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Survey of France: Paris, Provence, the Wine Regions and More

Program Number: 20781RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/23/2015 - 5/14/2015; 5/14/2015 - 6/4/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/24/2015; 10/15/2015 - 11/5/2015;
Duration: 21 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $6,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 48; 20 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience fascinating traditions, cultures and cuisines of France on a grand journey highlighting diverse cities and regions. From the D-Day Beaches of Normandy to the Loire Valley, from Bordeaux vineyards to sun-soaked Provence, come to appreciate all La Belle France has to offer.




Highlights

• Go behind the scenes to learn about the construction and operation of the Eiffel Tower.
• Taste the terroir or “sense of place” in foods like quiche Lorraine, cheese from Normandy and wines from Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
• Visit two of the Loire Valley’s most stunning chateaux and stand in awe of the island fortress Mont Saint-Michel.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs and uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-23-2015, 9-3-2015, 10-15-2015

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5-14-2015

This departure will stay in Caen instead of Bayeux.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Paris and transfer to Bayeaux, 3 nights; coach to Chinon, 3 nights; train to Bordeaux, 2 nights; coach to Carcassonne, 1 night; coach to Arles 3 nights; coach to Lyon, 2 nights; coach to Colmar, 2 nights; coach to Reims, 1 night; coach to Paris, 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Paris
Coach to Bayeaux
3 nights

Delve into the story of the Normandy Landings at Utah and Omaha Beaches and the American Cemetery and Memorial. Learn about the Celtic connections of Normandy and Brittany and marvel at the ancient pilgrimage site of Mont St. Michel.



Coach to Chinon
3 nights
Highspeed train to Bordeaux
2 nights
Coach to Carcassonne
1 night

Visit two of the most beautiful chateaux of the Loire: Amboise and Chenonceau. Learn about the roots of the French Renaissance and the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci. Explore centuries of wine traditions in Bordeaux and the vineyards of Saint-Émilion. Walk the ramparts of Carcassonne.



Coach to Arles
3 nights
Coach to Lyon
2 nights

Experience vivid scenes of Provence from the ancient streets of Arles and Avignon to the Roman roots of Arles. Learn about the uses of lavender and other aromatic herbs of Provence. Taste locally harvested olive oil at the mill. An expert-led walk in Lyon highlights the city’s history from the Middle Ages to the French Resistance and today’s trend-setting modern architectural developments. Taste wines in the Burgundy vineyards.



Coach to Colmar
2 nights
Coach to Reims
1 night

Learn about the French-German culture of Alsace-Lorraine as you explore Colmar and Strasbourg. Lay a wreath at the American Cemetery. Sample authentic Champagne and step inside the Reims Cathedral, where the kings of France were crowned.



Coach to Paris
3 nights
Departure

Examine the amazing collection at the Louvre. Take field trips to Monet’s Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. Learn how civil engineer Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower. Celebrate your journey with a dinner cruise on the Seine River.




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
Bayeaux: Comfortable hotel. Chinon: Restored mansion in the center of town. Bordeaux: Historic boutique hotel. Carcassonne: Comfortable hotel. Arles: modern hotel in the heart of the city. Lyon: Hotel in the center of town. Colmar: Comfortable hotel. Reims: Hotel in the heart of the city. Paris: Charming hotel in the historic Marais district.
Meals and Lodgings
   Churchill Hotel
  Bayeux, France 3 nights
   Hotel de France
  Chinon, France 3 nights
   Hôtel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona
  Bordeaux, France 2 nights
   Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
  Carcassonne, France 1 night
   Hotel ATRIUM
  Arles, France 3 nights
   Hotel Best Western Charlemagne
  Lyon, France 2 nights
   Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol
  Colmar, France 2 nights
   Best Western de La Paix
  Reims, France 1 night
   Villa Beaumarchais
  Paris, France 3 nights
 Churchill Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town near the D-Day landing beaches, the Churchill Hotel is just a few steps away from the famous tapestry and the cathedral. This charming hotel is in a quaint, rambling old building and is ranked one of the top hotels in Normandy.
  Contact info: 14-16 rue Saint Jean
Bayeux,  14400 France
phone: +33 2 31 21 31 80
web: www.hotel-churchill.fr/pageUK/hotel.html
  Room amenities: Direct telephone • Cable TV • Hair dryers
  Facility amenities: Internet access. Please note that hotel rooms in France are smaller than hotel rooms in the US and often do not have dressers. This hotel does not have an elevator; participants will be staying in rooms on the first or second floor.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel de France
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Contact info: Chinon,  37500 France
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hôtel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A charming 18th century boutique hotel with an impressive period façade. It is located in the "Golden Triangle," the very heart of town--only 100 meters from the "Grand Théatre." It is completely non-smoking and has Wi-Fi available.
  Contact info: 15, cours de l'Intendance
4 rue Martignac
Bordeaux,  33000 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 48 00 88
web: www.bordeaux-hotel.com/en.html
  Room amenities: The rooms include air conditioning, cable / satellite TV, a hairdryer, a safe, mini bar, a modem/data port connection, a private bathroom / Ensuite, a radio, tea and coffee making facilities, and a telephone with voice mail.
  Facility amenities: The hotel includes a full service bar and lounge, business services and laundry facilities.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
Type: Hotel
  Description: Close to Canal du Midi and a stone's throw from the ville basse, the 4-star Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cité welcomes you in its green setting at the foot of the medieval city of Carcassonne. Warm and exotic ambiance in the restaurant, outdoor pool, bar with fireplace, you will love the quality services offered. Whether relaxing with the family or after a day of work, in summer or winter, enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this Mediterranean hotel.
  Contact info: 18 Rue Camille Saint-Saëns
Carcassonne,  11000 France
phone: +33 4 68 11 92 82
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, data port in room, safe deposit box in room, remote control satellite TV, Wi-Fi in your room, direct dial telephone, crib in room, work desk, Pay per view channel(s), room service ordering,manual temperature control, free access with phone card, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Laundry service, sporting facilities, business services and restaurant- bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel ATRIUM
Type: Hotel
  Description: Built in a typical 19th century Arlesian house, the fully air conditioned hotel Atrium is located right in the heart of the city of Arles, very close to the main historical monuments. Major features of this establishment, both casual and refined, are its rooftop and terrace with a stunning view of Arles and the Camargue country side.
  Contact info: 1 RUE EMILE FASSIN
ARLES,  13200 France
phone: +33 4 90 49 92 92
web: www.hotelatrium.com
  Room amenities: AC, phone, TV, air conditioning.Satellite TV. Free Internet.Room service. Full equipped barthrooms.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, loundges.Swimming pool, terrace. Laundry. Free WIFI connection.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Best Western Charlemagne
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A charming hotel that upholds the Lyon tradition of hospitality and prestige with an ideal location, it is conveniently located in the center of town just a stone's throw from Lyon Perrache Main Train and Metro Stations. The Best Western Charlemagne Hotel offers a mix of modernity and tradition at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers.
  Contact info: 23 cours Charlemagne
Lyon,  69002 France
phone: +33 (0)4 72 77 70 00
web: www.hotel-charlemagne-lyon.com/index.php?lang=en
  Room amenities: Each room at the Best Western Hotel Charlemagne is equipped with satellite TV and private bathrooms. Rooms also have AM/FM alarm clock, coffee maker, dataports, and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-smoking, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol
Type: Hotel
  Description: Opposite the beautiful high speed train station in Colmar, the flowery facade of this elegant building built in 1920 will catch your eye.
  Contact info: 7, place de la Gare
Colmar,  68000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 89 23 59 59
web: www.grand-hotel-bristol.com/language-english
  Room amenities: 91 renovated and comfortable rooms offer you high quality services and are equipped with a work space as well as free Internet access (WiFi), cable TV, and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: There is a lounge bar, a free access internet area, and a private underground car park at the hotel (on request).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western de La Paix
Type: Hotel
  Description: The BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel de la Paix is located in the heart of Reims, the Champagne capital, in an exceptional setting. Just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral, this hotel with its resolutely contemporary style is also situated near the conference centre and the TGV train station.
  Contact info: 9 Rue Buirette
Reims,   France
phone: +33 3 26 40 04 08
  Room amenities: •Rooms with disabled access •Air conditioning and soundproofing •Car park spaces available (on request) •Wine cellar and vineyard visits •Restaurant Café de la Paix •Bar La Paix •Relaxation centre: indoor swimming pool, steam room and fitness equipment •Lounge area: Nine air-conditioned seminar rooms measuring 800m² including one amphitheatre with 200 seats •Free Wi-Fi Internet access •Non-smoking hotel
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Villa Beaumarchais
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.
  Contact info: 5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris,  75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com
  Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe
  Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at orientation at 5:00 p.m. at the program hotel in Bayeux. You will be staying at Churchill Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bayeux
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and arrive on the group date.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  Transportation from 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 or take a taxi directly to the airport 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. www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
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.
(Thursday, October 15)
   
 In Transit: Flights depart the U.S.

Day 2: Group Arrival in Paris / Transfer to Bayeux
(Friday, October 16)
   
 Morning: Arrivals at the Charles De Gaulle Airport and transfers to the Bayeux program hotel.
 Lunch: En route to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the late afternoon, 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 at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Churchill Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Normandy Landing Beaches
(Saturday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning the coach will depart for the Caen Memorial, a major museum commemorating WWII. This is a self-guided visit, so you may wander at your own pace through the different galleries focusing on WWII, the Cold War, and peace.
 Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.
 Afternoon: The coach will depart for Bayeux where you will enjoy an independent discovery of the legendary tapestry that is part of UNESCO's "Memory of the World" registry. Take some time to linger over each of the 58 scenes which depict in exquisite detail the Norman invasion of England.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Churchill Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: D-Day Academy: Omaha and the American Cemetery
(Sunday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning there will be a lecture titled, "The Landing at Omaha." Your expert will lead you through the American landing on Omaha Beach. You will learn about the ferocity of this battle and look at the landing from a number of perspectives by transportation in a WWII period vehicle.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The coach will depart for the U.S. Normandy American Military cemetery where we will pay our respects with a wreath laying ceremony before exploring the cemetery and the visitor center. Next, our expert will lead us to Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. Later, we will take an excursion to sample the region's renowned apple brandy at the Château d'Englesqueville, where the first U.S. monument to WWII soldiers was built.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Churchill Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Mont Saint Michel
(Monday, October 19)

Note: Today's activities incude travel by coach. 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 flashlight and walking stick if needed.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will depart by coach to explore a place the locals call "Le Mont" - better known as Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we will depart for Chinon. (3.5 hours with a rest stop en route).
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel de France
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Market and Visit of Chinon
(Tuesday, October 20)

Note: Today's activities includes walking on flat terrain. A long walk is required to the entrance of Château de Chinon.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy the morning at leisure to rest, relax, or explore the marché (market) with your group leader.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we will visit the Château de Chinon.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel de France
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Châteaux of the Loire Valley: Amboise and Chenonceau
(Wednesday, October 21)

Note: Today's activities include walking up steps and steep paths in Amboise. Please note there is no elevator.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip to explore some of the most beautiful Loire Valley châteaux; beginning with Amboise, a favorite residence of the French Monarchy. Among them was Francis I, a generous patron of the arts who initiated the French Renaissance by bringing many Italian artists to his royal castles, including Leonardo da Vinci. There will be a lecture en route on the French Renaissance. This morning will also take us to the Leonardo da Vinci museum.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to the Château of Chenonceau. Beautifully situated upon the Cher River, it is called “the Ladies’ Château” due to the women who built it and influenced its design. Stroll Diane of Poitier’s elevated garden and the contrasting garden of Catherine de Medici. We will enjoy a wine tasting before returning to Chinon.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel de France
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: TGV Tours / Bordeaux
(Thursday, October 22)

Note: Today's activities include 2 hours 45 minutes of travel by TGV.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, the coach will drop us off at the TGV station. We will depart for Bordeaux with luggage (2 hours 45 minutes).
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take a field trip on foot through Bordeaux’s historic center, including Saint-André Cathedral, a UNESCO listed monument. You will have the chance to taste the famous “canelé,” the signature pastry of Bordeaux. We will then take the coach to check-in at the Bordeaux hotel.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hôtel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: The Bordeaux Wine Region
(Friday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip to St. Emilion to explore several centuries of history and legends, from the time of the monk Emilion to the carving out of the amazing monolithic church. You will be able to see paintings in the Chapelle de la Trinité and learn the secrets of the catacombs. In addition, you will have the chance to taste the wines of St. Emilion.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will return to Bordeaux. You may take some free time to stroll the pedestrian streets of the historic center, just footsteps from your hotel.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hôtel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: The Walled City of Carcassonne
(Saturday, October 24)

Note: Today's activities include four hours of coach travel from Bordeaux to Carcassonne with a rest stop en route. Carcassonne is a walled medieval city with only pedestrian access. There is a slight incline from the entrance gate to the château. There will be walking on stone payment.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, the coach will depart from Bordeaux to Carcassonne. (Four hours with a rest stop en route).
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we will take a guided walking exploration of Carcassonne. (1 hour 30 minutes). You will also have some free time in Carcassonne to explore.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Pont du Gard / Uzès
(Sunday, October 25)

Note: Pont du Gard requires a good amount of walking.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart for Pont du Gard, an aqueduct bridge built in A.D. 60 by the Romans to supply water to Nimes.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, the coach will depart to visit Uzès, a town with superb Renaissance architecture. You will have some free time to explore before we depart for Arles.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel ATRIUM
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Arles / Les Baux de Provence
(Monday, October 26)

Note: Today's activiites include walking on cobblestone streets in Arles and Les-Baux-de-Provence. Please note that Les-Baux-de-Provence is rather steep and buses cannot enter the city in Arles and therefore walking from the bus to the site is required.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we will have a lecture titled, "Arles France's Roman Roots in the South of France." We will then have a walking tour of Arles to learn about the games enjoyed by the Romans in the amphitheater, a splendid and complex piece of architecture which still remains standing in the middle of the city.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, the coach will depart for Les Baux where will visit the area as well as an oil factory.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel ATRIUM
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Avignon / Châteauneuf-du-Pape
(Tuesday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we will explore the medieval city of Avignon on foot. You will have the option to take a tour of the Palais des Papes where we learn about the history of the papacy in Avignon. If time allows, you can then individually visit the Saint Benezet Bridge, known as "Le Pont d'Avignon," made famous by the children's song.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The coach will depart to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We will then take a field trip to a winery.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel ATRIUM
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: La Garde Ardhemar / Lyon
(Wednesday, October 28)

Note: Today's activities include walking on cobblestone streets in Lyon. The funiculaire will be taken to visit Fourvière.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart to La Garde-Adhémar, a perched village overlooking the Rhone Valley. A walk through the Botanical Gardens is a feast of sights and scents, with its aromatic collection and medicinal plant collection. We will continue up the Rhône River valley to Lyon, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. On the summit of Lyon’s highest hill, La Fourvière, take in an awesome view over the city and surrounding countryside.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will descend from La Fourvière Hill on the funicular. Explore the Old Town of Lyon on foot and walk through the fascinating traboules; although a couple of Old Lyon's traboules date from Roman times, most were constructed by silk weavers in the 19th century to facilitate the transport of silk in bad weather. Resistance fighters found them equally useful during WWII. We will then take a water taxi to Perrache before transferring to the Lyon hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Lyon
(Thursday, October 29)

Note: Today's activities include walking on cobblestone streets in Lyon.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Today you will explore the Renaissance Quartier of Lyon.
 Lunch: At a bouchon, a traditional restaurant where the emphasis is on a convivial atmosphere and hearty cooking.
 Afternoon: Take the afternoon to explore Lyon independently.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Best Western Charlemagne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Beaune - Colmar
(Friday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we will take a field trip to Beaune, which is located at the heart of the Burgundy wine region. We will visit the Hospices of Beaune, with its exquisite Burgundian-Flemish architecture and preserved medieval décor. The hospices hold an annual wine auction, which is known as the “greatest charity sale in the world,” whose proceeds benefit the hospital.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue on the journey around France, traveling from the Burgundy region to the Alsace-Lorraine. Arriving in Colmar, a field trip to the Bartholdi Museum explores the history and works of the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty. We will then check-in at the Colmar hotel.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant where you will taste the specialty of Alsace, a “choucroute garni.” (Sauerkraut with sausages and potatoes) A vegetarian selection will also be available.
 Evening: This evening, we will take a field trip to explore Colmar on foot at night. When the lights twinkling on the Lauch River reflect upon the timber-framed buildings – a mixture of French and German architecture, they make Colmar one of the most pleasing towns to stroll in the region.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Strasbourg / The Alsace Wine Route
(Saturday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, walk with your local expert through Strasbourg's la Petite France, a corner of the Grand Île (the Main Island) where the Île river splits up into a number of canals, and cascades through a small area of half-timbered houses. Learn about medieval life in the UNESCO World Heritage city as you stroll this historic quarter and view the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame of Strasbourg.
 Lunch: Enjoy a specialty of Strasbourg, the Quiche Lorraine.
 Afternoon: An afternoon excursion will take us through the Alsace wine route. We will travel through picturesque villages and vineyards and have a wine tasting in Riquewihr.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18: Reims: Cathedral and the Capitulation Museum
(Sunday, November 1)

Note: Today's activities include travel by coach.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will have a morning departure to Reims with a rest stop en route.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant near the cathedral.
 Afternoon: We will discover Reims Cathedral, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture of the 13th century, where Clovis, first king of the Franks was baptized in 498 and where many of France’s kings were crowned. We will continue to the Capitulation Museum, where on May 7, 1945 at 2:41 a.m., General Eisenhower had set up his supreme headquarters. The Allied Forces brought an end to a war that had waged on for more than five years, by obtaining the capitulation of the Third Reich. We will then depart to check-in to the Reims hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Best Western de La Paix
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Champagne Cave / Château-Thierry
(Monday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart for the village of Epernay, the center of the champagne production, to learn how this sparking wine is produced during a visit of a champagne cellar. We will then depart by coach for Vise.
 Lunch: Taste champagne made by a small, independent wine maker and lunch on local cheese, bread and charcuterie at the wine cellar.
 Afternoon: The coach will depart this afternoon to retrace the stories of the World War I battles of Château-Thierry at the memorials that commemorate the men who fought and lost their lives here. We will then continue on to Paris.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Giverny / Versailles
(Tuesday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about Monet and Impressionist paintings on a field trip to the village of Giverny . There, we will visit the American Museum of Impressionism.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we will continue to Versailles, the opulent palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Visit the palace and its Hall of Mirrors, then enjoy some time to explore the gardens on your own.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 21: Paris: The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre
(Wednesday, November 4)

Note: The visit to the Louvre involves a good amount of walking.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower on an exclusive behind the scenes visit. Learn the history from its construction by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to its present day use in telecommunications. Learn how the elevators are controlled in the machinery room. Gain special access to the technical area under the first level of the Tower, with its breathtaking view. We will then continue to the Louvre, where you can explore at your own pace, guided by your personal MP3 audio guide created exclusively for Road Scholar.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Use the afternoon to explore at your own pace.
 Dinner: View Paris from the water, a completely different perspective, during a farewell dinner aboard a Seine River cruise boat.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22: Departures
(Thursday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Departure transfers 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Paris Musee Jacquemart-Andre
The Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. It has furniture, tapestries and enamels, but is most noted for its paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck and Italian Renaissance works by Bernini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Donatello, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian and Uccello. Don’t miss the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), with its marble statuary, tropical plants and double-helix marble staircase. Just off it is the delightful fumoir (the erstwhile smoking room) filled with exotic objects collected by Jacquemart during her travels. The salon de thé is one of the most beautiful in the city. For additional information, visit www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
  Musee National du Moyen Age
The National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two structures: the frigidarium (cooling room) and other remains of Gallo-Roman baths dating from around AD 200, and the late-15th-century Hôtel de Cluny, considered the finest example of medieval civil architecture in Paris. The spectacular displays at the museum include statuary, illuminated manuscripts, weapons, furnishings, and objets d’art made of gold, ivory and enamel. But nothing compares with La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn), a sublime series of late-15th-century tapestries from the southern Netherlands now hung in circular room 13 on the 1st floor. Five of them are devoted to the senses, while the sixth is the enigmatic À Mon Seul Désir (To My Sole Desire), a reflection on vanity. For additional information, visit http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/
  Musee de L’Orangerie
Located in the southwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, this museum, with the Jeu de Paume, is all that remains of the once palatial Palais des Tuileries, which was razed during the Paris Commune in 1871. It exhibits important Impressionist works, including a series of Monet's Decorations des Nymphéas (Water Lilies) in two huge oval rooms purpose-built in 1927 on the artist's instructions, as well as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Sisley, Soutine and Utrillo. For additional information, visit www.musee-orangerie.fr/
  Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in the 8th arrondissement. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.
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Suggested Reading List


A Moveable Feast


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.



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.



Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France


Author: Kermit Lynch


Description: A delightful and warmly anecdotal book, highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life, and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless.



Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg


Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.



D-Day June 6, 1944, The Climactic Battle of World War II


Author: Stephen Ambrose


Description: Written by the best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, this well researched book draws together interviews and government documents to tell the gripping tale of D-Day. This comprehensive account contains 32 pages of photos and eight maps.



Eiffel's Tower


Author: Jill Jonnes


Description: Jones captures the thrill of the modern in this sprightly tale of the tower, the 1889 World's fair that inspired it -- and the cast of characters who gathered in Paris for the ocassion, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the artists Gauguin, Van Gogh and Whistler.



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.



Fodor's Paris' 25 Best


Author: Fodor's


Description: This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.



France Map


Author: Michelin


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



France, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: William Rodarmor (Editor)


Description: This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France--not just Paris--by a select group of 20th-century French writers, from Colette to Georges Simenon.



French Provincial Cooking


Author: Elizabeth David, Julia Child (Introduction)


Description: More than just a cookbook. In this influential classic, David includes a long introduction on the origins of food traditions in France, and asides on history, food traditions, literature and the pleasures of rural France.



Made in France, A Shopper's Guide


Author: Laura Morelli


Description: Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals.



Michelin Green Guide Wine Regions of France


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: A comprehensive driving guide, organized alphabetically. It's an excellent planning guide, especially useful for the independent traveler.



The Food of France


Author: Waverly Root


Description: An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south).



The Roman Provence Guide


Author: Edwin Mullins


Description: Mullin's succinct history and guide to the many monuments, arches and other antiquities of Provincia Nostra, the first Roman territory outside Italy, covers the must-see archaeological sites of Provence and neighboring Languedoc in detail. With 2 maps and 60 black and white photographs.



The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food


Author: Adam Gopnik


Description: Gopnik (Paris to the Moon) opens this witty cultural history of food in 18th-century France, birthplace of modern taste and of the restaurant, tracing our current preoccupation with gastronomy with humor and learning.



Two Towns in Provence


Author: M. F. K. Fisher


Description: Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking these two favorite places with anecdote and loving description.



Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure


Author: Donald Kladstrup


Description: This thrilling account of how the vinters of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached shows that to be French is not just to fight for your country but also for your wine. Kladtsrub, who writes for Wine Spectator, and his wife Peatie, the authors focus on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.





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