Orchestra Tours to Paris, France
The bohemian, avant-garde and multicultural city of Paris boasts over 2,000 years of history, culture, art and music, so it’s no surprise that it welcomes over 44 million visitors every year making it one of the most visited cities in the world. Iconic monuments, mouth-watering patisseries, quaint back street cafes and a vibrant social calendar all combine in this striking city offering something for every member of your group to fall in love with.
Between performances on one of the city’s numerous, purpose-built bandstands or in one of the city’s exquisite churches there will be plenty of time to set off on the tourist trail. Climb the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of the city, enjoy a spot of shopping on the Champs Elysées, see the works of Monet and Rodin at the Musée d’Orsay and wander through the old artists’ quarter and up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Montmartre. If we could recommend any excursions in Paris they would be a boat trip down the River Seine, the perfect way to see many of Paris’ iconic sites, and an evening climb of the Eiffel Tower for an awesome view of the city by night.
France is famed for its food and drink and there is no better opportunity to sample the produce then in Paris, so be sure to take plenty of breaks to kick back and relax at one of the city’s many cafes or restaurants.
Where to Play
Our favourite venue:
The American Cathedral
The American Cathedral is one of our favourites – well known by the local community for the many concerts it holds each year, we find that our groups are often welcomed by an appreciative audience. The neo-Gothic architecture of the building produces a fantastic acoustic as well as a dramatic backdrop for orchestras wishing to perform a varied repertoire.
Another well known church in Paris, La Madeline plays host to regular afternoon recitals and attracts an audience made up of the local congregation. The striking exterior, which is surrounded by fifty two Corinthian columns, and the abundance of neo-classical features and charm create a spine-tingling ambience and an unforgettable performance experience.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Perform on the beautiful large bandstand amid the Italian style gardens of the Senat. The park is a hive of activity during the summer months with children renting small boats to steer across the Grand Bassin and visitors helping themselves to chairs and indulging in an ice cream whilst listening to your performance. Take time to relax and enjoy the gardens with their geometric patterns and numerous statues, take a seat at one of the chess tables or join in with a game of bowls.
Disneyland® Resort Paris – Magic Music Days
For a performance in bright and fun surroundings, a concert at Disneyland® Resort Paris on a Magic Music Day is an incredible musical experience! The Disney Magic Music Days programme offers performance opportunities to amateur groups with the aim of giving participants a glimpse into Disney’s professional world of entertainment. Groups are offered a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience of becoming a ‘Disney’ performer for the day! A co-ordination team is assigned to each group to guide them through the preparation for their ‘Disney Magic Music Days’ show, and will also take care of them on arrival and for the performance itself.
The Disney technical team is also on hand to add those finishing touches and make sure everything runs smoothly for a magical experience you will never forget! Participation in the Disney Magic Music Days programme is subject to audition.
Ask us about our special January Disney Weekend breaks, 18th-20th and 25th - 27th January 2013. From £208 per person.
What to Do
The old artists’ quarter is fascinating by day and night with superb views of the Parisian skyline and ample oppotunity for souvenir shopping. No trip is complete without a visit to the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Seine River Cruise and the Moulin Rouge
This is one excursion no band member will want to miss. A relaxing cruise along the River Seine whilst enjoying a drink, followed by an evening’s entertainment at the famous Moulin Rouge!
Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe
The Eiffel Tower is the defining symbol of Paris and the view from the top of this remarkable structure should not be missed. Closer to the ground, why not take a stroll up the Champs Elysees, enjoying the exquisite shops and cafés en route to the Arc de Triomphe.
Musée d’Orsay and Musée du Louvre
These world famous museums offer your band the opportunity to take in some of the world’s most famous works of art; from Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, to the more recent works of Monet and Renoir.
What they Did - Oldham Music Centre
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, concert venues, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
The group’s coach arrived in Paris mid-afternoon and after unloading their belongings and checking in to the hotel, the group headed out for a meal at Restaurant Cocoricco.
The group spent the morning rehearsing at their hotel before heading out to the Cité des Sciences, an interactive museum, with over 20 permanent and temporary exhibitions. In the early evening the group traveled by coach into central Paris where they enjoyed a Bateaux Mouches boat cruise.
Their third day in Paris was spent at Disneyland Paris where they took part in Disney’s Magic Music Days, performing on the Castle Stage at various times throughout the day. The perfect opportunity to perform to audiences from all over the world!
The group enjoyed a day in central Paris which included climbing the towers of Notre Dame, a concert in the Jardin du Luxembourg and an evening meal at Flunch Caulaincourt.
The group travelled to Versailles where they enjoyed a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. After lunch the group boarded their coach and headed to Montparnasse where they spent the afternoon exploring the area before an evening meal at a local restaurant. The evening excursion was a trip to the Eiffel Tower where they experienced spectacular views of the city by night.
The group spent most of their final day exploring Paris, including sights such as Montmartre and Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Their final concert was at the American Cathedral.
After a jam-packed week in Paris the group bid farewell to the bohemian city and travelled back to the UK.
Where to Stay
Just 30 minutes from attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Château de Versailles, this hotel is ideally situated for exploring the city. Its modern rooms come fully equipped and the restaurant serves a variety of dishes including a breakfast buffet and regional and traditional cuisine.
Prices from £299pp*
Price Based On...
- 4 day 3 night tour
- Bed and breakfast accommodation at the Campanile Chaville
- Coach travel with trailer for instruments
- The services of a courier
- 2 outdoor concerts
- Full itinerary planning service
- 45 paying passengers travelling in August 2014
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your group.
*Priced at January 2013 and dependant on exchange rates at time of booking.