Guide to the perfect School Trip to Paris

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With over twenty five years experience in arranging study tours & educational trips, Galina have provided trips for hundreds of UK schools to both UK locations & Europe. Over the years we have found that one of the very popular destinations with schools is a Paris trip. We have therefore put together this guide to Paris to enable teachers to find out more what Paris has to offer school groups.

 

Few cities can compare to Paris with its cultural attractions, world famous works of art, beautiful architecture & iconic landmarks. Add to this, its the home of Disneyland® Paris and its understandable to see why Paris proves so popular with schools.

 

Most of our Paris trips can be taken over three days, however many schools opt for a 4 day trip so their group can take the additional day at Disneyland® Paris.

 

 

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 Paris Landmarks & Attractions

 

  • The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is probably the best known landmark in Paris made of iron lattice, the tower stands at 300 metres tall & its top can be viewed from all over Paris.

  • Champs-Elysées

The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world. This street stretches from the Place de la Concorde to la Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe stands.

  • Louvre

The Louvre Museum situated on the right bank of the River Seine is one of the largest museums in the world which is home to the world famous Mona Lisa portrait by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées and is instantly recognisable and very poignant of the military history of France.

  • La Défense

La Défense is the current high rise & office tower of Paris & is the site of the Grande Arche, one of Paris' most contemporary and eye catching landmarks.

  • Disneyland® Paris

Disneyland® Paris a theme park that doesnt need any introduction. Formally known as Euro Disney the theme park which is located at Marne-la-Vallée, situated 32km east of the centre of Paris & is the most visited theme park in France & Europe. Many school groups choose to take a 4 day tour to allow for the recreational day at the Disney park.

  • Palais Royal

Palais Royal and gardens is situated within walking distance of the Louvre. The secluded gardens are surrounded by impressive modern architecture and contemporary sculptures.

  • Les Invalides

Les Invalides is made up of museums & monuments relating to the Military History of France which includes a hospital & a retirement home for war veterans which was the buildings true purpose.

  • Pei's Pyramid at the Louvre

Pei Pyramids situated in the courtyard of the Louvre museum have become a landmark for the City of Paris. The largest pyramid acts as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.

  • Seine river cruise

As many of the iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral & The Louvre Museum lie along the banks of the River Seine, a cruise on the Seine makes for a fun & educational experience for students.

  • Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (La Villette)

The City of Science & Industry is the largest science museum in Europe which hosts numerous exhibitions on an array of environmental & scientific themes including climate change. There is also a planetarium, audio visual presentations & a maths exhibition.

  • Centre Pompidou

The Pompidou Centre is situated in the heart of Paris and provides contemporary style architecture and offers visitors stunning views of Paris city. There is an art collection with 50,000 works & many exhibitions.

  • Stade de France

A stadium tour is the ideal way to see The Stade de France which is the national stadium of France situated just North of Paris. Stade de France was built to serve as the centrepiece for the World Cup in 1998.

 

Find out more

Find out more about Galina Study Tours & our trips to Paris with a specific subject focus across ArtFrenchGeographyScience, Maths,  Music & Performance Arts.  Should your school wish to combine subjects or itineraries, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    We are dedicated to bringing you the latest news and updates regarding travel. 

    Please find below a joint statement from the STF and ABTA as of March 13th 2020. Our current understanding of the situation regarding school trips is as follows:

    • The government has advised schools that they should not undertake international school trips at this stage. This is due to concerns that the schools would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure children’s welfare should adult supervisors or children be required to self-isolate. Schools will decide how to act upon this advice. If schools do cancel their trips, normal cancellation terms will apply.
    • Schools should contact either their own general insurers or the Department for Education as they may have some financial cover in place for this scenario. This is one of the areas we are seeking clarity on urgently, so we will update again as soon as we have more info.
    • The Government is not advising schools to stop trips within the UK so schools can proceed as planned if they wish. The Government is advising schools to refresh their risk assessments.Customers wanting to cancel must do so at their own cost, normal cancellation charges apply.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

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  • Brexit FAQ's

    Last edited 30.01.2020

     

    We now know that the UK will leave the EU at 23h00 (GMT) on 31 January 2020. Following Brexit we will enter a transition period which will run, at least, until the end of December 2020. During the transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

    We will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and pick out what we believe is relevant for you.

     

    Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

     

    Will flights still operate?

    Yes. During the transition period, everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. 

     

    Will my coach journey still operate?

    Coaches will still be able to travel to, from and around EU countries as usual. 

     

    Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

    Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual. 

     

    Will we have to show our passports at each border?

    We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

    You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.

     

    Will I need a new passport?

    Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip. 

    If you are looking to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, you will need your passport to both:

    • have at least 6 months left
    • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

    If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    If you would like to know more take a look at the latest Government advice.

     

    Will I still be able to use a collective passport?

    Whilst the position as to the validity of collective passports for travel to the EU has not changed, if you are able to arrange for each traveller to have an individual passport which has the requisite validity, this may help to forestall any issues which might arise.

     

    Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

    No. UK travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. 

     

    European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

    The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

    ABTA has always advised when travelling to the EU and beyond, that it is important you take out travel insurance. Our tour price includes comprehensive travel insurance as standard. So, unless you advise us that your school or college has its own travel insurance and you wish to decline our insurance, you will automatically have insurance cover with us.

    For more information on our insurance go to:

    Galina Insurance Policy

    Further advice on travel insurance can be found at https://www.abta.com/travelinsurance

     

    Will my tour price change?

    If you have an existing booking with Next Generation Travel group brand:

    We have placed forward contracts for foreign currency so fluctuations in the exchange rate are highly unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

    Please note however that, if there is a change in legislation that will affect your overall tour price and which is out of our control, eg visa costs, surcharges, this cost would be passed on to you.

    As is always our policy at Next Generation Travel we will do our best to do the right thing to work with you to ensure your trip would continue.

     

    If you have not yet booked your tour:

    Due to our forward buying policy for foreign currency, we will work with you to ensure there is no or a low impact on pricing. The travel industry is reporting that the sensible advice is to book now to secure your booking on current currency rates.

     

    What is the law on price changes?

    If there are increases in transportation costs, taxes or fees chargeable for services post Brexit, the law says that package holiday providers, like Next Generation Travel, are permitted to increase their prices. However, we are pleased to confirm that there would be no change within 20 days of your departure and we would cover the first 2% of any price increase. In the unlikely circumstances that prices were to increase by more than 2% you may be asked to pay an additional fee however where the price increase is 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.

     

    Will overall prices go up in the future?

    Tour prices in the future will always be open to normal market and economic fluctuations such as currency and service prices. Our foreign currency forward buying policy means we always look to protect customers from the impact of currency fluctuationsHowever, overall tour prices may in the future be affected by changes in legislation such as visa costs, surcharges etc. or increased cost in services such as flights or ferry crossings.

    At Next Generation Travel our experienced staff will always provide you with a tour price which is based either on the actual current rates for your service or estimated rates which are based on our extensive knowledge of the travel and industry. We will always communicate any price changes as they are given to us and have an open and honest pricing policy, which will ensure you should have no surprises later on.

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    Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020. 

     

     
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