12416
France
The Seine: D-Day Beaches to Paris
Gain a deeper understanding of the significant events of WWII, learning about the beaches of Normandy and historic sites of occupied Paris on expert-led excursions.
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Program No. 12416RJ
Length
15 days
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15 days
14 nights
34 meals
13 B 10 L 11 D
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DAY
1
Departures from the U.S.
In Flight
DAY
2
Group Arrival & Welcome
Paris
D
Best Western Hotel Paris CDG Airport

Activity note: Onboard program lectures : Please note that on the charter programs there will be two other Road Scholar programs onboard the vessel (14662 & 21265). The group leader from program 21265 will not be giving lectures, however, his participants are welcome to attend lectures given by one of the other two group leaders.

Afternoon: Check-in at hotel and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. 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 the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Transfer to Caen
Caen
B,L,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our coach departs for Caen. The bus ride will take approximately 3 hours.

Lunch: Light lunch en route to Caen.

Afternoon: Check-in at your hotel, then discover Caen with your Study leader.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Normandy Country Cuisine, Mont Saint Michel
Caen
B,L
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a few hours of free time to explore Caen at your own pace before your mid-morning departure.

Lunch: At a local farm/restaurant en route to Mont Saint Michel.

Afternoon: Explore a place the locals call "le Mont" - better known as Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, Mont Saint Michel is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Pegasus Bridge, the British Sector and the Bayeux Tapestry
Caen
B,L,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Your WWII expert will lead you to Pegasus Bridge and from here, along the British and Canadian sector of the D-Day operation. Learn the importance and creation of the "Mulberry Harbours" and the stubborn German Battery at Longues sur Mer.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc
Caen
B,L
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: "The Landing at Omaha." This morning your expert leads 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Start the afternoon with a wreath laying ceremony at the US Normandy American Military Cemetery, then continue on to Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. Finish the day with a tasting of the region's renowned apple brandy at the Chateau d'Englesqueville, where the first US monument to WWII soldiers was built.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Utah Beach, Sainte Mere Eglise & the Battle of the Hedgerows
Caen
B,L,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: "The Battle of the Hedgerows." This morning you travel to Saint-Lo to explore the hedgerows, which proved to be a very unique and difficult obstacle for American soldiers.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon your WWII expert returns to lead an on-site discussion of the operations in Ste. Mere l'Eglise and Utah Beach. Ste. Mere l'Eglise was at the center of the US paratrooper landing and is known for the US soldier whose parachute got stuck on the church's steeple, leaving him stranded overnight.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Caen & Honfleur
Honfleur
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy some free time to explore Caen at your own pace before we board the coach for the Caen Memorial.

Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.

Afternoon: The Caen Memorial is a major museum dedicated to the history of the 20th century. This is a self-guided visit, and you may wander at your own pace through the different galleries focusing on WWII, the Cold War, and Peace. We will then board the coach for Honfleur to board the ship. While you are on board this river cruise you will be joined by other Road Scholar participants which will enable you to share your experiences and stories throughout your journey.

Dinner: Welcome drink, orientation, dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Honfleur, Eugène Boudin Museum
Honfleur
B,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Enjoy unique architecture during a tour of historic Honfleur. Learn why this city has one of the few remaining all wooden churches and the important role that this city had in the settlement of New France.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Either take some free time to explore on your own or go on a field trip to discover the Musée Eugène Boudin. Located in a 19th century chapel and two modern extensions, with views over Honfleur and the Seine, the Musée Eugène Boudin houses some 1,200 square meters of permanent exhibitions in nine rooms. Named after Honfleur's most famous painter, there are works on display by not only Boudin himself, but also other great impressionists such as: Dubourg, Monet, and Jongkind.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Duclair, Abbey of Saint Wandrille
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: A field trip will take us a short distance from Duclair, where we will find Fontenelle Abbey, or the Abbey of St. Wandrille. Your local guide will take you through the monastery, founded in the first century by Wandregisel or Saint Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of Saint Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. After exploring the abbey, you will have the option of attending mass with the Benedictine monks as they sing Gregorian chants.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Enjoy an on board lecture: "War and Discoveries" with your Study Leader, explore some of the new discoveries that emerged during World War II, such as penicillin, jet aircraft and nylon.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Historic Rouen
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning we explore Historic Rouen, its magnificent cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light, and its famous half-timbered houses. Your expert guide will walk you through this unique city's history, also taking time to pause at the site of the burning of Joan of Arc.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture titled, "Robert Capa." With your study leader, learn about the fascinating photographer who captured some of the most well-known images of the D-Day invasion and Liberation of Paris.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Giverny
Vernon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Discover Monet's gardens at Giverny and view the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture by your group leader titled, "Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny." With your study leader, explore 19th century painting, the Academy, and Monet as you sail along the Seine.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Paris, L'Île de la Cité
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will be accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident who will lead us to explore Medieval Paris and the Île de la Cité on a walking tour. The Île de la Cité is the heart of Paris and the location where the city was founded. It is dominated by the Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Take time to enjoy Paris at your own pace.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
The Louvre, The Liberation of Paris
Paris
B,D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: After disembarking we will enjoy a lecture titled, "The Occupation and Liberation of Paris." With your local expert guide, discover areas of Paris under German occupation and discuss the resistance and liberation. We will begin at the Hotel Meurice, once the German Headquarters, and end at the statue of Charles de Gaulle on the Champs Elysées.

Lunch: On your own in Paris to explore some of the world-famous cuisine offered by the city's sidewalk cafes and renowned restaurants.

Afternoon: Your group leader will take you to the Louvre, where you will have time to explore on your own. Investigate the wing or collection of masterpieces that most peaks your interest. Later in the afternoon, we will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
Paris
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.