James Madison

High School



June 15-24, 2020


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’s 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 and Conditions


A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.


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.


 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.   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.


Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.


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


Travel Insurance

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

The Standard Travel Protection Plan 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.

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


Standard 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

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Monday, June 15th, 2020- Depart 

Take an overnight flight from Washington Dulles to Paris


Day 2: Tuesday, June 16th, 2020- Paris- Homestay

Arrive in Paris and meet your chauffeur to take a private coach bus from the airport to the train station. Take the train from Paris to Tours and meet your host families at the train station. Begin your homestay.


Day 3: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020- Tours

In the morning, visit the school in Tours with your host students. In the afternoon, visit the town of Tours, whose historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there, visit Musée du Compagnonnage and learn about specialities in metal, leather, textiles and culinary trades. Return to your families in the evening for dinner and overnight.


Day 4: Thursday, June 18th, 2020- Loire Valley

Eat breakfast with your host families, then visit the largest castle in the Loire Valley, Château de Chambord. Visit Chambord before continuing with your private coach bus to Clos Lucé in the city of Amboise. Clos Lucé is most famous for being the residence of Leonardo da Vinci up to his death. Return to Tours with your coach bus and stay with your host families in the evening for dinner and overnight. 


Day 5: Friday, June 19th, 2020- Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine

Eat breakfast with your host families then take a private coach bus to Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, famous for its specialty French goat cheese! There, have a cheese-making and cheese-tasting workshop, before taking the bus to Château de Chenonceau, the most visited château in France after Versailles, that sits on the river Cher. Visit the castle, then return to Tours to spend dinner and overnight with your host families.

Day 6 & 7: Saturday, June 20th-Sunday June 21st, 2020- Homestay

Spend these days with your host families. 


Day 8: Monday, June 22nd, 2020- Tours- Paris 

Have a final breakfast with your host families, who will take you to the train station. Take the train from Tours to Paris and meet your English-speaking tour escort at the train station. Take a private coach bus transfer to the hotel from the train station then begin exploring Paris like the natives- on foot and by metro! Take the metro to Montmartre and visit the beautiful and historical Sacre Coeur Basilica. Up at the foot of the hill, witness the breathtaking view of Paris. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in Paris.


Day 9: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020- Paris

Eat breakfast at the hotel, then take the metro to the Louvre for a guided visit of the museum. Afterwards, walk through Ile de la Cité to see the Notre Dame from the outside, then visit Quartier Latin and the posh Saint Germain neighborhood. In the late afternoon, metro to the Eiffel Tower, easily the most recognizable landmark in the world! After a prime photo opportunity, have dinner on the Bistro Parisien boat and then take a night tour of Paris on the Seine with a Bateaux Mouche. Spend overnight in Paris.


Day 10: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020- Depart 

After breakfast at the hotel, take a private coach bus to the airport.

Flight home! 

Program Price & Payment Terms


$2,695 is based on a minimum of 14 students 


Included in your price:


English-speaking tour escort in Paris 



  • Round trip airfare 

  • Private coach transfers to and from airport 

  • Private coach bus to all excursions during homestay

  • Round Trip Train ticket Paris-Tours

  • Public Transportation in Paris 



  • 2 nights hotel in Paris, including breakfasts and dinners 


Guided Tours and Entrances as per program 


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


Liability Insurance for all Tour Leaders

2019-2020 Payment Schedule


Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020


Last Payment Due: April 15, 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

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