Highlights
  • See firsthand the historic WWI battlefields of Somme, Verdun, Argonne and the Marne Valley.
  • Honor our fallen soldiers during private ceremonies held at American cemeteries.
  • Enjoy a special champagne-tasting lunch in the hills of France where this famous beverage is produced.

Some wars name themselves. This is the Great War.” This statement from MacLean’s Magazine in 1914 gave name to a conflict that would forever change the world and usher in a new age of warfare. On the 100th anniversary of WWI, join us on a remarkable voyage through time and across the Atlantic, as we trace the events of the Great War and see firsthand the battlefields and cemeteries that retain its legacy.

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Centenary of World War I: A Voyage of Remembrance on the Queen Mary 2

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Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

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Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

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I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner: New York City

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: New York Marriott Downtown

Afternoon: Check in at hotel and take some time to settle into your room before meeting for orientation.

Dinner: Be welcomed by your group leader for your Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Meet Course Director Colonel Andrew Duff. Take this time to get to know your fellow participants better.

Day 2: Embarking on the Queen Mary 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Walk to the World Trade Center Museum and 9/11 Memorial.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the many culinary delights of New York. You may wish to wait for lunch until you have boarded QMII. A late lunch will be served on board ship.

Afternoon: 1:00pm Group transfer from your hotel to the Queen Mary 2 boarding dock. Take some time to unpack and familiarize yourself with the ship. After the safety drill, familiarise yourself with the many facilities of the ship. Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of your afternoons and evenings as you sail to London and your learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games. On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates. In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship

 

Dinner: Enjoy your first dinner on board the ship. Taken in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia and Britannia Club Restaurants. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Evening: At leisure. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Or wander through the stacks of the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, find a book and that perfect reading chair.

Day 3: Crossing the Atlantic: Prelude to Armageddon & World War I

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: :" Prelude to Armagedonn-19th century" "World War 1."

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you may choose from among the many available activities on board.Join special Cunard guests music legends Crosby Still and Nash as they hold a series of concerts featuring their greatest hits such as "Teach your Children" and "Wooden Ships" in the Royal Court Theatre. They will also hold a Q&A session and sign autographs. You might take Afternoon Tea in the Queen's Room, attend a lecture presented by one of Cunard's guest speakers, view a planetarium show, join a book discussion, participate in an art auction, compete in a bridge tournament, relax in one of the deckchairs and watch the horizon... just to name a few of your activity choices!

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Day 4: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "1914 - Opening Battles" Lecture: "1914 - Development of Trench Warfare" led by Col. Andrew Duff.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you may choose from among the incredible variety of onboard activities. At 5:00 PM, join your group leader for a welcome cocktail party and your orientation to the Queen Mary II. Learn about the myriad of activities available to you each day.

Dinner: Join together for a group dinner at 6:00 PM in the Britannia Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Day 5: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "1915 Western Front"Lecture: "1915 Gallipoli and Dardanelles ".

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you may take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available on board - or simply relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Day 6: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "1916 - the French and Verdun" Lecture: "1916 - The Somme".

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: You can grab a ticket for this afternoon's planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Day 7: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "The War at Sea" Lecture: "1917 The French/ British Offensives".

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon you can take time to enjoy onboard life and the many opportunities for education, games, socializing and relaxing.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs. Discuss the next day's itinerary as you dine with your group leader and lecturer. Following dinner you may choose to return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on your TV this evening, attend a show in the ship's theater or practice your dance steps in the ballroom.

Day 8: Crossing the Atlantic: WWI Academic Presentations & Wrap Up

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised description of today's on board activities.

Morning: Lecture: "Technology of War" Lecture: "The AEF". Later enjoy another lecture: "1918 - German and Allied Offensives". Wrap Up and preview of the upcoming land and site visits" led by Col. Andrew Duff.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon take time to prepare for disembarking and perhaps enjoy a few final activities onboard.

 

Dinner: Farewell ship board group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannina Restaurant, featuring several choices for each course prepared by award-winning chefs.Discuss the logistics of disembarking as well as what to expect during the UK and France component of your program.

Day 9: Disembark, War Memorials, Cenotaph, Remembering the Fallen

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King's Court dining options on deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you get ready to disembark

Morning: Field Trip: - The Grave of the Unknown Soldier, - The London Cenotaph, - The Royal Air Force Memorial and - The Royal Artillery Memorial. On-Site Lecture/Field Trip: During and after the First World War, Britain’s attitude towards war memorials altered. Instead of commemorating military triumph, the emphasis fell on the ordinary soldier. War memorials became a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by so many servicemen and women and the bereavement of those they left behind. There are hundreds of war memorials across London. The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of national homage devoted to the remembrance of those who have given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation's dead of both World Wars, and in 1980 it was widened once again to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them.

 

Lunch: Lunch on your own in London

 

Afternoon: Field trip to Westminster Abbey. In the floor just inside the great west door, in the centre of the nave, is the tomb of The Unknown Warrior, an unidentified British soldier killed on a European battlefield during the First World War. He was buried in the Abbey on 11 November 1920. There are many graves in the floors of the Abbey, but this is the only grave on which it is forbidden to step. Sixteen Great War poets are commemorated on a slate stone unveiled 11 November 1985, in the South Transept (Poets' Corner).

Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel.

Evening: "War Horse has been produced by the Handspring Puppet Company in conjunction with the National Theatre. It started life as a children’s story, written my Michael Morpurgo and has been adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford. Directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot, this stunning production deals with themes of friendship, loyalty, courage and, persistence. The theme that dominates the most however, is that of a young soldier’s affection for his horse, amidst the nightmare that was the First World War. This tale was originally designed for children but there is nothing childish about the theme or the show in general which uses these realistic and fine-looking puppets to bring this story to life. War Horse is set in the time of the First World War, a time when this was to be the war to end all wars. Just before outbreak of hostilities, we are introduced to a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. "

Day 10: London - The Imperial War Museum and Free Time

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'. We are proud to be regarded as essential sights of London On-Site Lecture/Field Trip: IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the Great War. The intention was to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that war - civilian and military - and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society.

Lunch: Lunch at a typical London pub

Afternoon: At leisure to explore London on your own. This is a perfect opportunity to change topic and visit one of the art museums or to just wander along London's many different neighborhoods.

Dinner: on your own to explore local fare

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Folkestone, Dover and Ferry to Calais, Lille

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation:  Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel and check out

Morning: Field Trip The coach departs for Dover via the Tower of London for an exterior view and onwards to Dover. For many of the millions of servicemen making their way to the trenches of World War I it was the last part of Britain they stepped foot on. We continue our journey to France with a stop at the Dover Castle for a view of the Royal Flying Corps memorial and the Royal Artillery and the USA AAA 127th Battery memorial. This monument was erected in memory of all ranks of the Royal Regiment of Artilleryand of the 127 AAA Gun By United States Army who served in the Dover area the monument was dedicated on 5 August 1986. We end the morning by boarding onto the ferry as foot passengers (12:55pm ferry).

Lunch: Lunch on board the ferry

Afternoon: Upon arriving in Calais (3:25pm), we make our way to Lille to check in to our hotel.

Dinner: On your own to explore local restaurants near the hotel

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: The Western Front, Battles of the Somme, Reims

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip and an on site presentation: Understanding the Canadian role in WWI and the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant near The Somme.

Afternoon: Field trip and on site presentation to explore the Somme battlefields and learn about the American battles here and the offensives that helped turn the tide of the great war. Later we visit the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial and honor our fallen heros with a wreath laying cemetery.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel in Reims

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Battle of Verdun, French Defensive System and Trenches, Reims

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip and on site presentation: The Meuse Argonne Battles. This is an area where Americans saw some of the fiercest battles of the war. We end the morning with a special commemoration at the Meuse- Argonne American Cemetery.

Lunch: Lunch near Verdun

Afternoon: Continue to the Ossuary and cemetery that commemorate the immense loss of life that happend here in 1916. We then visit the Cathedral of Reims. Followed by free time.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 14: Reims and Meuse - Argonne in World War I

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip and on site presentations: today we explore Verdun and the French monuments to World War I. Verdun became a battle cry for the French to defend from the German and the area around Verdun saw some of the fiercest battles of the war. The area also offers some of the most beautiful monuments and memorial to the war. Explore the Fort Douaumont and the Trenches that remain today. Continue to the Ossuary and cemetery that commemorate the immense loss of life that happened here in 1916.

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: This afternoon we explore the beautiful Cathedral of Reims, were the Kings of France had to come to be Crowned. Free time in Reims.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: At leisure.

Day 15: The Americans in the Marne Valley and Farewell Lunch, Paris

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Today we have a late morning departure for the hills of Champagne. We stop at the Caves Mercier for a presentation on Champagne production and vine cultivation. Enjoy a presentation of the making of Champagne and the vine.

Lunch: Special Farewell Champagne Lunch at La Cave a Champagne in Epernay.

Afternoon: This afternoon as we depart the area around Reims, we explore the last of the American Battlefields around Chateau Thierry and Belleau Woods. We end the day with our last commemorative ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial. Continue to our last hotel near to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Dinner: In the hotel

Day 16: Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Individual hotel shuttle transfer to the airport for departure flights.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 5,395

Price Per Day:

$ 337 per day
 
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Details
Ship Name

Queen Mary II

Trip Includes
  • 15 nights of accommodations
  • 21 expert-led lectures
  • 13 expert-led field trips
  • 1 hands-on experience
  • 1 performance
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale: 3 nights  REIMS

 

New York Marriott Downtown: 1 night  New York

The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.

 

Queen Mary II: 7 nights  Valencia

Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 13 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.

 

Millennium Gloucester Hotel: 2 nights  London

Three restaurants and one bar.

 

Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place: 1 night  Lille

A charming hundred-year old hotel in the heart of Lille. Near railway stations, the Opera, the Grand Square, the Beaux-Arts museum and the Convention/Exhibition Centre. Bar and meeting facilities.

 

Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle: 1 night  Roissy en France

The Mercure Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Hotel is conveniently located near the airport and offers a free shuttle bus service between the hotel, terminals and RER/TGV train stations from 05:30 a.m. to midnight. The hotel offers a comfortable, stylish setting and a cozy atmosphere.

Start City
New York
End City
Paris
Guides

Andrew Duff

Lt. Col. Andrew Duff attended prestigious Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment where he commanded operational tours in Cyprus, N. Ireland and Belize. He has military operations, intelligence, security, exercise planning, training major, training officer and head officer of Arctic warfare training under his belt. With his love of military history and his experience, Lt. Col. Duff makes a battlefield come alive as he exposes the story of war from all angles.

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