This tour introduces you to the Paris you know from the postcards and the secret city that lies all around it.
Get your bearings in Central Paris with the help of an expert guide to show you the city from a local point of view
Stop by some of Paris’ most famous landmarks, including the Jardins du Palais Royal, the Louvre Museum, Pont Neuf, Ile de la Cité, and Notre Dame Cathedral
Learn how to play the iconic French game of Petanque in one of Paris’s most beloved public squares.
Get a free Seine cruise ticket that can be used at any time during your stay
Get helpful hints, tips on what to see, and restaurant recommendations from your local guide
Your tour meets near the Louvre in one of Paris' most charming and elegant small plazas, the Place Colette. Don't bother looking for it on other tours, it's a local favorite and most tour itineraries miss it.
From there, you’ll head over to the Jardins du Palais Royal, to learn how they went from a royal hangout to a hotbed of democratic fervor in the revolution, finally transforming into the city’s most popular gardens today. You’ll also see the Palais Royal and learn the history of this lovely building before stepping into the iconic courtyard of the Louvre. In front of I.M. Pei's famous (or infamous, depending on your opinion) glass pyramid, your guide will tell you the story of this ancient fortress-turned-palace-turned-art-gallery and recommend what to see when you go for a visit.
Then it's onto the banks of the Seine, where you'll walk onto Paris' most romantic bridge and learn why city authorities decided to make it slightly less romantic. You'll also pause here with a map and use the lovely views up and down the river to orient yourself with some of the most recognizable landmarks. It's the perfect spot to learn about Paris' famous escargot (snail) layout and figure out how to get to some of the other places that you'll visit later in your stay.
Crossing the Pont Neuf, you’ll learn why Paris' oldest bridge is called the 'New Bridge', and why Henry the IV, whose statue adorns one end, is looking so pleased with himself (hint, the ladies loved him). We’ll also give you a little treat: Tickets for the cruise ship that leaves from Pont Neuf. Although we won’t hop on right away you can return and use the tickets whenever you would like during your stay.
Strolling down the Seine on the Ile de la Cité, you'll step back to a time when this was the heart of the city, and indeed all of France. It is only fitting then, that you’ll stop in the lovely square of the Place Dauphine and learn how to play France’s most beloved game: Petanque. Don’t get too competitive, though, there are a few highlights still to come. As you continue down streets that seem to have changed very little in 500 years, you'll pass the Conciergerie - once the country's most feared jail - and then turn a few corners to find yourself in front of the great Notre Dame. It turns out that the city has actually changed quite a bit since the Cathedral was first built, but you'll need your guide to explain exactly how. The tour finishes with a little surprise on the point considered the exact geographic center of Paris. Your guide can explain to you the different legends and traditions surrounding it, but it's up to you whether you want to leave a coin, spin in a circle, or kiss a loved one.
Your 2.5-hour tour will fly by, but the knowledge of Paris' history and culture will inform your entire stay and set you up to enjoy the city to the fullest.
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
The Seine Cruise is not included in the duration and won't be guided as there is commentaries on board).
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
• Pétanque game discovery
• One hour cruise on the Seine River with flexible tickets (1 year)
• Expert local Guide
• Small Groups of 15 people
• Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
We meet in front of the ornate metro station entrance situated on Place Colette, next to La Comedie Française. Arriving by taxi: Ask you driver to drop you at Place Colette: “Je dois aller Place Colette, devant la Comédie Française, merci.” Arriving by subway: Station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre on line 1. Take the “Sortie” (exit) #5 towards “Place Colette”.
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No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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