22719
France

Paris & Normandy: A Fantastic French Voyage With Your Family

Explore Paris’ famous landmarks as the city sweeps you and your family off your feet before sailing the River Seine to discover the gardens, cathedrals and the beaches of Normandy.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22719RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,299
Flights start at
1,150
Print All
Map details are not available for this location.
View Map
Expand All
14 days
13 nights
32 meals
12 B 9 L 11 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Paris, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Paris
D
Les Jardins du Marais

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

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. In addition to the Group Leader, our program will be staffed with a local instructor (a licensed guide), who will give lectures and provide on-site commentary during most field trips. Extensive use of public transit during this program. Participants must be prepared to go up and down unavoidable steps, navigate crowds and stand when seats are not available. Expect the metro to be hot during summer months. All port stops & field trips are subject to change as weather and river conditions may affect the itinerary. 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. Also, 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. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival & departure times. 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. This is a Road Scholar Family program. Parents and Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren during the program. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel, we'll enjoy a Welcome meal together.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Montmartre, Paris Overview, Embarkation
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Botticelli

Activity note: Use of Metro; unavoidable stairs (12-36 steps) with railings; elevators/escalators not available in every station; standing on moving train when seats are not available; underground is hot in the summer; crowds expected during peak travel times. Walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone & paved streets. Montmartre is on a hill; walking uphill at a leisurely pace. Note: this is a 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' ship. Program 21266, the Grandparent version of 22719, will also be on board.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check-out of the hotel and store our luggage in a safe place. Then, we'll depart on foot and take the metro to Montmartre. Here we will walk the winding streets of this “village” and learn about its significance. Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré Coeur can be seen from many points in Paris, and we will be able to see it up close! This butte (hill) is a delightful area of village streets and steep stairways that suddenly rise from the Grands Boulevards. The Romano-Byzantine Basilica of the Sacred Heart dates to the late 1800’s, and its interior is decorated in mosaic. The bell, named La Savoyarde is one of the world’s heaviest bells at 19 tons. Nearby, the Place du Tertre (Painters Square) is very popular with tourists and street artists vying for the chance to paint their portraits. Poets, singers and artists were drawn to the area by its reputed Bohemian way of life. In the early days, they gathered in the cafés to share their works. This led to the tradition of the café-concert. The most famous of these, the Moulin Rouge, opened in 1889. Until the outbreak of World War II, La Butte remained the city’s artistic and literary center. Especially for Kids: We will embark on a treasure hunt to discover more of Montmartre.

Lunch: At a local Montmartre restaurant.

Afternoon: We will return by metro to the hotel to gather our belongings and board a motorcoach. We'll then set out for an overview drive of Paris. Accompanied by expert commentary, we will see landmarks such as the Opera, Place Vendôme, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, the Louvre Museum, Ile de la Cite and the Left Bank. We will conclude our overview by the Seine River to embark on our riverboat. Once we are settled in, we will have an orientation on ship procedures and safety regulations by the ship crew members.

Dinner: On board, we will have a welcome meal including wine, water, soda, coffee and tea.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
L'Île de la Cité, Tour Montparnasse, Free Time
Paris
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Botticelli

Activity note: Use metro; unavoidable stairs (12-36 steps) with railings; elevators/escalators are not available in every station; standing on moving train when seats are not available; the underground is hot in the summer; crowds expected during peak travel times. Walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone and paved streets. Take high speed elevator to top of the Tour Montparnasse. Note: this is a 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' ship. Program 21266, the Grandparent version of 22719, will also be on board.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will set out by metro to discover the heart of the city, where Paris was founded, L'Île de la Cité. We will see the exterior of one of the word's most famous cathedrals, Notre Dame, as well as the stunning stained glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will head out via the metro to La Tour Montparnasse, where we will experience the best view of Paris! We will take an elevator all the way up to the 56th floor in 38 seconds to the observation deck and open-air panoramic terrace. From here, we will see the astonishing Parisian skyline, including the famous Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), which was built from 1887-89 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, World's Fair, marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Free Time. The Group Leader will take those who wish to visit the Eiffel Tower by metro to Champs de Mars. If you are interested in taking the elevator up the Eiffel Tower on your own, it is advised to make reservations online in advance for these tickets.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Monet's Giverny, To Vernon
Vernon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Botticelli

Activity note: Walking on pavement and gravel for up to 1 mile. Standing for up to 2 hours total. Note: this is a 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' ship. Program 21266, the Grandparent version of 22719, will also be on board.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: On board, we will enjoy a lecture about Impressionism and Claude Monet in Giverny by our expert instructor. We'll learn the basics of the Impressionism movement and its artists, while the ship navigates along the Seine.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will disembark and discover Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny. We will see the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
To Rouen, History of Rouen
Rouen
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Botticelli

Activity note: Walking on pavement and gravel for up to 1 mile. Standing for up to 2 hours total. Note: this is a 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' ship. Program 21266, the Grandparent version of 22719, will also be on board.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: On board, our Group Leader and Instructor will lead an activity especially for kids to teach us about French culture.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will set out on foot to explore historic Rouen with our expert instructor. We will see its magnificent gothic cathedral where Monet studied and painted the effects of changing light, and its famous medieval half-timbered houses. We'll stroll the cobblestone street of the Big Clock to the Old Market Square, the site where Joan of Arc was martyred.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. You may walk over to the Rouen cathedral to see it illuminated at night.

DAY
7
To Duclair, Abbey of Saint Wandrille, To Honfleur
Duclair
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Botticelli

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; some steps at the Abbey; even and uneven ground. Standing up to 1 hour. Getting on/off motorcoach. Note: this is a 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' ship. Program 21266, the Grandparent version of 22719, will also be on board.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: On board, our Group Leader and Instructor will lead an activity especially for kids to teach us about French culture.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will go by motorcoach a short distance from Duclair, to Fontenelle Abbey, also called the Abbey of St. Wandrille. Accompanied by one of the abbey’s monks, we'll visit the monastery and learn the story of its founder, Wandregisel, or Saint Wandrille. Although much of the abbey has been rebuilt, the chapel of St. Saturnin remains standing on the hillside overlooking the abbey and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical structures still in existence. After exploring the abbey, we will have the option of attending mass with the Benedictine monks as they sing Gregorian chants.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Honfleur, Marine Museum, Free Time
Honfleur
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Botticelli

Activity note: Walking on cobblestone streets and pavement for up to 2 miles. Standing for up to 2 hours total. Note: this is a 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' ship. Program 21266, the Grandparent version of 22719, will also be on board.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will disembark on foot to enjoy the unique architecture of historic Honfleur with our expert instructor. We will learn why this city has one of the few remaining all-wooden churches and the important role of this city in the settlement of New France.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will walk to the Marine Museum in Honfleur to learn how Honfleur’s history is tied to the sea. We will see model ships, paintings and objects that depict daily life, business and crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Free time. On your own, you may like to enjoy the atmosphere of the Old Port or visit the Eugène Boudin museum.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Disembarkation, Bayeux Tapestry, Free Time, To Caen
Caen
B,D
Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Activity note: Walking on cobblestone streets and pavement for up to 2 miles. Standing for up to 2 hours total. Getting on/off motorcoach; the drive from Bayeux to Caen is about 40 minutes.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will disembark the river boat and depart by motorcoach to Bayeux. In Bayeux, we will have the opportunity to examine the Bayeux Tapestry, a lively description of the Middle Ages that describes the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is nearly 230 feet long and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The actual origins of the tapestry remain a mystery, but legend has it that William's wife Mathilda and her ladies-in-waiting embroidered it. We will visit the museum at our own pace to learn about the making of the Tapestry. Free time in Bayeux's pedestrian area.

Lunch: On your own in Bayeux. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will depart by motorcoach to Caen where we will check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Caen Memorial & Museum, Free Time
Caen
B,L
Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Activity note: Walking and standing up to 2 miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground. Walking and standing in the museum on flat ground. Getting on/off motorcoach.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoch to visit the Caen Memorial and Museum, where displays, films and exhibits tell the story of World War II and the D-Day Landing Beaches.

Lunch: At the Caen Memorial.

Afternoon: Free Time to explore Caen at your own pace.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc
Caen
B,L,D
Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Activity note: Walking and standing up to 2 miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved ground. Walking and standing in the museum on flat ground. Getting on/off motorcoach.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will head out on a motorcoach to Omaha Beach. We will meet a WWII expert to learn about the battle for Omaha Beach and hear stories about those who lived through it. We will also walk part of the beach to see historic sites.

Lunch: At a restaurant near Omaha Beach.

Afternoon: We will continue on to the US Normandy American Military Cemetery to honor those who served under the Allied Forces. We will go to Pointe du Hoc and learn about the Ranger Assault that took place there. Our WWI exert will show us the craters, now grassed over, left by the bombings of WWII.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Mont Saint Michel
Caen
B,D
Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on cobblestone streets and pavement. Mont Saint Michel is built on a hill, therefore there is some uphill walking and steps to arrive at the abbey.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: By motorcoach we will go to Mont Saint Michel, a place the locals call "le Mont", a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched on a small rocky island that is connected to the mainland at low tide, Mont Saint Michel is a Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael dating from the Middle Ages. Here, we will enjoy a self-guided visit of the abbey and grounds.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you would like at Mont Saint Michel.

Afternoon: We will return by motorcoach to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Sainte-Mère-Église, Cotentin Peninsula
Caen
B,L,D
Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on uneven and even terrain. Getting on/off a 'duck boat' (a boat with wheels that allows travel on land and in water), which will take us to Tatihou Island. Plan to wear shoes that can get wet as, depending on the tide, we may have to walk on sand at low tide.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take the motorcoach to Sainte-Mère-Église to learn the story of the paratrooper whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will explore the island of Tatihou, just opposite the port of Saint Vaast La Hougue. We will access this island by an amphibious vehicle similar to a 'duck boat'.

Dinner: Farewell meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 noon. Early check-out from hotel in Caen to transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport. The drive is approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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!






Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback