Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart from North America
  • Fly to France Enjoy your overnight flight to Paris.
Day 2 Bonjour!
  • Bonjour! Welcome to Paris! Meet your Excel Representative.
  • Transfer by deluxe coach to your three-star Paris area hotel Enjoy your home away from home for the next eight nights!
  • Check-in to your hotel and free time to unpack
  • Welcome meeting and orientation
  • Training session at a nearby field The team will participate in a training session by your coaching staff to prepare for upcoming friendly matches.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Enjoy free-time this evening for social activities
Day 3 Explore Paris like the Locals
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Professional Coaches Clinic The team will participate in a special coaching clinic with a guest coach, player or instructor designed exclusively to enhance skills in key areas.
  • Experience the city like the same as the locals The team will take public transportation for sightseeing shopping activities around Paris. Highlights of the city tour include: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, home to some of France’s most momentous occasions, including the coronation of Napoleon.
  • Dinner at hotel
Day 4 See Paris from High and Low
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Seine River Cruise Experience beauty of “the City of Lights” on a Seine River Cruise while passing under graceful bridges and view important landmarks on the banks of the river.
  • Eiffel Tower Ascent Ascend to the top of Paris’ most recognizable landmark and global icon, the Eiffel Tower.
  • Soccer Match This afternoon, play your first international friendly game vs. a French side.
  • Dinner at hotel
Day 5 Hi Versailles
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Training session at a nearby field The team will participate in a training session by your coaching staff to prepare for upcoming friendly matches.
  • Palace of Versailles The team will travel to the nearby town of Versailles to visit the palace commissioned by Louis XIV and Louis XIII’s hunting lodge. The Palace of Versailles features spectacular gardens, the ornate state apartments and the magnificent Hall of Mirrors.
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Enjoy free-time this evening for social activities
Day 6 Stade de France Tour
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Stade de France Tour Today the team will travel to the Stade de France to tour the fifth largest stadium in Europe, with a seating capacity of 81,338. The stadium is used by both the France national football team and French rugby union team for international competition.
  • Soccer Match This afternoon, play your second international friendly game vs. a French side.
  • Dinner at hotel
Day 7 Gameday!
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Training session at a nearby field The team will participate in a training session by your coaching staff to prepare for upcoming friendly matches.
  • Arc de Triomphe Ascent Ascend the Arc de Triomphe, a massive triumphal arch commissioned by Napoleon, now a highly recognizable symbol of Paris.
  • See a Professional Game The team will attend a professional soccer match featuring top club teams and embrace French soccer culture in the stands of a highly competitive match. (Dependent upon schedule)
  • Dinner at hotel
Day 8 Museum Day
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • The Louvre Tour the renowned Louvre Museum. See Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the imposing Coronation of Napoleon and many more of the finest paintings and sculptures from western civilization.
  • Musée D'Orsay The team will then transfer over to the Musée D'Orsay, housed in a former railway station, which is best known for its impressionist masterpieces by Money, Degas, Renoir and Cezanne.
  • Soccer Match This afternoon, play your third international friendly game vs. a French side.
  • Dinner at hotel
Day 9 Leisure Day
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Leisure Exploration This morning, the team will be free to leisurely explore or shop in Paris.
  • Soccer Match This afternoon, play your fourth international friendly game vs. a French side.
  • Dinner at hotel
Day 10 Tour Comes to an End
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart From Paris Be escorted to the airport by your Tour Director as the once-in-a-lifetime sports tour experience comes to an end.

Maryland ODP’s Linda Norton shares her experience with WorldStrides Excel Sports

Read more

The Maryland State Olympic Development Program (ODP) has been traveling with WorldStrides Excel on international soccer programs since 1999. This year, from March 27 through April 4, 2016, Maryland ODP is taking six teams to Europe. The 2003 Boys are traveling to Stirling, Scotland; the 2003…

Keep Reading