Make The Most Of Your Trip By Exploring Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This optional trip will allow you to visit some of its most famous sites, and gain more from your cultural adventure in Europe. There's no need to know any French for this trip, but if you do learn French at school this will provide great opportunities to practice!

Sunday

We will depart Cambridge in the morning and reach Paris by early evening, where we will go for dinner. After dinner we will visit the nearby Seine River and Notre Dame cathedral - which sadly we can no longer go inside due to the 2019 fire.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Monday

We visit the historic Château de Vincennes before continuing to the picturesque Montmartre area of Paris, climbing the hill up to Sacre-Coeur where you may explore the many cafes, souvenir shops and art in the area. We head on to the Trocadero to enjoy fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower, before climbing to the top and having a picnic beneath it. We then enjoy a boat cruise along the Seine before returning to our hotel.

Time Paris - Monday
9 am Depart
10 am Enter Château de Vincennes
11:30 am Regroup at exit
12:30 pm Reach the top of Montmartre, go inside Sacre-Coeur
1 pm Lunch in Montmartre
2 pm Meet outside Sacre-Coeur to move on
2:30 pm Reach the Trocadero
4 pm Start climbing the Eiffel Tower
6:30 pm Get food for a picnic under the Eiffel Tower or dinner nearby
8 pm Boat cruise
9:30 pm Return to hotel
Time Paris - Monday
Sacre Coeur

Sacre-Coeur

Trocadero

View from the Trocadero

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

Tuesday

We take a break from historic buildings for a day out at Disneyland Paris! For those who have already visited a Disneyland park or who want to do something more cultural, we will offer an alternative day trip to Brussels instead. We will contact all students going to Paris in advance of the trip to find out whether you would prefer to go to Disneyland Paris or Brussels. A suitable number of staff will be sent to each trip.

Time Paris - Tuesday
8:45 am Depart
10 am Arrive at Disneyland Paris for its opening
11 pm Light and Fireworks Show
11:30 pm Regroup outside the Eurostar station to go home
Time Paris - Tuesday

Time Paris - Tuesday (Alternative)
8:45 am Depart
11 am Arrive in Brussels. Visit sites in the historic centre.
8 pm Leave Brussels
10:30 pm Back at hotel
Time Paris - Tuesday
Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Space Mountain

Space Mountain

Disneyland Fireworks

Disneyland fireworks

Wednesday

We start the day with a visit to the Paris Catacombs. We will continue to the Arc de Triomphe, and walk along the Champs-Elysees ("The most beautiful avenue in the world") to the Louvre, the most popular museum in the world. After a few hours exploring the Louvre we will have dinner near our hotel.

Time Paris - Wednesday
9:30 am Depart
10 am Get to Paris Catacombs
12 pm Regroup.
12:30 pm Reach the Arc de Triomphe
1 pm Walk down the Champs-Elysees and have lunch.
4:30 pm Reach the Louvre
7:30 pm Dinner near our hotel
Time Paris - Wednesday
Notre Dame

Paris Catacombs

Inside the Louvre

Inside the Louvre

The Louvre

Outside the Louvre

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Thursday

We go to the majestic Palace of Versailles, seeing the famous Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed to end World War I, and exploring the extensive gardens and fountains. We then visit the Musee d'Orsay to see some of the most famous impressionist art in the world, before visiting the former home of Auguste Rodin where his most famous sculpture The Thinker is placed, then going round the corner to Les Invalides, tomb of Emperor Napoleon.

Time Paris - Thursday
10 am Depart for Versailles
12 pm Get into Versailles
1 pm Go into the Gardens
2 pm Depart for the Musee d'Orsay
3 pm Get to the Musee d'Orsay
5 pm Meet at the exit to walk to the Rodin Museum
5:15 pm Reach the Rodin Museum
5:30 pm Meet at the exit to walk to Les Invalides
5:45 pm Get to Les Invalides. See Napoleon's tomb.
6:15 pm Meet at the exit to walk to the Champs de Mars.
7 pm Return to hotel
Time Paris - Thursday
Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Starry Night Over the Rhone

Starry Night Over the Rhone

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

The Thinker

The Thinker

Friday

We leave bright and early at 7 am to get to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for flights home.