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King Tut world exhibit will be in Paris this summer

I am planning to travel in Provence and Riviera in July. My plan right now is to fly into Marseille and stay in Avignon and then Nice. But should I fly to Paris for a night or two and see the King Tut exhibit before it is forever staying in Egypt. Then take the train to Avignon from Paris? Is that just too too much? Thanks.

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Take the train roundtrip. It is going to be hot so it my might be too much for you. But you do not say how long your trip is.

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If I wanted to see an exhibit, that’s what I would do: stay a night and take the train the next late afternoon. You can book a hotel near Gare de Lyon, leave your bags at the hotel, see the exhibit, come back for your suitcase, catch a 3 or4 pm train. Or store your stuff in a Gare de alyon locker. Easy. Not too much.

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Thank you so much for the support. I will go to the exhibit and just enjoy myself. I'll add a day in the beginning of the trip. BTW, I'm going for July 8th to the 19th. I'll also be there for la fete nationale, Bastille Day!

Thanks again.

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Now that you’ve brought this to my attention, I’m getting a tix too. I have two night/one day in Paris and will squeeze it in before it closes in September.

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If crossing the Atlantic, connect through to Nice airport as part of the itinerary. Work your way by train to Paris with enough time to see the boy king. Fly home from there. You must use a multi-destination search function ; the trans-Atlantic flights are not a pair of one-ways.
My tastes would persuade me to land in Marseille Provence airport and stay two nights in Marseille. Then to Avignon, a short ride away, for a few nights, then fast train to Paris. But you can reach Avignon by train from the airport for your first overnight stay.
As an aside, Steve Martin pegged King Tut about right: A rock star, whose remains still are a glittery attraction on tour. I doubt he will ever be buried, at least not his renown. Sort of like Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones. These luminary museum and gallery 'celebrities' perform much like the rest of showbiz, at premium prices.

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Does anyone know if this exhibition differs from the ones that traveled around the world in 2010 and 2015, or is this just the same exhibition finishing it's years-long run?

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For anyone interested, on the PBS App, there is a fascinating show on King Tut focusing on how he died. (newest scientific explanation). It’s one of the Secrets of the Dead shows... Season 12, Episode 4.

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This is the show currently in Los Angeles -- different from the prior one. We got tickets when we visited family in LA at Thanksgiving, and really enjoyed it. (I had seen the first exhibit in SF in about 1982 and the second one in SF just a few years ago, so I couldn't pass up this one when I was so close.)

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Thanks for the heads up on this exhibit! Glad it will be going on while we are there in April. Seems a little outside of the city, but easy to get to.

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"Forever" staying in Egypt? Well, we saw the King Tut massive exhibition at the Met in NYC way back when. Forever isn't what it used to be. :-)

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"Forever" staying in Egypt?

I agree. Most likely they mean that it will have a 'permanent' home in Egypt. But, I'm quite sure that parts of the exhibit will continue to travel or be 'loaned' to other museums over the years. For some reason people all over the world can't get enough of Tut and his treasures.

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It's a new exhibit. If you can, view CBS Sunday Morning from 1/6/19. It's a bigger exhibit. The Egyptians are building a magnificent museum just to house it and they said they are never leaving the country again. It's on tour to 8 countries. Right now it's in California.
Thanks for all the great input.

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La Villette, where the exhibit will be, is within the city of Paris.

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It's a new exhibit. If you can, view CBS Sunday Morning from 1/6/19.
It's a bigger exhibit.

Thank you. I just watched it & enjoyed it! No mention that this current exhibition is actually bigger than what we saw in the late 70s (thought it was the 80s). It was HUGE as CBS showed and unlike this current tour, we saw the golden mask at the Met. But the curator says this exhibit will show relics never before seen outside of Egypt so that's intriguing. I remember the King Tut mania including Steve Martin's schtick on SNL -- classic!!!

I found it interesting to learn from that CBS piece that this exhibition was installed in a children's science museum in LA. What a brilliant way to get children more interested in art & archeology specifically Egyptology!

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OK, usual rigamarole trying to buy tickets online but finally got mine done and got them for a friend on a different day too!

Looks like lots of space available.

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Will advance purchase tickets be necessary, or can we just buy them for a rainy day when we see the weather forecast? We'll be in Paris for four weeks.