C'est Magnifique: Exploring the Cities and Countryside of France

Learn the stories behind Omaha Beach, exquisite cuisine, picturesque vineyards and ever-evolving culture of Provence as you dive deeper into world-renowned icons of France.
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Program No. 20781RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

An elegant château overlooking intricate gardens. A flaky, fresh-baked croissant with a morning café au lait. Experience the France you’ve only imagined on this educational adventure beginning in the romantic city of lights and journeying into picturesque wine country. Get a taste of the best France has to offer as you experience D-Day beaches, striking cathedrals and exquisite cuisine to uncover what makes this country so unforgettable. Through expert-lead excursions, you’ll be saying “bon voyage!” to the France you knew from your history books and discover firsthand this country’s magnificent gems.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs and uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn the story of the Allied Invasion of Normandy as you explore the D-Day landing beaches.
  • Taste the terroir, or “sense of place,” in foods like cheese from Normandy and wines from Bordeaux.
  • Discover two of the Loire Valley’s most stunning châteaux and stand in awe of the island fortress Mont Saint-Michel.

General Notes

Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside.
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Albert Tshizubu
Albert Tshizubu was born in France near a well-known Gothic cathedral that is famous for its hunchback. Growing up, Albert followed his dream of exploring new places, living in various cities across France and exploring many miles of England. He received his master’s degree in the U.S. and continued to live abroad, mastering five European languages along the way. Building on his experience as an interpreter and a trekking expert, Albert became a group leader to facilitate the discovery and the understanding of cities.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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