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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.

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Paris: Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

2. Paris: Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the sights of Paris at your own pace with a 24 hours or 48 hours 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.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower Tickets, Highlights & Crêpe Private Tour

3. Paris: Eiffel Tower Tickets, Highlights & Crêpe Private Tour

See the sights of Paris and learn its hidden secrets with a guided and private walking tour. Find the most emblematic places of the city and learn the romantic history. Watch the locals in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and taste sweet local crepes. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and see it all. Find yourself at the Louvre Museum, and stroll through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. Learn of the tragedy of Place de la Concrode, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and where the Champs-Elysees begins. Relax and watch the local life in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the most bohemian neighborhood of the city. Taste Parisian crepes while sitting in a bar with typical round tables. Visit the charming Ville Saint Paul in the Marais district and head to the elegant and must-see Place des Vosges. Venture to the beautiful "Ile de la Cité," and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral, on the banks of the Seine River. Get away from the tourist tide and lost in the curious and colorful streets that only your local guide can show you. Receive your tickets to ride the Eiffel Tower all the way to the top, and see Paris from above.

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Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

4. Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

Choose one of six 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. Notre Dame and the Islands: The Heart of Paris Journey into the heart of The City of Lights on a guided walking tour through the islands of Paris. Admire the medieval architecture, splendid Renaissance mansions, quiet streets, and the beautiful banks of the River Seine.

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Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

5. Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

Discover the highlights of Paris on an interactive 4-hour tour with live guide, available as a private or small group option. Travel the streets by minibus, and see more than you would on a walking tour! Meet your guide at the Opéra Garnier (Palais Garnier), and set off to explore the Latin Quarter, notable for the Sorbonne university campus and its bohemian vibe. Pass the scenic Place du Châtelet and imposing Louvre Museum, as well as the Haussmann designed Place de l’ Opéra. Admire the triumphant Place Vendôme and the expansive Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Élysées. See the iconic columns of La Madeleine, the complex of buildings of the Ecole Militaire, and the museums and monuments of Les Invalides. Experience the sidewalk café culture of St. Germain-des-Pres. Enjoy ample photo stops along the way. Then, continue with a walking tour of the Notre-Dame de Paris and Marais district, including the famous Place des Vosges. Transfer to artistic Montmartre for a walking tour of Place du Tertre. Watch the pavement artists at work, and look at the white, wedding-cake basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Drive back to the city center for a drop off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

6. Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

Explore the historic neighborhoods of Central Paris from the saddle of a comfortable, lightweight aluminium bike on a half-day small group tour of the Jewish Marais, Latin Quarter, and more. Ideal for those who want to see and experience Paris from a different perspective, your knowledgable guide will take you to where the locals go, revealing hidden courtyards, ancient ruins, and other surprises off the usual tourist path. Groups are limited to no more than 12 people for a more immersive and intimate experience, and the route is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Discover an old city wall and a Roman arena, pedal down the Rue Mouffetard in one of the city’s oldest and liveliest areas, and experience the intellectual exuberance of St. Germain.

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Paris: 1-Hour Tour in a Vintage Car

7. Paris: 1-Hour Tour in a Vintage Car

Marvel at Paris' most impressive sights from the comfort of a vintage Peugeot 404. Admire panoramic views of the City of Lights from your cozy and romantic 1960's vehicle. In the company of your private driver/guide, embark on a journey of discovery. Marvel at the lightwork of the Eiffel Tower, admire the iconic Notre Dame and see the imposing Louvre Pyramid. You will also have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the Latin Quarter, see Paris' oldest church in Saint-Germain-des-Près, drive along the emblematic Champs-Elysées and visit Concorde Square. Learn more about the history of the city from your passionate driver and pick up tips and insider advice on the best museums and restaurants to visit to make the most out of your time in the city.

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Paris: 2.5-Hour Private City Highlights Kickstart Tour

8. Paris: 2.5-Hour Private City Highlights Kickstart Tour

Get to know Paris on this private 2.5-hour introductory tour and visit the city's main highlights. Follow your local guide as they take you to popular attractions and hidden gems. Meet your guide and walk through the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Lose yourself in the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter and St. Germain. See where Parisian intellectuals socialize, explore passages and corners, and listen to your guide as they tell you the history of the area. Head to the Louvre Museum and see it from the outside. Walkthrough the elegant Tuileries Gardens to Place de la Concorde, and learn about its cruel past. Arrive at Les Invalides and hear about its connection to Napoleon. Continue on to Champ de Mars, one of the city's largest green spaces, and finally, admire the symbol of Paris, the famous Eiffel Tower. Your tour concludes at the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris Right Bank 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

9. Paris Right Bank 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

While the Left bank has always been associated with universities, the arts, youth culture, and free and forward thinking, the Right Bank was the seat of French power. Authority emanated from the royal court and had a significant impact on the character of its surroundings. A 2-hour walk on the Right Bank is a very different experience compared to a visit to the Left Bank, which is home to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain. As you take in the buildings of the Right Bank your guide will compare the way authority was shown in medieval times with the manner in which it was demonstrated in the neoclassical period. You won’t only dwell on the official aspects of this area, however. You’ll also visit sites that have seen a change from their original purpose and acquired some interesting, unexpected functions and fame. Principal sites visited on the tour include the Cour Carré, Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, Comédie-Française, Rue Saint-Honoré, Palais-Royal, Galerie Vivienne, Rue de Rivoli, Place Vendôme, and the Tuileries.

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Paris: City Treasures Bike Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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based on 255 reviews

Led by our guide Quentin (who spoke excellent English by the way) we had a tour through the nice streets of the Montmarte district. The enthusiastic guide told us interesting facts about this sparkling district. He also had all kinds of tips about other nice sights in Paris. Very glad we booked this tour, I can definitely recommend it!

I loved how convenient it was to get from point A to point B while enjoying the river and the beautiful views from the boat. It has stops at all the main attractions and they come around very frequent so that you can visit multiple places in one day. I loved it!

Frederique was a very nice person, he speaks Dutch very well, and he learned us a lot about French history on nice locations.

Very nice boat trip on the Seine. We have seen a lot. However, great attention is paid to the mask requirement.

Great cruise. An opportunity to see Paris in a few hours