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ACAD Fall Tour to Paris, October 6th - 13th 2017


FXT is pleased to be partnering with the Alberta College of Art and Design to launch their Continuing Education travel abroad program 

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ACAD Fall Tour to Paris, October 6th - 13th 2017


FXT is pleased to be partnering with the Alberta College of Art and Design to launch their Continuing Education travel abroad program 

Discover a Paris rich in craftsmanship, creation, and culture on a week long travel program developed especially for ACAD by Paris tour guide, Leah Van Loon. Leah is a noted professional in her field of fashion and costume design and has used her extensive network in Paris to bring you this unique experience. You will meet artists in their studios, visit textile and fashion history museums, and even create your own piece of Indigo in a specialty workshop. You'll find a fun and engaging week of activities including special sightseeing tours, a charming Paris flea market and a picnic under the Eiffel tower.

ACADxFXT is a great opportunity to see a different side of Paris with a passionate and knowledgable guide. This is a small group tour which allows us to accommodate not only the set itinerary, but some of the special requests of our guests. Please let us know how we can make this trip extra special for you.

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Itinerary


A sample of the day to day of our program

Itinerary


A sample of the day to day of our program


Each day begins with a hot breakfast at your hotel and each evening is yours to enjoy Paris at your leisure. Lunches will be sit down wherever possible at vetted places along our route. 


Day 1 - Arrive at your centrally located hotel for your orientation and guided boat tour down the Seine. Enjoy an evening welcome event.

Day 2 - Explore with your guide the winding village-like quarter of Montmartre with it’s ancient windmills, cottages, the Basilica Sacre Coeur, and shop the huge variety of fabric and notions available in the nearby garment district.

Day 3 - Experience a full day guided tour of the historic Clignancourt flea market. Also known as the Marché St-Ouen, this is the worlds largest flea market with everything under the sun.

Day 4 - A tour of the covered passages of Paris connecting streets in the 2nd Arrondissment, culminating at the beautiful Palais Royal with it's famous Columns by artist Daniel Buren. Visit with a textile artist in their studio as an add on experience.

Day 5 - A guided tour of the textile and fashion museum at Les Arts Décoratifs including the beautiful bijoux (jewelry) collection. An add on indigo workshop with an expert in their Paris atelier.

Day 6 - Attend art and fashion/textile related exhibitions, shop for lunch at a Paris street market to create our picnic at the Eiffel tower. Visit a 300 year old tapestry company with a tour of their unique workshops where they still create priceless carpets and weavings.

Day 7 - Enjoy a walking tour of the Marais, one of Paris' remaining medieval neighbourhoods. This area is famous for it's boutiques and specialty workshops and some of the cities most beloved museums like the Centre Pompidou and the recently renovated Picasso Museum. We wrap up with a farewell dinner with the group at a French Brasserie or Bistro. 

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Craft and creation


Book your 7 day continuing education course created exclusively for ACAD

Craft and creation


Book your 7 day continuing education course created exclusively for ACAD

The cost of €2700 for your specialty 7 day tour includes,

  • A quality hotel in central Paris

  • All breakfasts

  • All lunches (when with the group)

  • A farewell dinner

  • Access to concierge services

  • Welcome event

  • Orientation tour

  • Bateau Moche tour of the city from the river Seine

  • The worlds largest flea market

  • Passages of Paris guided tour

  • Montmartre excursion 

  • All museums and guided tours

  • Transportation for the week with a 7 day metro pass

  • Eiffel tower picnic

Additional tour opportunities for artist visits and talks in studio will be available including a special workshop where you will learn the secrets of indigo from an expert in their Paris studio creating your own masterpiece to take home (price tbd). We will be exploring Paris on foot and on the famous Metro system so all participants need to be mobile. The tour is designed to be small with a minimum of 6 people to travel and a maximum of 20. 

To book your travel please contact ACAD at coned@acad.ca or phone 403.284.7640 or email us info@fashionexperiencetours.com

* Price is based on double occupancy; private accommodations available for an additional fee. Flights are not included. A non refundable deposit of $1000 is due by July 31st to book your spot on the tour with all fees paid in CAD by August 30th to amount to €2700 per person. If there are not enough people to run the tour the deposit will be refunded. 

 

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Info session


Come and meet Leah and learn more about the incredible opportunities that await you on this travel program to the city of lights!

Info session


Come and meet Leah and learn more about the incredible opportunities that await you on this travel program to the city of lights!


Join us at 10 am Saturday June 24th or 6:30 pm July 19th at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Register for the information session here, or contact the Continuing Education office by email or phone at 403.284.7640. Contact us at info@fashionexperiencetours.com for any other inquiries.


FAQ

Q: I don't have someone to travel with. How will you make the decisions for who will share a room? Will I have to share a bed with a stranger?

A: The shared accommodations are twin beds that can be pushed apart so no one is sharing a bed unless they have agreed to (couples etc). We will have a meeting with everyone before we travel so you can meet each other and based on that we will assign accommodations. If you have any special concerns let us know and we can make sure your needs are accommodated with a booking for a single or private double room at an additional cost (if available). There is also a three bed option and a two story apartment available!

Q: Why is the price in Euros and not in Canadian Dollars?

A: All of the costs for the tour are in Euros and this allows people from other countries as well as Canada to travel with us. It also ensures the quality of the tour won't be compromised if the exchange rate changes.

Q: Are flights included in the price?

A: In order to keep costs down flights are not included with this tour. This gives our guests the flexibility to use their air miles or points to travel and allows people to extend their trip at their leisure without extra payments for changes in air travel service fees.

Q: I have trouble walking for long distances or periods of time, can I still travel with the group?

A: We will make some time to sit down for lunch and have the occasional rest stop on particularly long walking days (like Montmartre) but overall this is an active tour and you will need to be prepared to walk and stand for much of the day. Paris at it's heart is a beautiful walking city with a wonderful Metro system and we will take full advantage of it. 

Q: Is there an itinerary available?

A: We definitely have a working itinerary which we are happy to provide to you upon request. The final itinerary won't be available until we have all of our guests confirmed for travel and have completed our bookings. A basic itinerary will also be available at our information sessions on June 24th 10 am and July 19th 5 pm at ACAD, where Leah will take you through the travel plans for this amazing week in Paris!