- 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.
Marie Theres is a painter who has made Paris her home for more than two decades. She works in her studio in Montmartre and shows her paintings in galleries in Europe and the United States. She studied history at the University of Cologne, Germany and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Paris to study art history at the Ecole de Louvre. Her knowledge of art history is enhanced by her practical painting experience. Beyond a purely academic approach, this enables her to convey the emotional dimension of the artwork and to focus attention on the act of creation. She loves to share her passion for art and painting and is fascinated by the 19th-century artistic heritage of Paris, its art movements, and urbanism.
Born and raised abroad, mostly in Asia, Lorraine discovered Paris intimately while studying art history at Ecole du Louvre, a school which holds most of its classes directly in museums and monuments. After several years spent in NYC, getting her Master's degree in Modern Art at Columbia University and working at the Guggenheim Museum, she returned to her adopted city in 2008 to start a PhD. Currently specializing in the history of photography and visual culture, active member of the Laboratoire d'histoire visuelle contemporaine, Lorraine also works as a freelance art critic, teaches art history, and nurtures a few artistic projects of her own.
Iveta Slavkova is Assistant Professor at the American University of Paris (AUP). She was born in Sofia, Bulgaria to a family of French francophiles, and always dreamed of living in Paris where she came to study Art History in 1999. In 2006 she defended a PhD at the Sorbonne on the European avant-garde around World War I. Her first monograph "Réparer l'homme. La Crise de l'humanisme et l'Homme nouveau des avant-gardes" (Restoring Humanity. The Humanism Crisis and the New Man of the Avant-Garde) was published in 2020 (https://www.lespressesdureel.com/ouvrage.php?id=2218). Iveta has edited one volume and published a number of academic articles on topics related to art, politics and power, namely in the context of World War I and World War II (https://www.aup.edu/profile/islavkova). A passionate museum goer and city stroller, she likes discussing and interpreting well know facts and making discover the secrets charms of bigger and smaller Parisian museums and neighborhoods where she has guided many students and visitors.
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