The experience was amazing! I felt like the trip really brought together many different groups of people that don’t usually connect.

Student, 2018

Join us for an Amazing French Adventure!

Paris has, for centuries, been at the center of art, culture, architecture, literature, poetry, and design in Europe. From the renaissance to today, the city has brimmed with the finest thinkers and the most brilliant ideas. Our tour of Paris will highlight a variety of cultural, artistic, and historic icons the city has to offer. There are multiple curricular connections in the subjects of English, French, History, and Art. The most notable connection, of course, is the real-world opportunity for students to practice their French language skills. We will incorporate aspects of each subject into the trip program. Students will use their French language skills on a day-to-day basis, learn about French history at the locations we visit, and see world famous art at the Louvre Museum. Naturally, no trip to France is complete without a day at Disney, Paris! The trip will be chaperoned by seasoned MKS teachers, including french-speaking staff members. Furthermore, this is the third time we are taking this particular trip with the same itinerary and tour company. We have had marvelous fun and success in the past. I sincerely hope you will consider allowing your student to be a part of this incredible experience. 

Paris Trip Fast Facts

Important Dates: 
Registration Deadline: 21 October, 2019
Payment* Deadline: 21 November, 2019 
***Strict limit on the number of students- first come, first served! 
Parent Meeting: 14 April, 2020
Paris Trip: April 17 to 23, 2020

Flights: 

Emirates:
EK 838 17 APR to BAH to DXB 1015 to 1240
EK 75 17 APR to DXB to CDG 1440 to 2000
EK 76 22 APR to CDG to DXB 2155 to #0635 (next day)
EK 837 23 APR to DXB to BAH 0830 to 0845

OR
Etihad (dependent on the final prices)
EY 372 17APR BAH to AUH 2245 #0100
EY 31 18APR AUH to CDG 0215 0740
EY 38 22APR CDG to AUH 2155 #0645
EY 371 23APR AUH to BAH 0915 0930

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm nervous about sending my child. Is Paris safe?

Yes! Paris is very safe. We completely understand your concerns. As a parent, it can be daunting to send your child away for an entire week. We conduct risk assessments for every trip at MKS. We also send experienced chaperones and tour with an expert local guide. The chaperones on this trip have all traveled with MKS students in the past and have a great track record of safety and fun. Paris is also a very safe city! There are some risks of pick-pocketing, but with avoidance measures taken we have seen no cases of this on our trips to Paris. Student safety is the most important factor in planning international student travel. We pride ourselves on a great safety track record.

Is the food halal?

Yes! All food options provided to students are certified halal. Our travel agency has been very accommodating of students’ dietary needs for halal requirements, vegetarians, and those with specific dietary requirements. We never want students to feel hungry or unsatisfied, and we will be sure to check all food products before consumption.

What about the visa?

Ultimately, parents are responsible to ensure they fulfill all of the documentation requirements for the Schengen Visa to France. It is essential that passport copies be clear and legible and that expat families have a valid residency in the Kingdom of Bahrain. MKS will assist families with the visa application process, including collecting and verifying all documents and conducting a field trip to the French Embassy to submit the visa applications directly. Visa fees are not included in the trip price.

How much money should I send with my child?

Check the web for up to date exchange rates. We recommend sending about 30 BD per student per day to cover necessary expenses. Please do not send large amounts of cash. ATMs are available throughout Paris and can be used to pull out local currency. Inform you bank ahead of time that you will be traveling to avoid fees and to ensure your card will work properly. Obviously excessive shopping or purchases will require more money, but these are certainly not required.

What is included in the price?

The total trip cost includes international airfare, airport transfers, all ground transportation in Paris, 4-Star or greater hotel accommodation, breakfasts, entry fees to all itinerary activities and programs, and comprehensive travel insurance. The cost of the visa, lunches, and dinners are not included. At the request of the students, the meals were removed because they want to choose the specific meals they take. We will make dinner reservations at halal restaurants and students will order their own food items.

I have airline miles. Can I book my child's flight independently?

No, students must be booked with the rest of the group through our approved travel partners. This is to ensure that all students are together and supervised at all times. This also ensures that if there are any flight delays or cancellations we can easily change tickets and make itinerary adjustments.

Who will look after the students?

We send a minimum of 3 staff, and typically send 1 staff member for every 10 attending students. For example, last year three staff chaperones attending alongside our 19 students. We are sending veteran MKS staffers on this trip who have all traveled internationally with students. We are joined on the trip by a local French guide for the duration of the trip. Our guide will stay in the same hotel and will be available 24 hours a day in case of any emergency. We will also be joined by specialist guides at several of the activities on our itinerary to lead tours and excursions.

What kind of food will they be eating?

We will make dinner reservations in advance at local French restaurants with certified halal options. Students will order directly from the menu and pay for their own food for lunches and dinners. This is by students’ requests from feedback on previous trips- our students very much prefer to have more choice in their dining options. There is also a grocery store and fast food available nearby the hotel if students are hungry at the end of the day- no one will go hungry! 🙂

What are the hotel arrangements?

We book the trip with Best Western Plus La Demeure Hôtel in central Paris. This is a four star hotel and we have absolutely loved this hotel on each trip. The staff are very friendly and courteous, and the rooms are clean and well-fitted. Students will sleep in queen size beds with double occupancy. Single rooms are available for a supplementary fee. Inquire with Mr. Bankes for details. At a date closer to the trip, a rooming signup will be shared for students to request rooming mates. We will do our best to honor all students’ requests. Boys and girls will stay on separate floors. The hallways have cameras and the front desk security will ensure that students do not leave the hotel at night. If necessary, staff members will take regular patrols in the halls to ensure students are safely in their rooms. There is no pool at the hotel.

Modern Knowledge Schools

Paris Trip Educational Objectives

Language Immersion

Parlez-vous français?

Students at MKS Study English, Arabic, and French. A vital component of French-language instruction is the ability to fluently use conversational phrases to communicate in a variety of circumstances. 

Social Studies Objectives

Standards-Aligned

This trip has been aligned with the curricular standards and expected outcomes for the grade 10 Social Studies cohort. Students will put faces to the names and see the very real places discussed in their history textbooks! 

The MKS Mission

Global-minded learning!

One of the four essential components of the MKS mission is Global-Mindedness. We encourage all students to travel internationally, learn about other cultures and societies, and return home with a new appreciation and knowledge of Bahrain and its place in the world. 

Paris 2020

Meet the Chaperones

Ben Welk

Social Studies Head of Department

Sandra Gambiroza

IB French Teacher

Brandon Bankes

Student Activities Coordinator
The City of Lights

Paris 2020 Itinerary

Day 1: Friday

17 April 2020

-Bienvenue en France! Meet your French Prometour Tour Director upon arrival at the airport
-Transfer to your hotel to drop off your luggage, check-in will be later
-While in Paris, travel as the locals do by walking or taking public transportation
-Head to Place de la Bastille home to the Opera Bastille, a marina for pleasure boats and the Canal Saint Martin
-Enjoy dinner on your own
-Overnight accommodation in Paris

Day 2: Saturday

18 April 2020

-Breakfast at the hotel with your group
-Explore Paris with your Prometour Tour Director; see Place de la Concorde, stroll along the Champs-Elysees, considered the most beautiful avenue in the world, and admire several French monuments
-Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, a monument that honors those who fought and died for France and is the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
-Head to Place du Trocadero and have a stroll through the beautifully landscaped Champ de Mars. Prove you were there with photos at the Trocadéro – the backdrop isfantastique
-Admire the view from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower (Subject to availability, no access to 3rd floor possible)
-Enjoy dinner on your own
-Overnight accommodation in Paris

Day 3: Sunday

19 April 2020

-Breakfast at the hotel with your group
-Have a guided tour of the Musee du Louvre; discover some of its wonderful masterpieces including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the striking glass pyramid in front of the museum.
-Have lunch on your own
-Discover Quartier Montmartre, known as “la Butte” and make sure to enter the Sacre Coeur Basilica
-Enter the Sacré Coeur Basilica and take a look at the amazing mosaics on the interior
-Enjoy dinner on your own
-Overnight accommodation in Paris

Day 4: Monday

20 April 2020

-Breakfast at the hotel with your group
-Board the RER train to Disneyland
-Visit Disneyland Paris, an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée: best attraction in all of France and Europe
-Enjoy dinner and the fireworks at Disneyland paris
-Board your bus and transfer back to Paris Center
-Overnight accommodation in Paris

Day 5: Tuesday

21 April 2020

-Breakfast at the hotel with your group
-Discover the Catacombs, where the remains of approximately six million Parisians were transferred between the end of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century
-Board the RER and head to Versailles
-With a local guide, visit the Château de Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century -French art; some of the rooms open to visit are the Grand Apartments, the Royal Chapel and the Hall of Mirrors
-Have lunch on your own
-Have time to discover the town of Versailles at your own pace with your group
-Board the RER and return to Paris
-Enjoy dinner on your own
-Overnight accommodation in Paris

Day 6: Wednesday

22 April 2020

-Breakfast at the hotel with your group
-Transfer by motor coach from your hotel to the airport
-Say a fond Au Revoir to your French Prometour Tour Director
-Flight back to Bahrain! 

Hotel Accommodation

Best Western Plus La Demeure Hôtel
51 Boulevard Saint-Marcel,
75013
Paris, France
https://www.hotel-paris-lademeure.com/en/

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