A bit of glamour, a dose of history, a dash of quirkiness and a whole lot of food — this totally Parisian tour is packed with everything you could ever need to see, do and taste to become an honorary Parisian.
What to Expect
Get to know the "City of Lights" through the eyes of a local on this full-day tour packed with tantalizing treats and cultural gems. Start your Paris tour right in the heart of one of Paris’ most expensive and fashionable areas, where luxury, elegance, and beauty are around every corner. Stop in at an illustrious food store and take the chance to sample a mouth-watering macaron, a delicious French speciality.
Your Paris city tour continues towards the iconic Louvre, home to some of the world’s most celebrated art. The enigmatic Mona Lisa and gorgeous Venus de Milo both live in this treasure trove of fine art. You won't be stopping in (it can take hours — no, days — to properly explore the grand Louvre), but you will wander through an arcade that offers a free glimpse into the famous sculpture gallery, relax in the well-manicured gardens and enjoy some of the best sightseeing Paris has to offer.
Next on this Paris food tour, head to a lively Parisian market to indulge in one of France’s most popular gastronomic pleasures: cheese. Perhaps taste some smooth, mild Brie or sample a slice of pungent Roquefort – known as the "King of Cheeses." Afterwards, amble through Paris’ secret arcades to discover quirky shops, unique boutiques and one of the oldest buildings in Paris.
Finally, walk to the fascinating Pompidou Center, where you'll end the first leg of the tour. Here, you’ll have a bit of free time to wander and explore on your own. You could grab lunch in a French bistrot or pick-up a quick sandwich (be warned, though, there’s lots of food still to come in the afternoon) or you could head up to the top of the Pompidou for the best free view of Paris. Catch a glimpse inside Notre-Dame Cathedral — which is where you’ll all gather to continue the second half of your Paris tour and explore the medieval neighborhood of Marais. Full of sweet shops, patisseries, boutiques and cafés, Le Marais offers insight into French culture and the secret Parisian local way of life.
Move on to the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. You’ll learn about the horrible death of Robert-François Damiens, the infamous man who tried to assassinate King Louis XV.
Then, tackle the 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.
Next, you’ll visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, one of the oldest streets in the Marais, and today the center of the French gay scene. You’ll learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris, and a shopping hub for fashionistas and the core of “bobo” culture. Meanwhile, 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.
Your Paris tour will then take you back to the South Marais, where the longest remaining piece of the 12th century defensive wall of Paris still stands. After a walk through impressive Saint-Paul’s church, stop in at a local wine and alcohol store, where you’ll sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac, Armagnac, Absinthe and “Old Plum” brandy. To accompany your drinks, taste some delicious French charcuterie treats such as one of the best hams in France, pâté, rillettes and other indulgences.
From there, move on to Paris’ oldest and certainly most beautiful square, la Place des Vosges, home of France’s national writer, Victor Hugo. From there, it’s only a short walk to your final destination, la 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
- Cheese tasting session in a French fromagerie
- A traditional pastry, charcuterie samples
- Tasting of several French brandies
What's Not Included
- Additional food and drink (during the mid-tour break)
- Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
- Tips and gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
• Standard dress
• Comfortable walking shoes
• An umbrella, depending on the weather