Study Abroad in Grenoble, French Alps, France

Study Abroad in Grenoble, French Alps: Cultural Excursions

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

Provence (3 days)

Included in the program fee

Depart from Grenoble for wine tasting in the celebrated vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a picnic lunch at the Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard. Spend the afternoon exploring the historic city of Avignon and the Palais des Papes. End the day with dinner in a Provençal restaurant.

The next day, tour Les Baux-de-Provence and the Roman City of Arles. Overnight in Aix-en-Provence (fall) or Saintes Maries de la Mer (spring).

Take a guided tour of Aix, following in the footsteps of Cézanne, visiting markets and tasting local specialties. In the spring, spend the day in Saintes Maries de la Mer, on the edge of the Mediterranean, surrounded by salt marshes and rice fields, to discover the local culture and traditions.

Includes transportation, accommodations, museum entrances, two dinners and two breakfasts.

Paris (4 days)

Included in the program fee

Take the TGV high-speed train from Grenoble to Paris. In the afternoon, visit the Marais district, including Paris’ oldest square, la Place des Vosges, and the impressive Picasso Museum.

Visit the Opera Garnier and tour the fashionable streets around the Ritz Hotel. In the afternoon, discover the treasures of the Louvre, including arguably the most famous painting in the world, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, then spend the evening on a cruise along the River Seine.

Finally, visit the Latin Quarter with the Luxembourg Gardens, the Sorbonne and the medieval towers of Notre Dame Cathedral before returning to Grenoble.

Includes accommodations and sightseeing as indicated, transportation to, from and within Paris, breakfast and one group dinner.

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 Grenoble. 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, sightseeing tour and local guide.

Optional Excursion to Burgundy (2 days - $475) (Fall only)

First, stop at the delightful hilltop village of Pérouges with a guided visit to the ramparts and winding streets. Next enjoy exploring the remains of the renowned Benedictine Abbaye de Cluny, once the largest and most powerful religious centers in Europe. The town is celebrated for its horses. In the evening enjoy a dinner with the group in Dijon.

The next day, take a morning walking tour of Dijon, ancient capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, with its timbered buildings, impressive architecture and, of course, its reputation for exquisite cuisine (mustard, ginger-bread, etc). In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Hospices de Beaune, constructed in the 15th century, followed by a guided tasting, with a professional sommelier, in the cellars of a local wine producer. Early evening return to Grenoble.

Includes accommodation, transportation, breakfast on Sunday, dinner on Saturday and visits as indicated. A minimum enrollment of 15 is required for the excursion to run.

Optional Alpine Weekend (2 days - $495) (Spring only)

Spend a weekend discovering the Vallée de la Guisane in the scenic Alps. Depart Grenoble on Saturday morning by bus and travel to Monêtier-les-Bains, an Alpine resort with hot springs and famous for being a thermal spa since Roman times. You will stop en route to explore some of the local villages. After lunch travel on to Briançon, classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the highest town in all of Europe. Explore the medieval streets of this fortress town before heading back to Monêtier-les-Bains for a mountain dinner. Dinner will include specialties of the local area.

On Sunday after breakfast you will head off to explore the mountains with snow shoes or cross country skis with your mountain guide. Take a break for a picnic lunch and then return to Monêtier-les-Bains where there will be time to relax and bathe in the hot springs before heading back to Grenoble.

Includes accommodation, transportation, breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner, sightseeing tours, entrance to thermal baths, mountain guides and snow shoe hire. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required for the excursion to run.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.