Paris Experience - Engaging France Trips For Schools

Paris – probably the most stylish European capital and the iconic first overseas trip for many UK students.

4 days from £225pp* entrance fees not included

Paris school tours

School trips to Paris offer so much to students, all through the year, whatever their age. Visits are always unforgettable, with iconic monuments and buildings, world-famous art galleries & museums, plus of course Disneyland Europe.  So whether you're focus is language, art, history, culture, cuisine or cross-curricular, Paris has it all.

The city's plethora of iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Coeur are popular with all groups, whilst art lovers will adore the magnificent Louvre, Musee D'Orsay and Musee Picasso. The Château de Versailles on the other hand, offers a heady mix of history, architecture and art. With all this so close to home, it's no wonder Paris is such a long standing hit with our party leaders.

Voyager take UK schools to Paris every month of the year and alongside Normandy, it is easily our most popular programme, from Year 5 to 6th Form groups.  

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  • School student taking in view of Sacré-Coeur, Paris

    School student taking in view of Sacré-Coeur, Paris
  • View of the Eiffel Tower

    View of the Eiffel Tower
  • Grand Arche de la Défense, Paris

    Grand Arche de la Défense, Paris
  • Group photo at Le Tour Eiffel

    Group photo at Le Tour Eiffel

Sample excursions

Great excursions for school trips to Paris

Paris is renowned for its wide variety of both curriculum-led and cultural excursions for school tours. For 2016 we have introduced a number of new options and you can see these below in the 'Historic Paris' and 'Paris Fun' sections.

Cross Curriculum Excursions

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was created as the centrepiece of the Paris’ Exposition Universelle in 1889 and remains the most famous symbol of the city to this day. You can take your party to the top of the tower by lift but some people may prefer the challenge of climbing the 704 steps! Every floor of the iconic tower offers stunning views of the French capital and no visit to Paris would be complete without a tour of the tower. 

www.tour-eiffel.fr


Montparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower

Often overlooked due to the prominence of its more famous neighbour, the Montparnasse Tower is arguably the best viewing platform in the city. From here you get amazing 360 degree vistas that include the Eiffel Tower (which of course, you cannot see when you're up it!). Go at dusk and watch the city sparkle into life. 

 www.tourmontparnasse56.com


Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées

Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées

The Arc de Triomphe was built to honour servicemen and woman who fought for France in the Napoleonic Wars. Underneath the arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, to remind visitors of the soldiers who anonymously died in battle during the Great War. After visiting the arc many tourists stroll down the famous Champs-Élysées to experience Parisian style and culture.


Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité

With an identity of its own as an island in the middle of the river Seine, this is where the city was founded nearly 2000 years ago. The Île de la Cité's most famous landmark is Notre Dame cathedral, but from here you can easily access the South bank for its bohemian student quarter, or cross the famous Pont Neuf to the North bank and the commercial district.


Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette

The park is one of the largest in the city and a visit to the Discovery rooms allow hands-on experiments to create an inspiring combination of entertainment and education. Closed Mondays. 

www.cite-sciences.fr


Bateaux Mouche River Trip

Bateaux Mouche River Trip

The most famous of Parisien river cruises, the Bateaux Mouche are an absolute must to see the city in all its glory…so much so that a trip is included in your overall tour price!


Free Excursions for students (fees apply for teachers)

Louvre

Louvre

Once home to the French Royal family (before Louis XIV moved the headquarters to Versailles), the Louvre is now one of the largest art museums in the world and certainly the most visited. It houses pieces from ancient history right through to the nineteenth century and boasts such famous works as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The collection is divided into eight departments so a visit to the museum should be well-planned in order to get the most out of it.

 www.louvre.fr


Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Should the Louvre prove to be too hectic, The Musée d'Orsay is an excellent alternative with a phenomneal collection of more contemporary art works. French giants such as Monet, Renoir and Cezanne have multiple works on display. Closed Mondays. 

www.musee-orsay.fr


Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre

The Centre Pompidou houses the National Museum for Modern Art, a vast public library and a centre for music and acoustic research. It has the biggest collection of Modern Art in Europe and has received over 150 million guests since it opened in 1977. Modern art, scientific exhibitions, working models, not to mention the building itself, combine to create a vivid experience.

 www.cnac-gp.fr


Musée Picasso

Musée Picasso

Pablo Picasso, the founder of Cubism and regarded widely as the most influencial of 20th century artists, spent a large period of his life and career in France and this museum is dedicated to his work. His painting, 'Les Femmes d'Alger' sold in May 2015 for a world record price of £115 million!

www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/

 


Versailles

Versailles

Now swallowed up under the expansion of the city of Paris, the Palais de Versailles was originally built a long way from the city and has long been considered one of the worlds finest architectural masterpieces. To do the palace justice you will need a minimum half day to explore its vast number of rooms, galleries, the Hall of Mirrors and magnificent gardens.

Pre-booking required for school groups – 2 months in advance. Closed Mondays. 

www.chateauversailles.fr


Totally free Excursions

Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur

Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur

Montmartre is the name of the hill, which boasts the highest point in Paris at a height of 129 metres, and gives its name to the surrounding area in the 18th arrondissement. It has been known as the red-light district, an artist's hangout and the site at which one of Paris' more famous and spectacular landmarks, the Sacré-Coeur was built. Go and see the famous artists’ square, Place de Tertre, the Espace Savlador Dalí with its collection of artists’ sculptures and illustrations, and don’t miss the beautiful white Sacré-Coeur, a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus.


Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées

Whether hosting the conclusion of the Tour de France, the Lord Mayors parade or the military parade on Bastille day, this world-famous boulevard is deeply seated in the psyche of the French nation. Its symbolic importance is juxtaposed by the height of decadent commercialism that lines the 2km long retail mecca. Gaze into the window of the Louis Vuitton headquarters to see how the other half live.


Passages Couvert

Passages Couvert

From the Galleries Lafayette to the Champs-Élysées, Paris is a shoppers dream. If your looking for something a little different why not explore one of the Passages Couvert, a series of beautiful ornamental arcades housing boutiques, boulangeries and cafes.


'Lutèce' - Historic Paris Excursions

Paris Story Cinema

Paris Story

If it's raining (and it often can in spring!) why not take your students to see a fabulous film about the history of Paris? The hour-long show is very entertaining and reveals all kinds of hidden secrets about the city you wont find in any guide book.

www.paris-story.com/

 


La Conciergerie

La Conciergerie

Sited on the Île de la Cité not far from Notre Dame, the Conciergerie is one of the most historic buildings in Paris. The key period in France's history has to be the revolution. Here, your students can learn how this building, a former royal place, was used as a prison to hold enemies of the King before they were executed by guillotine.

conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/


Arènes de Lutèce

Arènes de Lutèce

Students of history, in particular the Roman Empire, will be aware that the Roman name for France was 'Lutetia'. The territory was a very important strategic part of the empire and the Romans had a large settlement in what is now modern day Paris. Evidence of this can be seen at this amphitheatre.


Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame

Along with the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame is top of every visitors list. A French Gothic marvel, it has inspired artists and authors for generations and is quintessentially Paris in its form and location. Free to enter, queues can be long but it rarely takes more than 30 minutes before you are inside.


Crypte archéologique

Crypte Archéologique

Just in front of Notre-Dame cathedral you will find a very interesting subterranean museum, La Crypte archéologique. Here your students can get a real sense of how the city has developed over the centuries.

www.crypte.paris.fr/


Musée de l'Armée

Musée de l'Armée

A school trip to the National Army Museum will vividly inform students of the long and potted history of the French at war. Located at Les Invalides, if you have European history anywhere on the curriculum this is well worth a morning of your time.

www.musee-armee.fr


Musée Carnavalet

Carnavalet Museum

Combining two very grand mansions, Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier, this museum is a treat for the eyes in terms of architecture and some lovely gardens. The contents focus on the history of Paris and its development, including the late 19th Century re-design by Baron Haussmann.

www.carnavalet.paris.fr


Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Symbol of power and empire, the Arc de Triomphe sits atop the Champs-Élysées and not only celebrates French military victories but commemorates the fallen. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I can be found underground below it. Place Charles de Gaulle is one of the busiest traffic junctions in France if not the world so be sure to use the subway!


Paris Fun

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Cité des Sciences

The biggest science museum in Europe truly is colossal! A day could easily be spent here if your students are studying scientific subjects.

www.cite-sciences.fr/en/home/


Paris sewers

Egouts de Paris

A surprisingly popular attraction, the sewers reveal a lot more than one would first imagine about the history of Paris and its residents.

www.egouts.tenebres.eu/visite.php


Natural History Museum

Muséum national d'histoire naturelle

From giant dinosaur skeletons through to the Jardin des Plantes, this is an extensive Natural History museum well worth a visit.

www.mnhn.fr/fr


HintHunt

HintHunt

HintHunt, the very first Escape game in Paris, is a new, simple and fun game designed for small groups of 3-5 people. You get 60 minutes to solve a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room. The goal is simple yet challenging: get out in time! Or else ... you could be trapped inside forever! Your logic and team work skills will be tested during this engaging and challenging game.

www.hinthunt.fr


Catacombes

Catacombes de Paris

Another very popular attraction in the south of the city, the catacoombs hold the bones of in the region of 6 million people, hence the nickname 'The worlds largest grave'.

catacombes.paris.fr


Aquaboulevard water park

Aquaboulevard

France’s largest waterpark features slides, waves machines and a wide selection of different swimming pools. 

www.aquaboulevard.com


Stade de France

Stade de France

Sport is a signifcant part of French culture and the Stade de France is it's most important sporting venue. Take a school tour around the stadium and learn about some of France's greatest sporting achievements, including winning the Football World Cup on home soil in 1998.

accueil.stadefrance.com/


Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix

Within easy reach of Paris, the Parc Asterix provides student groups with brilliant day trips from April through to October each year. There are over fifty rides and attractions, live entertainment, arts and special effects, so you're sure to remain well-entertained! 

www.parcasterix.com


Disneyland Resort Paris

Disneyland Resort Paris

Picture a land where the wonderful world of Disney comes alive. Imagine Disneyland Park where make-believe is real. And Walt Disney Studios Park, where the magic of Disney meets the magic of cinema.

Have you ever imagined taking your school party on a school tour to Paris that takes in Disney too? Voyager School Travel can make the dream real ...

For a full description, click here 

Sample activities

Sample tour

Classic Paris Itinerary – 4 days

Day 1 – Paris Arrive

  • Depart school
  • Arrive
  • Centre orientation

Day 2 – Paris Eternal

  • Notre Dame
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Bateaux Mouches
  • Picnic
  • Drive along Champs Elysees and round Arc de Triomphe
  • Montmartre Place du Tertre
  • Basilica du Sacre Couer

Day 3 – Disneyland

  • Whole day at either Disneyland Resort Paris or Parc Asterix

Day 4 – Pompidou & Home

  • Pompidou Centre
  • Depart
  • Hypermarche
  • Arrive back at school

Accommodation

Accommodation options for Paris

Campus St Therese

Campus St Therese

Voyager School Travel are the preferred partners of Campus St Therese and most of our Paris Parle and Paris Experience groups are now based at this fantastic accommodation. Please do click on the link and scroll around to have a look at this fabulous accommodation, described by one of our party leaders as "Rolls Royce".

Voyager also use a number of other centres in and around Paris.

Please call 01273 827 327 for more details.

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