Descartes Philosophy Tour

Study Philosophy in France

Rene Descartes is called the father of modern philosophy. Study philosophy in France and live his dictum “I think, therefore I am.” Walk in Descartes’ footsteps as you visit the Le Freche countryside. Explore his views on spirituality with university Fellows at Descartes University.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Arrive in Paris, the City of Lights, where you will fall in love with this beautiful city.

This evening join a culinary tour that will tickle your tastebuds and flood your mind with history. Your gastronomic guide will stroll you through the streets of Montmartre to taste some of the region’s most fabulous cheeses, pastries and other delights.

Join your local guide as you enjoy this very walkable city. Visit the classic Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Ile de la Cité and the Arc de Triomphe.

This evening, explore the Latin Quarter where you will find a grand selection of restaurants.

After a sumptuous breakfast, grab the train to La Freche, enjoy the French countryside as you glide along the tracks. 

Your docent will guide you through the College Henri-IV de Le Freche where Descarte studied, now the Prytanee Military School.

Visit the towns of Saint-Justin and Labastide d’Armagnac and enjoy a tour of the French countryside while visiting the town markets. Stop for an al fresco lunch along the route.

Take the evening train back to Paris.

This morning your private docent will tour you around Descartes University. After, join a workshop focused on the philosophy of Descartes. Spend the afternoon, discussing the foundation of Descartes theories with University Fellows.

Join your fellows for a dinner cruise on the Seine as you continue your discussion about the “father of modern philosophy.”

The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral left the world reeling. Get an insider’s tour of what is happening to repair this classic landmark. Visit the cathedral and meet with a restoration group, watch the repair vision come alive, and experience history in the making.

As you prepare to leave France, you now know why it haunts the heart and calls you back again and again. Viva la France!

This unique adventure to study philosophy under the umbrella of Descartes history is a close-up perspective of the life of the “Father of Philosophy.” Gain insight into his life as a young boy, discuss his theories with university Fellows while enjoying the best Paris has to offer.


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