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Day 3 :
- Paris guided sightseeing tour:
Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Notre Dame Cathedral visit.
- Louvre visit:
The world's largest art museum, the Louvre is housed in a Medieval fortress-turned-castle so grand it's worth a tour itself.
Day 4 :
- Versailles Guided Excursion:
The ultimate palace, Versailles was built by Louis XIII, and housed the royal family and its groveling court from 1682, when the Sun King moved in, to the French Revolution.
- LEAP Seize the Château! :
Today, lunch is included in place of dinner.
Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.
- Eiffel Tower ascent:
Day 5 :
Paris - St. Malo Area
- Journey to St. Malo:
Tall granite walls surround the old town of St. Malo, which was once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king). The Saint-Malo Cathedral, in the center of the old town, is built in Romanesque and Gothic styles and features stained-glass windows depicting city history.
- Arromanches Museum visit:
Ingenious military engineering allowed the Allied forces to land at Arromanches on D-Day. Learn about this feat and other at the Arromanches Museum, where dioramas, interactive displays, and models detail the Allied landing.
- American Cemetery visit:
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 6 :
St. Malo Area - Loire Valley
- Mont-St-Michel visit:
Stop to see Mont-St-Michel, an enormous abbey that seems to rise up out of the water, completely isolated from any connecting land.
- Journey to Loire Valley:
Day 7 :
- Château de Chenonceau visit:
- Chateau d'Amboise visit:
LEAP Activity | Bon Appetit
Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
Day 8 :
Paris - Geneva
- Continue to Geneva:
Travel to Geneva on the TGV (Europe's fastest train)
- Geneva Tour Director-led sightseeing tour:
Explore with your Tour Director, who will lead you to the immense United Nations, the beautiful Lake Geneva (look for the Jet d'Eau, which shoots water up to 450 feet in the air), and the charmingly crowded medieval Old Town.
- Travel to Lausanne:
Day 9 :
- Visit Montreux:
- Château de Chillon visit:
The medieval fortress, an array of turrets, towers, and heavy stone walls, once served as the rather un-summery summer home of the Dukes of Savoy. In the 1800s it became a state prison, made famous in a poem by Byron.
- Chocolate factory visit:
Tonight, enjoy a Fondue dinner.
Day 10 :