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Paris Christmas Markets

2, 3 & 4 Day Study Experience Tours from £129 per student
Departing: November and December 2017 & 2018
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The French capital really needs no introduction. Its renowned attractions - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees, Sacre Coeur - are among the world's best loved and most photographed, while her museums - the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Musee Picasso - are amongst the most visited and most cherished.

A visit to Paris in December offers the opportunity to experience the city’s Christmas Markets as well as to enjoy its spectacular Christmas lights and decorations along its grand boulevards and on many of its buildings and shops.

Our included guided sightseeing and orientation tour will include the city’s famous sights, including the historic Île de la Cité, the Louvre, the fabled Left Bank of La Seine and of course the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ enduring symbol. The tour ends in the shadow of one of the latest additions’ to the Paris skyline, the ultramodern Grand Arche, near to the Christmas market at La Défense, which is one of the city’s best.

The Christmas market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the largest in the city. Stretching from the Champs-Elysées roundabout to the Place de la Concorde, wooden chalets selling a variety of wares including Yuletide trinkets, traditional gifts and speciality foods line both sides of this famous avenue alongside the trees adorned with sparkling lights. Elsewhere, scattered throughout the city there are other markets to enjoy including ancient Montmartre, Montparnasse Tower and Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the Left Bank.

An excellent way to view this wonderful city and its Christmas lights is to take a late afternoon or early evening Bateaux Mouches Cruise along the Seine River. Lasting for an hour, with English or French language commentary, this is a popular way to experience some of the city’s prestigious monuments and grand buildings from a unique vantage point. A route map for each member of the group is included.

Away from the city centre, the residence of the kings of France from Louis XIV to Louis XVI, Chateau de Versailles, houses the Royal Apartments, including the Hall of Mirrors and bedchambers of the King and Queen, as well as the apartments of Louis XV’s daughters and heir to the throne. The extensive gardens, the Grand and Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet are also well worth a visit, while a visit to the Place du Marché Notre Dame, Versailles’ open air market, is a must for its special atmosphere and fine selection of fresh vegetables, meat, cheese and other products.

Everyday, practical situations such as visiting and purchasing items from a local market or shop offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.

Travel by Coach

Your package includes:

  • 2, 3 or 4 days exclusive coach hire including pick-up and drop‑off at your school or college
  • 1, 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation in a selected hotel with private facilities
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Return Channel crossings to Calais or Caen
  • Transfers between your accommodation and chosen activities each day
  • Guided sightseeing and orientation tour of Paris
  • Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 8 students

Travel by Eurostar

Your package includes:

  • Return travel by Eurostar from St Pancras International or Ashford
  • 1, 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation in a selected hotel with private facilities
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • City travel card for the duration of your stay
  • Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager whilst in Paris
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students

Travel by Air

Your package includes:

  • Return Flights to Paris
  • Return airport to hotel coach transfers
  • 1, 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation in a selected hotel with private facilities
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • City travel card for the duration of your stay
  • Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager whilst in Paris
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students

All Packages by Coach, Eurostar or Air Include

  • Individually tailored itinerary
  • Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
  • All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges and VAT
  • 24 hour emergency cover and support

Tour Highlights

Paris is the ideal destination to introduce students to French life, culture and language. It is home to a vast array of renowned sights and attractions and you will need to consider carefully how to spend your time away, as there is so much to see and do! In addition to exploring the Christmas Markets Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of other visits and excursions, such as:

Musee National du Louvre

Home to the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is vast and unmissable. The collections are divided among eight curatorial departments: Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings; Egyptian Antiquities; near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art.

Observation Deck at Montparnasse 56

Take in the very best view of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view over Paris from the observation deck on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower.

Musee d' Orsay

The Musee d’Orsay is located in the centre of Paris, on the banks of the Seine. Originally a train station, the museum features art from the period 1848 to 1914 throughout 80 separate galleries, with works by Delacroix, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many others.

Bateaux Mouches Seine River Cruise

Enjoy the very best views from the River Seine. Lasting for an hour, with English or French language commentary, this is a popular way to experience some of the City of Light's prestigious monuments and grand buildings from a unique vantage point. A route map for each member of the group is included.

Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Explore the largest Science museum in Europe. The Cité has a planetarium, a submarine, an IMAX theatre and an education centre. The museum's aim is to spread scientific and technical knowledge to the general public and to create publicinterest in science and research.

Pompidou Centre

Explore one of the most visited attractions in France. The Pompidou Centre is devoted entirely to modern and contemporary creation of theatre, music, movies and books.

Stade de France Stadium Tour

Take a guided tour of France's spectacular national sports stadium. Stroll through the museum and relive the great moments in the history of the Stade de France from its construction to its major events.

Further Information

Travel by Coach

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 40 and maximum 49 students. Travel arrangements are based on providing your group with exclusive use of a 48, 49 or 53 seat coach. For groups of between 20 and 40 students, we are able to offer travel by coach for your exclusive use, however we will need to charge an appropriate small group, coach under-occupancy supplement. As schools located in the north of the UK can require a longer period of coach hire, a small regional supplement may apply.

Travel by Eurostar or Air

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 20 students.

Your Accommodation

Your group will stay in one of our carefully selected hotels. Our range includes good standard properties in either Zones 1-2 (Paris and the Petite Couronne - departments: 75, 92, 93, 94), Zones 3-4 (Grande Couronne - departments: 77, 95, 78, 91) or Greater Paris (Ile de France).

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around the Opal Coast region.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

By Coach: throughout your trip your expert Tour Manager will be on hand to assist and support you and your students. By Eurostar or Air: your expert Tour Manager will be on hand to assist and support you and your students whilst in Paris.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Opal Coast trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Paris your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Paris ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.


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