French Revolution School History Trip to Paris
Paris, the largest city in Continental Europe and birthplace of the French Revolution. From the origins of discontent under the Ancien Regime, through to the turmoil of the Revolution and the centralising influence of Napoleon, this tour brings to life the pivotal role that the city has played in French history. This school history trip to Paris will allow your group to visit the sites (Place de la Concorde, Place de la Bastille) associated with the major events and characters of this period and will also demonstrate to them their importance and impact on modern-day France.
Study Themes include: The origins of the French Revolution, the transfer from monarchy to republic, the rise of Napoleon and the move to Empire and the Restoration.
Previous evening: Depart school
Morning: Arrive in Paris
(Driver's 9 hour rest break)
Day spent exploring Paris on foot or by Métro
Evening: Depart Paris
Early morning: Arrive back at school (next day)
06.00 Arrive London St Pancras (min 45min check-in)
06.55 Eurostar Departs
10.43 Arrive Paris Gare de Nord
Day spent exploring Paris by foot/public transport.
19.13 Arrive Paris Gare de Nord (min 45min check-in)
20.13 Eurostar Departs
21.59 Arrive London St Pancras
(timings are example only and subject to availability)
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What our teachers had to say about this destination
Martha's Café in Paris was excellent and fab location. Pupils loved free time around Place du Tertre in Montmartre and the view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero at night. We spent the whole day and evening (until 11pm) in the city, which the pupils loved. We visited Vimy Ridge as a break on the way back, stopping for a picnic lunch. This was the coach driver's idea and we will do this again.
I would not hesitate to recommend Halsbury and their team for an outstanding itinerary and very well-organised trip.
It is good to go to Paris at this time of the year (early March), as although there are always tourists, the attractions were not over-crowded. We used the Flunch restaurant for a pre-booked meal and this was very good value and also interesting as an experience.The group facilities are good at the Louvre and also at the Pompidou Centre.
The hotel management was very friendly and helpful. Service in the restaurant was quick and efficient. The food was of a good standard with very adequate portions and breakfast was plentiful. All the excursions went according to plan. The driver was excellent. He knew alot about Paris and how to get from A to B quickly. The coach was also very comfortable.
Paris is a great place for an art trip and, if you're going to do it, I would recommend that you do it with Halsbury! We were very impressed by all aspects of the trip; travel was easy with the detailed info we received, accommodation good and all visits to galleries etc. facilitated by Halsbury's pre-booking. Suggestion: just across the bridge (South) from Notre Dame Cathedral there is a maze of little backstreets with lots of restaurants offering cheap but very good food...we came across it by accident, lovely lunch!
Fantastic support from the office and everything was meticulously organised. Having the two-day Paris Visite card was brilliant. Thanks again for helping us organise a great trip!
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