TWU: FRANCE & BELGIUM 2023
MAY 27 – JUNE 6
Deposit Per Person
$500 non-refundable deposit per person is required for tour confirmation.
50% of the balance is required by November 27th, 2022.
100% of the balance is required by February 27th, 2023.
We explore the best of Northern France, the ‘City of Lights’, Paris along with visits to Versailles. Then head to the Belgian city of Brussels and Bruges with visits to the historic buildings, European Union for the Deaf, Deaf School of Kasterlinden and more. Meet and be guided by local Deaf Parisians and Flemings in sign language.
FULL OF ACTIVITIES, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
DAY 1 – Saturday 27th
Depart from Dallas, Texas (overnight flight).
DAY 2 – Sunday 28th
Arrive in Paris. Meet your tour guide and transfer to our hostel. A visit to Musee Orsay and have lunch before a walkabout in Montmartre district and enjoy the sunset at the top – Sacre Coeur Church. Have orientation meeting during welcome dinner nearby hostel before a good night’s sleep. Sleep in Paris for 5 nights.
DAY 3 – Monday 29th
Visiting the memorial at church of St.Roch & Royal Palais where Abbe de I’Epee was buried and his home where a small group of Deaf children was first taught before moving to the fascinating St.Jacques Deaf School where Laurent Clerc spend his formative years under the tutelage of Abbe Sicard as well as the founder Abbe de I’Epee. As well as a walking distance to the Catacombs and get spooked underground. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 4 – Tuesday 30th
Head to the heart of the city, Ile de la Cite and do a walkabout including visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle. After lunch, Spend the rest of the afternoon at Musee Louvre. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 5 – Wednesday 31st
Spend all day at Chateaux Versailles where the Sun King Louis XIV reigned supreme and subsequently caused the French Revolution. Optional: biking, boating, tram and Marie Antoinette’s cottages. Return to Paris with a visit to Eiffel Tower in the late afternoon. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 6 – Thursday 1st
Visit the International Visual Theatre and participate in cultural/LSF workshop all morning. After lunch, visit Arc d’ Triomphe and see the famed Champs Elysees from a top. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 7 – Friday 2nd
Check out of the hostel and transfer to Brussels, the EU’s capital city via train in the morning and an afternoon visit to the School of Deaf Kasterlinden with a tour guide by Deaf School tutor and a workshop of Flemish Sign Language at School. Sleep in Brussels for 3 nights. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 8 – Saturday 3rd
A day trip by train to Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in North-West Belgium with a local deaf tour guide by seeing its canals, cobbled streets, and the historic buildings and much more. Return to Brussels in the evening. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 9 – Sunday 4th
A local deaf guide in Brussels with visits to Manneken Pis, Grand Place in Market Square and much more. [Free time afterwards]
DAY 10 – Monday 5th
Check out of the hotel. A morning visit to the European Union of the Deaf office where Deaf Executive Director will deliver a short presentation and lunch at the Italian restaurant below the office, with thereafter visit the First Future Classroom Lab with transfer to Paris via train. A farewell group dinner in Paris afterwards. Sleep in Paris for 1 night.
DAY 11 – Tuesday 6th
Check out of the hotel and transfer to Paris CDG airport for your afternoon flight return to Texas, USA.
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HERE ARE ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT THE TOUR
- Hands On Travel will be responsible for purchasing group international airfare from Dallas Fort Worth and the cost will be added to your invoice at a later date.
- Obligatory travel insurance will be provided at an additional fee. It will cover trip cancellation & interruption, emergency medical & dental, medical evacuation, travel delay and baggage delay.
- It is essential to consult the HOT school tour terms and conditions before booking.
- 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 – COVID 19:
The 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/
Ministry of Belgium: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/
U.S. Embassy in France: https://fr.usembassy.gov/
US. Embassy in Belgium: https://be.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 ASL Programs using our ASL Tours:
Central Michigan University, Michigan (recurring client)
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York (recurring client)
William Woods University, Missouri
Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma
Medina Valley ISD, Texas (recurring client)
Maumee Valley Country Day School
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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: