Paris, France

Take ART115 (Survey of Art History II) in Paris!

As part of our time in Paris, we will visit: La Sainte Chapelle, Nôtre Dame, the Louvre Museum, the Musée d'Orsay, the Orangerie, Versailles Palace, the Picasso Museum and the Centre Pompidou, the Villa Savoye, and others, while looking at world-famous artworks by Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Van Gogh, Picasso, and countless others. We will also explore well known sites within the city: the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, the Opera (Palais Garnier), the Luxembourg Gardens, as well as walking tours of Montmartre Neighborhood, the Left Bank, the Île Saint Louis, the Marais, and others.  By the end of the trip, you will have a comfortable knowledge of the city!

Apart from museums and art, we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and ambience of the city. We’ll visit markets, parks, and walk through neighborhoods, sampling pastries, coffees, ice creams and of course, incredible food. Our hotel (info below) is in the affordable and convenient tenth district of Paris, near the Place de la Republique. You’ll have plenty of options for dining and site-seeing. You will be immersed in the real Paris and have an authentic experience of it.

For our class, course content will be delivered online and we will have two pre-departure meetings to cover travel information as well as to preview course material.

Faculty Leaders

The course will be taught and led by two Wake Tech faculty members: Dr. Robert Mayhew and Dr. Allison Fox. We love Paris and are eager to share it with you! Our extensive knowledge of the city and its world famous art collections means that participants will give you access that few others have!

Accommodations

We will stay for eight days at the boutique hotel Magenta 38 (opens in a new window), which includes a hearty, filling breakfast. Daily low-cost meal options will be available in area markets and restaurants. 

Cost

  • $3549 (includes direct roundtrip flight from RDU to Paris). 25 students or more will lower the price to $3449.
  • Students may wish to make their own flight arrangements for a possibly lower price. Without flight, land cost is $2199.

What's Included

  • Hotel with private bathroom and daily breakfast.
  • All ground transportation (commuter rail and metro passes to give us easy access to anywhere in the city).
  • Farewell dinner at the historic Au Bouillon Julien Restaurant (opens a new window)
  • All museum entrances and fees. 
  • Extensive tours and site visits to the Louvre, The Musée d’Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, the Pompidou Center, Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and others. We will have ample time for up-close study of specific artworks in these museums.

Not included: 

  • Optional excursion to Giverny and/or Chartres (about $30)
  • Standard WTCC course fees and tuition ($240).
  • Mandatory Wake Tech International Health Insurance through GeoBlue ($12)
  • Airline-Imposed Baggage Fees (if applicable)
  • Cost of passport (if applicable)
  • Incidental expenses
  • Travel will be booked through WTCC's travel agency liaison and arrangements made through course leaders.

Full Itinerary

We will have two on-campus meetings to prepare for departure and to review course materials.

Day 1 – Meet at RDU for our direct flight (8 hours) to Paris.

Day 2 – City Introduction
Check into our hotel and begin the field section of the course. After settling in, we will have a brief orientation to our neighborhood, and walk to notable landmarks including the Île de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Île St. Louis and Latin Quarter.

Day 3 – The Renaissance 
On our first full day, we will study first-hand the world famous Renaissance and Baroque collection of the Louvre Museum. Included also are tours of some of the lesser-known artworks and spaces in the museum. 

Day 4 – Baroque and Rococo 
We will travel by train out of Paris to Versailles Palace to explore the Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and André Le Nôtre’s stunning Gardens.

Day 5 – The Nineteenth Century 
We will visit the Nineteenth Century collections of the Musée d’Orsay, including Courbet, Manet, and Van Gogh. Optional visit to the Paris Opera. We will conclude with a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Day 6 – Optional Trip to Normandy
Today we will take an excursion to the country and travel to Monet’s garden and art studio in Giverny, just outside of the busy city. We will travel by train from the historic Saint Lazare train station.

Day 7 – The Twentieth Century Part 1 
We will spend our day at  the fantastic Georges Pompidou in our survey of early Twentieth Century Art. In the afternoon, we will visit the small but spectacular Orangerie Museum to view Monet’s Waterlilies in situ.

Day 8 – The Twentieth Century Part 2 

We will day-trip out to look at the iconic Villa Savoye in the nearby town of Poissy, one of the most influential buildings of the twentieth century. Alternatively, we may visit the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Day 9 – Free Day in Paris
Our last day will be left open for a free day in Paris, where you can return to favorite places or find new ones! . We end out visit to Paris with a très chic group farewell dinner at the historic restaurant Au Boullon Julien, a jewel of art nouveau architecture.

Day 10 – Depart hotel and return to Raleigh.


Interested? We would love to meet you! Please contact our Traveling Faculty:

Dr. Allison Fox ([email protected])

Dr. Robert Mayhew ([email protected])