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

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.

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.