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.
Paris excursions for your school trip
Cross Curriculum Excursions
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The Eiffel Tower
Probably the most famous and iconic landmark in the world,The Eiffel Tower was only ever meant to be a temporary structure, created as the centrepiece of the Paris’ Exposition Universelle in 1889. It remains the epicentre of the city and no trip to Paris is complete until you have ascended to take in the breathtaking views.
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.
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Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées
Undeniably one of France's most important monuments, the Arc de Triomphe is a war memorial, but also serves as the centrepoint on the 'Axe historique', stretching from the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at the Louvre, along the Champs Élysées and beyond to La Grand Arche de la Défense.
Equally, the Champs Élysées needs little introduction, a mecca for the mega wealthy when it comes to style and culture, but there's no harm in a little window shopping!
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Île de la Cité
A visit to the Île de la Cité at the centre of Paris is like a trip to the historic heart of the city of Paris. This natural island on the River Seine 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.
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Parc de la Villette
The Parc de la Villette is the third-largest park in Paris, 35.5 hectares in area and houses one of the largest concentration of cultural venues in the city, including the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Europe's largest science museum, three major concert venues and the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris.
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Bateaux Mouche River Trip
Take a scenic trip down the River Seine to get a real feel for Paris. This is definitely one trip not to be missed as the price is included in your overall tour price!
Designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano (architect of the 'Shard') the Centre Pompidou is an artwork in its own right with all of the 'infrastructure' of the building on the outside. Dedicated to modern art, it houses an enormous array of 20th century work and interactive exhibits.
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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.
Free Excursions for Students (Fees apply for teachers)
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No school trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the world famous Louvre. Whilst in high season it can be extremely busy, the rewards within are well worth it. From the Mona Lisa to the Venus de Milo the former palace of the French royal family houses treasures across the history of art unrivalled elsewhere.
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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 Monday.
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Originally Versailles was a small peasant village that housed 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 at least 2 months in advance. Closed Mondays.
Totally Free Excursions
Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur
Why not take an afternoon to explore one of the most characterful districts of the city, Montmartre? Take the funicular railway up to the iconic Sacré-Coeur and breathe in the views from the highest point in the city. Then get lost in the lanes and alleyways around Place de Tertre and watch the wide variety of artists at work in the square. You can even have your portrait painted, but be sure to agree a price first!
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a boulevard in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, which runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is famous for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day. The name is French for Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology.
Built for the most part in the 19th century, these arcades covered with glass roofs, created by piercing through other buildings, are a typically Parisian architectural feature. Most of them now house shops, tearooms and restaurants. There are around 20 of them in Paris in the vicinity of the Grands Boulevards.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Stretching 25 hectares and containing a fountain, pond, forest, bee yard and greenhouses. Catch a concert in the bandstand and browse the free photography exhibitions.
Les Grand Boulevards are the greatest of the boulevards in Paris. Great for your group to do some shopping during free time.
A shopping district in Paris with many large brand stores.
'Lutèce' - Historic Paris Excursions
Notre-Dame de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris", also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.
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Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph of the Star) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Discover the hidden history of this enchanting city in this fascinating film show. Paris Story is an hour-long film created by the "Secrets d'histoire" production company, which reveals the history of famous Parisian monuments from a completely different perspective.
The Conciergerie is a former prison in Paris, France, located on the west of the Île de la Cité (literally "Island of the City"). It was part of the former royal palace, the Palais de la Cité, which consisted of the Conciergerie, Palais de Justice and the Sainte-Chapelle. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from the Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.
Arènes de Lutèce
The Arènes de Lutèce are among the most important remains from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris (known in antiquity as Lutetia, or Lutèce in French), together with the Thermes de Cluny. Lying in what is now the Quartier Latin, this amphitheater could once seat 15,000 people, and was used to present gladiatorial combats.
Crypte archéologique du Parvis Notre-Dame
Converted in 1980 under the square in front of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral to display archaeological remains discovered during excavations from 1965 to 1972, the crypt provides a unique overview of urban and architectural development of the Île de la Cité island, the historical heart of Paris.
Musée de l'Armée
The Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) is a national military museum of France located at Les Invalides. It was created in 1905 with the merger of the Musée d'Artillerie and the Musée Historique de l'Armée. The museum's seven main spaces and departments contain collections that span the period from antiquity through the 20th century.
The Carnavalet Museum in Paris is dedicated to the history of the city. The museum occupies two neighboring mansions: the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau. On the advice of Baron Haussmann, the civil servant who transformed Paris in the latter half of the 19th century, the Hôtel Carnavalet was purchased by the Municipal Council of Paris in 1866; it was opened to the public in 1880.
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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.
Catacombes de Paris
The Catacombes de Paris are underground ossuaries located south of the former city gate (the "Barrière d’Enfer" at today's Place Denfert-Rochereau). The ossuaries hold the remains of about six million people and fill a renovated section of caverns and tunnels that are the remains of historical stone mines, giving it its reputation as "The World's Largest Grave".
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.
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe. Located in Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, it is one of the three dozen Cultural Centers of Science, Technology and Industry (CCSTI), promoting science and scientific culture.
About five million people visit the Cité each year. Attractions include a planetarium, a submarine (the Argonaute (S636)), an IMAX theatre (La Géode) and special areas for children and teenagers.
Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
The French National Museum of Natural History is located in on the left bank of the River Seine. It was founded in 1793 during the French Revolution, but was established earlier in 1635. The museum now comprises 14 sites throughout France, with four in Paris, including the original location at the royal botanical garden, the Jardin des Plantes, which remains one of the seven departments of MNHN.
Need a day off from all the culture? Get the kids to burn off some energy at this fantastic waterpark.
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.
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For another alternative, off-curriculum trip that's sure to entertain your students, why not spend the day at Parc Asterix. With 6 'worlds' loosely based on historical era's and empires and over 50 rides, this is a good day trip option.
Lost in Frenchlation
Bridging the gap between French and English audiences, Lost in Frenchlation displays the best of French cinema to visitors with English subtitles.
Sample Paris Parle 5 Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Paris Arrive
- Depart school
- Centre orientation and presentation
- Tournoi de Sports
Day 2 – Paris Eternal
- Notre Dame
- Eiffel Tower
- Bateaux Mouches
- Drive along Champs Elysees and past Arc de Triomphe
- Montmartre Place du Tertre
- Basilica du Sacre Couer
- French film night
- Choose a classic French film to watch, Amelie, Jean de Florette, Moulin Rouge, Cerano de Bergerac.
Day 3 - French Culture
- Reims market and town
- Champagne tour
- Reims Cathedral
- Bricard cheese farm
- French Evening
- Students are asked to bring French fancy dress for an evening of typical French food and games, including l’escargots competition and a French quiz.
Day 4 – Disneyland
- Whole day at either Disneyland Resort Paris or Parc Asterix
- French Spectacular
- Talent show and presentation of certificates.
Day 5 – Pompidou & Home
- Pompidou Centre
- Arrive back at school
Accommodation options for our Paris Parle school trip
Campus Sainte Therese
Voyager School Travel are the preferred partners of Campus Sainte Therese and most of our Paris Parle and Paris Experience groups are now based at this fantastic accommodation. Located within it's own extensive grounds (including 3 hectare of forest!) in the beautiful town of Ozoir-la-Ferrière Please - it's only 13 miles from the centre of Paris and a 15 minute drive from Disneyland Paris. All our groups have a fantastic time 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.