Paris, Featuring the African American Experience

Purchase street art as you walk the cobblestone streets of Montmartre

In honor of IU’s 200th anniversary, this trip is tailor-made to provide an educationally enriching experience led by an IU expert. The itinerary also includes a special bicentennial celebration.

Understand how African American culture shaped Paris in the Jazz Age on this seven-night trip hosted by Tyron Cooper—a three-time Emmy-award winner and IU professor.

In the years following World War I, many African Americans, including Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Eugene Bullard, felt at home in Paris—thousands of miles from the Unites States.

On your first full day in the “City of Lights,” see the favorite haunts of W.E.B. Du Bois and James Baldwin as you ride along the Champs-Élysées. Later, visit the neighborhood Henry Ossawa Tanner, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell called home.

Your second day in Paris will start with the screening of a documentary film exploring the relationship between Paris and African American expatriates. Afterward, you’ll meet the filmmakers during a special Q&A session.

In the afternoon, explore Montmartre, where jazz legends—including Bricktop and Eugene Bullard—created their own Parisian Harlem. Cap off your day with dinner and entertainment at a local jazz club.

On the third day, sample French cuisine on a walking tour before perusing the Louvre with an expert guide.

Day four is a day to explore Paris at your own pace. Take an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower, journey underground for a trek through the catacombs, or venture outside the city to see the opulent Palace of Versailles.

On day five, hear award-winning writer Jake Lamar—a Bronx transplant in Paris—discuss his experiences in France. Then, head to the Left Bank, where Revue du Monde Noir—a groundbreaking 1930s literary magazine—was published.

Your last day in Paris will be spent cruising the Seine River and attending a farewell dinner.

Take the next step with us—check out this trip’s official brochure. It includes the complete itinerary and booking information.

Trip Name: Paris in the Jazz Age
Date: June 13–21, 2020
Tour Operator: AHI
Price: From $3,845 per person, based on double occupancy.

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