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ACIS - Language Immersion in France - Educational tour to France
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While honing your compétences en français, you'll also advance your cultural fluency through a local theater performance, playing boules and visiting with peers at a Paris school.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Nice

Bienvenue en France! Today you’ll unwind and get acquainted with Nice, one of the crown jewels of the Côte d'Azur. A stroll through the Place Rossetti, the heart of this city, or perhaps the Musée Matisse or Musée Marc Chagall, will provide opportunities to practice speaking French with locals.

DAY 3: Nice

Begin your day with an orientation tour led by your ACIS Tour Manager. As you explore its history and culture, enjoy the city’s many fine attractions, from Place Massena to the winding streets of the Old Town to dazzling Mediterranean views. Then it’s time to practice your sporting French vocabulary with local experts who teach you how to play the traditional French game boules lyonnaises. Similar to lawn bowling, the sport dates back to the late 1890s.

DAY 4: Nice

The morning starts with a drive to Monaco, the glamorous playground of the rich and famous and home of the Grimaldi royal family. After viewing the Prince's Palace, you’ll travel along a spectacular corniche to Eze, a fortified medieval-age village perched high atop a rocky peak. There you’ll enjoy sweeping vistas from the fragrant Jardin Exotique, a magnificent botanical garden, and tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory, where you’ll learn about the centuries-old French art of making parfum. Return to Nice to spend your last afternoon on the French Riviera relaxing and enjoying the sun and sand. Tonight you will put your French skills to use during a home dinner in Nice. This immersive experience invites you in small groups into the homes of local Nice residents for a family-style dinner and cultural exchange opportunity.

DAY 5: Paris

After a morning flight to Paris, a sightseeing tour with an expert local guide shows you the city’s most impressive monuments, from the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées to Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides to the Gothic façade of Notre Dame. You’ll receive a carnet of Métro tickets to help you explore the city and travel like a local with ease. Later, enjoy a free evening in the City of Light, perhaps chatting in French with a waiter or talking with street vendors as you stroll along the Seine nibbling on colorful macarons.

DAY 6: Paris

In the morning, you’ll visit the world-famous Louvre, home of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo, believed to depict the Greek goddess Aphrodite. From its origins 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 houses a collection of 35,000 works of art from around the world. Then enjoy a free afternoon to explore Paris at your own pace, perhaps checking out a lesser-known attraction such as Saint-Chapelle, a Gothic chapel adorned with 1,113 dazzling stained-glass windows, commissioned by King Louis IX in the 13th century. After dinner, give your French skills a thorough workout with a night at the French theater—a unique cultural experience alongside the locals made accessible with English surtitles (translations shown above the stage).

DAY 7: Paris

When available, a visit with local students at a Paris school will engage your morning. Depending on the time of year (only when French schools are in session), the visit could include lunch in the canteen and an afternoon sporting or social activity. (If a school visit is not available, a hands-on morning École de Boulangerie baking class for aspiring boulangers and pastry chefs will be substituted). For dinner, you’ll receive restaurant vouchers along with insider suggestions about where to dine with locals at neighborhood bistros.

DAY 8: Paris

This morning, you’ll travel like the locals on an RER train to Louis XIV's jaw-dropping palace at Versailles. Your all-access visit includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, Marie Antoinette’s Hameau, a small rustic village that served as her retreat from the pressures and intrigue of palace life, and the Petit Trianon, a personal palace the king gave to her in 1774. After exploring the immaculately manicured palace gardens on foot, hop onto a vélo and explore beyond the gardens on a Versailles by bike tour. Then return to Paris, where you’ll ride up to the third floor of the iconic Eiffel Tower for sensational views of this splendid city.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 6 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
 
  • 7 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
 
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • Go beyond grammar and vocabulary when you visit with local students at their school
 
  • Enhance your linguistic experience with activities that dive into the essence of French culture

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Student Tours of Nice

Aerial View Of Beach In Nice At Sunset

Educational Trip of Paris

Notre Dame In Paris

Educational Trip of Nice

Sculpture of a man and a bull at the place Massena fountain in Nice

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will improve their French language skills through immersion in daily cultural interactions.
  • Students will evaluate the appeal and impact of tourism in Nice over the last century and a half.
  • Students will have the opportunity to compare their daily lives with local schoolchildren and develop a greater understanding of their similarities and differences.
 

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