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ITINERARY


DAY 1 | FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

  • Depart Boston’s Logan Airport at 4:55 PM on Delta flight #256 bound for Amsterdam.


DAY 2 | SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2020 | Welcome to France

  • Arrive in Amsterdam at 5:50 AM and transfer to your connecting flight. Depart Amsterdam at 6:55 AM on KLM flight #1925 bound for Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Arrive in Geneva Airport at 8:20 AM. Welcome to Switzerland!
  • Board you waiting motor coach and transfer to your hotel in Aix-les-Bains (approx. 1.5 hours). Welcome to France!
  • Check in to your hotel, the Marina Adelphia and unpack. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure to recoup from your travels. Explore the village of Aix-les-Bains, walk the esplanade along the lake shore, and rest up for the days ahead!


DAY 3 | SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020

  • Following breakfast at your hotel, race practices take place on Lac du Bourget today.
  • Arranged to complement to your training schedule, transfer by motor coach to the neighboring village of Chambery. Upon arrival, your local guide will lead you on a walking tour of this City of the Dukes. Walk in the footsteps of French royalty as you visit the castle; take in the eclectic architecture of Old Town as your guide introduces you to this former capital of the States of Savoy. And no trip to Chambery is complete without a stop at the famous Elephants Fountain!
  • Before your motor coach returns you to Aix, enjoy free time to explore some of the vaulted passageways in the old town and consider lunch in one of the tempting cafes along Place Saint-Léger.
  • Tonight, what better way celebrate the start of your dragon boat team’s trip to France than a dinner cruise on Lac du Bourget! Get acquainted with water you will be paddling in the coming week while you dine on delicious French cuisine and absorb the serene alpine views – let the boat’s motor do the work tonight!


DAY 4 | MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020 | Training and Opening Ceremony

  • After breakfast at your hotel, race practices take place.
  • An excursion to Annecy has been arranged to compliment your training schedule; board your motor coach and enjoy a scenic drive to this beautiful alpine village known as the Venice of the Alps! With your local guide, explore the medieval cobblestone streets, winding canals, and pastel-painted buildings of Annecy’s Old Town.
  • Following your tour, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll try one of the local bakeries or cafes for lunch, or rent a pedalo boat to peddle your way across Lake Annecy! Return to Aix-les-Bains by motor coach.
  • Tonight, join dragon boat teams from around the world in the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 IDBF Club Crew World Championships! 

 



DAY 5 | TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020 | 200m Races

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, Wellness Warriors join fellow paddlers on the water and compete in 200m races today — paddles up!
  • Excursions can optionally be arranged to compliment your team schedule. Consider a scenic bike ride along the shores of Lac du Bourget or treat yourself to one of Aix’s famous thermal baths!


DAY 6 | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2020

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at leisure or watch the races on Lac du Bourget.
  • Excursions can be arranged to compliment your team schedule. Consider a visit to Abbaye d’Hautecombe, a 12th-century abbey founded by Cistercian monks and beautifully situated on the western shores of Lake Bourget.


DAY 7 | THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2020 | 500m Races

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, Wellness Warriors join fellow paddlers on the water and compete in 500m races today — paddles up!
  • Excursions can optionally be arranged to compliment your team schedule. Consider a gastronomy tour of a cheese factory, stone-ground nut mill, and acclaimed Savoy vineyards can be arranged for the group!


DAY 8 | FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at leisure or watch the races on Lac du Bourget.
  • Excursions can optionally be arranged to compliment your team schedule. Consider a trip to the summit of Mont le Revard and explore the network of trails by foot or mountain bike, or save up your energy for the water and choose a scenic drive to the peak. No matter what mode you select, the panoramic views from the top are not to be missed!


DAY 9 | SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020 | 2k Races

Following breakfast at the hotel, Wellness Warriors join fellow paddlers on the water and compete in 2,000m races today — paddles up!

Tonight, celebrate your team’s hard work thus far with a festive dinner; a perfect time to recount the memories made over the last week, in addition to strategizing for your final race tomorrow! (Arranged upon request for an additional supplement, see optional pricing.)



DAY 10 | SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020 | Closing Ceremony

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your last day in Aix-les-Bains.
  • Celebrate the culmination of the races with your teammates at the Closing Ceremony of the 2020 CCWC. The remainder of the evening is free for dinner and to prepare your luggage.


DAY 11 | MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020 | Depart Aix-les-Bains or Provence Day 1

  • After breakfast, check out of your hotel and board your coach bound for Geneva Airport and your flight home to North America.
  • Depart Geneva Airport at 2:10 PM on KLM flight #1930 bound for Amsterdam.
  • Arrive in Amsterdam at 3:50 PM and transfer to your connecting flight.
  • Depart Amsterdam at 5:00 PM on KLM flight #617 landing at Boston’s Logan Airport at 6:40 PM. Welcome home!
  • Or, continue on to Provence with an exciting trip extension!

PROVENCE EXTENSION:

  • Following breakfast, check out of your Aix-les-Bains area hotel and travel south by motor coach to Aix-en-Provence.
  • Upon arrival, enjoy time for lunch in the village, then meet your local guide for a walking tour of this beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence. On this tour, discover why Aix is known as a town of water and art and see how the village was an inspiration for many impressionist painters!
  • Visit sites such as the Cathédrale Saint Sauveur, which was built on the site of a former Roman forum and is a fantastic example of all architectural styles from the 5th through the 17th centuries.
  • Following your tour, transfer to your hotel and check-in. Enjoy the evening free to explore Aix-en-Provence at your leisure.


DAY 12 | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 | Provence Day 2

PROVENCE EXTENSION:

  • After breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide and transfer to Les Baux-de-Provence, named one of the most beautiful villages in France.
  • Spend your morning with your guide exploring Les Baux-de-Provence, uniquely positioned on a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles mountains, providing stunning views of the plains below. On your tour, visit Carrières des Lumières, an impressive multi-dimensional exhibit in the retired quarries.
  • This afternoon, enjoy free time for lunch, shopping, and exploring in Les Baux-de-Provence.
  • Return to your hotel and spend the evening in Aix-en-Provence; your tour manager would be happy to help with dinner suggestions!


DAY 13 | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 | Provence Day 3

PROVENCE EXTENSION:

  • Following breakfast in your hotel, hop aboard your motor coach bound for Cassis, a colorful fishing port on the Mediterranean.
  • Enjoy the day exploring this ruggedly beautiful coast and quaint village of Cassis.
  • Discover this Parc national des Calanques on foot with the assortment of inviting hiking trails leading to panoramic sea views and secluded beaches, or consider treating yourself to a boat tour on the breathtakingly blue water!
  • In the late afternoon, transfer back to the hotel in Aix-en-Provence. Tonight, you may wish to join other dragon boaters for an optional farewell dinner at an Aix-en-Provence restaurant.

 



DAY 14 | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 | Departure from Provence

 

PROVENCE EXTENSION:

  • Following breakfast, check out of your hotel, continue your travels in Europe or return home.

 


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