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 Louvre
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
From the romantic cafés surrounding the Arc de Triomphe to the sweeping Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights. Tour the tremendous Notre Dame Cathedral, home of the fictional hunchback.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Smile at da Vinci's Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum.
- Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower:
Ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a bird's eye view of the city.
Day 4 :
- Add on: Monet's Home in Giverny:
Visit the beautiful home of Impressionist Claude Monet in Giverny (before April 1 Van Gogh's last home at Auvers-sur-Oise will be substituted).
- Take a Walking Tour of Montmartre:
This evening, enjoy a walking tour of Sacre Coeur and the artists' quarter of Montmartre, recognizable in many of Toulouse-Lautrec's posters.
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 5 :
Versailles and Chartres
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Picture the flow of royalty through the vast grounds and gardens of Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles, and en route Seize the Château! Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens
- Visit the Chartres Cathedral:
Admire the interior of Chartres Cathedral en route to the Loire Valley.
- Continue to the Loire Valley:
Enjoy the ride along the French countryside.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
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 6 :
- Discover Loire Châteaus:
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 7 :
Mont St. Michel
- Visit Mont St. Michel:
While on the Breton Coast, visit Mont St. Michel, a fortified island adorned by a monastery.
- Continue to St. Malo:
Continue to St. Malo, city by the sea.
- LEAP Medieval Merriment!:
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 8 :
- LEAP Soldiers' Stories:
- Explore Normandy:
Admire Normandy's striking coastal landscape, the battleground of WWII's D-Day. At the American Military Cemetery, the Landing Museum in Arromanches, and Pointe du Hoc, pause to remember the soldiers.
- Return to Paris:
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 9 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Flight to the US:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day, or choose to extend your stay in Paris or Nice.
Extend your stay | Paris or Nice
An Extra Day in Paris:
Don’t end your stay in Paris just yet! Add an extra day to explore this amazing European city. Check out some of the places you loved or explore new locations throughout the city; it’s up to you to decide how to spend your day.
Jump on the TGV and ride to the south of France. The bright blue waters of the Mediterranean beckon you, and the bustling streets and squares of Nice are just begging to be explored. Spend two days discovering all that Nice has to offer.