France Sample Itinerary

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France Sample Itinerary

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DAY 1: FLY OVERNIGHT TO FRANCE

DAY 2: NICE Welcome to Nice, a beautiful gem on the French Riviera! You’re greeted at the airport by your Language Immersion Program Director, who will be with you throughout your tour. Once you get settled into your hotel, check out the palm tree lined promenades of this exclusive seaside village. Walk in the footsteps of the rich and famous as you stroll through the Vieille Ville, past white-washed villas and down the Promenade des Anglais.

DAY 3: NICE Daily Theme: French Culinary Traditions.  French cuisine is known for its rich, regional specialties such as crêpes and cheeses. A French meal typically consists of three to four courses: hors d’œuvre, plat principal, fromage and dessert. During today’s activities, you’ll see that Provençal cuisine is especially well known for its use of olive oil, anchovies, fruits and vegetables.  Practice food-related vocabulary in an interactive language lesson.  Cours Saleya is one of the best outdoor markets in France and the hub of Old Nice, alive with delightful aromas, vivid colors and bustling noises. This morning you’ll interact with local vendors during a market challenge and try traditional French foods.  Prepare your dinner at a cooking class led by a local French chef and reflect on your experiences today in French with the group. 

DAY 4: NICE Daily Theme: French Culture.  France has played an enormous role in European culture since the 17th century, and its influence stretches worldwide. Today’s fashion, cinema and cuisine trends are heavily influenced by French culture, as you’ll learn today.  Learn about France’s popular culture in your interactive language lesson.  Participate in a cultural exchange activity with locals.  Take some time to explore Nice on your own.

DAY 5: PARIS Welcome to Paris, cosmopolitan City of Light. Over the centuries, Paris has grown to become the undisputed center of France, and one of the world’s most important cities, both culturally and politically. Equally famed for its high fashion, awe-inspiring museums, and elegant cuisine, Paris has also been a center of theater, literature and philosophy throughout the ages.  Travel by TGV, France’s high-speed train, to Paris.  Get acquainted with the city on a walking tour along the Seine. As you cross over the river, watch the bouquinistes selling old books and postcards, and catch glimpses of the Conciergerie and St. Chapelle from the Pont Neuf. Make your way to Notre Dame Cathedral and continue through the Latin Quarter, where the most famous university in Paris, the Sorbonne, was founded in 1253.

DAY 6: PARIS Daily Theme: Youth Culture.  Imagine a world where you get a two-hour lunch break each day at school—but have classes until 5 p.m. Or where you have a half day of school on Wednesdays—but a half day on Saturdays, too. Welcome to the life of a typical French teenager. Today is your chance to learn more about their world.  Practice your conversational French in an interactive language lesson that focuses on youth culture.  Visit the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World Fair. Once you’ve explored the massive iron base of the structure, you’ll also ascend the tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city.  Participate in a cultural exchange activity with locals. Whether it’s a trivia night, pickup soccer, a student-guided walking tour or a community project, you’ll hear about life in Paris and what it’s like to be a teenager in France. French students want to learn about life in the U.S., so be ready to answer their questions, too!  Reflect on your experiences today in French with the group.

DAY 7: PARIS Daily Theme: Life in Paris.  In this bustling European metropolis, rugby is more popular than football and la bise, a kiss on both cheeks, is more common than a handshake. Today’s your chance to experience a day in a Parisian’s shoes.  Practice your conversational French in an interactive language lesson that focuses on Parisian daily life.  Interact with locals as you compete in a citywide scavenger hunt.  Enjoy a homemade dinner with a local French family. This is the perfect opportunity to get some rare insight into French people and their own distinct culture.

DAY 8: PARIS Daily Theme: French Art and Artists.  You’ve heard of artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. These, and countless other artists of varying degrees of fame, called France home for much of their lives. Today, you will discover the masterpieces from around the world that have found their home for centuries in one of France’s many famous art galleries or museums.  Master art-related terms while practicing your conversational French in an interactive language lesson.  Explore Montmartre hill and relax at the Place du Tertre, where you will watch talented artists at work.  Take an art class led by a local artist.  Explore the Louvre, once a royal palace and now the most visited art museum in the world. With nearly 35,000 pieces, the Louvre has art from every period of history and many corners of the world, including the world-renowned Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

DAY 9: DEPART FOR HOME Your tour may be coming to an end, but your lifelong love of the French language is only beginning.

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