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Unusual Paris Museums to Visit on a School Trip

If you’re looking for museums in Paris that are a little off the beaten path – you’ve come to the right place.  ParisByM has created this list of Paris museums for you that you may not have considered visiting before with your student group.

When visiting Paris with a school trip, you’ll obviously want to see the famous museums like the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay, but don’t be fooled into thinking these are the only ones worth a visit.  There are countless other Paris museums, so here’s just a few of the lesser known ones that we think are definitely worth a visit.

Cluny Museums

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You may or may not have heard of the Cluny Hotel and Museum – famous for its medieval architecture – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to visit on your trip to Paris. It is known for its real roman bath ruins as well as its display medieval artifacts.  The museum is located in the 5th Arrondissement, so it’s very central and easy to get to with your student group!

Open Wednesday – Monday 9:15AM-5:45PM, Closed Tuesday

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve read the words “chocolate museum” and need no more convincing! Just in case though, the chocolate museum is a great place to visit on a Paris school trip because not only do you get to eat chocolate (yum!), but you can also discover the history of the delicious food, see how it’s made, and even make your own!

Open every day 10AM – 6PM (Last admission 5PM) (Closed January 1st, December 25th)

Catacombs

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You may be wondering why these underground passages have made it onto our Paris museums list? It’s because you can have a spooky day in the hidden channels full of millions of human remains under the city while also learning about the history of France – definitely a must see if you’re looking for something a little unique.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10AM-8:30PM (Closing of the crates at 7:30PM), Closed Monday’s

Ateliers des Lumières

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The Ateliers des Lumières, located in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement is somewhere that would likely go amiss if you hadn’t heard about it before arrival.  Here you can enter a large warehouse looking space to see a light show of famous artists work.  Often the shows last around 30 minutes, so tickets are purchased for 30-minute intervals – you should definitely buy these tickets ahead of time as it can get fill up fast.

Open Sunday – Thursday 10AM – 6PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM – 10PM

L’Orangerie Museum

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This Orangerie converted to a museum is located right next to Place de la Concorde, and at the end of the Tuileries Gardens so is a great central spot to see during your visit.  Here you can see Monet’s waterlily paintings displayed in two large circular rooms – trust us, this effect is something you certainly won’t want to miss!  You can also explore the downstairs of the museum for a look at impressionist and post impressionist art work.

Open Wednesday – Monday 9AM – 6PM (Last admission 5:15PM), Closed Tuesdays

Musée Rodin

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Famous sculptor Auguste Rodin has a museum dedicated entirely to his works that is certainly worthwhile visiting.  Our recommendation is that you not only appreciate the interior and his famous pieces, but also take time to view the exterior and the green space surrounding the beautiful building.

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 5:45PM, Closed Monday

 

Hopefully you’ll have time to see all the spots on this Paris Museums list but just in case, we recommend that you take a look at what each museum has to offer, and what exhibits they have on during your time in Paris so you can decide where to go!

If you’d like some help in planning your group trip, just click here and ParisByM would be more than happy to help you every step of the way.

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Day Trips from Paris with a Student Group

Traveling with a group of students can be all kinds of challenging, from deciding where to go, where to stay, what to see and everything in between.  For that, we are here to help with some advice on where you should visit from Paris to make your school trip that much more fun and different.

As such an iconic European city, it’s easy to forget that there are other places just nearby that are worth leaving the main city to see – and even some countries just next door!  Definitely when coming on a school trip its worth taking at least one or more day trips from Paris to explore the surrounding areas.

Versailles

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Versailles Palace

Only a short trip on the RER (a metro-like train that runs all the way into the center of Paris), Versailles has to be high on your list of day trips from Paris.  It would give you and your student group the chance to see not only the Chateau, where the famous hall of mirrors is, but also the beautiful gardens, and even Marie Antoinette’s house – also on the premises. We recommend going out there early so you can really take time in each area but you should be able to do it in just one day.

Reims

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If you didn’t already know, the Champagne region of France is only a little over an hour from Paris by train.  Here, you can visit the town as well as a number of champagne houses.  It’s definitely worth your while to explore how the famous drink is made.  We would suggest booking a tour – or two – in advance to make sure you are able to see the cellars.

Brussels

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It’s crazy really that you can go to and from another country in just one day, but you really can! With a train ride that only takes about an hour and forty-five minutes, Paris to Brussels is definitely worth it for the day.  You can explore the town square with your students, walk through the shopping halls, eat waffles and fries and chocolate, see the beautiful cathedral and just get a chance to experience a city outside of France.

Giverny

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Home to famous artist Claude Monet, a trip to Giverny will let you see the beautiful landscapes that inspired so many of his famous works – including the waterlily paintings.  It’ll give you and your students a perfect chance to get away from the metropolis of Paris and experience the countryside and a cute town with famous roots. We would recommend a trip here in the warmer months – in fact, the gardens are actually closed during much of the winter, so make sure you check this before you plan your trip.

Disneyland

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Disneyland is the perfect spot for a fun day out as part of a school trip.  We’ve added it to our list of day trips from Paris because not only is it close, but because its Disney! It’s what your students likely remember from their childhood and it’s the perfect spot for a day out – it might not be educational but it’ll sure be fun!

 

Taking day trips from Paris during your student tour to the infamous city is definitely a must! Whether you plan on leaving the country and heading to Brussels or just taking the RER and exploring Versailles, it’s definitely worth it.  Make sure you to decide before arriving where to head to though to be sure you get the best deals and tickets.  For more help with this planning of your group trip, click here and see how ParisByM can help you.

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Where to Find the Best Affordable Restaurants in Paris for Your Group

School Trips to Paris can be a very expensive undertaking, from hotels, to attractions, to food, sometimes it can feel like the numbers just keep growing and growing and there’s no way to keep the trip within budget.  A big part of this increase in price can be as a result of the cost of eating out during a trip, so we’re here to help you with some advice on how to find the best affordable restaurants in Paris, as well as some of our favorite places.

A new city with a school group is challenging enough with having to worry about transportation, lodging, attractions, and restaurants, so we hope this article can ease some of your stress – you can also visit ParisByM for help with the planning of your group trip. If you’re just looking for advice on finding the best affordable restaurants in Paris though, here’s what we recommend.

Look Things Up Before Hand

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Obviously, if you’ve arrived at this page, that’s exactly what you’re doing! That’s the best thing because you may arrive and be very quickly overwhelmed by the volume of restaurants in the city of Paris.  We think the key to finding a good restaurant is knowing the right area to search, so we have a couple of recommendations.

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  • The Latin Quarter – full of bustling restaurants, bars, and pubs the Latin Quarter is a great place for student groups to find food.  There are both walk up restaurants as well as sit down restaurants with food from all over the world at generally reasonable prices.  A couple of our favorites are the Creperie des Arts or Au P’Tit Grec for yummy French crêpes – both savory and sweet!
  • Montmartre – this area is famously known for the Sacre Coeur and for being the highest spot in the city where you can get a beautiful 360 view of Paris.  We recommend you walk a little further down and away from the peak attraction to find some great affordable places to eat.  A couple of our top picks are Chartier or Rozell Café but there are many other spots in the area that will certainly catch your eye.

Think about getting on the go food

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Paris is known for its Boulangeries which are a great affordable way for you to eat while also enjoying the French culture.  Boulangeries often give you the chance to buy a meal for anywhere around 5-10€ per person and are all over the city so you’ll definitely find one and they are a great way for you to eat on a budget in Paris.

As well as Boulangeries, some places have the option for you to get food as a take away which can be cheaper.  For example, L’As Du Falafel in the Marais allows you to buy your falafel and then explore the area which is definitely worthwhile. We also recommend buying something from a walk-up restaurant in the Latin Quarter and then walking down and eating it along the Seine for a real Parisian experience.

A set menu may be the best thing

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While on the go food is great, you’ll definitely want to have at least one sit down dinner with your group.  Many of the best affordable restaurants in Paris for groups are those who offer a set menu.  A starter, main, and dessert for a set price can not only make your life easier by giving your students a few specific options, but it is often cheaper than having everyone order from a full menu.  You can find these restaurants in virtually any area of the city, but when eating out with a big school group, it’s probably best to book ahead.

 

So now that you know where and how to look for the best affordable restaurants in Paris you should go ahead and book your school trip.  For more information on the best areas to stay on a budget, click here, and for help planning your school trip, from lodgings to restaurants, visit the groups tab on our website or click here!

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5 Reasons You Should Stay in a Hostel in Paris on Your Student Trip

If you’re coming to Paris with a group of students, you may be weighing your options – hotel vs. hostel.  We are here to tell you that a hostel is the perfect move for a school trip to Paris.

It can be stressful to be planning a trip for one person – let alone for an entire group! And beyond that for an entire group of students none the less.  All of whom will have different needs and wants that you’ll be trying to accommodate for. Let us tell you though, when you’re deciding where you should stay, the answer is definitely a hostel in Paris!

It will save you money

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A hostel in Paris is almost always your cheapest option! This doesn’t mean that you’re sacrificing a quality service though, or even a good location.  In fact, sometimes hostels are in the best locations you can get.  Saving money on your accommodation can give you the chance to spend it elsewhere on your stay and since you’re planning on spending most of your time exploring the city, you’ll want to save it for this!

You can have multiple people in one room

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School trips usually mean you have to split everyone up into groups of two or four to pick where to sleep, which can be stressful and mean that your whole group is spread out all over a hotel. One of the best parts about staying in a hostel with a group is that you can have larger numbers in one room – depending on the place obviously, but many have rooms of up to 10 people.  This can mean that not only will you save money, but it will also mean your student group can stay more together if you book a hostel in Paris.

The employees can help you

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Working in a hostel, it is part of your job to know the area and to be able to give you advice on where you should go, what you should see, where you should eat, the surrounding transportation, and everything else you may have questions about.  If you stay in a hostel in Paris, be sure to take advantage of the services they have to offer!

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Hostels have communal areas

Many hostels have bars attached to them which make for great social spaces with other travelers.  If this doesn’t work for your student group, that’s ok because often they also have hang-out areas where you can unwind for the day, or exist while waiting for the rest of your group.  These areas give you a chance to see other people staying in Paris, and also to spend time together! Also, many hostels have kitchens you can use, which can be another great way for you and your group to save money, and make the most out of the hostel’s benefits!

Other travelers will be around to give you advice

Hostels are usually full of young travelers whose aim is to really explore and get to know the city they’re visiting.  That’s why a hostel in Paris can be so great; because you can talk with these other travelers and get their advice on what to see, how to make the most out of the area, and any and all other advice they have about traveling in general.

 

There are so many things that contribute to a great trip, and your accommodation is definitely a big one, so you want to make sure you pick the right place! We really recommend a hostel in Paris for your school trip.  If you need help with your booking or any part of your group trip, click here.

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Why you should choose the Latin Quarter for Budget Hotels in Paris

Budget Hotels in Paris can be hard to find, especially for a large group, but it’s much easier for you if you know where to look.  We think the Latin Quarter is a great option for your stay and here’s just a few reasons why.

The Latin Quarter is one of Paris’s most central and vibrant neighborhoods.  It’s a great place for you to find Budget Hotels in Paris to stay with your student group. You can experience Paris from a spot where many tourists may not think about staying.  The area is also relatively inexpensive given its central location and constant buzz of activity.

It’s Walking Distance from So Much

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If you’ve never been, you may not have heard of the Latin Quarter of Paris before, but that doesn’t mean you it’s not an excellent place to stay – especially with a group of students.  This area can be a great way to stay central while also sticking to budget.  It’s located just a stone’s throw away from the river Seine extremely close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral on the Isle de la Cité.

If that’s not enough, depending on where within the area you are, it is also a short walk from various other attractions, including the Luxembourg Gardens – a beautiful building and landscape you’ll definitely want to see during your trip.

On top of that, its proximity to the Seine means it’s also not a far walk to the infamous Louvre Museum – another must see.  This walk is approximately 15 minutes, and would also take you directly along the Seine where you should have the chance to see the famous booksellers for some souvenirs.

You’re Close to the Metro

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Not only will you have close walking proximity to so many things if you stay in this area, but you’ll also have close proximity to the metro.  The metro in Paris is so easy to use and will allow you to get anywhere relatively care free, so booking a hotel close to it is definitely a great move.  For Budget Hotels in Paris to be close to a metro station is not always guaranteed though, which is why this area is so perfect.

For more information on how the metro in Paris works, click here

It’s Full of Great Restaurants and Bars

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Maybe the best part of the Latin Quarter is that it’s full of great places to eat and hang out.  You won’t have a hard time at all finding a place to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner near here.  Also, you can find restaurants with food of basically any variety, from Indian food, to American style food, to traditional French food, and so much more, it really is a great restaurant area.

Not only is it great for restaurants, but it also has a so many bars, some of which have consistent live music.  In the summer and warmer months especially, this is a great addition to the area because wherever you walk in the evening, you hear these performers.

The liveliness of the neighborhood makes it great for students, adults, families and the elderly – it is so versatile that all ages can enjoy some, if not all aspects of it.

So, Now What?

It’s time for you to book! If you’re coming with a student group there’s really no better place for budget hotels in Paris than the Latin Quarter – if you’re looking for help planning your trip click here.

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Must Try Foods in Paris with Your Student Group

If you’re visiting Paris with a group of students, what to eat is just as important as what to see, and we get that! That’s why we have created a list of must try foods in Paris, especially for you and your student group.

Paris is a city known globally for its museums, attractions, and for its food! If you’re visiting with your student group, we really recommend you think about what foods you want to try before you arrive, so you can be sure you won’t miss out on anything! We’ve come up with a list of our must try foods in Paris to help you plan!

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  • Croissant -Weather it’s a plain, chocolate, or raisin croissant, you must have at least one (or more!) during your visit to Paris.  If you go out to breakfast, consider ordering the French breakfast – usually consisting of a chocolate and plain croissant, a hot drink, and a juice!
  • Baguette – So, this may not be exclusively a breakfast food – you can have it any time of the day! But weather its morning afternoon or night, it’ll still be a delicious way to experience French food.  We recommend buying a fresh baguette from a local Boulangerie, which you’ll definitely see during your explorations.
  • Crepes – You’ve likely already thought about Paris crepes before even arriving.  Be sure to stop by at least one of the famous crepes stands and try either a savory or sweet crepe with your group.
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Main Meals

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  • Steak Frites – One of the most famous meals Paris has to offer – steak and fries! What’s not to love? Definitely give this meal a try during your school trip.
  • French Onion Soup – Served with a coating of cheese – which the French are also famous for – this is definitely a must have.
  • Croque Monsieur (or Madame!) – What’s not to love about a baked or fried ham and cheese sandwich? Definitely order a Croque Monsieur at least once, and if you’re wanting to add a little something, try a Croque Madame to get the ham and cheese deliciousness topped off with a fried egg.   For any vegetarians reading this, many menu’s will also give you the option of a veggie croque; usually with cheese and tomato which should not go amiss.

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  • Quiche – With a huge variety of fillings, quiche should absolutely be on your list of must try foods in Paris.  We recommend any variation that suits your taste buds.

Desserts

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  • Macarons – As one of the most famous French desserts in the world, it would be a mistake to leave Paris without trying them.  Take your pick from one of the many famous Macaron stores across the city – or even try a local boulangerie if they have them.
  • Éclair’s – This pastry, chocolate, and cream combo has to make it onto your list of must have’s in Paris.  Make sure you have one while you’re in the famous city.
  • Lemon TarteMust Try Foods in Paris – If you go into any boulangerie in Paris, you’ll likely notice their personal sized lemon tarte’s, and you should definitely have at least one while visiting.
  • Crème Brulée – You may find you need to go to a restaurant for one of these tasty treats, but if you do see it on a menu, we would definitely recommend ordering.

One More Thing…

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No list of must try foods in Paris would be complete without mentioning cheese! From Brie to gouda to goat’s cheese to blue cheese, Paris has it all.  There are shops all over that exclusively sell the stuff! Or you can sit in a restaurant and order a plate of cheese for sharing! However you decide to do it – you have to have some of Paris’s famous cheese before you leave.

We hope you’ve found this list of must try food in Paris helpful for the planning of your trip! For more help with your group trip, click here.

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Paris Museum List for School Trips

If you’re looking to plan a trip to Paris, you’ve come to the right place!  We’ve created a Paris museum list to help you with deciding what you’d like to see during your visit.

Paris has museums stretching its entire vicinity, all of which have their own styles and exhibits to see.  We’ve made a list of our top spots for this Paris museum list.  Whether you want to discover more about Paris architecture, art, history or something else, we have the place for you.

The Louvre

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The world’s largest museum has to be the top of our list – and yours! Not only is this a stunning historical building, but it also houses some of the most famous pieces of art in the world.  Visit and you can see the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Great Sphinx, and so many more all in one day! You will want to keep in mind though that this is a huge museum and there’s far too much to see in just one day, so make sure you decide what to see before arriving so you don’t get too overwhelmed!

Musée D’Orsay

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This railway station turned museum is a must! Also located along the Seine, this time on the left bank, the Musée d’Orsay holds many famous pieces of impressionist art, mostly from French artists.  You’ll definitely want to make time to visit here.

Centre George Pompidou

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With an exterior unlike anywhere else in Paris, you have to see the Centre Pompidou for its architecture alone.  You may be wondering why then it has made it onto our Paris museum list – that’s because the impressive structure is now home to the National Museum of Modern Art; the largest modern art museum in Europe.  If you have a chance, you should definitely take a look – and make sure you ride the escalator on the building’s exterior for a great view.

The Cluny Museum

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Moving away from specifically art museums we have the Cluny Museum.  Here you and your students will have a chance to see the ruins of the Cluny Roman Baths as well as view a number of medieval artifacts.  If you’re looking for a historical stop on your Paris museum tour this is an absolute must!

Invalides and the Army Museum

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Another historical tour during your Paris Museum exploration is the Invalides museum.  Here you can learn about the military history of Paris and France as well as explore the life of Charles de Gaulle.  If you visit here you should also be sure to take time to see Napoleons Tomb which is located in the same building but you may have to walk through another entrance – it’s worth it!

Picasso Museum

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It’s pretty obvious what this museum is famous for – housing many of the great works of the infamous artist Pablo Picasso. It also hosts a lot of masterpieces from the painter’s private collection.  Located in the Marais district, a visit to this museum means you’ll also have the chance to explore the streets and enjoy the culture of this area.

Grand Palais and Petit Palais

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These two beautiful museums are positioned directly across from one another and are as stunning inside as they are outside.  Before you arrive in Paris be sure to check out what exhibits they have on in each building as these can range from photography exhibits to history to classic art and architecture exhibits.  Not only does this mean you’ll see a great exhibit, but you’ll be able to see the stunning architecture of the buildings themselves. And here is a little secret we share with you: the permanent exhibition of the Petit Palais is free to visit. Don’t miss it!

 

The Paris Museum list could go on and on but we think you really must know about these if you’re coming to Paris with a student group.  You should also consider the L’Orangerie and the Rodin Museum if you have the time! If you’re looking for more information with planning your trip to Paris, click here and ParisByM can help you.

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Must See Cities During Student Tours to France

Student Tours to France are a great way to learn about history and culture in a hands on way, but trying to decide where your student group should go and for how long can be as overwhelming as it sounds.  ParisByM understands this and has made a list of must-see cities all over France for you and your students.

So, what do you want to see?

Before deciding where to go, you have to decide what you want to see – meaning what type of trip you’re looking for.  Is history a priority? Or art and architecture? Or religious education? Or are you just trying to admire the beauty of France? Luckily, we’ve got you covered on all fronts with these four must see Cities.

Paris

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We all know Paris; it’s what everyone thinks of when they think of France and is definitely a must-see during student tours to France.  You can see attractions like Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, the Conciergerie and so many more famous monuments.  Along with this you can add some history and art to your trip and explore museums like the Orsay museum, or the Louvre.  You can also spend a day walking the famous gardens of Luxembourg and the Tuileries.  A trip to Paris really gives student tours to France a chance to experience all aspects of history, art, and architecture.  

Normandy

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There are two major places in Normandy we recommend for a visit during student tours to France – Caen and the Mont St Michel, both of which are only about an hour’s drive from one another.  Caen is famous for being the city of 100 steeples which means your group will have a chance to see the architecture and religion that existed in Normandy.  On top of this you can explore the famous WWII museum and give your students a chance to learn both about France, Normandy, and the history of the war. 

We also suggest taking the time to see the stunning Mont St Michel.  The drive is definitely worthwhile because you can explore the Abbey and see beautiful views of the beaches of Normandy.  Just make sure you get to the Island safely via the causeway; we recommend booking this excursion through a tour.

Strasbourg

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Famously the seat of European Parliament, this city is a great place for student tours in France to visit to learn about history and government, as well as architecture.  This city, located in the North East of France, gives you the chance to see both Roman Gothic Cathedrals, and Germanic style timber houses – something that’s well worth a look. If you go in the winter time too, you may even get to see some of the city’s world-famous Christmas Markets.

Cannes

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As home of the iconic Cannes Film Festival, this city is a must for its beauty and art culture.  This town on the French Riviera has so much to offer. It’s stunning and its coastal views are like nothing else.  Also, while you’re there you can explore beautiful cobbled streets, markets, and colorful buildings.  You can even explore the city in search of the painted walls, or murals of many great French and world cinema figures.

So, What do You do Now?

When trying to plan student tours to France, there are so many places to think about.  We hope this list has helped you but we suggest talking to a travel agent or trip planner about exactly what you should do to make sure you make the most of your time in the country.

If you are interested in group tours or excursions, check out our website here to learn more about how we can help!

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Best Location for Budget Accommodation in Paris for School Trips

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So, where can I stay in Paris with a budget?

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It’s important to understand you don’t have to miss out on a great location when staying in budget accommodation in Paris.  The public transport in the city makes it so that wherever you are, you can get to where you need to be quickly. With that in mind, make sure you book a hostel near a metro station! This can be the key to a good location!

The Marais Area in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissement

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You may not have a vast knowledge of the Marais area, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to visit and stay. The Marais is centrally located, with the Hôtel de Ville and Le Centre Pompidou, two great attractions, just within its boundary as well as being only a 15-minute walk from the Île de la Cité where you will find Notre Dame Cathedral and much more.  Since the 1980’s the Marais has also been the center of LGBT culture, and it has become an extremely fashionable district with a lot of trendy bars and restaurants all over so it is a great place to stay with student groups.

Hostels in this area usually average between €60-150 a night for two people, making it a good place to find budget accommodation in Paris without sacrificing on location.

The Bastille Area in the 11th Arrondissement

Budget Accommodation in Paris

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When looking for budget accommodation in Paris for students, Bastille may just be the perfect area for you.  Located in the 11th Arrondissement, the Bastille area is a stone’s throw away from the Marais.  With that in mind, much like the Marais, you are close to the center of Paris; only about a 30-minute walk from Notre Dame, and still surrounded by other attractions.  With Opera Bastille and Place de Bastille located in it, Bastille is a great area of culture and art.  It is also packed with lively places, with Rue de la Roquette stretching through the middle containing countless great restaurants and bars.

The area can provide budget accommodation in Paris as well, with prices ranging from €20-60 for a hostel for two people per night.

The Latin Quarter in the 5th Arrondissement

Budget Accommodation in Paris

Credit: Wikipedia, Night life in the Latin Quarter, Paris 1 July 2017

The Latin Quarter, which is just across the river from the Île de la Cité and a short walk from the Luxembourg Gardens is a great place to stay with students.  It is centrally located and has an abundance of lively restaurants, bars, and shops stretching through the entire district giving it an atmosphere like no where else in Paris.

You may find it harder to find as many hostels here, but the prices usually range from between €30-70 per night for two people so if you can, it could be the perfect place for you and your student group.

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When looking for a place to stay with your group, it’s important you consider proximity to a metro station as well as your more general location.  To get budget accommodation in Paris, you may have to head a little further out but this can be perfectly fine as long as you’re close to public transport.

Choosing the best area for your group to stay in Paris can be a difficult and overwhelming task.  That’s why we recommend speaking with a travel agent about what might work for you.  We hope this list has started you on the right path.  Check out our website here for information or help booking group trips or excursions.

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What to Consider When Booking a Youth Hostel in Paris for a School Trip

Paris is a great city to visit with a group of students.  The sites and the history make it a city like no other. When booking a youth hostel in Paris for a school trip, it can be difficult to know where to begin, that’s why we have put together a list of things to consider when doing so.

1. Choose the Right Location

Youth Hostel in Paris

It is really important to consider where a hostel is before booking it.  Being in the wrong location can have a dramatic effect on your trip overall.  That’s why before booking you have to think about these three things in regards to what part of the city your hostel is.

  • Attractions – Before searching for a youth hostel in Paris, you should think about what you want your group of students to see. Being near these things can make a huge difference to your trip because you will avoid unnecessary traveling.
  • Public Transport – Paris is a huge city and you want to see as much of it as you can with as little distress as possible. It can really benefit your group to stay somewhere close to one or more public transport line.
  • Safety – Staying in a youth hostel in Paris with a group of young students you need to be aware of the surrounding areas. Students often want to go out exploring on their own, sometimes at night.

 

2. Check Cleanliness and Safety

Youth Hostel in Paris

People often hear youth hostel and immediately think of the worst, but the reality is not like this.  A Youth Hostel in Paris could be the perfect place for a group of students to stay.  As with anywhere though, it is important that you do your research into them to ensure they are clean and safe spaces.

  • Read Comments – It’s important to get a real sense of the place you are considering staying. If you don’t know the place, reading comments and seeing photos can really give you an idea of the environment provided.
  • Room Type – Before booking a youth hostel in Paris for your student group, you need to consider whether they will be staying in shared or individual rooms as these vary from place to place.
  • Lockers – Many hostels have places for you to store your belongings when you leave for the day. This can provide you with much more of a sense safety and security when staying in Paris, so you may want to check these facilities before arrival.

 

3. Beware of the Hostels Rules

Youth Hostel in Paris

When choosing a place to stay, please be sure to find out any special rules the hostel has. You really don’t want to have any surprises upon arrival.

  • Check in/out time – This differs from place to place and can have a huge impact on your arrival and departure days.
  • Breakfast – Decide before booking if you plan to eat breakfast in the facility you’re staying or if you want to find somewhere in the city as this may affect where you choose to stay.
  • Communal Spaces – You want to consider whether you want a hostel with a space where the students on your trip can socialize with one another and with other travelers.
  • Curfew – Some hostels have curfew times for guests so make sure you know what these are before arrival as this can have an impact on your groups plans.
  • Age Restrictions – There are many hostels with an age minimum for guests, even when traveling with adults. Make sure you don’t get caught out by these rules.

 

A school trip to Paris is definitely worthwhile and a youth hostel in Paris can be the perfect place to stay.  It is important though to know how to find the best place to make the most of your trip which is why it can be helpful to speak with a travel agent before booking.  We hope this list of consideration helps you prepare for your upcoming trip.

If you are interested in group tours or excursions, check out our website here to learn more about how we can help!

 

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