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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
2,549
Flights start at
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9 days
8 nights
16 meals
7 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Departures from the U.S.
In Flight

Evening: Depart from North America on overnight flights to Paris, France. Please refer to your individual air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.

DAY
2
Arrival in Paris, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Paris
D
Le Patio Bastille

Morning: Arrivals at Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle — Charles DeGaulle Airport (CDG). Please see the “Travel Details/Transportation” section for information about transfers. Please note that rooms are not generally available until early to mid-afternoon.

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions including our resident instructor. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. 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. 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. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. 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 welcome meal together.

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.

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 the 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.

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: At a local restaurant.

DAY
4
The Latin Quarter and 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.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

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

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; Potential for 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. 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: Free time. 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. Optional activity: Remain with the group for a brief exploration of the Jewish quarter.

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

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.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll have an opportunity to explore the Champs Elysées and the Palais Royal area with a Paris 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.

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.

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.

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.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll board the motorcoach and drive over 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.

DAY
9
Departures from Paris
In Flight
B

Activity note: Please refer to the “Travel Details/Transportation” section for information on transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel (unless you need to depart earlier for travel connections). This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for the next program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Safe travels and best wishes for all your journeys!






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