21 days
Level 2 - Moderate

Small group tours Paris | an extended stay exploring Paris

On this small group Paris tour, we take the time to get to know the Paris beyond the tourist centres. Staying in apartments, we are able to immerse ourselves in the city's history, art, and culture, with a mixture of guided tours, day trips, and time to enjoy the city on your own over a 21 day period. This trip includes themed days, focusing on literature, fashion, art, and history, along with entire days at leisure, allowing you the opportunity to return to explore key areas of interest or  new parts of Paris.

We begin the tour with a day themed around the life and achievements of Napoleon, visiting the Arc Du Triomphe, the Vendome Column, and more. The next day we set off on an excursion to one of Paris's wealthiest suburbs, Rueil-Malmaison.

In the following weeks, there are days dedicated to discovering the haunts of the great writers who've lived in Paris, or seeing the city's most wonderful galleries. While tours frequently pass quickly through cities, leaving only time for highlights, this extended tour is for travellers who wish to really get to know the city, spending time as a tourist and time as a local.

Small groups Paris Itinerary: a collection of in-depth experiences

This tour takes you to some 22 museums, galleries and key places of interest in Paris. This is a program designed to beyond traditional Paris sightseeing. Some of the museums and galleries we will visit from our centrally located Paris hotel will include:

  • Musee de L’Arme
  • Musee Rodin
  • Musee les Arts Decortifs
  • Mussee Yves Saint Laurent Paris
  • Musee du Vieux Montmartre
  • Fondations Louis Vuitton
  • Picasso Museum
  • Marmottan Monet Museum
  • Musee des artes et Metiers
  • Palais Decouverte
  • Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Jewish Museum
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Arab World Institute
  • Jules Verne House

This city tour is based almost entirely in Paris, with occasional excursions from the centre with our tour guide. Our tour from Paris to other points of interest in the regions of France that add to the overall experience of the tour. This is not only a Paris sightseeing tour; we have designed a program that allows you to explore and live in Paris for a few weeks, providing you with a great Paris experience that allow you to learn based on a collection of themed days exploring the city's art, history & culture.

This Paris Tour engages local guides to share their stories with you

To deliver a positive Paris experience, Odyssey Traveller has engaged some great local guides. The guides picked are typically natives of Paris. They are chosen for their in depth knowledge of Paris. This means on this Paris tour you will benefit from learning about their teachings on the  art, the history, and the culture of Paris during your time together.

Articles about France published by Odyssey Traveller.

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External articles to assist you plan your visit to France.

 Other Odyssey Tours:

The small group tour enjoying 21 days of Parisian life is only one of many of the small group tours offered by Odyssey Traveller to France, you can view all the tours to France via this link.

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About Odyssey Traveller

We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups between six to 12 people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada  and Britain. Our maximum number of people on a tour is 18 mature aged travellers.We have some 150 tours and offer 300 scheduled departures on offer each year. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983.

Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities.

Odyssey Traveller scholarship for Australia & New Zealand University students.

We are also pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals. Students can apply for the scholarship by clicking on this link to find out more details. 

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We stay in apartments in the heart of Paris, meaning we can quickly see the best of the city, and relax in comfort
Days themed around Art, Literature, History, and fashion, in which we immerse ourselves in the city’s rich culture
A visit to Alexandre Dumas’s home, the Chateau du Monte-Cristo
The Palais Galliera, Paris’s only dedicated museum of fashion
A half-day excursion to Rueil-Malmaison, including a visit to the beautiful Chateau Malmaison

Overview: On arrival in Paris, you will make your own way to your apartment. In the evening, we meet for a welcome dinner.

Overview: Today we enjoy a full guided tour of Paris, constructed around the life and achievements of Napoleon.

Napoleon did a lot for Paris and many of the monuments he built can still be seen today. A local guide take us to see some of the main sights related to the grand historical figure, such as the Vendome Column, the Arc du Triomphe and the Boulevard des Marechaux.

Overview: Today, we continue with the theme of Napoleon. In the morning, we take an excursion to Rueil-Malmaison where we visit the Chateau de Malmaison. This chateau was oncethe residence of Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais and the final residence of Napoleon in France. In the afternoon we return to Paris and the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.

Overview: Today, we embark on a full-day guided tour that guides us through the drama of The French Revolution, one of the most influential historical events not only in France, but also globally.

We visit the Place de la Bastille, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, and finish the day with a visit to the stunning Musee de l’Armee. In the evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Overview: Paris is among the richest cities in the world when it comes to art, and this tour takes advantage of that. Today, we enjoy a full day guided tour which includesthe Outdoor Sculpture Museum, the Musee Rodin and the Musee les Arts Decoratifs. Pending availability, we will attend an opera performance in the evening.

Overview: Today is all about fashion. We have a local guide for the day to take us through a number of fashion museums and areas with high fashion shops

We’ll visit the Palais Galliera, the only dedicated fashion museum in Paris, the Musee Yves Saint Laurent and walk through the famed Triangle d’Or.

Overview: You have the full day to explore Paris at your leisure.

Overview: In the morning, we take a trip to Le Port-Marly, where we visit the beautiful Chateau du Monte-Cristo, once the home of Alexandre Dumas and named for his famous novel. Today, the chateau is a museum dedicated to the writer’s life. In the afternoon, we return to Paris and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overview: Today we take a guided tour of Paris that is themed around the Enlightenment period, following in the footsteps of some of the great eighteenth century thinkers. We visit the Pantheon, a neoclassical church, and view le Procope and le Palais Royal, and a statue of the magnificent philosopher Denis Diderot.

We end the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Overview: Today, we turn once again to the history of the city, with a guided tour of central Paris. We enter the Musee du Vieux Monmartre, visit Sacre Coeur, Place due Tertre, Moulin de la Galette, Moulin Rouge, and more!

Overview: In the morning we board a train to Lille. On arrival, we take a walking tour of the city, before having free time to explore Lille on your own. We return to Paris by train in the late afternoon.

Overview: Today is another day dedicated to art in Paris. We have entrance to the newly opened Fondation Louis Vuitton, le Jeu de Paume, and the Picasso Museum, each magnificent in its own way.

Overview: Throughout the years, Paris has been the home to many authors, natives and those who have moved there. Today, we enjoy a tour that focuses on the city’s literary side. With a local guide, we visit the Cimetière du Père Lachaise where many famous authors and artists such as Jim Morrison are buried. Then we visit the Maison Victor Hugo and the Notre-Dame Cathedral which inspired Hugo’s “Hunchback of the Notre Dame”.

We also visit the old and well known bookshop Shakespeare & Company, the first outlet to publish James Joyce’s Ulysses . Other stops on the tour include the British Embassy where Somerset Maugham was born and La Closerie des Lilas. Ernest Hemingway lived nearby this café and it was here that he read the first finished manuscript of The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. Pending availability, we end the day with an evening ballet performance.

Overview: Today is themed around science, and the industrial revolution. We visit the Musee des artes et Metiers and the Palais Decouverte with a local guide. During the tour the group will also view the Institute de France, the building itself is only open to visitors one weekend per year (the 3rd weekend of September). During the tour the guide will discuss the importance of the Industrial revolution and why it was not as spectacular in France as it was in its neighbouring countries.

Overview: Today the group will visit the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in the morning. This is a baroque french chateau with glorious gardens. In the afternoon we return to Paris and the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Overview: Today we focus on the various cultures that come together to make Paris what it is. A guide will walk us through the Marais area where many Jews live, here the will visit the Jewish Museum and the Shoah Memorial which commemorates the Jews that were deported during WWII. Afterward we visit Sainte Chapelle, a church well known for its spectacular glass stained windows. To end the day we visit the Arab World Institute.

Overview: Today is free to explore Paris at your leisure.

Overview: Today is another when we focus on Paris’s rich literary history. A local guide takes us to view the Bibliotheque Mazarine, La Sorbonne, and the Ceramic Mosaics at Cluny-La Sorbonne metro station. We also visit Jardin de Luxembourg, among other local literary sites.

Overview: Today, we focus on the history of film in Paris, visiting locations that have been used in films and television.

We visit the open-air market Carré Marigny which was used in the film Charade (1963), the Pont Alexandre III Bridge which was used in the movie a Midnight in Paris, the Place Dauphine which was used in the series Sex and the City, The Louvre Pyramid, Le Nemours, and many more sights.

Overview: In the morning we board a train to head to Amiens. On arrival, we’ll be met by a local guide to show us around the city. We will also visit the late-19th-century home of Jules Verne, with preserved interiors, his effects & a winter garden. In the afternoon we will return to Paris, with the rest of our final full day free to wander the city. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.

Overview: Today, we make our own way to the airport for departing flights.

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