Converse Alumni Trip
September 30 – October 10, 2022
Join Converse alumni, faculty, and friends for this special reunion abroad, following in the footsteps of Converse students. Inspired by the 2022 January Term trip, now is your chance to experience the magic for yourself!
We’ll delve deeply into rich history, art, and architecture; discover the time-honored methods and science of fine cheese and wine-making, and soak in local culture from the chic streets of Paris to quaint villages. We’ll also explore beautiful countryside and cultural geography, from the rolling vineyards of Burgundy, to the riverside vistas of Lyon, and the fresh air of the French Alps!
How do I sign up?
Sign up for this Converse trip directly through Explore Up Close. It’s simple and easy to register online!
To sign up, click the registration button below to complete your trip registration form and submit your deposit payment.
Your deposit is fully refundable until August 12th, 2022, minus a $100 service fee.
We recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect your payment in case of an unexpected cancellation after this date. Find more details about trip insurance below.
Click the button below to complete the online registration form, and pay your first payment installment of $1,000 with a credit card via our secure online payment portal.
Trip Payment Schedule
After registering for the trip, the trip balance will be due by August 12th, 2022.
You can pay the balance at your convenience, by clicking the “Pay Now” button on the right side of your trip invoice that you received by email after booking.
If you have any issues or questions regarding payment, please contact Caroline Cope Khoury with Explore Up Close: (864) 384-6947 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel Documents, Flights, & Trip Insurance
For American citizens, a valid passport is required to enter France. Please make sure that your passport will be valid for at least six months after your scheduled return date to the US. If you need to renew your passport before the trip, we recommend starting that process as soon as possible! Please let us know if you have any questions.
We encourage travelers to book the flights that suit them best. Our group will come together in Paris, and you can take a taxi or use public transportation (we’ll give you directions!) to meet our group at our hotel. Depending on the group size and arrival times, we may help coordinate group transportation from the airport. If you need assistance booking your flight, please contact us and we will put you in contact with our local travel agent.
We highly recommend travel insurance, which protects you and your trip investment in the event that you must cancel or leave a trip unexpectedly. We recommend contacting travel insurance providers directly to request a quote and compare pricing and features. A few trip insurance companies you may wish to consider:
Travel Guard: www.travelguard.com
Covid-19 Travel Requirements:
If you are fully vaccinated, you will be able to enter France by simply showing your proof of vaccination. To be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry into France, you must have received a booster dose no later than 9 months after your second dose (or after the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). People who received their booster more than nine months after their second dose may still enter, so long as one week has passed after you received your booster shot.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must provide a negative Covid-19 test to be able to enter the country.
Currently, a negative Covid-19 test is required by the US to return home, but this may change prior to our trip. If it is still required, we will facilitate testing for you in France – it is quick, easy, and low-cost (about $30 / person).
We will keep you informed of any changes prior to our trip. If you have questions, please contact Caroline Cope Khoury (contact information listed below) to discuss!