The full-day tour includes the above as well as viewing the Louvre Pyramid, a quick stroll in the beautiful Tuileries Garden, with view of the Place de la Concorde, and occasional stops for photos at beautiful landmarks such as the Place Vendome, the Opera Palais Garnier, the Invalides, the Champs-Élysées.
We’ll end at the hills of Montmartre to view Sacre Coeur and visit the artists’ square.
The covered passageways and arcades of the nearby Palais Royal gardens are hidden gems, a world away from the busy boulevards and a trip back in time to the beautiful shopping centers of the 18th and 19th century. Paved with mosaic and topped with sky-lit roofs, each arcade has its own distinctive architectural charm. Filled with unique boutiques for fashion, perfume and design as well as art galleries, bookshops and a legendary wine store, you’ll find everything from antiques to the latest Louboutin shoes, rare cinema posters, vintage couture, and bespoke shops for eyeglass frames and men’s shoes. Dining options include turn-of-the-century bistros, tearooms, cafés and fine restaurants. (3-hour tour)
This tour covers two very special districts in Paris – the beautiful and artistic Saint Germain-des-Pres, and the lively Latin Quarter known for its jazz clubs and the legendary bookshop, Shakespeare & Co. We’ll stroll through historic streets near the 12 th century abbey church, and along the boulevard where Picasso, Hemingway and the Existentialists met in famous cafes. Saint-Germain-des-Pres, today known for its art galleries, designer and decorating boutiques retains an artistic vibe – we’ll view where Delacroix created murals here for the nearby St Sulpice Church (inspiration for the DaVinci Code), also on our trail. In the Latin Quarter, where streets are lined with cafes and delicious chocolate and food shops, we’ll also find vestiges of a medieval tower and wall in an atmospheric passageway.
Revolutionaries plotted and Voltaire wrote in Le Procope, Paris’ oldest restaurant, which we’ll view en route to the beautiful Luxembourg Garden.
A wonderful walk through the enchanting village of Montmartre: to see the lively artists’ square, the only vineyard in Paris and its oldest cabaret, Le Lapin Agile. See where Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir lived and worked. Enjoy spectacular views from the vantage point of our visit to the Sacré Coeur basilica.
The world’s most famous flea market is filled with antiques and second-hand treasures including furniture, clothing, jewelry, curiosities, posters, paintings, porcelain, toys and more. Best time to visit: Saturday or Sunday from 10:30AM to 5PM.
Located at the southern limit of Paris, Vanves offers much of what is found at Clignancourt, but in smaller scope. On Sundays, there’s also a nearby food market.
The bustling Les Halles district, once the site of the ancient Paris food market, is today home to top food purveyors and legendary culinary supply stores. We’ll visit an off-the-beaten-track street to find ‘locavore’ green grocers, artisanal bread makers and small-boat fishmongers, as well as the famous rue Montorgueil, as we stop for tastings such seasonal fruits, savories, chocolates, cheeses, and pastry at Paris’ oldest patisserie, once under appointment to the king. You’ll learn how to recognize a perfect baguette and will discover renowned restaurants and brasseries in this area described by Zola as ‘the belly of Paris’. Discover the story of regional cheeses and the rich gastronomic history of France. In fine weather, I’ll bring you to a nearby garden where you can enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. (3-hour tour)
Visit several of the Right Bank’s finest chocolate shops for an unforgettable tasting experience and learn the fascinating secrets of this delectable dessert and its history. French dark chocolate is considered a luxury product on a par with the best of wines. Each chocolate shop has its own personality and specialties and we will enjoy a delicious sampling during this two-hour visit.
This is an excellent tour for everyone: children, adults, corporate groups.
An hour’s journey from the Gare St-Lazare, immortalized by Claude Monet in his famous train station paintings, will transport you through the gentle Vexin countryside to Giverny, where the Impressionist master lived and worked for more than forty years. I will share with you the story of his life and work, as we visit his charming home with its quaint bedrooms, sunny yellow dining room and blue-tiled kitchen, while admiring his extensive collection of Japanese woodblocks lining the walls.
One of the most beautiful and historic areas of Paris, the Marais is famous for its aristocratic mansions, pretty parks, art galleries and one-of-a-kind designer and vintage boutiques. Superb food purveyors and exquisite chocolatiers are here too, and we’ll visit a ‘village’ enclave of antique, Art Deco and curiosity shops. The Marais is home to the historic Jewish Quarter, where we’ll stroll down the lively rue des Rosiers with its cobblestone streets and tasty kosher food shops, view an Art Nouveau synagogue, and wander through a surprising triple garden which holds of vestige of a medieval city wall. During this tour, we’ll stop, if desired, for a pastry and a coffee at one of the top patisseries in Paris. (3-hour tour)