Paris school tour
Probably the most stylish European capital, a school trip to Paris offers so much to your students all through the year, whatever their age. School tours are always unforgettable, with visits to iconic monuments and buildings, world-famous art galleries and amazing museums. Voyager School Travel also has its own centre on the outskirts of the city for UK schools only.
Where better than Paris to expose your students to French culture? Thanks to our excellent relationships with restaurants and visitor attractions, we make school trips to Paris brilliant value for money for your party. Below we've provided details of our Classic Paris 4-day Itinerary, but we can tailor a school tour to match your exact requirements.
Cross Curriculum Excursions
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
Another top attraction is the Montparnasse Tower. At 210-metres (689ft) tall, the tower was the highest skyscraper in France until 2011 but remains a wonderful way to get a 360 degree view over the whole city. The tower has 25 lifts and the fastest lift, which you will use to ascend, connects the ground floor to the 56th floor in only 38 seconds! The panoramic viewing floor is interactive and has been recently completely refurbished to incorporate high tech digital touch systems providing information on all you can see. www.tourmontparnasse56.com
Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Elysees
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-Elysees to experience Parisian style and culture.
Ile de la Cite
A visit to the Ile de la Cite at the centre of Paris is like a trip to the historic heart of the city of Paris. This natural island on the River scene is the place to go if you want to see the impressive Notre Dame cathedral with its stunning Rose window and Gothic architecture. Visitors can also see the beautiful Gothic church of Sainte Chapelle, the Palais de Justice, the Prefecture de Police and the Hotel-Dieu Hospital.
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
Stade de France
Take a guided visit of Europe's eighth largest football stadium that has a capacity for 80,000 people. On the 12th July 1998 France won the Football World Cup trophy at this very stadium against the Brazilian National team, 3-0. The Stade de France is the only stadium in the world to have hosted both a Rugby World Cup and a Football World Cup, so go and find out other facts, myths and legends of this great sporting arena.
France’s largest waterpark features slides, waves machines and a wide selection of different swimming pools. www.aquaboulevard.com
Bateaux Mouche River Trip
Take a scenic trip down the River Seine to get an overall feel for Paris. One trip not to be missed as the price is included in your overall tour price!
Disneyland Resort Paris
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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
Originally Versailles was a small peasant village that happened to house the royal hunting lodge, but when Louis XIV decided to move the royal court out of Paris and into Versailles, one of the most astonishing architectural creations of all time took place, and so the Palais de Versailles was born. In 1682, Louis XIV officially moved the royal court out of Paris in order to distance himself from his nobles and it was not until October 1789 that the family was forced to return. At one point during its construction, Versailles used up 4 per cent of France's total annual budget, despite the fact that peasants were suffering from severe food shortages! It is nevertheless a magnificent palace transformed by the Sun King, as Louis XIV was often known. Visit the Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles, which officially put an end to WWI, was signed.
Pre-booking required for school groups – 2 months in advance. Closed Mondays. www.chateauversailles.fr
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
The Musée d'Orsay is most famous for its late-19th and early-20th century artworks, featuring pieces by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh. Originally, it was built to be a railway station, but quite quickly it became redundant as trains were built longer and longer and became too long for the platforms. The purpose of the museum was to bridge the gap between the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou.
Closed Mondays. www.musee-orsay.fr
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
The Musée Picasso contains over 3000 pieces of Picasso's work including sketch books, sculptures, ceramics and paintings, as well as pieces from Picasso's own collection including, Cezanne, Degas, Rousseau and Matisse. The building in which the collection is housed was built between 1656 and 1659 and is considered to be one of the finest historic houses in the Marais district, one of Paris’s oldest quarters.
Montmartre and Sacre 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 Sacre Coeur was built. Go and see the famous artists’ square, Place de Tertre, the Espace Savlador Dali with its collection of artists’ sculptures and illustrations, and don’t miss the beautiful white Sacre Coeur, a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus.