Go beyond the conventional visit to Paris with our 10-day French Culture school trip, taking you to 3 of France’s major cities and under the skin of its national identity. Here’s our Culture educational tour program in France at a glance:
- Days 1-4 in Paris: River Seine boat ride, climb the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero esplanade, Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Sorbonne University lecture, stand-up comedy, Louvre scavenger hunt, Gilet Jaune/En Marche member talk, Montparnasse Tower, Saint-Ouen flea markets, French mime masterclass
- Days 5-7 in Lyon: city tour, Le Petit Prince reading, boucherie, Grotte de Choranche cave, Puy de Domes volcano hike, Lac Pavin crater lake swim
- Days 8-9 in Marseille: city tour, Savon de Marseille soap museum & factory, personalise your own soap, Chateau d’If, Marseille markets, Jardin du Pharo
Like what you see? Discover France’s vibrant culture in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our itineraries are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: The Eiffel Tower
Start your French adventure off, as you arrive at Gare du Nord/Charles de Gaulle airport and hop on public transport to your hotel. On the way, your Learning Adventure guide will give you some fascinating general knowledge about the area and get you up to speed with trip rules and safety guidelines.
Once you’ve checked into the hotel, it’s time to start exploring! Take a boat ride along the River Seine, where you’ll stop off to climb the Eiffel Tower. Look out onto the city you’re about to explore and pick out some of the places you’ll be visiting.
Enjoy the view of the iconic Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero esplanade at sunset and watch it twinkle as it lights up. End the day feasting on a well-earned welcome dinner and come together for a trip briefing to get you ready for the week’s adventures.
Day 2: Sorbonne University Lecture
Start your day with a city tour to stop off at all of Paris’ must-sees, like the Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Place de la Concorde, la Concergerie, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Place Vendôme, Le pont de l’Alma (Lady Di memorial) and Port de La Bourdonnais.
It’s going to be an intellectual afternoon. Head for Sorbonne University, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, to take a tour and enjoy a lecture on the subject of your choice.
Relax with a stand-up comedy routine in English, performed by a French comedian.
Day 3: Art & Politics
Enrich your art knowledge as you learn about French art at the Louvre. This is the world’s largest art museum, home to thousands of prehistory to 21st century works, where you can learn about how art has progressed through the ages. There’s way too much to see in one visit here, so get involved with a Learning Adventure scavenger hunt as a fun way to direct you to the most important pieces.
Delve deeper into the political climate of modern France. Listen to a Gilet Jaune (part of the yellow vest movement) or En Marche member as they talk about the current political situation in France.
Indulge at dinner in the Montparnasse area. Then, go up the Montparnasse Tower to watch the sun set over a panoramic view of the city.
Day 4: French Miming
Test out your French speaking skills as you haggle at the flea markets of Saint-Ouen.
Learn the art of mime in a French mime masterclass, discovering the history of the art along the way.
It’s your last evening in Paris! Celebrate the first leg of your Learning Adventure with a final Parisian dinner.
Day 5: Lyon Time
Head from Paris to Lyon and check into your accommodation.
Kick things off with a walking tour of the city. Listen to a reading of Le Petit Prince next to his statue and discuss the philosophy behind it.
Enjoy a classic dish in a boucherie.
Day 6: Grotte de Choranche Cave
Drive to Grotte de Choranche, a magnificent hidden cave south of Lyon. Learn more about the waters of the underground rivers and lakes, rock formations and stalactites.
Learn more about Lyon’s history and architectural landmarks during your evening meal.
Day 7: Volcano Hike
Drive to the Puy de Domes volcano, one of the youngest lava domes in the region. Challenge yourself to hike to the summit but treat yourself with views of other volcanoes along the way. After the hike, cool off by swimming in the crater lake of the beautiful Lac Pavin.
Day 8: Bonjour, Marseille!
Travel to Marseille, the multicultural second biggest city in France.
Introduce yourself to Marseille with a walking tour of the city to learn about the history of migration.
Learn about the famous Savon de Marseille soap from a museum and factory on the port. You can even personalise your own soap to show everyone back home!
Day 9: Chateau d’If
Head to the Chateau d’If, the fortress turned prison that inspired Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.
Practise your French skills as you pick up some last-minute souvenirs in the local markets.
Admire the sunset from the Jardin du Pharo with fantastic views of the city.
Day 10: Home Time
It might be home time, but it’s not over. France’s vibrant culture will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Develop an understanding of the local French traditions with hands-on interactive workshops.
Explore historic sites and learn about the local culture.
Experience the contrasts between urban and rural, modern and ancient France, as well as the different customs & cultures of the North and South.
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