Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.
After checking in to the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Independent program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content. Most meals will be on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and there will be substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The program is staffed with an instructor — a licensed professional “Guide-Conférencier” in Human & Social Sciences — who will give lectures, accompany field trips, and provide expert commentary as well as a Group Leader who will deal primarily with logistics. The program also provides each Road Scholar with a Paris Visite Pass (5-day pass for unlimited travel by public transportation in Paris and the Île-de-France region) and a Paris Museum Pass (entry to 60+ participating museums for 2 consecutive days). They will make your free time and personal independent exploration easier and more rewarding. For further information on the Museum Pass, please visit: http://en.parismuseumpass.com/; for the Paris Visite Pass: https://www.ratp.fr/en/titres-et-tarifs/paris-visite-travel-pass Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
At a restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal featuring traditional French food, plus a glass of wine; other beverages available for purchase. French restaurants take pride in creating a relaxed atmosphere where patrons expect to take their time, savor every bite, and set the pace of the meal, requesting “l’addition” — the check — only when they are ready. Meals are accompanied by complimentary “pain” (bread) and “eau” or “l’eau” (water), so you need not ask for them. When wine is offered, it is customary to fill your glass only half way so the wine can breathe and to be sure everyone has a share. Servers wait until everyone at the table has finished their dish before clearing and bringing the next course. To indicate that you have finished your meal, place your utensils together on the right hand side of your plate.
At leisure. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. In addition to free time suggestions from the Group Leader, you can find information on local events at: https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/what-to-do-in-paris NOTE: Due to ecological regulations in France, new motorcoaches do not have restrooms on board, and older models have restrooms, but they are not available for use; rest stops will be made for rides that are over 90 minutes. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.