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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. 10034RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,899
Flights start at
725
France

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.
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,899
Flights start at
725
Program No. 10034 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Nov 6 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
1,899
Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Mar 26 - Apr 3, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Apr 9 - Apr 17, 2022
Starting at
2,379
May 7 - May 15, 2022
Starting at
2,379
May 13 - May 21, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Jun 11 - Jun 19, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Jul 9 - Jul 17, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Sep 2 - Sep 10, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Sep 10 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2022
Starting at
2,379
Nov 5 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
2,099
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 6 - Nov 14, 2021
Starting at
2,339
Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2022
Starting at
2,599
Mar 26 - Apr 3, 2022
Starting at
2,599
Apr 9 - Apr 17, 2022
Starting at
3,149
May 7 - May 15, 2022
Starting at
3,149
May 13 - May 21, 2022
Starting at
3,149
Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Jun 11 - Jun 19, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Jul 9 - Jul 17, 2022
Starting at
3,149
Sep 2 - Sep 10, 2022
Starting at
3,149
Sep 10 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
3,149
Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2022
Starting at
3,299
Nov 5 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
2,599
Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
2,599

At a Glance

From a table at a street-side cafe 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
Let's Go!
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: Seven nights hotel accommodation, Métro and museum passes, all breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, escorted activities and optional field trips. Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside.
Featured Expert
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Tom Thal-Jantzen
Tom Thal-Jantzen grew up in the Kent countryside near Canterbury and attended a Rudolf Steiner School, focusing on the arts. He went on to study at a university in Brighton where he completed a degree in International Hospitality Management. In 2002, he moved to Albi in Southwest France where he began leading groups from Bordeaux to Gaillac. Tom enjoys sharing the history of wine in his region, the history behind it, the gastronomy of southwest France, spending time with family, and hiking with his dog.

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

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Tom Thal-Jantzen View biography
Tom Thal-Jantzen grew up in the Kent countryside near Canterbury and attended a Rudolf Steiner School, focusing on the arts. He went on to study at a university in Brighton where he completed a degree in International Hospitality Management. In 2002, he moved to Albi in Southwest France where he began leading groups from Bordeaux to Gaillac. Tom enjoys sharing the history of wine in his region, the history behind it, the gastronomy of southwest France, spending time with family, and hiking with his dog.
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Orane Mazelier was born and raised in the Loire Valley. After earning a BA in tourism, she moved to the U. S. and has since returned to France as group leader for educational companies, sharing her passion for French culture and history. Orane has led groups for 25 years throughout Europe and is fluent in several languages. She is now a licensed guide, focusing on Paris. Her expertise is in French gastronomy, which makes sense since her biggest interest at the moment is cooking!
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Gwenael Amisse was born in Brittany France. His love of travel began when his parents took him camping throughout France. He earned a degree in English in Nantes, then degrees in Spanish Linguistics and South American Civilization in Rennes. After backpacking and traveling around the world, Gwenael applied these experiences in a travel industry career. He has since lead more than 150 educational groups in France, Spain, and Italy. Gwenael speaks French, English, Spanish and has a passion for history, architecture, design, and horticulture.
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Brian Haldeman View biography
Brian Haldeman’s travel experience began at an early age in Ethiopia where his parents were involved in humanitarian efforts. Exploring the world on the way home to the U.S., Brian received his BA from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Art History from the Université Paris X-Nanterre. He has worked as a local guide in Paris for more than 20 years and has led groups throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Brian’s expertise is in the art and history of Parisian neighborhoods.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
Paris Pratique Par Arrondissement
by Atlas Indispensable
This pocket atlas contains detailed maps of every neighborhood in Paris, as well as details about bus and metro stops.
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway
A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.
The Secret Life of the Seine
by Mort Rosenblum
After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river.
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris
by John Baxter
Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales.
A Traveller's History of Paris
by Robert Coles
A fast-moving, short survey of French history with a focus on Paris from its foundation, through the heady days of revolution and up to modern times.
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
by Joan DeJean
A captivating history of the growth, design, and planning of Paris, telling the story of how the modern city came to be.
Murder in the Marais
by Cara Black
Literate and thrilling, with a strong sense of the geography and flavor of Paris, the first in a series of mysteries starring Aimee Ledoc shows off the French-American detective's wit and wile. The series continues with Murder in Belleville (FRN562), Murder in the Sentier (FRN563) and many more.
The New Paris
by Lindsey Tramuta
Move past the clichés and learn about what makes up Paris today. Explore the open-minded sensibility, diverse populations, and hidden corners of The New Paris.
The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris
by Edmund White
A 'flaneur' is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through city streets in search of adventure and fulfillment. Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians.
The Hotel Majestic
by Georges Simenon
The most famous fictional detective in France, Maigret, tackles a case in the heart of Paris.
Markets of Paris
by Dixon Long & Marjorie Williams
An in-depth guide to the best markets in Paris. Dive into the heart of French culture and navigate the markets like a local with maps, tips, and handy phrases.
My Life in France
by Julia Child
The touching and famous story of Julia Child in France, where she learned to cook and fell in love with French cuisine, all in her own words.
The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
Behr seeks out the best of French food, in encounters from Champagne to Provence, to tell the stories of French artisans and chefs who work at the highest level. He shares what he learns from these experts on French traditions and how to best enjoy this food.
Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light
by Tyler Stovall
A history of black Americans who settled in Paris, France, from 1900 to the present.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.





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