2023 Glenbrook France Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Glenbrook France Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: June 25, 2023 - July 5, 2023
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Program Tuition: $2,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,250

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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

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Marvel at the Palace of Versailles

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

Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!

The Itinerary

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. 

Day LocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - ParisToday we will cross the Atlantic and land tomorrow...Airlplane
2USA - ParisToday, we will arrive in Paris and meet your program leaders at the airport. We will check into our accommodations and get settled. You'll spend the remainder of the day in the Montmartre District enjoying the quaint mood of the neighborhood -the bustle of its shops, restaurants and historic points of interest - before climbing up the hill to enjoy the incredible view and interior of the Basilica of Sacré Cœur. Afterwards we'll have dinner in the neighborhood and then slowly make our way back to our accommodations for some much-needed sleep.Hotel in Paris
3ParisWith so much to see in Paris, we'll spend most of the day visiting monuments and amazing sites. We'll start the day at The Louvre Museum followed by a quick trip to the beautiful Tuileries Garden where we will have a picnic. Next we'll continue on to the Place de la Concorde and the Place Vendôme, a square dominated by a decorated column dedicated to the famous Napoleonic battle of Austerlitz. We'll move on to the home of the current French President - the Palais de l'Élysée , where we'll enjoy the beautiful view from outside. The afternoon will be an excellent chance to do some (window) shopping in one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world, The Champs-Élysées, where we will stop at Ladurée to taste their macarons, France's world-famous sweet treat. We'll finish up the afternoon at the Arc de Triomphe by climbing all the way to the top to get another perspective on the city. We'll have dinner at a restaurant nearby and from there we'll head back to our hotel for a well-earned night's sleep.Hotel in Paris
4Paris (Versailles)Today we will take a bit of a break from the city center and take the RER commuter train out of Paris to see Versailles, one of the most opulent palaces in the world constructed by King Louis XVI, with gardens equally as beautiful. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch 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 and take a break on the lawns of the Champ de Mars before going to dinner in a bistrot nearby. We'll then head to the Bateau mouche at Pont d'Alma after sunset to see just how stunning Paris is by night! From there we'll get to bed to rest up for another busy day to come.Hotel in Paris
5Paris - Normandy (Giverny)In the morning we'll get out of the city once again via a short train ride to see Monet's famous home at Giverny and have our first taste of the French countryside. We will get to visit the Impressionist museum as well as the inside of Giverny itself, where Monet lived during some of his most prolific years. After that we'll enjoy local cuisine in a nearby restaurant leaving the rest of the afternoon for walking and lazing in the magnificent gardens that surround the artist's former home. On arrival in Paris we'll have some down time to relax at the hotel before dinner nearby and an early night before the long travel day to come!Hotel in Paris
6Paris - Normandy (Mont St. Michel Bay, Granville)We'll take the train this morning bright and early north to the region of Normandy to visit the celebrated Mont St Michel monastery where we will get to see medieval architecture in all its glory. We'll drop our bags at the bag check for the day and have lunch inside the castle walls. We'll take a tour of the famous Abbey and its ramparts and then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the ups and downs of the winding streets and the views on the Mont St Michel Bay. We'll grab our bags and head back to the train station where we'll head to the nearby town of Granville for the night. We'll check into our accommodations and have dinner in town before tucking in for the night.Hostel Granville
7Normandy (Granville)This morning we'll take a hired bus to a nearby artisanal goat farm where we'll get to see how the cheese is made and, for those interested, get a taste of the real thing made on the premises. We'll have lunch either there or back in Granville upon our return. We'll then be able to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the town, walking the beaches (depending on the tides), and generally enjoying the sea town life. We'll have dinner in town and rest up for another train ride and intense day tomorrow in Bayeux!Hostel Granville
8Normandy (Bayeux)In the morning we'll depart by bus or train for Bayeux arriving at the Atlantic coast before lunch. Once in Bayeux, we’ll drop our bags at our hotel, and meet our guide for a picnic lunch and ride along the D-Day beaches, taking in the view from Gold Beach and its cliffs while learning a bit more about the events that led to the Allied victory in World War II. At the end of the afternoon we'll have a much-needed snack in town to regroup at the hotel and head into Bayeux to enjoy the medieval feel of the village for the evening. We’ll have dinner in town and then settle into our lodgings for a good night's rest.Hostel in Bayeux
9Normandy (Bayeux) - ParisAfter a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we will go to see the famous Bayeux Tapestry from the 11th century, which depicts William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. We'll have lunch before getting back on the train and heading back to Paris. We'll check back into our accommodations, have a little down time and then head back out to explore the Rue Montorgueil, the oldest market street in Paris and then have our final dinner in France! We'll turn in after this to get ready for our international flight tomorrow. Hotel in Paris
10Paris With our last full day in Paris, we will visit Visit Le Bon Marche, Luxembourg Gardens, St Germain des Pres, Eglise Saint-Sulpice, and have time to explore the area. Later, we will enjoy dinner together in River Gauche and end your day with a Seine River cruise.Hotel in Paris
11Paris - UsaToday we will head to the airport for the flight home. Bon Voyage!Your own bed!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, 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 and safe. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Gîtes les tropes

Located on the edge of the great Bercé forest, famous for its century-old oaks, lies the village de gîtes les tropes, a collection of unique shelters. Designed by local architects, the cottages are surrounded by green walls of vegetation to blend in with the environment. Modern amenities and great service ensure a comfortable stay for our students. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Les Gîtes de la Barbotine

Les Gîtes de la Barbotine is a welcoming little village comprised of spacious cottages between Angers and Nantes. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature and the vegetation of the French countryside. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the premises keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Auberge de Jeunesse Hi Nantes

Housed in the premises of an old tobacco factory, the Hi Nantes Youth Hostel is conveniently located near the train station, city center, history museum, and the Jardin des Plants. In a quiet area of town, it offers original accommodations from which to explore the Nantes’ history. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

La ferme des épis

La ferme des épis is a family company dedicated to providing hospitable accommodations in a beautiful countryside space. Consisting of dorms, lodges, and yurts, la ferme’s modern amenities in its quaint environment combine to make this an unforgettable stay. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the premises keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their accommodations according to gender and availability.

Ferme Auberge

A locally owned and operated welcoming countryside accommodation with modern amenities. We have chosen to work with Ferme Auberge de la Maison Nueve for its warm atmosphere, home cooked meals, and genuine French hospitality. 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.

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Estimated Airfare

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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel. 

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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