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Drinking "The New Paris" Walking Tour with Lindsey Tramuta

1. Drinking "The New Paris" Walking Tour with Lindsey Tramuta

Join Paris-based journalist Lindsey Tramuta on a guided walk through the neighborhoods of East Paris. Through tastings at three different locations showcasing the latest in specialty coffee, craft beer, and natural wine, you’ll get a flavor for "The New Paris."  Meet Lindsey in the heart of the trendy neighborhoods of East Paris. Explore a lesser-encountered side of the city and join her on a tour of some of the locations that have inspired her book "The New Paris", which highlights the variety and innovation of their respective industries. Begin with a visit to a local pioneer of third-wave coffee to discover its emerging role in Paris' renowned café culture. Smell and sample some of their signature roasts and perk yourself up as you begin your tasting journey. Next, take a tour of a microbrewery that brews its own craft beers onsite, one of the very few breweries that are allowed this exclusive privilege in the center of the city. See how they craft a variety of beers and taste a variety of their experimental and signature creations. Finally, head to a buzzing bar popular with the locals and try some of their cocktails or natural wines. Learn about how the biodynamic wine movement has been received (and understood) by Parisians and the wider population. Pair some samples with a range of tasty bar snacks to conclude your adventure. Originally from Philadelphia, Lindsey Tramuta moved to Paris in 2006. Since becoming a journalist and publishing two books, she has been committed to documenting the people and latest ideas that are shaping not only Paris and the rest of France, but the world.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

2. Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

Lessen your waiting time in the long queues to one of the capital's most unforgettable monuments with a direct access ticket to the second level and, if the option is selected, to the summit. Learn more about the tower from your guide. Enjoy the viewing platforms and gaze out at Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, all at your own pace. Following a short introduction that will reveal to you the history of the emblematic Tower, ascend to the 2nd Level by elevator. Head up to the Summit by elevator if you've selected this option. Take in the spectacular views of the French capital and spot emblematic monuments from above.

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

3. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on an optional 45-minute tour.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Stair Climb to Level 2 w/ Summit Option

4. Paris: Eiffel Tower Stair Climb to Level 2 w/ Summit Option

Explore the Eiffel Tower like never before as you climb this monumental tower by foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to the iconic structure before leading you to the ticket entrance. Your guide will keep you entertained with even more interesting facts and anecdotes. Begin your ascent, hearing stories behind the tower's creation and near demise as you take in the unique views from the staircase, accompanied by your expert guide all the way up to the 2nd floor. Take a break on the 1st floor and hear little-known facts about the tower and her architect. Experience the walk on a 57-meter high glass floor to take a few keepsake photos. Continue to the observation deck on the 2nd floor for bird's eye views of the Arc de Triomphe and other icons of Paris while enjoying your guide's insightful and entertaining commentary. Once you are finished admiring the spectacular views, you can choose to take the stairs or the elevator back to the ground floor.  Choose to upgrade your ticket to the Summit, only possible at the time of booking, to see Gustave Eiffel's original office and enjoy the highest platform for panoramic views of Paris. Please note that occasionally, due to situations beyond control such as inclement weather or crowds, the summit may be temporarily closed upon your arrival to the Eiffel Tower. In these rare cases, the group will not be able to access the summit, even if it reopens while presently inside the tower. Should this occur, you will receive a refund for the price of summit access within 5-10 days. The refund will be done automatically, so there is no need to contact us.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Guided Tour by Elevator

5. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Guided Tour by Elevator

Skip the ticket line to the Eiffel Tower and take a tour of this famous landmark and admire the city from above. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour in English of the tower to hear all about the origins and the secrets behind the construction of this architectural masterpiece. Catch the elevator and ascend to the viewing platform on the second floor, and, if you choose the summit ticket, head all the way to the summit. From there, take in the amazing panoramic views of the French capital, including the Sacré Coeur, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe. Option to include a 1-hour cruise on the Seine, available any day and time after your visit to the Eiffel Tower. Admire the UNESCO-listed buildings lining the riverbanks, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Conciergerie. Pass by floating houseboats and restaurants along the way.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

6. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the 45-minute walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

7. Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

Enjoy bird’s eye views of Paris from the second-floor observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. Meet your guide next to the Eiffel Tower for a brief introduction to the history of the tower. Then, enjoy direct access to the second floor, and hear interesting tales and anecdotes about the tower’s unique history from your guide. Learn more about the “City of Light,” and enjoy privileged views of the Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Les Invalides. Your guide will then leave you to enjoy the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. Ascend to the summit (if option booked), without a guide, at your leisure for even more breathtaking views and enjoy a glass of bubbly in the Champagne Bar (if option booked). On the way down, make sure you stop on the 1st floor to walk on a new glass floor, 200 feet above the ground.

Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

8. Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

Skip the Louvre’s famously long lines gives and visit the museum’s must-see attractions. Your expert guide will unveil subtle details most visitors never learn about the works of art on show. Discover the "Mona Lisa", the "Venus de Milo" and the "Winged Victory of Samothrace". The tour also features Greek and Roman antiquities like the 4,000-year-old "Great Sphinx of Tanis", other recognisable works by Da Vinci and Raphael, and highlights of the French Romantic period. Sculptures like Michelangelo’s "Dying Slave" and Antonio Canova’s "Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss" add another dimension to the experience. In the Apollo Gallery, you’ll glimpse the Louvre’s own history as the Royal Palace, before Louis XIV relocated the court to Versailles. The equally opulent décor of the Second Empire is also preserved in the Napoleon Apartments. After the tour, you can continue exploring the Louvre at your leisure.

Paris: Famous Graves of Père Lachaise Small Group Tour

9. Paris: Famous Graves of Père Lachaise Small Group Tour

Historic and scenic, Père Lachaise Cemetery boasts some of the most expensive and coveted grave real estate in the world. It is the final resting place for famous artists, writers and musicians, from Yves Montand and Simone Signoret to Chopin and Oscar Wilde. On this 2-hour walking tour you’ll wander through this labyrinth of headstones, trees, and paths as your guide points out the famous graves and eccentricities that make this place so special. Oscar Wilde’s tomb surely stands out, covered entirely with bright red lipstick from kisses left by visiting admirers. As you pass Chopin’s tomb it seems that you can almost hear his well-known funeral march. See the final resting place of Molière, the famous French playwright. Famous for irony and satire, Molière, a sick man whose doctors thought he was a hypochondriac, died on stage playing a well man who is a hypochondriac, while the audience cheered him on. The most visited grave is that of the American rock star, Jim Morrison. His grave and those surrounding it are covered with graffiti from the hordes of fans that come here. Enjoy a walk through an extraordinary cemetery and relive the lives of some of the world’s greats.

Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Tickets

10. Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Tickets

Enjoy a walk in the Tuileries Gardens outside one of the world’s most famous museums, then skip the long ticket lines (depending on the option selected) to get priority access to the Louvre. The 2-hour guided tour inside the museum includes all the important highlights of the monumental art collection. You will see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus De Milo, and Winged Victory of Samothrace, among many other major works of art. Stroll through the commercial area of the Louvre, where your guide will present various sections, such as the Medieval fortress and the modern Pyramid.  Guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the great art on display, pointing you in the direction of the best of the Louvre’s approximate 100,000 objects.

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Paris walking tours: Everything you need to know

Get to know the City of Lights on a walking tour of Paris. On a walking tour you can see a few of the city’s most popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Find out why Paris is often called the most beautiful city in the world. A walking tour of Paris will show you all its splendor and charm, including its bright lights, blooming flowers, historical architecture, and cobblestone streets.

All of the Paris walking tours include a knowledgeable and entertaining guide to give you a fun experience. When booking your tour, you'll learn how long the tour lasts, where to meet your guide, and when/where you'll stop for a rest or bite to eat.

What can you experience on a walking tour in Paris?

Walking tours in Paris cater to all kinds of travelers. Spend the day enjoying the Paris sunshine on a walking tour of one of its many public parks, like Jardin des Tuileries or Place de la Concorde. With its lovely gardens and carefully manicured landscaping, you’ll have plenty of chances to take photos to commemorate your vacation. 

If you’re an art enthusiast or a literary buff, you’ll want to sign up for one of the more educational Paris walking tours. And you have plenty of them to choose from. Theologians, religious students and history enthusiasts will want to take a walking tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Along with admiring its French Gothic architecture, you’ll see several monuments and learn the story of its rebirth while walking the grounds.

What types of walking tours can I take in Paris?

Paris food tours 

Try mouthwatering chocolates, gourmet cheeses, and sparkling wines on a food walking tour. Many emerging coffee shops have been added to the tours, so you can always try out something new. On every one of these foodie tours you’ll get to sample lots of goodies and will return to your hotel stuffed.

Paris Illumination tours 

Explore Paris at night with an evening tour. You’ll get to see the skyline all lit up and the Eiffel Tower all aglow. Make sure you have your camera ready to take some awesome shots. If you want something more adventurous, you can find some night tours that will spook you, such as a cemetery or ghost outing.

Paris history tours 

Indulge in the history of Paris with a tour of the medieval streets near the medieval city wall. You can also learn more about World War II history on a walking tour of the Normandy D-Day Beaches and the National Cemetery.

Paris neighborhood tours 

Spend the day in some of Paris’s hottest and upscale neighborhoods, such as the Latin Quarter, home to the Paris Sorbonne University and the Cluny Museum. Don’t pass on a stroll through its many historic districts, like Saint-Germain and Marais. You can also get a feel for the culture with a visit to local food markets, flower shops, and cafes.

What added extras can I expect on a walking tour of Paris?

On some of the Paris pub walking tours, you might get a complimentary shot or two. Some also come with an included lunch or French snack. You can also decide on a self-guided tour. In this case, you’ll be instructed to download an app that will include audio commentary for that particular tour.


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What people are saying about Paris

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based on 16,651 reviews

This experience was awesome, I highly recommend it! Our guide was so knowledgeable about Paris History. We discovered amazing places where we tasted pastry, cheese, and of course a lot of Champagne!

Tour guide was excellent. He knew about the tower and very receptive to questions. He made the tour a memory I will treasure for a lifetime.

Christophe was amazing. He engaged us in the rich history of the paintings. Both my kids loved it! We’re so glad to have taken this tour.

Bruno was Amazing. Very friendly, knowledgeable and outgoing !

Great guide, very short queues. Amazing experience!