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.
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Program No. 21265RJ
Length
11 days
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3,595
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Flights start at
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11 days
10 nights
25 meals
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DAY
1
Departures from the U.S.
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival and Orientation in Paris
Paris
D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. 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 restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Impressionism and the Musée D'Orsay
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Activity note: Today's activities include extensive walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. In addition, there will be use of the Paris Metro which may involve unavoidable stairs.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

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. 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 Orsay.

Lunch: At the Musée d’Orsay.

Afternoon: Explore the Musée D’Orsay with your Group Leader. The museum houses 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
Origins of Paris and Masterpieces of the Louvre
Paris
B,L
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Activity note: Today's activities include extensive walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. In addition, there will be use of the Paris Metro which may involve unavoidable stairs, as well as walking and standing in the museum.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, your group leader will give you a presentation about some of the masterpieces at the Louvre. Afterwards, you can take the Paris Metro for a field trip to the Louvre on your own.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Using listening devices, experience Paris as the Parisians do on a walking lecture with your Group Leader during a leisurely stroll through the Tuileries Gardens to the Concorde Square. Sample a sweet specialty, macaroons, at the famous pastry shop on the Rue Royale. You will then return to the hotel by Metro.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by coach with stops as well as walking and standing on field trips.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will have an early departure from Paris to Normandy. First, we will stop to explore Omaha Beach and retrace the movements of the WWII Normandy invasion on D-Day. In the late morning, we will take a field trip and have a lecture focussing on the Landing at Omaha. Recall the American landing on Omaha Beach and learn about the ferocity of this battle, while looking at the landing from a number of perspectives.

Lunch: At a restaurant at Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: We continue our day on to the Pointe du Hoc to learn about the Ranger Assault. At the U.S. Normandy American Military Cemetery, reflect upon the sacrifices of fallen heroes. Next, we will head to Honfleur to embark the riverboat. 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 Dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Historic Honfleur, Boudin
Honfleur
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Activity note: Today's activities include walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. For on board lectures: There will be three Road Scholar programs on board the ship (12416, 14662, & 21265). You are welcome to attend any and all lectures that interest you regardless of who is presenting them.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will take a field trip to take in the unique architecture of historic Honfleur. You will 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: This afternoon, you will have the option to go off on your own or join the group for a 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 Seine Princess

Activity note: Today's activities include walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. For on board lectures: There will be three Road Scholar programs on board the ship (12416, 14662, & 21265). You are welcome to attend any and all lectures that interest you regardless of who is presenting them.

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. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of St. Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures in existence. You will also have the option to attend mass with the Benedictine monks and experience the Gregorian chanting, or you may choose to take some free time to explore Duclair.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: There will be two on board lectures while we sail to Rouen. The first will be about the Impressionist Love Affair with Normandy and the second will focus on War and Discoveries - both led by your Group Leader. Your 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: After dinner, enjoy an evening walk to see the illuminated monuments in Rouen.

DAY
8
Rouen and Painting the Seine
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Activity note: Today's activities include walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. For on board lectures: There will be three Road Scholar programs on board the ship (12416, 14662, & 21265). You are welcome to attend any and all lectures that interest you regardless of who is presenting them.

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 walks 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 two on-site lectures led by your Group Leader while sailing to Vernon - the first focusing on the Seine River - an Inspiration to Paint Outdoors. The second lecture you will learn about the fascinating photographer Robert Capa 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 and Gardens at Giverny
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Activity note: Today's activities include walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. For on board lectures: There will be three Road Scholar programs on board the ship (12416, 14662, & 21265). You are welcome to attend any and all lectures that interest you regardless of who is presenting them.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning we will depart by coach for Giverny (30 mins drive), to see Monet’s house and gardens with its famous water lily pond. Take some free time to explore the gardens at your leisure or walk over to the Musée des Impressionnismes (formerly the Giverny Museum of American Art). The coach will then depart for Conflans to reboard the ship (1 hour drive).

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Enjoy an on board lecture while sailing led by your Group Leader that will further study the topic of Impressionism in Paris.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
The Eiffel Tower and Paris Illuminations Cruise
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Seine Princess

Activity note: Today's activities include walking on both cobblestone and paved streets. For on board lectures: There will be three Road Scholar programs on board the ship (12416, 14662, & 21265). You are welcome to attend any and all lectures that interest you regardless of who is presenting them.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: The coach will depart for Paris where we will explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower. Learn the history from its construction by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to its present day use in telecommunications.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: You may choose to spend free time in Paris independently or to take the Metro with your Group Leader 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 and walk the winding streets of this hilltop “village”, the center of Paris’ Bohemian life.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Transfer via coach to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for departures. 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!