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
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, "Unhurried 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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Louis Bideau
Louis is an experienced group leader who has led educational groups around the Mediterranean. He has held many positions in hospitality and management in France and Spain. In addition to his native language, French, Louis is fluent in Spanish, German and English, and his multi-cultural background has allowed him to successfully lead groups of travelers of different nationalities. His cross-cultural work experience and his ability to foster group cohesion have allowed him to be a successful group leader.
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Julian Brown
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