Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to France:
Day 2 :
Welcome to France!
- Arrive in Paris:
Begin exploring France's answer to the "city that never sleeps."
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you to the Arc de Triomphe, the majestic Eiffel Tower, the sweeping Champs-Élysées, and Les Invalides. Visit inside Notre Dame Cathedral, famous for its flying buttresses.
- Add On: Palace of Versailles:
Opt to travel to Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- 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 4 :
- LEAP Cover the Canvas:
- Tour the Louvre Museum:
With your new artistic knowledge, explore the enormous Louvre, one of largest museums in the world.
- Eiffel Tower ascent:
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 :
- Explore Giverny:
View Claude Monet's home at Giverny (before April 1, a trip to Auvers-sur-Oise will be substituted). Visit Rouen and see its famous Cathedral, an inspiration for many Monet paintings.
- Continue to Normandy:
Day 6 :
- Explore Normandy:
Travel to Normandy's beaches, the battleground of WWII's D-Day and experience Soldiers' Stories. Tour the American Military Cemetery and Landing Museum in Arromanches.
- Continue to the St. Malo area:
- 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 7 :
Mont St. Michel
- Travel to Mont St. Michel:
Discover this monastery, located on its own island.
- Continue to the Loire Valley:
Day 8 :
- Château Tours:
Explore the Château of Amboise. In the afternoon, visit the Château of Azay-Le-Rideau.
- 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 9 :
- Tour Guedelon Castle with Local Guide:
Take a guided visit to Guedelon including stone sculpture.
- Continue on to Paris:
Day 10 :
Depart for Home