Begin your tour in the City of Light, a bustling and enchanting metropolis, before heading south to experience the quieter life along the French Riviera.
- Fly to Paris: Relax and enjoy your scheduled flight from North America.
- Welcome to Paris: Meet your Tour Director and check into hotel.
- Paris Guided Sightseeing Tour: From the romantic cafés surrounding the Arc de Triomphe to the sweeping Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights.
- 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.)
- Eiffel Tower Ascent: Line up to climb to the top floor of this iconic landmark for a spectacular birds-eye view of the glittering City of Light.
- Travel to Dijon via TGV: Hop on one of the world's fastest trains, the TGV, and speed to Dijon.
- Dijon Tour Director-led Sightseeing: Explore the capital city of Burgundy, known for its incredible architecture, world-renowned mustard, and annual Gastronomic Fair.
- Travel to Provence via Nîmes: Make your way to southern France and explore the most Roman city outside Italy.
- Nîmes Tour Director-led Sightseeing: Marvel at the Roman buildings of Nîmes, including the Maison Carrée and the awesome Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
- Pont du Gard Visit: 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.
- Les Baux de Provence:
- LEAP En Garde: Learn basic calligraphy and fencing moves to gain new insight into old-world traditions.
Which is mightier—the pen or the sword? You decide! Learn basic calligraphy and fencing moves to gain new insight into old-world traditions.
- LEAP Painters’ Provence: Make a sales pitch for a masterpiece by Cezanne, Monet, or another artist whose works highlight Provencal landscapes.
- Travel to Nice:
- Nice Tour Director-led Sightseeing Tour : The Côte d'Azur's largest city spills down the hillsides to pebble beaches that line the shore. Your Tour Director will show you around the narrow pedestrian streets and tiny squares of "Le Vieux Nice" (Old Town), which is sprinkled with old palaces and mansions. Stroll down the Promenade des Anglais, which runs parallel to the water. Backed by Nice's grand hotels, the Promenade was built in the 19th century for the British who flocked here en masse.
- Russian Church Visit : Explore St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, located in Nice but property of the Russian Federation.
- St. Paul de Vence City Walk : St. Paul de Vence is a beautifully preserved 16th-century hill-village with ramparts, terracotta roofs and cypresses. But the town's unique appeal is that it teems with the work of famous artists--such as Braque, Leger and Picasso--who lived or stayed here and paid their bills in art.
- LEAP Cuisine Provençal : Combine fresh ingredients and flavors to create your own savory French Mediterranean dish.
Slice, dice, and stir! Combine fresh ingredients and flavors to create your own savory French Mediterranean dish.
- Return Home: Board your flight back to the U.S. and reflect on the incredible memories you’ve created.