Gourmet Marais and Off The Beaten Path Walking Tour - Small Group Tour

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
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What To Expect

Visit Paris as it is meant to be visited by going on a culinary and off-the-beaten-path tour of the City of Light like no other! Get to taste delicious French pastries, traditional charcuterie and cheese samples, and great wine. Explore the city's not only most famous places but also secret local hangouts in the very popular disctrict Le Marais all in one tour - a winning combo !

Highlights

  • Enjoy an historical and culinary tour of Paris with a knowledgeable local tour guide

  • Try out a selection of France's best wines or brandies

  • Indulge in plates of cheese or charcuterie and sample a creation of the most famed macaron chef in Paris

  • Admire the sophisticated architecture of Le Marais and discover many off-the-beaten-path sights

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Paris
Departs From:
Paris
Meeting Point:
Notre-Dame Cathedral
Duration:
3 to 4 hours
Availability:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:00 PM
Product Code:
15046
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Description

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.

Then move on to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses, and narrow lanes. Pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris and try out a delicious meringue known as a "merveilleux."

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. Enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.

Then head back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th-century defensive wall of Paris. After a walk through impressive Saint-Paul’s church, stop in at a local wine bar, where you'll get a professional wine tasting. Sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac and Armagnac or "Old Plum" brandy. To accompany your drinks, you'll also taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.

From there, passing through another splendid hotel particulier, 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!

Includes

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • 2 pastries and the best macaron in Paris

  • A platter of French cheese or charcuterie

  • Wina and liquor tasting

  • Le Marais visit

Excludes

  • Additional food and drink

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 6 years old are free of charge but inform guides beforehand.

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring an umbrella for rainy days.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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