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 Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris  Traditional French breakfast or <i>petit-déjeuner</i>  Parisian cafe. Credit: Paris Tourist Office / Photographer Daniel Thierry  Relaxing in the Jardin des Tuileries. Credit: Paris Toursim Office, David Lefranc  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 13 - 21, 2017 Departure
Stéphanie Jeanjean

Stéphanie Jeanjean

Stéphanie Jeanjean is a professor of Art History at The Cooper Union and at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York; she also teaches French translation at The CUNY Graduate Center. Since 2007 she is a regular lecturer, in English and French, at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Stéphanie is a French native, born in Langres, a small historic town in Champagne-Ardennes in North Eastern France. She graduated from Bourgogne University in Dijon and completed a Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She curated exhibitions involving French artists, most recently at A. A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College of Old Westbury, at the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn, and at the Kitchen in New York. She presented on French Art at numerous conferences worldwide, including Tate Britain, London (UK); KAIST University, Daejeon (South Korea), Brown and Cornell Universities, at MIT, and CAA annual conferences in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago (USA), among others. She is a specialist of contemporary France, early French video and new media art. Stéphanie has worked on translating and subtitling in English rare early French video materials. Her upcoming publications (December 2014) will appear in Hilary Robinson ed., Feminism-Art-Theory, by Wiley & Blackwell Editions, Oxford (UK) and in François Bovier and Adeena Mey eds., Exhibited Cinema an Anthology, by ECAL and JRP-Ringier Editions, Lausanne and Zurich (Switzerland).

Apr 15 - 23, 2018 Departure
William Keylor

William Keylor

Bill Keylor is Professor of History and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he served four consecutive terms as chairman of the Department of History from 1988 to 2000 and currently directs the University’s International History Institute. Bill received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D in European History from Columbia University.  He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and Guggenheim Fellowships and was named Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government. He has also received three teaching awards at Boston University.

Bill has lived and worked France, has served as a consultant to the Museum of Peace at Caen, and has been a visiting professor of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences-Po). He has lectured on many Smithsonian tours and cruises since the late 1970s. 

Bill’s publications include dozens of articles and book chapters as well as two books on the history of France.  He is also the author of The Twentieth-Century World: An International History (6th edition, Oxford University Press, 2011) and A World of Nations: The International Order since World War II  (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009).

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.