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-Élysées, and Les Invalides. Tour Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Evening Tour of the Eiffel Tower:
Tonight, enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
- Theatre Performance en francais optional:
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 Seize the Château! :
- Visit the Louvre Museum
This afternoon, explore the expanse of the Louvre Museum.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
This costume workshop is a lively role-play activity that 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 Soldiers' Stories:
- Continue to the St. Malo area:
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 Château:
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" (with a tasting for adults).
- 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 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 Château Chillon :
Today, tour the chic mountain resort of Montreux, the chocolate factory of Broc, and Château 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 Rhône river.
- LEAP Painters' Provence:
- Pont du Gard:
See this awesome Roman aqueduct!
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 Nîmes :
Marvel at the Roman buildings of Nîmes: the Maison Carrée ("Square House") and the Roman arena, the best preserved in France.
- LEAP En Garde!:
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.
- Nice sightseeing tour:
The Côte d'Azur's largest city spills down the hillsides to pebble beaches that line the shore. Your Tour Director will show you around the narrow pedestrian streets and tiny squares of "Le Vieux Nice" (Old Town), which is sprinkled with old palaces and mansions. Stroll down the Promenade des Anglais, which runs parallel to the water. Backed by Nice's grand hotels, the Promenade was built in the 19th century for the British who flocked here en masse.
Day 13 :
- St. Paul de Vence excursion:
St. Paul de Vence is a beautifully preserved medieval hill town, and its terra cotta roofs and cypress- and palm tree-dotted landscape have attracted prominent artists for over a century. A favorite hotel was the Colomb d’Or, where painters often paid for their room and board in artwork -- the dining room still displays works by Picasso, Modigliani, and Matisse.
Day 14 :
- Depart from France:
Board your flight home.