FRANCE | French Exchange and Paris Visit

16 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

 

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: DEPART (Friday)

  • Fly through the night to France.

DAY 2 & 3: NICE / AIX EN PROVENCE (Saturday and Sunday) 

  • Welcome to France! Upon arrival, board your private motor coach and transfer to Aix-en-Provence.
  • Meet your exchange partners and their families and start your exchange program.
  • While living with a host family, you will find out that French is more than a textbook language. You will eat French food, meet
  • French people and have an excellent opportunity to practice your French in real-life situations.
  • On Sunday, spend the day with your pen pals and get to know them and their families.

DAY 4 – 6: EXCHANGE PROGRAM (Monday to Wednesday)

  • This week, attend school with your pen pals. Activities and workshops may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with the French school).
  • Enjoy the afternoons with your exchange partners and their families.

DAY 7: PONT DU GARD / NIMES (Thursday)

  • This morning after breakfast, board your motor coach to Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct built in the middle of the 1st Century A.D.
  • Next, embark on a canoeing adventure by the Pont du Gard. Basic techniques of paddling, navigation and security will be explained before you begin.
  • Continue on to Nimes after some free time for lunch.
  • This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the amphitheatre, one of the best preserved from the Roman world.
  • Have some free time to explore the city at your own pace before returning to Aix-en-Provence.
  • Dinner and night accommodation with your host families.

DAY 8 : EXCHANGE PROGRAM (Friday) 

  • Today, attend school with your pen pals. Activities and workshops may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with the French school).
  • Enjoy the afternoon with your exchange partners and their families.

DAY 9 &10: WEEKEND WITH HOST FAMILIES (Saturday and Sunday)

  • Have a nice weekend with your pen pals and their families.

DAY 11: AIX EN PROVENCE / MARSEILLE / CASSIS (Monday)

  • Today, meet your Prometour Tour Director and board your private coach to Marseille.
  • Visit Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine church situated at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 162 m (532 ft) limestone outcrop on the south side of the Old Port.
  • Later, visit the Château d’If , a fortress located on the island of If, famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novel: The Count of Monte Cristo.
  • After lunch with your group in a local restaurant, continue to Cassis.
  • En route, take a look at Le Cap Canaille, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe with its 399 meters above sea level.
  • Upon arrival, it’s beach time! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and relax at the beach.
  • Return to your host families for dinner and night accommodation.

DAY 12: EXCHANGE PROGRAM (Tuesday) 

  • Today, attend school with your pen pals. Activities and workshops may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with the French school).
  • Enjoy the afternoon with your exchange partner and their families.

DAY 13: AIX EN PROVENCE / PARIS (Wednesday)

  • Today, say ‘au revoir’ to your host family and head to the train station.
  • Catch the TGV high-speed train to Paris.
  • Transfer by private motor coach to your hotel, check in, unpack and freshen up.
  • This afternoon, admire the view from the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower on Le-Champs-de-Mars Square.
  • Next, board a glass-topped Bateau Mouche and enjoy a refreshing cruise on the Seine.
  • Dinner with your group in a local restaurant.

DAY 14:  PARIS (Thursday)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, discover Philippe Auguste’s Louvre and see the galleries’ masterpieces, such as the breathtaking Mona Lisa.
  • After some free time for lunch, visit the gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, a magnificent religious edifice and one of the supreme masterpieces of French art.
  • At a short distance away, enter the Sainte Chapelle, a masterpiece of the High Gothic.
  • Enjoy dinner in the always-lively Quartier Latin!

DAY 15: PARIS (Friday) 

  • This morning, visit the magnificent Musée d’Orsay and its extensive collections of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculptures, architecture and literature.
  • Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe & visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • After some free time for lunch, stroll on the famous Champs-Elysées.
  • Later in the afternoon head up to the highest point in Paris, Montmartre. Climb the steps to reach the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre’s hilltop church and most famous landmark.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner and a music show at La Bonne Franquette.

DAY 16: DEPART (Saturday)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, board your motor coach to the airport for your return to the USA.

Bon voyage et à bientôt!

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