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France
Paris at a Slower Pace: Art & Culture in the City of Light
Only Paris is Paris. Enjoy an easy-paced discovery as you join local experts to learn about the museums, art, architecture and renowned cuisine that make this city one-of-a-kind.
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Program No. 22235RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,549
Flights start at
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9 days
8 nights
16 meals
7 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Paris, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Paris
D
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Check-in available beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Morning: Arrivals at Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle — Charles DeGaulle Airport (CDG). See your program’s travel details 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. 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. In addition to expert led lectures and field trips, an outstanding benefit of this program is the included Paris Museum Pass we will use for some field trips. This pass will make your free time and personal independent exploration easier and more rewarding. For more information please visit: http://en.parismuseumpass.com/ The Group Leader will accompany you on scheduled field trips. We have also set aside some free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. 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, we'll enjoy a plated meal. Water, coffee, tea, and wine are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
L'île de la Cité
Paris
B,L,D
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and gravel paths; standing for up to 2 hours during site visits; crowds are to be expected.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: As a group, we'll listen to a lecture focused on the origins of Paris from Roman development through the Middle Ages. With a Paris expert, enjoy a panoramic overview by motorcoach of Paris' monuments and most famous sites. The historic discussion will continue, covering the city's history and its architecture throughout the ages.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, plated.

Afternoon: On Ile de la Cité we will further explore the Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral on foot to learn more about medieval art and architecture on L'île de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, plated.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Latin Quarter on the Left Bank
Paris
B,L,D
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and gravel paths; standing for up to 2 hours during site visits; crowds are expected.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With our local expert, we'll experience the Latin Quarter as the students do! Dominated by the Sorbonne, this special area is generally associated with intellectuals, artists and a bohemian way of life.

Lunch: In the Latin Quarter at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will continue exploring the Left Bank with visits to St. Germain des Prés and St. Sulpice.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy an evening cruise along the Seine to view the magnificent illuminated monuments lining the river.

DAY
5
Parisian Market, The Marais, Place des Vosges
Paris
B
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and gravel paths; standing for up to 2 hours during site visits; crowds at market.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll set out via motorcoach to the Marché d'Aligre to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional Parisian open-air market. Here we will truly be able to experience the Paris of the Parisians.

Lunch: On your own. If you would like, you may create a picnic lunch from the specialties gathered at the market, or enjoy a meal at a nearby café. The group leader is happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will come back together for a a brief exploration of the Jewish quarter. Free time. You may want to return to the Latin Quarter to further discover the Luxembourg Gardens, continue to explore the neighborhoods of the Marais district, or perhaps browse Europe's largest collection of modern art at the Pompidou Center.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you would like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Palais Royal, The Louvre
Paris
B,L
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and gravel paths; standing for up to 2 hours during site visits; crowds at historic sites.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll have an opportunity to explore the Champs Elysées and the Palais Royal area with a local expert. We will discover passageways, hidden courtyards, and learn about Paris through the centuries.

Lunch: Near the Louvre Museum at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will walk to the Musée du Louvre for our next learning experience. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world! Its unrivaled collection includes the most famous painting, the “Mona Lisa,” and the most famous sculpture, the “Venus de Milo” as well as thousands of other masterpieces.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
19th Century Art in Paris
Paris
B,D
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and gravel paths; standing for up to 2 hours during site visits; crowds expected at museums.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll take the motorcoach to the Musée d'Orsay and discover one of the most extensive collections of Impressionist art in the world. A local expert will discuss the importance of the works by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and many others as we walk through the galleries of this former railway station.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Via motorcoach, we will go to Les Invalides and Napoleon's church / tomb. We will also have a change to visit the nearby Rodin Museum and sculpture garden, where we will learn even more about 19th century Impressionist masterpieces.

Dinner: Near the hotel at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Musée de l'Orangerie, Montmartre
Paris
B,L,D
Le Patio Bastille

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and gravel paths; standing for up to 2 hours during site visits; crowds expected.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll board the motorcoach go to the Musée de l'Orangerie. Led by a local expert, we'll explore the collections of the museum and view Monet's magnificent Nymphéas (Water Lilies).

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: In Montmartre, we will gain insights into the lives of artists in Paris, and learn about the importance of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to this community. We will see Place du Tertre, the tourist center of Montmartre, Sacré Coeur Basilica and many little side streets that inspired artists of the past, and continue to inspire those of today.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a farewell meal with our fellow Road Scholars.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 p.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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