Educational Trip To Paris For International Schools
Paris is one of the most popular destinations for tailor-made, international school group trips. Come & see why.
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Take to the River Seine for a relaxing and interesting tour of some of the main sights of Paris on board the Bateaux Mouches. Hopping on an open deck or glass-sided boat at Pont de l’Alma, you cruise past The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Notre-Dame, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre amongst many other sites. Guided commentaries complement the experience.
Tip: Tickets are valid for any cruise, so this excursion is very flexible for your itinerary
The strength of Louis XIV can be seen at the world’s grandest palace, built to house his family plus thousands of noblemen, servants and hangers-on. Students can see the opulence and symbolism of the system the Revolutionaries of 1789 opposed, and visit the Hall of Mirrors, where the German Emperor was crowned and the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
The Eiffel Tower stands at 324m over the city of Paris.The structure has become synonymous with the city and is magnificent during the day or at night when it is illuminated. This is the most visited monument in France and pre-booking is essential and availability is limited.
Tip: Pre-booked Eiffel Tower tickets are very limited, when tickets are unavailable the Montparnasse Tower is a great alternative and gives excellent views of the Eiffel Tower and the city
Look out from Paris’ highest roof terrace on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower for unsurpassed views of the Eiffel Tower and iconic Parisian skyline. Students can explore the city’s layout and beautiful architecture, while enjoying the panoramic views, interactive exhibitions and 360° Café that make this a highlight on any tour to Paris.
Tip: Educational work material available.
The largest museum in the world, this is the home of the Mona Lisa plus works by masters from the most important and exciting movements in the world, and essential French works such as those by Jacques-Louis David. Students can also expand their contextual studies by viewing the museum’s vast collection of Islamic art and artifacts from the Middle East.
Tip: Pre-booking is compulsory
Enjoy a guided tour of the largest opera house in Europe, with its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture that stands as a symbol of the luxury and pleasures of the French capital. The Opera House was commissioned by Napoleon III as part of his Paris reconstruction project. Students are taken to the members’ rotunda and the majestic main staircase leading to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart dominates the city skyline thanks to its position on top of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. The Basilica of Montmartre was dedicated to atone for the sins of the Paris Commune. It is a building of great beauty reflecting the hopes, fears and attitudes of fin-de-siècle France. Behind the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre with its artists’ colony.
Through a series of imaginative treasure hunt-style tasks, students take on an adventure through some of the French capital’s most significant landmarks. Learn all about Paris as students use strategic thought and teamwork to collect points for their group in a winding route from the iconic Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
The main park of Disneyland® Paris, the action is spread out across five different themed lands. Highlights include more than 40 rides and attractions including Space Mountain, the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast® and Pirates of the Caribbean, along with spectacular parades and shows. Photo © Disney.
Tip: Use the free fast pass service to cut down on queuing times – available for most popular attractions
This theme park uncovers the magical worlds of cinema and television. Students can explore four studio lots, from animation at Toon Studio to car stunts at Backlot, Hollywood blockbusters at Frontlot, plus the secrets of film sets and costumes at Production Courtyard®. High-octane rides include The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Crush’s Coaster. Photo © Disney.
The beautiful Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame was completed in 1345, badly damaged in the Revolution, and restored in the 19th century. You can climb the 387 stone steps of the south tower up to the famous bell tolled by the fictional Quasimodo, in Victor Hugo’s 1831 Notre-Dame de Paris. (An entrance fee applies to climb the steps).
Tip: A tranquil place to admire Notre-Dame is from the garden behind the cathedral, Square Jean-XXIII.
Built in 1932 for a wealthy film producer, Le Grand Rex is the largest cinema, theater and music venue in Paris, with 2,800 seats. The cinema is a landmark of Art Deco style architectue and features the largest screen in Europe as well as a starred ‘sky’ overhead, and interior fountains. Cinema Rex was used as a ‘Soldatenkino’ – Soldiers’ theatre – during the German occupation.
Based on the famous Astérix books, this is the second-largest theme park in France. It is set in the forest 30km from Paris and has lots of attractions to keep students happy, from Goudurix, the roller-coaster that turns you upside down seven times; to log flumes, river rafting and a ghost train. Themed areas range from Gaul to Ancient Greece and Egypt. There is live entertainment and a dolphinarium (seasonal opening).
This permanent exhibition in Montmartre is devoted to the master of surrealism. It holds the largest collection of Dalí sculptures in France, showing the artist’s fantastic imagination in three dimensions, as well as Dalí’s complete collection of rare hand-signed etchings illustrating the major themes of universal literature, mythology, history and religion.
Visit the home of Claude Monet where he lived for almost 43 years and see the flower garden and water garden that he cultivated as works of art in themselves. Walking through his house and gardens, students can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the master of impressionism and admire the floral compositions which inspired the artist. Giverny is 75km from central Paris. (Seasonal opening)
For those looking for a particularly French experience, head to the Musée D’Orsay, set in a former railway station. It boasts the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat and Gauguin. Students can also view sculptures, furniture and photography.
Tip: Pre-booking is essential for groups
Students will discover the home of Claude Monet and his famous flower garden that provided inspiration for his work. Taking in the house and grounds at Monet’s House and Gardens Giverny, students will learn more about the master of impressionism and take the time to work on their own floral compositions. Located 75km from Paris, this is a favored excursion for schools staying in Normandy and the French capital. (Seasonal opening)
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