Exchange in Valenciennes

France | 11 days / 9 nights
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DAY 1: USA | FRANCE

  • Fly overnight to Paris, France.

DAY 2: VALENCIENNES

  • Bienvenue en France! Your French Forum Tour Manager will greet you at the airport.
  • Transfer by private bus to your partner school in Valenciennes.
  • Upon arrival at your school, meet your exchange partners and host families.
  • Enjoy your first dinner and evening with your host family.

DAYS 3 – 4: WEEKEND WITH YOUR HOST FAMILY

  • Spend the weekend with your exchange partner and host family.

DAY 5: EXCHANGE PROGRAM

  • After breakfast, attend school with your exchange partner.
  • Afternoon activities and workshops may be organized by your partner school (to be confirmed with your partner school).
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.
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DAY 6: DAY TRIP TO BRUSSELS

  • This morning, board your private bus to Brussels, Belgium.
  • Upon arrival, visit the Choco-Story Museum, where you will learn the history of cocoa and chocolate, watch a demonstration by the master chocolatier, and, of course, sample Belgian chocolate!
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch and try Belgium´s national dish: moules-frites (mussels and french fries).
  • After, take a guided walking tour of the city center. Immerse yourself in local life in the beautiful Grand-Place, the main market square, framed by opulent guildhouses and the Gothic Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), and visit the city’s famed mascot, the chubby-cheeked Manneken-Pis.
  • Return to Valenciennes for dinner with your host family.

DAY 7 & 8: EXCHANGE PROGRAM

  • Attend school with your exchange partner.
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.
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DAY 9: VALENCIENNES| PARIS

  • This morning, say a fond “Au revoir!” to your host family and board your private bus to Chantilly, known for its beautiful château and whipped cream!
  • Enjoy a guided visit of the Château de Chantilly.
  • Visit the 18th-century Grand Stables (‘Les Grandes Écuries’), which is still used for demonstrations and home to the ‘Living Museum of the Horse’ (musée vivant du cheval).
  • Continue to Paris. Drop off your bags at the hotel upon arrival.
  • Head to the highest point in the city, Montmartre (known locally as La Butte). Climb the steps to reach the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre’s hilltop church and most famous landmark.
  • Have dinner at a local restaurant in Montmartre.
  • Night accommodation in Paris.
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DAY 10: PARIS

  • After breakfast, visit the Musée d’Orsay to see its extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings housed in a former railway station.
  • Head to the Île de la Cité to see the iconic Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
  • Then, visit the intimate Sainte-Chapelle so see its awe-inspiring stained-glass windows.
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch before strolling down the famous Champs-Elysées. Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to admire the views.
  • Afterward, enjoy a cruise on the Seine River.
  • Have your farewell dinner in a crêperie.
  • After dinner, admire the City of Light from the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower.

DAY 11: DEPART

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.

What our teachers are saying

Evelynn D, Teacher from Evanston, IL, French Exchange

This was the BEST TRIP EVER! We had a wonderful time. Forum has been extremely helpful, especially after our previous exchange program disintegrated – very attentive to our needs.

Kimberly R, Teacher from Newport Beach, CA, French Exchange

This was a wonderful trip. It was a pleasure to experience France through the eyes of our hosts. I highly recommend this trip to other students/schools.