Middle and high school students—explore classic cuisines of some of the world’s most famous regions on the culinary adventure of a lifetime.

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Calling all foodies, culinary crusaders, and future gastronomic stars! Go deep into the heart of two of the most iconic culinary destinations in the world, France and Italy. On a 12-day journey through these culinary giants, students have the chance to:


Take a cooking lesson from top chefs at the world’s finest culinary school—Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute.

Get hands-on training during a full-day master class with Michelin-starred Chef Christophe Guibert.

Learn to prepare traditional Italian and French cuisine as you meet and work with local French and Italian chefs throughout your journey.

With help from an Italian chef, make two tasty kinds of Italian pasta from scratch—and two homemade sauces to go with it! Enjoy your delicious meal with new friends.

Explore the ancient art of French cheese making at a fromagerie (cheese-making facility). Taste camembert, chèvre, and Roquefort cheeses in a country where cheese is an important part of the food culture.

In a country famous for its seafood, join your chef-instructor to visit a local market and learn to shop for fresh fish and other seafood. After purchasing ingredients for your seafood-themed cooking lesson, discover how to prepare two appetizing, Italian dishes.

Enjoy a French pique-nique (picnic) in the formal gardens of Chateau de Versailles. Baguettes (bread), fromages (cheese), or other delicious, local foods will be on the menu for your fun French feast with friends.

Between cooking adventures with expert chefs, experience the iconic sights in Italy and France’s cosmopolitan cities!

Paris—See Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and take in a street-level view of Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic tomb of Napoleon, and the grand Champs-Elysées. Outside Paris, retrace historic events walking the luxurious hallways of Chateau de Versailles.

Nice—The intense blue sparkle of the Mediterranean Sea will greet you in this coastal paradise. Take a swim and soak up some rays on a sun-drenched beach.

Florence—In the birthplace of the Renaissance, stroll along cobblestone streets to see Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio, the stone arches of the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the orange-tiled roofs that stretch across this incredible city.

Rome— Ponder life in ancient Roman times at the Roman Colosseum and ruins of the Roman Forum. Explore modern-day Rome on a fun, small-group adventure through lively city streets to see the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain.


Focus: Culinary Arts of France & Italy

Travel Groups: Grades 6–8 | Grades 9–12

Departing from: Boston, JFK, LAX

Traveling: July 7–18, 2014

Dates: 12 days

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Days 1-3: Paris, France

Day 4: Nice, France

Day 5: Provence, France

Day 6-7: Florence, Italy

Days 8: Tuscany, Italy

Days 9-12: Rome, Italy


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Today’s students have plenty of educational travel options, but
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Since 1962, People to People Ambassador Programs has changed the lives of more than 500,000 alumni. It’s not just a “tour.” Student Ambassadors personally interact with the people in the countries they visit. In France and Italy, students can:

  • Get hands-on training from Michelin-starred Chef Christophe Guibert
  • Talk with the merchants at an open-air market as you shop for fresh ingredients to cook with
  • Gain insights into quality French cheeses from experts in the craft

Dr. David Livermore, author of The Cultural Intelligence Difference, says, "more and more it's a given that you have to demonstrate your ability to work with lots of different people. Our country is changing, and without this capability, young people are going to lose out on important opportunities."

People to People Ambassador Programs have been shown to increase students’ cultural intelligence (CQ) as effectively as a whole semester abroad at an Ivy League school.
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  • High school credit for travel with the option of earning university credit. 80% of our alumni are accepted into their first-choice college.
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We build unique and exclusive cultural connections into each and every student program. Whether this is a meeting with local students or participating in an ancient tradition or ceremony with locals, Student Ambassadors truly connect with the places they visit.

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