Day 1 :
Depart from North America
Board an overnight flight to England.
Day 2 :
Arrive in London
Arrive in London, the cosmopolitan capital of England, and begin exploring.
Day 3 :
- See London:
With a local guide, discover the pageantry and splendor of this former imperial capital, including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Nelson's Column, and the Houses of Parliament. End with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (seasonal).
Day 4 :
Windsor Castle and Bath
- Visit Windsor Castle:
Visit the Queen's favorite palace at Windsor.
LEAP Activity | Who Rules?
Meet great Britons from history. Debate their merits and contributions to decide who is the greatest of them all!
Day 5 :
- Visit Stonehenge:
The exact function of the Neolithic circle of stone at Stonehenge remains unclear, but the mystique of the place and the amazing achievement of its builders are easy to see.
- Travel to Normandy:
Board the steamer to Normandy.
Day 6 :
- Bayeux Tapestry:
See the Bayeux Tapestry, which is both a magnificent medieval work of art and an historic document of great importance.
- Explore Normandy:
Visit the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, the D-day invasion beaches, the American military cemetery, and relive the invasion with the Soldiers' Stories.
LEAP Activity | Soldiers’ Stories
Step into the shoes of U.S. servicemen as they land in Normandy on D-Day. Learn about their lives and their experiences to gain personal and historical perspective.
Day 7 :
- Visit Monet's Home:
Visit the impressionist Monet's house and garden at Giverny, the inspiration for many of his greatest works. (Before April 1, a trip to Auvers-sur-Oise, where van Gogh spent his last days, will be substituted.)
- Journey to Paris:
Travel to the capital of France.
Day 8 :
- Explore Paris:
Fall in love with the romantic City of Lights, Paris. A local guide introduces the imposing Arc de Triomphe, 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.
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Tour:
Opt to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 9 :
Paris to Barcelona
- Fly to Barcelona:
Board a flight to Barcelona.
LEAP Activity | Cover the Canvas
Live the artist’s life. Explore line, color, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
Day 10 :
- Discover Barcelona:
A local guide introduces you to Barcelonathe Olympic Stadium, the Medieval Cathedral, the Parc Gell, and Gaud's unfinished Sagrada Famlia.
- Casa Mil:
Tour Gaud's Casa Mil.
- Barri Gtic:
Explore the Barri Gtic.
Day 11 :
- Add on: Dal Museum in Figueres:
Opt for an excursion to Figueres. Surrealist art lovers will especially enjoy visiting the hometown of the famous Salvador Dali. Explore the Theatre and Museum he built to memorialize his life's work. The museum boasts the largest collection of his work, including paintings, sculptures, mechanical devices, 3D collages, and even living room furniture! It's certainly a sight to see!
Day 12 :
- AVE to Madrid:
Take a journey on the AVE to the capital of Spain, Madrid.
LEAP Activity | Spirit of Spain
Immerse yourself in the art that defines the passion of Spain. Explore the meaning and compare the techniques of artists from El Greco to Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Enrich your knowledge of art history as you debate how these and other artists defined and shaped Spanish culture.
Day 13 :
Prado and Reina Sofía
- Explore Madrid:
Sightseeing in Madrid with a local guide includes the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Puerta del Sol, and ends at the Prado Museum. In the Prado, see many works by Velazquez and El Greco.
- Reina Sofa Museum:
Admire Picasso's Guernica at the nearby Reina Sofa Gallery.
LEAP Activity | Cocina Española
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
Day 14 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Bid Farewell!:
Board your flight home, or choose to extend your time in Spain.
Extend your trip | Extra day in Madrid
Don’t leave Spain yet! Add an extra day to your itinerary, reserved for exploring Madrid and all this capital city has to offer.