Day 1 :
Day 2 :
- Meet your tour director and check into hotel:
Day 3 :
- London guided sightseeing tour:
Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace
Day 4 :
- Eurostar Chunnel crossing:
Take the Eurostar under the English Channel. Faster than you can say... anything, in French, you'll whiz through a tunnel and arrive in Paris.
- Paris guided sightseeing tour:
Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Notre Dame Cathedral visit
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Ascent:
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
Day 5 :
- Versailles Guided Excursion:
State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Gardens of Versailles
- LEAP Seize the Château:
- 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. You walk through the 71-foot glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei and added in 1989, and step into another world--one with carved ceilings, deep-set windows, and so many architectural details you could spend a week just admiring the rooms. The Mona Lisa is here, as well as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory (the headless statue, circa 200 BC, discovered at Samothrace). The Louvre has seven different departments of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and antiquities. Don't miss the Egyptian collection, complete with creepy sarcophagi, or the collection of Greek ceramics, one of the largest in the world. (Please note the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays).
Day 6 :
- Fly to Madrid:
LEAP Activity | Cover the Canvas
Live the artist life. Explore line, color, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
Day 7 :
- Madrid guided sightseeing tour:
Prado guided visit with Whisper headsets, Plaza Colon visit, Plaza de España, Royal Palace
- Reina Sofia Museum visit:
Officially recognized as Spain’s National Museum of 20th Century Art, The Sofia—as it is more commonly known—is home to an impressive collection from Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters. Hosting works of both Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, it’s no wonder that The Sofia has risen to such a prominent place in the world of art. Certainly the most famous piece in the museum is Picasso’s Guernica, but in addition to this wonderful masterpiece, you’ll also find a vast library, archive, bookstore and restaurant.
- LEAP Cocina Española!:
LEAP Activity | Cocina Española
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
Day 8 :
- Add on: El Escorial half day excursion:
Discover King Phillip II's imposing palace, El Escorial. This massive structure is home to over 500 frescoes and 1600 paintings by famous artists such as Velazquez and El Greco. Today the palace functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum and school.
- LEAP El Caudillo's Conquest:
- Free time in Madrid:
LEAP Activity | Spanish Civil War
Nationalist? Republican? Argue ideology in a revolutionary role-play that delves into the causes of the Spanish Civil War!
Day 9 :
End OR Extend tour
- Opt to extend your stay in Madrid:
For days 9-10, enjoy free time in Spain's capital.