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91 400 - Orsay
Tél : +33 (0)1 69 33 16 85
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Tourism and spare-time activities

Science Accueil and its partners propose:

  • Touristic visits

Those visits are organized for all guest researchers, PhD students, MBA of HEC registered at Science Accueil and their families. For information or registration, contact Science Accueil


Science Accueil proposes a program of cultural visits.
You can discover it by clicking HERE

Tourism office of Vallée de Chevreuse proposes various visits opened to the French-speaking guests registered on Science Accueil
(the conferences are only in French).

To consult the program of the visits, click here

 The last cultural visits :

  • Visite des ponts de ParisSaturday, the 11th of June 2016: in Paris, visit of Arènes of Lutèce and of the French Museum of Natural History's Garden of Plants. (11 participants)
  • Saturday, the 19th of March 2016: visit of the Parisian bridges (16 participants)
  •  Saturday, the 17th of October 2015: visit of center of Paris (21 participants)
  • Saturday, the 13th of June 2015: visit of Buttes Chaumont Park in Paris (9 participants).
  • Tuesday, the 16th of April 2015: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (16 participants).
  • Saturday, the 6th of December 2014: visit of Parisian bridges (24 participants).
  • Tuesday, the 17th of June 2014: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (26 participants).
  • Tuesday, the 17th of December 2013: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (30 participants).
  • Monday, the 24th of June 2013: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (30 participants).
  • Tuesday, the 18th of December 2012: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (20 participants).
  • Saturday, the 9th of June 2012: visit of Versailles (12 participants).
  • ProvinsThursday, the 12th of April 2012: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (25 participants).
  • Saturday, the 31st of March 2012: guided tour of Parisian bridges (24 participants).
  • Wednesday, the 14th of December 2011: visit of synchrotron SOLEIL (15 participants).
  • Saturday, the 28th of May 2011: Visit of Provins (17 participants). More information:  click here
  • Saturday, the 30th of April 2011: Visit of castle and park of Sceaux (25 participants)
  • Tuesday, the 8th of February 2011: Visit of SOLEIL synchrotron (39 participants)
  • Saturday, the 22th of January 2011: To Orsay town hall, visit of the exhibition of the works of the sculptors Michel and Françoise Allain, commented by the artists (11 participants)
  • Chartres en lumièreSaturday the 11th of December 2010: To Orsay town hall, visit of the photos exhibition of Hélène Tonnelier, commented by the artist (19 participants). More information:  click here
  •  Saturday the 29th of May 2010: Visite of Chartres (24 participants). More information:  click here
  • Tuesday, the 20th of April 2010: Visit of Génethon in Evry (15 persons were registered but 6 participants only)
  • Thursday, the 11th of march 2010: Visit of SOLEIL Synchrotron (37 participants). More information:  click here 

  •  Saturday, the 5th of December 2009: Visit of the Marais district in Paris and Opéra Bastille (31 participants)

  • Saturday the 10th of October 2009: Visit Parisian bridges between Pont Neuf and Alexander the 3rd bridge (41 participants). More information:  click here

  • Saturday, the 6th of June 2009: Visit of Versailles (29 participants). More information:  click here.Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet

  • Saturday, the 16th of may 2009: Visit of Evry cathedrale and mosque (18 participants)

  • Thursday, the 2nd of April 2009: Visit of SOLEIL Synchrotron (30 participants)

  • Saturday, the 7th of February 2009: Visit of «Domaine de Sceaux» : Castle and Museum of Ile-de-France (20 participants)

  • Saturday, the 13th of December 2008: Guided tour of Parisian bridges

  • Saturday, the 11th of October 2008: Visit of Rambouillet park of presidential castle and National Sheepfold (33 participants)


  • Conservatories of music

    The network of conservatories of musique of the Communauté d'Agglomération du plateau de Saclay propose a high-quality musical teaching and several shows for all publics.

    Find all the current events of the network of conservatories on (in French only).

  • French cooking workshops

Learning French with ALFAP Association...
It's learning French cooking as well!
So Science Accueil and ALFAP propose to foreigner visitors cooking workshops a Saturday afternoon at a French's house in Gif-sur-Yvette where the participants are invited to prepare a meal and to share it together with the hostess and the other guests in a friendly atmosphere.

Each workshop starts at 4 p.m. for 5 participants maximum.
Participation fee for one session is 35 euros or 15 euros for ALFAP members.
Reservation can be made to Science Accueil


  • Activity for young mums and their babies
    Thursdays from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.


If you are a mum with young children this is the activity for you! During the year, AVF organises different activities and visits specifically aimed at toddlers and pre-school children. Come and meet other mums, make friends, share experiences and hopefully find answers to the questions posed by living abroad.

Information and contact: Francine Mathern - Phone: +33 (0)1 69 07 53 51 or Isabelle Segretain - Phone: +33 (0)1 69 07 17 33




Sport and cultural Associations

  • You or your family want to practice a sport or your favourite cultural activity in the area of Saclay Scientipôle. Thanks to our local implantation, we are able to orient you towards associations, clubs or other organisms that can provide what you are looking for. Don't hesitate to contact us.


Tourist Offices in the Saclay Scientipole area

  • The Vallée de Chevreuse Tourist Office

    17, rue de l'Yvette - 91 400 Orsay
    Phone: +33 (0)1 69 28 59 72 - Fax: +33 (0)1 69 07 28 46

    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm
    Wednesday: 2pm to 6pm
    Saturday: 9am to 12pm.

    Covers the following communes: Bures-sur-Yvette, Gif-sur-Yvette, Gometz-la-Ville, Gometz-le-Chatel, Les Ulis, Orsay, Saclay, St Jean de Beauregard, St Aubin, Villebon-sur-Yvette, Villiers-le-Bâcle


  • Palaiseau Tourist Office

    5, Place de la Victoire - 91120 Palaiseau
    Phone / Fax: +33 (0)1 69 31 02 67

    Tuesday:10am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm
    Wednesday and Saturday: 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm
    Thursday and Friday: 10am to 12pm



  • Jouy-en-Josas Tourist Office

    29 bis, avenue Jean Jaurès
    78350 Jouy-en-Josas
    Phone: +33 (0)1 39 56 62 69
    Fax: +33 (0)1 39 56 17 98

    Monday to Friday: 1:30pm to 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 5pm from March to November



Several interesting web sites

Associations which propose cultural events

  • The Accueils des Villes Françaises association (AVF) organise cultural events too for everybody. You can find its address in the heading « our partners ».


  • To extend your knowledge of French culture and put your French into practice, you can join ALFAP which propose French cooking workshops and discovery walks in Paris or in the near country and forests