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 :
- Tour Paris with a Local Guide:
From the romantic cafés surrounding the Arc de Triomphe to the sweeping Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights. Tour the tremendous Notre Dame Cathedral, home of the fictional hunchback.
- Explore the Louvre Museum:
See Paris's historic monument and one of the world's largest museums.
- Add On: Eiffel Tower Visit :
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower for 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! :
- Visit Chartres Cathedral:
Admire the interior of Chartres Cathedral en route to the Loire Valley.
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 :
- Châteaux Tours:
Appreciate centuries of history in the beautiful Château of Chenonceau. Explore the Château of Amboise.
- LEAP Bon Appétit:
LEAP Activity | Bon Appetit
Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
Day 6 :
- Board High Speed Train to Bordeaux:
Travel to Bordeaux, home of the world's premier wine regions.
- Continue to San Sebastian:
Day 7 :
- Walking Tour of San Sebastian:
Meander through the Barrio de la Marina, one of the city’s oldest areas.
- Add On: Bilbao:
Visit Bilbao, the largest city in Basque country, to explore contemporary art in the Guggenheim Museum.
- Visit Guernica:
Later, explore the medieval Basque capital of Guernica, setting for the famous Picasso painting, in Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum.
Day 8 :
- Visit Zaragoza:
En route to Barcelona, stop along the Ebro River for a visit to Zaragoza. See its picturesque landscapes and Baroque architecture.
- Continue to Barcelona:
Day 9 :
- Guided Tour of Barcelona:
Explore the dark Gothic corners and bright flower-lined streets of Barcelona with a local guide. See the highlights of Spain’s second-largest city, including Gaudí’s Parc Güell, the Olympic Stadium and the historic Barri Gòtic. Tour Gaudí’s Casa Milà, known for its undulating façade, organic shapes and surrealistic chimneys.
Day 10 :
Return Home to the United States