2019 Milford France Program
|Travel Dates:||June 12, 2019 - June 22, 2019|
|Deadline(s):||Complete an Enroll Now form and submit a deposit, to secure your spot on the adventure!|
From the City of Lights, to beautiful Mediterranean towns, to small villages tucked between picturesque vineyards, to campgrounds in the rugged Pyrenees, France is a country with an enriching adventure for every kind of traveler. With one of the most influential, distinct, and celebrated cultures in the world – combined with a history richer than its famous food – France is a magnificent destination to consider. Our programs will immerse travelers in the French language and introduce them to wonders of France!
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Explore the Palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent places in the world
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries
Window shop on the Champs-Élysées
Visit Normandy's American cemetery
Visit the Eiffel Tower and other iconic sites
Travel to Normandy‘s Omaha Beach
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
Visit Siena's world renowned cathedral and crypt
Take a bicycle tour through the Roman hillside
Tour a local olive farm
Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class
Head to Murano Island and witness Venice's famous glass blowing
Hike Mt. Vesuvius and tour the fascinating ruins of Pompeii
Explore the famed Colosseum
Explore Lyon's scenic Farmers Markets
Explore La Basilica di Santa Croce, where greats like Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried
Discover the Loire Valley region with its Châteaux and vineyards
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|June 12||1||USA & Airplane||Today we’ll fly across the pond from Ohio to Paris, France. Because of the time change, we will spend the night on the plane and arrive early the next day (day 2).||Airplane|
|June 13||2||Paris & Vichy||We will arrive Paris in the late morning and depart immediate for Vichy. Upon arrival, we will explore Vichy on foot - visiting the historic town center, the opera, and local market. We'll enjoy a dinner in town before heading home for an early evening.||Cavilam|
|June 14||3||Vichy||Morning day of classes, lunch on campus followed by an afternoon atelier. Today we will go deep into the wings of the Vichy Opera and learn about its art nouveau structure. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some outdoor sports and free time. After dinner, we will have an evening of outdoor French cinema in the nearby amphitheater.||Cavilam|
|June 15||4||Vichy||Day of lessons, afternoon excursion to Clermont-Ferrand. We’ll take detours off of the main roads of this capital of Auvergne and discover its cobblestone streets and history through a walking tour. This evening, we will sample some of the amazing regional specialities. We will also learn by tasting how cheese is an essential element of the local heritage in Auvergne.||Cavilam|
|June 16||5||Vichy||Day trip to Lyon, a commercial and cultural crossroads. We will explore its rich architecture and arts; the “Old Lyon” quarter, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site; the impressive Notre Dame de Fourviere; the roman theater; murals. We will eat lunch together at a restaurant, and there will be some free time in the afternoon to explore the city in smaller groups.||Cavilam|
|June 17||6||Vichy||Last day of classes and lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion into Vichy one last time to check out the central market and practice our newly refined French skills. After our group dinner, we will either have a night of dancing or go see a move in French! Make sure your bags are packed - in the morning we depart for Paris!||Cavilam|
|June 18||7||Vichy & Paris||Today we’ll train back to Paris and drop our things at our hotel before we head out for a day of exploration. We will begin our travels with the Ile de la cite and the Quartier Latin. This is the cradle of old Paris - we will also visit Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle with its extraordinary 13th-century stained glass as well as remark upon the Pont Neuf, too. Afterwards we will take a relaxing and scenic boat ride along the Seine. Of course, this evening, we will enjoy some tasty French cuisine for dinner, followed by a group reflection at our hostel recapping our time thus far.||Hostel|
|June 19||8||Paris||For our last full day in Paris we will tour the famed Louvre Museum, Paris’ biggest museum and home to some of the most important works of art in the history of the world. We will then enjoy a stroll through the nearby Tuileries Garden headed towards the Place de la Concorde. Crossing over the river Seine we will make our way to the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn overlooking this iconic world wonder. Later, we will have some free time on the renowned Champs Elysees. For our final evening in Paris we will have a fun dinner as a group and play games until we call the night for our departure the following day.||Hostel|
|June 20||9||Paris & USA||Enjoy our last traditional french breakfast then make our way to the airport and fly home!||Your own bed, eventually!|
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Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.