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Paris: Self-Guided Audio Tour of Latin Quarter and Left Bank

1. Paris: Self-Guided Audio Tour of Latin Quarter and Left Bank

When people say that “Paris learned to think on its Left Bank”, they’re talking about the Latin Quarter, where celebrated writers, academics and freethinkers of all kinds have gathered for centuries. There has been plenty of furious debate here, but the Latin Quarter is also a place of beauty and of contemplation with some of the most picturesque churches in Paris – like Saint Etienne du Mont, the burial place of another saint, Sainte Geneviève, who protected the city from Atilla the Hun. On this walking tour, I’ll tell you about some of the incredible saints and scholars that made their mark in this part of the city. We’ll start out in front of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, where Ernest Hemmingway, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound used to shop. Our tour ends at the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater, Arènes de Lutèce. Along the way, we’ll pass the Panthéon. This shrine to French national heroes commemorates people like Marie Curie, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, André Malraux and Josephine Baker. I’ll point out the National Museum of Natural History, and you can stop off at the Cluny Museum, which brings together the lavish residence of the Abbot of Cluny, the city’s ancient Roman Baths and Alexandre du Sommerard’s priceless collection of medieval art. I’ll also tell you about: • Renowned entertainer, Josephine Bake, who put her life in danger to help France in its fight against Nazis • Marie Curie and why she wasn’t invited to teach at the Sorbonne until after her husband's death • The inventor of Braille, Louis Braille • Holocaust survivor Simone Veil who, as a politician, advocated in favour of the European Union By the end of the tour you’ll know where to find Rue Mouffetard, the city’s oldest market street, you’ll understand how a French oyster works and know why you should order a “tradition” instead of a baguette. Whether you’re a foodie, a francophile, or a curious traveller, this two-hour tour is for you – so join me, Annie Sargent, in the Latin Quarter!

Paris Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

2. Paris Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

This 2-hour guided walking tour of the Latin Quarter takes you to the very heart of medieval Paris, and you’ll get an idea what this area, now renowned for its elegance and sophistication, used to be like. As you walk along the cobblestone streets, you’ll come across many students who attend the district’s various universities, including the Sorbonne, world-famous for its high standards and centuries-old traditions. The area exudes a youthful spirit of rebellion and progressive ideas, which are in contrast with the ancient streets and churches of the medieval era. This is Paris where tradition truly meets the future. Your tour takes you through the many layers of the Latin Quarter. Along with the historic monuments and beautiful, old-world architecture, you’ll find the hottest jazz clubs of Paris, as well as nightclubs, cocktail bars, and hip restaurants. Principal sites visited on the tour include Shakespeare and Company, Rue Saint-Séverin, the Church of Saint-Séverin, Hôtel de Cluny, La Sorbonne, the Panthéon, Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and the Luxembourg Gardens.

Paris - Private Latin Quarter Walking Tour

3. Paris - Private Latin Quarter Walking Tour

A Stroll Through Parisian Culture and History Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Paris, exploring a tapestry of history, literature, and architectural marvels. Our adventure begins at the stunning Sainte Chapelle, a gem of Gothic architecture, where intricate stained glass windows tell tales of centuries past. As we meander along the Seine, we reach the charming Place Saint Michel, flanked by iconic bouquinistes offering vintage books and art. Crossing into the quaint Rue de la Huchette, we delve into the vibrant Latin Quarter, known for its lively atmosphere and historic charm. Our next stop, Shakespeare and Company, is not just a bookstore but a literary haven with ties to Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Nearby, the imposing Notre Dame and its crypts whisper stories of medieval Paris, standing as a testament to resilience. Venturing further, we discover the peaceful Church of Saint Julien de Pauvre and the Abbey Bookstore, where the written word intertwines with tranquility. Les Thermes du Nord, a vestige of Roman Paris, provides a glimpse into the city's ancient roots. The journey continues to the Cluny Museum, housing medieval treasures, and the contemplative square dedicated to Michel de Montaigne and Paul Landowski. Passing by the esteemed Sorbonne University, we reach the intellectual haven of the College de France, marked by the insightful Square Michel-Foucault. Our climax unfolds at the majestic Pantheon and the adjacent Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. As our footsteps echo through history, we conclude this enriching tour outside the Pantheon, where the past and present converge in the heart of Paris. Join us on the Latin Quarter Walking Tour for an immersive experience, unveiling the layers of Parisian culture etched in its streets, landmarks, and stories. Your journey awaits!

Self-guided tour "Midnight in Paris"

4. Self-guided tour "Midnight in Paris"

"Midnight in Paris" Guided Tour Step into the enchanting world of Woody Allen's film as you explore the romantic Montmartre neighborhood, visit legendary literary cafés, stroll along the Seine River, admire the illuminated Louvre, and conclude your journey in the tranquil Luxembourg Gardens. Discover the timeless allure of Paris under the stars on this captivating tour. This self-guided tour with the audio guide application sGuiding will take you through 15 sites in Paris, both famous and lesser-known, Experience the Magic of Midnight in Paris. Let sGuiding be your companion on this unforgettable journey through Paris. Enjoy the tour!

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Bella was a wonderful guide with a lot of knowledge about the area. She was also very good about getting us where we needed to go after the tour. We are thankful we took the tour and learned a little more about Paris than the typical places.

Our guide Barbara was amazing!! Very knowledgeable and her tour is a highlight of our trip.