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21756
France

Living and Learning in Paris: Independent Stay and Study

Immerse yourself in life in Paris, learning about grand traditions of art, architecture and language as you walk the Old World streets like a Parisian.
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Program No. 21756RJ
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45 days
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9,499
France

Living and Learning in Paris: Independent Stay and Study

Immerse yourself in life in Paris, learning about grand traditions of art, architecture and language as you walk the Old World streets like a Parisian.
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Program No. 21756 RJ
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The style, energy and je ne sais quoi of Paris have always attracted expatriates including the likes of Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. In this tradition, journey to Paris for an immersive six-week adventure where you’ll live in your own apartment and immerse yourself in the culture of the City of Lights. For an added experience – and additional tuition price – you can learn to “parler français” in daily language classes! A Road Scholar Site Coordinator will be on call to support you throughout this independent experience and to make sure you get to know Paris like a Parisian.
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 ...

  • Add the language track to your program for an additional tuition price and enjoy 30 language classes at a local school.
  • Participate in a weekend excursion to Normandy, where you will see D-Day Landing Beaches.
  • Enjoy substantial free time to explore Paris at your own pace.

General Notes

Our “Living and Learning” programs give you the experience of living in a foreign country independently. All participants will be enrolled in the Core Track, which includes: an apartment in a residence hotel; a local Site Coordinator to support you; a few meals; a weekly expert-led field trip; one weekend-long excursion to Normandy, including hotel; a city handbook and public transit pass. Additionally, you may choose to add on the Language Track. The Language Track includes classes five mornings a week and learning materials. Due to the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET. 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Paris Pratique Par Arrondissement
by Atlas Indispensable
This pocket atlas contains detailed maps of every neighborhood in Paris, as well as details about bus and metro stops.
Markets of Paris
by Dixon Long & Marjorie Williams
An in-depth guide to the best markets in Paris. Dive into the heart of French culture and navigate the markets like a local with maps, tips, and handy phrases.
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
The New Paris
by Lindsey Tramuta
Move past the clichés and learn about what makes up Paris today. Explore the open-minded sensibility, diverse populations, and hidden corners of The New Paris.
Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light
by Tyler Stovall
A history of black Americans who settled in Paris, France, from 1900 to the present.
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
by Joan DeJean
A captivating history of the growth, design, and planning of Paris, telling the story of how the modern city came to be.
The Hotel Majestic
by Georges Simenon
The most famous fictional detective in France, Maigret, tackles a case in the heart of Paris.
A Traveller's History of Paris
by Robert Coles
A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its foundation, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times.
Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
by Clotilde Dusolier
French food-related idioms are explained and delightfully illustrated in this playful meditation on the French language.
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway
A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.
The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris
by Edmund White
A 'flaneur' is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through city streets in search of adventure and fulfillment. Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians.
The Secret Life of the Seine
by Mort Rosenblum
After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.
Murder in the Marais
by Cara Black
Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more.
My Life in France
by Julia Child
The touching and famous story of Julia Child in France, where she learned to cook and fell in love with French cuisine, all in her own words.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
by John Baxter
Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales.
The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
Behr seeks out the best of French food, in encounters from Champagne to Provence, to tell the stories of French artisans and chefs who work at the highest level. He shares what he learns from these experts on French traditions and how to best enjoy this food.
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45 days
44 nights
20 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Paris, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Paris
D
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Hotel check-in 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader (on-site coordinator) will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Participants will receive a public transportation pass to use for the duration of the program. The Group Leader will not be staying at the hotel with the group, but lives nearby and will be available via phone 24/7 for assistance. In addition to being reachable by phone, the Group Leader will check in once a week with the group at a local cafe. On independent weekends and during our weekend adventure together, you will keep your hotel room in Paris. You may pack a small bag with change of clothes and necessities to take with you and leave the rest of your belongings at the hotel in Paris. This is a Road Scholar independent program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content, a number of meals on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel, we will enjoy a plated served meal; includes wine, water, coffee or tea. In France, restaurants take pride in creating a relaxed atmosphere where patrons can take their time and enjoy every bite. This allows the customer to set the pace of the meal, and means that they have to inform the server when they are ready for the check (“l’addition”) at the end of the meal. It is customary for servers to wait until everyone has finished their dish before clearing the table and bringing out the next course. You may indicate to the server that you have finished your meal by placing your utensils together on the right hand side of your plate. Meals are accompanied by complimentary bread (“pain”) and water (“eau” or “l’eau”), so you need not ask for them. When wine is offered at meals, please note that it is customary to fill your glass half way to allow the wine to breathe.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Getting Acquainted With Paris, Local Customs & Culture
Paris
B,L,D
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation (Paris Métro); standing on public transportation when seats aren't available; unavoidable steps in métro when escalators/elevators aren't present; most stairs have railings; walking through pedestrian tunnels; expect crowds in métro. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day while exploring the city during programmed activities; independently you will likely walk more; cobblestone streets, even and uneven terrain. You will often encounter crowds in Paris.

Breakfast: At the apartment hotel.

Morning: The Group Leader will commence a robust 2-day orientation of the city of Paris, beginning with a presentation on local customs and culture. Next, we will learn how to navigate the local public transportation system and review the details of the program.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a two-course plated meal; includes choice of 1 soft drink or 1 glass of wine.

Afternoon: Accompanied by a local expert, we will hop aboard a motorcoach and continue to orientate ourselves and explore the neighborhoods and attractions of Paris.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll have a three-course plated meal with choice of 1 glass of wine, a soft drink and coffee.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Further Discovery of Paris
Paris
B,L
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles total throughout the day; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the apartment hotel.

Morning: The Group Leader will acquaint us with the local bakery, cleaners, market, drugstore, and all of the other services needed for our time in Paris. The Group Leader will also discuss how to create a connection with the local community by finding a way to pursue a personal interest or hobby during our stay.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by a sampling of charcuterie and "fromage" (cheese).

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Explore Paris, Language Track, Free Time
Paris
B
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Everyone will be provided with a 6-day museum pass that is valid for unlimited visits to over 50 museums and sites in Paris and the surrounding region. We encourage you to make the most of this pass during this week's free afternoons and weekend. This week begins the differentiated itinerary for the core and language tracks of the program. Please see your specific track for your scheduled itinerary.

Breakfast: At the apartment hotel.

Morning: For the language track, today is the first session at Accord, Ecole des Langues language school in Paris. The first day will include an assessment, class placement, and an introduction to the course. To create smaller class sizes and increase the levels available to participants, you may be in classes with non-Road Scholar participants of varying ages and backgrounds. The language classes will be approximately three hours long with breaks, and will focus on verbal communication (listening and speaking), along with developing reading, writing, and grammar competencies. The core track will have the morning for continued independent exploration. Take advantage of the Museum Pass and visit one of Paris' many museums, like the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay. Visit www.en.parismuseumpass.com for a list of monuments and museums that accept the pass.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time. You may wish to make note of any questions you have and start planning for your weekend.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Language Track, Group Café Get-Together
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will head to French classes at Accord while the core track has a free morning for independent exploration of Paris.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will all meet together with the Group Leader at a nearby café. Bring any questions you may have for the Group Leader, who will be ready to assist you in planning the rest of your week and weekend. This week is ideal to make use of the museum pass.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Independent Exploration, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will have class at the language school, during which we will continue our study of the French language. As this takes place, the core track will have free time for independent exploration of Paris. You may want to take advantage of museums outside of the city center included in the Museum Pass. Château de Fontainebleau and Château de Versailles are both accessible by train from the Paris city center.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Free Time, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track participants will arrive independently and join together for class at the language school where we will continue our learning experience. Meanwhile, the core track will have free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. You may wish use your museum pass to explore one of the major museums, like the Centre Pompidou or the Rodin Museum.

Dinner: On your own

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Language Class, Medieval Art & Architecture
Paris
L
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule. Please note that we will only see the exterior of Notre Dame as reconstruction is currently taking place. Current construction will determine how close we can get to the Cathedral.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: At the language school, the language track will engage in French class at Accord focusing on verbal, grammar, and writing skills. As this takes place, the core track will have free time for independent exploration of Paris.

Lunch: Everyone will be given “tickets restaurant” (or meal vouchers) that can be used at select restaurants, bakeries, brasseries and cafes. Choose what you would prefer to eat from any eatery that has a "TR" sticker on the front window to designate that they accept meal vouchers. Change is not given back if your meal cost is less that the value of the voucher provided. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: All together, we will meet a local expert who will teach us about the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. We will then continue to learn about the architecture of the Middle Ages during an in-depth exploration of Île de la Cité. We will see the Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, and the Conciergerie.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time. These free weekends offer an opportunity to see and do more of what interests you most. You might like to venture farther afield by train to iconic places such as Versailles or Chartres. Saturday morning is also a great time to visit markets. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and help you plan your day.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time. More time exploring Paris or beyond.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Independent Exploration, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own

Morning: The language track will have class at the language school with our knowledgeable instructor. Meanwhile, core track participants will have free time for independent exploration of Paris. You may want to consider what free concerts and other events are happening in the Paris Scope magazine, or online at www.pariscope.fr .

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Language Class, Group Café Get-Together
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Continuing study of the French language, the language track will meet at the language school for class. Free time for the core track to explore Paris independently. If the weather is nice, you may like to explore one of Paris' many parks and public gardens, like the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: After some free time in the early afternoon, we'll come together at a local café to share experiences and ask the Group Leader questions. The Group Leader will be ready to assist you in planning the rest of your week and weekend.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Independent Exploration, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will practice their speaking and writing skills during class at Accord. Meanwhile, the core track will have free time. Perhaps you’ll explore a neighborhood like the Latin Quarter or Le Marais on foot, or grab a coffee at a sidewalk cafe and take in the atmosphere as you reflect on your first 2 weeks in Paris.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Language Track, Free Time, Performance
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Continuing to hone our skills through study and immersion, the language track will have class at the language school. The core track will have free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. You may want to check out www.timeout.com/paris/en for ideas on what to explore in Paris.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in final preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
16
Language Class, Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
Paris
L
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: At the language school, the language track Road Scholars will engage in another informative class. Free time for the core track.

Lunch: Using tickets restaurant, choose what you would like to eat.

Afternoon: With a local expert, we will all visit the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, a museum devoted to the history of French architecture. We will explore the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to present.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time. You may consider taking advantage of the extensive French rail system to visit nearby sites and cities. Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy, is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes by train from Gare St. Lazare. Rouen is home to one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in France, with many half-timbered buildings and a Gothic cathedral made famous through a series of paintings by Claude Monet.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time. It is possible to visit Giverny, a small village about an hour outside of Paris, which is home to Claude Monet's famous gardens and is open to visitors every day between late March and early November.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
19
Living in Paris: Week 3, Language & Cultural Activities
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: As we enter our third week in Paris, the Group Leader will take a less active role to allow you to live and learn independently in Paris. The Group Leader will still be available to provide support and answer questions, but you are encouraged to try things independently or organize outings and activities with your fellow Road Scholars. At the language school, the language track group will settle in for a French class. The core track will meanwhile enjoy free time. You may want to start planning your week with fellow participants.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
20
Language Class, Free Time, Group Café Get-Together
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Joining again for a lesson at the school, the language track will continue to sharpen French writing and speaking skills. Free time for the core track.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. We will meet the Group Leader at a café and discuss our plans for the coming weekend. As a group on Friday evening, we will travel to Normandy to explore the D-Day beaches and more sites throughout the weekend.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
21
Language Track, Free Time
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Gathering back at the school, the language track will have class while the core track takes advantage of free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
22
Independent Exploration, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Picking up where we left off yesterday, the language track will resume class at the school. The core track will have free time during this block. Perhaps take a stroll through one of Paris' many markets. The Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest covered market in Paris and is open every day except Monday. Hidden among the tourist attractions of the Ile de la Cité is the Marché aux Fleurs, one of Paris' last remaining flower markets. Operating since 1830, the Marché aux Fleurs is open seven days a week.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for transfer to Normandy tomorrow afternoon. Remember that you will keep your apartment hotel room in Paris while away on our Weekend in Normandy. It is advised you pack a small suitcase for the weekend and leave other belongings in Paris.

DAY
23
Language Class, The Musée de Marmottan-Monet
Paris
L
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will attend French classes at Accord while the core track has free time for independent exploration of Paris.

Lunch: You will be provided with tickets restaurant.

Afternoon: With an expert, we will visit the Musée de Marmottan-Monet, which houses some of Monet's magnificent Nymphéas (Water Lilies) paintings. The museum also contains works by other great artists of Impressionism.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
24
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time. You may wish to venture out of town to see some of the more distant regions accessible from here by train or car, such as Reims or Strasbourg.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
25
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time to spend seeing and doing what interests you most.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
26
Living in Paris: Week 4, Language Track Class
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Back in our routine, the language track will meet for French class at the language school. The core track will have free time, and may wish to have a nice relaxing morning after an exciting weekend of fun and travel.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
27
Language Track, Group Café Get-Together
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Resuming studies at the school, the language track will have class to continue practicing French speaking and writing skills. Meanwhile, the core track will have free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: All participants will meet with the Group Leader at a café to discuss any questions you may have and to assist you in planning the rest of your week and weekend. This weekend, what would you like to explore? For those looking to leave Paris, you may want to take a day trip on the TGV train to Reims – less than 1 hour – or to Strasbourg for an independent overnight – approximately 2.5 hours one way.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
28
Language Class, Free Time
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track participants will practice their French skills in class at the school. The core track will enjoy free time for the morning.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
29
Language Track Class, Free Time
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Gathering in the classroom at the school, the language track will engage in a French lesson. The core track will enjoy free time this morning.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
30
Language Class, Weekend Group Field Trip To Normandy
Bayeux
L,D
Churchill Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 168 miles (270 km); approximately 3.5 hours, with a rest stop along the way. Please note that due to ecological regulations in France, new motorcoaches do not have onboard restrooms; older models have restrooms, but they are not available for use. A rest stop will be made about every 1.5 hours. The Group Leader will announce when rest stops will be.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will start the day with class at the language school while the core track enjoys free time.

Lunch: You will be given tickets restaurant, which allow you to pick where and what you would like to eat. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We'll meet in the apartment hotel lobby at a designated time and transfer as a group by private motorcoach to Normandy. We will go to Bayeux, the first city in France to be freed from German control during WWII and check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Bayeux, we'll enjoy a plated meal together plus wine or soft drink; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
31
Weekend in Normandy, D-Day Beaches
Bayeux
B,L
Churchill Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; periods of standing up to 2 hours at a time; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet including hot and cold items plus coffee, tea, juices and water.

Morning: With a local expert, we will go by motorcoach to Arromanches-les-Bains to see the remnants of the artificial harbor built by troops to unload the equipment that won the war for the Allies. After, we will head to the US Cemetery to pay our respects to some of the individuals who helped liberate France.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we will have a plated meal plus wine or soft drink; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will continue learning about D-Day as we visit Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach, where we will get a vivid idea of what the Allied Forces were up against on D-Day. We will enjoy a cider and cheese tasting.

Dinner: On your own to sample the local fare.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for transfer back to Paris tomorrow afternoon.

DAY
32
Weekend in Normandy, Bayeux Tapestry, Mémorial de Caen
Paris
B,L
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 168 miles (270 km); approximately 3.5 hours, with a rest stop along the way. Please note that due to ecological regulations in France, new motorcoaches do not have onboard restrooms; older models have restrooms, but they are not available for use. A rest stop will be made about every 1.5 hours. The Group Leader will announce when rest stops will be. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; standing for up to 2 hours at a time; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will take a field trip to see the legendary Bayeux Tapestry, part of UNESCO's "Memorial of the World" registry. Take some time to linger over each of the 58 scenes that depict, in exquisite detail, the Norman invasion of England.

Lunch: At the Mémorial de Caen we'll have a plated meal together plus wine or soft drink; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will explore the Mémorial de Caen, a major museum commemorating World War II. This is a self-led visit that will take each of us through the different galleries focusing on World War II, the Cold War, and peace. Later in the afternoon, we will return to Paris via motorcoach.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
33
Living in Paris: Week 5, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will have class at the language school. The core track will have free time for independent exploration of Paris.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
34
Language Track, Free Time, Café Get-Together
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: At the language school, the language track will have class while the core track has free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Later, we will all meet with our fellow participants and Group Leader at a nearby café to plan the rest of the week. What would you like to explore? For those looking to leave Paris, we recommend taking the RER C train to Versailles for a day trip – less than 1 hour one way – or the TGV to Bordeaux for an overnight – about 2.5 hours one way.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
35
Language Track, Free Time
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will have class at the language school while the core track enjoys free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time to discover more of Paris.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
36
Language Track Class, Free Time
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Gathering at the school, the language track Road Scholars will have class to practice our ever-developing French skills. Free time will be enjoyed by the core track.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
37
Language Track Class, Château de Vaux le Vicomte
Paris
L,D
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Keeping up with our practice, the language track will have class at the language school while the core track enjoys free time.

Lunch: You will be given tickets restaurant to use at an eatery of your choice.

Afternoon: As a group, we will visit the Château de Vaux le Vicomte with a local guide. Located outside of Paris, Château de Vaux le Vicomte, is possibly the most magnificent private residence in France. It was built by Nicolas Fouquet (1615-80). The ambitious Fouquet ascended politically and became a patron of the arts. Rising from a member of the Parisian Parlement to Louis XIV’s Superintendent of Finances in 1653, he commissioned the grand baroque estate and set a precedent for French architecture and design. Combining architecture, interior design, and landscape into a unified masterpiece, magnificent Vaux-le-Vicomte was the inspiration for the even more elaborate palace of Versailles.

Dinner: We will dine with French families tonight for a wonderful cultural experience. This will be a good opportunity to practice our conversational French skills.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
38
Independent Weekend, Free Day
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time to set out and do whatever your heart desires. Enjoy the last weekend of our program in France.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time continues.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
39
Independent Weekend
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Activity level and travel methods dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
40
Living in Paris: Week 6, Language Track Class
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: At the language school, the language track Road Scholars will engage in a French class to continue practicing. The core track will have free time during this block.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
41
Group Café Get-Together, Language Track
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Always improving, the language track will keep working on French skills in class at the school. Meanwhile, the core track will have free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will all meet the Group Leader at a local café to share stories, ask questions, review upcoming activities, and plan out our last few days of free time in Paris.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
42
Language Track, Free Time
Paris
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: At the language school, the language track will have class while the core track enjoys free time.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
43
Language Track Class, Free Time, Farewell Dinner
Paris
D
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: The language track will keep practicing our French skills during class at the language school. The core track will have free time during this period.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: We gather at a designated spot and go by motorcoach to a local restaurant where we will enjoy a French gastronomic meal and reflect on our 6 weeks in Paris, and the memories made in la Ville Lumière.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
44
Language Track Class, Jacquemart André Museum
Paris
L
Citadines Bastille Marais Paris

Activity note: Independent navigation of the city according to personal preference and class schedule.

Breakfast: On your own.

Morning: Finishing our course, the language track will have a final class at the language school. We’ll ask any final questions and gain advice from our teacher on how to keep up with our French practice well into the future after returning home. The core track will enjoy our last morning of free time during the program.

Lunch: You will be given tickets restaurants.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a visit together of the delightful Jacquemart André Museum, with its superb collection of private paintings, sculpture, antiques and furniture collected by Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart, exhibited in their former home. A local expert will accompany us to provide commentary on the works found here.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for your departure in the morning.

DAY
45
Program Concludes
In Flight

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: On your own. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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