Online Booking Discount: Save Up To $500

Discover the reach of African-American culture in Paris on this enlightening seven-night journey. From jazz musicians and club owners to writers and scholars, many African-American expatriates felt welcome in Paris in the years following World War I. Learn about their valuable contributions while tracing rich history through legendary neighborhoods, including Montmartre and the Left Bank. During specially designed excursions, walk in the footsteps of African-American luminaries and gain a deeper appreciation of this influential community through enriching lectures. Plus, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: visiting a jazz club, savoring French cuisine, cruising the Seine, and exploring the Louvre Museum.  This trip combines the security, ease, and value of group travel with opportunities for independent exploration. Enjoy the camaraderie of traveling with a group and, during your free time, feel the thrill of making your own discoveries! Space on this exclusive journey is limited, and the trip is sure to sell out quickly, so make your reservations today!


  • Discover how the African-American expatriate community influenced Paris.
  • Explore Montmartre, where African-American jazz musicians created their own Harlem in the 1920s.
  • Enjoy an evening at a jazz club. Nibble treats and French specialties during a gastronomic walking tour.
  • See Paris' most beautiful landmarks during a cruise on the Seine.
  • Gaze at art illustrating black culture through the ages in the Louvre.
  • Experience Paris' Banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Book online by April 21, 2020 to save up to $500 

Event Itinerary 

Day 1: In transit to Paris, France
Day 2: Discovery: Welcome to Paris
Day 3: Discovery: Paris’ African-American History
Day 4: AHI Connects: Paris Noir, Discovery: Harlem in Paris
Day 5: Discovery: Flavors and France and the Louvre
Day 6: Free time
Day 7: Enrichment: An African-American Writer in Paris Today, Discovery: The Left Bank
Day 8: Discovery: Paris by boat
Day 9: In transit

*Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication*

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Moderately Active 


Steve Swayne

Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, teaches courses in art music from 1700 to the present day, opera, American musical theater, Russian music, and American music and directs the College's Montgomery Fellows Program. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written two books How Sondheim Found His Sound and Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life (winner of the 2012 ASCAP Deems Taylor Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography) - and is at work on two more: one, on the life and music of musical theater composer William Finn; and another, on the intersections of music, neuroscience, and ethics. He is an accomplished concert pianist, with four nationally distributed recordings currently in release and a performance with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas to his credit. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at UC Berkeley, and he is the president-elect of the American Musicological Society, the largest English-speaking organization of music scholars in the world. 

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Alumni Holidays International (AHI)