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!:
Fly through the night to Paris. Welcome to France's answer to the "city that never sleeps".
Day 3 :
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
From the romantic cafs surrounding the Arc de Triomphe and the sweeping Champs-lyses to the majestic Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights. Tour Notre Dame Cathedral, home of the fictional hunchback and dozens of menacing gargoyles.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Take your time exploring the Louvre Museum.
Day 4 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Travel to Louis XIV's decadent Palace of Versailles. Tour the immense hall of mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
- Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower:
Add a trip up the Eiffel Tower.
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 :
- Add on: Monet's home in Giverny:
Opt to visit the beautiful home of Impressionist Claude Monet at Giverny (before April 1 a visit to Van Gogh's last home at Auvers-sur-Oise will be substituted).
- Take a walking tour of Montmartre:
n the evening, enjoy a walking tour of Montmartre with your Tour Director.
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 6 :
- Discover the Loire Valley:
This full-day excursion to the Loire Valley offers an overview of French history from medieval times to the Renaissance. Stop in Chartres Cathedral to see its lofty stained glass windows. Compare the differing styles of two chteaux - the grace of Chenonceau and the extravagance of the chteau in Amboise.
LEAP Activity | Bon Appetit
Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
Day 7 :
- Explore Marais:
Explore the fascinating Marais quarter on a walking tour. Originally named for its swampy location, this area is full of artists' studios and small restaurants, and boasts the beautiful Place des Vosges.
- Visit the Muse d'Orsay :
Spend the afternoon exploring Muse dOrsay on the bank of the Seine River. The museum is famous for its collection of impressionist art works by painters like Renoir and Monet. It also houses photography, sculptures and furniture dating from 1848-1915.
Day 8 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Flight to the US:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.
Extend your stay | Explore Nice
Extend your stay in France and travel South to Nice via the TGV. On Day 9, submerge yourself in the unofficial capital of the Riviera as you explore Vieux Nice. See the palm-lined boulevard of Promenade des Anglais and enter the Matisse Museum before your free afternoon. Return home the following day.