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 :
- Explore Paris with a local guide::
A local guide shows you the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the sweeping Champs-Élysées, and the gold-domed Les Invalides. Admire the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral, famous for its flying buttresses and intricately carved gargoyles
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Art lovers welcome a visit to the incredible and enormous Louvre Museum.
- Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower:
Tonight, enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 4 :
Versailles and Chartres
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Picture the flow of royalty through Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. Tour the immense Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
- Visit the Chartres Cathedral:
Later, admire Chartres Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
- Continue to the Loire Valley:
Enjoy the ride to the Loire Valley.
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 :
- Discover Loire Château:
Compare the grace of the Chenonceau with the stark, imposing battlements of Amboise during your visit to these well-known château.
- Visit a French Wine Cave:
Journey through the vineyards of the Loire Valley, and visit an authentic French wine "cave".
- 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 6 :
- Explore the Lascaux caves:
In the Dordogne Valley, explore the ancient mystery of cave paintings in the Lascaux caves.
- Continue to Rocamadour:
Continue to Rocamadour, a three-tier town built into a cliff face above the Alzou Canyon.
Day 7 :
Carcassonne and Les Baux
- Explore Carcassonne:
Explore the medieval walled city of Carcassonne.
- LEAP Painters' Provence:
- Visit Les Baux:
En route to Provence, visit the fortress of Les Baux.
- Continue to Provence:
Take in the French countryside as you ride to Provence.
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 :
Nîmes and Pont Du Gard
- LEAP En Garde!:
- Take a walking tour of Nîmes:
Marvel at the outstanding Roman buildings of Nîmes: the Maison Carrée and the awesome Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
- See the Pont du Gard:
See the huge Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.
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 9 :
Return Home to the United States
- 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 extend your stay in Paris and Nice.
Extend your stay | 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.
Extend your stay | Visit Nice
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.