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Tour of France, the Mediterranean and Spain Set for 2020

Gunnery students have an opportunity to travel to France, the Mediterranean and Spain in March 2020. The 10-day tour during Spring Break will allow students to explore European art and history, discover the diversity and heritage of different cultures, and immerse themselves in the language and cuisine of France and Spain.
Visual Arts Chair Andrew Richards P’20, who traveled with Gunnery students to Italy and Greece for 10 days this year, will be the program leader. The 2020 trip will take students from New York to Paris, where they will embark on a guided tour of sights including the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees and Les Invalides. They will visit the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral and ascend the Eiffel Tower to take in the view of the city. The next day, they will travel from Paris to Provence, where they will have a guided tour of Versailles, including the state apartments, Hall of Mirrors and gardens, and participate in a fun activity called “Seize the Chateau” to learn more about the French Revolution.

Traveling to Avignon on the TGV, Europe’s fastest train, students will be treated to a guided tour of the Nimes amphitheater, Maison Carée, an ancient temple said to be inspired by the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome, and the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aquifer. Students will also have the chance to take lessons in fencing and calligraphy.

The next stop is Barcelona, where students will view local sights including Park Güell, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, a huge basilica that has been under construction for more than 100 years, the city’s Gothic Quarter, known as Barri Gòtic, the Olympic Stadium (built in 1927) and Casa Milà, an iconic building designed by Antoni Gaudi that is known as La Pedrera, or “the stone quarry.” From Barcelona, it’s on to Madrid for a tour of the Prado and visits to Plaza Colon, Plaza de España and the Royal Palace of Madrid. The second day in Madrid offers a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art, and the chance to cook and enjoy a Spanish meal.

“This trip will be an unforgettable educational experience for our students,” Richards said. “The WorldStrides tour guides give you so much more information than you would have if you traveled on your own, and their programs offer the perfect mixture of fun and learning.”

The cost of the trip is $4,044 per student and includes round-trip airfare and ground transportation, accommodations in three- or four-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, travel insurance, local guides and more. For additional details about the trip, email Andrew Richards at richardsa@gunnery.org.
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