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Place des Vosges: Our most recommended tours and activities

Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

1. Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

Experience some of the hidden quarters of Paris and take in the city’s major highlights as you cruise the streets in a vintage Citroen 2CV convertible. See the grand avenues lined with well-known buildings and monuments, and also visit historical areas such as the Marais, with its village-like atmosphere. You’ll also see Place des Vosges, the oldest Royal place of Paris, on this unique 2-hour tour. Take a drive to the Arènes de Lutèce, the site of the city’s most important ruins from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris. The stones at the site date back to 200 A.D. What you’ll see: • Place des Vosges • Passage Sully • Village Saint Paul • Le Marais • Port de l'Arsenal • Bastille • Grande Mosquée de Paris • Butte aux cailles • Cité Florale • Arènes de Lutèce • Institut du Monde Arabe • Place Dauphine

Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

2. Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

Join an expert guide on a 3-hour tasting tour of Le Marais, and discover the local hangouts as you sample delicious food and wine. Start in front of the Centre Pompidou, Europe's largest modern art museum, nestled in an impressive contemporary building.  Then move on past Notre Dame to the Hôtel de Ville, the city's town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Pass an iconic bakery whose baguette was named one of the best in Paris.  Continue to Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, the center of the French gay scene, to see one of the oldest streets in Le Marais. Stop to sample a delicious macaron made by one of the city’s most famous pastry chefs, then enter the heart of the Jewish community. Discover a vibrant pedestrianized street full of falafel stands and Jewish delis.  Then continue to a wine and alcohol store to try iconic French liqueurs, such as Cognac, Armagnac, Absinthe, and Old Plum brandy. Feast on French charcuterie, including pâté, rillettes, and ham. Finally, you’ll walk to Place de la Bastille, passing the former home of the French writer Victor Hugo. The area is full of bars and restaurants, where you can continue to explore the City of Lights on your own.

Les Marais: French Tastes and Drinks Private Foodie Tour

3. Les Marais: French Tastes and Drinks Private Foodie Tour

Uncover the delights of French cuisine in this private foodie walking tour of Les Marais. Taste a variety of local flavors as you explore this trendy district with a guide. Discover the most typical flavors and delicacies of French cuisine. Enjoy sophisticated gourmet dishes and classic Parisian crepes. Taste a platter of the finest selection of local ‘charcuterie’ and cheeses, accompanied by wines and traditional beers from the region. Explore the most beautiful and emblematic markets and restaurants of the authentic and trendy district of Les Marais, always with your local foodie guide. Eat a crepe sitting on the Place des Vosges and get a sense of the Parisian way of life. Relax and sit down at 2 elegant French restaurants where you will try some delicious snails and roasted camembert with honey.

Paris: 4-Hour Culinary Tour by Bicycle

4. Paris: 4-Hour Culinary Tour by Bicycle

Discover the culinary delights of the City of Light on this bike tour through Paris. Starting from the lively Beaubourg area with its street performers, you will pass through trendy Marais to reach Place de la Bastille and the craft studios of Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Start your culinary journey at a traditional French market. Enjoy coffee and a croissant and sample local cheeses and cold meats. Continue on eastwards past Parc de Bercy towards the River Seine. Learn more about the modern architecture of the National Library and the Arab World Institute. Next to the sculptures by contemporary artists in Jardin Tino Rossi, you can enjoy the fantastic view of the River Seine and the famous city islands with the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Paris: 1.5-Hour Vintage Car Night Tour

5. Paris: 1.5-Hour Vintage Car Night Tour

Join your local friendly guide for a nighttime tour of Paris aboard a vintage Peugeot 404 from 1963. A late evening visit will give you a great opportunity to admire the beauty of illuminated buildings and monuments in the quiet atmosphere of the city without traffic jams. Explore some off-the-beaten-track sights of the city, such as the Butte-aux-Cailles, Gobelins, Arènes de Lutèce, Le Marais and the Albert Tower. Enjoy a stop at the Place des Vosges to taste delicious macaroons and take a walk to appreciate the architecture and unique atmosphere of this place, a historical Parisian landmark. Listen to your guide as he tells you the fascinating history of the places you visit, as well as numerous anecdotes about what it was like to drive a car in the sixties. From the Albert Tower to the Hotel de Sens, passing the Grand Mosque of Paris or the Gare de Lyon, see fine monuments and sites away from classical tourist circuits.

Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

6. Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

Starting from the Beaubourg area, jump aboard your bike and set off on a discovery of the historical center of Paris located on the right-hand side of the River Seine. Begin the tour in the hip Marais quarter with a visit to Village Saint Paul, a village in the center of the city. You'll also get the opportunity to visit the most beautiful of all the royal squares in the capital - the Place des Vosges with its prominent residents. Cycle past the Picasso Museum before enjoying a break at one of the oldest markets in Paris. Your tour guide will tell you more about the controversial Buren's Columns at the Palais-Royal as well as the glass pyramid in the main courtyard of the Louvre. Your tour will finish on the unmissable Seine Islands, the Ile de la Cité (where Notre-Dame stands) and Ile Saint-Louis.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

7. Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

Spend some time exploring the scenic views of Le Marais, Paris, as your guide tells you the history of the area on this walking tour. Admire the district which was once the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Stravinsky Fountain, the Centre Pompidou, the Street of Rosebushes, and more. Begin at the Stravinksy Fountain (currently under renovation until 2023), with abstract and outlandish sculptures that move and spray water. Marvel at the colorful display and capture photos of the whimsical fountain. Next, explore the Centre Pompidou, the street Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, and the Cloister of Billettes. Your guide will teach you the history and tell you about the LGBTQ+ community of the area. Spend some time learning about the Church of Our Lady of the White Friars, built-in 1258 by Saint Louis. Walk to the Impasse des Crossbowmen, the Street of Rosebushes, the Library of the City of Paris, The Place des Vosges, and more.  Your tour will end at Le Village Saint-Paul, a treasure trove of antiques, art galleries, and artisan boutiques. Leave your guide here to admire the area and stroll through the shops and attractions nearby.

Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

8. Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

Discover the highlights of Paris on an interactive 4-hour tour with a live guide, available as a private or small group option. Travel the streets by minibus, and see more than you would on a walking tour. Meet your guide at the Opéra Garnier (Palais Garnier), and set off to explore the Latin Quarter, notable for the Sorbonne university campus and its bohemian vibe. Pass the scenic Place du Châtelet and imposing Louvre Museum, as well as the Haussmann-designed Place de l’ Opéra. Admire the triumphant Place Vendôme and the expansive Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Élysées. See the iconic columns of La Madeleine, the complex of buildings of the Ecole Militaire, and the museums and monuments of Les Invalides. Experience the sidewalk café culture of St. Germain-des-Pres. Enjoy ample photo stops along the way. Then, continue with a stop near Notre-Dame de Paris and Marais district, including the famous Place des Vosges. (Some access can be subject to the police authorization). Transfer to artistic Montmartre for a walking tour of Place du Tertre. Watch the pavement artists at work, and look at the white, wedding-cake basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Drive back to the city center for a drop-off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

9. Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

Start the audio-guided tour at Place des Vosges. As you stroll through the charming district of Le Marais, automatically triggered audio commentary from the app provides more information and insight into one of Paris's trendiest neighborhoods. See the former home of renowned writer Victor Hugo near the start of the tour. Discover a selection of attractions in the area including the Carnavalet Museum and Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Learn more about the Jewish heritage of the area and a thriving LGBT community. The audio guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real-time. If you wish to stop at one of the trendy cafes for a drink or a bite to eat, simply pause the app and resume the tour when you are ready. The audio tour finally leads you to the Hotel de Ville, Paris's city hall near Ile de la Cité, and the Seine River.

Paris: Le Marais Hidden Treasures Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Paris: Le Marais Hidden Treasures Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover a quieter side of Paris' bustling Marais district on this audio-guided walking tour and explore the area's private mansions, charming gardens, and hidden passages. With informative commentaries at the touch of a button, wander through the streets with your smartphone as your guide. Start your tour at the historical Cité Internationale des Arts, where you can admire works by over 300 artists at your own pace. Later, discover how Paris was first built in the Marais Sud before exploring the 12th-century city walls. Learn more about the historic neighborhood of Saint-Paul and discover some of its biggest scandals. Feel free to pause the tour whenever you want for a bite to eat or rest, then hop straight back in where you left off. With clear audio directions and a visual map, it's impossible to get lost. Customize your itinerary to your own tastes and enjoy a fun and authentic walking tour of Le Marais at your own pace. Finish your at the Place des Vosges, former home of Victor Hugo.

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What people are saying about Place des Vosges

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 361 reviews

We spent over 2 weeks in France, and this was DEFINITELY one of the highlights of our trip. It was my adult son's favorite part of the trip. Much of that was due to our guide, who went by the nickname Mitch (not sure if I'm spelling that correctly). Most guides either lean towards being social with not as much facts or full of facts with less personality. Mitch was the PERFECT blend of both. We learned so much about Marais, but had lots of fun too. We really felt well taken care of by him, and were really grateful that we got him as a guide. The wine/meat/cheese tasting was definitely the highlight of the tour. We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend this tour, especially if you can get Mitch!

Fred was amazing! We learned so much from his knowledge of Paris and the sightseeing was excellent! He was so pleasant and filled us up with laughter!! Highly recommend this tour for all as it gives you a great view of Paris and its districts! Ever turn awed us.. such architectural historical sights— breathtaking! Thank you Fred!!

Vivian was an excellent guide. Lots of insight to history, the area we walked through and great insight on the food. He made this tour very interesting and entertaining. 5 star excursion.

Great ride thru town. It was raining but the roof is clear to see thru. We picked our own sights to see ! Lots of Fun

Excellent guide with an outstanding knowledge about Paris and it’s history!