About The Professor and Touring Paris

Professor Stephen C. Solosky

Professor Steve Solosky, The Traveling Professor

I am the author of the best-selling travel guide book, “The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris“.  I am also a well-known travel writer and speaker.  In the summer of 2011, look for my next book, “The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Florence and Tuscan Day Trips”.

Touring Paris

I’ve been involved in doing tours to Europe since 1992.  In the last 10 years I have concentrated on traveling to Paris and France with tours taking many trips on my own.      Sometimes, I feel like I know Paris better than my hometown, New York City.   Over the years I have visited nearly every attraction in Paris that you can think of.   I have also visited many “attractions” that I am sure that you have never heard of.   I enjoy keeping up on the latest travel to Paris developments and issues and passing them on to you as I receive them.  I will also show you how to spend less money and enjoy Paris more.

My Small Group Tour Travel Philosophy

I have a lot of experience with the tour industry.  I’ve seen both the good and bad aspects of it.  With that in mind, I developed a philosophy on how I wanted to run my tours.   I want people who tour with me to have fun, see the major (and not so major) sites of Paris, have an up close and intimate look of the city that large tour companies simply cannot do, interact with Parisians, and in general, make their trip to Paris enjoyable and hassle-free.

In order to follow this philosophy, on my trips we:

  • Travel in small groups of 18 persons or less
  • Meet with native Parisians and
  • Stay in centrally located, clean, comfortable, and quiet boutique hotels
  • Dine in smaller, more authentic Parisian restaurants
  • Custom-design itineraries to see the major sites of Paris, and other sites that are of interest to you
  • Use local transportation to get a better “flavor” of Paris and bring you to places the large corporate tour companies can’t

On all of my trips the itinerary includes major sites like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, the Orsay, Montmartre, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Rodin Museum, and Versailles.   But past trips have been customized and travelers have enjoyed:

  • Giverny – the home of Claude Monet
  • Visits from Parisian guests and Americans living in Paris
  • Overnight trip to Brussels
  • Day trip to Reims and Epernay in the Champagne region of France
  • Visits to sites not on any other tour like the Museum of Romantic Life, the History of Medicine Museum, a day trip to the Normandy Invasion Beaches, Château de Malmaison, and a house party with 80 English-speaking Parisians and Americans.

The point is, all of my trips are unique.  They are customized to maximize your Paris experience.

What I Don’t Do

  • Bring you to markets, shops, restaurants, etc. where I get kickbacks on purchases
  • Upsell you on more expensive tours and excursions once we get to Paris
  • Unnecessarily put you on tour busses that give you a sterilized Paris experience

Touring Italy

In 2010, I began bringing small groups to tour Italy.  Usually we travel to Rome, Florence, and the Tuscan hill towns of Siena, and Lucca.  We also visit Pisa and the Chianti countryside.   Everyone loves traveling to Italy.


E-mail:  info@travelingprofessor.com

Phone: 516.248.7393