Fall in love with France on this comprehensive journey around the whole country! Begin in Paris, the City of Light, and marvel at the views from atop the Eiffel Tower. Walk in the steps of history at Normandy, soak up French traditions in Provence, and relax on the world-class beaches of Nice.
France is the very first country to which Travel For Teens began running programs and, thanks to our local knowledge and insider connections, there is no better way to discover this European gem than with us! We’ll begin our voyage in the City of Light, where you’ll explore this city from the heights of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the Catacombs. This legendary city is home to artists and emperors, writers and composers, and the site of some of the most important events in history. Come to know it like a local with us by biking through its historical neighborhoods, taking a sunset cruise down the Seine, learning to cook with a French chef, and eating your way through the 20 arrondissements. Stroll through Marie Antoinette’s gardens at the spectacular Chateau de Versailles and shop ’til you drop on the Champs-Élysées, Paris’ version of 5th Avenue. While in Paris, we’ll also take a day trip to the D-Day Landing Beaches of Normandy, where we’ll walk in the footsteps of history as we learn about the battles fought here during World War II.
From Paris, we head down to the region of Provence, famous for being the gateway to the French Alps and the rolling hills of lavender. We’ll enjoy the quaint village of Aix-en-Provence, home of the painter Cézanne. Take a day trip to the Mediterranean city of Marseille before going for a swim at the spectacular Calenques National Park in Cassis. Head up into the foothills of the Alps as we drive into the heart of Provence’s lavender fields. Spend a day whitewater rafting and doing an adrenaline-rushing ropes course at the “Grand Canyon on France,” the Gorges du Verdon.
Of course, no summer vacation to France would be complete without visiting the gem of the French Riviera, the glittering city of Nice! Stroll the Promenade des Anglais and watch the street performers at dusk, gelato in hand. Peruse the traditional Cours Saleya marketplace for treasures, and climb to the top of the hill to visit a hidden waterfall and get the best view of the Mediterranean Sea from above. Satisfy your inner explorer by wandering the cobblestone streets of Èze, a clifftop village that has been here since medieval times, before relaxing on one of France’s best beaches. Plus, experience Bastille Day–the biggest French national holiday–by attending the parades, joining the celebrations and watching the fireworks!
This program is designed for any high school student seeking a global perspective, so join Travel For Teens this summer to learn about French culture straight from the source!