An Exciting Experience
Students can experience an unforgettable adventure by joining one of our groups for a 14-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 Monaco, St. Paul de Vence, Vimy Ridge and Normandy. While in Nice, students will live with typical French families allowing them to participate and be submerged in the culture.
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.
Nice, capital of the French Riviera, skirts the pebbly beaches of the Baie des Anges, located in the Côte d’Azur region on the south east coast of France. Often called “Nice la Belle”, which means Nice the beautiful, it is believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in the world. Inside the area of today’s Nice is the archaeological site of Terra Amata which shows evidence of a very early use of fire. Later the ancient Greeks founded a permanent settlement which they called “Nikaia” after the goddess of victory, Nike. Down the ages, the city changed hands many times. For hundreds of years it belonged to the Duchy of Savoy until it became part of France from 1792 until 1815. It then became an Italian dominion until it was finally reclaimed by France in 1860.
Because of the rich history of the region, Nice 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. 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 have attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. Its ochre coloured streets are the same ones through which many of the world’s most famous artists, composers and intellectuals such as Chagall, Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle, Klein, Arman, Sosno, Berlioz, Rossini and Nietzsche threaded their way. Much of their work is commemorated in many of the city’s museums, including Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Today it’s the glittering and cosmopolitan capital of the Côte d’Azur region of France. Return time and again and you still won’t see it all. Nice and its magnificent treasures await your visit!
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 14-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.
Vimy RidgeThe Canadian National Vimy Memorial is Canada’s most extraordinary mark of respect overseas. It is dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members who fought and died during the First World War. It also serves as a tribute for First World War Canadian soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. The site is regarded as one of the most inspiring First World War monuments of all.
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
Day 1-2: Arrival in FranceArrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in the evening and check-in to your hotel.
Day 3: NormandyEarly departure to Normandy. Arrival at Courseulles sur mer. Guided visit to Juno beach center. Departure to Bayeux. Lunch at a restaurant. Guided tour of the landing beaches. Audio-guided visit of the Bayeux tapestry.
Day 4: CaenMorning visit to the Caen Memorial museum. Afternoon departure to Arras.
Day 5: Vimy RidgeGuided visit to the Vimy Ridge Memorial in the morning. Visit of the Newfoundland memorial in the afternoon. Departure to Paris.
Day 6: Paris SightseeingCity tour visiting the Eifel Tower, Arc de Triomph and Champs Elysées with Free time for shopping near the Opera House.
Day 7: Versailles/LouvreMorning departure to Versailles. Guided tour of the palace, the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1789. Guided visits to the Louvre Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral in the afternoon.
Day 8: Departure to NiceTransfer to the train station in the morning. Departure to Nice by TGV fast train.
Day 9: Orientation in NiceClasses in the morning. Guided orientation tour around Nice’s old town. Free afternoon to explore the city.
Day 10: 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 11: St. Paul de VenceClasses in the morning. Guided tour of this medieval town and some free time to explore. Guided visit of the Maeght Foundation – a museum of modern art.
Day 12: Monaco (Optional)Visit to the palace to watch the change of guard, the oceanographic museum and aquarium, and free time at the beach in the afternoon.
Day 13: Free AfternoonClasses in the morning Free afternoon to explore Nice, do some shopping or go to the beach.
Day 14: 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.