Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to France:
Day 2 :
Welcome to France!
- Arrive in Paris:
Bonjour! Welcome to Paris, often described as Europe's most beautiful city.
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you to the Arc de Triomphe, the majestic Eiffel Tower, the sweeping Champs-Élysées, and Les Invalides. Visit the inside of Notre Dame Cathedral, famous for its intricately carved gargoyles.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Appreciate the artwork in Paris's historic monument and one of the world's largest museums.
- Tour the Eiffel Tower:
Tonight, travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy breathtaking views of Paris.
Day 4 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Picture the flow of royalty through the vast grounds and gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- 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 5 :
- Board High Speed Train to Biarritz:
Travel south to this glitzy Atlantic resort that lured luminaries like Charlie Chaplin.
- Explore Biarritz :
View the spires of St. Martin's church and the Rocher de la Vierge, an impressive rock formation connected to the mainland by a bridge constructed of metal left over from the Eiffel Tower.
Day 6 :
- Discover St.-Jean-de-Luz:
Enjoy a morning jaunt to the quaint port of St.-Jean-de-Luz, a charming Aquitaine village just a few minutes from Spain and the Pyrenees.
- Visit Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum:
Cross into Spain to view large-scale contemporary art in Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, constructed from tons of glass and titanium.
- Continue to Burgos:
Day 7 :
- Journey to Segovia:
The Roman aqueduct in Segovia and the fairytale Alcázar will fascinate you!
- Visit El Escorial:
Discover this historical residence of the King of Spain, Philip II's palace.
- Explore the Valley of the Fallen:
See its massive memorial cross honoring those who died in the Spanish Civil War.
- LEAP El Caudillo's Conquest:
- Add On: Casa Botin Dinner:
Dine on delicious Spanish cuisine at the oldest restaurant in the world, and a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
LEAP Activity | El Caudillo’s Conquest
Nationalist? Republican? Argue ideology in a revolutionary role-play that delves into the causes of the Spanish Civil War!
Day 8 :
- Tour Madrid with a Local Guide:
Welcome to the Spanish capital. Share your morning with a local guide in the Plaza de España, the Plaza Colón, and at the royal palace.
- Visit the Reina Sofía Museum:
Study famous works of art as you tour the renowned Prado and Reina Sofía Museums.
- 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 9 :
- Discover Toledo with a Local Guide:
Explore Spain's golden city today, including the Gothic cathedral, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes.
- LEAP Zapateando:
Tonight, dance with the pros to the Spanish guitar!
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 10 :
Return Home to the United States