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Paris: Murder Mysteries Group Walking Tour

1. Paris: Murder Mysteries Group Walking Tour

On this 2-hour walking tour you will learn about the city’s darker side as you glance into its macabre underbelly. Paris has a long and tragic history of murder and execution, of rampant disease among the lower classes, and of bitter wars fought against a corrupt monarchy. The tour rips open the cloak of darkness, as you wind down alleyways and cut through the hushed night. Your English-speaking guide will take you to sites such as the Place de la Vert Gallant, where the last of the Knights’ Templar was burned at the stake. You will visit St Germain de Auxerrois, where estimates say some 30,000 people were killed in the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. Your guide will point out places of interest as you stroll, leaving no stone unturned. As you delve into stories of ritual worship, you will learn about characters like Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette and Henry IV, as well as the serial killers that once stalked these ghastly streets.

Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour

2. Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour

Explore life in Paris 800 years ago on a 2-hour tour of the most important Medieval sites in the city, including the Hotel de Cluny, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Fountain of the Innocents. Your guide will tell you about the culture, art, and architecture of the Middle Ages while walking along Medieval streets to discover façades that retain their Medieval symbols. Along the way, visit the imposing Notre-Dame de Paris, the most important monument to Medieval Paris. Wander the Latin Quarter to see where the Medieval lives on today. Pass the Hotel de Cluny, a former mansion of Cluny abbots that is now the Museum of the Middle Ages. Go to the Sorbonne to see one of Europe's oldest universities, and marvel at the Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Tower, all that remains of the 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie. Learn the mercanitile history of Les Halles, and see the oldest intact fountain in Paris at the Fontaine des Innocents. You will even learn the surprising connections the ultra-modern Centre Pompidou has with the Middle Ages!

Secret Paris Guided Tour: The Hidden Heart of Paris

3. Secret Paris Guided Tour: The Hidden Heart of Paris

Go on a journey into the heart of Paris at its most mysterious, and explore the dark side of a city better known for its illuminations.  Your guide will explain to you the mysteries that surround this imposing Notre-Dame Cathedral. Pass along a narrow street where a scary story of medieval blood and ink will be revealed. Then, near the Place Sainte-Opportune, you will discover the narrow and dark rue Courtalon, where once, in the time of Louis XIV, a dark affair took place. Facing Saint-Jacques Tower, discover how reality beats fiction, and in the heart of Rue de la Ferronnerie, learn how “Le Vert Gallant” died. Your guide will tell you about the astrological and astronomical tower of the Black Queen, where the magician at the service of Catherine de Medici practiced black magic inside this tower.

Paris: 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting

4. Paris: 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore Paris on a city highlight tour aboard a vintage Mercedes 280 SE from 1970. Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower and take incredible photos with the classic car. This tour takes you to the many landmarks and sights Paris has to offer, including Hôtel de Ville, Hôtel de Sens, Tour Saint Jacques, Notre Dame de Paris, Institut de France, Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre III, Invalides, and Saint Germain des Prés. Explore some off-the-beaten-track sights and districts of the city like the Saint-Sulpice cathedral or Arènes de Lutèce with plenty of photo stops. Then, stop at a local winery in Latin Corner and discover a selection of unique wines.

The Essence of Paris Walking Tour

5. The Essence of Paris Walking Tour

This walking tour through the heart of Paris is the best way to get a feel for what the city has to offer. See what makes this one of the most visited places in the world. This brisk walk will talk you through the ages and bring you up-to-date to understand why Paris is the way it is today. If you like history, culture and art, this is the tour you should do while visiting the City of Lights.

Paris 6-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Paris 6-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Take a relaxed, guided walk through Paris, from Notre-Dame Cathedral and the city’s medieval period through the late 19th century and the Paris of today. This 6-hour tour not only gives you an overview of the city’s architecture, history, and the history of art, it also presents you with an image of the role and importance of Paris throughout European history. If your visit to Paris is a short one, you’ll see all the highlights on this tour and get a good idea of what the city has to offer. If you’re staying for a longer period, the tour will provide a foundation for you to continue exploring the city on your own. See Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, the Latin Quarter, Hotel de Ville, Tour St. Jacques, Les Halles, the Cathedral of Saint Eustache, the Cour Carré and the Louvre, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées, and more.

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What people are saying about Saint-Jacques Tower

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 71 reviews

The tour was perfectly structured and Victorie was a wonderful guide. Along with our teenage kids, we went in a number of tours around the world and this one was one of the best. The information was heavily based on Paris’s and French history, therefore it was interesting and useful. The fact that it touched a lot a certain compact historic period helped, since it made sense and was connected for a larger picture. All in all, both fun and useful, a memorable experience.

I recommend this tour. Hamish was such a great tour guide. So eager to answer any questions and had so much knowledge about Paris. Everything was so interesting and we enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you for your time Hamish!!

Our guide Silvana was fun and added a bit of drama to all the stories she told, which was entertaining, would recommend the tour. It went more down the history lane than the mystery one, but enjoyable all the same!

This your was a great insight into the Game of Thrones-esque history of Paris. Vic's passion for history was obvious and she did a great job of telling the stories.

We had Ami as our guide. Very knowledgeable guy who told interesting and exciting stories. It was noticeable that he loves history. Recommend!