This History school/college trip to Paris and Marseille brings the textbooks to life. From ancient architecture to the French Revolution to World War Two, here’s our History educational tour program in France at a glance:
- Day 1 in Paris: River Seine boat ride, climb the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero esplanade
- Day 2: French Revolution city tour, National Archives, Montparnasse Tower
- Day 3: WW2 talk, WW2 tour, pétanque, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur Basilica
- Day 4 in Marseille: flight, migration city tour, scavenger hunt, Chateau d’If
- Day 5: Arles, Notre-Dame Basilica
Like what you see? Discover France’s rich history in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips 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: The National Archives
Kick the day off with a historical city tour. Stop off at all of Paris’ must-sees to learn about the social and political upheaval during the French Revolution.
Visit the National Archives, which dates back to the French Revolution, to see original copies of famous documents you’ve studied. It’s home to the Declaration on the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, a human rights document from the French Revolution.
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 3: WW2 Paris
You’ve studied World War Two, but it’s crucial to get a sense of what it was like for real people. Today, you’re listening to a talk led by a WW2 veteran’s grandson, who will share his relative’s experiences and memories. Then, embark on a tour of some important WW2 sights. Imagine what life was like for a Parisian during the war.
Get cultural as you play a game of pétanque (a French game similar to bowls) on the banks of the River Seine. After dinner, explore the area of Montmartre and watch the sunset from the Sacré Coeur Basilica.
Day 4: Chateau d’If, Marseille
Jump on a short flight and check into your accommodation in Marseille. Get acquainted with the city with a walking tour, in which you’ll learn about the history of migration here. Then, take part in a Learning Adventure scavenger hunt!
Head to the Chateau d’If, the fortress turned prison that inspired Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.
Day 5: Arles Day Trip
Today, you’re in Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Town. Explore the area and examine all the town’s historic architecture. You can still see traces of Roman architecture, there to remind you of the time when Arles was an influential power in Ancient Roman. Roman emperors used to use it as headquarters during military campaigns!
Once you’ve refuelled with a picnic at Jardin Hortus, visit some of the locations that inspired Van Gogh. He loved Arles’ landscapes and produced 300 works of art in his time there.
Make your way back to Marseille where you can explore the Notre-Dame Basilica and admire the spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Day 6: Homebound
It might be home time, but it’s not over. France’s fascinating history will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Learn about the history of migration in two major cities in France.
Describe the long-term and short-term causes and effects of WW2 in France.
Guaranteed in-depth experiential learning, as students conceptualize the traditions and customs in each historical time period.
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