Top Paris Excursions
from Château de Grande Romaine
1. Eiffel Tower
See it and see from it! Enjoy the panoramic views of the city and include the tower itself as the backdrop to your own photographs, because you cannot visit Paris and not visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.
It’s the defining symbol of Paris – indeed of France.
The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 to commemorate 100 years since the French Revolution, and for more than four decades it held the record as the tallest structure in the world. It has welcomed more than 250 million visitors, and in 2009 celebrated its 120th birthday – no mean feat for a structure that was originally designed to stand for only 20 years!
2. Disneyland® Paris
Add some extra sparkle and wow-factor to your school trip with a visit to Disneyland® Paris! If you’ve not been before you’ll be amazed at the range of more than 50 unforgettable rides and experiences. Divided into two connecting parks, Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park - you can choose a single park ticket, or Hopper, allowing you access to both.
There are shows, parades and seasonal spectaculars – even educational packs and activities if that’s what you are looking for. It’s really so much more than a theme park. And if you have been before, no doubt you are already planning your return visit!
3. Brie Market and Town Trail
Discover a picturesque, traditional town, with its Gothic church and its twelfth century castle; Brie Comte-Robert is the historic capital of the Brie region.
PGL’s exclusive town trails are available in English and French, and will help your group make the most of exploring the streets of the town; or visit the vibrant market with its many artisan traders for plentiful opportunities to practise making transactions and negotiations in French!
4. Bateaux Parisiens
Take this sightseeing boat trip along the Seine and enjoy a new perspective on many of Paris’s best-known landmarks including a detailed and informative commentary.
Departing from near the Eiffel Tower your trip takes you past sites including Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay – and much more!
5. Arc de Triomphe
At the western end of the Champs Elysées the famous Arc is decorated with a huge frieze, commissioned by Napoleon as a tribute to his own military victories, including the famous ‘Le Départ des Volontaires’ (also known as ‘Le Marseillaise’).
In 1920 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was laid at the arch’s base, and an eternal flame burns to commemorate the dead of World War I and World War II.
There is a spiral staircase to the top of the arch for fantastic views across Paris.
6. Cathédrale Notre-Dame
Made famous by Victor Hugo’s gothic romantic novel, Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) published in 1832, the cathedral is one of Paris’s most famous landmarks.
Today there is much to admire and enjoy here – including the flying buttresses and the 13 metre rose stained-glass window.
It’s definitely worth climbing the 387 steps to the bell tower for views across Paris, for a close-up of the gargoyles - and to see ‘Emmanuel’ – the cathedral’s 13 ton bell, which the unfortunate Quasimodo, the bell ringer of Hugo’s novel, had to climb directly onto to make it ring.
7. Sacré Cœur & Montmartre
Walk around Montmartre to share the experiences of some of the most famous and influential artists who lived here - Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh to name but a few. Then eat your packed lunch sitting on the steps of the familiar sight of the basilica of the Sacré Cœur which can be seen from all over Paris and enjoy breathtaking views over the city.
Montmartre is so distinctive - a hub of activity with a bohemian atmosphere which endures to the present day. Street artists will produce your portrait in any style you can think of, and busy bars, cafés and restaurants celebrate the varied and colourful history of the district.
8. Stade de France
The home of French football and rugby international teams was originally opened in 1998 and hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1998 in which France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final.
The Brazilian team were based in the same place as you that year! They stayed at the Château de Grande Romaine which PGL acquired just 2 years later in 2000.
France’s iconic stadium is a visit that need not be limited to those with sporting interests. The guided tour provides insights into everything from its construction to the running of the stadium and the events held in it.
9. The Louvre
Home to possibly the most famous and controversial painting in the world, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre is one of the world’s greatest art museums. A visit is a must – whether or not your group has a specific interest in art. With so much to see you can schedule as much time as you like – or a short visit to focus just on the highlights.
Entrance to the permanent exhibition is free of charge and guided tours (usually taking 1.5 hours) are available in French or English to suit the needs of your group – or self-guide for ultimate flexibility.
10. Tour Montparnasse
With quizzes in French or English, maths challenges and various other activities designed for school groups, the 689ft Tour Montparnasse offers a good alternative to the Eiffel Tower – and of course offers the opportunity to include the Eiffel Tower as part of your Paris panorama!
It takes 38 seconds to travel from the ground floor to the 56th floor, 640 feet above ground level, in one of the fastest lifts in Europe. From the panoramic windows of the deck that circles the floor there are stunning 360o views over the city. And don’t miss the climb to the 59th floor to enjoy the open air roof terrace too.
11. Château de Fontainebleau
The opulent and impressive apartments of both Marie Antoinette and Napoleon are among unmissable sights at the Château de Fontainebleau, the former residence of the French royal family until the French Revolution of 1789.
The gardens are also magnificent and PGL has produced a visit trail to help you explore and appreciate the 130 acres of palace grounds.
12. Parc Astérix
Choose Parc Astérix for a theme park experience with a very French feel as you share your day’s adventures with the much-loved French cartoon characters, Astérix and Obélix.
Known in particular for its wide range of roller coasters and the fantastic aquatic theatre, it is a good alternative to Disneyland Paris for an exciting and action-packed day out.
13. Cité des Sciences
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe and specialises in promoting science.
Its goal is to spread scientific and technical knowledge – particularly among young people.
Five million visitors a year come to see attractions that include a planetarium, a submarine and an IMAX theatre (La Géode) as well as special areas for children and teenagers where there is a wide range of interactive exhibits. Supporting information is provided in both English and French.
14. Château Vaux-le-Vicomte
Château Vaux-le-Vicomte makes an impressive addition to your itinerary; the architect that designed it was the same architect who went on to build the Palace at Versailles.
The Château was created for Nicholas Fouquet who famously embezzled state funds and was sentenced to solitary confinement for the rest of his life wearing an iron mask. This is the where the story of "The Man in the Iron Mask" originates.
The Château is set in large enclosed gardens which means the group can enjoy some freedom to explore.
15. Snail Farm
What could be more French than a visit to a snail farm?
The owner offers an interesting guided tour of his farm in French, full of information about snails and how the farm works; children have the chance to handle the snails – and even to taste them!
See the snails at their liveliest with an evening visit by torchlight – though daytime visits are also popular and the farm also has a range of other animals to visit.