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Masterpieces of the Impressionists: Paris to Philadelphia on the Queen Mary 2

Program Number: 20565RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2015 - 9/30/2015; 9/14/2016 - 9/30/2016;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: France/England/Philadelphia/New York
Price starting at: $5,115.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Voyages
Meals: 40; 15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In the 19th century, the Impressionist Movement took the world by storm, and continues to mesmerize art lovers. On a voyage that leads from the gardens of Monet’s Giverny to the collections of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Impressionism.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2 miles trips over uneven terrain, cobblestones; standing up to an hour at a time.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Paris (France), 4 nights; London (England), 1 night; aboard Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; Philadelphia, Pa., 3 nights.

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

Days 2-5: Arrival Paris (France):

Delve into Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay, followed by a field trip to admire the collections of the Musée Rodin. Attend a musical performance at the Sainte Chapelle. View the works of Claude Monet at the Orangerie, and spend an afternoon in Montmartre. Journey to Auvers-sur-Oise and Pontoise, towns that were home to artists including Van Gogh, Pisarro, Gauguin and Cezanne. Spend a morning walking along Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Days 6-13: Train to London (England) / Transfer to Southampton / Embark Queen Mary 2:

Journey by train to London and take in the masterpieces at the Courtauld Gallery. Embark the Queen Mary 2, and better your knowledge of the Impressionists with lectures on artists from Cezanne to Renoir during your voyage. Lodging: Comfortable London hotel.

Days 14-17: New York City / disembark / coach to Philadelphia / departure:

Spend an afternoon in New York City and explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Philadelphia, take in the impressive holdings of the Barnes Foundation. Learn about American Impressionism at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and delight in an evening concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Join experts for explorations of the Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, former curator of education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earned a master’s in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. She was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 40 years until retiring in 2005. Among her many responsibilities, Elizabeth supervised programs for the museum’s special exhibitions — among them “The Annenberg Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art,” “Picasso’s Still-Lifes,” “Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings,” French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
Meals and Lodgings
   Jardin du Marais
  Paris, France 4 nights
   Tower Hotel
  London, UK:England 1 night
   Queen Mary II
  At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
   Club Quarters in Philadelphia
  Philadelphia, USA 3 nights
 Jardin du Marais
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the historic centre in Paris, this 4-star hotel offers rooms and suites set around a 1500 m² courtyard. Just 900 metres from Place de la République and Bastille, the hotel is ideal for exploring the capital. Saint-Sébastien-Froissart Metro Station is 90 metres away, providing direct access to Place de la Concorde.
  Ship Information: .
  Contact info: 74 Rue Amelot
Paris,  75011 France
phone: +33 1 40 21 20 00
  Room amenities: Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Soundproof rooms, Heating, Air conditioning, free WiFi.
  Facility amenities: Disabled access, air conditioning, room service, 24 hour concierge, free WiFi, laundry service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: EUR 310 Through RSUK.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Tower Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located on the River Thames in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.
  Contact info: St Katharine's Way
London,  E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LCD TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press
  Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Queen Mary II
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.
  Ship Information: Length: 1.132 feet, Beam: 135 feet, Draft: 32 feet 10 inches, Height: 236.2 feet, Gross tonage: Approx. 151,400 gross tonnes, Guest capacity: 3,056 max., Crew: 1253, Cruise Speed: 28.5 knots
  Contact info: Cunard Cruise Lines
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 200
Valencia, CA 91355 USA
phone: 800-728-6273
  Room amenities: Standard staterooms are spacious (min.155sq.ft.) Amenities: 24hr rm service. Direct-Dial telephone & internet access, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, daily shipboard newspaper, 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets, nightly turn down service.
  Facility amenities: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, Chart Room, Commodore Club, Computer Centre, Empire Casino, Image Gallery, Swimming Pools, Golden Lion Pub, Grand Lobby, Library, Shops, Queens Room, Royal Court Theatre, Sports Decks The Zone/The Play Zone | Veuve Clicquot® Champagne Bar
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5000
  Room amenities: Guest Room Features Free high-speed Internet access/wired at desk Latest design workstation with task lighting, ergonomic chairs Premium bedding and linens LCD TV Cordless speaker phone, direct dial number Room service – 24-hour multi menu delivery service Refrigerator stocking Complimentary coffee/tea Alarm clock radio with iPod docking station (most locations) Individual controlled heater/air conditioner Daily housekeeping Air purifiers and ambient sound machines delivered upon request Extra towels and specialized pillows available for delivery and in the Guest Request Closet A “better sleep kit” with eye mask, ear plugs and aromatherapy available upon request Complimentary exercise equipment and yoga kits delivered to room
  Facility amenities: Club Quarters offers many features and amenities Restricted entry for greater security Instant registration and check out 24 – hour Member Service Desk/Concierge Free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel Free chilled, purified bottled water Private Club Living Room with complimentary snacks, coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and games Free use of computer/printer iPads (for loan while a registered guest) Universal Charging Stations Restaurant and Bar Group Meeting and Event Space Day rooms and offices Fitness Room Valet laundry/dry cleaning Service Complimentary use of launderette (most locations) Vending machines Garment bag storage between visits Guest Request Closet – containing most extra amenities a business traveler may require
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Please call 1800 241 1404. 
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins with orientation at the program hotel in Paris at 5:30 pm. You will be staying at Jardin du Marais that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after lunch in Philadelphia at 1:30 pm. You will be staying at Club Quarters in Philadelphia the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. **PLEASE NOTE: Cunard requires that you register online in order to receive your E-ticket(s) and cruise documents. You should do this when you receive your final program materials about 5 weeks prior to departure, your booking number and cabin assignment will be included with these materials. Please go to to register. 1. At the top of Cunard’s homepage, click on MANAGE BOOKING (top of page–2nd tab from right) 2. On the next page, click LOG IN TO VOYAGE PERSONALISER 3. You will need to Log In with your First and Last Name and Booking Reference 4. Once logged in you will need to accept Cunard’s Terms & Conditions 5. You are now in your Voyage Personaliser. To enter the necessary information, on the left hand side, click on PERSONAL DETAILS (under Your Details) and enter the required information 6. Repeat for Address, Passport and Emergency Contacts 7. Once completed, you are able to view your Travel Summary and e-Ticket (once you are paid in full) **You must print your own Queen Mary II Luggage Tags, they are required by the ship porters so your bags can make their way safely to your ship cabin.**
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Air France buses leave approximately every 30 minutes and take about 45 minutes to reach Gare de Lyon, a train and metro terminal.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Transportation to site: Participants who booked their air through Road Scholar arriving Paris on September 15, 2015 will be provided with a departure transfer according to this flight schedule: AF 489 09/15/2015 08:35 AM DL 8353 09/15/2015 11:20 AM DL 8719 09/15/2015 12:00 PM AF 1681 09/15/2015 12:00 PM KL 2007 09/15/2015 12:00 PM A Road Scholar representative will be waiting for you outside the luggage claim area of your terminal holding a Road Scholar sign, and they will help you from this point on. There may be a wait for other participants to assemble before your transfer departs. If you are POP (Program Only Participant) status, you may join a transfer if your flight arrives on the same date, coincides with the time, and if there is room on the transfer. Please meet the group leader at Terminal 2E, exit door 8. You must indicate in your Participant Information Form that you intend to participate in this transfer so we can confirm there is availability in the transfer vehicle. 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 below web link, 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. There will also be many taxis available at the airport upon your arrival.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia
  Transportation from site: Participants who purchase their international flights through Road Scholar Travel Services and who are departing from Philadelphia airport on the group date will be provided with a transfer to the airport from the program hotel.
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: In Transit to Program
(Monday, September 14)
 Depart From: International flights to France

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Paris
(Tuesday, September 15)
 Arrive To: Arrive in Paris and transfer to the hotel. If you arrive at the hotel before your room is available you may leave your luggage with the concierge and explore the local area.
 Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and take some time to freshen up before a Welcome & Orientation Meeting at 5pm, where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This Road Scholar program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following this meeting there will be an opportunity to enjoy an optional guided walk of the local area, where you can discover all the amenities you’ll need for your stay in Paris.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure for you to relax, settle in to your new surroundings and prepare yourself for the learning journey ahead.
Accommodations: Jardin du Marais
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: The Orsay and Rodin Museums
(Wednesday, September 16)
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet at the hotel. Hot and cold options, juice, teas and coffees are available.
 Morning: After breakfast you’ll begin your introduction to the wonderful world of Parisian art with an expert-led lecture in the hotel, giving you an unparalleled insight into the works you’ll see and the stories behind them. Following the lecture we’ll board a motorcoach and make our way through Paris to the Musee D’Orsay, on the banks of the Seine. The museum houses the largest collection of impressionist masterpieces in the world, including works by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and Van Gough.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken in the Orsay Museum’s restaurant.
 Afternoon: From the Orsay museum we will travel to the Rodin Institute, where you will be able to explore the sculpture-laden gardens before an expert-led visit of the Museum’s collections.
 Dinner: Enjoy fantastic French cuisine in a bistro on the banks of the Seine.
 Evening: At leisure after dinner to relax, or perhaps to further explore Paris.
Accommodations: Jardin du Marais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Montmartre & The Orangerie
(Thursday, September 17)

Note: Please be aware that, due to the geography of Montmartre, this day includes up to 2 miles of walking over steep terrain.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we board the motorcoach and travel to The Orangerie, a museum in which Claude Monet chose to exhibit some of his most prized works. Your Study Leader will guide you through the works, including eight of Monet’s breathtaking Water Lillies collection.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy what you like in Montmartre. Your Group Leader will be able to give you suggestions for places to enjoy in the local area.
 Afternoon: We move onwards to Montmartre, a large hill overlooking Paris and traditionally home to the city’s artists and more bohemian residents. At the top of the hill lies the iconic Sacre-Coeur Basilica, or, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. We’ll take a funicular ride to the summit and take in the incredible views of the city before visiting the Basilica. Built between 1875 and 1914, it was only until after the devastation of World War I that the site was consecrated. Following our visit we will return to the hotel by motorcoach to prepare for tonight’s performance.
 Dinner: A pre-performance dinner in a local bistro.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance at the historic and beautiful Sainte Chapelle Cathedral. Performances in the past have ranged from piano recitals, to string quartets and solo cello pieces.
Accommodations: Jardin du Marais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Auvers-sur-Oise and Pontoise
(Friday, September 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: We make our way by motorcoach to the suburbs of Paris and small town of Auvers-sur-Oise. A number of painters have lived and worked here over the years, most famously Vincent Van Gogh – you’ll be able to discover the sites that inspired his genius and talk a stroll with your study leader to the cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother are buried.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: From one hotbed of impressionism we move to another, the nearby town of Pontoise. Here you can enjoy an optional visit to Musee Pissaro, former home to notable artists such as Cezanne, Gaugin and Camille Pissaro.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is excluded for you to explore the many eateries of Paris, from world class fine dining to small family bistros offering incredible home cooked cuisine. Your Group Leader will be able to give you advice and recommendations.
 Evening: At leisure, perhaps to pack for tomorrow’s transfer to England.
Accommodations: Jardin du Marais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Monet’s Gardens & Through The Channel Tunnel
(Saturday, September 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist. Made famous in paintings such as Water Lily Pond, the gardens are a tranquil delight and will seem wonderfully familiar.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Following our visit to Giverny we will board the motocoach and transfer to a Paris train station to board an afternoon train to London. You’ll be able to relax and watch the beautiful French countryside go by before you enter the Channel Tunnel, the marvel of modern engineering that links Mainland Europe with England. Upon arrival in London we will check into our hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure to relax.
Accommodations: Tower Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: The Courtauld Gallery & The Queen Mary II
(Sunday, September 20)
 Breakfast: A breakfast buffet at the hotel. Hot foods including bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, baked beans and toasts as well as pastries, fruits and cereals. Tea and coffee as well as juices will also be available.
 Morning: As we head towards the Queen Mary II by motorcoach we’ll stop at the Courtauld Gallery, home to a fine and intimate collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The Gallery houses among many others 12 Cezanne’s, 3 Gaugin’s and 3 Monet’s, and you will have time to explore before we make our way to Southampton and embark upon the seas.
 Lunch: We will take a packed lunch aboard the motorcoach to ease our journey to Southampton. This will include a sandwich, a drink and some fruit.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Southampton and board the Queen Mary 2. Take some time to unpack and settle into your stateroom before taking a walk around the luxurious ocean liner.
 Dinner: A group dinner will be held at 6pm in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.
 Evening: At leisure to further explore your new surroundings. See a show in the ballroom, relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or simply wander to one of the bars for a beverage and a chat.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: What is the French Academy?
(Monday, September 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King’s Court dining options on Deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or simply relax with breakfast in your room.
 Morning: This morning we have our first in a series of on-board lectures: “What is the French Academy? From King Louis XIV to David & Ingres”.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King’s Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch on the Boardwalk Café – weather permitting!
 Afternoon: The afternoon is at leisure for you to take advantage of an array of on-board activities. You might indulge in a Quintessentially English tradition and take Afternoon Tea in the Queen’s Room, or attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard’s many fine guest speakers. Perhaps view a planetarium show, join a book discussion or even compete in a bridge tournament. Or you could simply relax in a chair on deck and watch the sun dip behind the horizon. With all this and much, much more the choice is entirely yours.
 Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure to further enjoy the ship.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Crossing the Atlantic: Romanticism & Realism
(Tuesday, September 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: Enjoy a lecture on “Romanticism and Realism in French Painting”.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is at leisure for you to take advantage of an array of on-board activities.
 Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Monet & Renoir
(Wednesday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: This morning’s lecture is on “Monet & Renoir: Side By Side, But Miles Apart”.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Crossing the Atlantic: Caillebotte, Bazille, Degas, Cassatt
(Thursday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: Gather with the group for more lectures. Today’s topics are “Caillebotte & Bazille: The Impressionists Dr. Barnes Didn’t Buy” and “Degas & Cassat: The Aristocratic Impressionists”.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Crossing the Atlantic: Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Seurat
(Friday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: This morning’s lectures focus on “Gaugin & Van Gogh: The Liberation of Colour” and “Cezanne and Seurat: The Return to Form”.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: An Introduction To Dr. Barnes
(Saturday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: Today we enjoy an introduction to some of things you’ll be seeing in the coming days with a lecture entitled “More Cezannes Than Paris: Dr. Barnes and the Barnes Foundation”.
 Lunch: Lunch on board in a venue of your choosing.
 Afternoon: At leisure to prepare for tomorrow’s arrival in New York and perhaps participate in a final few afternoon activities.
 Dinner: A group dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure for one final night on the Queen Mary II.
Accommodations: Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Arrival in New York, The Met and transfer to Philadelphia
(Sunday, September 27)
 Breakfast: Early breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.
 Morning: Disembark the Queen Mary II and transfer to New York.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own in New York to enjoy what you like.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll spend some time exploring the vast collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, before transferring by coach to Philadelphia and checking into your hotel and taking some time to unpack and relax.
 Dinner: Enjoy a warm welcome to the City of Brotherly Love with a group dinner at your hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
(Monday, September 28)

Note: Walking around the museums. Walk to Rodin 1 block

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by coach for Barnes on the Parkway and enjoy a private visit with a Barnes educator who will lead you through the galleries where you will learn of the history of Dr. Barnes and viewing great paintings of the post-impressionist giants, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse and Picasso as well as learn about his philosophy of 'the plastic elements"
 Lunch: Lunch is included this day at The Barnes Foundation's Restaurant
 Afternoon: Following lunch, we will walk one block to the Rodin Museum, where your Study Leader will guide you through its collections. After our visit to The Rodin Museum, we will depart in our motorcoach with an educator to learn and view outdoor murals,(from the canvas to the outside wall) as Philadelphia has become of the mural capital of the United States.
 Dinner: Dinner will be taken in a local restaurant.
 Evening: After a long day, this evening is yours to relax or stroll two blocks to Rittenhouse Square and enjoy a relaxing moment at one of our many outdoor restaurants surrounding the square.
Accommodations: Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: The Philadelphia Museum of Art & The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
(Tuesday, September 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, which houses only American art, and view the collection with an educator. The focus will be on the American Impressionists known as the Ash Can Artists, 1891-1918. “A group of urban realist painters in America creating work around the early part of 20th century. The group, founded by the artist and teacher (at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) Robert Henri, began its activities in Philadelphia around 1891. Henri attracted a gathering of newspaper illustrators–. The Ash Can School was more revolutionary in its subject matter rather than its style. The Ash Can school artists sought to paint “real life” and urban reality. These artists believed what was real and true in life was what was beautiful and what constituted “art.” They painted gritty urban scenes and the poor and disenfranchised in America. The “Eight” included the core Ash Can group George Luks, John Sloan, William Glackens, and Everett Shinn, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson and Maurice Prendergast “
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken at the The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 Afternoon: Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and view their collection with an educator, before reviewing their American Impressionism Gallery. The Museum is home to over 225,000 objects, spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. The American collections are among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of modern and contemporary art. In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at local restaurant
 Evening: Our performance this evening is at The Walnut Street theater, America's first theater. We will enjoy seeing the play "High Society:, remembrances of Grace Kelly and Hope Montgomery Scott both Philadelphia heiresses.
Accommodations: Club Quarters in Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17: Program Concludes
(Wednesday, September 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning take a final opportunity to take in the collections of the newly opened Barnes on the Parkway.
 Lunch: Enjoy a farewell lunch with your group before departing Philadelphia. The concludes the programme.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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The Devil and Dr. Barnes, Portrait of an American Art Collector

Author: Howard Greenfeld

Description: Art collector and famously combative eccentric, Albert Barnes was a legendary figure in the early 20th-century art scene, and his remarkable life is given a full treatment in Greenfield's entertaining biography.

Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye

Author: Pascal Bonafoux

Description: From Paris to Asnieres, Amsterdam and Provence, this jewel of a book traces the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, the spirited, self-destructive painter who celebrated the south of France. Engaging, compact and illustrated with hundreds of photographs.

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