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The Thames to the Loire

Tradition to arts to honor: London, Paris, Mont St. Michel, & Normandy

Explore from the Thames to the Loire with your students. A tour of London leaves no doubt that England once ruled the waves. Next morning, enjoy Oxford and Shakespeare’s birthplace. Take the Eurostar to Paris, where you’ll see Paris, the City of Lights, The Louvre, then French cooking in the Loire Valley. A must-see is Mont St. Michel, then the Normandy beaches and Giverny, home of Monet.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart from North America
  • Fly to England Enjoy your overnight flight to London.
Day 2 Arrive in London
  • Arrival Arrive in the capital of England - London. After meeting with your Tour Director, begin exploring.
Day 3 London
  • See London with a Local Guide A local guide brings you to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column, and lively Piccadilly Circus.
  • Tower of London This afternoon, visit the Tower of London in search of the Crown Jewels.
  • Changing of the Guard (Seasonal) Watch the stoic Changing of the Guard.
  • Add on: West End Theater Performance This evening, enjoy an optional theater performance in London's West End.
Day 4 Oxford & Stratford
  • Explore Oxford Enjoy a morning visit to the university city of Oxford.
  • Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage.
Day 5 Eurostar to Paris
  • Board the Eurostar to Paris Take the high-speed train through the Channel Tunnel to Paris.
  • Explore Paris with a Local Guide A local guide shows you the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 6 Louvre
  • Explore the Louvre Museum Visit the Louvre Museum.
  • Add on: Eiffel Tower Visit Later this evening, opt to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower...
Day 7 Versailles
  • Discover the Palace of Versailles Visit the extensive marble palace of Louis XIV, with tours of the Hall of Mirrors, apartments and the gardens.
  • LEAP Seize the Château!
  • Visit the Chartres Cathedral Then admire Chartres Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
Day 8 Loire Valley Châteaux
  • Discover Loire Châteaux: Contrast the battlements of Amboise and the graceful arches of Chenonceau.
  • Explore Clos Luce
  • Visit a Loire Vineyard Enjoy a visit to a Loire vineyard.
  • LEAP Bon Appétit
Day 9 Mont St. Michel
  • Continue to St. Malo Drive through the beautiful French countryside to the St. Malo area.
  • Visit Mont St. Michel Wonder at Mont St. Michel, a fortified island full of stone labyrinths, sweeping arches, spiraling stairways, and imposing spires.
Day 10 Normandy Beaches-Arromanches
  • Explore Normandy Visit the beaches that were the battleground of World War II's D-day, and imagine how it was from Soldiers' Stories. Tour the American military cemetery and the visit the impressive Mulberry B artificial harbor at the Arromanches D-day museum along with its numerous other artifacts and history.
  • LEAP Soldiers' Stories
Day 11 Giverny
  • Add on: Monet's home in Giverny Opt to spend the day as an artiste with Cover the Canvas, including an excursion to Giverny to view the beautiful home of impressionist Claude Monet. (Before April 1, a visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his last days, will be substituted.)
  • Add on: LEAP Cover the Canvas Optional Activity.
Day 12 Return Home to the United States
  • Au revoir! Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.
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