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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!

Spring 2022 Excursions

ONE-DAY EXCURSION CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD & WINE TASTING SATURDAY MARCH 19TH

Get ready for beautiful castles and bountiful vineyards — join us in March as we sample some of what the Loire Valley has to offer.
 

Our first stop will be to the Château de Chambord. The largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. It is also one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world thanks to its distinctive French Renaissance architecture and its skyline of chimneys. The spectacular double-helix staircase is the centerpiece of the château. The two spirals ascend the three floors without ever meeting, illuminated from above by the highest point of the château. 

Pack a picnic lunch or eat at the castle food services.

After lunch, the group will hop back on the bus for a trip to ta winery. There you’ll be able to discover the wine making process, tour the cellar and, of course, sample some excellent wine!
Trip includes: transportation to and from Chambord, entry to the Chateau and wine tasting.
 

This trip is included already for CSU IP and UParis Miami students. 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 & payment Deadline: February 12th, 2022

Schedule

7:45 am: Meeting point at MICEFA

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

10:30 am: Arrive at Chambord Castle and free visit Explore the Grounds & Lunchtime: every student has to bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site

2:50 pm: Bus leaves promptly from Chambord to go to the wine tasting

3:15 pm: Arrival at the winery for a tour and tasting

5:15 pm: Departure for Paris (estimated arrival in Paris 7:30-8:00 pm)

Cost

€€

all inclusive/space is limited/first come first served

ONE-DAY EXCURSION: PROVINS - MEDIEVAL CITY
SATURDAY APRIL 9TH

Provins: The Medieval City! Take a trip back to the middle ages and explore the city’s medieval atmosphere. Check out the magnificent ancient sites, such as the Tour César, a 12th century landmark that’s still standing to this day. Included in the trip is Les Aigles des Remparts, an impressive falconry show featuring well-trained rescue birds in a choreographed spectacle!

 

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office.

(Trip is included for CSU-IP students.)

Sign-up Deadline: March 20th, 2022

Schedule

8:30 am: Meet at Gare de l'Est
BRING YOUR NAVIGO

10:10 am: Arrive in Provins

Visit the Tour César

Free time to explore the town
(bring a pack luch or eat at the town's cafés)

2:15 pm: Aigles des Remparts Falconry Show

Return to Paris (trains leave every hour)

Cost

Includes visit to the Tour Cesar and Falconry Show Space is limited/first come first served

CULTURAL VISIT IN PARIS
SATURDAY, TBD

The MICEFA will plan a free cultural activity in Paris this spring, please check back for more information. 

Schedule

TBD

Cost

FREE

space is limited/first come first served
friends welcome

Fall 2021 Excursions

ONE-DAY EXCURSION TO
RAMBOUILLET – CHATEAU & GARDENS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

Included in the “Centre des monuments nationaux” in 2009, the “Domaine de Rambouillet” is famous for its chateau, the first construction of which dates back to 1345. 

A modified 14th-century stronghold at the heart of the Rambouillet forest. This royal residence, which welcomed, notably, François I, the Count of Toulouse, the Duke of Penthièvre, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon I, and many more. The royal residence then became the official residence of the presidents of the French Republic in 1883. 
In the park, you can find the Queen’s Dairy and the Shell Cottage. 
The Queen’s dairy was created to amuse Marie-Antoinette.  

In the part of the park with the English garden, stands the cottage built by the Duke of Penthièvre for the Princess de Lamballe. Its unusual decoration is made from shells and chips of marble and mother-of-pearl.  

The royal estate is now open to the public and used at intervals to receive heads of state invited to France. It contains some magnificent examples of interior decoration, such as the marble chambers, the rococo decorations in the Marie-Antoinette apartments or those used by Napoleon in neo-Pompeian style. It is surrounded by a formal garden, canals and five islands.

Trip includes: Entrance to Rambouillet Château & Garden

This trip is mandatory for CSU IP.

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: September 21st

Schedule

RDV: 8h10 at Gare Montparnasse
Meet at the top of the escalators on level 2 (main train level Grandes Lignes) - Hall 1

Train Departs around 8:30 am

Arrival at Rambouillet: around 10 am
Bring a light picnic lunch!
Guided tour of domaine: 10h45

Followed by free time to picnic and explore the grounds and castle.

Return to Paris: train with staff TBA or on your own - direct trains leave every hour

Cost

10€

Trip includes entrance to the Rambouillet Chateau and Gardens and Guided Tour

ONE-DAY EXCURSION
GIVERNY – MONET’S GARDENS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

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: Private coach transportation to and from Giverny, as well as entry to Monet’s house and gardens.

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

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office.

Sign-up and payment Deadline: October 9th (cash only, exact change please)

Schedule

8:10 am: Meeting point at Porte d'Orleans, 75014 -
in front of the Général Leclerc Statue

8:30 am: Bus leaves Paris

10:30 am: Entrance to the Foundation Claude Monet to see Monet’s house.
Free time to visit the gardens and surrounding village.
Lunch time: Bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site (cafés, restaurants...)

2:30 pm: Bus leaves from Giverny (estimated return to Paris, 4:30pm)

Cost

30€

AFTERNOON EXCURSION
MAM - MUSEE D'ART MODERNE DE PARIS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

The Musée d’Art Moderne or the MAM of Paris is housed in a beautiful Palais de Tokoyo that reflects the typical architectural style of the 1930s.  It is home to more than 15000 pieces and is one of the biggest contemporary art museums in France.  The permanent collections date from the 20th century to today and include pieces from artists such as Picasso, Dufy, Modigliani, Derain, Picabia, Chagall and many more including their most famous pieces: La Danse by Matise and La Fée électricité by Raoul Dufy.

Take an afternoon to immerse yourself in the best that Paris has to offer in terms of modern art.  Your guided visit will give you inside knowledge into the history of this exciting works of art!

This trip is mandatory for CSU IP students

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office.

Sign-up Deadline: November 10th

Schedule

12:40 : Meeting point at the MAM
in front of the main entrance :
Access at 12-14 ave de New York
75116 Paris

Metro 9 stop: Alma-Marceau or RER C stop: Pont de l'Alma

13:00 : Guided visit of the museum with Greg from the intensive session

15:00 : Estimated end of visit and excursion

Cost

FREE!