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  1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Le Marais

Paris: Full-Day Small Group Tour w/ a Local

Product ID: 69826
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A bit of glamour, a dose of history, a dash of quirkiness and a whole lot of food — this totally Parisian tour is packed with everything you could ever need to see, do and taste to become an honorary Parisian.
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Duration: 8 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Wander through the luxurious, hidden streets of Paris with a local
  • Savor a sugary sweet macaron at a popular shop and become a cheese connoisseur at a fromagerie
  • Indulge in plates of ham and pâtés, and sample a selection of some of France’s best brandies and wines
  • Enjoy the elegant surroundings of the Louvre’s garden and spot the hidden squares, tucked alleyways and marvellous churches of Marais
Full description
Get to know the City of Lights through the eyes of a local on this full-day tour packed with tantalising treats and cultural gems. Start your Paris tour right in the heart of one of Paris’ most expensive and fashionable areas, where luxury, elegance, and beauty are around every corner. Stop in at an illustrious food store and take the chance to sample a mouth-watering macaron, a delicious French speciality.

Your Paris city tour continues towards the iconic Louvre, home to some of the world’s most celebrated art, and the Palais Royal, opposite the Louvre, unknown among tourists but possibly even more beautiful than the Louvre. Learn about how it got turned into a hub for prostitution in the 14th century. Then go to some of Paris’ most beautiful passages – these covered arcades were once known to be the best places for shopping in Paris.

Next on this Paris food tour, head to a lively Parisian market to indulge in one of France’s most popular gastronomic pleasures: cheese! Perhaps taste some smooth, mild Brie or sample a slice of pungent Roquefort – known as the ‘King of Cheeses’. Afterwards, amble through Paris’ secret arcades to discover quirky shops, unique boutiques, and one of the oldest buildings in Paris.

Finally, walk to the fascinating Pompidou centre, where the first leg of the tour will end. Here you’ll have a bit of free time to wander and explore on your own. You could grab lunch in a French bistro or pick-up a quick sandwich (be warned, though, there’s lots of food still to come in the afternoon!). Or, you could head up to the top of the Pompidou for the best free view of Paris, or catch a glimpse inside Notre-Dame Cathedral — which is where everyone will gather to continue the second half of the Paris tour, when you’ll explore the medieval neighbourhood of the Marais. Full of sweet shops, patisseries, boutiques, and cafés, Le Marais offers insight into French culture and the secret Paris local way of life.

Move on to the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. You’ll learn about the horrible death of Robert-François Damiens, the infamous man who tried to assassinate King Louis XV.

Afterwards, take to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses, and narrow lanes. Pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris. You’ll try your first pastry, a delicious meringue-based merveilleux.

Next, visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, one of the oldest streets in the Marais, and today the centre of the French gay scene. You’ll learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris, and a shopping hub for fashionistas and the core of bobo culture. While you’re here, stop and sample a delicious macaron from one of Paris’ most famous pastry chefs.

Just a street away is Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish community. It’s a vibrant pedestrian street full of falafel stands and delicious Jewish-influenced delis. Enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.

The Paris tour will then take you back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th-century defensive wall of Paris. After a walk through impressive Saint-Paul’s church, stop in at a local wine bar, and get a professional wine tasting. Sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac and Armagnac or “Old Plum” brandy too. To accompany the drinks, also taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.

From there, move on to Paris’ oldest and certainly most beautiful square, la Place des Vosges, home of France’s national writer, Victor Hugo. From here, it’s only a short walk to the final destination, la place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14, 1789, triggering the French Revolution.

The area nearby is full of bars and restaurants, leaving you with plenty of options for carrying on with your evening in the City of Lights after a whole day discovering Paris!
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Cheese tasting session in a local store
  • 3 different pastries, 2 macarons
  • Platter of French cheese or charcuterie
  • Wine and liquor tasting
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drink (during the mid-tour break)
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the entrance gates of the Madeleine Church – Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Standard dress
• Comfortable walking shoes
• An umbrella, depending on the weather
Organized by

Urban Adventures Europe

Product ID: 69826