Paris Walking tours

Our most recommended Paris Walking tours

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

1. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own. Please note that, on certain days between April and October, there may be a fee to access the gardens.

Louvre Museum: Tour

3. Louvre Museum: Tour

Get priority entry access to the Louvre Museum and be led by an expert guide on a carefully planned route designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the crown jewels of the French Monarchy, gaze back at Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa, and feel the passion coming from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. Listen as your guide brings the art to life on an informative walk through the vast galleries. Explore relics from ancient Egypt and marvel at the impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities including the legendary Venus de Milo and the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Discover timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, Neoclassical paintings by Jacques-Louis David, and iconic works from the French Romanticism period like The Raft of the Medusa. After the guided tour, spend as much time as you like exploring the museum’s 380,000 objects on display and come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the Louvre’s treasures.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

4. Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

Begin your Eiffel Tower visit by meeting your guide and listening to an introduction about the monument's history. Head up to the 2nd floor by elevator and marvel at the sprawling city views that unfurl in front of you as you make your way up this iconic landmark. After the tour of the 2nd floor, head to the elevators to the summit. At the top, enjoy free time to take in the views of the famous monuments that can be seen the Eiffel Tower summit. See Notre Dame Cathedral, rocadéro Gardens, and the golden dome of the Hôtel des Invalides. On your way back down to ground level, make sure to stop off on the 1st floor observation deck, where you can walk on the new glass floor and visit the small exhibit about the Eiffel Tower. Leave the tour feeling enchanted by stunning Parisian views and a new perspective on this beautiful city.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Stairs and Summit by Elevator

5. Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Stairs and Summit by Elevator

Meet your guide and enter the tower to climb up 704 steps over 30 flights. Catch your breath at the provided rest stops and see a side of the Eiffel Tower you would miss if you ascended all the way by elevator. Upon arrival at the first level, take a well-earned break. Stand on the new glass floor, and experience an interactive exhibit. En route to the second level, hear little-known fun facts about the tower's original color and its twinkling lights. Experience a unique sense of accomplishment upon arriving at the 2nd level. Your guide will tell you about the monuments you can see below, such as the Sacre-Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées. Then, continue your adventure on your own by taking the elevator to the tower's summit. Once there, see Gustave Eiffel’s office, and admire the views over Paris from high up. When you are ready, take the elevator back down to street level to continue with your day.

Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

6. Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

Visit one of Paris’ quirkier landmarks, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, on a walking tour with an expert guide. Don’t miss the most visited cemetery in the world during your stay in Paris, with over 3.5 million visitors every year. See the final resting places of many famous artistic, literary, and historical figures, including Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf, Delacroix, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and many others. Explore the grounds of the 19th-century cemetery with your guide, whose commentary will balance humor with historical accuracy. Let them share secrets with you about the cemetery and some of its famous residents. Highlights include the quaint cobbled paths, elaborate tombs, and stunning decorative funerary art.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour by Elevator

7. Paris: Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour by Elevator

Visit Paris' most iconic attraction with skip-the-line access and a tour guide. Take in the most impressive views of the city and learn about its construction and significance. You can stay on the second floor, or take the optional opportunity to go up to the summit. After meeting with your tour guide, enjoy priority access to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, with views over the so-called City of Light. As you ascend by elevator, your tour guide will delight you with stories and facts about this symbolic structure. Learn about the building itself and about the civil engineer who created it, Gustave Eiffel. Your tour guide will also point out all of the notable Parisien landmarks, including the Louvre Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, and the Sacré-Cœur. Take the optional opportunity to ascend by elevator past the second floor to the summit of the tower, to admire views from the highest point in the whole city.

Paris: Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

8. Paris: Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

Discover Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris's largest and most popular cemetery and the home of fantastic paranormal phenomena. Hear stories about the celebrities buried here, learn about the cemetery's long history, and uncover fascinating tales of ghosts that roam the grounds. Walk amongst the graves with your guide and spot the resting places of famous celebrities like Frédéric Chopin, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison. Learn about the lives of the celebrities and the numerous Parisians laid to rest in Père-Lachaise Cemetery. With over one million people interned in the cemetery, it should be no surprise that it is one of the most haunted places in Paris. Learn about the long history of the cemetery, the strange cults associated with it, and delve into the hauntings reported over the years. As you explore, your guide will tell you stories about spiritualist founder Allan Kardec, the fantasms found by the tomb of Jim Morisson, the ghost of Marcel Proust who wanders the cemetery looking for his lover, and many lesser-known phenomena that loom within Père-Lachaise Cemetery.

Paris: Stade de France Behind the Scenes Tour

9. Paris: Stade de France Behind the Scenes Tour

Tour France's largest stadium on this unique 90-minute tour. Sit in a spectator's seat and take in the incredible panorama. As a privileged visitor, you’ll get to see the private boxes and locker room and walk through the same tunnel that players use to access the pitch. Your expert guide will tell you about the stadium’s history, its unique architecture and the stars who have appeared on its manicured pitch. Apart from sporting events, the stadium also hosts international shows. The Rolling Stones were the first group to perform at the Stade de France. International stars such as Madonna and ACDC also chose this venue for their concerts, witnessed by 80,000 spectators each time. End your visit at the museum, where you’ll find heaps of items that are testament to the stadium’s legendary history. On display are archives, models, autographed guitars, jerseys and much more. On this unique tour you’ll be able to follow the footsteps of football legends Zidane and Ronaldo, who played the 1998 FIFA World Cup final. This is also the site where Cristiano Ronaldo lifted his first major Trophy for Portugal! Please note that for technical reasons, the stadium’s pitch cannot currently be seen.

Paris: Roland-Garros Stadium Guided Backstage Tour

10. Paris: Roland-Garros Stadium Guided Backstage Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Roland-Garros stadium, Paris' legendary tennis venue. Walk in the footsteps of the greatest champions who have made history at the French Open tournament, from Rafael Nadal to Steffi Graf, Björn Borg, and Chris Evert. Visit the press rooms, locker rooms, the presidential tribune, and the corridor that leads the players to the clay court. From the stands, enjoy an unobstructed view of the famous court and its incomparable clay ground, as well as the surrounding cityscape.  From the historic four Musketeers to contemporary winners, you'll hear countless anecdotes from your guide, who'll also reveal the secrets of the new Philippe Chatrier court, a technological and architectural masterpiece with its retractable roof.

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Paris walking tours: Everything you need to know

Get to know the City of Lights on a walking tour of Paris. On a walking tour you can see a few of the city’s most popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Find out why Paris is often called the most beautiful city in the world. A walking tour of Paris will show you all its splendor and charm, including its bright lights, blooming flowers, historical architecture, and cobblestone streets.

All of the Paris walking tours include a knowledgeable and entertaining guide to give you a fun experience. When booking your tour, you'll learn how long the tour lasts, where to meet your guide, and when/where you'll stop for a rest or bite to eat.

What can you experience on a walking tour in Paris?

Walking tours in Paris cater to all kinds of travelers. Spend the day enjoying the Paris sunshine on a walking tour of one of its many public parks, like Jardin des Tuileries or Place de la Concorde. With its lovely gardens and carefully manicured landscaping, you’ll have plenty of chances to take photos to commemorate your vacation. 

If you’re an art enthusiast or a literary buff, you’ll want to sign up for one of the more educational Paris walking tours. And you have plenty of them to choose from. Theologians, religious students and history enthusiasts will want to take a walking tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Along with admiring its French Gothic architecture, you’ll see several monuments and learn the story of its rebirth while walking the grounds.

What types of walking tours can I take in Paris?

Paris food tours 

Try mouthwatering chocolates, gourmet cheeses, and sparkling wines on a food walking tour. Many emerging coffee shops have been added to the tours, so you can always try out something new. On every one of these foodie tours you’ll get to sample lots of goodies and will return to your hotel stuffed.

Paris Illumination tours 

Explore Paris at night with an evening tour. You’ll get to see the skyline all lit up and the Eiffel Tower all aglow. Make sure you have your camera ready to take some awesome shots. If you want something more adventurous, you can find some night tours that will spook you, such as a cemetery or ghost outing.

Paris history tours 

Indulge in the history of Paris with a tour of the medieval streets near the medieval city wall. You can also learn more about World War II history on a walking tour of the Normandy D-Day Beaches and the National Cemetery.

Paris neighborhood tours 

Spend the day in some of Paris’s hottest and upscale neighborhoods, such as the Latin Quarter, home to the Paris Sorbonne University and the Cluny Museum. Don’t pass on a stroll through its many historic districts, like Saint-Germain and Marais. You can also get a feel for the culture with a visit to local food markets, flower shops, and cafes.

What added extras can I expect on a walking tour of Paris?

On some of the Paris pub walking tours, you might get a complimentary shot or two. Some also come with an included lunch or French snack. You can also decide on a self-guided tour. In this case, you’ll be instructed to download an app that will include audio commentary for that particular tour.


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What people are saying about Paris

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Thibeaux was our guide and he did a great job of showing us areas of flea market that were of interest to us. He helped negotiate with the dealers and went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied with our purchases and that they were properly packaged. He included interesting bits of history about the market and the area, as well as being knowledgeable about the shops and goods. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him!

A great tour of the stadium of Roland Garros. You get to see the outside, the inside, the media area, the locker rooms, etc. You will hear about some of the less-known stories about the tournament (ask for the locker 19 on the female locker room!) Great experience for tennis lovers.

Alan was an excellent photographer and made the shoot enjoyable and relaxing. He was extremely helpful in putting us at ease. We thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot and look forward to the product

This was the coolest. You really get to see everything. Even the press room and the locker rooms— It’s quite the experience for major tennis fans.

Mitch was wonderful. Funny, knowledgeable and patient.