School exchange in Lyon

France
14 Days / 12 Nights

Immerse yourself in the French culture through a school exchange in Lyon! Enjoy a day trip to Annecy, the beautiful Alpine town called the “Venice of the Alps” and end the tour with a visit to Paris and its most iconic spots such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the palace of Versailles.

School exchange in Lyon

14 Days — 12 Nights
DAY 1: USA | FRANCE
  • Fly overnight to Lyon.
DAY 2: LYON
  • Bienvenue en France! Upon arrival, board your private bus to your partner school.
  • Meet your exchange partners and host families and start your exchange program. While living with a host family, you will discover that French is more than just a textbook language as you fully immerse into the daily life of your family and school community. You will attend school with your exchange partner, apply your language skills in real-life situations, and experience life as a true local!
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.
DAY 3: SUNDAY IN FAMILY
  • Spend the day getting to know your exchange partner and host family.
DAYS 4 – 6: EXCHANGE PROGRAM
  • After breakfast with your host family, attend school with your exchange partner.
  • Afternoon activities and workshops may be organized at the school during your visit (to be confirmed with your partner school).
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.
DAY 7: DAY TRIP TO ANNECY
  • This morning, board your private bus and set off on a day excursion to Annecy, a strikingly beautiful Alpine town, also called the ‘Venice of the Alps’.
  • lorem Meet your local guide and explore the gorgeous Vieux Annecy. See the Palais de l’Ile, the Château, and the Porte Sainte-Claire.
  • Have some free time for lunch.
  • Then, walk through the Jardins de l’Europe, and continue along the lake to admire the beautiful surroundings.
  • Return to your host family for dinner.
DAY 8: EXCHANGE PROGRAM
  • Attend school with your exchange partner.
  • Dinner and evening with your host family.
DAYS 9 – 10: WEEKEND IN FAMILY
  • Enjoy a relaxing weekend with your exchange partner and host family.
DAY 11: LYON | PARIS
  • Today, say a fond “au revoir!” to your exchange partners and board your train to Paris.
  • Upon arrival, your Forum Tour Manager will greet you at the train station and remain with you throughout your tour.
  • Stroll down the most famous avenue of the capital, the Champs-Elysées.
  • Walk through the Trocadéro and view “la Ville Lumière” from the third floor of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Afterward, enjoy a refreshing cruise on the Seine River.
  • Dinner at a typical brasserie parisienne.
  • Night accomodation in Paris.
DAY 12: PARIS
  • This morning, explore the Quartier Latin, see the Pantheon and stroll through the Jardins du Luxembourg.
  • Discover the Sorbonne University. In 1253, a college for 16 students who wanted to study theology was created at Louis IX’s request. Today, it’s one of the oldest and most famous universities in France.
  • Later, visit a local boulangerie and choose from one of their mouth-watering sandwiches for lunch.
  • Head to Île de la Cité to see the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Then, discover the Opera Garnier, the inspiration for Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Later in the afternoon, head up to the highest point in Paris, Montmartre. Climb the steps to reach the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre’s hilltop church and most famous landmark.
  • Enjoy a musical dinner in Montmartre.
  • Night accommodation in Paris.
DAY 13: PARIS | VERSAILLES
  • This morning after breakfast, take the train to Versailles Palace, the extravagant residence built for the Sun King.
  • Enter the Château and walk in the footsteps of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch before wandering around the elegantly landscaped gardens.
  • Later, return to Paris and take a guided tour of the Institut du Monde Arabe. The museum encompasses the cultural, religious, social, and anthropological dimensions of the Arab world past and present.
  • Have dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Night accommodation in Paris.
DAY 14: DEPART
  • After breakfast, board your private bus with your Forum Tour Manager and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

What our teachers are saying

Thank you for a wonderful experience Forum!! We are grateful for making this exchange possible and partnering schools across the globe. Giving students authentic cultural homestays is a gift of a lifetime.

– Kathryn O., Teacher from Benicia, CA, French Exchange –

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