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Paris

France’s romantic capital has always been an attraction to artists and people of vision. Today it has enormous drawing power for people wanting the comprehensive cultural experience of France. The unique atmosphere of the boulevards created by Haussmann, the world famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the historical sites of the Bastille and the Arc de Triomphe; the inspirational art of the many museums, including the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and the impressionist paintings in the Musée d’Orsay; the architectural contrast of the Louvre and its glass pyramid or the Opéra and the Pompidou Centre; the unique Sacré Coeur and the atmosphere of Montmartre, with its spectacular cemeteries and Père Lachaise; all combine to offer students a unique taste of France and its culture, with enough to engage and inspire students of any subject.

Sample Itinerary

Paris offers so much variety for your students depending on the purpose and interest of your visit.

On average tours are from 3 to 5 days, which means two to four hotel nights.

To help you plan your tour we offer you the following:

Day 1

Travel to Paris via the short sea crossing at Dover/Folkestone – Calais.

Day 2

Visit to Paris Story, then time in Galleries Lafayette before exploring the Champs Elysees.

Visit the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Bateau Mouche.

Day 3

Visits to Musee d’Orsay, Les Invalides, Arc de Triomphe & Sacre Coeur.

Day 4

Day in Disneyland Paris.

Day 5

Travel home with a chocolate visit en-route.

Suggestions And Ideas For Visits And Excursions

Each group will have its own special interests and curricular needs. That’s why every visit can be completely tailored around you. You’ll find some suggestions below, but you can always call us to discuss more options.

Rondo Recommends:

A - Art & Architecture | C - Culture | G - Geography | H - History | L - Leisure | P - Performing Arts | Sc - Science, Tech & Engineering | G - General Tourist Attraction

Louvre

Louvre

A C H G

One of the world’s best known art galleries and the home of the Mona Lisa.

Musee D’orsay

Musee D’orsay

A C H G

The home of Impressionist painting in Paris in a redesigned former railway station.

Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre

A C H G

The controversial ’inside out’ building is home to a huge collection of Modern Art and contemporary exhibitions.

Paris Story

Paris Story

C H G

The history, architecture and secret places of Paris are brilliantly portrayed with film, music and commentary. Combining Paris Story with Montparnasse is an excellent introduction to the city.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

C H G

The symbol of Paris since 1889 and one of the most recognisable attractions in the world.

Montparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower

G

View the panorama of Paris from the 56th floor (Europe’s fastest lift saves your legs). What you see is explained on displays but you can also have a guide.

Le Bourget

Le Bourget

H Sc G

Paris’s original airport is now the home of the Air and Space Museum.

Bateau Mouche

Bateau Mouche

G H L G

A river cruise to view the sights of Paris from the river, which are lit up as the sun goes down.

Versailles

Versailles

A C H G

To the south west of the city lies the world famous palace and gardens of the Kings of France.

Disneyland - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

The most visited theme park in Europe lies just to the east of Paris and makes for a great leisure day out for your group.

Parc Asterix - (Click for more information)

Culture Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

The theme park to the north of the city is dedicated to the tales of Astérix and Obelix from the classic French comic, with some superb roller coasters and a more French experience.

Fontainebleau - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture History General Tourist Attraction

The royal hunting lodge and forest to the south of the capital, with stunning art and architecture. A visit will give an invaluable insight into French history.

Chantilly - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture History General Tourist Attraction

The magnificent castle at Chantilly to the north houses a splendid art collection as well as the Museum of the Horse, which focuses on the relationship between humans and horses throughout history. This day can also include a visit to the Clearing at Compiègne where the 1918 armistice was signed, and the castle at Pierrefonds, the film location for the TV series Merlin.

Etoile Du Rex - (Click for more information)

Culture History Performing Arts General Tourist Attraction

Paris’s oldest cinema is a tribute to the art of film making. Visitors can enjoy an interactive experience into the world of cinema.

Montmartre - (Click for more information)

Culture General Tourist Attraction

Traditionally the artist’s area of Paris, full of atmosphere and dominated by the beautiful Sacré Coeur church.

Arc De Triomphe - (Click for more information)

Culture History General Tourist Attraction

Napoleon’s triumphal arch guards the Champs Elysées and houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier brought from Verdun after the First World War.

Les Invalides - (Click for more information)

History General Tourist Attraction

The former hospital whose golden dome protects the tomb of Napoleon.

La Defense - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture General Tourist Attraction

The business district to the west of Paris, with stunning modern architecture.

Stade De France - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

It is possible to visit France’s state of the art national sports stadium.

Roland Garros Stadium - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

France’s national tennis ground welcomes visitors for guided tours.

Swimming - (Click for more information)

Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

Aquaboulevard Water Park is an ideal way for students to relax at the end of the day.

The Champs Elysees - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture History General Tourist Attraction

An evening stroll down the Champs Elysee from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre is the perfect way to appreciate the style and history of the city.

Performance Venues

Performance concerts can be arranged in and around Paris. Planned well in advance we are able to secure venues at many of the parks and gardens and also at the Louvre if lucky.

Disneyland Paris offers Magic Music Days for a small supplement over the normal entrance price and allows a fixed time performance subject to the acceptance of audition recordings.

Disneyland Paris also offers theatre performance workshops and behind the scenes tours. Quotations for these are available on request and subject to the availability of ‘courses’ relevant to your group.

Around the Ile de France area in the wider Paris region there are more possibilities through cooperation with local councils for performances in town squares and community buildings. Some of the outlying attractions and stately homes also encourage groups to perform.

As in most large cities, the accommodation you choose will depend on your choice of style and location.

Hotels

We can offer a range of two and three star hotels around the Paris area. Most are in the suburbs as central hotels tend to blow student budgets. All have buffet breakfast and most offer an evening meal for groups.

Youth Centres

These are available both in and around the city. Students will have the opportunity to meet with other groups in these centres. Within the city, most youth centres require that you return for your evening meal.

We recommend that you choose a half board package with B & B at the hotel and a meal in a restaurant in the evening. This allows for greater flexibility and more activity time.