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This classic tour introduces you to four beautiful regions of France and all of their charm and history.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Paris

Bienvenue à Paris! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and get acquainted with this graceful city’s cobblestoned streets, charming cafés and vibrant neighborhoods. Paris is called the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education during the Age of Enlightenment (it was also one the first cities to adopt streetlights). After settling in, immerse yourself in local culture by practicing your French with painters and vintage book sellers along the storied Seine.

DAY 3: Paris

Your day begins with a guided sightseeing tour that takes you past some of the most famous attractions in Paris. Your expert local guide will show you the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées, Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Then channel your inner artist with a Sketch Paris drawing lesson and walking tour of Île Saint-Louis. A local artist will not only explain the history behind the island's idyllic bridges and charming Parisian buildings, but also show you how to sketch them like a pro. In the afternoon, ascend to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris. Then gain a completely different perspective of the city as you enjoy a serene evening boat cruise on the Seine.

DAY 4: Paris

This morning, breeze by the crowds with your timed entrance to the Louvre and discover the many famous masterpieces that call it home. Insightful commentary from your local guide highlights the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo and more as you wander through the galleries. From its beginnings as a royal fortress to its current status as the world's most visited art museum, the Louvre has long been at the center of Parisian culture and home to a collection of 35,000 works of art from around the world. After, you may choose an optional excursion to Giverny, the inspiration for Claude Monet's water lily paintings, where you will see Monet's house with its famous pink walls, green shutters, sunflower-yellow furniture and Japanese prints, open after April 1. Otherwise, explore at your own pace, perhaps with a walk across the Seine to discover the Impressionist gems of the Musée d'Orsay. In the evening a tasty cultural exchange awaits—separate into small groups and be welcomed into the homes of local Parisians to enjoy an authentic dinner and lively conversation. After dinner, be dazzled by the shops and energy of the world famous Champs-Élysées on an evening stroll.

DAY 5: Loire Valley

Depart Paris for Versailles. Your visit includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the breathtaking surroundings. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to cover every room of his vast palace. The best stuff is all in the gardens and grounds: all 1,976-acre gardens, 200,000 trees, 50 fountains and 620 jets of water worth. In the afternoon, drive to Chartres Cathedral, famous for its precious stained-glass windows. Continue to the Loire Valley for dinner.

DAY 6: Loire Valley

Our first stop is in the town of Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. From there, we visit Chenonceau, the château of six women, built over the River Cher in an exquisite Renaissance design. It features a moat, drawbridge, towers and turrets—and great stories about resistance to the Nazi army. Then we stop to marvel at the mighty Chambord, the sprawling creation commissioned by François I, towering over its deer-filled park.

DAY 7: St Malo

Drive to the Normandy coast and visit the lovely island monastery of Mont St. Michel. This medieval abbey, once an important pilgrimage site, is surrounded by water at high tide. Continue to the St. Malo area for the evening and stretch your legs with an evening walk around the quaint streets of this walled city.

DAY 8: Paris

Today walk in the footsteps of history as you visit many of Normandy’s important World War II sites. See what is remaining of the temporary Mulberry harbor constructed at Arromanches to help offload cargo during the invasion. Entrance to the Arromanches 360 Cinema is included. Next pay tribute at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer before descending from the bluff to walk along Omaha Beach. Then return to Paris for your final evening in France.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of La Ville Lumière with an extra night in Paris, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 8 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 7 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 6 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups
 
  • Local ACIS staff in Paris gives you peace of mind should any issues arise mid-trip

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Educational Trip of Paris

Notre Dame In Paris

Educational Trip of Loire Valley

Chenonceau castle

Educational Travel France

Saint Malo City Walls

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will see one of the world’s greatest collections of art at the Louvre, with masterpieces ranging from prehistory to the 21st century.
  • Students will discover the evolution of French architectural styles by examining a contrast of edifices from simple dwellings to the Loire Valley's châteaux to the majesty of Versailles and subsequently assess the economic disparity that led to the French Revolution.
  • Students will consider the role of rivers in the growth and development of European cities, as landmarks, as working resources and as cultural focal points.
 

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