2021 Milford France Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 2, 2021 - June 11, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,990
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
France Cultural Journey
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!
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!
Explore the Palace of Versailles, one of the most opulent places in the world
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!
Practice French with language classes and local interactions
Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs 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.
|1 - Thursday, June 3||USA & Paris||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 on the continent in the morning!||Plane|
|2 - Friday, June 4||Paris||We'll meet our Smithsonian Adventures leader at the airport and head into the city to check into our accommodations and get settled. We'll spend the remainder of the afternoon walking around the Montmartre District where we'll see some of Paris' 18t, 19th and 20th century iconic sites : including a park designed by an artist, Art Nouveau inspired architecture and a number of impressive buildings, including a visit to the incredible Sacre Coeur church for a view over the city. We'll have dinner in the neighborhood and then head back to our hotel for a good night's rest.||Hotel in Paris|
|3 - Saturday, June 5||Paris||In the morning we'll visit the Louvre and you will have your chance to see the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and many other amazing works of art. After the Louvre we will walk to the Tuileries Gardens and eat our picnic lunches. From there, we will walk up to the Opera and admire the beautiful Palais Garnier. We'll pop up to Galeries Lafayette to admire the stained glass ceiling in the classic department store. Next, we'll walk on to see the Madeleine, the famous neoclassical Roman Catholic church. From there we'll head towards the Place de la Concorde and walk up the Champs Elysées taking in the sight of the Arc de Triomphe all the way. We'll stop for well-earned Ladurée macarons, classic French treats, for our afternoon snack. We'll then have some free time to explore this world-famous street before we have dinner and then head back to our hotel to spend some down-time together as a group.||Hotel in Paris|
|4 - Sunday, June 6||Paris & Vichy||Today we'll be up early to grab a train to Vichy. On arrival we'll drop our bags, have lunch and then head out to explore Vichy on foot - visiting the historic town center, the opera, and the local market. We'll be off to our host families this evening and have a first dinner with them and get settled into our new surroundings.||CAVILAM homestay|
|5 - Monday, June 7||Vichy||This morning we'll be up early for breakfast with our families and then we'll be off to our first morning of French classes at CAVILAM. We'll have lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some time to do outdoor sports or have some free time. Dinner will be with host families.||CAVILAM homestay|
|6 - Tuesday, June 8||Vichy||This morning we'll be up early again for breakfast with our families and then we'll be off to our second day of French classes at CAVILAM. We'll have lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some time to do outdoor sports or have some free time. Dinner will be with host families.||CAVILAM homestay|
|7- Wednesday, June 9||Vichy||This morning we'll be up again early for breakfast with our families and then we'll be off to our third morning of French classes at CAVILAM. We'll have lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some time to do outdoor sports or have some free time. Dinner will be with host families.||CAVILAM homestay|
|8 - Thursday, June 10||Vichy||This morning we'll be up again early for breakfast with our families and then we'll be off to our fourth morning of French classes at CAVILAM. We'll have lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some time to do outdoor sports or have some free time. Dinner will be with host families.||CAVILAM homestay|
|9 - Friday, June 11||Vichy & Paris||This morning we'll be up again early for breakfast with our families and then we'll be off to our fifth and last morning of French classes at CAVILAM. We'll have a quick lunch and then grab our train back to Paris. We'll drop our bags, check into our lodgings, and then have a snack to catch our breath in the Jardin du Luxembourg. After that we'll be back in action and off to see the Pompidou Center, France's largest contemporary art museum - we'll see the great works and catch a view of the city from the top! We'll take a walk around the surrounding Les Halles (the young people hang here!) and the Ile de la cité (what's up with the reconstruction of Notre Dame??) neighborhoods to see a bit more of both "new" and old Paris before we have dinner near our lodgings and settle in for the night.||Hotel in Paris|
|10 - Saturday, June 12||Paris||Today we will be up again bright and early to take the RER train 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. After the visit, we'll take the RER back into Paris and get out at Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower from one of its most impressive vantage points and sit for a minute to catch our breath before we wind our way down to the Champ de Mars. We'll stop for dinner in the neighborhood. From there we'll walk along the Seine to catch a scenic evening boat ride along the river to see all of Paris illuminated at night. We'll make it back to our accommodations to pack and get a good night's rest before a long day of travel tomorrow!||Hotel in Paris|
|11 - Sunday, June 13||Paris & USA||We'll have our last Parisian breakfast altogether before we head to the airport to make our way home!||Home|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
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.
This will be the best part of your trip! Staying with a host family immerses you in the language and culture of the destination, and can lead to deep and lasting relationships with your hosts. Initially intimidating but ultimately unforgettable, there’s no better way to begin to truly understand the place you’re visiting.
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EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I have been on two trips with Walking Tree and both trips have been two of the most amazing experiences of my life.
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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. 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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