“The walking tour started near the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris where we learned from the guide about the Ile de la Cité where we were, the history of Paris and the Cathedral. Then we went to Hotel de Ville, which is the City Hall and learned more interesting facts about the city and this area. ...Carolina Z., Venezuela – See more reviews
What To Expect
You'll start your Paris tour in front in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of the main symbols of Paris located in the 'Ile de la Cité' island. Learn about this majestic landmark and understand how the canals of Paris have made the city what it is today.
Stop at the Hotel de Ville - the city's town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Among many anectodes on the guillotine, you will hear the story of the last public execution that took place there in 1939.
You'll then move on to the little tangled streets of Le Marais to see beautiful medieval churches and narrow lanes. Though the Marais is the best preserved medieval neighbourhood in Paris, there is not much left of the old habitations. However, you will get to spot three of the oldest houses in Paris along the way that escaped the demolition under the Haussmann era. They are now classified as Historical Monuments and are easily recognizable by their wooden facade.
Next, you'll visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, one of the oldest streets in the disctrict, and pass its trendy boutiques, fashionable art galleries and artisanal food shops. Stop by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris. Wandering through the centre of the French gay scene, you'll learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris and the core of "bobo" culture. While you're here, you'll stop and sample the best french pastries, including a delicious macaron from one of Paris' most famous chef.
Just a street away is Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish community. It's a vibrant pedestrian street full of falafel stands and delicious Jewish-influenced delis. Just near this dynamic street your guide will take you through the gardens of a peaceful and quiet 'hôtel particulier', and you will discover a side of Paris that you never even though existed.
Still hungry? Stop at another renowned local pastry and savor a delicious Eclair - an oblong pastry made with choux dough, filled with cream and with icing on top.
After this delightful break, let's go back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th century defensive wall of Paris.
Walk through the impressive Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church, used by Victor Hugo as the setting for Cosette and Marius's nuptials in Les Miserables. See the two clam-shell holy water holders that he offered to the church for the marriage of her daughter Leopoldine.
Then, stop in a local wine shop, where you'll have glasses of French wine and digestif, and enjoy a relaxing and fun athmosphere. To accompany your drinks, you'll taste some delicious French charcuterie treats - hams, terrine, pickles and pâté, as well as delectable cheese to eat with your baguette.
From there, passing through another splendid hotel particulier, you'll move on to Paris' certainly most magnificent square - the Place des Vosges, originally the Royal pavillions of the King and Queen and background for the French aristocracy. You will stroll along the paths of the central garden, enjoying the beautiful fountains around and admiring the beautiful facades of red brick.
From there, it's only a short walk to our final destination, the Place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14, 1789, triggering the French Revolution. The area nearby is full of bars and restaurants, leaving you with plenty of options for carrying on with your evening in the City of Lights!
Local English-speaking guide
A macaron in Paris' most illustrious food shop
Traditional charcuterie samples
Tasting of several French brandies
Additional food and drink
Tips and gratuities
Children below 6 years old are free of charge but inform guides beforehand.
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1 hour and 30 minutes
1 hour and 30 minutes