2024 Fordham Preparatory France Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||March 27, 2024 - April 5, 2024|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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Program Tuition: $3,190
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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 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.
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 up the Eiffel Tower
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
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.
|March 27||USA - Paris||Fly to Paris!||Airplane|
|March 28||Paris||Today the group will arrive at Paris where we will meet our program leader and head to our hotel. Depending on the arrival, we will get to explore a little on our way to dinner and do some sightseeing along the way.||Hotel Paris|
|March 29||Paris||We’ll start the day with a workshop with a French teacher and Parisian teenagers and learn about French culture. Then we’ll have a wonderful walking tour of Paris. First, we will explore the Latin Quarter; the Sorbonne; the Pantheon of illustrious men where Napoleon's mausoleum is located; the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens. The afternoon will be an excellent chance to do some (window) shopping at one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world; Champs-Élysées. We'll finish up the day up at the Arc de Triomphe. We'll have dinner at a local restaurant and then head to the Palais du Tokyo, Paris' exciting contemporary art museum (¡open until midnight!). Here we'll see an exhibition and have an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower before heading back to our hotel for a good night of sleep.||Hotel Paris|
|March 30||Paris - Versailles||After 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.||Hotel Paris|
|March 31||Paris||Happy 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.||Hotel Paris|
|April 1||Paris||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.||Hotel Paris|
|April 2||Paris - Caen||In 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.||Hotel Caen|
|April 3||Caen - St. Malo||After 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.||Hotel St. Malo|
|April 4||St. Malo - Paris||Today 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.||Hotel Paris|
|April 5||Paris - USA||Fly home||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.
The ReMIX Hotel
Domaine La Suisse Normande (Farmhouse)
Enjoy the quieter side of the French countryside in a renovated Farmhouse outside of Caen. The beautiful grounds as well as the friendly and attentive hosts make this an unforgettable stay for student groups.
We’ll be staying in style in a newly renovated, turn-of-the-century house close to the sea in the Courtoisville neighborhood. The house is fully equipped and within walking distance to the center of St. Malo. Students will be split between gender in either double, triple or quadruple rooms.
Safety and Support
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.
Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile
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. 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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