Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Paris
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Overview

Become a true flâneur, French for someone who enjoys a good stroll, on this 2.5 hour private guided walking tour of central Paris. Expert guides will show you all of the highlights including a the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Tuileries Garden while ending on the world’s most famous avenue, the Champs Elysées. There will be time for a snack and restroom break during the walk. 

Itinerary
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Stop At: Ile de la Cite, 75001 Paris France

Once at the meeting point, you will start your tour by exploring ile de la cite, the oldest settlement in Paris. Once known as Lutetia, this former Roman city was the predecessor of present-day Paris, from which the city grew outwards.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris France

From here, you will see the infamous Notre-Dame Cathedral – the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages, distinguished for its size, antiquity and architectural interest.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Palais de Justice de Paris, 10 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

Located on the île de la Cité the Palais de Justice, once known as the Palais de la Cité contains some of the oldest surviving buildings such as:

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sainte-Chapelle, 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

A gem of Gothic style, the St Chapelle was built in seven years. It was intended to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns, acquired by Saint louis.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Conciergerie, 2 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

The Conciergerie is the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, as well as at a time the most notorious prison in all of France. Over a thousand “enemies of the Revolution” were housed there, and famous figures like Marie Antoinette ended their lives there.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fontaine Saint-Michel, 7 B Place Saint Michel, 75005 Paris France

You will then pass by the Saint-Michel fountain, a monumental fountain commissioned by Haussmann, under Napoleon III. It depicts the archangel Michael vanquishing the Devil, evoking thoughts of the battle between Good and Evil.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Place Dauphine, Paris France

Afterwards, we will see Place Dauphine, a beautiful historic square, combining all the beauty and romance of Paris. Tucked away on the western tip of the île de la Cité, Place Dauphine was one of the first projects commissioned by Henri IV.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Pont-Neuf, Ile de la Cite, 75001 Paris France

From here, we will walk to the bridge, Pont Neuf, which is considered to be the oldest stone bridge in Paris. Today Pont-Neuf is part of the banks of the Seine listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Statue equestre d'Henri IV, 15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris France

In the middle of the bridge we will see the equestrian statue of King IV. Although the original statue dated from the 1600s, the one you will see today is a replica in its placed, as the original was destroyed during the French Revolution.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Pont des Arts, River Seine Between Institut de France And Palais du Louvre, Paris France

Before making our way to the Louvre we will see the Pont des Arts, a bridge which connects the Insitut de France and the Louvre. Built between 1801 and 1804, it was the first iron bridge in Paris.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Louvre Museum, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris France

We will then move towards the infamous Louvre Museum, the world’s most visited art museum with a collection that spans work from ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century. During this part of the tour, we will pass through the Cour Carrée, one of the main courtyards of the Louvre Palace and see the Louvre Pyramid, the museum’s main entrance, designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Domaine National du Palais-Royal, 8 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris France

Created by the Cardinal Richelieu in 1633, the Palais Royal and its gardens, are just a short walk from the Louvre. The Palace housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. Here you will be able to enjoy the peaceful gardens surrounded by a fantastic futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures.


Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Domaine National du Palais-Royal, 8 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris France

Paris has pivoted around Notre Dame for centuries, so it’s only appropriate to start your morning or afternoon tour here. Move onward across the city’s oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, passing through the always brilliantly manicured Tuileries Gardens on your way to the Place de la Concorde, home of the guillotine.

Beyond just looking at the city’s iconic structures like the Saint Michel Fountain and the Louvre, you’ll learn the fascinating and oftentimes stupefying stories of the city’s biggest players like Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis XIV, and Henri IV. 

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Place du Carrousel, 75001 Paris France

Leaving the Louvre behind us we will walk towards the Tuileries Gardens, passing through the Arc du Carrousel, a huge arc built to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Jardin des Tuileries pl. de la Concorde, rue de Rivoli, 75058 Paris France

We will then enter the Tuileries Gardens, the oldest Park in Paris, with a history that dates back to the 17th century.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Tuileries Gardens Bookstore, Tuileries Gardens Main Gate, Place de Concorde, 75001 Paris France

During your stroll in the Tuileries Gardens, you will pass by the Gardens’ Bookshop, a quaint bookstore tucked away in a corner which contains a large collection of gardening and landscape design books, along with some garden themed gifts and cards.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris France

We will end our tour at Place de la Concord, a site originally known for having been an execution site during the French Revolution, and which marks the start of the Champs Elysée.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Champs-Elysees, Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris France

Your tour will end at the start of the renowned Champs Elysée, considered one of the world’s most beautiful avenues. You can then enjoy some shopping or a stroll towards the Arc de Triomphe.

Inclusions
  • PRIVATE WALKING TOUR (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • TOUR GUIDE EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • DURATION 2.5 HOURS
  • TOUR WILL RUN, RAIN OR SHINE

Exclusions
  • Tour Price Does NOT Include Hotel Pickup or Drop-Off (We Recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour Does NOT Include Gratuities (OPTIONAL)
  • Entry/Admission - Sainte-Chapelle
  • Entry/Admission - Conciergerie
  • Entry/Admission - Louvre Museum
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route still being able to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain and hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some can’t be visited from the inside.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Because face masks are optional in Paris when outdoors & are still not obligatory under in the French law. For private tours we have left this option up to the guests & guides at their own discretion. Guides will have face masks for themselves and guests available and we encourage them to be used.
Departure Point

Cité, 75004 Paris, France


Return Details

Place de la Concorde, Pl. de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Drodpublic

15 Mar, 2022

What an excellent tour with a wonderful guide! We met Lily near Notre Dame, and she immediately connected with our kids (11 & 7 yrs). We learned so much about the history of Paris, the architecture of the city, key figures in its development, all the while she shared stories of palace intrigue and revolution over the years. We discovered streets and shops we would have never found on our own, and she made it all easy and interesting for all of us.

Jacob_S

20 Jan, 2022

Lili was a fantastic tour guide! She was knowledgeable and engaging us with. It was a bit cold and windy on our day and she went above and beyond to make it worth it!

489jacobs

19 Jan, 2022

Lili was a fantastic tour guide! Super knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable. It was chilly and windy on our day but Lili certainly made the most of it! Would recommend this tour.

553larissam

15 Dec, 2021

Alex is very personable and knowledgeable about citi Paris. Gives a great overview of the history and development of Paris. Highly recommend!!!!

Dan M

16 Oct, 2021

Lilli was a great guide. So knowledgeable and a perfect hostess. Was able to learn many things about Paris as well as get acclimated with the city

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