The French capital really needs no introduction. Its renowned attractions - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees, Sacre Coeur - are among the world's best loved and most photographed, while her museums - the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Musee Picasso - are amongst the most visited and most cherished.
A visit to Paris in December offers the opportunity to experience the city’s Christmas Markets as well as to enjoy its spectacular Christmas lights and decorations along its grand boulevards and on many of its buildings and shops.
Our included guided sightseeing and orientation tour will include the city’s famous sights, including the historic Île de la Cité, the Louvre, the fabled Left Bank of La Seine and of course the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ enduring symbol. The tour ends in the shadow of one of the latest additions’ to the Paris skyline, the ultramodern Grand Arche, near to the Christmas market at La Défense, which is one of the city’s best.
The Christmas market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the largest in the city. Stretching from the Champs-Elysées roundabout to the Place de la Concorde, wooden chalets selling a variety of wares including Yuletide trinkets, traditional gifts and speciality foods line both sides of this famous avenue alongside the trees adorned with sparkling lights. Elsewhere, scattered throughout the city there are other markets to enjoy including ancient Montmartre, Montparnasse Tower and Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the Left Bank.
An excellent way to view this wonderful city and its Christmas lights is to take a late afternoon or early evening Bateaux Mouches Cruise along the Seine River. Lasting for an hour, with English or French language commentary, this is a popular way to experience some of the city’s prestigious monuments and grand buildings from a unique vantage point. A route map for each member of the group is included.
Away from the city centre, the residence of the kings of France from Louis XIV to Louis XVI, Chateau de Versailles, houses the Royal Apartments, including the Hall of Mirrors and bedchambers of the King and Queen, as well as the apartments of Louis XV’s daughters and heir to the throne. The extensive gardens, the Grand and Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet are also well worth a visit, while a visit to the Place du Marché Notre Dame, Versailles’ open air market, is a must for its special atmosphere and fine selection of fresh vegetables, meat, cheese and other products.
Everyday, practical situations such as visiting and purchasing items from a local market or shop offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.
Travel by Coach
Your package includes:
- 2, 3 or 4 days exclusive coach hire including pick-up and drop‑off at your school or college
- 1, 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation in a selected hotel with private facilities
- Continental breakfast daily
- Return Channel crossings to Calais or Caen
- Transfers between your accommodation and chosen activities each day
- Guided sightseeing and orientation tour of Paris
- Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager throughout your trip
- Individually tailored itinerary
- Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
- 1 Free Staff Place for every 8 students
- All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges and VAT
- 24 hour emergency cover and support