2025 Mullen French Impressionism and Post Impressionism Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 Mullen French Impressionism and Post Impressionism Program!  To learn more,  you have two webpages at your disposal. The Pre-Enrollment page shares exciting highlights and important info that you will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, 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 22, 2025 - March 31, 2025
Dates are tentative until flights are confirmed
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,200

This program has been cancelled due to under-enrollment. 

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!

Eat delicious French food

Take a deep dive in the life and art of VIncent Van Gogh

Improve your French speaking with locals

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

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

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
March 22USA - ParisThe group will depart the US and take an overnight flight to ParisAirplane
March 23ParisToday the group will arrive in Paris where we will meet our program leader and head to our hotel. After getting settled enjoying our first meal, we will take a boat trip on the Seine River. We'll pass many a famous monuments and soak in the scene of one of the world's most iconic cities. Then it's dinner at a local restaurant, after which we'll attend mass at a local church before heading back to the hotel. Hotel Paris
March 24ParisWe will start our day visiting the Orangerie Museum, home of the famous Monet Waterlilies. After lunch, we will head to the beautiful Tuileries Garden, from here we can also see Louvre's pyramids and exterior. Next we'll continue on 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'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 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 restaurant nearby.Hotel Paris
March 25ParisToday we will head to the Île des Impressionnistes, or Île de Chatou, is an island in the Seine located to the west of Île-de-France. We will spend the morning at the Fournaise Museum Chatou France where we will learn about the iconic French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and admire his work. If time allows, we will continue exploring the Island of Impressionists before lunch. Afterwards, we will take a private bus to the northwest part of the city. Auvers-sur-Oise is the place where Vincent Van Gogh lived, worked, and died. Students will get the chance to explore the neighborhood including a visit to a church the artist painted. We will then continue driving to Giverny where Monet’s studio and gardens are located. In the evening, we will drive back to Paris and have dinner near our hotel. Hotel Paris
March 26Paris - MarseilleWe say godbye to Paris today as we make our way to the beautiful south part of the country. After breakfast, we will take a high speed train to Marseille. From there we will drive to Aix-en-Provence where participants will visit the Atelier de Cezanne. This was Paul Cézanne's studio from 1902 until his death in 1906 and is now a biographical museum. We will also hike to some of the places where Cezanne used to paint. Before leaving town we will taste calissons, the local food speciality. Hotel Marseille
March 27MarseilleToday we will explore north of Marseille. We will begin in St. Remy de Provence visiting the Estrine Museum, located in a beautiful private mansion l'Hotel Estrine which was built in 1749. Students will learn about VIncent Van Gogh's life and will be able to appreciate some of his work. We will then head to Hospice Paul de Mausole, the mental hospital where Vincent Van Gogh was taken in after the episode in which he cut off his ear and visit the room where he painted his famous Starry Night. After lunch, we will go to Baux de Provence where we will visit la Carriere des Lumieres, famous for its immersive and contemporary exhibitions that surround you with projections of famous art works. After dinner, we will head back to our hotel to rest for the day.Hotel Marseille
March 28MarseilleWe will begin our day with a visit to the Lasallian School Collège Saint Bruno La Salle, more details forthcoming. Afterward, we will take a break for a delightful lunch picnic. In the afternoon, we will shift gears to a more leisurely setting by heading towards the harbor area of Le Vieux Port of Marseille. Spend time shopping in the vibrant local markets or exploring the charming streets surrounding the port. We'll also enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive to the picturesque Village of Cassis and the famous National Parc Les Calanques de Cassis. Hotel Marseille
March 29Marseille - Arles - ParisAfter breakfast, we will head off the northwest part of Marseille, Arles. We will visit the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation to continue learning about this renowned artist. For lunch, we will visit Cafe Van Gogh, where he painted Café Terrace at Night in Arles in 1888. We will drive back to Marseille to catch our train back to Paris. After quickly settling into our hotel, we will visit the D'Orsay Museum, one of the best places to see impressionist and post-impressionist art. We will end the day with dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel Paris
March 30ParisWe will head to Saint Sulpice, a church where our founder Saint John Baptiste de la Salle attended for seminary, and even get to see a chapel there dedicated to him. While there we will attend mass. After lunch, we will tour of one of the most important museums in the world: the 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." From there, we will walk up to the Opera and admire the beautiful Palais Garnier. We'll tour the inside of the opera house. If time allows, we'll walk on to see the famous department store Galeries Lafayette and appreciate its architecture from the inside. We'll stop for Ladurée macarons, classic French treats before heading to dinner. We will enjoy a final celebratory dinner ahead of our flight home the next morning.Hotel Paris
March 31Paris - USAToday we will leave Paris for our flight back home. Bon voyage!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, subject to availability. 
Meininger Hotel Paris Porte de Vincennes

Centrally located in Paris, this hotel features a shared lounge, terrace, and free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk for guests. Guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. Each room includes bed linen and towels. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.

 

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

I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!

April
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to Costa Rica

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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