New Year's Eve in Paris

Experience New Year’s in Paris Road Scholar-style: learn about the city’s most famous landmarks, discover local culture with experts and enjoy traditional Parisian cuisine.
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Program No. 22476RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

This New Year’s, experience the rich culture of Paris and witness the City of Light live up to its name. Make the most of this exciting time in Paris, taking evening strolls down the city’s famous boulevards lit up for the holidays. With local experts, learn about Parisian history, culture and Impressionism, and discover its best-known landmarks, including the Louvre, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy the freedom of all-access Métro and Museum passes as you explore the city on your own. Ring in the New Year with festive French cuisine and the lovely company of your fellow Road Scholars!
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to three miles per day. Extensive use of the Paris Métro system, often accessed by stairs.
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 ...

  • Celebrate the holidays at Château de Vaux le Vicomte and marvel at this impressive and historic property.
  • With an expert instructor, discover incredible Gothic architecture on Île de la Cité, including Sainte-Chapelle.
  • Explore Paris on your free time with a Paris Museum Pass, granting access to many museums.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with "Christmas in London" (#22535) for even more holiday learning adventures in Europe! We’ll even transfer you by train from one program to the other. 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.
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Caroline Buizza
Caroline Buizza was born and raised in Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy. After completing her master’s degree, she became a teacher in Europe. Through her teaching experiences, she decided that her purpose was travel education. Therefore, she went back to school to become a certified group leader. She loves French history, art and culture and she takes pride in sharing her country's wonderful heritage with adventurous groups.

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

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