Paris: History of Chemistry and Society



10 days



$4,325 – Ratio 10:1
$4,075 – Ratio 15:1
$3,955 – Ratio 20:1
*Program price stands as an estimate until ticketing is finalized



May 15th – 24th, 2023

Program Highlights

    • Louvre
    • Champs-Elysées
    • Arch de Triomphe
    • River Seine Cruise
    • Musée Curie
    • Institut Pasteur 
    • Conciergerie
    • Sorbonne Tour
    • Palace of Discovery
    • Museum of Arts and Trades
    • History of Parisian Chemistry Tour
    • Covered Passages Walking Tour
    • Montmartre Walking Tour
    • Perfume Workshop
    • Chocolate Workshop
    • Day Trip to Reims and Champagne

Program includes

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • 8 Nights of Accommodation
  • All Ground Transportation (inc. Transportation Pass)
  • Daily Continental Breakfast 
  • Lunch included in the Day-Trip to Reims
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners 
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
  • Full Time Local Guide
  • 24/7 On-Ground Emergency Support
  • Travelers Health Insurance & Liability Insurance 
  • Tips & Gratuities


DAY 1 – DEPARTURE – Monday, May 15

  • Depart Home for Paris, France

DAY 2 – PARIS – Tuesday, May 16

  • Arrive in Paris, France 
  • Airport Transfer 
  • On-ground Briefing
    Orientation Walking Tour – The group will become oriented with their neighborhood, the public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc. 
  • Left Bank Walking Tour – Pont Neuf, Quartier Latin, Sorbonne, Pantheon, Jardin de Luxembourg
  • Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic dinner with a wide variety of menu options

DAY 3 – PARIS – Wednesday, May 17

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing 
  • Covered Passages Walking Tour – Frozen in time since the 1800s, these glass-roofed & paved arcades were originally created for the nobles to enjoy a stroll and a little shopping away from the dirt and the rabble of the streets. Enter the world of the Palais Royal. After learning about the palace’s scandalous & glamourous history, you’ll be taken through the gardens and the covered arcades that Philippe d’Orléans created to satisfy the nobles Parisians libertine way of life. From there the Palais Royal’s gardens will be a treat for the eyes with colourful flower beds, arcaded walkways, and rows of linden trees. A walk past Napoleon’s former stock exchange building will bring you to a historic candy shop with ties to Marie Antoinette. You can still buy her favorite chocolates today! Glimpse into a cozy cacophony of old stamps and postcards, bistros, ethnic eateries, and plenty of historic charm.
  • Chocolate Experience – In this  2.5 hrs workshop students will experience hands-on how the production of chocolate works and will learn more about the chemistry related to it. 15h-15h10 – Introduction to the event, Cercle Suédois 15h15 – 16h / 16h15-17h – Two groups work separately, one in the DIY workshop downstairs and the other at Cercle Suedois for the Chemistry of Chocolate presentation with Chef Stevy 17h-17h30 – Coffee & snacks at Cercle Suedois to end the event Tastings of specialty chocolates will be included in the event. Each participant will leave with a beautiful box of the chocolates they have produced as a team.

DAY 4 –  PARIS – Thursday, May 18

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing 
  • Musée Curie – The Musée Curie is a historical museum focusing on radiological research.
  • Sorbonne Tour – Since the 13th century, the name “Sorbonne” has been considered worldwide as one of the most prestigious centres of intelligence and culture, of science and of the arts, representing an age-old knowledge that spans the centuries and one that resounds to this day with the promise of excellence. You can visit this symbol of all French universities and academies!
  • Conciergerie – The first royal palace, with its magnificent original 14th cent. Gothic rooms. The tour also evokes its use as a prison during the French Revolution, and its most famous prisoner: Marie-Antoinette.

DAY 5 –  PARIS – Friday, May 19

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
    Museum Arts and Trades – Pascal’s calculating machine, Lavoisier’s laboratory instruments, Blériot’s plane, the very first televisions, cameras and computers, Foucault’s pendulum… A unique trip through the history of science and technology.
  • Free Time 
  • Cruise on the Seine River – Enjoy an early dinner cruise on the Seine river which will allow you to discover the heart of Paris while tasting a simple and tasty meal. The Seine is in the very heart of Paris. The crew member will be pleased to welcome you for an unbelievable moment. You’ll embark on an entirely glass-encased restaurant for truly enjoyable meal. The boat will cast off, the view on Paris is breathtaking ! Starting at the centre of Paris, you will discover the most beautiful monuments of the city : Louvre, Orsay, Notre-Dame… During this boat trip, you will also see quaysides, bridges and banks which liven up the Parisian life.
  • Eiffel Tower (climb up with lift) – An object of discord, desire and fascination, the Eiffel Tower never fails to impress since 1889.

DAY 6 – PARIS, Saturday, May 20

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Louvre Museum – Home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world’s greatest art museum, with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages.
  • Perfume Workshop – In this  2.5 hrs workshop students will first be taken in a tour that explains the perfume making process from the chemistry point of view. Then there will be a chance at making one own perfume to take home in a 50ml bottle. Just the perfect French souvenir!

DAY 7 – REIMS/PARIS – Sunday, May 21

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Train to Reims (approx. 1 hr)
  • Day-Trip to Reims and Champagne – Embark on a full discovery of the city of Reims and explore the Champagne area. Take part in a guided visit of Reims cathedral, followed by a guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Vranken Pommery (Visit included with 2 glasses of Champagne). The visit will continue to Reims Mountain Grand Cru Vineyards, Champagne Tasting Lunch (or in a comparable restaurant of equal standards)  & Cellar Tours at a Champagne Grower’s Family Domain. Lastly, visit of the Production Site and enjoy a Second Champagne Tasting.
  • Train to Paris (approx. 1 hr)

DAY 8 – PARIS – Monday, May 22

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Guided Visit at Institut Pasteur – After 30 years spent at the Ecole normale, in 1888 Louis Pasteur moved to a specially designed apartment at the Institut Pasteur. The apartment that has since become the Pasteur Museum is remarkably evocative of the personality of its former occupant and rich in wonderfully preserved collections.
  • Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées – Walk through the “Pont des Invalide” to reach the other side of Seine river. The Arc de Triomphe is perhaps the most iconic of all French monuments and without a doubt the most triumphal. Built between 1806 and 1836, it is iconic in style and sculpture of the decoration popular at the first half of the nineteenth century and visitors can admire its delicate design and engravings. Instantly recognizable and deeply evocative of the military history of France, the Arc de Triomphe provides a glimpse into France’s social past as well as spectacular views across central Paris.

DAY 9 – PARIS – Tuesday, May 23

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing 
  • History of Parisian Chemistry Tour (approx 2 hrs) – This tour will give you an insight into the role of chemistry in the Latin Quarter between 1850 and nowadays.   
  • Montmartre Walking Tour – This is the “artists neighborhood”. Retrace the footsteps of artistic legends such as Dali, Degas, and Hemingway, among several others. The Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur Cathedral are especially famous attractions that have been attracting visitors for decades.
  • Free Time
  • Dinner and Program Closing

DAY 9 – RETURN – Wednesday, May 24

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart Paris, France for Home

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