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France

Paris at a Slower Pace: Art & Culture in the City of Light

Only Paris is Paris. Enjoy an easy-paced discovery as you join local experts to learn about the museums, art, architecture and renowned cuisine that make this city one-of-a-kind.
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Program No. 22235RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,549
Flights start at
725

At a Glance

From the spires of Notre Dame to the masterpieces of the Louvre, discover the cultural treasures of Paris at a leisurely pace that allows you to savor your discoveries. View artwork by the masters at some of the world’s finest museums, stroll the Latin Quarter alongside students at the nearby Sorbonne and get a taste of life as a Parisian at street-side cafes and at an open- air market. Experience extraordinary full days exploring the “City of Light” via motorcoach, accompanied by local experts and enhanced with in-depth lectures. Discover the best of Paris at your own pace.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 2 miles per day and standing up to 2 hours; cobblestone streets and uneven terrain. Looking for the same great program but more challenging? Check out "Independent Paris: People, Places, Culture" (#10034).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A local Road Scholar expert introduces you to the medieval art and architecture of Paris as you explore Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame on Île de la Cite.
  • Examine and discuss the art of Paris at the Musee d’Orsay, Rodin Museum and the Louvre.
  • Explore the elegant Palais Royal and stroll the famed Rue Saint-Honoré.

General Notes

You may be interested in a more active version of this program, "Independent Paris: People, Places, Culture" (#10034). 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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Agathe Godard
Originally from La Rochelle, France, Agathe has always been fascinated by foreign cultures. She directed her studies towards international art, history and literature and received her bachelor’s after studying in Spain and the U.S. She led groups in every corner of France before becoming a full-time instructor at Versailles. She quickly fell in love with Paris—its way of life, architecture and history. Agathe has a soft spot for the Middle Ages and the Belle Époque’s arts, so she loves to explore Paris' neighborhoods and museums.

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

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