Lyon, France
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Field Trips for Lyon, France

You are encouraged to participate in the organized field trips, which are included in your program fees. These excursions generally take place on weekends. In addition to the included program field trips, you'll also have field trips as part of many of your courses and have numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

Annecy

This little city, located between a lake and the surrounding mountains, is one of the favorite places to visit while anyone is in France. Only 1.5 hours from Lyon, the charms of the lake and canals passing through the old city make Annecy unforgettable for its visitors. You will be able to wander around the city and along the banks of the lake while admiring the landscape. Take a stroll, shop at the open market in the old town, rent a bike or a boat for a few hours, or just bring your swimming suit and take advantage of the clear water.

Geneva

Geneva is a worldwide center for democracy and finance and headquarters of the United Nations. After a visit to the U.N., we will stroll through Old Town, one of the heritage sites of Geneva, and visit popular locales including the Flower Clock, Swiss watchmakers and chocolate makers, museums and Lake Leman.

Beaujolais

Situated between Bourgogne and Lyon, the Beaujolais region has a lot to offer to its visitors, especially when it comes to cuisine. Renowned for its wine, the region also offers breathtaking landscapes and towns. You will be able to experience the beauty of the region while trying some specialties and enjoying your surroundings. You will be able to visit the towns of Theizé, Oingt, Villefranche, and visit a castle built in the thirteenth-century.

The French Alps

Since the first winter Olympics in 1924, the French Alps have been a must-visit destination for winter sports enthusiasts. You will get a chance to experience the micro-culture surrounding the Alps while experiencing its dramatic natural beauty. You will have the choice to explore in the beautiful mountains with snowshoes, soak in the French Alps atmosphere of the little ski resort, or ski/snowboard in the mountains for a day.