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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
2,459
Flights start at
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9 days
8 nights
18 meals
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DAY
1
Departures from the U.S.
In Flight

Evening: Overnight flights from the U.S.

DAY
2
Arrival in Paris: Welcome and Orientation
Paris
D
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Morning: Arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport and independent 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. There are Paris maps available at the hotel, and your Group Leader will be present to provide recommendations and directions.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. At 5:30 p.m. 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 responsibilites, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
3
L'île de la Cité
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Meet this morning with your group for a lecture focusing on the origins of Paris from Roman development through the Middle Ages. Then, enjoy a panoramic overview by coach of Paris' monuments and most famous sites, while your Paris Expert continues a discussion of the city's history and its architecture throughout the ages.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart by coach to the Ile de la Cité. Explore the Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral to learn more about medieval art and architecture on L'île de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris.

Dinner: Dinner near the Eiffel Tower. Transfer by Coach.

DAY
4
The Latin Quarter and the Left Bank
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Your Paris guide will help you to experience the Latin Quarter as the students do. A location dominated by the Sorbonne, this special area is generally associated with intellectuals, artists and a bohemian way of life.

Lunch: Lunch in the Latin Quarter.

Afternoon: You may remain with your group leader and continue exploring the Left Bank with visits to St. Germain des Prés and St. Sulpice, or alternatively, you can take the opportunity to head off on your own and discover the Jardins du Luxembourg with its puppet show and botanical garden with fruit trees and beehives.

Dinner: Enjoy an experience with a chef

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,D
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the Marché d'Aligre. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional Parisian open-air market where you will truly be able to experience the Paris of Parisians.

Lunch: Create a picnic lunch from the specialties you've gathered at the market or enjoy a meal at a nearby café.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity to explore the neighborhoods of the Marais district including what was historically the Jewish quarter, and perhaps browse Europe's largest collection of modern art at the Pompidou Center. Those who wish to remain with the group can enjoy a brief exploration of the Jewish quarter.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
6
Palais Royal / The Louvre
Paris
B,L
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Drive to the Champs Elysées and then explore the Palais Royal area with your Paris guide, discovering covered passageways, hidden courtyards, and learning about Paris through the centuries.

Lunch: Lunch near the Louvre Museum.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for personal independent exploration. You are also welcome to join the Group Leader and walk to the Louvre, which is nearby. The Musée du 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. Drive back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

DAY
7
19th Century Art in Paris
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to the musée d'Orsay. At the museum you will discover one of the most extensive collections of Impressionist art in the world. Your local guide will discuss the importance of the works by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and many others as you walk through the galleries of this former railway station.

Lunch: Lunch at the Musée d'Orsay restaurant.

Afternoon: Drive by Coach to a discovery of Les Invalides and Napoleon's church / tomb. Then conclude your afternoon's exploration at the Rodin Museum and sculpture garden where you will learn more about 19th century Impressionist masterpieces.

Dinner: Dinner near the hotel

DAY
8
Montmartre and the Orangerie Museum
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel La Demeure

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach will depart for the Orangerie Museum. Led by your local expert, explore the collections of the Musée de l'Orangerie and view Monet's magnificent Nymphéas (Water Lilies).

Lunch: Lunch in Montmartre.

Afternoon: In Montmartre, you will study the lives of artists in Paris and learn about Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in the community. Take this opportunity to explore Place du Tertre, the tourist center of Montmartre, or visit Sacré Coeur Basilica. You may also take this opportunity to simply walk around the neighborhood and discover the streets that inspired so many artists. Coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
9
Departures from Paris
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel (depending on your departure time).

Morning: Individual departures to Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights. Your group leader will give you helpful information on getting to the airport and be available to assist you with arrangements if needed. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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