Study Abroad in Cannes, France

Study Abroad in Cannes: Cultural Excursions

Included in your program fee is a range of activities and excursions which will take you outside Cannes and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of France.

Antibes and the Picasso Museum (afternoon trip)

Included in program fee

Antibes is the second largest city in the area. Its old town is still confined within the original walls dating from the 16th century and which follow Roman defenses. The highlight of the day trip will be a visit to the Picasso Museum located in the former Grimaldi Castle where Picasso actually worked and created numerous paintings and drawings.

The second part of the excursion will take you to Biot, famous for its glass factory which specializes in bubble glass. Students will be able to watch a master-glassblower create a unique piece in front of them.

Includes transportation and entrance fees.

Grasse (afternoon trip)

Included in program fee

The medieval town of Grasse is the perfume capital of the world. During our visit we will explore the International Perfume Museum where a guide will show us around and explain the secret of perfume making. Students will then have the opportunity to create their own perfume following a recipe given to them by the museum. Before heading back to Cannes we will stop in a famous perfume factory.

Includes transportation and entrance fees.

Ile Sainte Marguerite (afternoon trip)

Included in program fee

Just off the coast of Cannes there is an archipelago composed of 4 islands including the Île Sainte-Marguerite. During our visit we will see the Fort Royal which has been turned into a museum dedicated to the sea and which holds the cell of the Man in the Iron Mask who spent twelve years imprisoned on the island.

After visiting the fortress students will be able to go swimming or walk through the Allepo pine and eucalyptus forest before taking the boat back to Cannes.

Includes transportation and entrance fees.

Monaco (day trip)

Included in program fee

Our visit will begin at the ‘Rocher de Monaco’ the oldest part of the principality and where the Prince’s palace is located. After a stop at the Cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly were married and are now buried, we will watch the changing of the guards.

There will be free time for lunch before visiting the Oceanographic Museum. The aquariums of the museum are considered among the best in Europe. Then it’s on to Monte Carlo to see one of the most famous casinos in the world.

On the return journey to Cannes we will visit the medieval village of Eze also known as ‘the Eagle’s Nest’.

Includes transportation and entrance fees.

St. Tropez (day trip)

Included in program fee

This former fishing village became famous as the location of the 1956 film ‘And God Created Woman’ starring French actress Brigitte Bardot. Nowadays St. Tropez is famous the world over for being the glamorous holiday destination of the rich and famous. The visit begins in the Provencal market followed by free time to explore this charming city including the citadel and harbor. St. Tropez was also a center of ‘Avant-Garde’ painting and the day will include a visit to the Musée de L’Annonciade which displays masterpieces by famous painters including Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy and Georges Seurat.

Includes transportation and entrance fees.

Paris (4 days)

Included in program fee

AIFS organizes a 4-day trip to Paris to give students the opportunity to explore the capital of France. The tour includes guided visits to some of the most famous sites and plenty of free time to explore Paris independently.

Discover the major monuments of Paris such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Champs-Elysées, and take a walking tour of Montmartre or visit a museum.

Includes transportation, accommodations, breakfast, one group dinner, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Provence (2 days)

Included in program fee

Spend two days in this beautiful region of southeast France, where you will visit Arles, the town where Van Gogh spent his most creative years. Tour the Roman sites including the theater and arena and visit Les Baux-de-Provence, a picturesque medieval hill town or another typical village of Provence.

In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes with free time to explore the area and its famous bridge. Head to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a vineyard tour and wine tasting or visit a medieval castle at Tarascon.

Includes transportation, accommodations, one group dinner, sightseeing and entrance fees.

All itineraries are subject to change.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en route to Cannes. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring England’s capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast and sightseeing.

Optional Excursion to Florence, Italy (3 days - $695)

Visit Florence, the jewel of Renaissance Italy in the heart of the beautiful region of Tuscany. Take a guided sightseeing tour including the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti’s famous Baptistery Doors and Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Uffizi Gallery to see works by da Vinci and Botticelli and the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy free time to shop for fine leather in the outdoor market. Explore the artisan area of Oltrarno or try gelato while enjoying the views of the River Arno from the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Fee includes accommodations, breakfast, one group dinner, transportation, entrance fees and sightseeing. A minimum enrollment of 15 is required for the excursion to run.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation.

Dates and itineraries are tentative and subject to change.