- 4 hours
- A comprehensive view into the history and culture of Paris for first-time or returning visitors
- Led by a Phd or MA-level guide
- Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior only), Palais Royal, Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, Pont des Arts, Île de la Cité, Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood, Champs-Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Latin Quarter, and Arc de Triomphe
On this half-day Paris highlights tour with a local expert, we’ll explore many of the famous monuments of central Paris as well as some lesser-known treasures. This insider’s view will help orient us in the city, not only geographically, but also historically and culturally. By the end of the tour, we’ll have a better understanding of how and why Paris developed as it did, and what we can expect to find in many of the city’s central neighborhoods.
- Medieval streets and Gothic churches of the Latin Quarter
- Right Bank classics such as the Louvre (exterior only), Tuileries Gardens, or Palais Royal
- Views of the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower
- 4 hours with a Ph.D. or MA-level guide
- Optional Eiffel Tower top floor lift tickets (limited availability)
- Optional Car service and hotel pick-up
Next, we will take the metro to the Arc de Triomphe. We’ll admire this important historical axis (which links the East of the city to the West) and discuss its symbolism with our local expert. As a final flourish, we will end our tour with one of the most emblematic monuments of the city - the Eiffel Tower. Originally built to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower brings technical and aesthetic genius into form. A great symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower pays tribute to many renowned scientists, engineers and notable figures engraved at the base of the tower. We will end our tour on the Esplanade du Trocadéro, also known as the Human Rights Plaza, admiring one of the most alluring views of this iconic monument.
If you'd like to see more of Paris in the company of a local expert check out our Paris in a Day with Context: by Car or by foot, our Ile-de-la-Cité: Notre-Dame and Sainte Chapelle tour.
Yes! We have some excellent family-friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. Please book privately if you have children under 13. Feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide. Please note that as this walk tour does not fall within our official family program, there will not be special family activities.
The Eiffel tower tickets are optional and you can add them to your cart when booking. Please note that your guide won't climb the Eiffel tower with you. Our tour ends at Place du Trocadéro across the Seine from the Eiffel tower. If you've opted to add the tickets to your cart, your guide will hand them over to you on the day of the tour.
NOTE: Due to limited TOP FLOOR LIFT TICKET availability we will try to purchase your tickets for either 30 minutes, 1 hour or 1.5 hours after the end of the tour. If you have any impediments please let us know prior to the tour. If top floor lift tickets are no longer available on the day of your tour we will contact you to discuss options and avialable time slots. (2nd floor lift tickets or evening top floor lift tickets might be available instead).
Are there any other entrance fees included? No. There are no entrance fees included on this tour. We will visit the listed venues (Louvre, Opera Garnier, Arc De Triomphe, Eiffel Tower) from the exterior only.
How many times will we be taking the metro? Due to the distance between sites, we will use public transport at least 3 times during the tour. Your guide will help you purchase the tickets on site. Please note that the cost of the tickets is not included in the total cost of the tour. If you'd like to do the tour by car please add the car service to your cart when booking.
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
James King is a painter, sculptor and printmaker living in France since graduating from the University of Oxford in 1987. In 2011, after twenty-five years in Paris, he moved with his French wife and three young children to the Vexin region, west of the capital, not far from the village of Giverny, where he frequently leads walks for Context through the house and gardens of the impressionist painter Claude Monet. James also leads tours of the Louvre and Orsay museums, where he enjoys sharing with adults and children alike his intimate experience of painting and sculpture. In addition to art-focused seminars in Paris, he leads a number of hands-on painting and drawing workshops for Context in Giverny, Auvers sur Oise (the last home of Van Gogh), and other places.
Originally from Canada, Lily Heise is a freelance travel writer who has been living in Paris since 2000. She holds a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and has extensive experience in tourism and culture having worked for several French universities, museums, cultural sites and previously in the office of Context Travel. Her writing has been featured on the Huffington Post, Business Insider, CondeNastTraveler.com, Frommer's print guides and online, DK Eyewitness, Fodor's and others. She is also the author of two books on looking for romance in Paris and runs an award-winning blog on Paris, travel and romance, <a href="https://www.jetaimemeneither.com">Je T'Aime, Me Neither</a>.
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