History Trips to Paris
The birthplace of Revolution, Paris is the perfect destination to learn about the modern nation state. The city has a wealth of historical monuments and landmarks that will give students an insight into a pivotal period in European history, giving rise to the motto "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity" which is still so entwined in the ethos of modern-day France. With so much to see, from the awesome Chateau de Versailles and the Carnavalet Museum, to the La Conciergerie military fortress that later became a prison, Paris is alive with historical treasures.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5
- The Sun King: Louis XIV
- France and Europe, 1643-1715
- France in Revolution, 1774-1815
Our 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 learning outcomes.
|1||Depart school for Calais||Arrive Paris and check in||Sightseeing cruise on River Seine|
|2||Visit to the La Concierge||Visit to Les Invalides||Meal in a local restaurant|
|3||Visit to Chateau de Versailles||Visit to Paris Montparnasse - Top of the City|
|4||Depart by coach for Calais. Free time at Citi Europe for shopping||Arrive at School|
|Morning||Depart school for Calais|
|Afternoon||Arrive Paris and check in|
|Evening||Sightseeing cruise on River Seine|
|Morning||Visit to the La Concierge|
|Afternoon||Visit to Les Invalides|
|Evening||Meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit to Chateau de Versailles|
|Evening||Visit to Paris Montparnasse - Top of the City|
|Morning||Depart by coach for Calais. Free time at Citi Europe for shopping|
|Evening||Arrive at School|
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Reasons to Visit
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.
Les Invalides - Army Museum
Napoleon is buried here under the golden dome of Les Invalides and the museum contains a variety of memorabilia relating to military history. There is a World War One room that is particularly moving and a recently added World War Two room. Different types of guided tours are available.
An intimidating military fortress that later became a prison, Marie-Antoinette was held here during the Revolution while awaiting her guillotine execution.
Les Catacombe de Paris
As momentum for the Revolution was building in Paris land was becoming increasingly scarce and the cemeteries were becoming overcrowded. The government of the time made the decision to move the remains of the dead to the empty lime-stone quarries. The work was completed in 1860, by which time an estimated five to six million skeletons had been relocated.
National Resistance Museum
The resistance museum covers five floors of a 19th century villa. The history starts at the top with the pre war political background, and continues through the defeat in 1940, German occupation and the rise of the maquis to victory. Most exhibits are in French.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) offers presentations on a variety of subjects such as AIDS research, third world education and homelessness. Groups can also watch a video on UNESCO’S work worldwide and tour the building. At the end of the visit students are given the chance to discuss issues raised with a UNESCO representative.
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.
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.
Paris Montparnasse – Top of the City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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