Christmas Market School Trips to Amiens & Paris (4 Days)

A school trip to the Christmas Markets in Amiens & Paris offers a rich experience for your students with the opportunity to explore a provincial city as well as the French capital. Discover the charm of the medieval quarter of St Leu & the great Gothic Cathedral of Amiens before taking in the world famous sights of Paris. Amiens hosts one of the largest festive markets in northern France whilst the market stalls in Paris have the Champs Elysées as their backdrop.

This seasonal trip is available from the end of November. It is also possible to add a day & visit Disneyland® Paris.




Day One:  Outward Journey

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  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover. Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) for ferry to Calais. Travel via Eurotunnel is also available.
  • Disembark & travel to Amiens. Check-in at accommodation. Half-board for one nights & B&B for one night to maximise time at the Christmas Market (or an extra evening meal can be added).



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Day Two:  Amiens

  • Depart after breakfast to visit the 13th century Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame d'Amiens & the 12th century belfry in the Place au Fil.
  • Explore the medieval quarter of Saint-Leu as far as the harbour at Port d'Aval with a visit to the late-Gothic Church of St Leu with its timbered roof.
  • Visit the Somme battlefield after lunch to see the preserved trenches at Newfoundland Park, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing & the village of Pozières. 
  • Alternatively, you could visit the Musée de Picardie or Jules Verne's house which is now a museum & his grave in La Madeleine Cemetery (click on the Alternative Visits tab above for more details). 
  • Return to accommodation for an early evening meal before going to the Christmas Market on the Rue des Trois Cailloux & the son et lumière (La Cathedrale en Couleurs) which recreates the striking colours of the medieval facade.
  • Return to accommodation.




Day Three:  Paris

  • Early departure after breakfast & travel to Paris. See the sights on a tour of Paris including the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Notre Dame Cathedral & Tuileries Gardens. End the tour with a photo opportunity at the Eiffel Tower (or add the option to ascend the Tower).
  • Optional River Seine cruise (time permitting).
  • Enjoy the Paris Lights & explore the Christmas Market along the Champs Elysées in the late afternoon & evening. Other options include the Trocadero or La Défense market.
  • Evening meal arrangements on this night: students can either buy their own food in the market or an evening meal can be arranged at additional cost.
  • Check-in for one night at accommodation in Paris. B&B for one night to maximise time at the Christmas Market (or an extra evening meal can be added).

Day Four:  Return Journey

  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais (allow one hour to check-in at terminal).
  • Travel via Eurotunnel also available.
  • Return ferry to Dover & travel to school. Evening drop-off (time of arrival is dependent upon your school's distance from Dover or Folkestone if travelling via Eurotunnel).
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Amiens Christmas Market & Paris


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Amiens Christmas Market

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Held on the rue des Trois Cailloux, near the cathedral, Amiens vies with Lille in claiming to have the largest Christmas Market in northern France with stalls offering seasonal gifts, crafts, festive fare & local delicacies such as macarons d'Amiens.   


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Cathédrale Notre Dame d'Amiens

The 13th century Cathédrale Notre Dame d’Amiens was built in the Gothic style between 1220 & 1278). One of the great medieval religious buildings in Europe, it is the tallest completed cathedral & has the largest nave of any cathedral in France. Amiens inspired the ground-plan for Cologne Cathedral. (Don't miss the evening son et lumière showing the vibrant medieval colours of the Cathedral facade).

The Belfry

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The belfry has stood in the Place au Fil since the 12th century. It was constructed in 1117 & to mark the city’s freedom from feudal control.

This private residential tower was one of Europe’s first skyscrapers & is 110 metres high. Built from reinforced concrete, it was completed in 1954.

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St Leu District



The medieval quarter of Amiens is intersected by canals & extends from the cathedral to the Port d’Aval harbour on the River Somme. Discover its half-timbered houses, shops & boutiques & look out for the street names which reflect the districts artisan past. Visit the late Gothic church of St Leu with its timbered roof before reaching the cafes & restaurants of the Quai Belu by the river.

Alternative Visits....  

Jules Verne House & Grave

The visits opposite & below provide you with some alternatives to those that have been suggested above. You may consider adding an extra day to your tour to include one or more of these suggestions (should your budget allow)....  
The house once occupied by Amiens' most famous son between 1882 & 1900 is now a museum dedicated to his life & work. Entrance fee. Jules Verne is buried in La Madeleine Cemetery in Amiens.



Musée de Picardie

  Somme Battlefields  
This museum is housed in a Second Empire building modelled on the Louvre & constructed between 1855 & 1867. The collections include archaeological finds, medieval art, sculpture & paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries with works by El Greco, Tiepolo, Fragonard, Courbet, Corot, Picasso & Miro.   Amiens is less than thirty minutes’ drive from the Somme battlefields of the First World War. Visits include Newfoundland Park Preserved Battlefield & Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Add an extra day if you want to include a full-day excursion. Please ask our office staff for details & additional costs.   
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Champs Elysées Christmas Market

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There are over 200 stalls offering Christmas gifts & regional culinary delicacies. The boulevard is lit by more than 400 Christmas trees, decorations & illuminations. There is also a Craftsmen's Village with demonstrations of their work & original gifts.


Originally laid out by André Le Notre in 1667, the Champs Elysées stretches just over a mile between the Luxor Obelisk at the centre of the Place de la Concorde & the Arc de Triomphe located in the Place Charles de Gaulle.

Tuileries Gardens  

Arc de Triomphe

Located between the Louvre & the Place de la Concorde, the Gardens of the former Tuileries Palace were originally created in 1564 by Catherinde de Medici. André Le Notre redesigned the Gardens in the 1660s. The Palace itself was destroyed in 1871.  

Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 following his victory at Austerlitz the year before. Work stopped following his abdication & it was not completed until 1836 by order of King Louis Phillipe. The tomb of the French Unknown Soldier lies here.

Paris Eiffel Tower

Les Invalides


Founded by Louis XIV for wounded or impoverished soldiers in the 1670s. The Dȏme des Invalides contains the tomb of Napoleon.


Notre Dame Cathedral


Built in the French Gothic style between 1163 & 1345, Notre Dame is located on the Ȋle de la Cité. Desecrated during the Revolution, it was restored in the 1840s during Louis Philippe’s reign.


Eiffel Tower



Gustave Eiffel designed the Tower for the World Exhibition of 1889, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the French Revolution. It was not immediately popular although today it is the most visited paying tourist attraction in the world.


Seine River Cruise (Option: Time Permitting)

  Other Christmas Markets in Paris  
Optional one hour tour with commentary. See the sights from a different perspective including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay & Notre Dame.   Other Christmas Markets take place at the Trocadero & La Défense. Please advise if you want to vsit one of these alternatives.  
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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.


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