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BEFORE NOVEMBER 30th, 2011!
FFSS Globe Trotters to
France, Switzerland, Austria,
Liechtenstein & Germany
March 29, 2013 - April 6, 2013
We travel with Explorica, Canada’s largest international student travel company!
Tour ID: rocheleau-667
Day 1 Start Tour
Coach Bus from FFSS to Pearson International Airport
Day 2 Bonjour Paris (FRANCE)
Meet your Tour Director and check into hotel
Paris City Walk
Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral visit, Ile St. Louis, Latin Quarter visit
Dinner in Latin Quarter
Details: Paris City Walk
This city was made for walking. Stroll grand boulevards with sweeping views of the city, pristine parks
with trees planted in perfect rows, and narrow streets crowded with vendors selling flowers, pastries
and cheese. Then head to the Île de la Cité, a small island in the Seine, to see Notre Dame
Cathedral. Look up at the great stone buttresses, grotesque gargoyles, and massive stained-glass
Details: Latin Quarter visit
Visit one of the original college towns. Since the Sorbonne’s founding in the 1100s, the Left Bank has
attracted not only intellectuals but also the cafés including “Le Fenelon”, bookstores, and cinemas that
tend to accompany them. It’s also attracted its fair share of famous residents – a plaque marks one of
Hemingway’s apartments on rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, and the imposing neoclassical Panthéon holds the
tombs of Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie.
Details: Visit Louvre
The world's largest art museum, the Louvre is housed in a medieval fortress-turned-castle so grand it's
worth a tour itself. You walk through the 71-foot glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei and added in 1989,
and step into another world-one with carved ceilings, deep-set windows, and so many architectural details,
you could spend a week just admiring the rooms. But check out the art on the walls. The Mona Lisa is
here, as well as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory (the headless statue, circa 200 BC, discovered
at Samothrace). The Louvre has seven different departments of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and
antiquities. Don't miss the Egyptian collection, complete with creepy sarcophagi, or the collection of
Greek ceramics, one of the largest in the world. (Please note the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.)
Day 3 Paris Landmarks
Paris Guided Sightseeing Tour
Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, École Militaire, les
Invalides, Conciergerie, Tuileries, Place Vendôme, Opera House
Seine River Sightseeing Cruise
Details: Paris Guided Sightseeing Tour
What's that huge white arch at the end of the Champs-Élysées? The Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by
Napoleon in 1806 after his victory at Austerlitz. Your licensed local guide will elaborate on this, and
other Parisian landmarks. See some of the most famous sites, including the ornate, 19th-century Opera,
the Presidential residence, the ultra-chic shops of the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, and the gardens of
the Tuileries. You'll pass the Place de la Concorde, where in the center you’ll find the Obelisk of Luxor,
a gift from Egypt in 1836, and the Place Vendôme, a huge square surrounded by 17th-century buildings.
Spot chic locals (and tons of tourists) strolling the Champs-Élysées. Look up at the iron girders of the
Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution.
See Les Invalides (a refuge for war wounded), the École Militaire (Napoleon's alma mater), and the
Conciergerie (the prison where Marie Antoinette was kept during the French Revolution).
Details: Seine River Sightseeing Cruise
See the city from the water on an hour-long cruise along the River Seine. The Seine cuts right through
Paris, dividing the city in half. See the Eiffel tower rising up on the Left Bank, the walls of the Louvre on
the Right Bank. A guide will point out other monuments and architectural marvels as you pass, many of
which are illuminated by clear white light at night.
Day 4 Paris--Lucerne (FRANCE to SWITZERLAND)
Travel to Bern on the TGV (Europe’s fastest train)
Bern Tour Director-led sightseeing tour
Travel to Lucerne
Details: Travel to Bern on the TGV (Europe’s fastest train)
Charming Bern seems too picturesque to be Switzerland’s capital city. Its medieval core remains almost
unchanged since the 1500s, and the quiet cobbled lanes, winding river, and surrounding woods, coupled
with the city’s omnipresent furry bear mascot, bring to mind childhood fairytales. Hard to believe that the
earth-changing Theory of Relativity was born here, in the apartment where Einstein lived in 1905. (We
suspect he was inspired by the mind-altering local Toblerone chocolate.)
Day 5 Lucerne Landmarks
Lucerne Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour
Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), River Reuss, Kapellbrücke
Mt. Pilatus Excursion
Details: Lucerne Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour
Before a backdrop of snow-capped Alpine mountains and green, cow-filled pastures, join your Tour
Director on a tour of Lucerne’s famous sights. Weave your way through a maze of narrow, winding
streets until you reach the River Reuss and the medieval Kapellbrücke Bridge. Stop to marvel at the
bridge walls, decorated with murals that recreate the 14th-century originals destroyed in a fire. Journey
the cobblestone streets in the Old Town to see the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), the somber
sandstone wild cat gazing down into a reflecting pool. Sense sheer courage as you ponder this artfully
chiseled statue created to honor the Swiss Guards who died defending the Tuileries in 1792.
Day 6 Lucerne--Innsbruck (SWITZERLAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, AUSTRIA)
Travel to Innsbruck via Liechtenstein
Innsbruck Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour
Golden Roof, Triumphbogen, Olympic site
Details: Innsbruck Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour
Follow your Tour Director through a backdrop of towering snow-capped mountains that transform this
down-to-earth cobble stoned city into a world class ski resort. Venture through Old Town (Altstadt) and
pass clusters of identical rustic white stuccoed homes trimmed in brown that blend into the environment.
Come face to façade with the glittering Little Golden Roof, sheltering the balcony where Maximilian I
Habsburg and his love Bianca promised to stay together forever. Look closer and count 2,657 squares of
shiny copper shingles. Discover Triumphbogen, the arch commemorating many Habsburg marriage
matches made in political heaven. Head for the hills on a visit to the steep ski jump on hill Bergisel, the
site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. Imagine what it would be like to soar over it as you
bask in Alpine grandeur.
Day 7 Innsbruck--Munich (AUSTRIA to GERMANY)
Travel to Munich
Neuschwanstein Castle visit
Details: Neuschwanstein Castle visit
This elaborate castle was built atop a rock ledge over the Pöllat Gorge in the Bavarian Alps by order
of Bavaria's King Ludwig II, referred to as "Mad Ludwig," whose favorite pastime was midnight sleigh
rides through the countryside. This stronghold was the crowning jewel of the king’s building spree
across Bavaria and was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in Disney World. Begun in 1869 and left
unfinished at Ludwig's death in 1886, this lavish palace is an eccentric reconstruction of a medieval castle,
and it boasts major technological and architectural achievements for the time, including running water,
flushing toilets, a hot water system for the kitchen, and bathrooms with warm-air heating systems.
Details: Oberammergau Excursion
Visit a typical Bavarian dwellings in Oberammergau, a charming Alpine village. When the black plague
spread through Europe, wiping out thousands of people, the residents of Oberammergau prayed for their
village to be spared. Every 10 years during the summer days, the thankful town puts on the Passion Play,
celebrating the blessing they were granted as they were passed over by the Black Death.
Day 8 Munich Landmarks
Munich Guided Sightseeing Tour
Residenz, Nymphenburg Palace, Alte Pinakothek, Deutsches Museum, BMW headquarters, Olympic site
of 1972, Frauenkirche, Neues Rathaus, Marienplatz, Hofbräuhaus
Visit Dachau Concentration Camp
Details: Munich Guided Sightseeing Tour
Join a professional licensed tour guide for a whirlwind look at Munich. Founded in the 12th century by
Henry the Lion, Munich now roars with the hustle and bustle of modern German life. As you pass by
Marienplatz (named after the square’s gilded Virgin Mary and Child statue), mechanical knights joust
and coopers dance to the folk-music chimes of the Neues Rathaus’s Glockenspiel. The twin onion-bulb
towers of the Frauenkirche Cathedral frame this whimsical display, while the scents, sounds, and colors of
the nearby food market attempt to draw your attention elsewhere. Resist temptation and continue on to
Olympiapark, a new suburb built for the 1972 Olympic Games. Pass by several museums, such as the
BMW Museum, Alte Pinakothek (home to Munich’s most precious art collections), and the Deutsches
Museum of science and technology.
Details: Visit Dachau
A grim glimpse into the past, Dachau was the first of Nazi Germany’s camps and a model for the 3,000
work and concentration camps to come. Your Tour Director will lead you through the gas chamber
and crematorium, which have been restored as a chilling memorial to the 206,000 prisoners who were
interned in the camp from 1933 to 1945. The museum examines pre-1930 anti-Semitism, the rise of the
Nazi party, and photographed and documented lives of prisoners.
Day 9 End Tour
Fly home and Coach Bus to FFSS
Total Fee:* $3,119.00
Tour Quote Breakdown
The following fees apply to your full-paying participants:
Tour Fee* $2,312.00
Private Group Fee 41.00
Airport fees, taxes, and airline fuel surcharges (Subject to Change) 611.00
Weekend Supplement (Departing) 40.00
Weekend Supplement (Returning) 40.00
Mt. Pilatus Excursion 75.00
Total Fee* $3,119.00
OR 14 monthly payments of $208.93
After initial payment of $195.00
* Tour Fee increases on Dec 1, 2011
Additional Adult Fees for Chaperones
The following additional fees apply only to full-paying participants 23 and older and are not included in
the total price listed above.
Adult Supplement $125.00
Twin Room Upgrade 280.00
Additional Adult Fee $405.00
TOUR FEE INCLUDES:
7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms
Full European breakfast daily
Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
High-speed TGV train to Bern
Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
TOUR FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
*a valid passport (~$80 cad)
*tips throughout the tour ($50 cad)
*lunch (5-10 Euros / day)
*spending money for souvenirs (varies ~200 Euros)
*INSURANCE – but you will get it FREE if you sign up by November 30 th, 2011
SIGNING UP FOR THE TOUR:
*You can sign up by paper, Internet, phone or fax.
*If paying by cheque, make it out to Explorica Canada Inc.
*If you are signing up by paper, fill out the form and you can mail it or bring it to Julie
Rocheleau at FFSS to be mailed. Explorica Canada Inc. 3080 Yonge Street, Suite 5052,
Box 32, Toronto, ON M4N 3N1
*The tour has a limited amount of room and will be strictly on the first sign up, first
*The cost to Sign Up is $195 and it counts as your first payment. Add $135 to receive
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Tour Leader: Julie Rocheleau, Teacher FFSS
Fundraising Includes: Maple Lodge Chicken Sales, Christmas Craft Show in the Gym on Santa Day and a
Skate-A-Thon. All funds raised go directly to the student that raised them; there are no sharing of funds.
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