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2023 Ralston Valley France Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Ralston Valley France Program! You are currently on the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for France! 
Travel Dates: June 1, 2023 - June 14, 2023
Dates are tentative
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $3,690 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,200

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $3,690

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Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$319.00

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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!

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Marvel at the Palace of Versailles

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!

Practice French with language classes and local interactions

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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - ParisOnce off the plane we'll drop our bags in our rooms, collect ourselves and get off on a walking tour of Montmartre to see the oldest remaining windmill in Paris, discover the hidden 19th century villas of the bourgeoisie as well as the quaint backstreets that inspired countless turn of the century artists and writers. We'll swing by the Moulin Rouge, appreciate the art nouveau flourishes of the Abbesses metro stop and admire the wall of je t'aime! Of course in the midst of all this we'll make time for an afternoon snack in a neighborhood bakery to refuel. Our last stop will be the hike up to Sacre Coeur where we'll walk through the church and have just enough time to catch the view of the city at sunset. We'll finish up the evening with a typical dinner in a bistrot nearby.Hotel in Paris
2ParisAfter breakfast at the hotel we'll start the day by admiring the medieval vestiges that make up our neighborhood. Later we'll stop for some street food in the Jewish quarter and take in the Place des Vosges. We'll have some time to spend wandering around the lively shopping streets known as the St. Paul village. We'll then make our way over to the Place de la Bastille before finishing the day at the Pompidou Center, admiring the architectural contrasts and exploring the interior for a look at one of France's best modern art collections. We'll have dinner at the newly renovated and rather impressive Halles shopping center.Hotel in Paris
3ParisAfter breakfast we'll head to Notre Dame before the crowds and learn a bit about the history and see how the reconstruction process is progressing. We'll then cruise around on bikes to see the Ile St. Louis and do a sweep of the Latin quarter. Here we will explore the Quai St. Michel and the history of Parisian academe by passing in front of the original Sorbonne and St. Andre des Arts. We'll have a picnic lunch in the jardin du luxembourg and get ready to see the Pantheon in the afternoon. We'll finish up the day with some free time to walk around or relax before dinner near the hotel.Hotel in Paris
4ParisThe adventures continue today with our first stop at the Galeries Lafayette to appreciate its architecture and then over to the Opera to do the same. We'll learn about its construction and significance in Paris. We'll then move on to see Les Invalides and Musee de la Liveration to learn about the impact of WWII before a picnic lunch in the Champ de Mars as we take in our first close up of the Eiffel Tower. We'll have a bit of free time to explore the neighborhood in the afternoon before dinner at a bistrot nearby. At sunset we'll hop on the Bateau mouche to see the Eiffel Tower at night.Hotel in Paris
5ParisToday we'll embark on a guided tour of the Lourve to learn about the Mona Lisa as well as several other major works before having free time to roam the museum on our own. We'll break for lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries and appreciate the gardens. Afterwards we'll wind our way up the Champs elysees appreciating the hustle and bustle of this most impressive shopping street leading us to a well earned hike up the Arc de Triomphe for another impressive view of the city. We'll end the day with dinner near our hotel.Hotel in Paris
6Paris - BordeauxAfter an early breakfast, we'll arrive in Bordeaux on the train and drop our bags off at the language school. We'll then head straight to the Sunday market along the Garonne river and take lunch from there to eat in the jardin public. From there we'll go on a walking tour of the old center and hike up the tour pey berland for a view over the city. In the afternoon we'll meet our host families and have dinner with them tonight.Host Families
7BordeauxBreakfast with host families and then off to our first day of French class! For lunch we'll head up to the Chartrons neighborhood to see the Cite du vi and les halles. We'll spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the neighborhood at our leisure before heading back to our host families for dinner.Host Families
8BordeauxBreakfast with host families and then off to French class! We'll have a quick lunch near the language school and then head out to see the famous Dune du pyla and the nearby seaside town of Arcachon. We'll head back to our host families for dinner.Host Families
9BordeauxBreakfast with host families and then off to our first day of French class! We'll have a free period for lunch and then we're off for an afternoon visit to Toulouse. Back to our host families for dinner this evening.Host Families
10BordeauxBreakfast with host families and then off to our first day of French class! Lunch will be on your own or with other students from the language school. We'll go and see more of Bordeaux's history at the Musee d'aquitaine and the Basilica of St. Michel. You'll have time to roam around the neighborhood of St. Michel after a guided walk. We'll be back early with enough time to spend time with our host families before dinner.Host Families
11Bordeaux - RouenLast breakfast with our host families before our final French class of the trip! We'll have a quick lunch after class and then catch a train to Rouen.Hotel in Paris
12RouenAfter breakfast at the hotel we'll spend the day visiting the city of Rouen. We'll check out the Musee des Beaux Arts Rouen as a first stop on our impressionists tour, we'll leisurely take a walkabout the city center, have lunch on a plaza to people-watch, go to see the gros horloge -or the old clock- and the rest of the St Maclou histoiric neighborhood, and we'll end with a hike up colline st. catherine to see the city in the evening at sunset. We'll spend the night in Rouen, getting a good night's rest to gear up for the Monet tour tomorrow!Hotel Rouen
13Rouen/ParisWe'll get a fairly early morning start to beat the crowds at Giverny. There we'll see Monet's home and gardens and the Musee des impressionisms. We'll have lunch in a typical restaurant in Giverny and then head back to Paris in the afternoon. At our hotel this afternoon we'll have time for a final group activity in country including a cheese tasting, a walk to see some of Paris at night and a special farewell dinner to wrap up an unforgettable trip!Hotel in Paris
14Paris - USAToday we're headed back home to the U.S.!Your own bed, eventually

Accommodations


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. 
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


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EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

We wanted our 16 year old son’s first experience traveling without the family to be a positive one. We wanted a true quality program and are so glad his school chose Walking Tree. Everything went absolutely smoothly on the trip. Our son has told us again and again how wonderful, informed, friendly, and absolutely critical to the success of the trip the Walking Tree staff was.

Tina
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Your Adventure Includes

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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