Social and Cultural France

Around Paris

VERSAILLES

The Palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King, is the 17th century world of unbelievable opulence and ornamentation enjoyed by the royal classes. Come and see where the staff gathered to witness the rising of the monarch every morning. Be prepared to spend the entire day to see this grand scale phenomenon. Once you are here, you can spend the day touring the palace and visiting the exotic vegetable, fruit and flower gardens.

DISNEYLAND RESORT PARIS

Disneyland Resort Paris is a holiday and recreation resort in the eastern suburbs of Paris. The complex is located 20 miles from the centre of Paris. The perfect place to have fun, whatever your age!

FONTAINEBLEAU

The Palace of Fontainebleau, located 34.5 miles from the centre of Paris, is one of the largest French royal Châteaux.
Today, Fontainebleau offers visitors its architectural treasures, its decors, its paintings and the thousands of fascinating and precious objects that it has carefully preserved.

The city of Fontainebleau has grown up around the remainder of the Forest of Fontainebleau. Fans of nineteenth century French history will find their treasure here in Foret de Fontainebleau, as it was the Palace of Napoleon and the old hunting grounds of the French royalty. You can feel the era of Napoleon’s time with the many furnishings and his personal objects.

VAUX LE VICOMTE

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque castle located in Maincy, 34 miles southeast of Paris. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of Louis XIV. Vaux-le-Vicomte was in many ways the most influential work built in Europe in the mid-17th century. The garden's use of a baroque axis that extends to infinity is an example of this style.

In Paris

LOUVRE

In the Musee du Louvre, you will find some of the most famous works of art of the world. Famous works of art include the Mona Lisa, the ancient Winged Victory, the statue of Venus de Milo, and thousands of other priceless works donated to the museum; many of which were originally collected privately by French Royalty throughout history.

ORSAY MUSEUM

Musee d’Orsay is famous for its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. The museum which was converted from a railway station by the banks of the river Seine, is truly amazing. The collection covers the 1848-1914 period and has been arranged chronologically. Famous works of art at the museum includes five of Monet’s paintings of Rouen Cathedral, Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass). We can arrange visits to other museums on demand.

THE EIFFEL TOWER

The tallest structure in the world, when constructed, the Eiffel Tower was originally built in 1899 as a temporary exhibition structure. This engineering wonder offers a view of over 40 miles - weather permitting! It is also home to a movie theatre, restaurants and a bar. It is used as a city-wide communications tower and the best place to enjoy the more beautiful views of Paris.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France. It is visited by an average 50,000 visitors every day and is one of the most visited monuments in the whole of Paris. Notre Dame is located in the Ile de la Cité in 'the cradle of Paris'.

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