Paris Social Agenda

Pan Europe Pacific Conference

10 - 17 July 2019

(Bastille Day Sunday 14 July)

Academic Sessions
Please note that although we have a provision for the academic sessions below, the Academic Agenda will remain fluid until the final agenda is provided to you at the Welcome Drinks. 

The Attendee App
We have introduced a conference Attendee App, which is where the most up to date information for the Social Agenda and Academic Program will be noted. The Attendee App will be released in the week leading up to the conference. All details below are subject to change. 

Day 1: Wednesday 10 July | Welcome Drinks & Dinner

*Images by Le Bouquinistes

6:30pm to 7:15pm - Welcome Drinks - Le Bouquinistes Restaurant
Delegates to make their own way to Le Bouquinistes for 6.30pm

Meet and greet your speakers, fellow delegates and CPE team over canapés, wine and beer. You will receive your delegate pack with final information at this event so please advise us if you cannot attend so we can arrange for you to receive your pack at an alternative time/place. Please meet at the restaurant (address below) for a 6:30pm start.

Cost: Complimentary
Le Bouquinistes, 53 Quai des Grands Augustins , 75006 Paris
Red wine, white wine and water

7.15pm to 9.30pm - Welcome Dinner - Le Bouquinistes Restaurant
Delegates to make their own way to Le Bouquinistes for 7:15pm Welcome Dinner (or if they are at the Welcome Drinks, it is in the same venue)

Following the Welcome Drinks, join your fellow delegates as you enjoy a 3 course dinner at the highly recommended Le Bouquinistes restaurant; a fantastic location on the bank of the River Seine.

$175 per person
Le Bouquinistes, 53 Quai des Grands Augustins , 75006 Paris
Inclusions: Alternate drop - 3 course dinner (plus small aperitif) , red and white wine and water

Please note: The restaurant is only a 6 minute taxi (or 25 minute walk) from the Victoria Palace conference hotel.

Day 2: Thursday 11 July | Social & Academic

8:50am to 12:30pm - Guided Walking Tour of the French Revolution Sites
Please meet the group and guides at the main gates of the Jardins des Tuileries at the Place de la Concorde at 8:50am. You will be split into 2 groups. Due to the strict timescales, the first guide will be leaving promptly at 9.15am. Travel time to get to the Place de la Concorde is approximately 20 minutes Please note your metro ticket is not included for this part of the journey.

Experience this unique opportunity to visit the sites of the French Revolution 3 days prior to the celebrations of Bastille Day! Follow in the historical footsteps of the guillotine executions of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and visit the Place de la Bastille where the infamous Bastille prison once stood. Hop over onto the left bank’s 18th century neighborhood which was home to the footsoldiers of the revolution, and head to the island to visit the Conciergerie prison, Holy Chapel, Notre Dame (viewing only - no inside tickets purchased, but you can peruse at your leisure after the conclusion of the tour).

This fully English speaking guided tour is bespoke and covers the French Revolution from its 18th century origin through some of the goriest of french history.

Cost: $85 per person
Venue: Various iconic Parisian venues relevant to the French Revolution
Inclusions:  Full English speaking guide, 3 hour touring around the French Revolution Sites, metro tickets within the hours of the tour (delegates must make their own way to the meeting point).

Please note
: Transport to and from your hotel to the Place de la Concorde is at your own expense. All travel costs thereafter are included.

3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

Day 3: Friday 12 July | Social

8.00am to 6.00pm - Champagne Day Tour in Reims
Meet in the foyer of the Victoria Palace Hotel at 8:00am

We are running one of our favourite social events to the spectacular Champagne region in France. This event is even more special this year, as we have secured a visit to the caves of Laurent Perrier and a lunch inside these caves, accompanied by their magnificent champagnes – access to this area is rare, so this is a coup for our group!  The caves are caverns made by the Romans millennia ago when they took out the limestone to build Reims. Nowadays they serve as the storage and wine making areas for the Champagne houses.

The day will begin with a TGV train from Paris to Reims, where our local private guide, Marie Pierre will meet us with our private mini bus. We will then drive through this beautiful region to the Champagne house of Laurent Perrier in Tours-sur-Marne. Here we have our special visit – a tour of their production caves, followed by a magnificent lunch within the caves themselves; each course exquisitely matched to Champagnes from this famous Champagne house.

After lunch we will visit the city of Reims and enjoy a guided walking tour of its historical Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral which was heavily bombed during WW2, and subsequently restored to its former glory. There will be more champagne in the afternoon – tasting a Champagne or two from the lesser known Champagne houses, which one doesn’t have access to outside of France.

Cost: $695 per person
Venue: Reims and Champagne Region, Notre Dame Cathedral Reims
Inclusions: Return TGV train from Paris to Reims, Private guide, Private mini bus, Tour of the caves of Laurent Perrier in Tours sur-Marne, Lunch inside the caves of Laurent Perrier accompanied by champagnes from the famous champagne house, Tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, Afternoon coffee break

Day 4: Saturday 13 July | Academic

1:30pm to 5:30pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

Day 5: Sunday 14 July | Bastille Day


Today is Bastille Day - the National day of France. Put your historical knowledge to use on the day the French celebrate the 230th anniversary of the ‘Storming of Bastille’, a major turning point in the French Revolution. Bastille prison was a symbol of royal tyranny, housing not only political prisoners but also gunpowder and ammunition that the revolutionaries needed for their weapons. The Storming of the Bastille became a defining moment of the Revolution after the prison was attacked by approximately 1000 members of the Third Estate on July 14 1789, which subsequently set off a series of events that led to the overthrowing of King Louis XVI. Five months after the attack, the Bastille and all its ruins were destroyed. Today, the site of the former prison is now a square called Place de la Bastille, where there is a monumental tower in the centre to commemorate this attack. The Revolution lasted 10 years, ending in November 1799 and gave rise to Napoleon Bonaparte.

For those who wish to enjoy the military processions, head to the Champs Elysses in the morning to watch the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. The march begins at the Arc de Triomphe, a monument that honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Nepoleonic wars, and concludes at the Place de la Concorde.

Whilst most public buildings and shops will be closed there are still many things to do around the city to celebrate the National Day. There are concerts and events all over Paris, and parks are filled with locals celebrating with all types of traditional foods and wines. In the evening, there’s a free concert on the Champ de Mars and fireworks are set off from the Eiffel Tower.

CPE Conferences are currently awaiting confirmation from Paris City Hall to determine a champagne cruise down the Seine for the Bastille Day evening fireworks event. If this goes ahead, you will receive a separate social agenda with these details.

Day 6: Monday 15 July  | Academic

3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

Day 7: Tuesday 16 July | Social & Academic

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10:45am to 12:45pm - Les Lumieres Art Exhibition
Meet outside the main entrance of Atelier des Lumières at 10.45am for a strict 11.00am ticket collection. Briefing will begin once tickets have been distributed

Journey through paintings and time in this enchanting artistic masterpiece. Reopened after a restructure in 2018, the Atelier des Lumières (or Workshop of Light) has the most incredible Vincent Van Gogh workshop available for you to experience during the Paris conference. Van Gogh himself was an artistic genius who whilst, unsuccessful during his lifetime, has since transformed into one of the most influential figures in the history of art . The new visual and musical production at the Atelier des Lumières retraces the intense life of the artist, who, during the last ten years of his life, painted more than 2,100 pictures .

A great link to this exhibition can be found here:

Please note that whilst the self guided tour will finish at approximately 12:45pm, delegates are free to stay at their leisure

Cost: $35 per person
Venue: Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Inclusions: Ticket to exhibition

Please note: Your ticket will include an introductory host. The host will introduce the exhibition, the space and answer any of your questions before the visit. This is not a guided tour - you must explore the space yourself. The scenography is designed in a way to carry the visitor to the works successively in a 3D sound and visual way.

3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

Day 8: Wednesday 17 July | Departure Day

Book your activities

To book any of the above activities, please complete the Activity Registration Form that was emailed to you previously with the Social Agenda Release email. Please complete one form per delegate. If your accompanying person is also attending the conference as a delegate please ask them to complete the form that was emailed to their email address.

Please note that activities are non-refundable as we must adhere to the suppliers terms and conditions. Please ensure that you have adequate Travel Insurance - if you don't have this, then you can contact CPE Travel to purchase a policy.