Explore the art, history, and joie de vivre of Paris during this cultural stay program showcasing the City of Light, where you'll enjoy insightful excursions and time to follow your own pursuits.

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 The Eiffel Tower overlooking the Seine   Notre Dame Cathedral, along the Seine River  Gargoyle from Notre Dame looking out over Paris  Traditional French breakfast or <i>petit-déjeuner</i>  Parisian cafe. Credit: Paris Tourist Office / Photographer Daniel Thierry  The Tuileries gardens near the Louvre  Relaxing in the Jardin des Tuileries. Credit: Paris Toursim Office, David Lefranc  Entrance to the Louvre, Paris  Stained glass windows in a medieval chapel, Paris. Credit: Vincent Cheng  The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles  The Palace of Versailles  Traditional square in Dijon, Burgundy


A One-Week Stay in France

9 days from $4,290

Explore the art, history, and joie de vivre of Paris during this cultural stay program showcasing the City of Light, where you'll enjoy insightful excursions and time to follow your own pursuits.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Our other tour members were an interesting mix of people with different backgrounds from around the country. We enjoyed spending time with everyone and now feel they are our new friends.

- Mary Anne K.

We really like the 'city break' concept. You get the best of both worlds: the study leaders (always excellent) and time on your own. And, as always with Smithsonian tours, wonderful travel companions.

- Previous Journeys Traveler

You can count on Smithsonian for quality and excellence. First class all the way! 

- Carolyn D.


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Sep 16 - 24, 2018 Departure
Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill is an accredited art appraiser who lectures regularly on all aspects of art history in Washington, DC. She has joined several Smithsonian Journeys voyages, acting as our art expert in destinations from Mexico to Europe and the Middle East. Mary has published articles in several national publications, including Smithsonian Magazine's cover story for September 2001, Virtue and Beauty: The Renaissance Image of the Ideal Woman.

Apr 28 - May 6, 2019 Departure
Isabelle Pepin

Isabelle Pepin

Isabelle Pepin is a Franco-American who was born and raised in Versailles. In 2006, she received her PhD in Etruscan art from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). During her studies, she spent several years in Italy: Siena and Florence, where she prepared her Master’s degree, and on a scholarship at the Ecole française in Rome, working on her PhD thesis. In addition to teaching at the Université de Paris VIII and at the American University in Paris, Isabelle has experience as Communications Manager for an art books publisher and translating documentaries for French television. As a docent, she enjoys sharing her passion for Paris, its art and history, with visitors, family and friends. She is also an active member of the Montmartre Historical Society and has recently published a book about Montmartre.

Sep 15 - 23, 2019 Departure
Madeline Díaz

Madeline Díaz

Madeline Díaz has over 15 years of experience creating and leading programs for museums and cultural institutions. She has worked for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Cloisters, the Frick Collection, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian Latino Center for which she currently serves as consultant. She develops and leads education programs for several French cultural institutions including the Grand Palais, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme and the Mona Bismarck American Center. She also teaches museum education and cultural mediation at the University of Versailles. She has traveled extensively through Spain, Italy and France and has a passion for art, photography, languages and flamenco. Madeline holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from Columbia University.