Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight Flight to Paris:
Day 2 :
Welcome to France!
- Arrive in Paris:
Begin exploring France's answer to the "city that never sleeps."
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you to the Arc de Triomphe, the sweeping Champs- Élysées, and the gold-domed Les Invalides. Admire the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral, famous for its flying buttresses and intricately carved gargoyles.
- Visit the Palace of Versailles :
Picture the flow of royalty through the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. See the Hall of Mirrors and the royal apartments.
- LEAP Seize the Château! :
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.
Day 4 :
- LEAP Cover the Canvas:
- Discover the Louvre Museum:
Take your time exploring the enormous Louvre, one of largest museums in the world.
- Tour the Eiffel Tower:
This evening, enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
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 5 :
- Board High Speed Train to Provence:
- Explore Nimes:
Admire the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct. Marvel at the Roman buildings of Nîmes: the Maison Carrée ("Square House") and the awesome Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
Day 6 :
- LEAP En Garde!:
Visit the medieval fortress of Les Baux.
- LEAP Painters' 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.
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 7 :
- Explore Nice with your Tour Director:
Morning sightseeing in Nice includes the Promenade des Anglais, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Matisse Museum in Cimiez. Later visit the charming town of St. Paul de Vence home of Chagall and see the Matisse Chapel in nearby Vence.
Day 8 :
St. Paul de Vence
- Explore St. Paul de Vence:
Take part in an excursion and visit one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera.
Day 9 :
Return Home to the United States