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French Art Voyage: Paris, the Rhône and the French Riviera

Discover French artistry from the Mediterranean to Paris, reveling in museums, sculpture gardens, vineyards and the timeless landscapes that inspired many of Europe’s masters.
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14 days
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Flights start at
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France

French Art Voyage: Paris, the Rhône and the French Riviera

Discover French artistry from the Mediterranean to Paris, reveling in museums, sculpture gardens, vineyards and the timeless landscapes that inspired many of Europe’s masters.
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,799
Flights start at
850
Program No. 22040 RJ
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Sep 2 - Sep 15, 2021
Ship Outside 4,799
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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
May 1 - May 14, 2021
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Ship Outside 6,699
Sep 2 - Sep 15, 2021
Ship Outside 6,699
Itinerary Note

This departure is exclusive to Road Scholar.

At a Glance

Van Gogh. Renoir. Monet. Picasso. Matisse. Cézanne. Chagall. On this voyage through France, learn about these masters — and many more — who were inspired by this beautiful country. Begin with three nights in the sun-splashed city of Nice, then navigate through regions including Provence and Burgundy by riverboat. Complete your artistic adventure with three nights in Paris.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles per day on city streets, cobblestones and gravel paths. Some stairs without railings. The Paris metro will be used on some field trips.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the artists who were inspired by the South of France: Matisse, Chagall, Renoir and more.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Arles and those of Paul Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Experience Paris’ renowned museums including the Picasso Museum, home over 5,000 pieces of Pablo Picasso's work.

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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Markus Stuckelberger
Markus is Swiss and came to Paris in 1977 to study theatre and mime. Now based in the Ardèche (Southern France), he organizes walking holidays with his wife from their historic restored farmhouse. For years, Markus has been travelling through Europe with American students, using his linguistic skills and being inspired by the diversity of European culture. He loves meeting people and enjoying the relaxed French way of life. In his spare time he is a jazz trumpet player.

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

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Kate Webb was born in England and spent every summer in France on family camping holidays. After receiving her degree in modern languages from the University of Bristol, she moved to Paris in 1972 to train in dance and theatre. She and her husband have restored an old farmhouse in the Ardèche, where she now lives. Kate has led educational groups as well as choirs and orchestras throughout Europe for over thirty years and loves the new experience each program brings.
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Markus is Swiss and came to Paris in 1977 to study theatre and mime. Now based in the Ardèche (Southern France), he organizes walking holidays with his wife from their historic restored farmhouse. For years, Markus has been travelling through Europe with American students, using his linguistic skills and being inspired by the diversity of European culture. He loves meeting people and enjoying the relaxed French way of life. In his spare time he is a jazz trumpet player.
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A Moveable Feast
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The Popes of Avignon: A Century in Exile
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Markets of Paris
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F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
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Four Queens, the Provencal Sisters who Ruled Europe
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The New Paris
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The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
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The Secret Life of the Seine
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The Yellow House
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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.
French Wine: A History
by Rod Phillips
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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.
Paris Pratique Par Arrondissement
by Atlas Indispensable
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The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
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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.
Two Towns in Provence
by M. F. K. Fisher
Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking both with anecdote and loving description.
Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light
by Tyler Stovall
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The Hotel Majestic
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Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
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The Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More
by Marjorie Williams
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Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture
by Nina Maria Athanassoglou-Kallmyer
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The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris
by Edmund White
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Van Gogh in Arles
by Alfred Nemeczek
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Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship
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My Life
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14 days
13 nights
31 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Nice, To Antibes, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Nice
D
Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Morning: Aeroport Nice Côte d’Azur — Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport (NCE), about 7 miles (12 km) from the hotel in Antibes. See your program’s Transportation Information regarding transfers.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader 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. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. On “Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar” programs there will be other Road Scholar group(s) aboard the vessel. If another group is having a lecture during the voyage when your group does not have planned activities, please feel free to attend the lecture. When a program is not “Chartered Exclusively,” you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. All port stops and field trips are subject to change as weather and river conditions may affect the itinerary. River conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Therefore, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. Additionally, the time available in each port is set by the cruise line and the cruise line reserves the right change the itinerary without prior notice. When possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times. Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited. 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 restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water; other beverages available for purchase. French restaurants take pride in creating a relaxed atmosphere where patrons expect to take their time, savor every bite, and set the pace of the meal, requesting “l’addition” — the check — only when they are ready. Meals are accompanied by complimentary “pain” (bread) and “eau” or “l’eau” (water), so you need not ask for them. When wine is offered, it is customary to fill your glass only half way so the wine can breathe and to be sure everyone has a share. Servers wait until everyone at the table has finished their dish before clearing and bringing the next course. To indicate that you have finished your meal, place your utensils together on the right hand side of your plate.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Nice, Matisse & Chagall Museums
Nice
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden

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

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, cheese, breads, butter and jam, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert for a presentation on 19th- and 20th- century artists who painted on the French Riviera. Nice, informally known as the capital of the French Riviera, is a city of history, art, culture, colorful local life, tasty cuisine, and joie de vivre. We will set out by motorcoach from the ship and later on foot with a local expert to see and explore some of the city’s highlights. We will drive past the exotic Russian Orthodox Church, stop at Mont Boron Hill for a panoramic view of the city from more than 300 feet (92 meters) above the sea, and drive along the Promenade des Anglais — with one of the most iconic vistas in France — called La Prom by residents. Next, we will ride to the Cimiez neighborhood for a walk around the Monastery Gardens that feature the old ruins of Nice’s Roman past and the Matisse Museum. At the museum, we will see a comprehensive collection of Henri Matisse’s artwork from all periods of his life: from the first paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cutouts. There are 236 drawings, 218 engravings, and a complete presentation of the books illustrated by the artist at this museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will ride down Cimiez Hill to the Musée national message biblique Marc Chagall (National Museum Marc Chagall Biblical Message). It features scenes from Genesis, Exodus, and the Song of Songs illustrated in 17 large paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics, and tapestries, along with preparatory sketches, gouaches, engravings, and lithographs — all housed in a museum built especially for these works and opened by the artist in 1972.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy the local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Flower Market, Matisse Chapelle, Fondation Maeght
Nice
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; gravel paths, cobblestone streets, even and uneven terrain. Expect crowds at the flower market.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach, ride into Vieux Nice — Old Town — and stroll along streets vibrant with activity. We’ll visit the flower market, Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, that has also been ranked as one of the country’s most exceptional markets by the Conseil National des Arts Culinaires (National Council for the Culinary Arts). We will also savor local flavors at famed local food markets and artisan shops featuring local specialties.

Lunch: We will provide meal vouchers known as “tickets restaurant” that can be used at restaurants, bakeries, brasseries, and cafés displaying a TR sticker on the window with messages such as this: “Nous acceptons les Tickets Restaurant.” (Change is not given back if the meal cost is less than the value of the voucher.) The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will regroup at a designated time and place, reboard our motorcoach, and ride to the Matisse Chapel in Vence on a hillside above Nice. The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence was a labor of love by Matisse out of gratitude to Monique Bourgeois, the nurse who cared for him after cancer surgery in 1941. They became devoted to one another. Later, Monique entered the religious order of the Dominicans and asked Matisse to advise her in the decoration of their chapel. Instead, the artist took it on as a far greater project. For four years, Matisse dedicated himself to designing every element of the building, regarding the finished chapel as his masterpiece. Next, we will explore the Fondation Maeght, an exceptional example of modern cultural achievement. It was founded by art lovers Marguerite and Aimé Maeght to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. The building was designed by master Catalonian architect Josep Lluís Sert, and the collection includes works by Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Miró, and more. Altogether, the Maeght Foundation boasts one of the largest and finest collections of 20th century art in Europe.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Aix-en-Provence, Cezanne Studio
Martigues
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 128 miles (295 km), approximately 2.5 hours over the course of the day with a stop in Aix-en-Provence. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day, standing up to an hour at a time; cobblestone streets, even ground.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, board a motorcoach, and ride to Aix-en-Provence. A local expert will introduce Aix focusing on its history, culture, and architectural heritage. Once the provincial capital, it became known as the Florence of Provence for the nobility and grandeur of its public and private edifices. From the outside, we’ll see the Saint Sauveur Cathedral, the Musée du Viele Aix in the Estienne de Saint-Jean mansion, the Archbishop’s place, Town Hall, Albertas Square, and the Palace of Justice. This is also the birthplace of Paul Cézanne and the landscapes that inspired many of his paintings.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will walk to the atelier of Paul Cézanne. His house in Aix is one of the most remarkable artists’ studios in the world. Preserved as he left it, it is filled not just with the objects he painted but also — with his hat still sitting on its peg and a glass of wine on the table — a sense of the man himself. We will then ride to Martigues, northwest of Marseille, to embark the ship and complete boarding procedures. After some time to get our cabins and freshen up, we’ll gather for a brief orientation led by the crew on ship and safety regulations.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will have a 2-course plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Martigues.

DAY
6
Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Arles
Avignon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, uneven terrain; unavoidable steps at certain historic sites in Arles. Standing for up to 2 hours total; even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: Aboard ship in the restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cold cuts, fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, breads, jams and jellies, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and ride to the Provençal village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh spent the penultimate year of his life after being forced to leave Arles. We’ll visit Maison de santé Saint-Paul de Mausole, the mental hospital where Van Gogh committed himself from 1889-90. It became for him an island of serenity and source of creativity where he made 143 oil paintings and more than 100 drawings over a period of 53 weeks. Some of his most important were paintings — “Cypresses,” “Irises,” and “Starry Night” — were inspired by local vistas. The building itself is considered a masterpiece of Provençal Romanesque architecture and still functions as a psychiatric hospital. We’ll return to the ship after our field trip.

Lunch: Aboard ship in the restaurant, we will order plated meals with choices of main course with beverage choices of table wine (red and white), beer, fruit juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, mineral water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will set out on a walking field trip to explore the old city of Arles. With its Roman and Romanesque monuments, Arles is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest — the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) — date back to the 1st century BCE. During the 4th century, Arles experienced a second golden age as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence’s major Romanesque monuments.” A local expert will lead our exploration of the old town and point out a few of these special sites. We will also learn about some of the picturesque places that inspired Van Gogh and the works he created while he lived in Arles.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Avignon.

DAY
7
Avignon, Palais des Papes, Viviers
Viviers
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day, standing up to an hour at a time; cobblestone streets, generally even ground.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: With our Group Leader, we will set out on a walking field trip into the center of Avignon and explore the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). It was built during the so called “Babylonian Captivity” — the period from 1309-1376 when the seat of the papacy was transferred to France. The magnificent palace was constructed in only 20 years and was the largest Gothic palace in Europe. We will learn about its history from the days of grandeur to near destruction and restoration before returning to the ship.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: As we glide towards Viviers, we will gather with our Group Leader for a lecture on the pre-history of Provence.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Our Group Leader will take those who would like to join an evening stroll in Viviers. This town in the Ardèche region is medieval in character with a history stretching back 2,000 years. The ship will overnight in Viviers.

DAY
8
Grottes Chauvet, Wine Regions, Tain l’Hermitage Wine Tasting
Tain l'Hermitage
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 75 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour at a time; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach for a field trip to Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, a true facsimile of La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc — the Chauvet Grotto — a cave containing some of the best-preserved cave paintings in the world. It is also a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Located in a limestone plateau of the Ardèche River in southern France, the property contains the earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world, dating back as early as the Aurignacian period (30,000–32,000 BP), making it an exceptional testimony of prehistoric art.” The cave has been sealed off to the public since 1994. Caverne du Pont-d’Arc is a facsimile of Chauvet Cave on the model of the so-called “Faux Lascaux”, was opened to the general public on April 25, 2015. It is the largest cave replica ever built worldwide, ten times bigger than the Lascaux facsimile. The art is reproduced full-size in a condensed replica of the underground environment, in a circular building above ground, a few miles from the actual cave. The conditions of silence, darkness, temperature, humidity, and acoustics have been carefully reproduced. Next, we will ride to La Voulte and rendezvous with the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will gather for a lecture about wine regions along the Rhône and the origin of wine. Later, we will have a wine tasting of some of the regional Rhône wines from Tain l’Hermitage.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Tain l’Hermitage.

DAY
9
Vienne, Temple of Augustus, Lyon
Lyon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving a short distance into Lyon. Walking up to 3 miles, standing up to 2 hours; cobblestone streets, mostly even terrain, inclined terrain in Lyon.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will step off the ship for a walking field trip led by a local expert along the bridge that connects Vienne to the Roman Temple of Augustus. While it dates from some time before the 1st century CE, the temple’s surprisingly good state of preservation is probably due to the fact that it was turned into a church around the time of the 5th century. It was changed again during the French Revolution, first as a Temple of Reason, then a courthouse, museum, and library. Restoration efforts began in 1853. Returning to the ship, we will gather for a lecture by a local expert on important people in the history of Lyon. The ship will leave Vienne for Lyon.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll have a presentation on board to learn about urban development in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Lyon, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, sits at the confluence of two great rivers: the Saône and Rhône. Long at the center of European trade due to its strategic location, the city serves as a midway point of France. We will then step off the ship and ride into Lyon where we will set out on a field trip with our local expert. We will take the funicular down to Old Lyon for further exploration of the architecture and traboules — hidden passageways — of one of the greatest Renaissance sites in France. We will also visit the Beaux-Arts museum for a self-directed exploration using personal audio devices.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Trevoux.

DAY
10
Tournus, Chalon
Chalon sur Saône
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 17 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 2 miles; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will gather with our Group Leader for a lecture on the Dukes of Burgundy as the ship moves towards Tournous.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will explore the monastic city of Tournus and learn about the role of monasteries in the wine trade. Situated on the River Saône, Tournus is notable for the Abbey Saint-Philibert, the surviving element of a medieval Benedictine abbey. We will then go by motorcoach to Chalon and explore the Museum of Photography Nicéphore Niepce with a local expert. Given its claim as the world’s oldest photographic studio and laboratory, this photo museum has been labeled a “Maison des illustres” by the French Ministry of Culture. Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) was a notable inventor who created the first permanent photographic image. He collaborated with Louis-Jacque Daguerre, who gained prominence as a photographer following the death of Niépce.

Dinner: Aboard ship. We’ll celebrate our final evening together on the ship.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation and transfer in the morning. The ship will overnight in Chalon-sur-Saône.

DAY
11
Disembark Ship, Beaune, Dijon, TGV To Paris
Paris
B,D
Les Jardins du Marais

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 50 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Getting on/off TGV high speed train; climbing 3-12 steps with railings to reach reserved seat on train; restrooms aboard. Participants are responsible for handling their own luggage. Approximately 2.5 hours to Paris. Walking up to 2 miles; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will disembark the ship at Chalon-sur-Saône, board a motorcoach, and ride towards Dijon. Our route will take us past some of the world’s most renowned vineyards. We will make a stop in Beaune for a field trip in this fortified city that has taken the title of “capital” of the Burgundy wine trade. We will visit the Hospices de Beaune with its distinctive glazed tiles. Founded as a hospital in 1443, it became associated with wine when a devout winemaker contributed a gift of vineyards only a few years later. The tradition continued for centuries and today the Hospices de Beaune vineyards cover about 150 acres (60 hectares). We will then ride into Dijon.

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

Afternoon: We will set out with a local expert for a walking field trip to explore Dijon with a focus on the Dukes of Burgundy. We will also have an opportunity to taste some Burgundy wines with an expert. We’ll then ride to the Dijon train station, board the TGV train, and travel to Paris. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel and check in.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Musée Jacquemart-André, Musée de l’Orangerie
Paris
B
Les Jardins du Marais

Activity note: Use of Paris Métro, accessed by walking up/down flights of stairs; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; be prepared to stand on Métro if seats are not available; crowded conditions. Walking up to 3 miles, standing up to 2 hours at a time; cobblestone and paved streets, even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, cheese, breads, butter and jam, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will walk to the Métro station for an expert-led field trip to the Jacquemart André Museum, housed in the former home of Édouard André (1833–1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841–1912). The collection they assembled during their lifetimes is regarded as one of the finest private holdings in Paris. Construction on the Second Empire mansion began in 1869 and concluded in 1875. The opulent interiors provide a backdrop for exceptional and rare paintings, furniture, frescoes, and tapestries of Italian, French, Flemish, and German schools.

Lunch: On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll take the Métro to explore the collections of the Musée de l’Orangerie and view Monet’s magnificent “Les Nymphéas” (Water Lilies) with an expert. Situated in the heart of Paris at the corner of the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was constructed in 1852 as an actual orangery (shelter for orange trees), with a variety of uses in subsequent eras. When it was repurposed and refurbished after 1921, the great Impressionist artist Claude Monet began work on eight huge panels that are regarded as the ultimate expression of his artistic ideas. They were installed here after his death. The museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and other great artists of Impressionism and Modern Classicism. The Group Leader will accompany those who wish to return to the hotel. Those who would like to stay out and return independently are welcome to do so.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Le Marais, Musée National Picasso-Paris
Paris
B,D
Les Jardins du Marais

Activity note: Use of Paris Métro, accessed by walking up/down flights of stairs; elevators/escalators not available in most stations; be prepared to stand on Métro if seats are not available; crowded conditions. Walking up to 3 miles, standing up to 2 hours at a time; cobblestone and paved streets, even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert for lecture on Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). He first visited Paris in 1900 and ultimately became one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century. We will then set out on foot with an expert to explore the renowned district known as Le Marais — the Marsh — hearkening back to its medieval identity. This area was once called the Jewish Quarter because it was the most populous Jewish community in Europe. It has more intact pre-Revolutionary structures and streets than anywhere else in the city. This is what much of Paris resembled before the vast 19th century reconstruction designed by Baron Haussmann that transformed a mostly working-class and immigrant neighborhood into one of the most affluent and prestigious areas in the city today.

Lunch: On your own to have what you like in the Marais.

Afternoon: We will regroup at a designated time and place, then take the Métro to the Picasso Museum. We will learn more about Pablo Picasso, his work, and his time in France. The museum’s collection includes more than 5,000 works comprising different artistic periods that trace Picasso’s creative process as well as more than 200,000 personal archives, and his own collection of some 150 works by Cézanne, Le Douanier (Henri Rousseau), Matisse, and others.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of a glass of wine, soft drink, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
14
Program Concludes, In Transit From Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. See your program’s Transportation Information regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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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