Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Paris:
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight to Paris.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Paris
- Welcome to France!:
Bonjour! Welcome to Paris, often described as Europe's most beautiful city.
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
Sightseeing with a local guide includes the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-lyses, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
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 4 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
At Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles, see the Hall of Mirrors and the gardens.
- Eiffel Tower Tour:
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
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 :
TGV-Pont du Gard-Nîmes
- Board High Speed Train to Avignon:
Board the TGV for a quick ride south to Avignon.
- See the Pont du Gard :
This afternoon, view the Pont du Gard.
- Walking Tour of Nmes:
Marvel at the impressive Roman buildings of Nmes, the Maison Carre and the Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
Day 6 :
LEAP Activity | En Garde!
Which is mightier—the pen or the sword? You decide! Learn basic calligraphy and fencing moves to gain new insight into old-world traditions.
Day 7 :
- Visit Provence and Cote d'Azur:
Travel from Provence to Mediterranean town of the Cote d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera.
LEAP Activity | Painters’ Provence
Make a sales pitch for a masterpiece by Cezanne, Monet, or another artist whose works highlight Provencal landscapes. Understand the impact that the light and landscape had on these artists.
Day 8 :
- Explore Monaco:
An excursion to Monaco includes the palace of Prince Rainier, the Casino de Monte Carlo, and the Cathedrale de Monaco, where actress/princess Grace Kelly is buried.
- Visit Eze:
See the charming perched village of Eze.
Day 9 :
- Explore Pisa:
Cross the Italian border to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which has been shifting in the soil since 1173.
LEAP Activity | Great Renaissance Debate
Greet six renaissance giants including Giotto, Galileo, and Isabella d’Este, and debate who made the greatest impact on civilization.
Day 10 :
- Tour Florence with a Local Guide:
A local guide introduces the Duomo, Ghiberti's Baptistry doors, the tiny shops of Ponte Vecchio, and Michelangelo's David in the Accademia.
- 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 such as da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli, there is 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 11 :
- Explore Assisi:
Step inside the beautiful basilica of St. Francis and study Giotto's famous frescoes depicting the saint's life.
- Enjoy a walking tour::
Travel to Rome for a walking tour of the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona.
Day 12 :
- Discover Rome with a local guide:
Follow a local guide in the footsteps of ancient Romans as they cheered gladiators in the Colosseum and walked proudly under the Arch of Constantine toward Trajan's Column.
Day 13 :
- See Vatican City with a local guide::
This morning, visit the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
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 14 :
Return Home to the United States
- Flight to US:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.