South Lakes 

High School

Discover

France 

April 2-10, 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.

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.   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

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: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Washington, Dulles International Airport to Paris, Charles du Gaulle Airport

 

Day 2: Friday, April 3rd, 2020- Paris

Arrive in Paris and meet your English-speaking tour escort at the airport. Take a private coach bus to your hotel and check-in. Begin exploring the city like the natives: by metro and on foot! Metro to the Galeries Lafayette, the famous French department store, and go to the top to see the stunning panoramic view of the city. Métro to the Vedettes du Pont Neuf for a Seine river cruise before dinner and overnight in Paris.

 

Day 3: Saturday, April 4th, 2020- Paris

Eat breakfast at the hotel then take the metro to Trocadéro, that sits across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower and take pictures with the Eiffel Tower, the most well-known landmark in the world! Continue to see the Pyramide du Louvre, that sits in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace and is the entrance to the Louvre Museum.  Walk through the Jardin des Tuileries, the public gardens between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Stroll through the gardens, before reaching Place de la Concorde, then metro to the Quartier Saint Germain. Walk through the beautiful artist neighborhood until you reach Quartier Latin, the quarter around the Sorbonne University, known for its bookstores, souvenir shops and cafés. From there, walk through Ile de la Cité and reach the eclectic Marais neighborhood and see Paris’ museum of modern art, the Centre Pompidou and its beautiful exterior architecture. Have dinner in the Marais before overnight in Paris.

 

Day 4: Sunday, April 5th, 2020- Paris- Pont Du Gard- Montpellier

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a private coach bus from the hotel to the train station. Take the train from Paris to Nîmes. Arrive in Nîmes, in the south of France and meet your coach driver who will take you on a visit of Nîmes. Drive by the giant Arène de Nîmes, before continuing to Pont du Gard and visit the ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the same coach to Montpellier, a city near the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea. Have dinner and spend overnight in Montpellier.

 

Day 5: Monday, April 6th, 2020- Camargue- Montpellier

Eat breakfast at the hotel before taking a private coach excursion to Le Grau-du-Roi to have lunch by the Mediterranean Sea. Continue on a private coach bus to the medieval city of Aigues Morte and for a boat trip through the Camargue, the famous delta between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River. Enjoy the sights around the Camargue. Stop in a Manade to see the cattle or horses led by their gardian, or herder. Once the cruise is over, have free time to explore Aigues Morte before dinner. Return back to Montpellier with a private coach bus for overnight.

 

Day 6: Tuesday, April 7th, 2020- Carcassonne- Montpellier

Eat breakfast at the hotel before taking a private coach bus to Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern Languedoc area,  famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité. Have a guided visit of Carcassonne and visit the castle before returning to Montpellier for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020- Baux de Provence- Montpellier

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Arles, a city on the Rhône River in the Provence region of southern France,  famed for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. Visit the Arène d’Arles and have a guided visit of the town. Then, visit Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France. While there, experience the interactive light show at Carrières de Lumières and visit the castle. Have dinner in Les Baux de Provence before taking the coach bus back to Montpellier and spending overnight in Montpellier.  

 

Day 8: Thursday, April 9th, 2020- Montpellier- Marseille

After breakfast at the hotel, take a private coach transfer to Cassis, famous for its cliffs, and have a boat trip to see Les Calanques de Cassis, the steep-sided valleys that are found along the Mediterranean coast. Visit the town of Cassis while you are there. Afterwards, transfer with a private coach bus to Marseille and have a guided tour of the city, the second largest of France and the largest port for commerce and cruise ships. Visit the Musée du Mucem, the national Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, and see Fort Saint-Jean and Quartier du Vieux Panier. Have dinner and overnight in Marseille.

Day 9: Friday, April 10th, 2020- Depart

Enjoy one final French breakfast at your hotel before taking a private coach bus and transferring to the airport in Marseille.

Flight home!

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$3,495 is based on a minimum of 21 students

Included in this price: 

 

Full-time travel escort 

Transportation: 

  • Round trip airfare

  • Transfer to and from airports in France

  • Public transportation in Paris

  • Private transfer to train station in Paris

  • Train from Paris to Nimes

  • Private coach bus for Nimes-Montpellier excursion

  • Private coach bus for Camargue excursion

  • Private coach bus for Carcassonne excursion

  • Private coach bus for Les Baux de Provence excursion

  • Private coach bus to Cassis-Marseille

Accommodations

  • 2 nights hotel in Paris, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 4 nights hotel in Montpellier, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 1 night hotel in Marseille, including breakfast and dinners

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

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

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: January 15, 2020

 

Last Payment Due: February 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