ASL STUDY ABROAD: FRANCE JUNE 2024
Deposit Per Person
$500 non-refundable deposit per person is required for tour confirmation.
50% of the balance is required by December 1st, 2023.
100% of the balance is required by March 1st, 2024.
We explore the best of Northern France, the ‘City of Lights’, Paris along with visits to Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc d’ Triomphe and more! Stay at the Roman-era capital, Lyon, and visit two fascinating deaf museums nearby. Meet and learn from local deaf guides at various sights. Learn basic French Sign Language (LSF) at a renowned International Visual Theater.
FULL OF ACTIVITIES, EVERY SINGLE DAY!
DAY 1 • • •
With overnight flight, arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris! Meet your tour guide and transfer to hotel to check in. Do a walkabout tour in historic Montmartre district. Enjoy the panoramic view of Paris during sunset atop Sacré Coeur church. Orientation meeting and welcome dinner. Stay in Paris for 2 nights.
DAY 2 • • •
Visit the International Visual Theatre and participate in sign language workshop all morning. Have lunch in the Latin Quarters before heading to the world’s first private deaf school, St. Jacques, where Laurent Clerc spent his formative years under the tutelage of Abbe Sicard.
DAY 3 • • •
Take a break from Paris and head south to Lyon via train. Check in hotel and do a walkabout tour in the heart of 2,000 years old historic town, Lyon. Sleep in Lyon for 2 nights.
DAY 4 • • •
Deaf Museum Day! Ride in a coach bus to La Balme-les-Grottes, site of Laurent Clerc’s birthplace. Visit the Laurent Clerc museum as well as see Clerc’s landmarks around town. Have quick lunch on the way to Louhans. Visit the fascinating Berthier Museum for the rest of the afternoon. Return to Lyon.
DAY 5 • • •
Return to Paris. Head to the heart of the city, Île de la Cité and do a walkabout including visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle. Enter into the somber Conciergerie and learn about the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Have dinner at deaf-owned Moroccan Restaurant. Sleep in Paris for 5 nights.
DAY 6 • • •
Go to Versailles for the whole day where the Sun King Louis XIV reigned supreme and subsequently caused the French Revolution. Have lunch on the lawn. Optional activities on your own: rent a boat to row on the famous Versailles pool or visit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.
DAY 7 • • •
Head to the Louvre and set your eyes on so many masterpieces, including Mona Lisa. After lunch, we stop Palais Royal briefly for fun photo ops. Check out a church where the famed Abbe de l’Epee cenotaph is located. See the statue of Joan of Arc. Stroll through the Tuileries Garden. Go atop the Arc d’ Triomphe and see the famed Champs Elysees Boulevard.
DAY 8 • • •
We visit the Invalides, home to the largest tomb for one little man, Bonaparte Napoleon. Head over to Trocadero for a photo ops of Eiffel Tower from a distance. Go atop the Eiffel Tower! Have a nice dinner before boarding on a late evening river cruise.
DAY 9 • • •
Free day! Grab this chance to do what you want to explore and check off your bucket list. Euro Disney? Moulin Rouge show? Ride a bike or scooter in the city? Meet your local friends and/or family members? Last-minute shopping at Lafayette Galleries and/or the Forum/Halles?
DAY 10 • • •
Check out of hotel and transfer directly to the airport in Paris for your afternoon return flight.
HERE ARE ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT THE TOUR
- Contact your coordinator at your university for more information about registration.
- Substantial amount of walking is expected during the tour. Appropriate physical fitness is strongly encouraged.
- Please consult the most recent version of the HOT terms and conditions. – https://handson.travel/terms-edu.pdf.
- Tour itinerary and price are subject to change, especially at the time of all deposits received to confirm this tour.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?
IMPORTANT TO KNOW…
Hands On Travel’s goal of group tour companies is to provide safe travel experiences for their passengers.
Hands On Travel will diligently only work with Covid-19 Safety Protocol vendors: Motor Coach Operators; Restaurants; Attractions; Museums; Hotels; Public Transportation; Facilities; etc.
Hands On Travel will provide necessary information to passengers on what to expect on their trip as well as any protocols Hands On Travel is following. It is the responsibility of the passengers or group leader to communicate and seek what protocols are in place to ensure safety of all passengers and ensure a level of comfort in group travel.
Hands On Travel will provide their Crisis Management Plan to the group leader and/or their educational institution.
Hands On Travel continues to follow the recommendations, alerts, crisis management, crisis response and more by the following below:
U.S. Dept. of State: https://travel.state.gov/
U.S. Embassy in France: https://fr.usembassy.gov/
ABOUT OUR EDUCATIONAL TOURS
Our American Sign Language Tour is specifically designed for ASL and Interpreter Training Programs for any high school and post-secondary program (colleges, community colleges, universities).
This thematic tour is a wonderful opportunity for ASL and ITP teachers to bring their students outside of the classroom and to new places, where they will be able to expand their horizons by interacting with Hands On Travel’s guides and managers in ASL in addition to interacting with local deaf people in their own sign language, learning about deaf culture and history in different countries, and finding new ways to communicate and get immersed into ASL and sign language in general.
In 2013, our pilot ASL Tour was met with such positive reviews, as the ITP and ASL students on the tour remarked on how much their sign language skills improved in such a short time. They got to practice their sign language from morning to night every day and learn & practice ASL in a new atmosphere.
We are motivated to offer memorable experiences to any ASL and ITP program and will be working closely with administrators and/or teachers throughout the process to ensure a smooth outcome. Our consultation services include assistance with the administrative tasks that are required to make the trip a success – such as fundraising, insurance, general liability-legal issues, necessary policies/rules for dealing with students abroad, and dealing with administration/parents.
PAST POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS USING OUR ASL TOURS
LET'S GET STARTED!
A $500 deposit per person is required to reserve space on this tour.
The deposit is refundable until the tour is confirmed. Only one adult will need to be responsible for filling out this tour reservation form and making a deposit (first payment) now and additional payments in the future.
Please do not purchase travel insurance or make flight reservations until further notice from your tour manager. For more information about the tour itinerary or our refund policy, please refer to the following links:
Tour Manager & Leader