Castles and chateaux, tea and French pastries
When you think of England, do you think “Shakespeare – not!” Well, England has so much more! The local team may let you try rugby, a combination of football and soccer, only livelier. Watch for the modern "Tanks Crossing" signs as you visit ancient Stonehenge. Enjoy all the charm and character of the little cottages with their carefully–tended gardens, the hedgerows and the winding lanes as you leisurely cycle past. English villages are full of surprises, and it is so easy to visit – they speak our language (or do we speak theirs?). Oxford is a university town with a beautiful campus, and you may try punting on the Thames. On foot in London, you will visit the Tower of London, listen for Big Ben, ride a double–decker bus, see the Changing of the Guard, and view the city from the amazing London Eye! Then you'll ferry to Cherbourg, France, where you will bike along the Normandy coast. You will cross the moving sands to climb up through the village and see the island abbey of Mont St. Michel.
Swinging south into the Loire Valley, you'll cycle along the river and tour some of the magnificent chateaux. You might stop in a village patisserie for a delectable French pastry or some French bread and cheese. Practice a few phrases to break the ice and you will find that folks in small towns are delighted if you speak to them in French (it impresses your French teacher, too!). The trip ends in Paris, where you can relax on the Left Bank. You will also explore The Louvre and Notre Dame, go up the Eiffel Tower and stroll the Champs Elysees.
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY
June 14 - July 12,
Basic Cost: $5300 (Airfare not included.)
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