Facility amenities: Amenities include: dining room, lounge, bar and dance floor, gift shop, sun deck with deckchairs, and free WiFi on board. Please note that the WiFi will be slow and often spotty. Laundry facilities are not available on board. Also included: central heating, air conditioning, 220V electricity, radar, and radiophone.
  Smoking allowed: No

 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
  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
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at the welcome orientation at the Paris hotel. You will be staying at Best Western La Tour Notre Dame that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast with a transfer from the Bayeux hotel to Charles de Gaulle airport. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses, taxis, and trains are available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest city or town:  Gonesse
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle Airport
  Transportation to site: Arrival transfers are organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Specific details will be provided approximately five weeks prior to the program start date, after all flights are confirmed. Independent travelers may take a taxi directly to the hotel or take one of the Air France buses. Tickets can be purchased by anyone regardless of airline. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants. The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate. By using the web link below, you can take advantage of these rates and book your transfer for arrival in or departure from Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Caen
  Nearest city or town:  Bayeux
  Nearest highway: A13 and A84. A13 is a toll-road while the A84 is a toll-free motorway.
  Nearest airport:  Caen-Carpiquet Airport
  Transportation from site: An early morning group departure transfer is organized for all participants from Bayeux to Charles de Gaulle airport on Day 14, and will scheduled according to the departure time of Road Scholar air. Specific information will be available approximately five weeks prior to the program departure.
Elevation Note: 500 feet is the highest elevation.

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.
(Tuesday, July 7)
 In Transit Overnight: International flight to France.

Day 2: Arrival and Welcome to Paris
(Wednesday, July 8)
 Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and transfers to the program hotel in Paris. Please note that rooms are not generally available until early to mid-afternoon, so you should plan to drop off your luggage at the hotel and then take some time to explore Paris or relax and have a leisurely lunch (on your own). There are Paris maps available at the hotel, and your Group Leader and hotel staff will be present to provide recommendations and directions.
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Check-in at hotel and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. 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 in a nearby restaurant.
Accommodations: Best Western La Tour Notre Dame
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Montmartre / Paris Overview
(Thursday, July 9)

Note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement. Montmartre is on a hill; there is some walking uphill at a leisurely pace.

 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart on foot to Montmartre to walk the winding streets of this “village." Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré Coeur can be seen from many points in Paris. This butte (hillock) is a delightful area of village streets and steep stairways that suddenly rise from the Grands Boulevards. The Romano-Byzantine Basilica of the Sacred Heart dates to the late 1800’s. Nearby the Place du Tertre (Painters Square) is very popular with tourists and street artists vying for the chance to paint their portraits. Until the outbreak of World War II, La Butte remained the city’s artistic and literary center. We will later divide into teams and learn about Montmartre’s Bohemian history on a treasure hunt.
 Lunch: At a local Montmartre restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will go on a field trip by coach for an overview of Paris. This excursion will drive by the Opera, Place Vendôme, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Louvre Museum, The City Island and the Left Bank. Afterward, we will embark the river cruise ship.
 Dinner: Welcome and ship orientation followed by dinner on board the vessel.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Paris: L'Île de la Cité and Eiffel Tower
(Friday, July 10)

Note: Today's activities include use of the Paris Metro (subway) which has unavoidable stairs. Walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement, as well as walking and standing during visits.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship’s dining room.
 Morning: We will go on a field trip to the heart of the city, where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. Discover the word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the stunning stained glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the World's Fair that marked the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Discover the original machine room, tour the first floor control room and - bien sûr! - enjoy a fantastic view of the city.
 Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy the display of fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, in celebration of Bastille Day.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Monet's Giverny
(Saturday, July 11)

Note: Today's activities include walking on pavement and gravel up to one mile.

 Breakfast: In the ship’s dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a lecture titled, “Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny." With your Study Leader, learn the basics of the Impressionism movement and its artists, while the ship navigates along the Seine.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Discover Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny and the stunning foiliage that inspired the great artist.
 Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Historic Rouen
(Sunday, July 12)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship’s dining room.
 Morning: Delight in a hands-on activity onboard to learn about French culture.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Explore historic Rouen, its magnificent gothic cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light, and its famous medieval half-timbered houses. Stroll the cobble stone street of the Big Clock to the Old Market Square and the site where Joan of Arc was martyred.
 Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening and perhaps walk over to the Rouen cathedral.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Caudebec and the Abbey of Saint Wandrille
(Monday, July 13)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to one mile.

 Breakfast: In the ship’s dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a hands-on activity to learn about French culture.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: A short distance from Caudebec, is Fontenelle Abbey, also called the Abbey of St. Wandrille. Hosted by one of the abbey’s monks, visit the monastery and learn the story of its founder, Wandregisel, or Saint Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of St. Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. You may wish to attend mass and experience the Gregorian chants or return to Caudebec for free time.
 Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Honfleur / Marine Museum
(Tuesday, July 14)

Note: Today's activities includ walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

 Breakfast: In the ship’s dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy unique architecture during a tour of historic Honfleur. Learn why this city has one of the few remaining all-wooden churches and the important role of this city in the settlement of New France.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Learn how Honfleur’s history is tied to the sea at the Marine Museum, where model ships, paintings and objects depict daily life, business and crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, you may enjoy the atmosphere of the Old Port or visit the Eugène Boudin museum independently.
 Dinner: In the ship’s dining room.
Accommodations: CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Disembark/ Bayeux Tapestry
(Wednesday, July 15)

Note: Today's activities includ walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet onboard.
 Morning: Disembark the river cruise ship and depart by motorcoach to Bayeux. Examine 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 a personal audio guide and watch a film in English about the making of the Tapestry. Next, enjoy some free time in the heart of Bayeux's pedestrian area before continuing on to Omaha Beach.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Depart by coach to check-in at the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Caen Memorial and D-Day Academy
(Thursday, July 16)

Note: Today's activities include riding in authentic WWII period vehicles can be somewhat bumpy depending on the terrain. Walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground. Walking and standing in the museum.

 Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Visit the Caen Memorial and Museum, where displays, films and exhibits tell the story of World War II and the D-Day Landing Beaches.
 Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.
 Afternoon: Meet instructors from the D-Day Academy to drive in WWII period vehicles. Through specially-designed workshops and hands-on experiences, gain insights to life during the war.
 Dinner: On your own.
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Omaha Beach / American Cemetery / Point du Hoc
(Friday, July 17)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground.

 Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: We will go on a field trip to Omaha Beach and have an on-site lecture. The battle for Omaha Beach is brought to life through stories and experiential learning activities that include a treasure hunt and quiz, while traveling the length and breadth of the beach with a D-Day expert.
 Lunch: At a restaurant near Omaha Beach.
 Afternoon: Learn about the American Invasion forces at Pointe du Hoc, an iconic site in US military history, marking the western end of the Omaha beach sector and the point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord. At the American Cemetery, a wreath-laying ceremony pays tribute to fallen heroes. We will then return to Caen.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Mont Saint Michel
(Saturday, July 18)

Note: Today's activities include travel by motorcoach, walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement. Mont Saint Michel is built on a hill, therefore there is some uphill walking and steps to arrive at the abbey.

 Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Enjoy a field trip to Mont Saint Michel, a place the locals call "le Mont" and is also 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 dating from the Middle Ages.
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: We will depart by coach to return to Caen.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Sainte-Mère-Église / Cotentin Peninsula
(Sunday, July 19)

Note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles on pavement and sand. Plan to wear shoes that can get wet if walking across the sand at low tide.

 Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: We will take a field trip to Sainte-Mère-Église to learn the story of the paratrooper whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take an excursion to the island of Tatihou, just opposite the port of Saint Vaast La Hougue and accessible on foot at low tide or by amphibious vehicle.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hotel Malherbe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departures
(Monday, July 20)

Note: Transfer Caen to Charles de Gaulle is approximately 2.5 hours.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 In Transit: Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. 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
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