Cross-Curricular School Trip To Paris
Paris is the classic school trip – so near yet so charmingly different in culture, students of all subjects won’t forget it.
A view of the city from Tour Montparnasse
A sightseeing cruise down the River Seine
The Musée de Louvre, largest museum in the world
The mirror-dome omnimax cinema at Cité des Sciences
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Look out from Paris’ highest roof terrace on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower for unsurpassed views of the Eiffel Tower and iconic Parisian skyline. Students can explore the city’s layout and beautiful architecture, while enjoying the panoramic views, interactive exhibitions and 360° Café that make this a highlight on any tour to Paris.
Tip: Educational work material available.
The largest museum in the world, this is the home of the Mona Lisa plus works by masters from the most important and exciting movements in the world, and essential French works such as those by Jacques-Louis David. Students can also expand their contextual studies by viewing the museum’s vast collection of Islamic art and artefacts from the Middle East.
Tip: Pre-booking is compulsory
Take to the River Seine for a relaxing tour of some of the main sights of Paris. Hopping on an open deck or glass-sided boat at Pont de l’Alma, you cruise past The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Notre-Dame, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre amongst many other sites. Tickets are valid for any cruise, so this excursion is very flexible for your itinerary.
An impressive monument of Classical inspiration, this celebration of Napoleonic success provided a model for decades of nationalist building projects. Since 1920, it has also contained beneath its vault the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, commemorating those who died in World War I.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart dominates the city skyline thanks to its position on top of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. The Basilica of Montmartre was dedicated to atone for the sins of the Paris Commune. It is a building of great beauty reflecting the hopes, fears and attitudes of fin-de-siècle France. Behind the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre with its artists’ colony.
The beautiful Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame was completed in 1345, badly damaged in the Revolution, and restored in the 19th century. You can climb the 387 stone steps of the south tower up to the famous bell tolled by the fictional Quasimodo, in Victor Hugo’s 1831 Notre-Dame de Paris. (An entrance fee applies to climb the steps).
As well as housing the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, the Centre Pompidou’s unique design allows students to explore the presentation of art and also gives them an opportunity to broaden their own influences. Set in the Beaubourg area, the external architecture draws crowds of visitors in its own right. Please note: Morning guided visits only for students during 2019 due to renovation works.
Tip: Pre-booking is compulsory for groups
Students can wander through the changing rooms, stroll alongside the pitch, and experience the VIP stands of this huge 80,000-seater venue. There’s an exhibition on the Stadium’s construction, its events and its daily routine, and guided visits can be focused on a preferred theme such as business studies or the design and technology of the stadium.
Europe’s biggest science museum has one goal: to spread scientific and technical knowledge amongst the public. Set in the Parc de la Villette, its attractions include the Explora Exhibition, a planetarium, a permanent mathematics exhibition and La Géode, a striking mirror-finished dome that holds an Omnimax theatre.
The Baroque complex known as Les Invalides was built in 1670 to house disabled soldiers and part of it is still a veteran’s residence and hospital. It is also home to The Musée de l’Armée with a huge collection of artifacts from antique armour to weapons. You can take a guided or unaccompanied tour that also visits the Dome Church containing Napoleon’s tomb. Photo © Edwin 11
For those looking for a particularly French experience, head to the Musée D’Orsay, set in a former railway station. It boasts the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat and Gauguin. Students can also view sculptures, furniture and photography.
Tip: Pre-booking is essential for groups
Based on the famous Astérix books, this is the second-largest theme park in France. It is set in the forest 30km from Paris and has lots of attractions to keep students happy, from Goudurix, the roller-coaster that turns you upside down seven times; to log flumes, river rafting and a ghost train. Themed areas range from Gaul to Ancient Greece and Egypt. There is live entertainment and a dolphinarium (seasonal opening).
The main park of Disneyland® Paris, the action is spread out across five different themed lands. There’s more than 40 rides and attractions including Space Mountain, the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast® and Pirates of the Caribbean, along with spectacular parades and shows.
Tip: Use the free fast pass service to cut down on queuing times – available for most popular attractions.
This theme park uncovers the magical worlds of cinema and television. Students can explore four studio lots, from animation at Toon Studio to car stunts at Backlot, Hollywood blockbusters at Frontlot, plus the secrets of film sets and costumes at Production Courtyard®. High-octane rides include The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Crush’s Coaster. Photo © Disney.
This 50 minute widescreen film takes you behind the scenes of the major Parisian monuments and is a great introduction to the city. Witness the history of Paris from a different perspective and uncover the city’s most secret places. The film theatre also has the first interactive 3D model of Paris ‘Paris Miniature’ to discover the succession of city walls and both noteworthy sites.
A self-guided walk takes students on a discovery of the wonderful city of Paris. The quest, punctuated with a wide range of head-scratching tasks and challenges, takes in many iconic sights including The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Grand Palais. An enjoyable mix of treasure hunt-style clue solving and team activities keep students engaged until the very end when the winning team is finally revealed. Enrichment or MFL version available.
Take a fully immersive Virtual Reality flight over Paris on a jetpack and discover the city in a way you have never seen it before! Individual moving flight simulators and last generation VR headsets allow 360-degree vision as you ‘fly’ over the city. The attraction affords a unique experience of the city and its monuments using drone footage. (Please note some health restrictions apply)
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the language, culture, history, art, architecture and geography
- Practise speaking a foreign language
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Broaden the mind with the study of another culture
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another language and culture
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends
- Understand more about history, art and architecture
- Gain personal organisation skills, co-operation skills and work with others in a variety of environments