21265
France
The Best of the Seine River From Normandy to Paris
Revel in vibrant culture, historic landmarks, picturesque villages and world-renowned vineyards along the Seine River as you explore the treasures of France by modern riverboat.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 21265RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,699
Flights start at
900
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11 days
10 nights
25 meals
9 B 8 L 8 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Paris, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Paris
D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Activity note: Check-in available in the early to mid-afternoon.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. It is difficult to predict river conditions. Weather and water levels on the river could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that 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. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. You will see a number of places in the daily schedule designated as free time when you can choose to do what you like and make your experience as personally meaningful, rewarding, and memorableas possible. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Latin Quarter, Île de la Cité, Musée D'Orsay
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles on cobblestone and paved streets; standing for up to 2 hours during visits; use of the Paris Metro, which may involve unavoidable stairs; expect large crowds.

Breakfast: At the hotel, buffet.

Morning: We will trace the foundations of Paris on an exploration on foot through the Latin Quarter to the island where Paris was founded, the Île de la Cité. We'll discover the world's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the Sainte Chapelle, with its stunning stained glass windows. Afterwards, we will take the Paris Metro to the Musée d’Orsay.

Lunch: At the Musée d’Orsay.

Afternoon: We will explore the Musée D’Orsay with an expert to learn about French Art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography and the masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
The Louvre, Tuileries Gardens
Paris
B,L
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles on cobblestone and paved streets; standing for up to 2 hours; use of the Paris Metro, which may involve unavoidable stairs; expect large crowds.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take the Paris Metro with the Group Leader to the Louvre. Here, we will learn about some of the masterpieces housed in this old palace.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Using listening devices, we'll experience Paris as the Parisians do on a walking exploration with the Group Leader. We will leisurely stroll through the Tuileries Gardens to Concorde Square and learn about the importance of these places. We will also have a chance to sample a sweet specialty, macaroons, at the famous pastry shop on the Rue Royale.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy
Honfleur
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Renoir

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 258 miles (about 4 hours 50 minutes) with stops along the way; walking up to 2 miles; standing for up to 1 hours at a time; even and uneven ground; expect large crowds; Please note that this is a charter program and there will be 1 other Road Scholar programs on board the vessel (12416). The group leader of this program will not be giving lectures, but participants are welcome to attend lectures given by other group leaders.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart early via motorcoach for Normandy. We will stop to explore Omaha Beach and retrace the movements of the WWII Normandy invasion on D-Day. We will learn even more about the landing at Omaha during an expert lecture.

Lunch: At a restaurant at Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: We will continue on to the Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. We will also visit the U.S. Normandy American Military Cemetery to reflect upon the sacrifices of fallen heroes. Via motorcoach we will go to Honfleur to embark the riverboat.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Historic Honfleur, Boudin
Honfleur
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Renoir

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone and paved streets; standing for up to 1 hour during visits; Please note that this is a charter program and there will be 1 other Road Scholar programs on board the vessel (12416). The group leader of this program will not be giving lectures, but participants are welcome to attend lectures given by other group leaders.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will explore the unique architecture of historic Honfleur and learn why this city has one of the few remaining all-wooden churches, and the important role of Honfleur in the settlement of New France, as well as the establishment of a new art movement – impressionism.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: With the Group Leader, visit to the Musée Eugène Boudin. Located in a 19th century chapel and two modern extensions, with views over Honfleur and the sea, the Eugène Boudin Museum houses some 1,200 square meters of permanent exhibitions in nine rooms. Named after Honfleur's most famous painter, the museum has on display works by not only Eugène Boudin, but other great impressionists such as: Dobourg, Monet, and Jongkind.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
The Abbey of Saint Wandrille, Historic Rouen
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Renoir

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone and paved streets; standing for up to 1 hour; Please note that this is a charter program and there will be 1 other Road Scholar programs on board the vessel (12416). The group leader of this program will not be giving lectures, but participants are welcome to attend lectures given by other group leaders.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will take the motorcoach a short distance from where the ship will be docked in Duclair, to discover Fontenelle Abbey, or the Abbey of St. Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the original chapel of St. Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey, and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures in existence. We will also have an opportunity to attend mass with the Benedictine monks and experience the Gregorian chanting.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: While we sail to Rouen, enjoy two on board lectures on the 'Impressionist Love Affair with Normandy' and 'War and Discoveries'. The second lecture will explore some of the new discoveries that emerged during World War II, such as penicillin, jet aircraft and nylon.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: With the Group Leader, we will walk to see the illuminated monuments in Rouen.

DAY
8
Rouen, the Seine River
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Renoir

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone and paved streets; standing for up to 1 hours at a time; Please note that this is a charter program and there will be 1 other Road Scholar programs on board the vessel (12416). The group leader of this program will not be giving lectures, but participants are welcome to attend lectures given by other group leaders.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We explore Historic Rouen with an expert and learn about the magnificent cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light. We will also see the famous half-timbered houses and pause at the site of the burning of Joan of Arc. Free time to further explore Rouen at your own pace.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: While we sail to Vernon we will hear two on board lectures about, 'The Seine River, an Inspiration to Paint Outdoors' and 'Robert Capa', a fascinating photographer a who captured some of the most well-known images of the D-Day invasion and the Liberation of Paris.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Monet’s House, Gardens at Giverny
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Renoir

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 46 miles (about 1 hour 15 minutes); walking for up to 1.5 miles on even and uneven ground; standing for up to 2 hours; expect large crowds; Please note that this is a charter program and there will be 1 other Road Scholar programs on board the vessel (12416). The group leader of this program will not be giving lectures, but participants are welcome to attend lectures given by other group leaders.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach for Giverny to visit Monet’s house and gardens with its famous water lily pond. There will also be some time for independent exploration.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: While we sail to Poissy, we will hear two on board lectures about, 'Impressionism in Paris' and 'Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny'.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
The Eiffel Tower, Paris Illuminations Cruise
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Renoir

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone and paved streets; standing for up to 2 hours, including at the Eiffel Tower; use of Paris Metro, which may have unavoidable stairs; expect large crowds; Please note that this is a charter program and there will be 1 other Road Scholar programs on board the vessel (12416). The group leader of this program will not be giving lectures, but participants are welcome to attend lectures given by other group leaders.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will take the Paris Metro to explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower. Learn about the history of the structure from its construction by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to its present day use in telecommunications.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Via the Paris Metro, we will head to Montmartre to step inside the Sacred Heart Basilica, where the murals covering the walls and ceiling are made up of millions of tiny mosaic tiles. We will also have the opportunity to walk the winding streets of this hilltop “village”, the center of Paris’ Bohemian life.

Dinner: On board, we will have a farewell meal with our Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Final Day
In Flight
B

Activity note: See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.

Breakfast: On board. This concludes our program. 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!






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