Independent Paris: People, Places, Culture
Celebrate the grand culture of Paris on expert-led walks and independent excursions, reveling in architecture, world-class museums, famed cuisine and traditional open-air markets.
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Program No. 10034NZP
9 days
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At a Glance

From a table at a street-side café near the Sorbonne, you watch students excitedly discoursing, mothers shepherding children along the sidewalk, the life of a Parisian neighborhood unfolding before you. It’s just one moment in your independent exploration of the Paris behind the postcards. Stroll the grand boulevards, meet local experts who illuminate the city’s most marvelous treasures, compare the city’s diverse quarters and savor every new experience that crosses your path.
Activity Level
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Walking up to five miles per day. Extensive use of the Paris Métro system, often accessed by stairs. Activity level is based on included program elements. You may enjoy a more leisurely version of this program, "Paris at a Slower Paris: Art & Culture in the City of Light" (#22235).
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A local Road Scholar expert introduces you to life as a Parisian as you explore Île de la Cité, the center of Paris.
  • Examine and discuss the art of Paris at museums, gardens and an open-air market.
  • Enjoy ample free time for independent discoveries or choose to follow the group leader to intriguing corners of the city.

General Notes

Included in the Program Only Price: Seven nights hotel accommodation, six-day Métro and museum passes, all breakfasts, six escorted field trips and an option to join any of six additional escorted excursions at no additional charge. Not included: Airport transfers. You may be interested in a more leisurely version of this program, "Paris at a Slower Paris: Art & Culture in the City of Light" (#22235).
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Thomas Randall
Thomas Randall got hooked on long holidays while at University in England and turned his love for travel and history into a lifestyle. With 15 years of experience as an educational excursion leader, he also runs a website that allows him to share his experiences. Thomas has lived in England, Denmark, France, Italy, and Spain, visited more than 70 countries and speaks eight languages. An avid photographer and writer, his worldwide adventures provide the perfect backdrop and training, making him an energetic, witty Group Leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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