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Paris: Perfume Discovery Workshop

1. Paris: Perfume Discovery Workshop

Throughout more than 170 years of history, five generations of perfumers have succeeded one another with the aim of creating a legacy of strong values. This has lead to the modern-day perfume scene which consists of luxury, authenticity, tradition, and modernity. This is your chance to experience one of only three perfumers in France which are certified as a “living heritage company”, guaranteeing you a rare and ancestral know-how session. You will discover each step of the perfume creation process, including the origin of the flowers, methods of extraction, maceration, and nose laboratory. Accompanied by an expert guide, discover the architecture of a fragrance, including the ingredients that make it up and how they match and complement one another.

Paris: Walking Food Tour in Saint Germain des Prés

2. Paris: Walking Food Tour in Saint Germain des Prés

Start your walking tour with a morning departure at 10:45 AM or afternoon at 4:00 PM, in front of the Church of Saint Germain des Prés, in the 6th arrondissement (near Saint Germain des Prés stop on Metro line 4). Now, visit 3 different sweet shops, entering each one for a tasting as you listen to the success story of the local artisan, interact with the merchant if you wish. Discover a hidden courtyard where the story of restaurants began, where many famous French historical leaders passed through. Then, embark on an oilve oil tasting much like a wine tasting, discovering the different tastes of olives. Your guide will lead you in the neighborhood introducing you some local restaurants before a new stop at one of the best pastry French chefs'. Learn how to recognize the best pastry chef and choose the right kind or pastry. End your tour with three savoury addresses, where you will sit for a longer tasting with wine: a charcuterie tasting, a cheese tasting, and the best bread of Paris. 

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

3. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise 1-Day/2-Day Pass

4. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise 1-Day/2-Day Pass

Explore the sights of Paris at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to the Batobus shuttle service along the River Seine, and jump on and off at 9 strategic stops to see sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, and more. Cruise through the heart of Paris, admiring landmark monuments along the river bank from the comfort of a glassed-in boat. Then, stop to explore further at leisure. • Tour Eiffel - Port de la Bourdonnais. Jump off at the foot of the great Parisian landmark, and ascend for panoramic city views from the viewing platforms. The stop is also convenient for the Cité de l’Architecture museum, where exhibits include casts of French architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. • Musée d'Orsay - Quai de Solférino. Located a 2-minute walk from the Musée d'Orsay, this stop is perfect for those who want to explore the world of Impressionists artists, such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. • St-Germain-des-Prés - Quai Malaquais. Hop off near the Institut de France, home of Paris artists and intellectuals, and discover historic sights, such as the famous Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. • Notre-Dame - Quai de Montebello. Admire the architectural harmony and Gothic gargoyles of the most iconic cathedral in Paris, and explore the carefree student atmosphere of the Latin Quarter. • Jardin des Plantes - Cité de la Mode et du Design. Wander among nature in the main botanical garden of Paris, and explore the museums in the garden grounds, including the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution and Paleontology Museum. The Cité de la mode et du design (also known as "les Docks") was built in 1907 as industrial warehousing for the Ports de Paris. It is a city within the city dedicated to creativity: design, fashion, innovation, and events. The Cité has permanent residents which include restaurants, nightclubs, a museum, and shops. • Hotel de Ville - Pont d'Arcole. Stop here to visit the historic City Hall of Paris, go to the Pompidou Centre, and wander the bohemian streets of the Marais district. • Louvre - Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel. Discover a Paris quarter where history and the history of art come together, and see centuries of art, from Egyptian antiquities to Renaissance masterpieces. • Place de la Concorde. Stroll down one of the most elegant streets in Paris, home to five-star hotels and chic boutiques, and see the Grand Palais, Petit Palais, and tree-lined Avenue Montaigne. • Invalides - Pont Alexandre III.

Paris: 3-Hour Chocolate & Patisserie Walking Tour

5. Paris: 3-Hour Chocolate & Patisserie Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood with 8 tasting stops. Explore the art galleries, boutiques, romantic passages and, of course, pastries and chocolate shops. Hear about the history of the neighborhood and its artisans from your guide. Meet your guide in the heart of Saint Germain des Près. Begin with a visit to Debauve & Gallais, where you will be seduced by their chocolates as Marie Antoinette was in 1779. Discover how the love of chocolate in Paris has expanded since then, especially in this district. Listen to anecdotes about the pastries and chocolates that you will taste. Some of France's best pastry and chocolate chefs, known for their chocolates and macarons such as Pierre Hermé, Patrick Roger, Yannick Lefort and many others, settled in Saint Germain des Près. Admire some of the most beautiful monuments on the Left Bank of Paris such as the Church of Saint Germain des Prés and the Church of Saint Sulpice. Tread the cobblestones of the charming rue de Buci and contemplate one of the institutions of Paris, the Café de Flore. Taste chocolates, macarons and pastries at Paris, the Café de Flore. Your guide will teach you everything there is to know about these sweets while enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Pastry and Chocolate Walking Tour

6. Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Pastry and Chocolate Walking Tour

In fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you’ll discover and taste the latest trends in sweets created by chefs who have been celebrated in the gastronomic press. Enjoy what they have to offer on this 3-hour chocolate and pastry tasting tour. Comments in the media have included: the best chocolate maker in France, the Picasso of chocolate makers, a magician of the ganache, and a Bocuse of bakery. The chef confectioners and chocolate makers vie with each other with their latest creations, and the shop windows are the epitome of elegance and refinement. Taste pastries, chocolates, and several sorts of bread in the shops you visit on the tour.

Paris: City Treasures Bike Tour

7. Paris: City Treasures Bike Tour

Your 3-hour bike tour starts in front of the 500-year-old City Hall and heads toward the ancient Ile Saint-Louis and Ile de la Cité. Pass the Notre Dame Cathedral towards the Latin Quarter — the founding place of Paris some 2000 years ago. Saddle along the car-free riverbanks, past medieval churches, and through charming squares. See the famous love-lock bridge, the iconic Louvre Museum, and also the trendy areas of Odéon and Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Navigate the city like a local as you discover cafés where Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald hung out in the roaring twenties. See monuments to the world-famous names who lost their lives in the city: Napoleon's grave at Les Invalides and the square where Marie Antoinette was beheaded in 1793.  Take the chance to get insider tips from your local guide on restaurants, cafés, shopping, ice cream, and nightlife to ensure you have the best possible stay in the City of Lights.

Electric Bike Tour of Paris’ Hidden Gems

8. Electric Bike Tour of Paris’ Hidden Gems

There’s a lot more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. This one-of-a-kind guided 4-hour electric bike tour will take you beyond the attractions everyone knows, to explore some of Paris’ most hidden treasures, secrets, and stories. After you pick up your electric bicycle, follow your guide through the city on a sightseeing adventure that takes you from the tranquil banks of the River Seine to the lofty vantage point of Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. Riding an electric bike is easy and fun – anytime you start to feel tired, it's easy to get a boost from the eco-friendly engine to get you over that hill. Hear new and surprising stories about Paris monuments while cruising through the historic streets of Saint-Germain-des-Près. You're sure to discover some of the city’s best romantic spots: quiet bridges, shaded parks, and trendy cafes. You can also choose to take the 3-hour evening tour to focus on the city’s striking nighttime views and lighting displays on a different route through the heart of the city.

Paris: Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

9. Paris: Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Let the comfort and ease of an electric bike take you on an unforgettable Parisian adventure. Inside Marais, enjoy a game of Pétanque at the oldest Parisian monument. Experience student life in the Latin Quarter, sit back at the "Luco" and wander the typically Parisian side streets in the Mouffetard district. While the always busy artist cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés are where you can find the action, if you need a break, the Nouvelles Berges de Seine offers the peace and quiet of the riverbank. The allure of this beautiful city is there for the taking. And lucky for you, this tour makes seeing it all possible.

Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

10. Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

Choose one of five Paris districts to visit on a guided walking tour, each one steeped in history and filled with fascinating places to explore. Join your guide as they take you to the heart of your chosen Quartier and tell you all about its history, art, architecture, cuisine, fashion, and more. Le Marais: History and Fashion Discover the hidden treasures of Le Marais and find out why this district is a favorite amongst hip Parisians. Come see where history and architecture rub shoulders with hip boutiques, cool cafes, and gourmet eateries. Montmartre: The Artists' Quarter Visit the charming Parisian district of Montmartre with a local guide. Discover the Montmartre of Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh. See where artists lived, drank, danced, and painted, exchanging their paintings for food and art supplies. Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Intellectuals and Jazz on the Left Bank Join your guide as you dive into the fascinating past of this iconic Left Bank neighborhood. Hear captivating stories about Saint-Germain-des-Prés, once home to literary geniuses, rebellious students, and revolutionaries. The Latin Quarter: Literary Legends in Bohemian Paris Discover the vibrant and eclectic Latin Quarter on a guided walking tour. Stroll down cobblestone streets lined with quirky bookshops and lively cafes, see the Sorbonne, and admire the mighty Pantheon. The Covered Passages: Hidden Treasures and Chic Shopping Explore a lesser-known side of Paris and see hidden treasures often missed by other visitors. Discover the delightful covered passages filled with tiny boutiques and cafes, and learn about the best places to shop and grab a bite to eat in the city.

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THANK YOU FRED! This was the perfect last minute decision we could have made on our last day in Paris. My mother is handicapped so we wanted to do something where she could enjoy the whole city and monuments without walking. Fred was so kind and thoughtful in this, he even had a small stool for her to help get into the car. I highly recommend Fred and this your service. This was the perfect way to get your family photos at all the must see spots in Paris. Thank you Fred! 10/10 would recommend!

The tour was great. The guide took us to some amazing shops to try fabulous chocolates and pastries. The Christmas markets were lovely and we tasted some lovely cheeses, mulled wine, truffles, nougat, honey, teas amongst other things. The tour finished at a great cafe where we had the opportunity to try some outrageous macaron flavours! Highly recommend.

The Batobus is a great way to get around some of the majpr sites of Paris. They stop quite early though if you go in the winter - around 4.30pm - but there are lots of seats & it was a very relaxing way to get from A to B.

The guide (French name Achilles) was a history buff so we learned so much about the history of the area as well as the history of chocolate. Great guide!

My husband and I enjoyed the tour and especially the stories our guide Susan shared with us.