An Exciting Experience
Students and teachers can experience an unforgettable adventure by joining one of our groups for a 12-day stay in France. They will gain an intimate knowledge of two historic and cosmopolitan French cites — Paris and Nice — while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to nearby attractions such as the Loire Valley, Versailles, Monaco and Saint Paul de Vence. While in Nice, students will live with typical French families and attend classes allowing them to participate and be submerged in the culture and language.
What to expect on this amazing tour
Students stay in twos or threes with carefully selected host families for their stay, thus immersing themselves in the culture in a way not possible if they stay only in hotels.
Lessons Come to Life
Programs in language and history are specifically tailored to our students’ needs and levels. All students will receive a certificate from an internationally accredited school.
We Take Care of Everything
From airline tickets, consent forms, and payment forms — to host families and hotels, entrance fees, all meals, all transportation, and all the tips. We take care of everything so teachers, parents and tour organizers don’t have to.
Great Benefits for Teachers
CSLI offers the best reward points program for teachers available in the industry. We also make it possible for teachers to relax and enjoy their evenings with peace of mind knowing their students are taken care of.
The Loire Valley & The Cote D'azur
The Loire Valley contains many historic towns such as Amboise, Saumur, Blois, Orléans, and Tours. Located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France, it’s famous for its natural beauty, great wine and majestic castles like the Châteaux de Chambord and the Château de Chenonceau as well as many others. The region has a very rich history and culture: Renaissance writer Rabelais was born here; Joan of Arc led French troops to victory in the Hundred Years’ War in the Loire; and, as the Cradle of the French Language, its residents are said to speak the purest French.
A visit to the cities, towns and villages of the Loire Valley is like taking a journey back in time as they retain much of the charm, character and authenticity that has attracted royal patronage over the centuries. In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites, and with very good reason – the châteaux, and the villages and vineyards that surround them, attest to over a thousand years of rich architectural, artistic and agrarian creativity.
The Côte d’Azur, commonly known as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of southeastern France, also including the independent state of Monaco. This stretch of pebbly shorelines, glamorous yachts and charming towns has always captivated sun lovers and socialites. With seemingly endless sunny beaches, its mild Mediterranean climate and picturesque surroundings, the natural beauty of the French Riviera has attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. Many of the world’s most famous artists, composers and and intellectuals such as Picasso, Chagall, Niki de Saint Phalle, Klein, Arman, Rossini and Nietzsche, once called this place home. Much of their work is commemorated in the more than 200 museums and galleries in the area, keeping the artistic ambiance alive. Today’s admirers know not to miss 3 of the Côte d’Azur’s textbook points of interest: Nice, with its relaxed, care- free lifestyle; Antibes, the town made famous by Picasso; and Monaco, home of the world-famous Monte Carlo casino.
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 12-day trip to France
ParisParis is France’s capital and most populous city. It’s an international center for fashion, art, food and culture. Situated on the river Seine, its enchanting 19th-century cityscape is interwoven by broad boulevards. Famous landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. The city is well known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
VersaillesThe Palace of Versailles is the former French royal residence and center of government located 16 km southwest of Paris. Now a national landmark, it was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris, until 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution.
MonacoMonaco is an independent city state on France’s coastline located between the foot of the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean, less than an hour’s drive from Nice. Known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbor and famed Grand Prix motor race, it’s only 2 square kilometers in size making it the second smallest sovereign nation in the world.
Spring Break and Summer 2020
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 guided visit of the Opera House. Free time in the area for shopping in the afternoon.
Day 3: Paris SightseeingCity tour visiting The Eifel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, a guided tour of the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomph and Champs Elysées with free time on the famous avenue. Transportation between the sites will be by boat.
Day 4: Loire ValleyEarly departure to the Loire Valley. Guided visit to the Royal Château de Blois built between the 13th and 17th centuries. Visit to the Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley. Afternoon visit to the town of Amboise to see the Château du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci lived the last three years of his life.
Day 5: Fougeres/Saint MaloMorning departure to the Normandy area. Stop in Fougeres to visit the castle. Guided visit to Saint Malo inside the ramparts with some free time. Continue to Mont Saint Michel area. Dinner and check in at hotel.
Day 6: Mont Saint MichelAll-day visit to the beautiful village of Mont Saint Michel with a guided tour of the Abbey. Departure toRouen.
Day 7: VersaillesMorning departure to Versailles. Guided tour of the palace, the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1789. Afternoon departure to Nice by TGV fast train.
Day 8: NiceClasses in the morning. Guided orientation tour around the old part of Nice. Afternoon free to explore.
Day 9: EzeClasses in the morning. Trip to Eze, a medieval village from the 13th century situated on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Guided visit of a perfume factory in the afternoon.
Day 10: Saint Paul de VenceClasses in the morning. Guided tour of the medieval town and some free time to explore. Guided visit to the Maeght Foundation.
Day 11: MonacoVisit to the palace to watch the change of guard, the oceanographic museum and aquarium, and the cathedral with some free time to explore.
Day 12: Departure from NiceTransfer 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
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.