The Cushman School

Discover 

France & Spain 

June 5th-June 18th, 2020

 
 

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Friday, June 5th, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Miami, Florida to Paris, France

 

Day 2: Saturday, June 6th, 2020- Paris

Arrive in Paris and meet your English-speaking tour escort. Transfer to the hotel with a private coach bus and check in. Start to explore Paris like the natives- on foot and by metro! Metro to the Galeries Lafayette and see the panoramic view at the top. Walk through the neighborhood and see the Opera Garnier from the outside. Metro to the Champs Elysées and walk up the avenue to see the Arc de Triomphe. For dinner, have delicious crepes for dinner before overnight in Paris.

 

Day 3: Sunday, June 7th, 2020- Paris

Have breakfast at the hotel, then take the metro to the Louvre for a guided visit of the largest museum in the world. In the afternoon, have a walking tour of Quartier Latin with your tour escort. Start by walking over the Ponts des Arts to see the Notre Dame and visit Sainte Chappelle. Afterwards, walk through the little streets lined with bookstores and artisans until you reach the posh neighborhood of Saint Germain. See the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg before taking the metro to the Eiffel Tower for a perfect picture opportunity! Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Have dinner on a Bistro Parisien boat and then have a nighttime tour of the Seine on a bateaux mouche to see the illuminated landmarks. Spend overnight in Paris.

 

Day 4: Monday, June 8th, 2020- Paris- Aix

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then take the metro to Montmartre to see the Sacre Coeur. Don't forget to have your portrait drawn by the artists at Place du Tertre! See the famous Moulin Rouge, then return back to your hotel to collect your luggage and take a private coach bus from the hotel to the train station. Take an afternoon train from Paris to Aix-En-Provence. Arrive in Aix-En-Provence and meet your host families to begin your homestay.

Day 5: Tuesday, June 9th, 2020- Excursion to Avignon/Baux de Provence

Eat breakfast with your host families, then have an excursion to Avignon. Take a private coach bus to Avignon and upon arrival, have a guided tour of the city and see the famous Pont d'Avignon, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site! In the afternoon, continue with a private coach to see Les Baux de Provence, easily one of the most beautiful areas in France. See the Château des Baux de Provence and the multimedia art and light installation of Carrières de Lumières. In the late afternoon, return back to your host families and spend the evening with them.

Day 6: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020- Aix School Day

In the morning, visit the school and shadow your host students. Return home for lunch and spend the rest of the day with your host families.

 

Day 7: Thursday, June 11th, 2020- Excursion to Marseille

Eat breakfast with your host families, then have an excursion to Marseille. Take a private coach bus to Marseille and have a guided visit of the city. In the afternoon, visit the Musée Mucem. In the late afternoon, return to Aix and spend the evening with your host families.

Day 8: Friday, June 12th, 2020- Aix- Barcelona

Eat breakfast with your host families, then take a private coach bus to Nîmes and from Nîmes take the train to Barcelona. Arrive in Barcelona and meet your English-speaking tour escort. Transfer to the hotel and check-in then take a walking tour of Barcelona with your tour escort before having dinner at a local restaurant and spending the night in the city.

 

Day 9: Saturday, June 13th, 2020- Barcelona

After breakfast, spend the day visiting the famous landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi! Take a private guided coach bus to visit La Sagrada Familia and the breathtaking Park Güell and see La Pedrera, or Casa Mila, from the outside. Learn the art of Spanish cuisine with a cooking class accompanied with dinner. Spend overnight in Barcelona.

 

Day 10: Sunday, June 14th, 2020- Barcelona-Dos Hermanas

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then visit the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. In the afternoon, visit the Picasso Museum and use audioguides to learn about the artist and his work. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and take a flight from Barcelona to Seville. Arrive in Seville and transfer with a private coach bus to Dos Hermanas and meet your host families. Spend the evening with your host families.

 

Day 11: Monday, June 15th, 2020- Excursion to Seville

Eat breakfast with your host families, then take the train to Seville and visit the town with your tour escort. Visit the famous Cathedral and Alcazar. In the afternoon, learn the art of Flamenco in a Flamenco dance class. Return to your families in the evening and spend time with the Spanish students over churros y chocolate. Spend overnight with your host families.

 

Day 12: Tuesday, June 16th, 2020- Excursion to Cordoba

After breakfast with your host families, take a private coach bus to Cordoba and visit the city and the Mezquita. Return back to your host families and spend the afternoon and evening with them.

 

Day 13: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020- Dos Hermanas- Madrid

Enjoy breakfast with your host families, then take the train from Seville to Madrid. Arrive in Madrid and meet your English-speaking tour escort. Transfer to your hotel with a private coach bus then take a walking tour of Madrid with your tour escort. Have a final dinner accompanied with a Flamenco show before spending overnight in Madrid.

Day 14: Thursday, Jun 18th, 2020- Depart

In the morning after breakfast, take a private coach bus to the airport for your flight home.

 

Price and Terms 

$4,295 is based on a minimum of 20 students

 

Included in your price:

 

English-speaking tour escort in Paris and Barcelona (no tour escort during homestay)

 

Transportation:

  • Round Trip Airfare

  • One way airfare from Barcelona to Seville

  • Private coach bus transfers to and from hotel and airport

  • Private coach bus transfers to and from hotel and train station

  • Public transportation in Paris

  • Public transportation in Barcelona

  • Public transportation in Seville/Dos Hermanas

  • Full day private coach bus excursion (Avignon-Les Baux de Provence- Aix)

  • Full day private coach bus excursion (Marseille-Aix)

  • Full day private coach bus excursion (Cordoba-Dos Hermanas)

  • Private coach bus transfer (Aix-Nimes)

  • Half day private guided coach bus to Gaudi sites

  • Train from Nimes to Barcelona

  • Train from Seville to Madrid

 

Accommodations:

  • 2 nights hotel in Paris, with breakfasts and dinners included

  • 2 nights hotel in Barcelona, with breakfasts and dinners included

  • 1 night hotel in Madrid, with breakfast and dinner included

  • 4 nights homestay with families in Aix (families will provide full board and meals)

  • 3 nights homestay with families in Dos Hermanas (families will provide full board and meals)

 

Guided tours and entrances as per program

 

Travel insurance including health, trip delay, luggage loss and delay for all participants

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020

 

Last Payment Due: April 10, 2020

A La Carte Travel Standard Cancellation Policy

 

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

 

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 

Passport & Visa

U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

 

Terms & Conditions

A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel trips departing and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.

Enrollment

  • All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure.

  • Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

  • Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group.

  • Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.

Rooming

  • A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

  • Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

  • Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

  • Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.  

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  • Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

Lost Belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

  • A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated.

  • Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Baggage

Excess baggage is subject to extra fees. Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.

Cancellation Terms

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

 

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 

Standards of Conduct

Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.

 

Grounds for Dismissal

  • Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol: Travelers under the age of 18 may not consume alcohol on tour. The consumption of hard liquor is strictly forbidden. Group Leaders and/or parents should prohibit all alcohol consumption at their discretion. Excessive drinking by any traveler will not be tolerated and will result in dismissal from tour at the traveler’s own expense

  • Possession, consumption or distribution of illegal drugs: Illegal drugs will not be tolerated and are punishable by immediate dismissal from the tour. All costs to return home are at their expense. If the local authorities are involved, travelers will be subject to the laws of the destination you are visiting.

  • Smoking: Smoking is not allowed on buses, during meals, in hotel rooms or in any other shared, enclosed space.

  • Possession of and/or Using of Weapons: Weapons, such as knives, firearms, explosives, etc, will not be tolerated and are punishable by immediate dismissal from the tour. All costs to return home are at their expense. If the local authorities are involved, travelers will be subject to the laws of the destination you are visiting.

  • Nightly Curfew: Travelers are expected to respect the nightly curfew that the group leader may set for their own safety and security. Room checks will be conducted at the group leader’s discretion. Visitors or group members of the opposite sex are not permitted in travelers' room.

  • Stealing or Defacing Any Personal Property, Building or Material: Payment for damage done to hotel rooms or to buses is your responsibility. If you notice any damage upon arrival at a hotel, you should notify the group leader or tour escort immediately. If travelers do not conform to these regulations or any specific rules set by their group leader, they risk dismissal from the tour--returning home at their expense with no refund for the missed tour portion

  • Separation from the Group: Travelers are expected to remain with their group during all activities and in the evenings. Hitchhiking and the driving or renting of any motor vehicle is strictly forbidden for all travelers. 

  • Attitude and Participation: Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings. All scheduled activities are obligatory. If any traveler is sick or has a physical ailment that might prevent them from participating in an activity, they must tell the group leader

  • Tattoos and/or Piercings: Travelers under the age of 18 are strictly forbidden to get a piercing and/or tattoo during the tour. Piercings and/or tattoos will be punishable by immediate dismissal from the group. Returning home will be at the expense of the traveler. 

  • Breaking Group Rules: Group leaders may create further rules and standards. Decisions regarding dismissal for those broken are up to the group leader. 

Travel Insurance

 

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.


The Standard Travel Protection Plan (included in the package price of the trip) covers the following:

 

  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive travel insurance as part of the travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade

 

The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

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For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us