Belgium & France Program 2025 » Belgium & France Program 2025

Belgium & France Program 2025

Join our group for a whirlwind tour of Belgium and France over Spring Break 2025. Students will explore the capital of Belgium, Brussels, the magnificent canals in Bruges and then tour the beautiful city of Paris, France which is filled with famous monuments and churches.  All 10th-12th grade students are welcome to participate. 

Day 1 - TRAVEL DAY

DAY 2 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

Arrive in Brussels, Belgium.  Explore historical and architectural landmarks in this capital of the European Union.  Guided tour of the city beginning at the Grande Place and its surrounding buildings. Explore the Sablone Quarter, the Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula.

DAY 3 - EXPLORE WATERLOO

Visit the Lions’ Mound and see a panoramic view of the Waterloo battlefield from atop this iconic mound.  Visit the museum for an immersive experience of the epic history of the Battle of Waterloo. Discover the charming city of Waterloo and its various shops and local markets.

DAY 4 - EXPLORE BRUGES

Catch a train to Bruges for the day which is famous for its web of canals and its long tradition of lace making. Enjoy the day strolling and exploring this beautiful city.  

DAY 5 - EXPLORE BRUSSELS

 Explore Brussels with a Hop-on/Hop-off bus experience seeing the city’s major attractions.  Indulge in the art of praline-making at a hands-on workshop, where you will learn the secrets of crafting these delectable Belgian chocolates.

DAY 6 -  EXPLORE BRUGELETTE

Hop on a train to visit Pairi Daiza, a renowned zoological park and botanical garden in Belgium.

DAY 7 - EXPLORE PARIS

Board a private bus to Paris to check in to hotel.  That evening, board a glass-topped “bateau mouche” and relax on a refreshing cruise through the Seine River with a superb view of Paris. 

DAY 8 - EXPLORE PARIS

Visit the renowned Musee de Louvre with its famous collection of art including the Mona Lisa. Enjoy time at a local and picturesque market. Stroll through the Île de la Cité and Île de St. Louis, two historic and beautiful neighborhoods in Paris. See Notre Dame Cathedral, The Conciergerie, and St. Chapelle. 

DAY 9 - EXPLORE PARIS

Stroll down the most famous avenue in Paris, The  Champs Élysée.  Climb atop de Arc de Triomphe to enjoy the view of the city. Discover the magnificence of the Eiffel Tower as you walk through the Champs de Mars, one of the largest green spaces in Paris 

DAY 10 - TRAVEL HOME

  • Registration for the trip will open on June 10th, 2024 at 10:00 am
  • Only 10-12 grade students can participate in this program
  • Trip will remain open until the trip is full 
  • Limited spot available 
  • $500 non-refundable deposit at time of registration.
 
Click HERE to register.

 Cost of trip is $4100

  • In order to register, a student may not have any outstanding financial obligations to the school
  • Payments must be made through the FACTS Tuition Management System
  • If you are currently paying your Aquinas tuition through the FACTS, the program fee will be added to your monthly payments from the time you register until February.
  • If you are not currently on the FACTS tuition Management system, you will need to add an account.  Click HERE to sign up for this account.
  • $4100 will be divided into equal payments from the time you register until the last payment that will come out in February 2025
  • All money is non-refundable through Aquinas
  • Travel and medical insurance included in total cost
  • Optional travel upgrade insurance can be purchased additionally for $85.  Details of the plan can be found at the bottom of this page **
  • Meals: Breakfast included every day.  Need about $350 for additional meals.
 
  • Passport is required
  • Apply for passport ASAP
  • Takes about 12-15 weeks for a passport to come in
  • Cost of Passport $130 plus $35 application fee
  • Make an appointment
  • Must turn in a copy of passport to Madame DeVos by December 16, 2024
  • For more information and forms: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.htm

You may add the optional Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) upgrade provided by the tour company, which allows you to recover 75% of your cancellation fees, provided that the additional cost is paid with or before your final payment for the trip (February 2025). The base cost for this upgrade is $85.