Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Paris:
Relax and enjoy your scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Paris
- Welcome to Paris!:
Fly overnight to Paris. Begin exploring the bustling capital of France.
- Seine River Cruise:
Board a riverboat for an evening cruise through the heart of the City of Lights.
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
Step into the pages of a Parisian picture book with a local guide. Admire the Arc de Triomphe, the sweeping Champs-Élysées, and Les Invalides.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Tour the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Visit:
This evening, opt to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 4 :
- Add on: Loire Valley Excursion:
This full-day optional excursion to the Loire Valley brings you to Chartres Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Next compare the contrasting styles of château Chenonceau and Amboise.
Day 5 :
Paris and Madrid
- Fly to Madrid:
Then board a flight to Madrid.
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 6 :
- Explore Madrid with a local guide:
Join a local guide on a tour through the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza Colón, and the royal palace. An impressive selection of Velazquez awaits you at the Prado Museum
- Visit the Reina Sofía Museum:
Next, see modern pieces from Dalí and Picasso in the Reina Sofía Museum.
Day 7 :
- Visit El Escorial:
Explore Philip II's palace at El Escorial, with its marble rooms including the Tomb of Kings.
- 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 :
- Explore Toledo with a local guide:
Discover a city as brilliant as the gold threads inlaid in its famous black jewelry. Tour an artisan's workshop for a first-hand view of how this damascene jewelry is created, and acquaint yourself with the swords that support a 1,000-year-old metalworking tradition. Visit a Gothic cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes.
- LEAP Zapateando:
LEAP Activity | Zapateando
First, take part in the passionate Flamenco dance style and experience the connection between a dancer, musician, and singer. Then, watch while your instructors and accompanists show you how it’s done in a live performance.
Day 9 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Flight to the US:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day. Or, opt to extend your stay.
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.