Paris is the perfect city to bring a student group. Full of history, architecture, art, and culture the city has so much to offer for a school trip. But when planning student trips to Paris, you need to consider a few things. ParisByM has created a list of helpful things to know for before and during the planning of a school trip.
What do I Need to Know?
When booking student trips to Paris it’s important you don’t get too overwhelmed. We understand you have a lot of things to consider and to research, and it’s hard to not get bogged down by this. The most important thing is that before you start any planning at all, you think about what it is you and your students are hoping to get out of the trip. For help with this decision, here is a list of some things we recommend doing in Paris. Once you’ve thought a little about these, but before you’ve made any firm plans, consider these helpful things to know.
Start Planning Early
You’re going to want to plan student trips to Paris as far in advance as possible because it’ll help you save money and make sure you have as many options as imaginable. The earlier you book, likely the better prices you’ll get for hotels or hostels. On top of this if you book early you can almost always guarantee you and your group tickets to the attractions that are most important to you. As well as attractions, if you’re visiting Paris with a large group of students, it might be a good idea for you to book restaurants in advance. If you know your plan for a day and where you want to eat, it’s definitely worthwhile because at dinner time in Paris it’s not uncommon for a restaurant to fill up very quickly, and with a big group, it might be hard to find somewhere without a reservation.
Consider Booking for Groups Vs. Individuals
It’s often true that different things will be available for groups versus for individuals in pairs, so it’s important to be aware of this before arriving or booking anything. Make sure you know how many people will be in your group and that you plan accordingly. If you’re planning student trips to Paris, we suggest that you plan using a tourism agency or local travel agent because they will be able to give you the most accurate information and help on the best way to plan for a group.
What’s the Best Season for You?
Paris is a city that changes dramatically from season to season, you may see pictures of people picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower in the middle of summer or of snow all over Notre Dame at Christmas. So, before you make any plans for your student trips to Paris, make sure you think about what activities you’re planning and when would be the best time to do them.
Know How You Plan on Getting Around
The public transportation system is relatively easy to maneuver in Paris but you might want to do a little research before-hand. Depending on your group size and your plans for the trip, you could consider renting a minibus or looking into other forms of transportation if the metro is too confusing in a big group. This is another reason we suggest contacting a local tourism agency to get to know all your options and how to best accommodate your group. For more information on our group tours and personalized packages, just click here.
You Will Need Euros and Adapters
Remember before arriving in Paris, you’ll want to make sure everyone in your group has their own adapter for European plugs – there’s nothing worse than getting to a new place with no way to charge your phone! You should also make sure everyone always has some cash on them – in euros! While most places nowadays accept cards, you can never be completely sure, and you don’t want to be caught out in an unfamiliar city.
Paris really is the perfect place for a school trip, but it is easy to be overwhelmed by all there is to think about. For help with planning or information on our group tour packages, click here.