School Trips to Paris

College and school trips to Paris are always a popular choice as Paris has long been synonymous with style and glamour as well as being the intellectual, artistic and political capital of France.

No school trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower and the majestic Arc de Triomphe commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his victories.

For Art lovers there is the Musée d’Orsay located in the glorious former Gare d’Orsay railway station, which in itself is an art nouveau showpiece. The Musée Picasso Paris collection is one of the biggest museums in the world and is home to the most famous painting of them all, the Mona Lisa. For modern and contemporary art there is the Centre Pompidou displaying masterpieces of some of the most iconic figures in modern art like Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse, Chagall, Léger, Miro, Dali, Dubuffet and Klein.

Paris is known as the fashion capital of the world, so there is plenty of fashion and design inspiration to be found. At the Yves Saint Laurent Museum there is an ever-changing display of his work and the Fashion & Textiles Museum has a fantastic array of couture dating from the 17th Century to the 20th Century. Students can even attend the Galeries Lafayette Fashion Show to see the latest trends or visit a fashion designers workshop.

Finally, for a bit of fun, Disneyland® Resort Paris is perfect for a one or two day visit or take a ride on the FlyView® Paris through the magic of virtual-reality.

On an educational visit to Paris you have so many choices, whatever your subject area. Below you will find further information on potential places to visit as well as the opportunity to browse by specific subject area.

When booking your college or school trip to Paris with us, our experienced Tour Consultants can guide you to make the right choices by recommending appropriate educational visits and/or cultural and enrichment activities to add a bit of fun!

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Reasons to Visit

Eiffel Tower

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.

Montparnasse 56

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.

Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is situated in Paris on the left bank of the Seine, and houses French art dating from 1848 to 1915. The Museum is located in the glorious former Gare d’Orsay railway station, which in itself is an art nouveau showpiece as it is a converted Beaux-Arts train station, and a fantastic display of French architecture.

Within the gallery, you can expect to find the largest collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and art nouveau movements spanning the 1840s to 1914. Some of the highlights are Manet’s On the Beach and Woman with Fans: Monet’s Garden at Giverny and many more.

Sacre Coeur

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.

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.

FlyView Paris

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.

Picasso Museum

The Musée Picasso Paris collection comprises of over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces. The quality and size of the artist is shown by the diversity of the collection. The Museum is home to the only collection in the world that allows you to follow the creative process of the artist using all the work painted, carved, engraved and drawn by Picasso including sketches, studies, drawings, sketchbooks, engravings, photographs, illustrated books, movies and documents.

The museum gives real insight into the artist and allows students to immerse themselves in Picasso’s work.

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.

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.


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 representative from the organisation. Visits are only available in the mornings

Centre Pompidou

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.

Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie is located in the heart of Paris in the Tuileries gardens. It was renovated in 2006 and now holds two highly prestigious collections; the first of these collections being Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies), this creation is both intimate and monumental.

Les Nymphéas are the expression and result of Claude Monet’s artistic thought and the painting is displayed across two oval rooms, with the aim of creating endless reflection for visitors.

Foundation Claude Monet

Claude Monet lived for forty-three years in his house in Giverny from 1883 to 1926. Monet’s passion for gardening as well as for colours is shown in the beautiful gardens of the house, which Monet conceived as true works of art. Two key pieces being his water garden and flower garden.

As you walk through his house and gardens, it is still possible to feel the atmosphere that reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionism, while marvelling at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest source of inspiration. Many of his Japanese etchings are on show giving further insight into the painter’s creative talent.

Musée Rodin

The Musée Rodin is situated within the Hôtel Biron, an 18th century mansion close to Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. The museum, which opened in 1919, houses Auguste Rodin’s collections displaying a range of vocations such as drawings, engravings, paintings, ceramics, photographs and antiques. The museum also houses a number of works by Camille Claudel.

The French garden at the museum is a must-see, with the sculptures ‘The Thinker’, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ and ‘The Gates of Hell’.

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.

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.

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.

Guided Tour of La Defense

Paris' equivalent of 'The City' is the La Defense area of Paris. Students will be taken on a specialised guided tour of the financial district in order to see how it works first hand. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and will give students an opportunity to experience Paris as a centre of commerce.

Fragonard Musee du Parfum

This visit provides an insight into the business strategy and marketing plan of the company, explained to you through a remarkable collection of perfume items. You can also discover the different techniques of perfume manufacture.

Rungis Market

The largest wholesale market in the world for fresh products. Students will be shown an audio-visual presentation and given a tour of the food halls. The market sells a wide variety of products including meat, fruit, vegetables, milk products, plants and flowers. A great opportunity to learn how produce is sold and distributed.

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.

Fashion Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through the most fashionable districts of Paris. Start near the Palais Royal, learn about the history of fashion, pass fashionable upmarket boutiques and vintage shops and hear about some of the most famous designers such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior.

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

An ever-changing display of Yves Saint Laurent’s work will present the Foundation’s rich and unique heritage. Approximately fifty models will be exhibited, along with various accessories, sketches, photographs, and videos. The salons where the collections were shown and the historic studio where the couturier worked will offer visitors a glimpse of his creative process.

Galeries Lafayette Fashion Show

Galeries Lafayette has a weekly show, every Friday at 3pm throught the year. This 30 minute show is a great opportunity to see the latest trends, direct from the catwalks of one of the world's most fashionable destinations. Paris really is the home of coulture!

Fashion & Textiles Museum

This museum houses a fantastic array of couture dating from the 17th Century to the 20th Century. It was moved as part of the Grand Louvre project to a much bigger building.

Première Vision Textiles Exhibition

One of the world’s premier fashion and textile show, this has been running since 1973. The exhibition occurs twice yearly once in February and then again in September. On the last day of the Exhibition the organisers make a limited number of places available to students studying a fashion or textile related course.

Opera Bastille & Palais Garnier Guided Tours

The Palais Garnier is the 13th theatre to house the Paris Opera since it was founded by Louis XIV in 1669. It was built on the orders of Napoleon III. The Opera Bastille with its unique stage facilities, integrated scenery, costume and accessory workshops, as well as its numerous work areas and rehearsal rooms, is a great modern theatre.These behind the scenes guided tours give backstage access to the wings, stage and rehearsal areas.

Paris Theatre Performances

See classics such as Cyrano de Bergerac, Around the World in 80 Days and even Daguerre’s adaptation of The Magic Flute all in beautiful surroundings amongst local Parisians. English subtitles are available, projected above the stage, allowing for perfect understanding. A meet and greet with the cast and crew is also available after the show!

Cinema Rex

Cinema Rex with its 2800 seats is one of Europe’s landmark cinemas. The tour takes the students behind the scenes to view special effects, sound effects, projection rooms and reconstituted displays from major films.

Lost in Frenchlation

Lost in Frenchlation offer private screenings of French films with English subtitles in a typical Parisian cinema to give groups the opportunity to learn about French language, culture and style through one of the country's most well-renown arts! You can request movies relevant to the group's curriculum (subject to availability) and film-based educational questionnaires are offered with every screening

Paris Story

Go back in time 2000 years with the greatest multimedia show ever produced about Paris! Your guide across the centuries of Parisian history will be a holographic Victor Hugo, the French poet; novelist and dramatist who will help you discover the joys and tragedies that have moulded the City of Light.

The show is full of exciting and breathtaking images that will give you an insight into the soul of Paris. Simultaneous translation in English is available at each showing.

Forum des Images

The Forum des Images was created in 1988 to compile an audio-visual memory bank of Paris. It has celebrated cinema and moving pictures of all kinds since its creation. The Forum des Images has all kinds of films, such as Fiction films, documentaries, animated films, short and feature films and television series.

With one of the most unique film collections in the world with over 5000 hours of filmed material it is a cultural hub of France’s film history. Films from 1895 up to the present day in a wide variety of formats and genres: feature films shot in Paris, shots from the early years of cinema and advertisements.

The Opéra Garnier

Architectural masterpiece, the Palais Garnier is known worldwide. Discover this temple of Opera and Dance. Explore the great staircase, the foyers, the museum &the auditorium . The guided tours include a general visit of the theatre with a presentation detailing its history, its architecture and the different activities that take place within it.

The Opera Bastille

Opéra Bastille is Paris’ newest opera building opened in 1989. The building itself has been surrounded in controversy since its conception, some have called the architectural structure a masterpiece, while others have criticised it as a futuristic grey elephant.

The Opéra Bastille was intended to be the opera for the people. The behind the scenes guided tour gives access to most parts of the complex, including the wings, stage and rehearsal areas and gives the group the chance to decide for themselves about the building.

Louis Pasteur Museum

The Pasteur Museum provides a fascinating insight into three aspects of the life and work of Louis Pasteur all in one place. The apartment where he spent the last seven years of his life. The scientific souvenir room which traces his major discoveries based on the original scientific instruments he used. A magnificent Byzantine-style crypt where Louis Pasteur is buried alongside his wife. Museum tours last 1 hour and are led by a museum guide.

Le Palais de la Découverte

Part of Universcience, this museum was founded by physicist Jean Perrin in 1937 and has a daily programme of some sixty presentations linked to its exhibitions and events to get to grips with science in a vivid and exciting way. The museum has permanent exhibitions focusing on Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Computing and Digital Technology.

Marie Curie Museum

The museum presents a themed tour revealing the life and times of a family of unusual physicists and their huge contribution to science. The place may be modest in size, but it has immense historical and scientific value and pays homage to this great French physicist who discovered radioactivity and her entire family, two generations of which won the Nobel Prize.

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.

Muséum National D’histoire Naturelle

The Muséum National D’histoire Naturelle encompasses 12 sites, 4 of which are in Paris:

Musée De L’homme (Museum Of Mankind) is dedicated to the understanding of man, his past… and his future.

Parc Zoologique De Paris shows animals in their natural habitats from the Patagonian pampas to the dry forests of Madagascar.

Jardin Des Plantes has been open to the public for almost 400 years and has an incredible variety of plant shapes, colours and scents.

Arboretum De Versailles-Chèvreloup, located just outside Paris, has 2,500 species of tree and 8,000 greenhouse plants from all over the world. 

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