Day 1 :
Depart from United States
- Enjoy your overnight flight to Paris:
Day 2 :
Welcome to France!
- Arrive in Paris:
Begin exploring France's answer to the "city that never sleeps."
Day 3 :
- Continue Exploring Paris with a Local Guide:
Behold famous sights, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the sweeping Champs-lyses, and Les Invalides. Tour Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Evening Tour of the Eiffel Tower:
Tonight, enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 4 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Picture the flow of royalty through Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. See the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens.
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 :
- Explore Normandy:
Journey to the Normandy beaches, battleground of World War II's D-day. Visit the Memorial Museum of the Landing Museum in Arromanches.
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 6 :
Mont St. Michel
- Visit Le Mont St. Michel:
While on the Breton Coast, stop at Le Mont St. Michel, the monastery on its own private island.Continue to the Loire Valley.
Day 7 :
- Discover Loire Chteau:
Compare the grace of Chenonceau and the protective battlements of Amboise. Journey through the vineyards of the Loire Valley, and visit an authentic French wine "cave".
LEAP Activity | Bon Appetit
Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
Day 8 :
- Chartres Cathedral:
En route to Paris, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Chartres.
- Board High Speed Train to Geneva:
Speed south to Switzerland on the TGV.
- Walking Tour of Geneva:
Take a walking tour of Geneva before continuing to Lausanne.
Day 9 :
- Tour Montreux, Broc and Chteau Chillon :
Today, tour the chic mountain resort of Montreux, the chocolate factory of Broc, and Chteau Chillon, an awe-inspiring eleventh century castle.
- Add On: Fondue Dinner in Lausanne:
Learn and experience the traditional Swiss style of fondue dining. Cook or dip your food into a shared pot during this communal dining adventure This upgraded dinner option creates delicious memories!
Day 10 :
Avignon-Pont Du Gard
- Visit Avignon:
Travel to this south-eastern city of France, located on the Rhne river.
LEAP Activity | Painters’ Provence
Make a sales pitch for a masterpiece by Cezanne, Monet, or another artist whose works highlight Provencal landscapes. Understand the impact that the light and landscape had on these artists.
Day 11 :
- Walking Tour of Nmes :
Marvel at the Roman buildings of Nmes: the Maison Carre ("Square House") and the Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
LEAP Activity | En Garde!
Which is mightier—the pen or the sword? You decide! Learn basic calligraphy and fencing moves to gain new insight into old-world traditions.
Day 12 :
- Visit Les Baux:
En route to Nice see the fortress of Les Baux. Enjoy an evening walking tour with your Tour Director.
Day 13 :
- Explore Monaco and Eze:
An excursion to Monaco and Eze, highlights the Palace of Prince Rainier, the Casino de Monte Carlo, and the Cathedrale de Monaco, where actress/princess Grace Kelly is buried. Visit the charming perched village of Eze.
Day 14 :
Return Home OR Extend Your Trip
- Depart from France:
Board your flight home or extend your travels an additional day in Nice.
Extend your stay | Extra day in Nice
Extend your stay to spend an additional day in Nice. Explore the city even further–discovering museums, enjoying local cuisine, finishing last minute shopping, or relaxing on the beautiful Mediterranean beaches.