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Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

1. 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: Belleville Street Art Tour with an Artist

2. 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.

Paris: Disneyland® Tickets and Shuttle Transport

3. Paris: Disneyland® Tickets and Shuttle Transport

The Disneyland® Paris express shuttle offers a new way of getting from the center of Paris to the Disneyland® parks. This package includes transportation and entrance to the Disney® parks. The Disneyland® Paris express shuttle offers 3 strategic bus stops in the heart of Paris with attractive prices for the whole family. There are stops located at Eiffel Tower, Gare du Nord, Opéra and Châtelet. You'll find more details for each of these strategic stops in the meeting point section.  The shuttle features air-conditioning to ensure a comfortable ride.

Paris Flea Market Insider's Tour

4. Paris Flea Market Insider's Tour

From pirates' pearls to haute couture dresses, the world's largest flea market awaits you on this private tour with an insider guide. With more than 2,500 stalls, the Paris Flea Market of Saint-Ouen is laden with hidden treasure – but knowing how to navigate it can be a little daunting for a novice. For a period of 90 minutes, and up to 2 hours, your personal guide will show you how to recognize the best artifacts and find unique, good-quality treasure at the best price. Your guide will show you how it all works and where to hunt for the items that beg you to be bought. You will learn to identify quality versus garbage and how to negotiate, Parisian-style! You will also get a little lesson in flea market culture and be able to chats with local shop owners. Find everything from antique weapons to Paris memorabilia on this introductory tour that gives you a much better sense of the city-within-a-city, preparing you to raid the market for that perfect piece!

Paris 90-Minute Street Art Tour

5. 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.

From Paris: Small-Group Mont St Michel Tour & Cider Tasting

6. From Paris: Small-Group Mont St Michel Tour & Cider Tasting

Discover one of the most unique settlements in France on a day trip from Paris to the mountainous city island of Mont St-Michel on the Normandy coast. Transfer from Paris by comfortable minibus or van, and then enjoy some free time on arrival at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rising from the sea or sand (depending on the tide), the town is known for its soaring spires, imposing ramparts, and steep streets. Crowned by the fortified Abbaye du Mont St-Michel (dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel), Mont St-Michel remains little changed since the Middle Ages. Explore the village at your own pace, and the interior of the abbey (where Benedictine monks still hold early morning mass) by audio guide. Hear stories of the legends of a unusual jewel of France. Normandy is also known for it’s wonderful apple production and you’ll make a special stop to taste some of the famous Cider Pommeau and Calvados.

Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

7. Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

Begin this full-day Monet bike tour with a scenic coach journey through the spectacular wheat and sunflower fields of Normandy. Speed by the lazy Seine River, and stop off at the village of Vernon. Here, you will visit the charming farmers' market to buy picnic supplies. Then, hop-on your bike and pedal across the river to a beautiful park along the banks of the Seine. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing 3-mile (5-kilometer) ride down bike paths to the village of Giverny. Cruise past Giverny Church and its cemetery, which contains graves of local citizens dating back to the 17th Century, as well as British soldiers from World War 2, and even Monet himself buried within his family's vault. Pass Hotel Baudy, where Impressionist painters Manet and Renoir used to paint. You will then arrive at the highlight of the day, Monet's Garden. Spend about 90 minutes exploring the gardens and house, including the famous water lily pond where some of his most famous works originated. Additionally, you can explore the village of Giverny, which boasts the American Museum of Art, located across the street from Monet's Gardens, as well as numerous cafés and small streets begging to be discovered.

Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

8. Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Explore one of the most famous parts of the “Rive Gauche” (Left Bank) of Paris. The Latin Quarter has been the land of students for over 1,000 years, and possibly the world's single greatest source of artistic inspiration – from Salvador Dali to Woody Allen, and from Hemingway and Joyce to Vargas Llosa. Visit some of the most amazing spots of the bohemian Paris such as the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, the bookstore Shakespeare and co., the hotel Cluny, the oldest cinema in Paris, to end in the magnificent Gardens of Luxembourg.  The 2-hour tour will take you through the heart of Parisian history and touches on everything from Medieval times to the great intellectuals on the planet. This is where Paris began many centuries ago and continues to be one of the most vibrant areas of the city.

Paris: 4-Hour Culinary Tour by Bicycle

9. Paris: 4-Hour Culinary Tour by Bicycle

Discover the culinary delights of the City of Light on this bike tour through Paris. Starting from the lively Beaubourg area with its street performers, you will pass through trendy Marais to reach Place de la Bastille and the craft studios of Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Start your culinary journey at a traditional French market. Enjoy coffee and a croissant and sample local cheeses and cold meats. Continue on eastwards past Parc de Bercy towards the River Seine. Learn more about the modern architecture of the National Library and the Arab World Institute. Next to the sculptures by contemporary artists in Jardin Tino Rossi, you can enjoy the fantastic view of the River Seine and the famous city islands with the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Paris: Ile de la Cite Walking Tour with Notre Dame

10. Paris: Ile de la Cite Walking Tour with Notre Dame

Join your guide for a fascinating walking tour of the charming and historical Ile de la Cite. Start your tour on the Left Bank in the Latin Quarter and pass by the famed bookstore, Shakespeare & Company, a gathering place for the literary legends of the 'Lost Generation'.   Then, see the imposing gothic structure of Notre Dame Cathedral. Built in the 13th century, this magnificent edifice has recently survived a devastating fire, yet she is still standing proudly as the symbol of the city. Learn of her incredible construction and watch history unfold before you, as she readies herself to stand tall for another eight centuries.   Next, enjoy a short stroll through the charming flower market to Sainte Chapelle. Built in the 13th century by King Saint Louis, 80% of the walls are covered by remarkable colored glass windows. Your last visit is to the Conciergerie, built as a medieval palace, but most famous as the prison and last home of Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution.

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This was a fun bike trip through Paris, at ground level. We saw lots of places where we wanted to go back later in our trip. I would recommend this for older teens though. Mine were 16 and were a bit frazzled driving between cars and sidewalks and down the center line around traffic. It is city riding and if they are good with that, then you would be fine.

Julie was an informative and knowledgeable guide who managed to safely guide us through the back streets of Le Marais and the Left Bank/Latin Quarter. We saw places we would never have found and went back later in the day to explore Le Marais in greater depth. Highly recommend this tour.

Picturesque route through Paris and information about areas one normally wouldn’t notice. Guide Julie had a lovely way about her and gave us a deeper cultural understanding of what we were seeing.

Too busy to respond in detail but the tour was very interesting and the guide great.

This was a great tour and took us to places we would have otherwise missed!