Micefa

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!

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 220 – 19th century French Painting: Impressionism and Beyond.

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 and payment Deadline: TBA

Schedule

8:30am: Bus leaves Paris

10:30am: Entrance to the Foundation Claude Monet to see Monet’s house.
Free time to visit the gardens and surrounding village.
Lunchtime: All students must bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site.

2:30pm: Bus leaves promptly from Giverny (estimated return to Paris at 5:00pm)

Cost

(25-30€ TBA)

Spring 2020 Excursions

ONE-DAY EXCURSION CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD and WINE & CHEESE TASTING SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH

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 the Domaine du Croc Merle. This winery, dairy, and farm has been passed down from father to son since 1794. You’ll be able to discover the wine making process, tour the creamery and, of course, sample some excellent wine & cheese!
Trip includes: transportation to and from Chambord, entry to the Chateau and wine & cheese 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: March 9th

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 Domaine du Croc Merlefor tour and tasting

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

Cost

35€

all inclusive/space is limited/first come first served
friends welcome depending on availablity

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GUIDED WALKING TOUR
SAINT GERMAIN & QUARTIER LATIN
SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH

Come learn about one of Paris’ great neighborhoods on a free walking tour. Discover the streets of Ile Saint-Louis and the quartier Saint-Paul.

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

Sign-up Deadline: March 18th

Schedule

11:00 am: Meet outside Métro Saint-Paul (line 1)

Cost

FREE

space is limited/first come first served
friends welcome

ONE-DAY EXCURSION: PROVINS - MEDIEVAL CITY
SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH

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: April 10th

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

14€

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