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Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

1. Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

Paris is the city of lovers, and Le Marais is a magnificent mix of historical mansions, cutting edge fashion boutiques, and lively restaurants. It makes an absolutely essential place to visit on your Paris adventure. Long known as the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts a stunning array of architectural buildings. It spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements on the Rive Droite (Right Bank). Our tour today will include a look at the unusual side of the neighborhood not usually experienced by tourists. We'll enter in some of the most prestigious gourmet addresses, and see the most important monuments along the way. These include: Place des Vosges - the oldest planned square in Paris; Hôtel de Sully, Carnavalet, and Hôtel Salé, each with their renowned designs. We'll also have a chance to find a remarkable group of shops along the way! Make sure to ask your guide about restaurant recommendations in this culinary city. We'll also have an opportunity to stop for two gourmet tastings along the way, to complete your experience in the Marais.

Paris: Le Marais Hidden Treasures Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Paris: Le Marais Hidden Treasures Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover a quieter side of Paris' bustling Marais district on this audio-guided walking tour and explore the area's private mansions, charming gardens, and hidden passages. With informative commentaries at the touch of a button, wander through the streets with your smartphone as your guide. Start your tour at the historical Cité Internationale des Arts, where you can admire works by over 300 artists at your own pace. Later, discover how Paris was first built in the Marais Sud before exploring the 12th-century city walls. Learn more about the historic neighborhood of Saint-Paul and discover some of its biggest scandals. Feel free to pause the tour whenever you want for a bite to eat or rest, then hop straight back in where you left off. With clear audio directions and a visual map, it's impossible to get lost. Customize your itinerary to your own tastes and enjoy a fun and authentic walking tour of Le Marais at your own pace. Finish your at the Place des Vosges, former home of Victor Hugo.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

3. 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.

Paris Marais Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

4. Paris Marais Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

This 2-hour private guided walking tour of the Marais takes you to a part of Paris that has the most interesting history of all the city’s neighborhoods. Originally a swamp, the land of the Marais was drained and it became habitable, soon enticing settlers. It developed into the center of the city’s Jewish community, remaining so to this day. Over the years it has had its share of ups and downs, falling from a chic residential area that was home to aristocrats and even a royal court, to a best-avoided shady slum. During the tour your guide will show you the many faces of this unique neighborhood, and tell you some interesting stories and about important historical events. The Marais is now going through a second renaissance and is reliving its finest days. With your guide you’ll have the opportunity to see the best it has to offer. Sites you’ll visit include Les Halles, Fontaine des Innocents, Centre Pompidou, Hôtel de Ville, the Pletzl area, the synagogue at Rue Pavée, Hôtel de Sully, Place des Vosges, and Place de la Bastille.

Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Hôtel de Sully

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Knowledgeable and delightful!

Anja was the tour guide for the four of us and we found her to be personable and well-versed in the history, architecture and culture of The Marais. After walking the many streets of the area, we had a much better appreciation of this dynamic neighborhood. The cost was reasonable and we all truly enjoyed the experience.

I successively took the 2 walks in the marsh with my wife, which allowed us to get to know this neighborhood very well and rediscover our city through time. I recommend !

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

Boris was very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour .

Excellent guide, very knowledgeable Le Marais, and so friendly. We love this tour