Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

Set on the southern bank of the Seine River, the historic area known as the 'Left Bank,' or 'Rive Gauche,' was once the stomping ground of Parisian artists, writers and philosophers, encompassing six arrondissements of Paris including the popular Montparnasse district. The area is widely known for its famous inhabitants - celebrated artist Pablo Picasso lived on the Left Bank throughout the war years, joined by French artist Henri Matisse, playwright and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Even legendary American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald chose the Left Bank for their Parisian base.

As it was once known as a bohemian domain where creativity flourished, the Rive Gauche is now an affluent neighborhood of middle class homes, shopping boutiques and restaurants, and also encompasses many of the city’s most renowned attractions. The iconic Eiffel Tower reigns over the idyllic Champs de Mars park; the creative hub of Saint-Germain-des-Pres draws in art lovers from all over the globe to visit the Musee d’Orsay and Rodin Museum; and the Latin Quarter (so called as its prestigious Sorbonne University brought an influx of Latin learners to the area) holds some of the most stunningly executed architecture in Paris including the Pantheon.

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Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1816 Reviews

See Paris at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour. With four interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Paris and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $36.35

Paris Food Walking Tour: Gourmet French Food

4.5 star rating: Recommended 285 Reviews

There's no need to consider calories when you combine gourmet French food with a three-hour walking tour! Your small group tour is led by an expert food ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.23

Paris Left Bank Wine Tasting and Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Discover Paris’ famous wine culture as you explore its vibrant Left Bank or Montmartre districts on this 3-hour wine and walking tour. Choose to focus on the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.87

Heart of Paris Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Come and experience the sights and sounds of the Heart of the city on this Paris cycling tour through local streets. See the beautiful monuments and tourist ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.75

Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

Discover the Latin Quarter's hidden secrets on an evening stroll through the legendary Left Bank district. This Paris neighborhood contains more history and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.72

Paris Walking Tour for Children and Families

Paris isn't just for grown-ups; the kids will love all the city has to offer on a children and family walking tour. Join the fun or leave your kids in the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.44

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