Take the time to truly get to know Paris, Nice and Rome on this transformative journey. On our visit to the City of Light, we view centuries of art, stroll through the landscaped gardens, wander world-famous avenues and go on a boat tour by iconic monuments. Feel the warmth of Nice from the colorful markets to the calming seaside, drawing in travelers from all over the world. Experience the richness of Rome, touring the ancient art collections, uncovered historical ruins, religious relics and legendary locations. Come home with untold knowledge of the wider world and a new understanding of our place in history.
Considered one of the most attractive cities, Paris is also admired as a place of education and intellect. One of the symbols of Paris is the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which ends at the commemorative monument, the Arc de Triomphe. Discover over 26 centuries of collected art in the Louvre Museum, including Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa, treasures of French kings and Egyptian antiques. Wander around the Tuileries Gardens to view lovely fountains and centuries of sculptures from a variety of artists, among the flowers and landscaped greenery. Walk across the steel footbridge, Pont des Arts, for the perfect postcard photo to share with friends and family. For a chance to take in all the iconic sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, cruise through the heart of the city along the River Seine.
Travel to Nice, where the culture and climate has earned its long history of relaxation and sunshine. Let the spirit of Old Nice carry away all cares, among the colorful architecture and charming squares. While there, explore the market stalls at Cours Saleya, trying local chocolates or picking up a unique souvenir. Learn how far back in time the stories of Nice can go on a visit to the ruins of Roman baths, when the city went by another name and the timeline was not yet measured with the B.C. and A.D. system.
Step back in time on a trip to Rome, a core of cultural history for multiple religious traditions. See the Colosseum, an amphitheater built to hold 50,000 spectators to watch gladiator combat. View the setting of public meetings and ceremonies at Forum Romanum. Learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus that made Palatine Hill a point of interest for aristocrats in Ancient Rome. Climb the Spanish Steps, perhaps catching a glimpse of the ghost of the poet, John Keats, near the base of the steps. Explore the glory of Vatican City, taking in the masterpieces of Michelangelo, one crowning the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and more in the various Vatican Museums. Notice how dramatically things can change at St. Peter’s Basilica, starting as a place where Christians were part of the entertainment in Nero’s games and now dedicated to the sanctity of Christianity. Before departing, be sure to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, as it is widely believed that doing so ensures a return trip to Rome.
Depending on arrival time in Paris, drive along the Champs-Élysées and stop at the Arc de Triomphe. Take a walking journey around the City of Light to get familiar with the new surroundings.
Discover endless works of art, from the original “Mona Lisa” to ancient Egyptian artifacts, at the world’s largest art museum, the Louvre. Explore the lovely Tuileries Garden and then stroll across the bridge, Pont des Arts, to Marché couvert Saint-Germain for lunch. Go on a boat trip through the heart of Paris, along the river Seine.
If there’s time to make the stop, visit the Sacré-Cœur Basilica to see the striking sculptures, architecture and panoramic view of Paris. Travel from Paris to Nice by plane. Stretch out and take in the sights on a walking tour before dinner.
Get carried into the past by the spirit of the Old Town of Nice and explore the Cours Saleya, where a variety of market stalls are open daily. Share lunch in a local Nice market and then take a seaside stroll on the Promenade des Anglais.
After checking out of the hotel, visit the remains of the Roman city of Cemenelum. The ruins there are what is left of first- to fourth-century Roman baths. Depart Nice by plane and travel to Rome, familiarizing with the city on a walking tour.
Go on a guided tour to see the Colosseum, the ancient Flavian amphitheater, where gladiator combat took place and the symbol of Rome’s eternity. Engage in a lesson on the local history of language on a visit to the Basilica of San Clemente to see frescoes that record the transition from Latin to Italian as the peninsula’s dominant tongue. With a guide, explore the ruins of the Roman Forum, which was once the heart of the Roman Empire. Continue on to view the ruins of the palaces of Palatine Hill and the site of Circus Maximus, a sports arena for chariot races. This evening, walk up the Spanish Steps, an iconic location known from classic movies and inspiring artists for centuries.
Journey through the Vatican City on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, where the most magnificent art collections in the world are on display. At the Sistine Chapel, view Michelangelo’s Old Testament painting that covers the entire ceiling and his Last Judgement fresco on the altar wall. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and take in Michelangelo's heart-wrenching sculpture, The Pietà, of Jesus being held by his mother Mary after the crucifiction. After dinner, stop by the Trevi Fountain to toss in a coin to ensure a return to the Eternal City.
Leave The Eternal City, flying home to share stories from the experience with family and friends.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
Our European exploration through Paris, Nice and Rome gives students a wide range of educational opportunities. We encourage students to practice their language skills as they interact with locals. Enter world-famous museums that showcase collected arts and heritage, including Egyptian, French and Roman cultures. Learn more about the artistic genius of greats like Leonardo da Vinci. Walk in the footsteps of history in the City of Light, a city named after the goddess of victory and the Eternal City.
At Experience we make sure everything is covered — from housing to technology and beyond — to provide the best experience for our students.
Public and private transportation provided throughout the program.
All scheduled activities and experiences are included in the cost.
Local hotel (quad occupancy) accommodations.
Three meals are provided daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
Tour Directors create a fun and engaging learning experience for students.