An Exciting Experience
Experience an unforgettable adventure by joining us for a 12-day stay in France and Italy (14 days with optional Rome extension). Students will live with typical French and Italian families, allowing them to participate and be immersed in both cultures. They’ll gain an intimate knowledge of 4 historic and cosmopolitan cities; Paris, Nice, Florence and Rome, while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to places like Monaco, Uffizi Museum and Vatican City.
What to expect on this amazing tour
Paris, Nice & Florence
Paris, the capital and largest city in France has been one of Europe’s major centers for art, fashion, food, science, music and commerce since the 17th century. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. With an illustrious artistic pedigree – Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Monet, Manet, Dalí and Van Gogh are but a few of the masters who have lived and worked here over the years – Paris is one of the world’s great art repositories, harbouring treasures from antiquity onwards.
Nice, capital of the French Riviera, is located in the Côte d’Azur region on the south east coast of France. Often called “Nice la Belle”, the city has a very distinct culture with its relaxed, carefree lifestyle and noticeable Italian and Corsican influences. The local language Niçard, is still spoken by a considerable minority, and in the past, Nice welcomed many immigrants from Italy, Spain and Portugal who have also left their mark in the city’s unique culture. The natural beauty of the Nice area with its mild Mediterranean climate and picturesque surroundings make it the perfect place for not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration.
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is an open-air museum which has become more beautiful over the centuries. It’s a city-size shrine to the Renaissance enclosed by ancient walls that safeguard some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Its buildings and monuments tell stories of art, war and life. Its streets, today huddled with tourists, are the same ones through which Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante and many other of the most brilliant minds in human history, threaded their way.
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 14-day trip to France and Italy
Spring Break and Summer
Day 1-2: Arrival in ParisArrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in the morning and check-in at your hotel. Sightseeing bus tour of Paris center and visit to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Latin Quarters. Free time in the area for shopping in the afternoon. Dinner at a restaurant.
Day 3: Paris sightseeingVisits to the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House and Champs Elysées with free time on the famous avenue. Dinner at a restaurant.
Day 4: Transfer to NiceCatch train to Nice in the Morning (TGV). Arrival in Nice in the afternoon. Meet and have dinner with your host family.
Day 5: Nice city tourClasses in the morning. Guided tour around the old town of Nice, Promenade des Anglais and the Castle Hill. Free afternoon to explore the city. Dinner with host family.
Day 6: Monaco (optional)Classes in the morning. Walking tour of Monte Carlo with a visit to the palace to watch the change of guard. Visit to the cathedral and free time at the oceanographic museum and aquarium. Dinner with host family.
Day 7: St Paul de VenceClasses in the morning. Guided tour of St Paul de Vence with free time to explore. Guided visit of the Maeght Foundation — a museum of modern art. Dinner with host family.
Day 8: EzeTrip to Eze, a medieval village from the 13th century situated on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Sea. Guided visit to a perfume factory in the afternoon. Bus ride to Florence. Arrival in the evening. Dinner with host family.
Day 9: Florence SightseeingGuided orientation tour around Florence. Lecture about Michelangelo in the afternoon and a visit to L’Accademia which houses Michelangelo’s David. Dinner with host family.
Day 10: Uffizi MuseumGuided visit of The Uffizi which houses some of the most famous paintings of all time. Dinner with host family.
Day 11: Piazzale MichelangeloIntroduction to Italian and a lecture on the Renaissance in the morning. Guided walking tour to Piazzale Michelangelo where you can see the best panoramic views in Florence. Visit to Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Dinner with host family.
Day 12: Rome (Extension day 1)Train ride to Rome in the morning. You’ll have a guided tour of The Colosseum, The Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and free time for shopping and exploring. Dinner at a restaurant.
Day 13: Vatican City (Extension day 2)Guided visit to the Vatican Museums in the morning. Visit to the Sistine Chapel in the afternoon. Dinner at a restaurant.
Day 14: Departure from ItalyTransfer to the airport — End of trip.
Canada’s Best Educational Tours
CSLI has provided educational tour programs in Canada since 1997. Our main goal has always been to improve students’ language skills and self-confidence abroad while obtaining a unique first-hand look at the culture and people of the places they are visiting. Our focus on value and affordability, along with making our trips the most complete and of highest quality compared to our competitors is what truly makes a CSLI tour the best. We make all of the necessary arrangements for our tours, alleviating headaches for teachers and trip organizers making the trip more enjoyable and giving you time to truly explore the wonders abroad.
Canadian-owned and run
CSLI Tours is a family-owned Canadian company based in BC, driven by values and a real passion for travel. We have an excellent track record for the best customer satisfaction and have never compromised on the quality of the services we provide. Every tour we offer was designed to inspire your students and enrich their learning experience, while increasing their self-confidence and understanding of other cultures.
Safety & security
For more than 22 years the safety of our groups has been our top priority. All of our tour directors are first aid certified and well-trained to manage challenging situations. We always have contingency and emergency plans in place and we are always available 24/7 through our direct contact line to provide assistance to teachers, students, parents and school administrators if anything comes up before or during the trip.
As a group leader, your travel is absolutely free and includes all meals and accommodation at carefully selected hotels. Because one of our representatives will stay with you 100% of the time, the teachers get to relax during the evenings and explore the sights and sounds of the cities they visit. We’ll make all the room checks and ensure that each evening, the students are safe in their hotel suites or with their host families.
The CSLI Experience
Program price includes
Round-trip airfare from Vancouver on major carriers
All entrance fees to attractions as per itinerary
Three meals per day
All transportation by comfortable private motor coach
All the tips
All guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
10 overnight stays with host families and at hotels
Language and history lessons
24/7 services from our professional tour director
Professional tour guides at all attractions as per itinerary
*Optional 2- day Rome extension not included. Total price of 14-day trip with 2-day Rome extension is $4,100.
A deposit of $300 per person at the time of registration is required. A cancellation, medical insurance is mandatory, and can be purchased at time of enrollment. Payments can be made by cheque, Visa, MasterCard or American Express – a surcharge will apply for credit card payments. Taxes not included.