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9 days

Program Overview

Go on a journey in the Loire Valley, also known as the Garden of France due to an abundance of beautiful scenery and stunning châteaux. Much of the culture of this region owes its heritage to the Renaissance period. During this time, the Loire Valley was a playground for royalty, where they constructed storybook castles with extensive gardens. In 1516, the king of France invited Leonardo da Vinci to move to Château du Clos Lucé on his property in Ambroise. As a true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci challenged aesthetic values and rules to discover new ways of seeing the world, inventing imaginative castles, staircases, philosophies and works of art along the way. In the Château Chambord, the double helix staircase was entirely of his design along with much of the brilliant architecture.

Following a marvelous time among the châteaux, travel to Paris, which is known by many names due to the famed sights and artistic trends. Discover more of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius artwork at the Louvre, see the national art collections at Musée d’Orsay, and explore the academic side of town in the Latin Quarter. View religious relics and architectural marvels at Sainte Chapelle and Notre-Dame. Experience the historical expanse of the City of Light on visits to iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries Gardens and the Hôtel des Invalides. For more current cultural experiences of shopping, art and fashion, explore Marais Quarter, Pompidou Center, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. Stroll through the cobbled streets and charming squares known for the artists and philosophers who have called Paris home.

Daily Itinerary

Learning Outcomes

On this educational journey through the Loire Valley and Paris, students take in beautiful scenery, storybook castles, monumental landmarks and charming artistic communities that showcase the best of French culture. Experience the genius of Leonardo da Vinci through his inventive architecture and famous works of art on tours of castles in the Loire Valley and museums in Paris. Learn the history of the royalty around the castles of the Loire Valley and famous architecture of Paris. Literary figures and well-known artists are highlighted to give students a unique understanding of the cultural arts in this picturesque region. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Gratuities

Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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