5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Get a taste of ‘la vie bohème’ on a 3.5-hour small-group walking tour of Paris’ arty neighborhoods: Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Learn of the areas’ famous poets and artists on a walk, and then enjoy two activities that the French hold dear to their hearts: eating charcuterie and playing a game of French 'boules' (balls) known as Pétanque! Visit a quirky English bookshop in the Latin Quarter before finishing the tour with photos by Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris’ Gothic gem.

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.


  • 4-hour walking tour of Paris’ bohemian neighborhoods: Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter
  • Explore Saint-Germain with a guide, learning about famous ex-residents like Ernest Hemingway
  • Enjoy a plate of charcuterie at a wine bar on the banks of the Seine River
  • Play a game of Pétanque (lawn bowling) in Place des Vosges, Paris’ oldest square
  • Visit an English bookstore in the Latin Quarter
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour lets you experience Paris like a local with a game of Pétanque and, of course, cheese and wine! You’ll also discover Paris’ quirkier side while exploring two of its best bohemian neighborhoods.

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What You Can Expect

Paris Walking Tour: Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Latin Quarter, including Charcuterie Tasting and Pétanque

Play French boules in Paris' oldest square!

Meet your guide near Paris Pantheon in the afternoon and stroll to vibrant Saint-Germain, a bohemian quarter that weaves through the 6th arrondissement. Poets, musicians and intellectuals throughout the ages have made the neighborhood their home, and the streets are filled with eclectic cafés and book stores that cater to the creative crowds.

Walk through Saint-Germain’s bustling streets, hearing tales of famous ex-residents such as Ernest Hemingway and Jim Morrison along the way, and then wander down to the UNESCO-listed embankments of the Seine River. Stop to enjoy an assiette de charcuterie in an atmospheric wine bar, and feast on a picture-perfect Parisian lunch of decadent cheeses, cured meats and rich pâtés. Wine is available for you to buy at your own expense, if you wish.

Work off your lunch with a walk to the oldest square in Paris – Place Dauphine – for a game of Pétanque. The popular bowling game is played in nearly every town across France, and players of all ages love it! Enjoy a glass of wine while discussing the game with your teammates and guide. Listen carefully: you'll learn the rules and hear tips to knock your opponents’ balls out of the way.

After your game, walk to the Latin Quarter, through St Michel, and take a peek inside Paris’ first English bookstore. Tucked away in one of the area’s medieval houses, the shop is a book lover’s paradise packed to the rafters with literature. Spend some time browsing the shelves and shopping, if you wish.

Enjoy a final walk to Paris' undisputed masterpiece of Gothic architecture: Notre Dame Cathedral. Pose for photos, hear tales of the building’s history, and then bid your guide a fond farewell.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great experience strolling through the streets of this historical district with our tour guide Alix, who was fun, engaging, informative and patient with our many questions. Got to see the Sorbonne, a beautiful city garden built by the Marie deMedici, Notre Dame, the old streets where leaders of the revolution lived, the hotel where Jim Morrison died, and sampled good French food and wine. An overall excellent tour experience with a well-trained guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was fantastic! Very engaging and more than willing to show us some extras such as the ancient city walls in a car park and with a great command of English. He was very knowledgeable and easy to understand and converse with. The charcuterie we experienced was amazing! With just 6 people our game of boules was so much fun. I would highly recommend this tour with this guide from Urban Adventures.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great experience. Arthur our guide was friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. As we walked at an easy pace around these areas we discussed past and current issues relating to Paris. We quickly felt like a group of friends gaining insights that regular tourist miss out on. We finished at a cafe having a drink with charcuterie. Thanks Arthur for a great afternoon and we highly recommend it to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Arthur was a terrific Tour Guide. Found the tour quick and interesting not boring at all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

One of the best tours of our trip. Timothee our guide was well spoken and seemed to enjoy his time relating all the history and interesting facts along the way. He really paid attention to each of us. The pace was by far the most easy to keep up with. It was so much fun, you really felt you spent the afternoon in part of Paris enjoying the sights, tastes, and local activities petanque game in park setting. Awesome life experience. Thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful!, Amazing guide! Loved every minute and saw and learned about so many things we could not have experienced on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

There were only three of us on this tour, so we had a really personal experience. Our guide, Tim was delightful and knowledgeable. I felt we got an authentic experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

awesome guides! great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Our guide was highly knowledgeable about the area. His ability to speak and understand English impressed us! He was open to us asking to see certain places and made sure we had a good time. Very friendly and easy to be with! We would definately recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Arthur, our guide, was punctual, knowledgable and informative. Our needs were catered for extremely well.

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