Sites and Insights: An Expert-Led Paris Welcome Tour

Your first taste of Paris, side-by-side with a local guide
From US$311 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
2.5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior only)
  • Latin Quarter
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood
  • Île de la Cité
  • Pont des Arts
  • Tuileries Garden
  • Place de la Concorde

"Engaged our teens"

"Georgia was wonderful! She engaged our teens and the tour was a great intro to Paris."

-Michelle A.

"Worth every minute"

"Simply superb tour with an expert view on this aspect of Paris. Worth every minute of it!"

-Mary Anne D.

"Secrets and inside information"

"Andres is great, you can see that he knows Paris very well and he is happy to share all his little secrets and inside information with you."

Daniela M.
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Tour Description
A 2.5 hour experience to welcome you to Paris and provide the context you crave. Dive into history, sites both on and beyond the beaten track, language, and even food, whetting your cultural appetite and receiving the keys for deeper exploration on your own.
You’ve always dreamt of Paris, and after ages of anticipation and planning, you are finally here. You step out of a taxi for the first time and you are struck by all of the sites, sounds, and smells of the City of Light at once–the elegant architecture, the echo of church bells in the distance, the unforgettable scent of a freshly-baked baguette wafting down the cobbled street. 

You are full of wonder at finally experiencing this legendary city, but wondering how to start exploring. That’s where this orientation tour to Paris comes in. A 2.5 hour experience to welcome you to Paris and provide the context you crave - you’ll dive into history, sites both on and beyond the beaten track, language, and even food, whetting your cultural appetite and receiving the keys for deeper exploration on your own.

You will meet your local expert on the enchanting Île Saint Louis, an island in the heart of the city. From here, you will begin an unforgettable walk through essential neighborhoods and past inimitable monuments.  From Île Saint Louis to Notre Dame Cathedral, through the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you’ll be charmed by the picturesque streets and historic cafés on every corner. You’ll want to taste all of the treats in all of the shop windows, and luckily for you, your local expert may know just the spot for a touch of indulgence! 

You’ll continue on, crossing the Pont des Arts, through the courtyards of the Louvre Museum, and down through the Tuileries Garden, where Parisians often stop for a mid-day sunbath. You will end your visit with a fitting finale: an unforgettable view of the Seine as it stretches onwards towards the Eiffel Tower.

As Hemingway said, “Paris is a feast”, so why not treat yourself to the perfect introduction with a local expert? 
  • Île Saint-Louis-island in the Seine, the historic heart of the city. 
  • Île de la Cité-neighboring island, home to Notre Dame Cathedral. 
  • Notre Dame (exterior only)-Cathedral which demonstrates the mastery of the Gothic style. Admire the impressive restoration works following the 2019 fire. 
  • Latin Quarter-bustling neighborhood, home to the Sorbonne and many charming cobbled streets. 
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés-the Latin Quarter's sophisticated sister, stomping grounds for many reknowned thinkers and writers. 
  • Pont des Arts-scenic pedestrian bridge spanning the Seine. A perfect place to pause and admire the riverbanks and monuments lining the river. 
  • Tuileries Garden-the gardens of the Louvre Museum, a popular place to walk, run, or sit and read (or people-watch, a French national sport). 

  • It is your first time in Paris and you want to get your bearings, learn how to navigate the city and be able to locate all of the essential monuments and neighborhoods
  • You want the requisite introduction to the city, but still want time to wander on your own after your tour. 
  • You’d like tips and tricks for your stay in Paris, and want them to come from a local resident. 
  • You want to fall in love with Paris for the first time or for the tenth!

Transportation

Can I be picked up from my hotel?
For our private tours, you can request a transfer service from your hotel for an additional cost. The car service will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off at the meeting point of the tour where you will meet your expert. Please leave a note when booking your tour if you would like to request a transfer. 

Additional Trip-Planning Resources

  • For more information on planning your travels to France, take a read through our Context Stories.
  • If you are looking to learn more about Paris prior to a visit, check out our online lectures at Context Learning.
  • Don’t forget to come prepared with some comfy but stylish walking shoes 

Will I see all of the major monuments on this tour?
Paris is a large city with a generous amount of famous landmarks. It is nearly impossible to see everything in 2.5 hours, but you will see a fair few! Your expert will be glad to give you all of the info you need to head toward major sites not visited on this tour, such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, or Sacré Coeur at the end of your time together. 

Will I visit the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre on this tour? 
Our introduction to Paris covers the beautiful and intriguing neighborhoods and monuments in the heart of the city. The Eiffel Tower is located a bit further afield. If you are interested in this itinerary but would like to continue onward to visit the Arc de Triomphe and view the Eiffel Tower with a Context expert, check out our Paris in a Half-Day Tour.

For clients wishing to get an introductory overview of the city and continue on to experience the highlights of the Louvre, take a look at our Paris in a Day Tour. 
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We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

Is this tour wheelchair-friendly?
This tour takes place entirely outdoors in the heart of Paris, therefore stairs + entryways, are not a problem. Paris sidewalks are, however, very narrow and often uneven. The streets are often cobbled or difficult to navigate in certain kinds of wheelchairs. 

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The tour was excellent. Hugo was extremely knowledgeable and made our trip through the neighborhoods of Paris informative, fun, and efficient. He was friendly and kept our two teens well - engaged. Highly recommend!
Andres is great, you can see that he knows Paris very well and he is happy to share all his little secrets and inside information with you. I have lived in Paris for + 3 years now, and I thought I knew the are well but was surprised to learn so many things. From history, to current Frances affairs and the best restaurants and bars in the area!
Our tour was wonderful and helped to give us a much better understanding of Paris.