Highlights
  • Delve into Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay and attend a musical performance at the Sainte Chapelle.
  • Spend a morning walking through Monet’s gardens at Giverny.
  • Learn about the controversial post-impressionist collection at the newly opened Barnes on the Parkway Museum and delight in an evening concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In the 19th century, the Impressionist Movement took the world by storm, and continues to mesmerize art lovers. On a voyage that leads from the gardens of Monet’s Giverny to the collections of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Impressionism.

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Masterpieces of the Impressionists: Paris to Philadelphia on the Queen Mary 2

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

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This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
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While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

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Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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Thank you Road Scholar! July 2016

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Fabulous! July 2016

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This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.

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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Paris

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and take some time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

Day 3: Masterpieces of the Orsay and Rodin Museums, Paris

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Your Group Leader and Study Leader in Paris, James McKenzie-Hall,will take you to the Musee d'Orsay for an introduction to Impressionism focusing on the art created in Montmartre, Auvers, Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur.

Lunch: After your visit, have lunch with your group at the Orsay Museum's restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, explore the Rodin Institute's gardens featuring such famous sculptures as the Thinker, the Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais, before an expert-led visit of the Museum's collections.

Dinner: Dinner with your group at a local bistro.

Day 4: The Orangerie and Artistic Life in Montmartre, Paris

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, your Study Leader will lead you on an exploration of the Orangerie, the museum Claude Monet chose to exhibit some of his most prized works.

Lunch: Take this opportunity to explore local cuisine with lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Explore Montmartre, the heart of the Parisian artistic movement, featuring the Sacre Coeur basilica and Place du Tertre.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening, enjoy a classical music concert held at the Sainte Chapelle.

Day 5: Auvers-sur-Oise and Pontoise, Paris

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Discover Auvers sur Oise and some of the sites that inspired Vincent Van Gogh's genius. Led by your Study Leader, stroll up to the cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother are buried.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: With your Study Leader, visit the Musee Pissarro de Pontoise, a town in which Pissarro, Gauguin and Cezanne lived.

Dinner: This evening, enjoy a final dinner on your own in Paris.

Day 6: Monet's Gardens in Giverny and Transfer to London

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Discover Monet's gardens at Giverny and the stunning foliage that inspired the great artist.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Giverny.

Afternoon: Board an afternoon Eurostar train at 4:13pm to London, and relax as you watch the French countryside go by. Upon arrival in London check into your hotel.

Dinner: 3 course served dinner in the hotel. Tea, coffee and water included. Other drinks available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: The Courtauld Gallery and Embarkation on the Queen Mary 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, explore the intimate collection of the Courtauld Gallery, which spans from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Lunch: Enjoy a packed lunch from Leafi -Coutauld with your group.

Afternoon: Transfer to Southampton and board the Queen Mary 2. We will then depart for the pier, complete embarkation procedures, and board the Queen Mary 2. Take some time to settle in and begin to familiarize yourself with the ship. There will also be a mandatory Safety Drill this afternoon, so please listen out for the Captain’s announcements once on board.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant, choose from the extensive menu — designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann — offering multiple options for appetizers and soups, salads, entrées, and dessert as well as tea, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase. It’s impossible not to feel special making a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase.

Evening: At leisure. The Queen Mary 2 is a floating city. The options for activities and entertainment are many and varied. You might like to see a show in the ballroom, go dancing, listen to music, watch a movie in the theatre, have a beverage and a chat with new Road Scholar friends in one of the bars, or wander through the library — one of the best shipboard libraries anywhere — to find a book and curl up in that perfect reading chair.

Day 8: Crossing the Atlantic: What is the French Academy

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: Gather with your group, in a private meeting room on the Connextions area of the ship, for a lecture: What is the French Academy - From King Louis XIV to David & Ingres. There will be a mid lecture break for refreshment each day.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King's Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Golden Lion pub for traditional English pub "grub" or a light lunch at the Boardwalk Cafe if the weather permits.

Afternoon: This afternoon take the opportunity to choose from among an array of on board activities. 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 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.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a variety of activities on board, from movies to shows or simply enjoying the ambience of the many themed bars.

Day 9: Crossing the Atlantic: Romanticism & Realism

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gather with your group for a fascinating illustrated lecture: Romanticism and Realism in French Painting.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. Weather permitting, you might like to take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure for the ship's activities.

Day 10: Crossing the Atlantic: Monet & Renoir

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Monet & Renoir: Side by Side, but Miles Apart.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: This afternoon take the opportunity to choose from among an array of on board activities. 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 Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Crossing the Atlantic: Caillebotte, Bazille, Degas, Cassatt

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Caillebotte & Bazille: The Impressionists that Dr. Barnes Didn't Buy. After a break Betsey Anderson continues with a lecture Degas and Cassat: The Aristocratic Impressionists.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free Time. Take advantage of the many educational, social, and physical activities available, or simply relax in a deck chair with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Day 12: Crossing the Atlantic: Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Seurat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: Gauguin & Van Gogh and Liberation of Colour. After a break, enjoy the lecture on Cezanne and Seurat and the Return of Form.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Crossing the Atlantic: Introduction to the Barnes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture: More Cezannes than in Paris: Dr. Barnes and the Barnes Foundation.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: This afternoon is your chance to prepare for tomorrow morning's arrival in New York and perhaps participate in a few final afternoon activities.

Dinner: Group dinner at 6:00 PM at the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Time to pack and leave your suitcases outside your cabins as instructed by Cunard.

Day 14: The Met and Transfer to Philadelphia

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Club Quarters in Philadelphia

Breakfast: Early breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: The ship docks in Brooklyn at 7:00am. You will have disembarkation information from Cunard and you will depart the ship as a group according to your baggage colour coding. Transfer by coach into Manhattan. Explore the vast collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an audio guide.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in New York.

Afternoon: Later this afternoon, transfer by coach to Philadelphia.

Dinner: Enjoy a warm welcome to Philadelphia with a group dinner at Davios in Club Quarters. Tea, coffee and water included. Other drinks available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 15: Rodin Museum & Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Club Quarters in Philadelphia

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Your Philadelphia guide will take you on a panoramic coach ride of the city. Then travel on to the exciting Rodin Museum, the largest collection of August Rodin's work outside of Paris.

Lunch: Enjoy light lunch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Afternoon: Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Betsey Anderson and then explore the collections at your leisure.

Dinner: Have an early dinner out with your group before departing for an evening performance.

Evening: Enjoy an evening performance at a local performance hall.

Day 16: The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Club Quarters in Philadelphia

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway with an introductory lecture and a Q&A session.

Lunch: Farewell lunch at the Barnes.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with a local educator who will review American Impressionism.

Dinner: This evening, explore local cuisine with dinner on your own. Your group leader will provide suggestions.

Day 17: Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Departures from the program. Your Group Leader will be available to assist with taxis to the airport.

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Ship Name

Queen Mary II

Ship Description

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.

Meals Included:

15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 13 Dinners

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

Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg: 4 nights  Paris

The bohemian-style Best Western Premier Opéra Faubourg is located in the heart of Paris on the rue La Fayette. It is bordered by the Opera Garnier, the antique auction house of Drouot and the Grands Boulevards. This stunning area is known for its glass covered passageways with chic boutiques, traditional Parisian restaurants and cafés and department stores. Guestrooms are contemporary in style and decorated in chocolate brown and cream. All rooms are equipped with modern en suite facilities and flat-screen TVs.

 

Millennium Gloucester Hotel: 1 night  London

Three restaurants and one bar.


Club Quarters in Philadelphia: 3 nights  Philadelphia

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Paris
End City
Philadelphia

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