History School trips to Paris - The French Revolution (4 Days)

Our History school trips to Paris are designed to meet the needs of students studying French History at A level. This particular tour is relevant to all specifications focusing on the French Revolution. We will take you to the locations where the great events of the day took place - Versailles, the Conciergerie, the site of the Bastille and some of the back streets where the Paris of old can still be experienced.

We offer a standard itinerary for Revolutionary France but if you are studying a different period of French history such as the Reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, let us know and we can create an itinerary to meet your specific needs. If you are studying the Napoleonic Wars, by adding an extra day you can include a visit to the battlefield of Waterloo. You can also combine academic study with some generally cultural sight-seeing - the Eiffel Tower, a Seine boat trip, even (with an extra day) Disneyland® Paris!

A History trip to Paris is a great way to enthuse and motivate your students.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Travel

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  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) & travel to Paris via Dover
  • Half-board accommodation for three nights (meals taken in Paris restaurants)
 

Day Two: Versailles

 
  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Visit to the Palace of Versailles
  • Tennis Court
  • Versailles Cathedral
  • Transfer to central Paris
  • Marais
  • Place des Vosges
  • Evening meal in Paris
  • Optional evening activities (e.g. Seine river cruise - see leisure options for other choices
 

Day Three: The French Revolution

 
  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Conciergerie
  • Tuileries
  • Place Vendôme
  • Les Invalides 
  • Champs du Mars
  • Arc du Triomphe
  • Evening meal in a Paris restaurant
  • Optional evening activities
 

Day Four:  Return

 
  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais
  • Hypermarket visit (time permitting) en-route
  • Return to school via Dover
  • Evening drop-off
 

Itinerary Planning

 
  • This itinerary is suggested only to assist with your tour planning
  • It is not designed to be prescriptive & we are happy to tailor it to suit your particular requirements
  • Please note that the Musée Carnavalet is closed for renovation during 2018-2019
  • For an optional visit to the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte please contact our office
 
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Themes

 

History in Paris 

 

Main Themes

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  • The Palace of Versailles
  • The Ancien Régime
  • Intellectual / Political Ideas
  • Financial Problems
  • Pre-revolutionary Paris
  • Estates General
  • Tennis Court Oath
  • The Fall of the Bastille
  • The French Revolution
  • The Death of Louis XVI
  • Marie Antoinette
  • The Revolutionary Regimes
  • The Terror
  • International Reaction
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Interpreting the Revolution
 
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Ancien Regime

 

Versailles

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Magnificent but uncomfortable palace set in extensive grounds where the royal court lived cut off from the life of the kingdom. A short walk away through the park are the Trianons and Marie Antoinette's farm. In the adjacent town can be visited the cathedral.

 
 

 

In June 1789 the Third Estate, calling themselves the National Assembly, took an oath not to separate till the constitution had been established. They met in a tennis court built for the royal family in 1686 for the game of 'jeu de paume' - a building that still evokes the momentous events of the time.

 
 

Place Vendôme

Paris of the Old Regime

 
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A monument to the glory of the armies of Louis XIV, the huge equestrian statue of that king was torn down in the revolution. The column set up by Napoleon Bonaparte  to commemorate his victory at Austerlitz was taken down by the Commune but later rebuilt. The Ritz Hotel is located here.

 

 

The Paris of the Ancien Regime largely vanished under the improvements of the Emperor Napoleon III but some of the key buildings of the Grand Siècle can still be seen - the Louvre & Palais Royal are among the most striking. The Marais district offers a glimpse of the old city before Haussmann's redevelopment.

 
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Revolution

 

Place de la Bastille

Conciergerie  
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The storming of the medieval Bastille was always more a symbolic than a real blow for freedom as the prison was nearly empty! A few remains can still be seen and the outline of the building is marked on the pavement. The July Column was not completed till 1840.
 
 
 

The Conciergerie became one of the principal places of detention during the French Revolution, with the installation of the Revolutionary Court. Its most famous prisoner was Marie Antoinette and her cell can still be seen.

 
 
 

Tuileries Gardens

Les Invalides

 
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The Jardins des Tuileries were designed by Le Nôtre in the 1660s and contain numerous statues. Louis XVI and Marie Antionette were imprisoned in the adjacent palace which was stormed by a mob. The now National Garden was used for revolutionary festivals and the guillotine was erected on the Place de la Revolution at the west end.
 
 
Built by Louis XIV as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, now home to museums and monuments relating to the military history of France & the Dôme des Invalides, burial place of Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 
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Leisure Options

 

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For many teachers (& their students) a visit to Paris is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the city. Some of the activities below take a relatively short amount of time (up to an hour). Others require a longer period where it would be best to allocate 2 to 3 hours to get the full value. For more information talk to our Tour Administrators for further details & prices (where applicable). 

  

 

Free Options

 
  • Coach tour: See the sights of Paris including the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower. The major sights are illuminated at night
  • Strolling on the Champs-Élysées where some of the world's top brands can be found displaying their (expensive) luxury wares
  • Les Halles: the area of Beaubourg is one of the liveliest in Paris, home to the inside-out Centre Pompidou and the Atelier Brancusi.
 
Other Free Options   
  • Notre Dame Cathedral: A great example of French Gothic. One of the first buildings to use flying buttresses. Take time also to explore the Île de la Cité - the magnificent Sainte-Chapelle is there and the Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris.
  • Cimetière Père Lachaise - see the impressive graves of the famous departed - Balzac, Bizet, Modigliani, Oscar Wilde's tomb, sculpted by Epstein, and Jim Morrison. The cemetery was the site of the last stand in the 1871 Paris Commune.
  • Grands Magasins - Paris’s legendary monuments to shopping – Le Bon Marché, Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette –  are important historic landmarks in their own right and a great place to pick up a souvenir.
 
More Options (fee payable)  
  • Seine river cruise: One hour tour with commentary. See the sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay & Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Eiffel Tower or Tour Montparnasse: Panoramic view including Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, La Défense. On a clear day, you can even see Versailles
  • Ascent of the Arc de Triomphe: The Arc offers one of the best views of Paris. The Tomb of France's Unknown Soldier is here
 
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Support

 

Help Organising your Tour

 

 
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Galina has over 25 years experience in organising school trips for school & youth groups to Paris. We therefore offer the services of your own Tour Administrator who will guide you through each step of the process, from your initial enquiry to your departure & return. 

 

We have developed a number of useful documents that will help you when preparing to launch your tour & with your visit application via the Senior Management or your EVC.

 

Risk assessment advice is available &, once booked, we can provide a helpful guide that can be used to formulate your own tailored risk assessment.

 

Below are links to several useful documents that can be downloaded to help trip preparation.

 

 

Launching Your Tour

  Preparing for Departure
   
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Accommodation

 

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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 

 

3* Kyriad Hotel Paris Torcy

 

 
This hotel is located to the east of Paris in the town of Torcy. It is 30 minutes from the centre of Paris & 20 minutes from Disneyland Paris,  
    
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Accommodation Factfile  

 

 
  • 85 rooms accommodating between 1 & 4 guests per room. Lift to all floors
  • En-suite facilities
  • Single/twin rooms for staff 
  • Rooms equipped with TV, desk, tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • 3 meeting rooms for hire
  • Coach parking
 
         

3* Campanile Hotel Paris Le Blanc Mesnil

 
 
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The hotel is located to the north-east of Paris, 25 minutes from the city centre. Disneyland Paris is 40 minutes by coach. A bowling alley & swimming pool are nearby.

 
   
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  • 126 air-conditioned rooms on nine floors (lift to all floors)
  • Rooms accommodate two to four people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities, TV & telephone in all rooms
  • Single/twin rooms for staff
  • Dining room
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Terrace
  • Disabled access
  • 3 meeting rooms for hire
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking
 

 

   

European Campus Ste Thérèse Est

 
 
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The European Campus Ste Thérèse is a former boarding school set in three hectares of woodland near the town of Ozoir-la-Ferriere, 13 miles to the south-east of Paris. It is 15 minutes away from Disneyland Paris by coach.

 
   
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Accommodation      
  • Capacity for 203 students & staff in 57 twin, triple or quad rooms. All rooms are on one floor of the building, split into 2 wings
  • Staff in single/twin rooms
  • All rooms are en-suite
  • Rooms for staff include TV, telephone & tea/coffee-making facilities on request
  • 2 dining rooms
  • Computer room fitted with 32 computers (free internet access)
  • Classrooms can be hired for €50 per group
  • 250-seat amphitheatre with TV & DVD
  • Music rehearsal facilities
  • Disabled access
  • Coach parking
 
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Testimonials

 

Pleckgate High School, Blackburn

 

"Excellent!  This was my first overseas trip and Sue was always available & quick to respond to my many pleas for help.  Driver, Owen, was brilliant!  In fact, I've just sent him a thank-you card from the children. He greeted us each morning with a smile & a spotless coach."

 

 

Trinity High School, Manchester

 

"Our Tour Administrator has been very helpful with all my questions in the lead up to the trip. The driver, Owen, was extremely helpful during the tour, patient with the students, friendly and very reliable. Excellent tour. The tour was a brilliant experience for the students which is why I chose the word excellent. It is definitely something we will do again next year.

 

JFS, Harrow

 

"All communication with Galina, in particular, Dominique, was excellent, clear & helpful.  Steve, our driver, was excellent!  We would welcome him joining us on future trips!"

 

St Mary's College, Hull

 

"Communication with David, our tour administrator, throughout the year was excellent.  The coach driver, Dave, was excellent & I find it difficult to commend him highly enough.  Our Tour Director, Julian, was excellent throughout the trip.  I would definitely ask for Julian again if he is available."

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