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Intergenerational France: The Best of Paris, Normandy and Brittany

Program Number: 18370RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/27/2015 - 7/8/2015; 6/25/2016 - 7/6/2016; 7/9/2016 - 7/20/2016;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $3,791.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Meals: 22; 10 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 14 years of age.

Inspire another generation of Francophiles as you immerse yourselves in the history, art, food, landscapes and “joie de vivre” of three regions of France. From the Impressionist masterpieces housed at the Louvre in Paris to the Camembert of Normandy to the Corsairs of Brittany, experience a rare and very special close-up of France and its people with your grandchildren.


• Discover the Corsair city of Saint Malo, its medieval ramparts and proud Celtic heritage.
• Encounter history at its most moving — at the D-Day beaches of Normandy and the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel.
• See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, and explore Montmartre through an enriching and fun treasure hunt.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over generally even terrain. Considerable standing. Extensive use of Paris Metro.

Program is for grandchildren ages 12-14. Paris hotel rooms do not have triple rooms. One youth per adult in shared accommodations. If the second adult chooses not to be matched with a roommate in a shared double room, they may pay the single-room upgrade.

Date Specific Information

6-27-2015, 6-25-2016, 7-9-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rennes, coach to Dinard, 4 nights; coach to Caen, 3 nights; coach to Paris, 3 nights; departure from Paris.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Rennes, transfer to Dinard 4 nights

St. Malo is famous for its rocky beaches, Celtic culture, medieval ramparts and gallant seaman. Learn about the privateers known as the Corsairs as well as ancient legends and Celtic heritage. Attend traditional Celtic music and dance performances and visit the fishing harbor of Cancale. Learn about maritime life at the oyster museum, and explore the beautiful landscapes of the inland region. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel.

Coach to Caen
3 nights

Visit a typical Norman farm, taste local products and explore Bayeux and its famous tapestry. Explore the incredible collection of WW II history at the Battlefield Museum in Sainte-Mere Eglise and Omaha Beach and pay our respects to the fallen soldiers at the US WWII war cemetery. Discover the secrets of Breton crepes. Visit Caen with an overview exploration and a stop at the iconic Caen Memorial.

Coach to Paris
3 nights

Visit the historic city of Rouen and explore charming cobbled streets of the Middle Ages and the square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. At Giverny, walk through the house and gardens of Claude Monet. Arrive in Paris and embark on a boat ride on the Seine to encounter the history of the bridges of Paris. Learn about Notre Dame Cathedral and its archaeological crypt, as well as the Louvre Museum with a focus on its French paintings. Discover Montmartre through a mysterious and fun treasure hunt, have lunch at local restaurant famous as a meeting point of artists like Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola and Van Gogh. Visit Versailles Castle and learn about the “Sun King” and the French Monarchy. Enjoy a conversation with French families during an evening in their homes.


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.

Dinard: Comfortable hotel located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Caen: Comfortable hotel ideally located in the heart of the city. Paris: Quaint hotel located in the district that has tradionally drawn Parisian artists and intellectuals.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Printania
  Dinard, France 4 nights
   Adagio Caen Centre
  CAEN, France 3 nights
   Villa Montparnasse
  PARIS, France 3 nights
 Hotel Printania
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Printania Hotel is located directly on the seafront, near the local beaches and with views across the Rance Estuary to the old walled city of St Malo. Each of the hotel bedrooms are individual in style and size, all retaining the original charm and character of a past era. The hotel is full of original decor and artifacts which only enhance the atmosphere of the establishment. As soon as you set foot in the foyer of the Printania you will discover a warm atmosphere with regional furniture and a fine collection of Henriot Quimper porcelain. At the Printania you can enjoy breakfast in the terrace conservatory with its hundred-year-old palm trees dating from the Colonial Exhibition in 1906. Relax in the evening in the lounge, decorated in the style of Napoleon III, with a piano for guests. Discover a varied collection of paintings by regional artists as you walk around the corridors of the Museum Hotel, including etchings by Patrice Morvan, and frescoes by Jim-E-Sevelec in the dining room.
  Contact info: 5 Avenue George V
Dinard,  35800 France
phone: +33 2 99 46 13 07
  Room amenities: Private bathroom with a bathtub or shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, complimentary newspaper, free Wi-Fi, phone
  Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and luggage storage is possible at the 24-hour reception. There is a safe-deposit box at the front desk. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, en-suite facilities, and flat screen televisions. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the small harbor below. Private car parking is available. There are three restaurants on site, each with their own style and presentation. The Printania produces a selection of regional menus, served by staff in traditional Breton costume. La Passerelle is an intimate bistro, while La Gonelle specializes in fish dishes, that you can choose direct from the vivier (aquarium). All the restaurants have incredible views over the bay.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Adagio Caen Centre
Type: Hotel
  Description: The 4 star Adagio Caen Centre is located in the heart of the city.
  Contact info: 1 Quai Eugene Meslin
Caen,   France
phone: +33 2 31 55 56 10
  Room amenities: All rooms include a kitchenette, a bathroom with a hairdryer, television, telephone, individual safe, air conditioning, full kitchen, and high speed internet.
  Facility amenities: The Adagio Caen Centre offers a fitness center, business services, internet access, and laundry services.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Villa Montparnasse
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Villa Montparnasse is a quaint hotel on the left bank of the Seine. The colonial-style residence is located in the 19th century intellectual elite neighborhood opposite the famed Montparnasse Cemetery and next to the apartment where Simone de Beauvoir lived. This hotel is both charming and comfortable and is one block from a pedestrian street featuring restaurants and shops. It is within walking distance of two different metro lines both with direct access to the main monuments of Paris.
  Contact info: 2, rue Boulard
Paris,  75014 France
phone: +33 1 56 80 34 34
  Room amenities: The rooms include satellite television, air conditioning, a mini-bar, and a safe.
  Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar / lounge, laundry services, WiFi in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  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.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at Orientation at 6:00 p.m. at the program hotel. You will be staying at Hotel Printania that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast at the program hotel. You will be staying at Villa Montparnasse the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Dinard
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers may join the group transfer. Another option for Independent travelers is to take a train from Rennes airport to Saint Malo (cost is approximately 14.20 Euro and is subject to change). There is no train from Saint Malo to Dinard, so you would need to take a taxi to the hotel in Dinard (20 minutes.)
  From End of Program
  Location:  PARIS
  Nearest city or town:  PARIS
  Nearest highway: A1
  Transportation from site: Independent travelers may join the group 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 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.
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: Travel to France
(Saturday, June 27)
 In Transit: International flight to France.

Day 2: Arrival in Rennes and transfer to Dinard
(Sunday, June 28)
 Morning: Arrivals at the Rennes airport and transfer to the program hotel in Dinard. This transfer is approximately 50 miles and will take about an hour.
 Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and to relax before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room at 6:00 PM where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Printania
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Dinard and Dinan
(Monday, June 29)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning walking tour of Dinard led by your Study Leader.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.
 Afternoon: Depart by coach for a guided visit through the medieval town of Dinan. Later on, enjoy apple tasting at the Musée du Cidre in Pleudihen sur Rance.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Printania
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Saint Malo
(Tuesday, June 30)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by coach to Saint Malo. The town was originally built as a walled citadel guarding the mouth of the Rance river and was the home of pirates for centuries. With your expert guide visit the ramparts and the old town of Saint Malo, including Saint Vincent Cathedral, the burial place of Jacques Cartier. During an on-site lecture, learn about famous characters from Saint Malo: Surcouf, the Corsair; Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada; and Chateaubriand, the French writer. You will also visit "Maison du Corsaire" (the privateer's house) where you will discover the hidden staircases, the stately panelled salons, the cellars used as a prison during the French Revolution, and the collection of weapons, chests, documents and coins from the early 18th century.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some leisure time to explore the charming town of Saint Malo before your coach returns to your hotel in Dinard.
 Dinner: On your own to sample local cuisine.
Accommodations: Hotel Printania
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Mont Saint Michel and Cancale
(Wednesday, July 1)

Note: At Mont Saint Michel, there is a walk of 0.56 mile from the bus car park to the shuttle (each way) and many flights of steep steps to climb, as well as dark and narrow passages in the Abbey. Bring a small flashlight and if needed, a collapsible, rubber-tipped walking stick or cane.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart for a field trip to Mont Saint Michel. Discover the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the most remarkable examples of medieval religious and military architecture. It was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. During an on-site lecture, learn about the unique character of Mont Saint-Michel's abbey and surrounding bay in an onsite lecture.
 Lunch: On your own in Mont St. Michel.
 Afternoon: Visit Cancale, a typical fishing harbor, and then visit a marine farm. Discover the “savoir-faire” and maritime history of the region. On-Site Lecture: Learn about oyster breeding and the local tradition and taste them fresh from the sea. Afterwards, return to Dinard.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance of traditional Celtic music and dance.
Accommodations: Hotel Printania
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Departure to Caen via Dol-de-Bretagne and Bayeux
(Thursday, July 2)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Departure by coach to Dol-de-Bretagne and enjoy a lecture about Obelix and Asterix.
 Lunch: At a local farm house inn featuring typical local Normandy specialties.
 Afternoon: We will take a field trip to 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 personal audio guide, and watch a film in English about the making of the Tapestry. Afterwards, board your coach and arrive in Caen, your home for the next three nights.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Adagio Caen Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Caen and WWII Landing Beaches
(Friday, July 3)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart by coach to explore the landing sites of WWII in a very unique way using period vehicles. We will begin at Point du Hoc to learn about the preparation to D-Day and the bombing leading up to the troop arrivals. We will continue with a visit to the landing beach at Omaha and through a lecture learn about how the beach head was taken with great sacrifice of U.S. troops. We will see and discuss many of the remaining gun positions that survive still today. We will leave Omaha Beach and pay our respects to the fallen soldiers at the U.S. WWII war cemetery where we will have a brief ceremony. The morning will end in Arromomanche to see the remnants of the artificial harbor built by the troops to unload the equipment that won the war for the allies.
 Lunch: At Omaha Beach.
 Afternoon: We will go on an excursion to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument honoring WWII soldiers was built. The children will have apple juice to drink. Later this afternoon, the coach will depart to Bayeux.
 Dinner: At a creperie in Bayeux to learn about Breton tradition. We will then return to the hotel in Caen.
Accommodations: Adagio Caen Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Caen and the Caen Memorial
(Saturday, July 4)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a journey on-board a little train for an overview of Caen.
 Lunch: In Caen. You will receive money for lunch. Your challenge will be to read the menu and order in French. Try not to use your French dictionary or guidebook unless absolutely necessary. When the group reconvenes you will be able to brag about your proficiency and perhaps chuckle over some of your unavoidable blunders!
 Afternoon: Depart by coach to the Caen Memorial. We will watch a movie on D-Day. An on-site lecture will discuss World War II and the American allies. Adults will go through the memorial with audioguides.
 Dinner: On your own to sample local cuisine.
Accommodations: Adagio Caen Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Rouen / Giverny / Paris
(Sunday, July 5)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will check out of the hotel and depart by coach to Rouen. We will take a field trip on foot in the city of Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy. Here you will visit Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral (painted by Monet), the flamboyant gothic church of Saint Maclou, the old market square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, and the charming cobbled streets of the Middle Ages.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.
 Afternoon: Continue on by coach to Giverny. Field Trip: visit Claude Monet's house and gardens. The house is pink stucco, just like when Claude Monet lived there (1883-1926). The gardens are a rectangular “Clos Normand” offering, from spring to autumn, a palette of varying colors of the painter-gardener who was ecstatic about flowers. Walk through a tunnel to the site of the Water Lilies, a water garden with the famous Japanese bridge, wisteria, azaleas and pond which inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies. On Site Lecture: Learn about Monet and the Impressionists and then test your knowledge with a quiz on Monet for the grandchildren. Board your coach for the short drive to Paris, your home for the next three nights.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: Embark on a boat cruise on the river Seine and discover the many different bridges of Paris and their history.
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Iconic Paris: L'île de la Cité, Louvre Museum, and the Eiffel Tower
(Monday, July 6)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore L'île de la Cité, the medieval center of Paris. See the famous cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and visit its archeological crypt.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.
 Afternoon: 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. This treasure hunt is both an adventure and an opportunity to learn about many different periods and styles of art. Afterward, walk through the Tuileries Garden which was created by Catherine de Medici in the 16th century. It became a public park after the French Revolution.
 Dinner: In a restaurant near the Eiffel Tower.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening illumination drive and a visit to the Eiffel Tower.
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Versailles and Montmartre
(Tuesday, July 7)

Note: Use of the Paris Metro

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart by coach for a field trip to the Château de Versailles. There will be an en route lecture titled, "The Truth About Life in the Court of Louis the XIV Versailles." Learn the realities of what life was like in the palace of Versailles at the time of Louis XIV. At the Château de Versailles, we will explore the state apartments of the royal palace and learn about the daily life in the time of the Sun King. We will also wander in the Versailles gardens designed by Le Notre.
 Lunch: On your own in the château gardens.
 Afternoon: In a guided walking tour, explore Montmartre, a place haunted by impressionist painters from the 19th century. Take the funicular to go up the hill and visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, built from 1875 to 1919, and admire its stunning mosaic ceiling, marble sculptures, and stained-glass windows. Discover Montmartre while doing a treasure hunt. In order to find the “treasure," you will have to solve enigmas scattered in different places on the hill (small teams will be made out of the group). Return to your hotel on the Paris metro.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner with a local French family.
Accommodations: Villa Montparnasse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Departure
(Wednesday, July 8)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Group departure transfer by coach to Charles de Gaulle Airport. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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