Excursion Information

As a MICEFA student you have access to our great excursions provided throughout the semester!  A listing and description of the upcoming excursions are listed below.  If one of the excursions interests you, you can sign up directly via the website using the sign-up form at the bottom of this page!  

GUÉDELON CHATEAU DAY TRIP

SATURDAY, APRIL 28th

In a once disused quarry, surrounded by woodland and all the natural materials required for the construction – stone, wood, earth, sand, clay – day after day, in the presence of thousands of visitors, the quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenter-joiners, blacksmiths, tile makers, carters and rope makers are building a castle from scratch.

Inspired by the past, this building site is also of great relevance to the 21st century.

Guédelon is of scientific, historic and educational interest; it is a tourist destination and, above all, it is a collective venture.

Throughout the seasons, Guédelon’s workers rise to this extraordinary challenge. Visitors from across the globe have witnessed the building of the curtain walls, the Great Hall’s roof timbers, the antechamber and its mural paintings, the castle kitchen and storeroom, the rib-vaulted guardrooms and the crenelated wall-walk, on this, the only construction site of its kind in the world.

Trip includes: transportation to and from Guédelon, as well as entry to the site and a guided tour in English.

Schedule

7:45am: Meeting point at MICEFA

8:00am: Bus leaves Paris (please be on time)

11:00 am: Entrance. Free time to visit the castle and its ground.

12:30 pm: Lunchtime: every student has to bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site

1:45pm: Meeting Point to be ready for the guided tour

2:00 pm: Guided Tour in English

3:15 pm: End of Guided Tour

4:00 pm: The bus promptly leave to Paris (arrival around 7pm)

Cost

30€ /space is limited/first come first served/friends welcome

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please contact info@micefa.org, use the online form below, or come to the office. Your payment will make your reservation final.

For CUNY and Rutgers students, please contact your Resident Director for more information about payment details. For CSU IP, please see Leslie.

THIS EXCURSION IS MANDATORY FOR UPARIS STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI  

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GUIDED TOUR OF THE MARAIS

SATURDAY, APRIL 7th

“Come discover one of Paris’s most famous neighborhoods : le Marais. Once inhabited by the French aristocracy and bourgeoisie, the Marais is now known for it’s trendy boutiques and art galleries, as well as the center of Paris’s Jewish and LGBT communities. The area, relatively untouched by the urbanism of the 19th century, conserves the charms of medieval Paris’s winding streets, narrow passageways, and hidden gardens and many important hôtel particulier and other important architectural monuments can still be found there. This tour will take students through the history of the Marais from it’s medieval origins to today and allow them to explore the unique characteristics of this quartier.”

Schedule

2:30 pm: Meeting point near the metro stop "Pont Marie" on the line 7

4:30 pm: End of tour at the Institut Suédois

Cost

FREE /space is limited/first come first served/friends welcome

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please contact info@micefa.org, use the online form below, or come to the office. 

AMBOISE & CHENONCEAU CHATEAUX DAY TRIP

SATURDAY, MARCH 10th

The Loire Valley is known for it’s beautiful chateaux, two of which you will get the chance to visit on this day-long excursion to the region. The first castle that we will visit is Amboise.

The construction of Amboise began in 1492 under Charles VIII.  Another notable royal, King Francis I was raised at Amboise.  The chateau boasts beautiful architecture, impressive gardens and an inspiring river-front view.

We will also visit the Castle of Chenonceau, known as the castle on the river.  This impressive castle was built between 1514 and 1522.  Both François I and Catherine de Medicis resided in this beautiful renaissance chateau.  One of it’s most outstanding features is it’s great hall over the water that is tiled in an impressive black and white pattern.

Schedule

7:45am: Meeting point at MICEFA

8:00am: Bus leaves Paris (please be on time)

11:15 am: Entrance to the Castle of Amboise

12:30 pm: Lunchtime: every student has to bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site

2:00pm: Leave for Chenonceau

3:00pm: Visit Castle of Chenonceau

4:30pm: Bus leaves to Paris (arrival time in Paris around 8:00pm)

Cost

40€ all included /all inclusive/space is limited/first come first served/friends welcome

For CUNY and Rutgers students, please contact your Resident Director for more information about payment details. For CSU IP, please see Leslie.

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please contact info@micefa.org or come to the office. Your payment will make your reservation final.

THIS EXCURSION IS MANDATORY FOR UPARIS STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI 

THE CHRISTMAS MARKET IN SAINT GERMAIN EN LAYE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th

Le samedi 9 décembre, juste avant de partir en vacance, nous vous proposons de visiter la ville de Saint-Germain en Laye. Cette ville des Yvelines (78) est connue pour son château médiéval et son parc qui étaient une demeure royale avant Versailles. Depuis la terrasse d’André Le Nôtre, surplombant Paris, une vue époustouflante s’offre à vous sur la capitale.

Au fil de son histoire, Saint-Germain-en-Laye a vu naître, vivre et mourir de nombreux personnages célèbres : François 1er, Marguerite de France, la reine Margot, Molière, Debussy, Voltaire …

Après avoir fait un tour panoramique de l’extérieur du château et du parc, nous irons découvrir le marché de Noël et son ambiance festive et bon enfant. Nous finirons notre visite par une ballade au centre-ville où sur la place du Marché Neuf il y aura des stands des marchands locaux proposant des pâtisseries, des jouets, des bougies, des parfums, des boissons et des plats typiquement français consommés à la période des fêtes … Ce sera peut-être pour vous l’occasion de faire vos cadeaux de Noël pour vos proches, vos amis et vous-même 😉 ?

Schedule

10h00 devant la MICEFA

le départ à 10h15

Cost

Free!

CETTE VISITE EST OBLIGATOIRE POUR LES ETUDIANT-E-S DU COURS MIC 102

 

EXCURSION IS FULL!

GUIDED TOUR OF THE COVERED PASSAGES OF PARIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

“Paris’s covered passageways give us a glimpse into the city’s past. Although approximately 150 passageways existed by the middle of the 19th century, only a few dozen remain today, most having been destroyed by Haussmann’s urbanism projects. These pedestrian walkways house boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants and each passageway is uniquely decorated. This tour will take students through a number of passages couverts, allowing students to discover and explore these uniquely Parisian spaces.”

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please contact info@micefa.org or come to the office. 

Schedule

2:00pm: Meeting at the at the

metro stop “Le Peletier” on line 7

4:00pm: End of the tour

Cost

Free!

ONE-DAY EXCURSION GIVERNY – MONET’S GARDENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in his house in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colors, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionism and marvel at the floral compositions and water lilies, his greatest sources of inspiration.

Trip includes: transportation to and from Giverny, as well as entry to Monet’s gardens.

 

This trip is mandatory for students enrolled in MIC 220 – 19th century French Painting: Impressionism and Beyond.

 

For CUNY and Rutgers students, please contact your Resident Director for more information about payment details. 

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office. Your payment will make your reservation final.

Sign-up Deadline: October 7th 

Schedule

7:45am: Meeting point at MICEFA

8:00am: Bus leaves Paris (please be on time)

10:15 am: Entrance to the Foundation Claude Monet to see Monet’s house and gardens.

1:00 pm: Lunchtime: every student has to bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site

3:30pm: Bus leaves promptly from Giverny (estimated return to Paris at 5:00pm)

Cost

25€

all inclusive/space is limited/first come first served
friends welcome

Sign up for an excursion:

NB: For paid excursion you place is not fully reserved until you go to the MICEFA office and pay!