Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Paris:
Relax and enjoy your scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Paris
- Welcome to France!:
Fly through the night to the captivating capital city of France. Begin to explore.
Day 3 :
Paris and Versailles
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
From the romantic cafés surrounding the Arc de Triomphe to the sweeping Champs-Élysées, the majestic Eiffel Tower, and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights. Visit the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral, home of the famous fictional hunchback.
- Eiffel Tower Visit:
Enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower tonight.
- Add on: Palace of Versailles:
An optional journey takes you to Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
This costume workshop is a lively role-play activity that puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 4 :
- Explore the Louvre Museum :
Take your time exploring the Louvre Museum.
- Sightseeing in Montmartre :
Follow your Tour Director through the artsy hilltop neighborhood of Montmartre towards Basilica Sacré-Cœur. Watch local street artists work their magic in the central square of Place du Tertre before seeking out the iconic red windmill on the roof of Moulin Rouge, birthplace of the French cancan dance.
LEAP Activity | Cover the Canvas
Live the artist life. Explore line, color, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
Day 5 :
- Explore Normandy:
Journey to the striking coastal landscape that was the battleground of WWII's D-Day. Tour the American Military Cemetery and the Landing Museum in Arromanches.
- LEAP Soldiers' Stories:
- Continue to St. Malo area:
Enjoy the ride to the St. Malo area.
- LEAP Medieval Merriment!:
Experience Medieval Merriment: Grab your dancing shoes and learn the visual language of Medieval dance. Discover the important role it played during French Medieval times, where there was a dance for every occasion, and a special meaning behind each step in the choreography.
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.
LEAP Activity | Medieval Merriment!
Grab your dancing shoes and learn the visual language of medieval dance. Discover the important role it played during French medieval times, where there was a dance for every occasion, and a special meaning behind each step in the choreography.
Day 6 :
Mont St. Michel
- Visit Mont St. Michel:
On the Breton Coast, visit Mont St. Michel, a fortified island of looming spires.
- Continue to the Loire Valley:
Relax while traveling through the lovely French countryside to the Loire Valley.
Day 7 :
- Discover the Loire Valley:
Appreciate centuries of history in the beautiful Château of Chenonceau. Explore the Château of Amboise.
- LEAP Bon Appétit:
LEAP Activity | Bon Appetit
Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
Day 8 :
- Travel to Paris :
- Board the TGV to Nice:
- Take an evening walking tour of Nice:
Submerge yourself in the unofficial capital of the Riviera. Enjoy a walking tour of Vieux Nice.
Day 9 :
- St. Paul de Vence excursion:
St. Paul de Vence is a beautifully preserved medieval hill town, and its terra cotta roofs and cypress- and palm tree-dotted landscape have attracted prominent artists for over a century. A favorite hotel was the Colomb d’Or, where painters often paid for their room and board in artwork -- the dining room still displays works by Picasso, Modigliani, and Matisse.
Day 10 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- 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. Or, opt to extend your stay.
Extend your stay | Extra day in Nice
Extend your stay to spend an additional day in Nice. Explore the city even further–discovering museums, enjoying local cuisine, finishing last minute shopping, or relaxing on the beautiful Mediterranean beaches.