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Paris & The Loire Valley

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Highlights
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • The Champs-Élysées
  • Seine River Cruise
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral & Crypt
  • Sacre-Cœur Basilica & Montmartre
  • The Louvre, Orsay & Rodin Museums
  • Chartres Cathedral's Stained Glass
  • Château d'Angers Fortifications
  • The Apocalypse Tapestries
  • Château de Saumur
  • Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
  • Tomb of Richard the Lionheart
  • Château de Chambord
  • Light show at Château de Blois
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • TGV (200mph) to Paris

Introduction

Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing core travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs focus on the students, constantly challenging language, navigation, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like acquiring maps, finding hotels, navigating public transportation, evaluating restaurants, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.

Itinerary

Paris, the City of Light. The most beautiful and romantic of all cities, it is also the world’s most popular tourist destination.
From the comfort and convenience of our centrally located hotel all the sights of the city are a short walk or metro ride away - the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Louvre, the Bateaux-Mouches, and Napoleon’s Tomb.
For a comprehensive experience of the Loire Valley we’ll stay in four historic cities: Chartres, Angers, Saumur and Blois. Cathédrale Notre Dame and it’s world renowned collection of stained glass windows; the mighty cliff top fortress at Angers, home to France’s most famous tapestries; the majestic Château de Saumur; Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, resting place of the Plantagenets; the monumental Château de Blois; Château Chambord, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci and Château de Chenonceau, stretching romantically across the River Cher will provide a lifetime of memories for everyone.
Day City Overview
1 Airborne Meet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to France!
2 ParisArrive in Paris and navigate to the hotel using public transportation. Explore Cathédrale de Notre Dame, descending into the Crypt and climbing the South Tower. Head to Montmartre for a view of Paris from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and dinner. Night ascent of the Eiffel Tower!
3 Paris Explore Musée du Louvre and enjoy lunch at one of its cafés. Find Napolean’s Tomb at the Musée de l’Armée. Explore Musée d’Orsay. Dinner in Latin Quarter. Night cruise on the Bateaux-Mouches.
4 Chartres Breakfast on the Champs-Élysées and climb the Arc de Triomphe. Transfer to Chartres. Explore the towns old quarter and have lunch before heading to the magnificent Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
5 Angers Train to Angers. Explore the right bank and have lunch before heading to Château d’Angers and the 338’ Apocalypse Tapestries over on the left bank. Explore the left bank before dinner.
6 Saumur Train to Saumur. Grab a panoramic view of the town and river from atop Château de Saumur before lunch, then head out to Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud. Explore town before dinner.
7 Blois Train to Blois. Explore the Quartier Vieux Blois before lunch and then head out to Château de Chambord. Explore Eglise St-Nicholas and Château de Blois before dinner.
8 Blois TDaytrip to Château de Chenonceau. Shopping & Farewell Dinner in Blois.
9 Airborne TGV to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Au revoir France!