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

Program Number: 17424RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/4/2015 - 7/12/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $2,997.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 18; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat    

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

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




Highlights

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



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day indoors and out; cobblestone streets, stairs, occasional uneven terrain; standing in museums and other sites indoors and out. Extensive use of Paris Metro.



One youth per adult in shared accommodations. Triple rooms are not available for this program. Participants wishing to enroll with two adults and one youth should enroll one adult and one child in a double room with the second adult in a single room. (rooms will be adjoining). Please note this program is also offered for young learners 10 – 13. Please see program #21308.




Date Specific Information

7-4-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Paris, 7 nights; departure.



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

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




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
Four-star hotel in the heart of historic Paris.
Meals and Lodgings
   Villa Beaumarchais
  Paris, France 7 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:  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.
  Additional nights after:  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.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts with orientation at 5 p.m. at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses and taxis are available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest highway: A6
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle Airport
  Transportation to site: Independent travelers may take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost is between 60 and 80 euros, and can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic. You may also take one of the Air France buses from the airport. One way fare is 16.50 euros or you can purchase a round trip ticket for 27 euros (tickets can be purchased by anyone regardless of airline). Travel time is about one hour but this varies depending on traffic conditions. Buses depart approximately every 30 minutes from four different places at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants. The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate. By using the web link below, you can take advantage of these rates and book your transfer for arrival in Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. (Note that the website does not indicate that it is a Road Scholar or discount price.) www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
  From End of Program
  Location: Paris
  Transportation from site: Independent travelers can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport or can ask the hotel for assistance in arranging a shuttle transfer. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants. The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate. By using the web link below, you can take advantage of these rates and book your transfer for departure in Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. (Note that the website does not indicate that it is a Road Scholar or discount price.) www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures from the U.S.
(Saturday, July 4)
   
 Depart From: International flights to France.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation
(Sunday, July 5)
   
 Arrive To: Group arrivals at Charles de Gaulle Airport. A coach will transfer you to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check-in at your hotel and take time to settle in before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to the French Language
(Monday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a course to learn the basics of the French language and to practice pronunciation. This is your chance to master the essential phrases that you will need to use during your week-long Parisian adventure!
 Lunch: You will receive money for lunch and a list of restaurant choices in Montmartre. Your challenge is to read the menu and order in French. Try not to use your dictionary or guidebook unless absolutely necessary.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue to use your French skills and bargaining skills while you find an artist to paint or draw your portrait in the Place du Tertre. Once you have mastered the French language, (or at least learned how to order pommes frites!) you will then embark on an in-depth discovery of Montmartre. The area is famous for its many artists, as well as for the white-domed Basilique du Sacré-Cœur that rests at the summit of the city's highest hill.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: French History / L'Île de la Cité
(Tuesday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: You will learn about French history during an on-site lecture and field trip to the very island where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. You will discover the word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the Sainte Chapelle with its stunning stained glass windows. You will also explore the Conciergerie, a former royal palace that was used as a prison during the French Revolution.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a unique view of Paris from the water, as you cruise along the river and admire the beautiful historic sites. Later, take some time to explore Paris at your own pace.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Discover the opulent splendor of the Opéra Garnier during a ballet performance.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Louvre / Le château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
(Wednesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about the rich history of art in France. Next, enjoy a unique discovery of the Louvre, one of the most important collections of art in the world. You will divide into teams and be given a list of masterpieces to find.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will travel by coach to the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
 Dinner: Take delight in a BBQ dinner with a French family.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Impressionism: Monet's Gardens and the Musée d'Orsay
(Thursday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will travel by bus to Giverny, where Claude Monet created and painted his incredible gardens. You will feel as if you have stepped right into one of the artist's famous water lily paintings.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take some free time to explore Paris at your own pace before we take a field trip to the Musée d'Orsay. We will discover some of the masterpieces you learned about this morning, which were considered daring and avant-garde in the 19th century.
 Dinner: At the Musée d'Orsay restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Modern Paris and Local Culture
(Friday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Tour d'Eiffel. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Eiffel Tower, at a nearby café of your choice, or picnic on the Champs des Mars.
 Afternoon: Take the opportunity to see how real French bread is made and practice your baking skills as you create your own mouth-watering brioche. Take notes on making this delicious bread so that you can amaze your family and friends back home!
 Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Market Visit and Farewell to Paris
(Saturday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Visit one of the city's many open-air markets where you can browse the stalls and mingle with Parisians during their morning shopping. Experience the sights, smells and delicious treats of the marché! No visit to Paris is complete without a stop at the Père Lachaise cemetery. Don't be fooled by the ghoulish sound of this outing; this is a unique chance to experience history as you walk along the stone markers bearing the names of Jean Moulin, Jim Morrison, Honoré Daumier, Oscar Wilde, and many other famous artists, musicians, statesmen, and heroes.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
 Evening: Tonight you bid farewell to Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Take this opportunity to consider all that you have experienced and learned this week as you view the city from up above.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Departures from Paris
(Sunday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the USA. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


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A Traveller's History of France


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Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet


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Culture Smart! France


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Eiffel's Tower


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Eyewitness Guide Family Paris


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How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City


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In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art


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Description: Beginning with the teenaged Pablo Picasso’s arrival in Montmartre in 1900, this multi-faceted biography takes on the extraordinary men and women, including Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein, who transformed the European art world.



Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


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Lonely Planet Not for Parents Paris


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Pardon My French


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Paris Map


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Paris in Mind


Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)


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Paris to the Moon


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Revolution


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The Food of France


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The Little Prince


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The Scarlet Pimpernel


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