France by Rail

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                      France by Rail
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                      France by Rail
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                      France by Rail

The Concept

Immerse yourself in French culture by travelling the way the locals do. The first 5 days of this 11-day tour are based in prestigious accommodation in the bustling 14th arrondissement of Paris, where there is plenty of time to experience the sites of this wonderful city. Students will then travel to the stunning Loire Valley where they will visit Chenonceau castle, Amboise castle and Clos Lucé castle, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.

Aimed at secondary school French language students, this tour will improve language skills, and assist students to better understand and gain more respect for other cultures. Students will also gain confidence and improve team bonding. This program has been designed for the experienced French teacher and small groups. Recommended extension options include a language and homestay in Rouen, Tours or Montpellier – see below for more details.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAYS 1 & 2 AUSTRALIA – PARIS (D)

Fly from Australia to Paris and on arrival transfer to your accommodation at FIAP Jean Monnet for 5 nights. This highly sought-after accommodation is located in the city centre in the bustling 14th arrondissement and is perfect for school groups. It provides spacious rooms, private bathrooms and fantastic communal areas for groups to gather and discuss their upcoming plans for the day.

DAYS 3 – 6 PARIS (B, D)

Spend the next 4 days exploring the amazing sights of Paris. A Paris Visite card is included which gives you unlimited access to the metro, bus, tram and RER trains in Paris. There are so many things to do in Paris, so speak to your tour consultant about the activities that you would like to fit into your stay. You could climb the Eiffel Tower, marvel at the art in the Louvre, take a boat ride along the Seine, stroll down the Champs-Élysées to see the Arc de Triomphe, visit Notre Dame cathedral, explore the beautiful Montmartre district and climb the steps of Sacre Coeur Basilica or take a trip outside the city centre to Versailles or Disneyland Paris. Breakfast and dinner are included each day at your accommodation.

DAY 7 PARIS – TOURS (B)

After breakfast at your accommodation, travel to the Loire Valley by train. Upon arrival, take a short walk from the train station to your hotel accommodation. Spend the afternoon exploring the old town centre in Tours. Make your own arrangements for dinner this evening.

DAY 8 TOURS (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your coach and guide for a full-day tour of the Loire Valley castles. The tour includes visits to Chenonceau castle, Amboise castle and Clos Lucé castle, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.

DAY 9 TOURS – PARIS (B, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, walk to the nearby train station in Tours where you will catch the train back to Paris. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation at FIAP Jean Monnet for your final night in Paris. Dinner is included at your accommodation.

DAYS 10 & 11 PARIS – AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast at your accommodation, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Australia. You will arrive the following day in Australia (subject to airline schedules).

COMPLIMENT YOUR PROGRAM WITH LANGUAGE LESSONS AND/OR HOMESTAY

G.E.T offers a diverse range of language lesson and homestay options in France. The homestay option is popular for advanced French students and is proven to significantly accelerate student learning, not to mention making lifelong friends!

PARIS: PARIS L’Etoile

Located at FIAP Jean Monnet, a lively student residence a few minutes from Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement, Paris L’Etoile offers students the opportunity to enhance their language skills at a unique French government accredited school. The teachers at Paris L’Etoile are all native French speakers, who use a variety of creative methods to help students master the language. Lessons are aimed at progressively increasing the students’ vocabulary, developing their grammar and oral comprehension skills and most importantly, giving them the confidence to speak. Pronunciation is corrected at all times during class. Students will be given access to free Wi-Fi and a certificate of attendance. FIAP Jean Monnet is one of GET’s preferred Paris accommodation options, as it offers an outstanding facility providing specialist student accommodation including a cafeteria, outdoor terrace, internet cafe and restaurant.

ROUEN: FRENCH IN NORMANDY

Teachers engage the students in a variety of activities aimed at improving all aspects of their French, with a particular focus on speaking skills. French in Normandy is a fully accredited government language school located in the heart of Rouen, capital of the beautiful and historic region of Normandy, just 1 hour west of Paris. Students will participate in language lessons in the morning and cultural activities in the afternoon. Homestay details available – please contact us for more information *2012 Star Awards, Language Travel Magazine.

MONTPELLIER: LSF (Langues Sans Frontieres)

LSF is one of the most established and well-known French language schools in the heart of the south of France. The philosophy at LSF Montpellier is: Speak it! Live it! With more than 20 years’ experience in teaching French, LSF is a specialised French school offering everything Australian students need to learn French. Located in the heart of Montpellier’s historic centre, LSF offers a friendly atmosphere with enthusiastic and highly qualified FLE (French as a Foreign Language) teachers. LSF believes its teachers make learning French fun! Students receive a diploma certifying their attendance and level of French. An orientation walk of Montpellier is included in the program as well as well as a full day excursion to Avignon and a half day excursion to either Nimes or Arles. Homestay details available - please contact us for more information.

TOURS: INSTITUT DE TOURAINE

The Institut de Touraine in Tours has been teaching French language and culture to generations of young students for nearly a century. Under the supervision of Tours University, students are tested on their first day and continuously assessed on their oral and written skills. Resources available to students include a library, audiovisual materials and a computer-assisted teaching lab. The Institut de Touraine was one of the first French language schools awarded the FLE quality label by the French Education and Foreign Affairs ministries. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, this homestay experience offers students a wonderful environment to soak up the best of French language and culture. Guided tours of the Loire Valley castles can also be arranged for an additional cost. Homestay details available - please contact us for more information.

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares including pre-paid taxes & charges
  • Meet and greet service upon arrival
  • 6 nights' accommodation in Paris at FIAP Jean Monnet, including 
breakfast & dinner daily
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Tours at a two-star hotel with breakfast daily
  • Coach transfers: Paris airport – hostel, Paris hostel – train station, Paris train station – hostel, Paris hostel – airport
  • 5-day Paris Visite card (zones 1-3)
  • Return train sector fares (2nd class): Paris – Tours – Paris
  • Full day guided tour of the Loire Valley by private coach
  • Entrance fees to chateaux Chenonceau, Amboise and Clos Lucé