Duration: 08 Days
COUNTRIES VISITED: France
PLACES VISITED: Paris, Giverny, Versailles, Chartres, Loire Valley, Mont St. Michel & Normandy.
Arrive in Paris, Begin to explore bustling museums and galleries, its top cuisine, its beautiful architecture, and its chic fashion.
After breakfast, from the romantic cafés surrounding the Arc de Triomphe to the sweeping Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights. Tour the tremendous Notre Dame Cathedral, home of the fictional hunchback. Visit the Louvre Museum-Smile at da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum. Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower-Ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.
After breakfast, Visit the beautiful home of Impressionist Claude Monet in Giverny (before April 1 Van Gogh’s last home at Auvers-sur-Oise will be substituted).Take a Walking Tour of Montmartre-This evening, enjoy a walking tour of Sacre Coeur and the artists’ quarter of Montmartre, recognizable in many of Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters.
Leap Activity | Cover the Canvas-Live the artist life. Explore line, colour, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
After breakfast, Picture the flow of royalty through the vast grounds and gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, and en route seize the Château! Tour the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the gardens. Admire the interior of Chartres Cathedral en route to the Loire Valley. Continue to the Loire Valley-Enjoy the ride along the French countryside.
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.
After Breakfast, Appreciate centuries of history in the beautiful Château of Chenonceau. Explore the Château of Amboise.
Leap Activity | Bon Appetit Slice, dice, and stir! Savor the French country lifestyle by creating (and eating) traditional Loire Valley cuisine.
After Breakfast, while on the Breton Coast, visit Mont St. Michel, a fortified island adorned by a monastery. Continue to St. Malo, city by the sea.
Leap Activity | Medieval Merriment! Grab your dancing shoes and learn the visual language of medieval dance. Discover the important role it played during French medieval times, where there was a dance for every occasion, and a special meaning behind each step in the choreography.
After Breakfast, Admire Normandy’s striking coastal landscape, the battleground of WWII’s D-Day. At the American Military Cemetery, the Landing Museum in Arromanches, and Pointe du Hoc, pause to remember the soldiers. Return to Paris
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.
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day, or choose to extend your stay in Paris or Nice.