• France 2019 Trip - Informational Meeting

    September 12th at 6:30pm in the HS Library 

    Madame Kindt

    • Traveled with students to France six times
    • Like to travel with just my group, is my preferred way
    • Guidelines and expectations


    A La Carte Travel

    • alacartetravel.com
    • info@alacartetravel.com
    • 1-866-233-8282
    • met René Piard (owner) at a conference; several of my friends have used this company; traveled using Rene in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
    • experience in student travel
    • Derry Township Area School District disclaimer


    Partnering with Access Study Abroad

    • My cousin, Alex Neff
    • University of Strasbourg semester abroad
    • New program for HS students


    Itinerary Basics *

    • June 18 - July 2, 2019
    • See attached itinerary, which may change to reflect cost effectiveness or efficiency, etc. (order of activities WILL most likely change)


    Transportation & Hotels

    • Coach bus to/from airport
    • Air transportation to Paris & potentially Strasbourg
    • Train from Paris to Strasbourg if needed
    • Host families in Strasbourg
    • Coach bus in countryside
    • Train back to Paris
    • Hotel in Paris
    • Students may have to share a double bed; usually twin beds
    • Metro/Bus or RER in Paris



    • Breakfast included every day in hotel or host family
    • Lunch not included– to be paid for by student
    • Dinner included every evening in local restaurants or with host family
    • Snacks & extra drinks not included


    Price specifics

    • $4,295.00
    • $500.00 due with online application
    • Equal monthly payments will be set up for the remainder of the price through March 15, 2019; with the final payment due April 15, 2019.
    • You will receive monthly statements from A La Carte travel
    • The price is based on 14 travelers
    • Cost includes: all travel, lodging, admission fees, breakfast and dinner each day
    • Students will only need money for lunch each day and souvenirs, snacks, etc.


    Pre-departure Trip Cancellation Procedures

    • If trip is cancelled due to lack of interest, there is a 100% refund
    • The following cancellation schedule applies:
    • More than 120 days prior to the departure: 100% refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee
      • 45 to 119 days prior to the departure: 50% refund less $500 cancellation fee
      • There will be no reimbursement for trips cancelled less than 45 days prior to the departure
      • All cancellation notices must be received in writing at the A La Carte Travel office



    • All participants in the group are automatically covered under A La Carte Travel’s comprehensive medical and liability insurance that includes baggage loss and trip delays.
    • Extra cancellation insurance (on the part of the participant) can be purchased through the A La Carte Travel website


    Behavioral Compliance

    • Recommendation of a high school teacher
    • Clean school record during the school year preceding the trip (no ISS or OSS)
    • No school attendance issues
    • Expected behavior on the trip: absolutely no alcohol, drugs, tobacco, carousing, sexual misconduct – students must agree to this



    • Complete registration on-line


    • Begin securing a passport
    • 2-3 meetings will be scheduled throughout the next school year


    France 2019 – Trip Itinerary *subject to change


    Day 1         

    • Coach bus from Hershey to airport
    • Overnight flight from Charles de Gaulle in Paris


    Day 2         

    • Arrive at airport & fly or take train to Strasbourg
    • Meet host families and spend the evening with them getting settled in


    Day 3

    • Breakfast with host families
    • Orientation at Accès Center
    • Canal Boat Tour
    • Lunch (on your own) in downtown Strasbourg
    • Visit the cathedral in Strasbourg
    • Jeu de Piste (Scavenger Hunt)
    • Dinner with host families


    Day 4

    • Breakfast with host families
    • Medieval and Reformation Alsace – History Tour
    • Train to Colmar
    • Lunch (on your own)
    • Visit the Unterlinden Museum
    • Return to Strasbourg late afternoon
    • Dinner with host families


    Day 5

    • Breakfast with host families
    • Private Coach Excursion to Haut Koenigsburg Castle
    • Alsace goes back and forth between France & Germany – History Tour
    • Lunch (on your own) and free time in Obernai
    • Visit Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp
    • Return to Strasbourg
    • Dinner with host families


    Day 6

    • Spend the day with host families


    Day 7

    • Breakfast with host families
    • All day service project at Reichstett Écomusée
    • Visit 19th Century Fort Ney
    • Dinner with host families


    Day 8

    • Breakfast with host families
    • Private Coach Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany
    • Visit the Maulbronn Monastery
    • Lunch (on your own)
    • Gabsheim Fish ladder on the Rhine
    • Return to Strasbourg
    • Dinner with host families


    Day 9

    • Breakfast with host families
    • Bike trip along the Canal de la Bruche to Molsheim
    • Lunch (on your own)
    • Dinner at a restaurant in Strasbourg


    Day 10

    • Breakfast with host families
    • World War II and the European Union – History Tour
    • Cooking Class for lunch!
    • Visit Council of Europe
    • Picnic and swimming at Baggersee


    Day 11

    • Breakfast with host families
    • Train to Paris
    • Transfer to the hotel
    • Lunch (on your own)
    • L’Opéra Garnier and Les Galéries Lafayette
    • Dinner at Bouillon Chartier
    • Les Champs-Elysées
    • Arc de Triomphe


    Day 12

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Metro to the Louvre Museum
    • Guided tour of the Louvre
    • Lunch (on your won)
    • Notre –Dame Cathèdrale
    • St Chappelle
    • Deportation Memorial
    • Dinner at Café Med on Ile St Louis
    • Walk through Latin Quarter neighborhood


    Day 13

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Visit Musée d’Orsay
    • Lunch
    • Visit Musée Rodin
    • Visit the Catacombes
    • Return to hotel
    • Dress-up dinner
    • Eiffel Tower at night


    Day 14

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Metro to Montmartre
    • Visit Sacré Coeur Basilica
    • Place du Tertre
    • Lunch (on your own)
    • Metro to Hotel de Ville
    • Mémorial de la Shoah (Holocaust Museum) – guided tour
    • Stroll through Le Marais neighborhood
    • Visit le Centre Pompidou Center and Modern Art Museum
    • Dinner
    • Seine River Cruise


    Day 15

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Transfer to the airport
    • Flight home
    • Coach bus from airport to Hershey


    *order of activities may change for efficiency and convenience