2024 Fordham Preparatory France Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Fordham Preparatory France Cultural Journey!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. Once 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: March 27, 2024 - April 5, 2024
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Program Tuition: $3,190 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,089

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France Cultural Journey

Vive la France! A bucket list destination for any traveler, the country beckons with history, culture, and unique flare for life. Paris is legendary and vibrates with energy while the rolling hiles, pristine beaches, rustic chateauxs and towering cathedrals of the countryside provide calming balance. Regardless of where in the country you find yourself, le patrimoine, or the millennia of history and culture that imbues every corner of France, will leave you with a powerful sense of the place, even after a short visit.

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!

Improve your French speaking with locals

Marvel at the Palace of Versailles

Window shop on the Champs-Élysées

Visit Normandy's American cemetery

Climb the Eiffel Tower

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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
March 27USA - ParisFly to Paris! Airplane
March 28ParisToday the group will arrive at Paris where we will meet our program leader and head to our hotel to drop off our luggage and freshen up. After breakfast, we will head out to explore our neighborhood, Montmartre. We will start our morning exploration at the iconic Moulin Rouge, immersing ourself in the lively atmosphere of this historic cabaret. We will then walk through the picturesque streets lined with artist studios, cafes, and boutiques, embracing the bohemian charm of the neighborhood. Exploring the vibrant Place du Tertre, where artists showcase their talents, and then venture through hidden alleys and staircases to discover Montmartre's lesser-known gems. We will take also walk through the Clos Montmartre vineyard and enjoy its scenic beauty. We will wrap up our morning by visiting the artistic haven of Montmartre Cemetery before heading to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. We will end our tour with a delightful picnic lunch on the basilica's steps, enjoying the panoramic views of the city. After checking into our hotel and getting some well deserve rest in the afternoon, we will hold our orientation meeting and have dinner nearby our hotel. Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 29ParisWe will start the morning by walking to one of the most charming neighborhoods in Paris, Montmartre, also known as the painter's corner. It's small, steep streets constitute a network that connects of the city's oldest cabarets to the surroundings of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. We'll check out some of the most well-known corners of the neighborhood, including the the Bateau Lavoir and the Cafe au deux Molins famous for the movie Amelie. Afterwards we will go to Champs elysees and go up the Arc de TriompheCitadines Montmartre Paris
March 30Paris - VersaillesAfter breakfast we will leave to Versalles Palace with our local guide. This one of the most visited French sites in Paris, for its architecture, its gardens and above all for its history. Symbol of the absolutist power of the French monarchs and especially of Louis XIV, the main architect of what is today the Palace and its Gardens. We will have a picnic lunch at Versalles before heading back to Paris. In the afternoon, we will head towards the “Champs de Mars”, where we can continue taking photos and climb the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the panoramic view that it offers us.Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 31ParisHappy Easter! We will find time this day to celebrate a mass, details forthcoming. We will have a morning tour of one of the most important museums in the world: Louvre, Inaugurated in 1793, it has a collection of more than 300,000 pieces, among them the Mona Lisa, the Virgin of the Rocks and the famous sculpture of the “Venus de Milo” along with the “Victory of Samothrace” stand out. In the afternoon we will visit one of the most emblematic places in Paris, Montmartre, also known as the "painters' quarter", its small, steep streets constitute a network that includes from the oldest cabarets to the surroundings of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. We can visit the most emblematic corners of the neighborhood, such as the Bateau Lavoir, or the Cafe au deux Molins famous for the movie Amelie, the Place du Tertre or the Je t'aime wall.Citadines Montmartre Paris
April 1Paris After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a visit to the Orsay Museum, one of the best places to see impressionist and post- impressionist art. We will then walk along the beautiful Tulleries Garden where we will have a quick French snack. Next, we’ll continue to the Place de la Concorde and the Place Vendome, a square dominated by a decorated column dedicated to the famous Napoleonic battle of Austerlitz. We will move on to the home of the current French President – the Palais de l’Elysee, where we’ll enjoy the beautiful view from outside. At the afternoon, we will take a boat trip on the Seine River. Under the romantic bridges of Paris, the boat glides along the river, enjoying the famous monuments that are concentrated on its banks.Citadines Montmartre Paris
April 2Paris - CaenIn the morning we'll depart by bus towards Caen, Normandy, arriving at the Atlantic coast by early afternoon. Once on the beach, students would have the chance to bike or stroll along along the D-Day beaches, stopping at the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and Utah Beach to learn about the events that led to the Allied victory in World War II. We'll have a picnic along the way. In the evening, we’ll head to the medieval city of Bayeux. We’ll have dinner and check into our lodging in Caen or Bayeux.Grand Hotel du Luxembourg
April 3Caen - St. MaloAfter breakfast, 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. In evening, we’ll take a guided sunset hike on the bay. Then we will leave to St. Malo, where we will find our hotel.Mercure Saint Malo Balmoral
April 4St. Malo - ParisToday we will visit a dairy farm or marine farm and learn about the importance of those industries in northwest France. Then, and will have free time to have lunch and check out the inner city and explore the oceanfront. In the evening we’ll head back to Paris by bus and check into the hotel before enjoying final celebratory dinner ahead of our flight home the next morning. Citadines Montmartre Paris
April 5Paris - USAFly homeYour own bed!

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. 
Citadines Montmartre Paris

The Citadines Montmartre Paris is located in a residential area in Paris near Place de Clichy at the foot of the Butte Montmartre. It offer furnished studios and rooms, just a 10-minute metro ride from the Champs Elysées. Its apartments are equipped with private bathrooms area and some of them have balconies. Citadines Montmartre Paris has a rooftop terrace that provides a view of the city. Citadines Montmartre Paris is just 200 metres from the Moulin Rouge and 1 km from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. The property is a 15-minute metro ride from the Gare du Nord and Saint Lazare Station.

Hotel De Brunville

Hotel De Brunville offers comfortable and well-equipped rooms with modern amenities. A continental buffet breakfast is available every morning at Hôtel De Brunville. It is ideally located in the centre of Bayeux, near the Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry, and few kilometers away from the D-Day’s beaches.  It offers an outdoor heated pool, a jacuzzi and a sauna which are accessible all year round.

Mercure Saint Malo Balmoral

Located in Saint-Malo, this hotel features contemporary guest rooms with a flat-screen TV. It is set opposite Saint-Malo Train Station and is less than a mile from the beach. All air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with a work desk and free Wi-Fi access. Some private bathrooms at this Mercure feature an Italian shower. A buffet breakfast is served every morning, and can be taken on the terrace during summer.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
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

Our daughter was sick the last two days of the trip. WT and her teachers kept us very well informed. You had a clear plan in place to get her home safely and to the doctor if necessary. The fact that you had a hotel room waiting for her in Lima, upon return from Cusco, was quite impressive. She was able to rest the entire day before travel back to the US. Thank you.

Kathryn
Parent of Isabella, traveler on 2017 program to Peru

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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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