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Paris - Capital of Learning

As the capital of France, Paris clearly has so much to offer school and college groups visiting from the UK. With the world's highest concentration of students, it truly can be considered to be a centre of learning with seemingly limitless opportunities to inspire young minds. You don't really need a particular excuse to bring a group here, but for students of French language, history, culture, fashion or art, you really need an excuse not to!

The HeART of Paris - A Masterpiece of a City

For many schools, a visit to the Musée du Louvre is an essential component of their schedule. The former royal palace houses one of the finest collections in the world boasting over 35,000 works of art across eight departments. Perhaps most renowned for hosting the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, the impressive list continues with works by such famous names as Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Goya as well as some British favourites featuring Gainsborough, Reynolds and Constable.

For students of art, though, the Louvre is just one of many luxuries available in Paris. Notably, the Musée D'Orsay on the banks of the Seine represents mainly French artists with Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Degas on the menu.

For younger groups, The Orangery, nestled in the Tuileries Gardens, perhaps provides a more accessible door into the world of art, whilst the visually striking Pompidou Centre is home to the capital's collection of Modern Art and also features a special Children's Gallery.

If your interests are photography and film, your starting point should be in the Jeu de Paume museum, also in the Tuileries Gardens, with numerous other centres dedicated to cinema, music and the digital arts on your doorstep. All arts and crafts are catered for, not least fashion and design - Parisians are renowned for their style, after all. We shouldn't forget gastronomy either - food is very much central to life in Paris and there are all manner of restaurants, cafes, brasseries, bakeries, fromageries, charcuteries, chocolatiers and patisseries - enough to delight any budding chef.

An Architectural Feast

Musée Carnavalet, flowing through two classic Parisian mansions, tells the history of life in Paris from its earliest days with displays of drawings, models, paintings, maps, furniture, decorations, ceramics and much, much more. It has a particularly interesting section with artefacts from the French Revolution and regularly hosts special exhibitions, like the recent example devoted to the life and times of Napoleon.

Another particular theme of the Carnavalet is the planning, development and architecture of Paris through the ages. All the museums cited above can be admired for their buildings alone. Paris has an extraordinarily rich architectural fabric from the narrow Medieval streets of the Marais district to the fine, wide boulevards developed by Hausmann as part of Napoleon's grand vision for an Imperial City to rival Rome.

Nearly every public building is a masterpiece of its own - the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sacré-Cœur, l'Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chappelle, Les Invalides, l'Hôtel de Ville - the list goes on. There is room for the modern too, with the inside-out Pompidou Centre, the Grand Arch at La Defense, the underground shopping centre at Forum Les Halles and several more recent redevelopment projects in the former industrial areas circling the city.

Get an EIFFEL of Paris - City of Light

As one of the most famous landmarks on earth, a journey to the upper levels of the Eiffel Tower is an obvious draw for school groups of all ages. This is often complimented from a rather different angle viewing city from the River Seine on a trip one of the city's famous sightseeing bateaux complete with commentary and music.

Equally, the famous city-scape can be enjoyed from the steps running up to the Basilique de Sacré-Cœur in the north or from the Montparnasse Tower to the south - once Europe's tallest building. Closer in, many school groups will happily bound up the stairs leading to the panoramic roof of the Arc de Triomphe to look down the Champs Elysees, or follow in Disney's Hunchback's footsteps to climb the towers of the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral.

Walking the city's streets is an experience in itself. Whether strolling the Tuileries Gardens and the Champs Élysées, window-shopping in the fashion houses of the Rue du Rivoli and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling Les Halles and Montmartre or just absorbing the bohemian atmosphere of the Left Bank and Boulevard St-Germain - every corner turned presents something different.

The peripheries of Paris can also provide activities of interest to youth groups. Disneyland Resort Paris is just 20 miles from the centre to the east of the city, whilst Versailles and its famed Chateau is located only 10 miles to the west.

Don't just take our word for it, Paris is will leave an indelible impression on your class. With our extensive knowledge of the French capital, you can trust Euroculture to deliver this city to you with an itinerary arranged to suit any group's aims - whether curriculum-based or purely sightseeing.

Available Residential Centres in Paris

Euroculture offers six high quality residential accommodation centres in the city of Paris. Our centre in the Marais Quarter could not be closer to the action, enabling groups to walk pretty much anywhere that matters in the heart of town.

In addition to our latest hostel offering near the Gare du Nord, other venues in Porte d'Italie, Porte de Vincennes, Porte Bagnolet and the Boulevard Saint-Jacques are just a few minutes journey by Metro in quiet Parisian suburbs. Just outside the city's boundaries we have a centre in the northern suburb of Aubervilliers which is very well placed for access from the Channel ports.

If you are planning a trip for younger pupils or would just prefer a base to visit Paris away from the bustle of the city, please check out our Île de France residential centre. The renovated chateau, set in extensive enclosed grounds, is just a 40 minute journey by coach from the very centre of Paris, so you don't need to miss out on anything the city has to offer your school group, with Fontainebleau and Versailles right on hand.



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