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Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

1. 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.

Le Marais: Explore Old Paris with a Local Host

2. Le Marais: Explore Old Paris with a Local Host

Join a like-minded local to discover Le Marais, the historic quarter in the very heart of Paris that’s known for its old-world charm and historic credentials. Get to know Old Paris while visiting famous historic attractions like the Bastille.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Stop by Jewish bakeries to indulge in some sweet treats or visit The Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest market and savor your street food on a bench where you can watch the world go by. Discover Le Marais’ colorful history, from royal residents to battles during the revolution, Le Marais has seen it all. Browse the charming boutiques and small galleries that the area is home to, or visit iconic sites like the Pompidou Centre before you relax with a coffee or glass of wine at a local café.  

Paris: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

3. Paris: Pompidou Centre Private Guided Tour

Discover a treasure chest of modern and contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and experience the city’s 3rd most important gallery after the Louvre and Orsay Museum. Start with an explanation of the building, itself a piece of avant garde art. Then, skip the long lines, and follow your guide through the chronological and thematically arranged complex. Marvel at art from the early 20th century to the present day, learning about abstract art and how to place it in its proper context to appreciate it more. Principal art pieces included on the tour are “Il Ritorno di Ulisse” (“Ulysses’ Return”) by Chirico, “La Ville No. 2” by the Orphism artist Robert Delaunay, and “Rose Sélavy” by Duchamp. Admire Otto Dix’s challenging “Portrait of a Journalist Sylvia von Harden,” and Max Ernst’s collage “Ubu Imperateur.” Your guide will explain the meanings of Picasso’s “Femme nue Couchée,” and the abstract expressionist art of Jackson Pollock. Marvel at Klein’s “Grande Anthropagie Bleue,” and Tingerly’s “Requiem for a Dead Leaf.” Other highlights covered are Warhol’s “Big Electric Chair,” and the “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevitch.

Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

4. Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

Start your tour of the Marais by learning about its historic importance. This district once lay beyond the center of Paris. Today, it is at the heart of the city. Discover the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Louis before walking through the courtyard of the majestic Hotel de Sully. Continue experiencing the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Afterwards, move forward in time to learn all about the bustling Jewish community that put the Marais on the map through the 18th and 19th centuries. Wander past the bakeries and boutiques of the Pletzl before strolling the shop-laden rue des Francs Bourgeois. All the while discover mansion after mansion, former homes to nobility that once called the Marais home. Some are now museums, like the highly worthwhile Musée Carnavalet. The tour may also introduce you to both the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, and the Pompidou Center, both architectural masterpieces from very different periods.

Paris: City Tour with Louvre Tickets & Cider with a Crepe

5. Paris: City Tour with Louvre Tickets & Cider with a Crepe

Follow your guide to uncover the hidden parts of Paris that only the locals know on this walking tour. See city highlights like ‘Ile de la Cité’ island, Pompidou Center, and the Tuileries Gardens. Make the most of your time by skipping the line at the popular Louvre Museum.  Feel like a local as you stroll through picturesque neighborhoods like the beautiful Seine island of ‘Ile de la Cité.' Stop at Notre Dame to experience this jewel of French medieval architecture for yourself. Head to the Church of Sainte Chapelle to admire the stunning stained glass work. Take in the bohemian atmosphere as you cross the romantic Seine river. Get a taste of modern architecture at Pompidou Centre. Eat like a local at a creperie restaurant as you savor an authentic Parisian crêpe paired with cider. View the playful figures in the Stravinsky fountain as you eat. Walk through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the glamorous Garnier Opera House. Find out where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. No trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Louvre Museum. Avoid wasting time in line at this popular attraction with your direct access tickets. Uncover facinating information about the artwork with an audio guide.

Paris: Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais for Families

6. Paris: Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais for Families

Le Marais retains plenty of old world charm with its narrow, winding streets, hidden courtyards and beautiful medieval and Renaissance mansions. Dynamic and modern, yet steeped in history and overflowing with charm, the Marais is the perfect place to explore as a family, accompanied by a passionate local guide See the the Hotel de Sens, a magnificent palace built in 1500 - children will love searching for the cannonball still lodged in the wall. You’ll see the magnificent Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and a favorite picnic spot in summer. Hear stories of kings jousting and see if you can tell the difference between the real and fake facades. Discover cool boutiques on the rue des Francs Bourgeois and stroll by the café terraces, perfect for sitting and watching the world go by. You’ll visit the traditional Jewish quarter, where you can taste the best falafel in the city. Then check out some of the newest and best pastry shops in the city.  Along the way, younger visitors can keep their eyes open for all kinds of street art, from painted murals to decorated street signs. Walk past the iconic Centre Pompidou, so scandalous when it was first built, now loved by locals and visitors alike. See the fairytale architecture of Paris’ City Hall, and end your tour with a stroll by the riverside. Specially designed materials for children will be provided to ensure that younger members of the family are able to participate every step of the way. Your guide will be fully licensed and specialized in leading tours for all ages.

Paris: Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

7. Paris: Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

Discover the many artistic masterpieces of the Musée National d’Art Moderne collection, housed in the Pompidou Centre. Learn about modern and contemporary art with an intimate small-group tour. Meet your guide outside of the building, and begin your tour by examining the museum's striking exterior. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building was conceived as an “inside-out” structure and vibrantly colored. After hearing about the museum’s origin, begin your tour of its modern art collection, which contains nearly 3,200 works. Discuss Cubism in front of a Picasso painting. Chat about Fauvism while admiring a Matisse. See how the World Wars impacted the art world. Witness the chaos and dark humor of the Dada movement – a reaction to the gore of World War I. Admire works by the surrealists such as Salvador Dali. Learn about Pop Art as you check out a few of Andy Warhol’s works. Explore movements such as Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism. Marvel at works by beloved French artists as well as international artists such O’Keefe, Pollock, and Mondrian. Visit the museum's contemporary art galleries and find out about recent artistic movements like Fluxus and Minimalism. Experience works such as Dubuffet’s winter garden installation. Hang out on the museum's roof and take in the Parisian Panorama. By the end of your tour, you’ll have a complete overview of the modern art world. Choose the private tour option and enjoy an even more personalized experience.

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What people are saying about Centre Pompidou

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This was the best guided tour we've ever had, anywhere.

This was the best guided tour we've ever had, anywhere. Our tour of the Pompidou collection was a fascinating two-hour mini-seminar on modern art. Boris, our guide, is a genial, attentive, well-spoken, thoroughly knowledgeable young humanist scholar. We thank him for an altogether delightful and informative morning at the Pompidou.

Visit carried out with a very pleasant and competent guide who made me discover the hidden spaces of the marsh and get out of the classic tourist circuit.In addition I had the chance to be the only client of this visit

Our host/guide was incredibly informative and smart. He holds a masters degree and brought us to places we would have never known about nor found. I will recommend him to all our friends.

Zac was really great; super enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Not in a hurry to finish the tour, happy to answer questions afterwards.

The guide Cristiana was great, we see in her a real passion for Paris and its history. Adorable with children. I recommend