7 Day French Immersion Course à Chartres

Daily classes & activities ALL IN FRENCH

2021 Sept 20 – 26 : Sold out
2022 April 4 – 10 : Sold out
2022 April 20 – 26 : 2 spots left

2022 Summer : Beginner join the list

HOW DID RICHARD LIKE IT?

“Immersion weekend was amazing, it was just a wonderful experience!

Virginie is a wonderful teacher, I’ve been taking her online courses for a couple of months now and this was just an exceptional way to improve! I can’t believe how much better I am at speaking, how much more comfortable I am with it!

Her activities outside of the class were just so much fun. We met some incredible people, we had a great dinner last night and met the wonderful chef, we’re here at the bakery today, at the boulangerie, making madeleines and macarons.

The people who were in the class were wonderful. It was the best experience, I can’t wait to go to France and do the week long immersion!”

Richard Daddi – Minneapolis USA

100% FRENCH EXPERIENCE

How best to improve your French conversation skills than by being in France, surrounded with French culture and French people who will ONLY speak French to you? Yet so many times I have heard visitors express their disappointment at not really being given the chance to practice their French. Why? Because more & more French people, especially in big cities, speak English fairly well and are just so excited to practice their new skills with you! This ends up being nice and comfortable for you but not so satisfying or helpful for improving your French speaking ability!

CHARTRES

2021 September 20 – 26: SOLD OUT
2022 April 4 – 10: SOLD OUT
2022 April 20 – 26: This week is designed for intermediate level students 2 SPOTS LEFT

If you’re a beginner and want to come to France, don’t worry! Just let me know HERE as I want to create a Summer 2022 Beginner group!

If you’re unsure about your level, contact me to schedule a free Skype call

 

DAILY FRENCH CLASSES

This is the reason why I have created this 7 DAY FULL IMMERSION COURSE for you, filled with daily classes & enriching adventures with French people who will only speak French with you. No English! It’s amazing how much you can learn and retain in such a conducive atmosphere in as little as 7 days. Mornings will be dedicated to French language classes and afternoons will be filled with exciting activities such as: visiting la cathédrale de Chartres avec un spécialiste and experiencing its world famous labyrinth, art workshops (stained glass and screen printing), cooking class, nature walks in Chartres gorgeous parks along the river l’Eure, visite du Château de Maintenon, treasure hunt in Paris, outside local famers’ market, strolling and shopping in the historical centre ville, etc… all in French!

 

French Truly Immersion Courses are NOT REFUNDABLE AND DO NOT INCLUDE INSURANCE (cancelation, medical, repatriation, etc…) AIR, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

If you want to be able to cancel the trip for whatever reason or if covid makes us postpone our lives (s’il te plaît covid, laisse-nous tranquilles!) yet again, PLEASE TAKE YOUR OWN TRAVEL INSURANCE AS THERE WILL BE NO REFUND.

Daily French language classes & enriching adventures (visit local artisans & entrepreneurs, make your own stained glass piece, cooking class, visite privée de la cathédrale de Chartres et du Château de Maintenon, historical Chartres walks, Paris day trip treasure hunt, etc.) with French people… ALL IN FRENCH!

DAY 1: Cathédrale, Renaissance, et Cocktails

What best way to begin our week together and break the ice than with cocktail / cooking class and divine architecture?

Morning: Petit-déjeuner at the hotel, general introduction, and class.

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon & evening: Visite de la cathédrale de Chartres avec Art Historian Gilles Fresson as our private guide. Visite de la librairie L’Esperluète located in stunning Renaissance building with bookstore owner Olivier L’Hostis. We will then be making our own dinner and evening cocktails with local Chef Aurélie Bernon. (you can make alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails)

DAY 2: Oldest Stained Glass Company in France

After la cathédrale, let’s jump deeper into the topic and explore the art of stained glass

Morning: Petit-déjeuner at the hotel & class.

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon & evening: Élodie Vally the proud owner of La Maison Lorin, the oldest stained glass company in France, will enter the doors of her kingdom for us and introduce us to the art of stained glass.

DAY 3: Paris field trip and treasure hunt

Chartres is only one hour away on the train from Chartres… allons-y!

Morning: Let’s hop on the train and explore le 14ème arrondissement de Paris (one of my favorites)

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon & evening: We’ll stay in Paris 14 and meet with mon amie Flora Doubilet whose company Paris Solidari-thé organizes treasure hunts all over Paris! The purpose of each of her events is to make you find your way around unusual Paris while meeting several Parisiens who are awaiting your visit and your questions!

DAY 4: Meet local artisans

Apparently the beauty of Chartres inspires artists and artisans! Let’s meet two of them and get creative ourselves!

Morning: Petit-déjeuner at the hotel & class.

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon & evening: Meet local leatherworker Léa Beaugé in the adorable Bonjour Bonheur boutique she opened in the heart of Chartres to showcase her work as well as the work of 20 other local artisans. After that we’ll head to our screen printing workshop with local artist Catherine Schnoebelen.

DAY 5: Labyrinth & Château de Maintenon

Did you know there was a magical labyrinth hidden under the seats de la cathédrale de Chartres? Every Friday, the chairs are taken away so that people can find their way, literally and figuratively, à travers le labyrinthe. 

Morning: Petit-déjeuner at the hotel & class.

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon & evening: We’ll experience the world famous Chartres labyrinth and after that we’ll hop on the train again for 15 minutes and find ourselves surrounded with more magic : le sublime Château de Maintenon where a private guide will take us through the castle, the park, and the gardens.

DAY 6: Organic Market, Cafés, & Shopping

Chartres is the perfect destination for a delightful and carefree Saturday.

Morning: Petit-déjeuner at the hotel & off to the farmers market!

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon & evening: Shopping, lounging, exploring, whatever you feel like doing et pourquoi pas une petite séance cinéma in the evening?

DAY 7: Peaceful & green au revoir

Chartres is filled with charming nature, ponds, parks, and crossed by the beautiful river l’Eure.

Morning: Petit-déjeuner at the hotel & class.

Lunch: Free or together with suggested options.

Afternoon: Let’s explore the beautiful nature of Chartres (don’t worry I’ll come up with un plan b if the weather decides not to cooperate!)

Evening: Let’s say au revoir autour d’un bon dîner au restaurant.

More Info

One of the many things I adore about Paris is that it is so walkable! I personally rarely take the métro and try to walk everywhere trying to use a different route each time so I am forever mesmerized. Since we’ll be sitting pretty much every morning for class, we’ll make up for it the rest of the day by exploring, which means a fair amount of walking! Walking is the finest way to soak it all in and notice all the details.

CHARTRES

2021 September 20 – 26: SOLD OUT
2022 April 4 – 10: SOLD OUT
2022 April 20 – 26: This week is designed for intermediate level students 2 SPOTS LEFT

If you’re a beginner and want to come to France, don’t worry! Just let me know HERE as I want to create a Summer 2022 Beginner group!

If you’re unsure about your level, contact me to schedule a free Skype call to make sure you’ll fit right in! You can also take advantage of this call to ask me all the questions you may have.

 

Price

$2,400 covers 7 days for 1 person and includes:
-All classes (language, cooking, art)
-All visits and guides
-Me with you all day every day to guide and accompany you
-Suggested activities may vary depending on weather
Balance due 2 months prior to the first day of your course

 

THE $2,400 PRICE IS NOT REFUNDABLE AND DOES NOT INCLUDE INSURANCE (cancelation, medical, repatriation, etc…) AIR, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

If you want to be able to cancel the trip for whatever reason or if covid makes us postpone our lives (s’il te plaît covid, laisse-nous tranquilles!) yet again, PLEASE TAKE YOUR OWN TRAVEL INSURANCE AS THERE WILL BE NO REFUND.

 

We need a minimum of 4 people to validate the trip. If you pay the 50% deposit and we don’t meet our minimum of 4 people, it will automatically be refunded to you. Our small group will hold 8 people maximum to keep things intimate, flexible, and connected. You’ll make some wonderful new friends!

Suggested Hotels

CHARTRES

Hôtellerie Saint Yves
3, rue des accacias
28000 Chartres
maison-st-yves.com

CHARTRES

Grand Monarque Hôtel
22, place des Épars
28000 Chartres
bw-grand-monarque.com

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Guesthouse Les Conviv’hôtes
10, rue du pot vert
28000 Chartres
chambres-hotes.fr

The 3 above hotels are only suggestions but you can pick any hotels or airbnb you may wish. The only VERY IMPORTANT POINT is that it must be located in the heart of Chartres to avoid impossible logistics. If you find something other than the 3 above hotels, please send me the address before booking so I can confirm, merci!

 

The easier route to Chartres is to fly to Paris and head to Paris Gare Montparnasse where you’ll be able to take a direct train to Chartres which will take about one hour. C’est très facile! Make sure to arrive at least 1 day prior to the beginning of our course.

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