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!:
Overnight flight to Paris. Begin exploring France's answer to the "city that never sleeps".
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
A local guide shows you the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and Les Invalides. Admire Notre Dame Cathedral from the inside out.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Art lovers will delight in a visit to the enormous Louvre Museum.
- See Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower
Tonight, enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 4 :
Versailles and Montmartre
- Explore the Palace of Versailles:
Travel to Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles and tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
- Take a walking tour of Montmartre:
This evening, enjoy a walking tour of Sacre Coeur and the artists' quarter of Montmartre, recognizable in many of Toulouse-Lautrec's posters.
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 5 :
- Board the TGV for Provence:
Board the TGV for an enjoyable ride to Provence.
- Explore Avignon:
Stroll along the streets of Avignon and view the Pont St. Benezet, the 12th century bridge immortalized in a French nursery song.
- See the Pont du Gard:
Later see the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct.
- Take a walking tour of Nîmes:
Marvel at the Roman buildings of Nîmes: the Maison Carrée ("Square House") and the awesome Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
Day 6 :
- Visit Les Baux:
Visit the medieval fortress of Les Baux.
- LEAP En Garde!:
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 7 :
- Discover Aix-en-Provence:
En route to Nice, visit the flowing fountains and charming locales of Aix-en-Provence.
- LEAP Painters' Provence:
- Take a Walking Tour of Vieux Nice:
In the evening, enjoy a walking tour of Vieux Nice.
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 8 :
St. Paul de Vence
- Morning excursion to St. Paul de Vence:
Taking in the gorgeous landscape on your morning excursion to St. Paul de Vence.
Day 9 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Flight to 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 spend extra time in Nice.
Extend your stay | Extra day in Nice
Extend your stay to spend an additional day in Nice. Explore the city even further–discovering museums, enjoying local cuisine, finishing last minute shopping, or relaxing on the beautiful Mediterranean beaches.