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Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

1. Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

Visit one of Paris’ quirkier landmarks, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, on a walking tour with an expert guide. Don’t miss the most visited cemetery in the world during your stay in Paris, with over 3.5 million visitors every year. See the final resting places of many famous artistic, literary, and historical figures, including Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf, Delacroix, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and many others. Explore the grounds of the 19th-century cemetery with your guide, whose commentary will balance humor with historical accuracy. Let them share secrets with you about the cemetery and some of its famous residents. Highlights include the quaint cobbled paths, elaborate tombs, and stunning decorative funerary art.

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Paris 90-Minute Street Art Tour

2. Paris 90-Minute Street Art Tour

On this 90-minute tour in 2 different arrondissements, your guide will show you highlights of Paris's street art scene, which has been rapidly expanding in recent years. Discover pieces including ephemeral art, and learn about the different techniques employed by the artists, including stencils, graffiti and posters. During this guided walk you’ll explore parts of the 19th and 20th arrondissements and visit the main street art sites in the French capital. Passing through Belleville, you’ll cross the rue Denoyez and admire its impressive space with graffiti-covered walls. See another side of Paris on this fascinating glimpse into the city’s thriving urban art scene.

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Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

3. Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

Wander the quiet walkways and park-like setting of Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Paris and discover the last resting place of Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Molière, Jim Morrison, Jean Paul Sartre, Chopin and many others. Meet your guide at the entrance to the cemetery in the 20th arrondissement and learn about the artists, writers, politicians and other remarkable personalities that are buried within its beautiful stone walls. Hear stories that encapsulate the history of Paris, the cemetery itself and even the popular culture, literary and political history of the 20th century. Learn about a gruesome Communist uprising in Paris and the hordes of Jim Morrison fans that make a pilgrimage to visit the tomb of The Doors front man.

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Paris: 2-Hour Street Art Tour

4. Paris: 2-Hour Street Art Tour

Welcome to the visual delights of a fantastic tourist-friendly, off-the-beaten-track area called Belleville. Explore a different and vibrant side of Paris that only a few know of. This is not the Paris of yesterday. No, it's the Paris of today! Belleville, with its charming small streets, is where the iconic French singer Edith Piaf grew up and where many other artists have lived. Belleville became the center of Paris's urban art movement, which is what you'll be exploring on this tour. Your guide is passionate about urban art and will be sharing with you works by both French and internationally-known street artists, from a giant wall fresco by Jérome Ménager to the mosaic tile creations of the artist Space Invader. The tour is relaxed and change never ends as works of art appear one day and disappear the next under the colors of another piece. You may even come across artists working on a new mural during the 2-hour walk!

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Paris: Belleville Street Art Tour with an Artist

5. Paris: Belleville Street Art Tour with an Artist

Discover Belleville, simply the most famous street art neighborhood in Paris, with the assistance of a guide who has a minimum of 6 years’ experience in street art tours. Explore the area that has been an artists’ destination since the early 1980s when many poor artists moved to live in squats that over the years turned into art galleries, studios, and art communities. Share in an intimate history of how the neighborhood and its street art came to be as they are today. See the area that has been a favorite for many French artists such as Nemo, Jérôme Mesnager, and Philippe Herard and for associations including Art Azoi and Le M.U.R. that often bring international artists to the scene. The artistic community makes this area vibrant and locals are often invited to participate in activities not only in making art, but also in poetry and gardening, too. Learn about the history of street art in Paris and hopefully you will start to recognize some of the most active street artists during the rest of your stay in the city. Since Belleville is the second largest hill in Paris, you’ll also have a wonderful view Paris. Every Saturday, the tour finishes with a live performance and sometimes even a free drink to inaugurate the new wall in the area.

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Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

6. Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

Discover an enchanted hill in the center of Paris on a guided tour of the labyrinthine Pere Lachaise Cemetery, world-renowned for its funerary art and as the final resting place for many great men and women from the world of art, music, literarure and history. The most surprising open-air museum in Paris, Pere Lachaise is home to 70,000 graves and 5,300 trees in 44 hectares of landscaped beauty. Your guide will lead you down the cemetery’s cobbled paths to see picturesque tombstones. The necro-romantic safari is certified by the Paris Visitors Bureau, and takes you on a trip through history, where the great celebrities of the past come alive. See the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison. Discover the final resting place of Molière and Chopin. Pay your respects at the graves of Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein, and marvel at the tomb of Héloise and Abélard. Your guide will provide a narrative of energy and passion, balancing humor with historical accuracy to share secrets and anecdotes about the legends of the past and present.

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Paris: Belleville & Le Marais Private Tour

7. Paris: Belleville & Le Marais Private Tour

Discover the best of Paris on foot with your own personal local guide during this private walking trip to the city’s must-see sights and neighborhoods. Visit Opera Garnier, the Louvre Museum, Belleville, Canal Saint-Martin, and more. On this guided walk through the city, you’ll get to explore characteristic Parisian neighborhoods away from the tourist tide, accompanied by your own local guide. Visit the hipster quarter of Belleville and walk through its graffiti-filled streets. Then, explore the so-called old Paris, aka Marais District, with its charming cobblestone streets, imposing gates, sumptuous hôtels particuliers (grand townhouse), and secret gardens. Get to know one of the trendiest quarters of the capital, the cradle of the Parisian avant-garde and also a refuge for contemporary art. Make your way along the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, the perfect walking place for pedestrians, which has become an unmissable meeting point for Parisians, away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Relax and enjoy a coffee in a classic Parisian café. Later, enjoy one of the most memorable panoramic views of Paris from the rooftop of the famous Galeries Lafayette. Lose yourself in the Galerie Vivienne, one of the most emblematic-covered arcades in Paris. Travel through history with your guide as you get the chance to visit some of the historic squares of Paris, the glamorous Opéra Garnier, and the Louvre Museum, one of the most prestigious in the world. 

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Paris: Belleville 3 Hour Walking Food Tour with a Local

8. Paris: Belleville 3 Hour Walking Food Tour with a Local

First, head to a coffee shop to enjoy a locally brewed coffee and typical French pastries. Listen to an introduction to the neighborhood from your guide. Visit the kitchen's bakery and see behind the scenes as you learn about the process of making traditional French baguettes and croissants. You will, of course, have the opportunity to try some baguettes or other bread and viennoiseries.   Next, stop in a French version of a delicatessen, for an introduction to Mediterranean foods which are typically enjoyed as appetizers. After this, take the opportunity to stroll around the neighborhood and meet local merchants. Explore the charming village of Belleville and admire the best views over the city from the most beautiful terrasse in Paris.  Then, visit a wine and cheese shop, where the shop owner will tell you about his wines, paired with French cheeses.  Finish with dessert - a typical French gateau or cake.  Finally, stop at a local produce stall and taste some of the owner's specialty fruits and vegetables.

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What people are saying about Belleville

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 927 reviews

Jean François is a cultivated guide, funny and attentive to his listeners. Animated by his passion, he shares it with us with dynamism and a very appreciable talent for storytelling, declamation and singing. Thank you for these 3 informative and entertaining hours (yes I did say entertaining). One regret ... the visit goes very, too quickly.

Superb walk to discover graffiti all as beautiful as each other. Have your eyes everywhere to admire all these works.

Very cool experience of an Arrondissement we would have probably not gone to otherwise. Highly recommended!

It was a beautiful visit. We discovered a lot of new things. I really enjog it!

Formidable Tour au Belleville Fantastic Guide, thanks