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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart U.S. for France
Day 2 Arrive in Paris
  • Paris Known as the City of Light, Paris is a million things to a million people. No writer has ever been able to truly capture Paris in words, and only the experience of being there can begin to express the grandness and magic of this incredible city.
  • Experience Local Transportation Escorted by our Tour Director, we will be able to experience the city in the same manner as the local people.
  • Walking Tour of Central Paris Take in many historical and cultural sites and monuments. We will see the awe-inspiring Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of all those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. Pass Les Invalides, a former military hospital built for war veterans by Louis XIV before finishing our walk to vies the Eiffel Tower, which has become a true symbol for Paris.
Day 3 Paris
  • Homestay Orientation Ahead of our homestay and French language and culture classes, we will participate in an orientation session, which will include a program overview and safety briefing.
  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower Ascend to the top of Paris’ most recognizable landmark, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. The wrought-iron tower was not meant to be permanent, and the first permit was only for 20 years. But by that time, it had proved to be a valuable communication device for radio. It is now France’s global icon and has hosted over 200 million visitors.
  • Louvre Museum Tour the renowned Louvre Museum with a local specialist guide. We will see Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the imposing Coronation of Napoleon, and many of the finest paintings and sculptures from western civilization.
  • Dinner at a Local Restaurant
Day 4 Versailles
  • Versailles Experience the palace commissioned by Louis XIV around Louis XIII’s hunting lodge. In addition to viewing the spectacular Gardens, our visit includes the ornate State Apartments, highlighted by the magnificent Hall of Mirrors. Versailles set the standard for royal opulence in the 17th century; this over indulgence set the stage for outrage and the ensuing French Revolution 100 years later.
  • Seize the Chateau! Experience the French Revolution through role play. Using Audio Guides you will find yourself in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
  • Independent Exploration Take some time to explore or shop at your leisure.
  • Seine River Cruise Experience the perfect introduction to the beauty of Paris on a Seine River Cruise. We will pass under many graceful bridges and view important landmarks on both banks during our trip.
Day 5 Montmartre - Aix-En-Provence Homestay
  • Montmartre Ascend to Montmartre, an area of Paris made famous in the late 19th century as an artists’ haunt. We will spend time in the Place du Tertre, a square known for its local artwork.
  • Sacré-Coeur Basilica Visit Sacré-Coeur Basilica, a huge white church that dominates the Parisian skyline. Construction of the church began in 1875 and ended in 1914, just before WWI. Inside, we can admire the stained glass and some of the world’s largest mosaics.
  • Dinner at a Local Restaurant
  • Overnight Train After dinner we will board an overnight train from Paris to Nice
  • Arrive in Aix Aix was founded by the Romans in 103 BC, and despite frequent tribal attacks, the city prospered and became the capital of Provence in the 12th century. Known as a center for art and learning, the town reached its peak in the 15th century. It retains its beauty and importance to this day. The most famous resident of Aix was Paul Cezanne.
Day 6 Aix-en-Provence Homestay
  • Language and Culture Classes This morning, participate in French Language and Culture classes in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Cours Mirabeau Stroll along the Cours Mirabeau, a particularly stately looking thoroughfare with lovely shops, sidewalk cafés, and richly embellished sandstone mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries. During our walk, we will view the 1860 landmark fountain in La Place de la Libération.
Day 7 Aix-en-Provence Homestay
  • Language and Culture Classes This morning, participate in French Language and Culture classes in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Aix-en-Provence Cathedral Visit the cathedral which is the seat of the Archbishop of Aix. Built on the site of the 1st century Roman forum of Aix, it includes Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic elements, as well as Roman columns and parts of the baptistery from a 6th-century Christian church.
Day 8 Aix-en-Provence Homestay
  • Marseille France’s second largest city began as a Greek settlement. It was founded in the 7th century BC but was seized by the Romans in 49 BC. Its prosperous port brought wealth to the city, and it soon became known as “The Gateway to the West” because of the large amount of trade from the Orient. The port is not as busy now, but Marseille still retains an air of the exotic in its quiet squares and narrow, stepped streets.
  • Château d'If Visit the Château d'If. Originally intended to be a fortress, storing artillery, its true usage was as a prison. Explore the three-story building, flanked by three towers with large gun embrasures. The remainder of the island is heavily fortified with high ramparts with gun platforms surmount the island's cliffs.
Day 9 Aix-en-Provence Homestay
  • French Language and Culture Classes This morning, participate in French Language and Culture classes in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Atelier de Cézanne Spend time in the Atelier de Cézanne, the studio where the famous painter sought refuge. The objects from his still life paintings remain, much as he left them in 1906.
  • Provencal Painting Class Use the paintings of Provencal aritists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne as your inspiration in a painting class today.
Day 10 Aix-en-Provence Homestay
  • French Language and Culture Classes This morning, participate in French Language and Culture classes in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Ropes Course and Zip Line Adventure Get ready to monkey around on a ropes course and zip line. Grab your harness, hook, rope, and pulley and go sailing over the landscape of Provence.
  • Farewell Dinner at a Local Restaurant
Day 11 Departure
  • Depart for U.S.