Explore the art, history, and joie de vivre of Paris during this cultural stay program showcasing the City of Light, where you'll enjoy insightful excursions and time to follow your own pursuits.

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 The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris  Traditional French breakfast or <i>petit-déjeuner</i>  Parisian cafe. Credit: Paris Tourist Office / Photographer Daniel Thierry  Relaxing in the Jardin des Tuileries. Credit: Paris Toursim Office, David Lefranc  The City of Light at sunset. Credit: Suzanne Silagi  Stained glass windows in a medieval chapel, Paris. Credit: Vincent Cheng  The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles  The Palace of Versailles  Traditional square in Dijon, Burgundy


A One-Week Stay in France

9 days from $4,190

Explore the art, history, and joie de vivre of Paris during this cultural stay program showcasing the City of Light, where you'll enjoy insightful excursions and time to follow your own pursuits.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Apr 5 - 13, 2017 Departure
John Sweets

John Sweets

John Sweets is Professor Emeritus of History, specializing in the Vichy France era, the French Resistance, and occupied France. He has taught 19th and 20th century European history at the University of Kansas, University College, Dublin (Ireland), The School of International Studies (Fort Bragg, NC), and at the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon (France). John has received two NEH Fellowships for his research and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has authored many works on France, including The Politics of Resistance in France (1976) and Choices in Vichy France (1986), and has edited four volumes of The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (1982-85). His other current research interests include a case study of the Lacemakers of Le Puy in the 19th century and an investigation of France and the Holocaust.

May 3 - 11, 2017 Departure
Joan Grimbert

Joan Grimbert

Joan Grimbert is Professor Emerita of French and Medieval Studies at Catholic University of America, where she began teaching the language, literature, civilization, and culture of France in 1987. Before completing her graduate studies in Romance Philology at the University of Chicago, Joan lived and worked in Paris for six years as a student, researcher, and translator. Her research is focused on medieval French literature, and she is an expert on Chrétien de Troyes and the legend of Tristan and Iseult from the 12th century to the present.  Joan has published six books and numerous scholarly articles, primarily on Arthurian literature and film. A dual citizen of France and the United States, she was recently named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of her work promoting French culture.

Sep 13 - 21, 2017 Departure
Stéphanie Jeanjean

Stéphanie Jeanjean

Stéphanie Jeanjean is a professor of Art History at The Cooper Union and at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York; she also teaches French translation at The CUNY Graduate Center. Since 2007 she is a regular lecturer, in English and French, at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Professor Jeanjean is French native, born in Langres, a small historic town in Champagne-Ardennes in North Eastern France. She graduated from Bourgogne University in Dijon and completed a Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She curated exhibitions involving French artists, most recently at A. A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College of Old Westbury, at the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn, and at the Kitchen in New York. She presented on French Art at numerous conferences worldwide, including Tate Britain, London (UK); KAIST University, Daejeon (South Korea), Brown and Cornell Universities, at MIT, and CAA annual conferences in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago (USA), among others. She is a specialist of contemporary France, early French video and new media art. Dr. Jeanjean has worked on translating and subtitling in English rare early French video materials. Her upcoming publications (December 2014) will appear in Hilary Robinson ed., Feminism-Art-Theory, by Wiley & Blackwell Editions, Oxford (UK) and in François Bovier and Adeena Mey eds., Exhibited Cinema an Anthology, by ECAL and JRP-Ringier Editions, Lausanne and Zurich (Switzerland).