Day 1 :
- Depart for London, United Kingdom:
Day 2 :
- Arrive in London:
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 3 :
- Tour London:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace.
- Optional London Theatre performance:
Head to London's famous West End to sit back and enjoy a theater performance.
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.
- Tour Paris:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 5 :
- Louvre Museum:
Tour the world's largest art museum, the Louvre. The museum 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.)
- Optional Eiffel Tower ascent:
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris.
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 6 :
- Optional Versailles excursion:
Explore Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles. Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
This costume workshop is a lively role-play activity that puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 7 :
Travel to Avignon on the TGV (Europe’s fastest train). Then visit Pont du Gard. A true masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region. Discover more about this startling monument as you follow the course of its history through the ages.
- Tour Nimes:
Enjoy a Nimes tour director-led sighseeing tour and visit Nîmes amphitheater and Maison Carrée.
Day 8 :
- Tour Provence:
Take a tour of Les Baux de Provence.
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 :
- Travel to Barcelona via Carcassonne:
Medieval Carcassonne looks like a fairytale city from the past -- its turreted citadel, crenelated city walls, and Gothic arched city gates bring you back to the 13th century. Extensive restorations in the 1800s brought the formerly crumbling city back to life, and its hilltop perch provides views over the surrounding green plains and hills all the way to the Pyrenees
Venture to the medieval walled town of Carcassonne, famous for its medieval citadel and imposing watchtowers.
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 10 :
- Tour Barcelona:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Park Güell, Barri Gotic, and Olympic Stadium. Then visit the famous Sagrada Familia. This breathtaking church, said to be the master-work of architect Antoni Gaudí, has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed until 2026! Despite its unfinished state, the church has 18 spindle-shaped towers that soar above the church itself, making for a striking addition to Barcelona’s skyline and more than worth the visit.
- Casa Milà (La Pedrera) visit:
This magnificent building is the epitome of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical style. See how he uses twisted pillars, curved archways and warped metal balconies to create a totally unique design all his own.
Day 11 :
- Travel to Valencia:
Enjoy a guided sight seeing tour of Valencia.
Day 12 :
- Travel to Madrid:
Travel to Madrid via La Mancha.
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 13 :
- Tour Madrid:
Visit the Prado Museum, home of works by Spain's great masters, including Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Then tour the Plaza Colon, Plaza de España and Royal Palace.
- Visit the Reina Sofia Museum:
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 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 14 :
End Tour or Extend Your Stay
- Depart Madrid for home:
Board your flight home or enjoy an extra day in Madrid.
Extend your stay | Extra day in Madrid
Don’t leave Spain yet! Add an extra day to your itinerary, reserved for exploring Madrid and all this capital city has to offer.