Paris Art Tour
Chose whether you fly or take the Eurostar to discover the wealth of art in the museums of Paris including the Louvre, the Orsay and the Museum of Modern Art
School Art Trip to Paris
Paris, the City of Light, home to the Louvre and the Mona Lisa and the birthplace of Impressionism. There can be few cities in the world with so much charm and so many art treasures as Paris. Of course you have to go the the Louvre if for nothing else but to see Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, but there are so many important works that adorn its galleries. The statue of the Venus de Milo is one of the most important statues of antiquity, and the iconic work by Delacroix of Liberty Leading the People is instantly recognisable.
The impressionists take pride of place in the Musée d'Orsay where Renoir's Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette captures the Belle Epoque era and café culture which swept through middle class Paris in the 1870s. At the Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens you can see many other Impressionist works including Monet's Water Lilies. Paris is also at the forefront of modern and contemporary art, whether at the National gallery of Modern Art in the Pompidou Centre or at the cutting edge Louis Vuitton Collection.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Travel to Paris. Museum of Modern Art, Champs Élysées and Paris By Night
Travel to Paris: You have the option of flying, travel by Eurostar or by coach.
Paris Museum of Modern Art: This afternoon you visit the Paris Museum of Modern Art situated close to the Pont de l’Alma, a striking contemporary building which features cutting edge modern art. There are works here by Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse and many others.
Champs Élysées: Enjoy a stroll along the most famous avenue in Paris with its fashionable shops and restaurants. You have time to shop here and see the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris.
Paris By Night: After dinner in a city centre restaurant, you have a Paris by Night tour see that most iconic of Parisian landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. At night the tower is illuminated in spectacular fashion and each hour the lights sparkle.
Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Orangerie and the Louvre
Louis Vuitton Foundation: This morning you visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation, an amazing and striking contemporary building designed by Frank Gehry located on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne which features cutting edge modern art. Exhibitions are regularly updated so check the website for the latest details. The tour includes the building as well as the collections, and you must take time to see the water steps fountain.
The Orangerie: You continue to the Tuileries Garden where you visit the Orangerie, famous for Monet’s Water Lilies – Nympheas – which occupy the oval ground floor room. Upstairs there is an excellent collection of paintings by artists including Paul Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse and many others.
The Louvre: After time for lunch, you visit The Louvre, perhaps the most famous art gallery in the world. You can spend the afternoon discovering the tremendous array of art and sculpture including, of course, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Other works not to be missed include the Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, and the Great Sphinx of Tanis in the Egyptian collection. There are also works by great English artists including Turner and Gainsborough.
Musée d'Orsay, Latin Quarter, Sainte Chapelle and Montmartre
Musée d’Orsay: This morning you visit the Musée d’Orsay which houses a range of sculpture, photography and paintings including many impressionist and post-impressionist artists including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Cézanne.
The Latin Quarter: Close to the Orsay, this is the ideal place for lunch and a chance to explore some of the interesting shops which occupy its narrow lanes. Don’t miss a visit to the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, a unique English language bookshop in the heart of the French capital.
Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame: You see the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral, where the French kings and queens were crowned, and famed in Victors Hugo’s story. You also visit Sainte Chapelle, a gothic masterpiece and residence of the French Monarchs until the fourteenth century.
Montmartre: In the early evening you travel to the bohemian quarter of Montmartre which is where many Parisian artists are based. You can stroll along the narrow streets and see artists both at work, and those selling their paintings. Montmartre is also famous for the Cathedral of Sacré Coeur which you can visit, and where you can also enjoy the spectacular panoramic view across Paris. Dinner is in the Place du Tertre in the heart of Montmartre.
Pompidou Centre, Montparnasse Tower and Travel Home
Pompidou Centre: This morning you visit the iconic Pompidou Centre, home to the National Museum of Modern Art. The building is a work of art in its own right and the public square outside is a popular site for street artists and musicians to perform. The Museum houses the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world.
Montparnasse Tower: In the afternoon you take the high-speed lift to the top of the Montparnasse Tower Roof Top Observation Deck for a panoramic view across Paris. The views stretch across the city and include the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Sacre Coeur.
Travel Home: In the evening you travel home.
Palace of Versailles
National Museum of Modern Art at the Pompidou Centre
Shakespeare & Company
Louis Vuitton Foundation
Montmartre & Sacre Coeur
Musée de l’Orangerie
The Rodin Museum
Paris Museum of Modern Art
River Seine Cruise
Arc de Triomphe
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