Cultural & Enrichment Trips to Paris
A cultural and enrichment trip prepares a student for the real world and is character building. What better way to also educate and inspire students than taking them on a trip to Paris which has long been synonymous with style and glamour as well as being the intellectual, artistic and political capital of France.
Paris is one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science and the arts. It is especially known for its museums and architectural landmarks such at the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Here are some of the benefits a cultural and enrichment trip can provide:
- Develop a sense of responsibility.
- Be character building, develop students’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-belief.
- Help improve social/interpersonal skills - the ability to communicate or interact well with other people.
- The opportunity to experience cultures, respect differences, and develop new friendships with their peers.
- Broaden their horizons and knowledge.
- Encourages problem solving and teamwork.
- Provides fond memories and long-lasting positive benefits.
Trips can benefit the teacher as well as student! Teacher’s get to observe the student in a different environment and see how they view the world; it can also generate ideas for the teacher to bring back to the classroom.
For extra fun you could extend your trip to include Disneyland® Paris, contact us to quote for your personalised itinerary.
This sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific requirements and learning outcomes.
|Day 1||Travel by coach right into the heart of Paris and drop off your bags.||Head out on a Guided Walking Tour of the city in French or English and then take a cruise along the River Seine to take in all the sights whilst listening to the on-board commentary.|
|Day 2||Take your pick from one of the excellent museums or galleries; the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay or Cite des Sciences.||Climb the Montparnasse Tower for some fabulous views over the city.|
|Day 3||Soak up the atmosphere of a Parisian market and converse with the locals.||Take a backstage tour of one of the many popular theatres and finish with a performance with English subtitles.|
|Day 4||Visit the Arc de Triomphe.||Free time and shopping on the Champs Elysees before you board the coach to return home.|
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
|Morning||Travel by coach right into the heart of Paris and drop off your bags.|
|Afternoon||Head out on a Guided Walking Tour of the city in French or English and then take a cruise along the River Seine to take in all the sights whilst listening to the on-board commentary.|
|Morning||Take your pick from one of the excellent museums or galleries; the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay or Cite des Sciences.|
|Afternoon||Climb the Montparnasse Tower for some fabulous views over the city.|
|Morning||Soak up the atmosphere of a Parisian market and converse with the locals.|
|Afternoon||Take a backstage tour of one of the many popular theatres and finish with a performance with English subtitles.|
|Morning||Visit the Arc de Triomphe.|
|Afternoon||Free time and shopping on the Champs Elysees before you board the coach to return home.|
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- Return Coach Travel
- 2-nights B&B accommodation
- Specialist group travel insurance
- Bespoke itinerary planning service
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- 24/7 support whilst you are away
Places to Visit
Probably the most famous of all the Paris landmarks, the Eiffel Tower majestically overlooks all of Paris. This visit can easily be combined with a cruise on the Seine as the starting point for Bateaux Parisians is at the foot of the Tower. There are 3 levels which can be accessed by foot or by lift.
Seine River Cruise
A tour along the river Seine will offer students the chance to see most of Paris’s sights and institutions from the river. A commentary is available in English to explain the history and background of the attractions.
Arc de Triomphe
At the end of the impressive Champs Elysees, this famous landmark was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his victories. Accessed by a subway, there is also an excellent view from the top.
Take in the very best view of the Eiffel Tower and everything else Paris has to offer on the amazing 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower to get the best panoramic views.
With its distinctive white dome, the Sacre Coeur sits proudly next to Montmartre. It is possible to access the crypt and the dome, with the view from the top being quite incredible.
Sightseeing Tour of Paris
See all of Paris's main attractions including the Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame with commentary from an experienced guide. Tours can be tailored to your specific curriculum needs e.g. a fashion tour.
Disneyland® Resort Paris
Disneyland Resort Paris with its new Walt Disney Studios is perfect for a one or two day visit. The park is divided into five lands with a range of shows, roller coasters, rides and other attractions. There is also the chance to meet the famous Disney characters! The Walt Disney Studios explains the behind the scenes magic of film, television, animation and entertainment.
Grande Arche at La Defense
This impressive structure was built to commemorate the bicentenary of the Revolution in 1989 and is now a major tourist attraction. There is a high speed glass lift to take the public to the roof where there is an impressive view of Paris.
Cité des Sciences et de L’industrie
Part of Universcience, this ultra-modern science museum at La Vilette aims to promote public interest in science, research and industry. Explora, the museum’s permanent exhibition includes themes on the themes of the Brain, Man & Genes, Transport & Mankind, Energy, The Universe, Mathematics and Sounds. There are interactive exhibits on language and communication and the opportunity to be a weather reader and to explore optical illusions and 3D images. The site also has a planetarium, submarine and IMAX theatre.
Get a unique birds-eye view of Paris’ most famous landmarks and monuments as you ‘fly’ over the city. Through the magic of virtual reality technology and a dynamic moving platform you will feel all the sensations of real flight without leaving the ground! Experience the city of Paris from a completely new perspective, explore the heights of the Eiffel Tower, look down on the Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and the River Seine. A sightseeing tour like no other. A souvenir photo is included with your visit.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre Museum, former residence of the kings of France, has for two centuries been one of the biggest museums in the world. The museum’s collections spread over eight departments: Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Paintings, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Prints and Drawings from the middle ages to 1848.
The Louvre is entered through a modern Paris landmark, the glass pyramid in the court of the old Royal Palace. It is home to the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa as well as a spectacular collection of art that spans many different cultures.
The Centre Pompidou houses the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. With over 100,000 pieces of work, it displays the masterpieces of some of the most iconic figures in modern art like Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse, Chagall, Léger, Miro, Dali, Dubuffet and Klein.
Ranges of famous contemporary artists are housed here too, such as Buren, Boltanski, Opalka, Twombly, Hantaï, Tallon, Widmer and Garouste. They also welcome an interesting selection of temporary exhibitions that highlight the main actors and movements in the history of 20th century art.
The Centre Pompidou allows students to immerse themselves in contemporary and modern art.
Paris Street Art Tour
Located in the 13th district, an outdoor museum with works from artists from the world around including Obey, Seth, Inti, Vihls, D-Face, C215. Murals, street tags and graffiti and an insight into this fascinating world of art exploring the different styles and learning about its history.
World Cup Stadium 'Stade de France'
Experience a behind the scenes tour of this 80,000 seater stadium in St Denis (just north of Paris) which hosted the 1998 World Cup. The 'Behind the Scenes Tour' is a full guided tour of the stadium & the visitor centre with commentary on all aspects of the project - technology, architecture, sport & business.
Musee Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco Story
Discover the wonderful world of chocolate and its history of four millennia in this gourmet museum. Spread over 3 floors the museum retraces the history of cocoa and presents the different types of manufacture & tasting of chocolate throughout times. This visit includes a film, a genuine chocolate making demonstration, and a tasting.
Musée de l' Air et de l'Espace
Occupying over 150,000 square metres of land and hangers, the Musee d'l Air et de l'Espace is one of the oldest aviation museums in the world. Their collection includes more than 150 aircrafts and a wide range of aviation paraphernalia dating back to the 16th century. The museum is the only place in world with two Concorde planes on display as well as 5 space rockets.
Chateau de Versailles
The palace, begun in the late 1600s, was the dream of Louis XIV and home of the French monarchy until the demise of the aristocracy. The mammoth estate could accommodate 20,000 people and its grounds cover over 800 hectares. Famous sights include the Hall of Mirrors and the Apollo Salon.
Eiffel Tower Behind the Scenes Tour
A qualified English speaking guide will take you to the machinery room which controls the lifts and explain how this fascinating system works. In the old bunker a few feet underground the history of the tower will be told and on the technical gallery, situated under the first floor, you will be able to admire the view over the square 57 metres above ground.
Artisan French Bakery Visit
French bread and the classic baguette have been staples of French cuisine for hundreds of years; and just as these breads have stood the test of time, so too has the tradition of bread-making and baking in France.
We invite you to enter into the kitchen of a bakery to see for yourself the bakers in their element and how they work. You'll learn the bread-making traditions and the origins of some of France’s most iconic products, and you’ll get to see the bakers at work as they fill the shelves of the bakery with breads and pastries for hungry clients.
This experience will help you not only appreciate bread-making in a new light; it will also help with recognizing the difference between products that are authentically handmade and those that are shipped in from industrial manufacturers. To complete your hour-long visit you’ll get to leave with a freshly-baked baguette and croissant to enjoy for later.
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