Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Fly to England:
Enjoy your overnight flight to London.
Day 2 :
Arrive in London
Arrive in the capital of England - London. After meeting with your Tour Director, begin exploring.
Day 3 :
- 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 :
- 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 :
- 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.
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 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:
LEAP Activity | Bon Appetit
Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
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 :
- 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:
LEAP Activity | Soldiers’ Stories
Step into the shoes of U.S. servicemen as they land in Normandy on D-Day. Learn about their lives and their experiences to gain personal and historical perspective.
Day 11 :
- 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.)
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 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.