Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.
After checking in to the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our early evening Orientation session. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. In the hotel meeting room, 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 program has a maximum of 80 participants. Lectures will generally be for everyone. For field trips and other activities including some meals, we will divide into smaller groups identified by color, each with a maximum of 24 Road Scholars and its own Group Leader. You will explore with the same color group and Road Scholar Group Leader throughout the program. The order of activities will vary by group but all participants will have an opportunity to attend all field trips. The program is staffed with an instructor — a licensed professional “Guide-Conférencier” in Human & Social Sciences — who will give lectures, accompany field trips, and provide expert commentary as well as a Group Leader who will deal primarily with logistics. There are several lengthy motorcoach transfers during this program. Due to ecological regulations in France, new motorcoaches do not have restrooms on board. Older models have restrooms, but they are not available for use. A rest stop will be made along the way for rides over 90 minutes. The Group Leader will announce when rest stops will be made; speak with the Group Leader if additional stops are needed. 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.
We will walk to a local restaurant for a plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, 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.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. 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.