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France

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

Program No. 22235RJ
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.
Length
9 days
Rating (4.9)
Activity Level
Starts at
3,249
Flights start at
900

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2023
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3,249
Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2023
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3,499
Apr 21 - Apr 29, 2023
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3,499
May 5 - May 13, 2023
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3,549
May 12 - May 20, 2023
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3,549
May 19 - May 27, 2023
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3,549
Sep 8 - Sep 16, 2023
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3,549
Oct 6 - Oct 14, 2023
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3,549
Mar 22 - Mar 30, 2024
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3,249
Apr 5 - Apr 13, 2024
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3,499
Apr 19 - Apr 27, 2024
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3,499
May 3 - May 11, 2024
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3,549
May 10 - May 18, 2024
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3,549
May 17 - May 25, 2024
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3,549
Aug 30 - Sep 7, 2024
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3,549
Sep 20 - Sep 28, 2024
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3,549
Oct 11 - Oct 19, 2024
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3,549
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2023
Starting at
3,939
Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2023
Starting at
4,379
Apr 21 - Apr 29, 2023
Starting at
4,379
May 5 - May 13, 2023
Starting at
4,569
May 12 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
4,569
May 19 - May 27, 2023
Starting at
4,569
Sep 8 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
4,569
Oct 6 - Oct 14, 2023
Starting at
4,569
Mar 22 - Mar 30, 2024
Starting at
3,939
Apr 5 - Apr 13, 2024
Starting at
4,379
Apr 19 - Apr 27, 2024
Starting at
4,379
May 3 - May 11, 2024
Starting at
4,569
May 10 - May 18, 2024
Starting at
4,569
May 17 - May 25, 2024
Starting at
4,569
Aug 30 - Sep 7, 2024
Starting at
4,569
Sep 20 - Sep 28, 2024
Starting at
4,569
Oct 11 - Oct 19, 2024
Starting at
4,569

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 13 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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Jerome Hugron
Jerome grew up in Lyon, in southeastern France. When he was 17, he spent one year in the U.S. as an exchange student attending high school while living with an American family in Michigan. He forged special ties with the U.S. thanks to that experience, returning to America every year since then, especially to the west. He then earned a degree in history from the University of Lyon. Since then, he has been enjoying his passion as a leader and has traveled throughout the world.

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

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Jerome Hugron View biography
Jerome grew up in Lyon, in southeastern France. When he was 17, he spent one year in the U.S. as an exchange student attending high school while living with an American family in Michigan. He forged special ties with the U.S. thanks to that experience, returning to America every year since then, especially to the west. He then earned a degree in history from the University of Lyon. Since then, he has been enjoying his passion as a leader and has traveled throughout the world.
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Odile Babault View biography
Odile Babault is delighted to share her love of France with you. She studied English and the travel industry at Sorbonne University and her professional career has been linked with North America ever since. Odile worked in the cruise industry, and traveled to the U.S. several times as a student. She can’t wait to help you discover France and make your stay unforgettable.
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Agathe Godard View biography
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.
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Josephine Lurie View biography
Jo Lurie has been a Group Leader since 1989. She has a passion for travel as that is when she is happiest. She speaks several European languages fluently and enjoys traveling through Europe with American participants. She has a strong affinity for France, Spain and Italy and can't wait to share her knowledge. She has extensive experience in ensuring that travelers' expectations are met and exceeded. In her spare time, she enjoys independent travel, listening to music and playing chess.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
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.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
The Hotel Majestic
by Georges Simenon
The most famous fictional detective in France, Maigret, tackles a case in the heart of Paris.





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