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Paris: Le Marais Guided Walking Tour

1. Paris: Le Marais Guided Walking Tour

Meet at the heart of Le Marais to see its most important sights, and lesser known places. With the major contents of the tour being kept a secret, be assured that the most stunning Renaissance palaces and hidden gardens will be revealed to you on this cultural and enchanting experience. On this tour, explore the Hotel de Ville, Place des Vosges, Maison de Victor Hugo, Paroisse Saint-Paul Saint-Louis, Musée National Picasso, Pont Marie, Église Saint-Gervais, Fontaine du Lycée Charlemagne, Rue des Rosiers, and Jardin Anne Frank. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience in one the most beautiful areas of Paris.

Paris: Le Marais District Jewish History Guided Walking Tour

2. Paris: Le Marais District Jewish History Guided Walking Tour

Journey through the heart of Marais, Paris’s renowned Jewish district, on guided walking tour. Discover the most significant landmarks related to Jewish history including the Documentation Center, the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Hector Guimard Synagogue, and Rue des Rosiers. Meet your guide outside the Hotel de Ville and get an in-depth insight into the rich history of the Jewish community in Paris throughout the centuries. Learn where they first settled and why the Marais district became the hub of the Jewish community in the city. Visit the Holocaust Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), and pay respects to the millions of lives lost during World War II. Witness a moving exhibition of photographs, personal effects, and testimonies from Holocaust survivors, which sheds light on the daily lives of Parisian Jews and their experiences during the war. Next, stroll around Village Saint Paul, an area where Jews were hidden during the Nazi occupation. Discover the radical changes that the area has undergone in recent years, now a charming neighborhood with numerous art studios and cafés. Make your way to the Hector Guimard Synagogue, the largest synagogue in the area, and discover its rich architectural and cultural significance. Admire its exterior which is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture featuring intricate ironwork, vibrant stained glass, and flowing organic lines. Stroll down the Rue des Rosiers, a bustling street lined with Jewish bakeries, delis, and shops. Hear stories and insights into the vibrant Jewish culture that still thrives in this charming corner of Paris. Finish your tour of Marais outside the Museum of Jewish Art and History, where you can choose to visit at your own leisure to learn more about the unique and fascinating artistic traditions of Jewish culture, and their role in French society and history.

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

3. 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

Classic, Romantic Paris: 3-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

4. Classic, Romantic Paris: 3-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

Discover the many facets of Paris, from its romantic side in Montmartre to its more classic side at the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Visit lesser-known but fascinating neighborhoods such as the Marais. Your driver will pick you up anywhere in the city center and provide you an authentic 3-hour Parisian experience in a classic, vintage Citroen 2CV, with a convertible roof that offers the best possible views. What you’ll see: Classic Paris: Avenue des Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Trocadéro, Tour Eiffel, Champs de Mars, Ecole Militaire, Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, Petit et Grand Palais, and Place de la Concorde Romantic Paris: Montmartre, Sacré Cœur, Moulin Rouge, Pigalle, Opéra Garnier, Pyramide du Louvre, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame, Quai des Grands Augustins, and Musée d'Orsay Unexpected Paris: Place des Vosges, Passage Sully, Village Saint Paul, le Marais, Port de l'Arsenal, Bastille

Paris: French Revolution Walking Tour

5. Paris: French Revolution Walking Tour

Forget those dry, dull French History lessons from school—instead join us on a thrilling treasure hunt as you walk the very streets that led to the bloodiest moments in Paris’ past. This 2-hour tour scours the old stones of the heart of Paris, uncovering hidden objects and long-forgotten tales of murder, massacre, and the ferocious fight for freedom. Learn bone-chilling details of when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette met the blade of the guillotine, or the dark prophecy that led to the demise of a key revolutionary.

Les Marais: French Tastes and Drinks Private Foodie Tour

6. 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: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

7. 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.

A watercolor art class in a typical place in Paris

8. A watercolor art class in a typical place in Paris

A unique rendezvous in historic Paris. A watercolor lesson in small groups. Leave with your sketches of Paris.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

9. 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: Marais Walks Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Paris: Marais Walks Self-Guided Audio Tour

This hour-long self-guided tour will give you a fantastic introduction of one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the French capital. Unlock the city's sights like Victor Hugo home, the green Place des Vosges park, and oldest city wall at the Wall of Philippe II Augustus. Start in the iconic Hôtel de Ville City Hall and move around its narrow streets and stroll by hipster cafes and antiquity shops whilst learning about the history of the area. Learn about top locations like the Musee Carnavalet and Gothic and Baroque architecture of Saint Gervais Church.  Admire the historic sights on the Rue des Rosiers street. Explore areas like the fashionable Le Marais area which was once the city's Jewish Quarter. Finish in the Bastille Square and learn about one of the most significant events of the French revolution.

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THANK YOU FRED! This was the perfect last minute decision we could have made on our last day in Paris. My mother is handicapped so we wanted to do something where she could enjoy the whole city and monuments without walking. Fred was so kind and thoughtful in this, he even had a small stool for her to help get into the car. I highly recommend Fred and this your service. This was the perfect way to get your family photos at all the must see spots in Paris. Thank you Fred! 10/10 would recommend!

My Guide Ragini was excellent in explaining every detail of the location and i am lucky enough to have her as my guide. Thank you!!!!

Clement was knowledgeable and personable - we had a great time and would thoroughly recommend this trip to others.

Perfect amount of time to get a sense of the city. Driver was knowledgeable and friendly.

Okaha was amazing! It really gave use a feel of Paris. Thank Yu for a great evening!