Day 1 :
Depart from North America
Fly through the night to Europe.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Paris
Arrive in the capital of France and begin exploring.
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris:
Fall in love with the romantic City of Lights. A local guide introduces the imposing Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon's tomb under the golden-domed Les Invalides, the Champs-lyses, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
- Louvre Museum:
See da Vinci's Mona Lisa and many other incredible works of art in the Louvre Museum.
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Tour:
Opt to travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
Day 4 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Visit Louis XIV's immense Palace of Versailles including the Hall of Mirrors and the gardens.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
A lively role-play puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 5 :
- Arrive in Venice:
- Explore Venice:
Discover the beauty of Venice with a local guide: the opulent gold mosaics of St. Mark's Cathedral, the Doge's Palace with its Gothic facades of white Italian stone and pink Verona marble, the palaces along the Grand Canal, and the Bridge of Sighs.
LEAP Activity | Behind the Carnival Mask
Create a Venetian mask inspired by the Italian Carnival, the Commedia dell’Arte—or by your imagination! Learn the meaning of the mask and its historical significance, then decorate yours using professional techniques.
Day 6 :
- Visit Pisa:
Journey across the Apennines to Tuscany. Visit Pisa to see the Leaning Tower!
LEAP Activity | Patron of the Renaissance
Imagine you’re a Medici. Suppose you’re a Sforza. Use this innovative activity to explore the motives of the patrons of the Renaissance.
Day 7 :
- See Florence:
Florence is home to some of the most astounding pieces of art in the world. Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour to experience "the Cradle of the Renaissance" up close: the beauty of the Duomo, the magnificence of Ghiberti's bronze Baptistery doors, the Church of Santa Croce, and the Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David.
- Add on: Uffizi Gallery:
Opt to spend the afternoon exploring the famous Uffizi Gallery, one of the most popular attractions in Florence. With works dating back to the 16th century from artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, there are plenty of beautiful artworks to observe and discover.
LEAP Activity | Cucina Fiorentina
Cook up a three-course traditional meal with a local chef using fresh local produce. Get a taste of Tuscan life and zesty flavors! Mangia!
Day 8 :
- Journey to Rome:
Travel south to the Italian capital.
- Discover Rome with a Local Guide:
This afternoon, follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans as you explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and Trajan's Column.
LEAP Activity | Caesar’s Gladiators
Discover the ancient secrets of the Roman gladiator games and master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at gladiator school.
Day 9 :
- See Vatican City:
Discover the artistic legacy of Catholicism in the Vatican City with a local guide. Visit the Vatican Museum to admire the religious art in the Sistine Chapel and discover St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Christian church.
Day 10 :
Return Home to the United States
- Final Goodbye:
Wrap up your European adventure and board your flight home.