21266
France
Intergenerational: Highlights of Paris and Normandy on the Seine River
Learn the stories of Paris and Normandy alongside historians as you explore landmarks, museums, Châteaux and war monuments on an enriching adventure with your grandchild.
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Program No. 21266RJ
Length
14 days
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3,795
Flights start at
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14 days
13 nights
32 meals
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DAY
1
Departures from the U.S.
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival and Welcome to Paris
Paris
D
Best Western Hotel Anjou Lafayette Opera

Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and transfers to the program hotel in Paris. Please note that rooms are not generally available until early to mid-afternoon, so you should plan to drop off your luggage at the hotel and then take some time to explore Paris or relax and have a leisurely lunch (on your own). There are Paris maps available at the hotel, and your Group Leader and hotel staff will be present to provide recommendations and directions.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

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 in a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Montmartre / Paris Overview
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Botticelli

Activity note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement. Montmartre is on a hill; there is some walking uphill at a leisurely pace.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Depart on foot to Montmartre to walk the winding streets of this “village." Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré Coeur can be seen from many points in Paris. This butte (hillock) is a delightful area of village streets and steep stairways that suddenly rise from the Grands Boulevards. The Romano-Byzantine Basilica of the Sacred Heart dates to the late 1800’s. Nearby the Place du Tertre (Painters Square) is very popular with tourists and street artists vying for the chance to paint their portraits. Until the outbreak of World War II, La Butte remained the city’s artistic and literary center. We will later divide into teams and learn about Montmartre’s Bohemian history on a treasure hunt.

Lunch: At a local Montmartre restaurant.

Afternoon: We will go on a field trip by coach for an overview of Paris. This excursion will drive by the Opera, Place Vendôme, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Louvre Museum, The City Island and the Left Bank. Afterward, we will embark the river cruise ship.

Dinner: Welcome and ship orientation followed by dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Paris: L'Île de la Cité and Eiffel Tower
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Botticelli

Activity note: Today's activities include use of the Paris Metro (subway) which has unavoidable stairs. Walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement, as well as walking and standing during visits.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will go on a field trip to the heart of the city, where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. Discover the word's most famous cathedral, Notre Dame, as well as the stunning stained glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Explore the iconic symbol of modern Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower. The tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the World's Fair that marked the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Discover the original machine room, tour the first floor control room and - bien sûr! - enjoy a fantastic view of the city.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Monet's Giverny
Vernon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Botticelli

Activity note: Today's activities include walking on pavement and gravel up to one mile.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture about Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny. With your Study Leader, learn the basics of the Impressionism movement and its artists, while the ship navigates along the Seine.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Discover Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny and the stunning foiliage that inspired the great artist.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Historic Rouen
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Botticelli

Activity note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Delight in a hands-on activity onboard to learn about French culture.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Explore historic Rouen, its magnificent gothic cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light, and its famous medieval half-timbered houses. Stroll the cobble stone street of the Big Clock to the Old Market Square and the site where Joan of Arc was martyred.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening and perhaps walk over to the Rouen cathedral.

DAY
7
Duclair and the Abbey of Saint Wandrille
Duclair
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Botticelli

Activity note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to one mile.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Enjoy a hands-on activity to learn about French culture.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: A short distance from Duclair, is Fontenelle Abbey, also called the Abbey of St. Wandrille. Hosted by one of the abbey’s monks, visit the monastery and learn the story of its founder, Wandregisel, or Saint 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 still in existence. After exploring the abbey, you will have the option of attending mass with the Benedictine monks as they sing Gregorian chants.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Honfleur / Marine Museum
Honfleur
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS Botticelli

Activity note: Today's activities includ walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

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 of this city in the settlement of New France.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Learn how Honfleur’s history is tied to the sea at the Marine Museum, where model ships, paintings and objects depict daily life, business and crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, you may enjoy the atmosphere of the Old Port or visit the Eugène Boudin museum independently.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Disembark/ Bayeux Tapestry
Caen
B,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Activity note: Today's activities includ walking and standing up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Disembark the river cruise ship and depart by motorcoach to Bayeux. Examine the Bayeux Tapestry, a lively description of the Middle Ages that describes the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is nearly 230 feet long and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The actual origins of the tapestry remain a mystery, but legend has it that William's wife Mathilda and her ladies-in-waiting embroidered it. Visit the museum using a personal audio guide and watch a film in English about the making of the Tapestry. Next, enjoy some free time in the heart of Bayeux's pedestrian area before continuing on to Omaha Beach.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Depart by coach to check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Caen Memorial and D-Day Museum
Caen
B,L
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Activity note: Walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground. Walking and standing in the museum.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Caen Memorial and Museum, where displays, films and exhibits tell the story of World War II and the D-Day Landing Beaches.

Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Caen at your own pace

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Omaha Beach / American Cemetery / Point du Hoc
Caen
B,L,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Activity note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will go on a field trip to Omaha Beach and have an on-site lecture. The battle for Omaha Beach is brought to life through stories and experiential learning activities that include a treasure hunt and quiz, while traveling the length and breadth of the beach with a D-Day expert.

Lunch: At a restaurant near Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: Learn about the American Invasion forces at Pointe du Hoc, an iconic site in US military history, marking the western end of the Omaha beach sector and the point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord. At the American Cemetery, a wreath-laying ceremony pays tribute to fallen heroes. We will then return to Caen.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Mont Saint Michel
Caen
B,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by motorcoach, walking up to two miles on cobblestone and pavement. Mont Saint Michel is built on a hill, therefore there is some uphill walking and steps to arrive at the abbey.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a field trip to Mont Saint Michel, a place the locals call "le Mont" and is also 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 dating from the Middle Ages.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach to return to Caen.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Sainte-Mère-Église / Cotentin Peninsula
Caen
B,L,D
Best Western Hotel Moderne

Activity note: Today's activities include walking and standing up to two miles on pavement and sand. Plan to wear shoes that can get wet if walking across the sand at low tide.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to Sainte-Mère-Église to learn the story of the paratrooper whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take an excursion to the island of Tatihou, just opposite the port of Saint Vaast La Hougue and accessible on foot at low tide or by amphibious vehicle.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Departures
In Flight
B

Activity note: Transfer Caen to Charles de Gaulle is approximately 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.