19358
Germany/France
Where France and Germany Meet: Alsace, the Rhine and Paris
Aboard a deluxe river ship, learn the story of the Rhine River Valley as you explore the region’s vineyards, medieval architecture, educational heritage and world-class cuisine.
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Program No. 19358RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
3,995
Flights start at
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16 days
15 nights
39 meals
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DAY
1
Departures from the U.S.
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival & Orientation in Strasbourg
Strasbourg
D
Hotel Hannong

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and take time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Palais Rohan & Strasbourg City Museums
Strasbourg
B,L,D
Hotel Hannong

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: There will be a presentation led by the guide on France, Germany, and the Rhine from ancient times up to the European Union.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the Palais Rohan. There will be a guided introduction and then you will have time for individual exploration of the Strasbourg City Museums: Fine Arts Museum, Decorative Arts Museum, and Archeological Museum.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
City Walk, Palais de l'Europe
Strasbourg
B,L
Hotel Hannong

Activity note: Please remember to bring your passport with you today for entrance into the EU Parliament.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a Strasbourg city walk that will take us to La Petite-France, a historic area, and to the Cathedral.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for an exploration of the Palais de l'Europe and the EU Parliament. You must bring your passport in order to enter. First, enjoy a visit of the Parliamentary Assembly's debating chamber. Next, there will be a conference discussing the Council of Europe's role in the European political arena. After our visit, you may have some free time in Strasbourg or take the coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Haut Koenigsbourg
Strasbourg
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a field trip to the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a castle constructed strategically into the rocks and perched atop in the Vosges Mountains. We will then depart for Colmar.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Colmar.

Afternoon: We will explore Colmar, a charming town with half-timbered houses. After our visit, we will then depart by coach to board the ship in Strasbourg.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. You ship moors in Strasbourg tonight.

DAY
6
Heidelberg University & Castle
Heidelberg
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will travel by bus from Mannheim to the city of Heidelberg in Germany's Baden-Württemberg region. We will begin with a walking exploration of Heidelberg's old town, followed by a funicular ride up to the castle with admission to the castle yard. (There is no visit inside the castle itself.) We will end with a walk around Heidelberg University and a visit of the student prision before returning to the ship on foot as the dock is near the University.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Your ship sets sail after lunch, Enjoy a lecture about Towns, Printing and Protestantism in the Holy Roman Empire. You will arrive in Eberbach around 5:00 pm where you will enjoy a short guided walk in the town before dinner.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship moors in Eberbach tonight.

DAY
7
Rüdesheim
Frankfurt
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Your ship departs Eberbach around 5:00 am this morning. After breakfast, enjoy a lecture from your group leader while sailing.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Arrive in Mainz around 3:00 pm and take a walk with your Group Leader and discover this mainly industrial city situated at the confluence of the Main and the Rhine rivers.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship will set sail for Frankfort around 6:00 pm and arrive around 10:00 pm where you will moor for the night.

DAY
8
Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg (The Main River)
Aschaffenburg
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Take a walking discovery around Frankfurt with a local expert to see the main monuments and sites, and then visit the old town and the cathedral. Return to the ship which sets off around 11:00 am.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon sailing on the most beautiful section of the Main River to Aschaffenburg nicknamed the "Nice Bavaroise" by King Ludwig I of Bavaria after the famous French city.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. You will moor in Aschaffenburg tonight.

DAY
9
Viticulture in the Moselle Valley
Rudesheim
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Your ship sails early in the morning. As you sail, enjoy a lecture focusing on the Rhine in the Imagination of Artists and Tourists.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Arrive in Rüdesheim anound 5:00 pm and set out to enjoy a field trip to Rheingauer Weinmuseum Brömserburg. This museum tells the Rüdesheim area’s 1,000-year wine growing history in the oldest castle in the Rhine Gorge World Heritage Site (Upper Middle Rhine Valley - UNESCO). Next, discover Rüdesheim on a walking field trip.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. You may chose to take an evening walk in Drosselgasse, the heart of Rudesheim's old town and full of beautifully decorated restaurants. Live band entertainment, brass instruments and dance music play all day and all night during the summer in the many wine taverns and open-air garden taverns along the 144-metre-long narrow cobblestone pedestrian street. Built in the 15th century, the Drosselgasse was created for boat owners to move items from the river to homes in the town. Since it is Rüdesheim's most famous attraction it is almost always crowded with interesting people.

DAY
10
Rudesheim, Cochem, The Romantic Rhine & The Moselle
Cochem
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Your ship leaves Rudesheim around 7:00 am. As you cruise down the Rhine, marvel at scenic views of the castles, vineyards, and Rock of the Loelei. Lorelei is also the name of one of the beautiful Rhine Maidens who, legend has it, lured navigators of this river to their dooms with their alluring singing, much like the Sirens of ancient Greek myth. Most famous is the poem Die Lore-Ley by Heinrich Heine, which tells of the titular female as a kind of siren luring shipmen to distraction with her singing, who then crash on the rocks in the riverbed. Heine's poem was labelled as "written by unknown writer" during the Third Reich because it was too popular to ban it completely for its Jewish authorship.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Arrive around 5:00 pm and enjoy a field trip to Cochem. The 1,000 year old castle is Cochem's famous landmark. The historical mustard mill (Senfmühle), built around 1810, is the last one of its kind in Europe. Other places to see are the market square, the baroque town hall, the Martinsbrunnen (a feature of the town's historical water supply), St. Martin's Church, the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) and sections of the old town walls including the town gates: Enderttor, Mäusetor and Balduinstor. Worth seeing are the remains of the old town wall, for example the "Endert gate Tower" with its adjoining Guard House dating back to 1332, the fortified tower and "Balduin's gate" near the churchyard wall in the "Obergasse", the "Burgfrieden gate" and gangway, the beautiful baroque styled town hall built in 1739, the market-place with its "Martin's Fountain" and the old gabled houses built on steep, narrow alleys. Return to the ship for dinner.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship will moor in Cochem tonight.

DAY
11
Cochem, Bernskastel, Trier, The Moselle Valley
Bernkastel
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture from your Group Leader while sailing which will explore the Roman empire and its borders.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Arriving at 1:30 pm, enjoy a field trip to Bernkastel where you will discover the city and delight in a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Return to the ship in time for its departure at 5:00 pm and relax before dinner.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship sails for Trier, arriving around 10:00 pm.

DAY
12
Trier, Saarbruken, The Moselle & Saar Rivers
Trier
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Léonard de Vinci

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: The coach will come to pick you up at the boat for a field trip of Trier. Roman emperors have left us with considerable evidence of their occupation of this strategic site on the banks of the Moselle. Discover (outside visits) the Amphitheatre, the Imperial Thermal Baths, the Roman Basilica. You will also be able to admire the imposing Porta Nigra, the market place, the Dom and numerous other marvels that the town of Trier holds in store. Free time before rejoining the ship in Saarburg by coach.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: As you spend a leisurely afternoon sailing, enjoy a lecture on Verdun and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in World War I.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship arrives in Saarbrucken around 8:00 pm where it will moor for the night.

DAY
13
Saarburcken, Disembark, Coach to Paris, WWI Sites
Saarbrucken
B,L,D
Le Patio Saint Antoine

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will disembark from the ship and travel to Paris by coach stopping en route at the site of the Battle of Verdun, which was fought between French and German armies between February and December of 1916. We will then have a field trip to the Ossuaire de Douaumont, which serves as a sobering reminder of the huge losses during one of the most pivotal battles of the First World War on the Western Front. There will be a presentation on the Heroism of a Verdun Warrior, which speaks of the life of Poilu during the battle.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take the coach to Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, where there will be an on-site lecture. We will then continue on to Paris to check in at the hotel.

Dinner: At or near the hotel.

DAY
14
Paris Market, Art Lecture, The Louvre
Paris
B,L,D
Le Patio Saint Antoine

Activity note: Today's activities include use of the Paris metro. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip and learn about the Occupation and Liberation. With your local expert guide, discover areas of Paris under German occupation and discuss the resistance and liberation. This walking discovery will include various sites and often includes the statue of Charles de Gaulle striding down the Champs Elysees.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Travel by metro or by foot, depending on where your morning excursion ends.

Afternoon: We will continue on a field trip to the Louvre, using an audioguide created exclusively for Road Scholar participants, containing informative commentary by lecturers sharing their passion for highlights of the Louvre. Return by Metro to your hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Take delight in a Seine River cruise.

DAY
15
L'île de la Cité
Paris
B,D
Le Patio Saint Antoine

Activity note: Today's activities include use of the Paris metro. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Accompanied by an expert lecturer and Paris resident, walk through medieval Paris and the Île de la Cité to explore the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore one of the city's many great museums, beautiful gardens, or historic squares. Wander through the Marais district and discover beautiful Place des Vosges and the city's Jewish quarter, or perhaps climb the hill of Montmartre to visit the Sacre Coeur and have your portrait painted in the Place du Tertre.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Take a field trip and admire the city lights by coach.

DAY
16
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights to the U.S. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!