Exchange in Rennes & Paris Tour

France | 12 days / 10 nights
Paris - Bateaux Mouche

DAY 1: USA | FRANCE

  • Fly overnight to Paris.

DAY 2: PARIS

  • Bienvenue en France! Your Forum Tour Manager will greet you at the airport and will stay with you during your stay in Paris!
  • Transfer to your centrally-located hotel and drop off your bags.
  • Stroll down the most famous avenue of the capital, the Champs-Elysées. Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to admire the view. See the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Afterward, board a glass-topped bateau mouche (riverboat) and enjoy a refreshing cruise on the Seine River.
  • Return to your hotel to freshen up before dinner.
  • Dinner in a typical Brasserie Parisienne.

DAY 3: PARIS

  • This morning, see the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
  • A short distance away, enter the Sainte-Chapelle, another Gothic masterpiece.
Bike tour in Paris in front of Eiffel Tower high school French exchange
  • After, visit a local boulangerie and learn how the famous French baguettes are made (includes tasting)! Choose from one of their mouth-watering sandwiches for lunch.
  • This afternoon, pick up your rental bikes and head out on a guided bike tour of Paris. See all the famous sites and learn some surprising history as you explore the capital on two wheels.
  • Have dinner at a local crêperie .
  • Tonight, walk through le Trocadéro and view “la Ville Lumière” from the third floor of the Eiffel Tower.

DAY 4: PARIS | RENNES

  • After breakfast, take a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre, the world´s largest art museum, featuring Da Vinci´s iconic Mona Lisa.
  • After some free time for lunch, transfer to the train station and board a high speed TGV train to Rennes.
  • Upon arrival meet your host family and start your exchange program.

DAYS 5-10: EXCHANGE PROGRAM

  • After breakfast, attend school with your exchange partner. Activities may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with the French school).
  • Return home for dinner with your host family.
Plaza in Rennes, France

DAY 11: PARIS

  • Today, say a fond “au revoir!” to your exchange partners and board a high speed TGV train to Paris.
  • Upon arrival, your Forum Tour Manager will greet you at the train station.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Paris and drop off your bags.
  • Visit the Musée d´Orsay, housed in a former railway station, to see its extensive collection of art from the 19th and 20th century.
  • After, head to the lively Latin Quarter. Visit the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, and the Luxembourg gardens.
  • Later in the day, 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.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner music show at La Bonne Franquette.

DAY 12: DEPART

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

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Teacher from Benicia, CA

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