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POSTPONED: Partners in Revolution: The French-American Alliance

September 19—28, 2021



Due to travel restrictions, this event has been postponed until 2022. New dates will be announced in the future. Please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org for more information. 

Come with us as we explore the successes – and excesses – of the democratic experiment in France and the critical alliance between a nascent American republic and its French counterpart throwing off a monarchical past. Revel as Franklin must have reveled in the glittering salons of Paris as he slyly maneuvered French public opinion – and government policy – in support of America. Travel as Jefferson did, hoping to see not only the treasurers of antiquity but also how the French lived, what they ate, how they plowed their fields, and where they laid their heads at night. Nothing escaped his notice, and nothing will escape yours on this ten-day journey through France, America’s partner not only in revolution but also in defining what democracy would mean for all generations to come.

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Sept. 19 – Sept. 28. 2021

Join TFAS for a specifically designed private trip across France to Paris, Versailles, Burgundy and more. With a unique itinerary of guided tours and drives across wine country, TFAS supporters will have the chance to travel with likeminded individuals, meet with TFAS alumni and experience the French-American Alliance through the eyes of the Founding Fathers.

Noted historian Susan Taylor-Leduc will accompany the group for the entire two-week trip as we explore the rich history of the most romantic city in the world. After graduating with her doctorate in history of art from the University of Pennsylvania, Taylor-Leduc moved to Paris to pursue a career in academia. After living in France for almost two decades, she has become an expert on French history and art.

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Explore our interactive map below to see what you will experience during the trip.

Below is a detailed schedule of events. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384

Sunday, September 19 | Arrival in Paris

  • Morning
  • Individual arrivals into Paris
  • Afternoon
  • Walking tour of sites related to Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers
  • Meeting with member(s) of the Société Historique d’Auteuil and Passy for more in-depth discussion of Benjamin Franklin’s time in Paris
  • Evening
  • Welcome dinner at the newly-reopened (aiming for July 2020) Hotel de la Marine–the site where Louis XVI and Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Friendship and Trade

Monday, September 20 | Franklin’s Paris

  • Morning
  • Guided tour of Carnavalet Museum
  • Afternoon
  • Visit to Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie to learn the importance of free masonry in the lives of Benjamin Franklin and his “brothers,” Lafayette, Washington and Voltaire
  • Evening
  • Possible visit to Institut de France (Académie Française)

Tuesday, September 21 | Versailles

  • Morning
  • Guided tour of the château focusing on Benjamin Franklin who was received by Louis XVI in 1778, officially marking France’s Treaty of Alliance with the United States into the war against England
  • Afternoon
  • Lunch at the restaurant at the château
  • Evening
  • Special tour of the Bibliothéque municipale de Versailles which contains part of the set of treaties which ended the American Revolutionary War

Wednesday, September 22 | Burgundy

  • Morning
  • Depart Paris for a scenic drive through Burgundy (approximately 4 hours)
  • Afternoon
  • En-route, stop at Vézelay for lunch and a guided tour of the basilica, one of the masterpieces of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture
  • Evening
  • Continue to Beaune and check in to your hotel

Thursday, September 23 | Clos Vougeot

  • Morning
  • Guided tour of Beaune including the famous 15th century Hospices
  • Afternoon
  • Visit to Château de Clos Vougeot
  • Evening
  • Vineyard and winery visit and tasting in Gevrey-Chambertin, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson

Friday, September 24 | The Burgundies of Burgundy

  • Afternoon
  • Meet the descendants of Étienne Parent, who had connections with Thomas Jefferson and became a forerunner of Burgundy wine exportations across the Atlantic, and visit their vineyard for a wine-tasting
  • Evening
  • In Mersault, taste the Goutte d’Or, considered the best table wine in France
  • Wine-pairing dinner at a wine house in Beaune

Saturday, September 25 | Lyon and Aix-en-Provence

  • Morning
  • Transfer to Lyon (approximately 2 hours) along the route that Jefferson took in 1787
  • Afternoon
  • Panoramic tour of Lyon and lunch at the famed Brasserie Georges
  • TGV (high-speed train) to Aix-en-Provence (approximately 90 minutes)
  • Evening
  • Check in to hotel for evening at leisure

Sunday, September 26 | Jefferson’s Journey

  • Morning
  • Walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, famed for waters which were supposed to heal Jefferson’s ailing wrist
  • Afternoon
  • Enjoy lunch at leisure in the picturesque Saint-Rémy followed by an olive oil tasting
  • Guided visit to the mausoleum and triumphal arch in the ancient city of Glanum—Jefferson later owned an engraving of the two structures
  • Evening
  • Continue to Avignon for a walking tour through its winding streets, chapels and squares

Monday, September 27 | Nîmes

  • Morning
  • Drive to Nîmes (90 minutes) for a walking tour including the amphitheater and Maison Carrée which Jefferson described as “two of the most superb remains of antiquity which exist.”
  • Afternoon
  • Continue to the ancient aqueduct bridge, Pont du Gard
  • Evening
  • Festive farewell dinner in Aix

Tuesday, September 28 | Au revoir

  • Morning
  • Group transfer to Marseilles for individual flights home or onward


The tour has been arranged by Academic Travel Abroad (ATA), an educational travel provider for some of this country’s most prestigious companies. ATA staff will coordinate registration and travel arrangements as needed.

Because of continuing uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus, ATA has instated a no-penalty Cancel For Any Reason policy up until two months prior to departure. Your payment will be 100% refundable until July 20, 2021.

To register, please reach out to ATA at 877.298.9677. You may also reach out to TFAS Special Events Director Jane Mack at 202.986.0384 or jmack@TFAS.org with your questions.

Price Information

  • Maximum Participants: 26
  • Number of Days: 10
  • Tour Cost: $8,995
  • Single Supplement: $2,700
  • Deposit upon enrollment: $1,000


Registration costs include:

  • All accommodations and meals with wine and non-alcoholic drinks as outlined in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive educational program by professional on-site guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Two talks by experts
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, wait staff in restaurants during group meals, housekeeping at group hotels
  • Transfers to and from airports for those arriving or departing according to the designated itinerary
  • Baggage handling for one checked piece and one carry-on piece per person
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights and other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure mailings and materials with information about the destination and what to expect on tour, including a suggested reading list
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

Registration costs do not include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
  • Passport, visa, airport departure and excess baggage fees
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary, food and beverages not part of the included meals
  • Personal items such as telephone, fax and internet charges, laundry, room service, alcoholic or other beverages not specified as included
  • Gratuities for non-group services
  • Expenses incurred in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour
  • Expenses you may incur resulting from delays due to bad weather, road conditions, sickness, government action, and flight delays
  • Any pre or post night stays before or after the group tour program


For more information, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384. If you are ready to reserve your spot, please reach out to ATA at 877.298.9677.

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