Walk with Thomas Jefferson: A Context Tour

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Jun 28, 2011 / 0 comments

Context Travel, the scholarly tour company and leader in sustainable tourism, announced today the launch of a new initiative in its Tours in the Public Interest program. During the month of July, the company will be offering a new Paris tour, Walk with Thomas Jefferson, at the token price of 5 Euro per person.

“In this age of mass tourism we think it’s important to take travelers off the beaten path and show them new ways of experiencing the great cities of the world,” says Context Travel co-Founder Paul Bennett. “For this reason, we have decided to celebrate the American Independence Day and the month of July, by offering our new “A Walk with Thomas Jefferson” tour in Paris for just 5 Euros.”

During this three-hour seminar, Context docents discuss the impact of Paris on Thomas Jefferson, while tracing a course past significant monuments and urban spaces that influenced his architectural and aesthetic sensibilities.

“Jefferson had four different residences during his five-year stay in Paris. He sent over 86 crates home to assure that he could continue his Francophile lifestyle once he returned to America,” says Context Paris Manager, Lily Heise. “The city had a major impact on his thinking, particularly his aesthetic thinking. We’re also reminded, during the course of the walk, of the long-lasting bonds of friendship and exchange between France and America.”

After the month of July, the seminar A Walk with Jefferson will be available weekly for the price of 65 Euro per person, or 290 per private group. The walk, like all Context Travel walking seminars will be capped at 6 participants and led by historians and art historians.

Founded by National Geographic writer Paul Bennett and graphic designer Lani Bevacqua, Context is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals, including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes, who organize and lead walking seminars in thirteen world cities, including: Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Istanbul, and Athens. Travel + Leisure has named Context one of the top European tour companies for its innovative approach to travel and the depth of its programs. To learn more about Context, visit contexttravel.com