Paris

  • Paris school trip
    Suitable for all ages, Paris is a popular destination for a school trip.
  • Paris school trip
    The Eiffel Tower, backdrop to a Paris school trip.
  • art & design school trip to Paris
    It's not just paintings, study sculpture on an art & design school trip to Paris.
  • Paris school trip
    Easily accessible from the UK, Paris offers attractions and educational visits for a wide variety of subjects.
  • Paris school trip
    A visit to the Centre Pompidou makes for an interesting alternative for art students.

First class, couldn’t have been better. Itinerary very comprehensive. The team always there to help. SB, Barkway First School

City of lights, the cultural heart of Europe and without doubt, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Paris effortlessly combines grand neoclassical buildings, glorious monuments and a never-ending selection of galleries and museums that surprise and delight even the most seasoned traveller.

Whatever the age, whatever the subject, Paris caters for all. Students of art and design will revel in the wide array of cultural institutions covering every artistic period and genre be it classical masterpieces or contemporary modernist works. Inquisitive minds will love the city’s many centres of science and technology, whilst historians and food technicians have a menu packed full of choice.

And of course, the opportunity to practise those language skills comes at every turn. Whatever your group’s special interest and ability, we can design an individual itinerary to suit.

Typical Accommodation

There are of course several hotels and centres that are available to us in Paris, ranging from the budget priced hostel accommodation to 3* chain hotels, such as Ibis and the Kyriad and Campanile group.

Please contact us for further information about the facilities and location of all available accommodation and we will be happy to advise you on the best hotel or centre to suit your group.

Paris School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a popular suggestion for a Paris school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Coach

Day 1 – Departing school, travel by coach down to Dover, where a short sea channel crossing brings you to Calais. Travel on to Paris (approx. four hours’ drive), arriving in time for dinner.

Day 2 – This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paris with an English-speaking guide where you’ll see many of the French capital’s most important landmarks and learn about the history of the city and its buildings.

This afternoon can be designed in any which way you choose. Art students might like to visit the Pompidou Centre, Musée d’Orsay or the Musée Marmottan-Monet. Students of fashion and textiles might prefer a trip to the Palais Galliera, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs or the boutiques of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Those interested in science could opt for a tour of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the Marie Curie Museum or the Palais de la Découverte. Historians meanwhile might like to see the sites of the French Revolution – the Place de la Concorde, the Conciergerie and Bastille – or visit the Musée du Carnavalet.

Day 3 – See the city from a different angle this morning with a one-hour cruise along the River Seine, followed by the opportunity to ascend the Eiffel Tower.

This afternoon’s itinerary includes a visit to one of Paris’ most famous cultural institutions, the Musée du Louvre, with a trip to Montmartre and the beautiful Sacré-Coeur Basilica completing your day. Alternatively, you could head out of the city to the beautiful Palace of Versailles.

Day 4 – Commence your homeward journey, stopping off at Cité Europe near Calais for shopping. Catch the ferry to Dover and continue back to school.

If time permits, why not add an extra day and visit Disneyland Paris?

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais.
  • By Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet International direct to Paris.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Paris.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Seine Cruise – Board a bateau for a one-hour cruise up and down the Seine, seeing some of Paris’ most famous sights including the Eiffel Tower, Ile de la Cité and the Statue de la Liberté.
Eiffel Tower – Soaring 300 metres into the Parisian skyline, this is without question Paris’ most iconic landmark. Situated in the Champ de Mars, the vertical views from the ground are almost as impressive as those from the three platforms (at 57, 115 and 276 metres).
Arc de Triomphe – Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his army, this monument, site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stands at the top of the Champs-Elysées. There’s great views from its observation deck.
Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris – Situated on the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame is an immense Gothic architectural masterpiece, has played host to centuries of royal coronations and marriages and was the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Hôtel des Invalides – Founded in the 17th century by the Sun King Louis XIV to house disabled and impoverished war veterans, today it’s home to the Musée de l’Armée. You’ll also find the Dôme des Invalides here, the King’s private chapel and perhaps most famous as the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Place de la Bastille – Starting point for the French Revolution when the Bastille was stormed on July 14th, 1789. It’s also the site of the Opera Bastille.
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville – Formerly known as the Place de Grève, this was the site of many an execution, with a guillotine installed here during the French Revolution. The square was renamed after the last execution in 1830 and is the setting for Paris’ Neo-Renaissance City Hall.
Montmartre – Overlooking Paris from its hilltop position, Montmartre is dominated by the white-domed Sacré-Coeur Basilica. A popular haunt for artists, Montmartre attracted the likes of Pissarro, Matisse, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Dégas as residents and to this day, the area retains an artistic vibe, particularly around the atmospheric Place du Tertre.
Palais Garnier – Built for Emperor Napoleon III, take a guided tour of this stunning 19th-century opera house and learn more about its history and architecture.
Opéra Bastille – A more modern opera house, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre, featuring commentary on its history, architecture, its different activities, the public foyers, the auditorium and the backstage area. Educational activities can also be tailored to the specific focus of the group.
Tour Montparnasse 56 – One of the first tall skyscrapers in Paris, a trip up to the tower’s 56th-floor observation deck by high-speed lift (it takes just 38 seconds) offers magnificent views over the city. It also provides excellent educational resources.
Musée du Louvre – As renowned for its distinctive glass pyramids as it is for its vast archaeological collection, Egyptian antiquities and sculptures including the Venus de Milo. You’ll find a wealth of artistic masterpieces including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Rubens, van Dyck and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa.
Musée d’Orsay – Devoted entirely to French art from 1848 to 1914, with an extensive Impressionist collection considered the finest worldwide. Converted from a huge railway station, the Orsay plays host to canvasses by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Manet, Sisley and Dégas, as well as boasting the best Van Gogh collection outside Holland.
Musée de l’Orangerie – Most famous for its stunning collection of Monet’s giant water lilies panels donated to the French State in 1922.
Musée Marmottan Monet – Contains the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet including a large number of paintings originating from his years at Giverny. There’s also more than 300 works by Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin and Sisley as well as over 300 miniature mediaeval illuminations.
Centre Pompidou – One of the most recognisable buildings in Paris, the Centre Pompidou is best known as the home of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, boasting one of the world’s finest permanent collections of 20th-century art.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – Not to be confused with the Musée National d’Art Moderne (situated inside the Centre Pompidou), this cultural institution contains some 10,000 works of modern art originating from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Musée Rodin – Housed in the Hôtel Biron, where Rodin spent his final years, see some of his greatest sculptures on display here.
Musée Picasso Paris – Comprising over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces, this collection is the only one in the world to present both Picasso’s complete painted, sculpted, engraved and illustrated œuvre and a meticulous record of the artist’s creative process.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Houses one of the world’s largest decorative arts collections with some 531,459 works divided into five chronological sections (the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the 17th and 18th centuries, the 19th century, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and Modern and Contemporary) and five thematic sections (graphic arts, jewellery, toys, wallpaper and glassware).
La Défense – Paris’ version of the City of London, it’s here that you’ll find the capital’s high rise buildings, major commercial institutions and the Grande Arche de la Défense, in fact more of a cut-out cube than an arch!
Catacombs – 20 metres beneath Paris lie a labyrinthine collection of catacombs dating back to the late 18th-century. Today, visitors follow an 800-metre-long path lined by the skeletal remains of some six million Parisians, including many notable writers, artists and victims of the French Revolution.
Musée Carnavalet – Situated in the Marais, this museum covers the history of Paris from the pre-Roman era up to the modern times.
Conciergerie – Built on the Ile de la Cité, this was France’s once most notorious prison, now a museum. It is here that some 2,500 victims of the French Revolution (including Marie Antoinette) spent their final days before facing the guillotine.
Musée du Quai Branly – Set on the banks of the River Seine, this museum displays some 3,500 works of art including costumes, masks and musical instruments from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Paris school trip images courtesy of CRT Paris Ile de France, G Targat, Jarry, Tripelon.

 

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – Located in Parc de la Villette, this is the biggest science museum in Europe and receives around five million visitors each year. Inside, there’s an extensive array of permanent exhibitions devoted to all things science.
Palais de la Découverte – Exhibits here are devoted to astronomy and astrophysics, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics and life science.
Universcience – Housed both at the Palais de la Découverte and at the Cité des Sciences, the aim of Universcience is to unlock knowledge, promote the culture of science and engage in scientific reasoning.
Musée Marie Curie – Set in the Curie Institute Pavilion, a leading cancer treatment hospital and biological medical research centre, it was here that Curie directed the world’s first studies and treatment of cancers.
Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle – One of the best of its kind across Europe, Paris’ Natural History Museum comprises 14 different sites across France. Amongst its Parisian highlights are the Jardin des Plantes, the Grand Gallery of Evolution, the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy and the Musée de l’Homme.
Boulevard Haussmann – An attractive, tree-lined boulevard where you’ll find the Printemps and Galeries Lafayette department stores as well as the Musée Jacquemart-André.
Forum des Halles – Set close to the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, this underground shopping centre was for centuries Paris’ central marketplace.
Porte de Clignancourt Flea Market – Known also as les Puces de Saint-Ouen, Clignancourt is reputedly the largest antiques market in the world.
Rungis International Market – Said to be the world’s largest food market, take a walk through this vast wholesale food emporium and learn about produce seasonality, supply chain management and stock control.
UNESCO – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has its headquarters in Paris; a two-hour visit here comprises a film screening, a talk by a Secretariat official on UNESCO’s aims and activities and a guided tour.
Fragonard Musée du Parfum – Comprising two sites, the first, Le Musée du Parfum, presents a historical overview of perfumery objects whilst the second, the Théâtre Musée des Capucines, recounts 3,000 years of perfume making through a selection of Fragonard perfume bottles. There’s also a miniature factory.
Palais Galliera – Also known as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, this beautiful building presents a series of temporary exhibitions all centred around a fashion theme.
Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent – As well as a series of temporary exhibitions, you also have the opportunity to take a very special tour of the designer’s studio, see his patterns, production boards, catwalk photos and clippings.
Musée Gourmand du Chocolat (Choco Story) – Recounts 4,000 years of the origin of cocoa and evolution of chocolate production. Visits of course include a tasting, whilst workshops allow you to make your own chocolate creations.
Le Grand Rex – One of the largest cinemas in Europe and a shrine to Parisian cinema, take an interactive tour going behind the scenes and finding out what’s behind a projection screen, seeing an identical reproduction of a projection booth and learning about the many special effects and tricks used in film making.
Forum des Images – Situated in Forum des Halles, this centre was created to compile an audiovisual memory bank of Paris, celebrating cinema and moving pictures in all its many forms. As well as a general programme of films, visitors can privately watch one of the Forum’s 7,000 films, TV series and documentaries.
Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – Located at Le Bourget Airport, you’ll see over 150 flying machines from balloons to the Arianne spaceship.
Basilique du Saint-Denis – Regarded as France’s most important cathedral situated just north of Paris, this basilica was the coronation site and final resting place for practically all of the French monarchy, with 42 kings, 32 queens and 63 princes and princesses all buried here.
Stade de France – Situated in Saint-Denis, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of this famous sporting stadium and concert venue. Visit the changing rooms, run through the tunnel and onto the pitch and enjoy the memorabilia on display in the museum including sports jerseys and signed guitars. You’ll also see Stadefrance Boulevard, a star-studded walk of fame.

Elsewhere

Disneyland Paris – Situated 32km east of Paris, let loose amongst the wonderful world of Disney. Meet your favourite cartoon characters, ride the rides or take a tour of the park and the Walt Disney Studios or go behind the scenes to see a snapshot of what’s involved in the running of this popular resort.
Palace of Versailles – Set 20km southwest of Paris, the Sun King’s sumptuous palace was a benchmark against which all palaces were modelled and the envy of the royal courts of Europe. The formal gardens are as opulent as the palace itself and the interior is quite simply a sight to behold. Prepare for the wow factor!
Giverny – Enjoying global renown as the home of Claude Monet, Giverny comes alive during the summer months with visitors flocking from around the world to walk amongst the beautifully restored and lovingly maintained house and gardens where the Impressionist master lived and worked, creating some of his most famous paintings.
Musée des Impressionismes Giverny – Positioned next door to Monet’s house and gardens, this museum works in partnership with the Fondation Monet, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris to present a series of temporary exhibitions dedicated to Impressionist art.
Museum of National Resistance – Situated in Champigny-sur-Marne, this museum brings together the largest collection of documents and artefacts relating to the French resistance during the Second World War, exploring the history of the French Resistance from its inception up to Liberation.