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Paris: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Montparnasse

4.4 / 5

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Activity provider: ExperienceFirst

Paris: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Montparnasse

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst

From US$ 37.68 per person

Get an intimate look into 20th-century Paris with a guided walk through the influential Parisian neighborhood of Montparnasse. Explore the streets, once occupied by Nazis, and see the most important theaters and bars of the 1920s.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the crème de la crème of the Cafe Society
  • Visit the graves of influential sculptors, writers, and actors
  • Hear stories of the French Resistance during Nazi occupation
  • See iconic restaurants and theaters made famous in the 1920s
  • Admire the impressive Montparnasse Tower
Full description
Discover Montparnasse, a lesser-known Parisian neighborhood brimming with history and culture. Explore the area with a professional guide on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Start your walking adventure at Boulevard du Montparnasse, where the cream of the Cafe Society wined and dined at legendary eateries. Next, walk down the romantic Rue Delambre. Learn about the life of Josephine Baker, the beloved entertainer who helped the French Resistance. Visit historical sites like The Sphinx: a brothel requisitioned by the Nazis during the Second World War, and the Monocle: a famous women-only cabaret. Continue to Montparnasse Cemetery and pay tribute to famous figures like Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Finally, enter Rue de la Gaite, the "Little Theater District," of Paris and finish your tour at the impressive Montparnasse Tower.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Take our Paris shuttle for convenient transportation, included with your tour. Copy and paste this link in your web browser: https://www.exp1.com/paris-tours/paris-shuttle/
  • Tickets to the Montparnasse Tower
  • Tips
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  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meet in front of Église Notre-Dame des Champs church. Your guide will be holding an orange sign with ExperienceFirst written on it.

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  • Tours operate rain or shine
  • This tour covers about 2 miles of walking
  • You can choose a group tour or a private tour
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4.4 /5

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The Montparnasse Tour is a wonderful way to learn about the cafe scene of the creatives, especially of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the history of the area. Not a tourist area - as I learned, the majority are locals - so it was a fascinating way of "knowing what the locals know." Our guide, Sheldon, was magnificent - really pleasant and friendly with a mountain of knowledge and information and fun facts - not in a rote manner but in a genuine understanding of the area. It was a walk-and-talk tour, stopping to look at plaques and signposts and restaurants and statues and getting directions to other places to walk later. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour - without a tour, I have been walking past places of interest without knowing. No, there are no obvious monuments that are in the tourist books, but there are places of interest mentioned in novels. And there is historical and political places of interest too. I think Sheldon was a real star.

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February 18, 2022

Great walk, slightly away from the most touristy areas. Our guide, Sheldon, was very knowledgeable and engaging, keeping not only adults entertained but also my daughters (teen and preteen), which is no small feat. Lots of interesting places and stories behind them on this walk. Highly recommended!

March 25, 2022

Specific questions could not be answered. A nice tour - nothing more. No deeper explanations and background knowledge.

October 2, 2022

Product ID: 403748