Our new family walk turns the city into a living classroom.
On this new tour you’ll see key sites where history still echoes in Paris, with the voices of a fascinating cast of characters. Your family’s private guide will help your children (ages 6-12) read those sites, like chapters in an engaging storybook they won’t want to put down. We all know how much kids can learn outside of school, especially when they’re having fun doing it.
We start in the historic Marais district, home to the city’s most beautiful square, Place des Vosges. That’s where we meet our first character, the French writer Victor Hugo. From there, we explore quiet cobble-stoned streets and dreamy bridges over the Seine, stopping at medieval walls and a magnificently restored 17th-century townhouse. The city’s squares, streets, buildings and monuments are like a giant, interactive classroom.
Along the way, your kids will be solving observational riddles in a take-home activity book, Hats Off to Paris. Our experienced team of educators designed it uniquely for this program, to help give kids a sense of ownership over what they are learning.
After years of working with families, we know your precious vacation time is more meaningful when you have an opportunity to collaborate. So we give you, the parents, some stress-free time to focus on the contagious enthusiasm of your kids. They’ll likely be having too much fun—searching for traces of cannon balls or mason marks on a medieval rampart— to realize how much history you’re all absorbing together.
Time to Explore Paris concludes near one of the city’s most iconic sites, the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. There, our cast of characters comes full circle, and closes with a beloved figure from Hugo’s classic story. But the learning doesn’t have to end there. As your kids continue to explore Paris, and indeed the world, they’ll take with them some of the magic and curiosity that makes any walk, anywhere, into a lasting adventure.