French School Trips to Paris, France
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
Forever timeless and eternally beautiful, the city of Paris is always a language tour favourite. Endless in its collection of iconic landmarks, diverse cultural scenes and gourmet cuisine, you’ll lose your heart to Paris from the moment you arrive.
Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned visitor, there’s something around every corner; from the grandeur of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe to the charm of artisan bakeries, chic cafés and bustling markets. Explore the city’s treasures, all the while practising what has been taught in the classroom, learning new vocabulary and perfecting your French.Get in Touch
Paris Language Recommended Visits
Paris’s diverse culture make it the ideal destination to enhance your students’ understanding of a range of topics on the Language syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the linguistic excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.
Colourful, vibrant and bustling markets are aplenty in Paris and offer the perfect setting for students to practise their French language skills. Simply listening to the interaction between the market traders and the customer as they buy a variety of goods from fresh fruit and veg to clothes and shoes is a great way to enhance their aural skills, before encouraging them to give it a go for themselves.
Well known for its wide selection of locally produced cheese, Marché de la Bastille is one of the most famous and largest Parisian markets and definitely one of our most recommended. There are stalls offering everything you could imagine from a rainbow of fresh produce to African batiks and handbags. It’s a great place for buying souvenirs and picking up something tasty to keep you going on your way round.
On Saturday, the Marché de la Bastille gives way to arts and craft sellers as it becomes Le Marché de l’Art et de la Création Bastille. Painting and hand-made ornaments are the order of the day and make a great memento of your time in Paris.
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
With so much to see along the banks of the beautiful River Seine a 1 hour cruise down the river is the perfect, relaxing way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Commentary on-board is in English and French and gives you much welcome information about the sites as you sail past. Wave at the people sitting on the banks outside the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral and gaze up in awe as you get within touching distance of the Eiffel Tower. The Arc de Triomphe, the Hôtel de Ville, Musée d’Orsay and the spectacular Louvre are all en-route so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay
The architecture of the Louvre is a masterpiece in itself, most notably the large glass pyramid that acts as the ticket office and entrance to the museum. It’s not until you get close to the building that you truly realise its grandeur and just how large this museum really is.
Inside the 652,000ft² building, you’ll find nearly 35,000 objects spanning centuries. It’s easy to see why 8 million people from all over the world visit this museum every year. Temporary exhibitions combined with the museum’s masterpieces make for a great visit which can be done as a guided or self-guided tour.
Housed in the original Gare d’Orsay, the Musée d’Orsay houses works of art dating back to 1898 including the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. It was designed to bridge the gap between the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art housed in the Pompidou Centre. This works fantastically as an addition to a visit to the Louvre or instead of. Again, whilst a self-guided tour is sufficient, a guided tour can be arranged. Teacher resources are available on the museum’s website that assist you in preparing your group’s visit to d’Orsay.
Château de Versailles
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for over 30 years, the Château de Versailles is one of the most impressive examples of 18th Century French architecture in this area of France. The palace is just the start of this grand estate which also houses the beautiful gardens, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. The hall of mirrors is often one of the highlights, with its remarkable chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling and mirrors gracing both walls for the entire length of the room.
A guided tour of the estate is a great way to learn more about such a significant period of French history and, depending on the level of your French student, may be a great opportunity to encourage them to ask the tour guide questions in the target language.
Lose yourself in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most historic and interesting neighbourhoods in Paris. Montmartre is filled with engaging street life, artists and shops all leading up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica which sits on the crest of the hill. Montmartre is a haven for tourists and, once you have set foot on the cobbled streets, it’s easy to see why! This creates a relaxed environment for your students to practise their French with the many trade’s people.
As you reach Place St. Pierre, you can look up the steps that lead directly to the front of the impressive Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Climb the steps to the top, but make sure you take a few minutes to stop half way up and sit on the grass banks for great views back through the streets of Montmartre. Continue your climb as what awaits you at the top is definitely worth it! The magnificent panoramic views are absolutely breathtaking and on a clear day you can see most of the city. Go inside the grand basilica and take a look around; you can wonder through in 10 minutes if time is of the essence but it is a sight not to be missed.
Back down on the streets of Montmartre, students can pick up some souvenirs from the many shops and stalls and grab a drink and snack – all great ways to practise their blossoming French.
This contemporary modern art and design gallery is most well-known for its striking exterior. Colourful pipework is located on the outside of the building, with blue pipes for the air conditioning, yellow for circulating electricity, green for circulating water and red containing lifts and escalators. Once inside the building there are 9 floors which have much in the way of contemporary art and design masterpieces on show, as well as visitors lounge, a public library and the new film and media area located on the 4th floor.
An audio guided tour of the temporary exhibitions located on level 6 is available in French or English and is a great way for students to immerse themselves in a world of French language, culture and art. There are an array of educational teaching kits available on the centre’s website in both French and English, providing a more in-depth knowledge of a particular artist, a period in history or a topic. It’s definitely worth a visit to the website prior to your visit to see if there is an educational tool kit that may be of interest to your students.
A bookshop, gift shop and café are also available inside the Pompidou Centre.
Paris’ only skyscraper, Montparnasse Tower stands at 689 feet and provides a fantastic opportunity for students to see the very best view of Paris. Ascend the tower lift to The Terrace and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view, where key iconic landmarks stand in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Enter the magical world of Disney and explore everything this enchanted, fantasy park has to offer. The fun and adventure never stops as you are transported through five magical lands, braving rides like Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Big Thunder Mountain, enjoying over 50 major shows and seeking out its many themed shops and restaurants.
The main park is complemented by Walt Disney Studios which focuses on the world of cinema and TV. Here groups can enjoy a fantastic stunt show or play their part in the thrilling filming of Armageddon.
Stade de France
Home to the French national football and rugby teams, Stade de France is the largest stadium in France (holding 80,000 seats) and served as the centrepiece of the 1998 World Cup. Groups can enjoy a guided tour through the stadium’s highlights, lasting around an hour and including visits to the presidential lodge, changing rooms, player’s tunnel and museum dedicated to the construction of the stadium and its events. With the option of tours in French or English, it’s a great way for students to brush up on some vocabulary and gain an insight into this incredible sporting venue.
Choco-Story, the gourmet chocolate museum in Paris, immerses visitors in the amazing world of chocolate! Available in French and English, you can travel through the ages recounting the history of cocoa and the development of one of the world’s favourite treats. Whilst in the museum, visit the demonstration area where your very own chocolatier will lead you in a workshop where you’ll learn the art of piping and chocolate drawing in order to make your very own chocolate bars!
Language tuition in Paris
We’ve partnered up with two language schools in Paris, both of which have received the official French Quality Label and the highest rating of 3 stars for their courses, teaching, premises and services. So wherever you’re based, there will be a school that’s within easy reach for your group.
One of the schools is located in the heart of Paris and is our most commonly used school of the two found in the city. The 20 bright and spacious classrooms are equipped with modern audio-visual equipment, making every lesson interactive and diverse.
The native teachers will converse with your group in French, combining the spoken language with mime where needed. They will always endeavour to completely tailor your tuition to match the level and needs of your students following an assessment prior to your arrival.
Lesson duration – typically 2 x 45minute sessions with a 15 minute break
Maximum class size – 12 students (exclusively from your group).
- Local Markets
- Visit to Montmartre
- Guided tour of the Louvre
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Paris.
Paris Sample Itinerary
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for one of our clients below.
Dates: 24th – 27th June
Passengers: 45 students and 4 teachers
Accommodation: Campus St Thérèse
Board Basis: Full Board
Overview of visits: The Moulin Rouge, The Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Aquaboulevard, Bateaux Mouches Seine River Cruise boat, Disneyland Paris, Cité Europe.
In the early hours of the morning, the group arrived at school a little sleepy but excited to be beginning their Paris tour. A quick hop over the channel, and they arrived in Paris just after lunch. The group savoured the Parisian atmosphere, separated into smaller groups and headed off to visit the famous sights of The Moulin Rouge, The Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. After meeting back up with their coach, the group made their way to their base for the tour, the Campus St Thérèse. Upon arrival at the hotel, they checked in and familiarised themselves with their surroundings before tucking into their evening meal and making good use of the hotels outdoor sports facilities for the remainder of the evening.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast and collection of packed lunches, the day started with French tuition at their base, Campus St Thérèse. Groups were split into three smaller groups and basic vocabulary that would be needed throughout the day was practised. The group excitedly set off for a day to Aquaboulevard – a waterpark with 7000 square metres of fun! Everyone had a great afternoon, it was then back to the hotel for a quick shower and dinner before their next adventure of the day. It was just a short coach trip into the centre of Paris to board the Bateaux Mouches Seine River Cruise boat. The cruise took them under the city’s many famous bridges and gave them the best view in Paris of the Notre Dame cathedral and its famous stained glass windows. After disembarking, the group left Paris behind and headed back to the hotel for a well-earned nights’ sleep.
“Aquaboulavard-simply the best waterpark any of us had ever seen! It was huge, fun, safe - lived up to its reputation and a brilliant main attraction for adventurous students.”
Today the group spent a fun packed day at Disneyland Resort Paris meeting Mickey Mouse, enjoying a host of rides from the thrill of Space Mountain to the pleasure of the Tea Cups, before bringing the day to a close viewing the lavish Disney parade. Back at the hotel the group enjoyed their evening meal and made use of the sports facilities for the remainder of the evening.
The group again chose to start their day with a French lesson at the accommodation centre. The group were again split into three smaller groups to play interactive games using basic French vocabulary, building on the confidence they had gained over the previous few days. After saying their goodbyes to the hotel staff, the group began their journey home, stopping for a short time at Cité Europe for some last minute souvenir shopping before boarding their Ferry and arriving back in the UK late evening.
We have a number of hotels and hostels spread throughout Paris which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Campus St Therese Ouest
Originally built as a boarding school, this centre is ideal for school groups and provides a wonderful base just 13-miles south of Paris. Set in its own extensive grounds, including 3 hectares of lush forest, there is plenty of space for your students to let off some steam after a day exploring the wonderful city of Paris.
Students are accommodated in 2-4 bed rooms all with en suite facilities whilst staff will benefit from single or twin rooms. The campus has impressive facilities which include a café, computer room with free internet access, volleyball, football and rugby pitches, a tennis court and a fitness room.
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