2021 Eaglecrest Spain & France Program
March 13, 2021 -
March 22, 2021
Dates are tentative until airfare confirmed
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,690
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
Spain and France Cultural Journey
Two of the most dynamic destinations on the planet, a program to Spain and France will highlight the best of both countries. Groups will alternate between visiting spectacular metropolises, world-class museums and quaint communities nestled in beautiful countryside. Opportunities include walking along el camino de Santiago, visiting the beaches at Normandy and settling into glistening sea-side towns. Oh, and the food! Arguably there is no better place to explore culinary delights than these two countries.
Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Visit some of the most renowned museums in Spain
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries
Window shop on the Champs-Élysées
Visit the Eiffel Tower and other iconic sites
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
Experience the art and history of Old Madrid with a guided tour
We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|March 12||USA||Fly to France!||Airplane|
|March 13||USA - Paris||Fly to Paris and meet your Smithsonian Student Adventures leader at the airport. We will check into our accommodations and get settled. You'll spend the remainder of the day the Montmartre District including the incredible Sacré Cœur. From there we will stroll to the Place de Clichy and onwards to take pictures in front of the Moulin Rouge . We will have dinner in the area and then go back to our accommodations for a good night’s rest.||Hotel in Paris|
|March 14||Paris||In the morning we'll visit the Louvre first thing and you will have your chance to see the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and many other amazing works of art. After the Louvre we’ll take a brief walk, weather permitting, in the Tuileries gardens. From there, we will head up to the Opera and admire the beautiful Palais Garnier. From there we’ll grab the metro and head over to the Marche des Enfants Rouges food market where travelers will be able to wander independently to find lunch on their own. From there we’ll have two options open to travelers : either a visit to the catacombs or for the art lovers a second round of museums, with a visit to the Musee d’orsay. The group will reconvene at a neighborhood cafe to catch their breath before we take a stroll up to the Marais for dinner. Then, off to bed, to rest up for another busy day!||Hotel in Paris|
|March 15||Paris||Today we will take the RER just outside of Paris to see the palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent palaces in the world, with gardens equally as beautiful. We'll enjoy a nice picnic in the gardens and you'll also get the chance to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors - the treaty of Versailles was signed here, ending World War I. We'll take the RER back into Paris and get out at the Champs de Mars to see the Eiffel Tower up close. We'll walk over to see Les Invalides and continue along the Seine to head back towards our accommodations to eat dinner.||Hotel in Paris|
|March 16||Normandy (Caen, Bayeux)||In the morning we'll depart by bus or train for Caen, Normandy, arriving at the Atlantic coast by early afternoon. Once on the beach, travelers will have two choices for the first half of their day : they can opt to bike along the D-Day beaches with stops at the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and Utah Beach to learn about the events that led to the Allied victory in World War II OR for those more interested in learning the history in detail, can spend that time in the Omaha Beach Museum. We’ll all come back together for lunch at a nearby restaurant and then head off to the medieval city of Bayeux for the evening where we’ll have dinner, take a walk around to appreciate the medieval feel of the city and spend the night.||Hostel in Bayeux|
|March 17||Normandy (Bayeux, Mont St. Michel Bay)||After breakfast at the hostel, we will take a look at the famous Bayeux Tapestry from the 11th century, which depicts William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Then we’ll hit the road, traveling southwest toward St. Malo. We’ll take a guided tour of the Mont St. Michel, an enchanting island monastery. We’ll stay in the Mont St. Michel bay for the evening, lodging in a renovated farmhouse. In the evening, we’ll take a guided sunset hike on the bay .||Hostel in Mont St. Michel Bay|
|March 18||Brittany (St. Malo)||We’ll depart the Mont St. Michel Bay in the morning and continue toward St. Malo. On the way, we’ll stop at a dairy farm learn about the artisanal production and regional importance of the cheese industry in northwest France. We’ll arrive in the walled port city of St. Malo in the early afternoon where we will have some free time to have lunch, check out the inner city and explore the oceanfront. In the evening we’ll head back to Paris and check into the hostel for some sleep on our last night in the city of lights!||Hostel in Paris|
|March 19||Paris - Madrid||Today we'll catch a flight from Paris to Madrid! Upon arrival, we will make our way to our accommodations before embarking on a photgraphic scavenger hunt to orient ourselves to our new surroundings. In the evening we will get our first taste (of many) Spanish tapas!||TOC Hostel|
|March 20||Madrid||Today we'll visit the Prado museum, one of the most impressive art museums in the world. In the afternoon we'll stroll through the Retiro Park, once the king's personal refuge, and enjoy churros con chocolate along the old winding streets. This evening, we'll walk around the Santa Ana Plaza as well as the San Miguel Market and get our first taste of Spanish tapas.||TOC Hostel|
|March 21||Madrid||For our final day in Madrid, we may visit the Royal Palace, the Temple of Debod and the West Park or visit the famous Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, depending on what students are interested in. We'll have our last traditional Spanish meal tonight to cap off an excellent program!||TOC Hostel|
|March 22||Madrid - USA||On our way home, ¡hasta luego!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
TOC Hostel is a spacious hostel minutes away from the metro and major tourist attractions. This is a modern and hi-tech hostel with shared rooms or private suites. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
FIAP Jean Monnet
More than just a hotel, this international youth accommodation also functions as a conference center, a cultural venue, and a space to meet up with friends from all over the world. A truly unique experience for students in Paris. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
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. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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