Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Italy:
Day 2 :
Welcome to Italy!
Day 3 :
Day 4 :
- Visit the Vatican:
See the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
- Continue to Tuscany:
Day 5 :
- Guided Tour of Florence:
A local guide introduces the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Ghiberti's Baptistry doors, and Michelangelo's David in the Accademia.
LEAP Activity | Renaissance Restored
A faded and cracked masterpiece needs to be rescued! Professional art restorers show you why painting restoration is an art itself. Discover the secrets of cleaning and retouching, then try your hand at this great tradition!
Day 6 :
- Explore Pisa:
This morning, marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- LEAP Great Renaissance Debate:
- Travel to Côte d'Azur:
Drive along the colorful Italian Riviera, and cross the French border en route to the Côte D'Azur.
LEAP Activity | Great Renaissance Debate
Greet six renaissance giants including Giotto, Galileo, and Isabella d’Este, and debate who made the greatest impact on civilization.
Day 7 :
- Add On: Monaco & Eze:
Take time out to explore the small principality of Monaco. See the casino in Monte Carlo, the royal palace and beautiful gardens. Nestled on the Mediterranean coast, you'll view stunning scenery and an abundance of yachts. Monaco is a playground for the wealthy! Stop for a visit in the charming village of Eze, a mountainside locale perched high above the sea.
Day 8 :
- LEAP 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.
- See the Pont du Gard:
Discover the amazing Roman aqueduct of the Pont du Gard.
- Visit Nîmes:
Experience impressive Roman buildings, including the Maison Carrée and the Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
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 9 :
- Explore Carcassonne:
Discover this medieval walled city.
- Continue to Barcelona:
Journey into Spain and arrive in its second most populated city.
Day 10 :
- Tour Barcelona with a Local Guide:
Accompany a local guide to Gaudí's unfinished Sagrada Família, the Olympic Stadium, the Barri Gòtic, the Parc Güell and Gaudí's Casa Milà.
Day 11 :
- Board High Speed Train to Madrid:
Board the AVE to Madrid. A local guide shows you the Royal Palace, the Cervantes Memorial, the Parque del Retiro, and inside the Prado Museum.
- 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 12 :
- Guided Tour of Toledo:
With a local guide, explore Spain's golden city, including the Gothic cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes.
- Visit the Reina Sofía Museum:
See Spains' national museum of contemporary art that was named after Queen Sofia.
Day 13 :
Return Home or Extend Your Stay
- Depart from Spain:
Board flight home or extend your stay with three extra nights in Paris. Participate in LEAP Seize the Château!
Extend your stay | Paris Extension via PM Train—3 nights
Take an overnight train to the architecture, cafes, and parks that create cosmopolitan Paris. Enjoy sightseeing with a local guide, then tour the Louvre, and visit the palace of Versailles.
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.