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France has a special je ne sais quoi that you won’t find anywhere in the world. With a class trip to Paris and Normandy, students will have a full language experience while exploring the history, architecture, art and culture that make up the remarkable cities. From the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame to Honfleur and the home of Claude Monet, your students will be taken on a trip of a lifetime.

Day 1

*Please Arrive At the Airport 3 Hours Before Departure* 

Flight Departure/ Flight Arrival *Overnight Flight Required 

Day 2

Welcome to Paris! Meet your GO Leader at Baggage Claim! Airport: Charles de Gaulle Airport

Load Luggage, Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Check into Hotel Ascot Opera or Hostel: Le Mije Hostel or Similar 

Visit the Musée d’Orsay (Museum) 

Lunch: Student Expense 

Visit the Cathedral de Notre Dame

The cathedral built between 1163 and 1345 is an iconic building of the Parisian landscape.The cathedral treasury is said to contain a reliquary, which houses some of Catholicism’s most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.

Free Exploration Time at Île de la Cité

Dinner: Included 

Evening Activity: Top of the Eiffel Tower 

The 1063’ Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. 

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Day 3

Wake Up Call Provided, Breakfast at Hotel and Departure

Visit the Louvre

The Louvre, or the Louvre Museum, is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement

Lunch: Student Expense 

Visite des Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris’ ancient stone mines.

Exploration of the city of lights: from the Champs-Elysées to the  Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde

Dinner: Student Expense 

Take the Bateau Mouche Night Cruise

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Day 4

Wake Up Call Provided, Load Luggage, Breakfast at Hotel and Depart from Paris 

Estimated Travel Time: 

Visit Giverny/Monet’s Gardens and Musee des Impressionnismes

Giverny is a village in the region of Normandy in northern France. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. The artist’s former home and elaborate gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the Fondation Claude Monet museum. Nearby, the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny highlights the Impressionist art movement

Lunch: Included

Meet Motorcoach and Depart for Honfleur

Explore Honfleur

Honfleur is a city in the department of Calvados, in northern France’s Normandy region. It’s on the estuary where the Seine river meets the English Channel. The Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, has been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son Eugène Boudin. Nearby is 15th-century St. Catherine’s Church, a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders.

Dinner: Student Expense 

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Check into hotel: Normandy (tba) Cheval Blanc

 

Day 5

Wake Up Call Provided, Load Luggage, Breakfast at Hotel and Depart from Paris 

Maisy Battery

The Maisy Battery is a group of World War II artillery batteries constructed by the Wehrmacht near the French village of Grandcamp-Maisy in Normandy. It formed a part of Germany’s Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications and was the principal position of defence for that area.

Lunch on your own

Arromanches

Visit the site of one of the most important landing site of D-DAY – Arromanches where they built an artificial deep water port to ferry all of the tank and equipment to take back France.Visit the Musee du Debarquement (Museum of the Landing)

Return to Honfleur

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Dinner – enjoy some local cuisine at the Coup de Fourchette

Evening exploration of Honfleur

Overnight in Honfleur Cheval Blanc

Day 6

Wake Up Call Provided, Load Luggage, Breakfast at Hotel and Depart from Paris 

Take a Historic Tour of D-Day Beaches from Juno to Omaha

Visit Omaha Beach Memorial US Cemetery

The museum is located on Omaha Beach itself where the American naval landing took place on June 6 called Bloody Omaha. The 1200m² Omaha Beach Memorial Museum was founded in memory of all those young men who died in 1944 and whose memory we are duty bound to keep, that future generations may never forget at what cost our freedom came.
We invite the group to take a moment for all those who sacrificed on this important day in 1944

Lunch tbd.

Visite de Pointe du Hoc

La Pointe du Hoc is a promontory with a 100 ft cliff overlooking the English Channel on the north-western coast of Normandy in the Calvados department, France. During World War II it was the highest point between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east. The German army fortified the area with concrete casemates and gun pits. On D-Day, the United States Army Ranger Assault Group assaulted and captured Pointe du Hoc after scaling the cliffs.

Transit to Mont- St Michel

Stop at a German soldier cemetery. LaCambe

We recommend this stop to mark the contrast of those that fought and lost and how they are remembered. ”Until 1947, this was an American cemetery. The remains were exhumed and shipped to the United States. It has been German since 1948, and contains over 21,000 graves. With its melancholy rigour, it is a graveyard for soldiers not all of whom had chosen either the cause or the fight. They too have found rest in our soil of France.”

Stop at Ste Mere Eglise to learn about  Corporal Steele seen hanging from the steeple of the church.Photo op at the Mile marker : Mile 0 of the road to liberty – La Voie de la Liberte

Check in to the Hotel Gabriel (or similar)*Overnight in St Michel

Dinner at Restaurant La Rotisserie (Included) 

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Day 7

Wake Up Call Provided, Load Luggage, Breakfast at Hotel and Depart for Mont St Michel

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Visite guidée de l’Abbaye du Mont St Michel et les fortifications du Mont-Saint-Michel 

A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage (Guided tour of the Abbey)

Lunch: Student Expense 

Afternoon Exploration at Mont St-Michel

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel in Paris  ( or overnight in Mont St-Michel- subject to flight schedule the next day.

Check in to Hotel  tbd based on flight schedule

Dinner: Student Expense 

Meet Motorcoach and Departure for Hotel 

Day 8

Wake Up Call Provided, Load Luggage, Breakfast at Hotel and Depart for Airport 

Flight Departure/ Flight Arrival 

Estimated Time Back in United States 

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