La Sorbonne Tours

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The striking edifice presiding over Paris' 5th arrondissement Latin Quarter, the historic La Sorbonne is renowned as one of the first European centers of higher education, housing the prestigious Collège de Sorbonne since its founding in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon.

It’s the building itself that garners the most attention, a sprawling campus rebuilt in 1653 by Cardinal de Richelieu to the designs of architect Jacques Lemercier. A blend of Baroque and Renaissance styles replaced the original medieval structure, but the last remaining building from this period is the iconic domed Romanesque Chapelle de la Sorbonne (the Chapel of La Sorbonne), where the sculpted tomb of Cardinal de Richelieu is housed. A wander through the Sorbonne courtyard and café-lined plaza offers views of the amphitheaters, library and observatory (which was reconstructed by Henri Paul Nénot in the late 19th-century), showcasing a picturesque variety of architectural styles.

Today, the building houses four divisions of the prestigious University of Paris -- the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, the Paris-Sorbonne University and the Paris Descartes University -- as well as the extensive Sorbonne Library, and is open to the public only through pre-book guided tours.
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Private Day Like a Parisian Tour

Find out what it's like to be a Parisian on this 3-hour private tour with a guide who introduces you to hip districts to discover places where locals hang out. Starting in the Latin Quarter, you'll walk across the Seine to the Canal St. Martin and Oberkampf neighborhoods, where you'll check out vintage shopping, a bakery, a trendy home store, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$28.86 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Semi-Private Guided Walking Tour: Latin Quarter Including Notre-Dame Interior

Visit the the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Latin Quarter with a local guide on a 2.5-hour, small-group walking tour that explores one of Paris’ oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods. Trace Parisian history from ancient Roman ruins to the romance of the ‘Lost Generation,’ while following cobblestone streets past some of the city’s key landmarks.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$56.57 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Half-Day Tour: Paris City Highlights

Experience Paris with a knowledgeable private guide on this half-day sightseeing tour by private minivan. You’ll see the city’s major landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées to Notre-Dame and the Louvre. Make several photo stops, and visit Montmartre, Paris’ legendary bohemian quarter where you have time to walk around and see its hilltop Basilique du Sacré Coeur. When booking, select a morning or afternoon tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$59.17 USD
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Private Photography Walking Tour of Paris: Latin Quarter or Montmartre

Capture the picturesque sights of Paris through a photographer’s lens on this private 3-hour walking tour. Take your pick of a tour through Montmartre or the Latin Quarter, and stroll through the inspiring streets with a professional photographer guide. Snap frame-worthy shots of iconic attractions and tucked-away treasures with tips on lighting, composition and camera control from your guide. Get the most out of your experience with the personalized attention of a private tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$86.59 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Historical Paris Sightseeing Tour Including Notre Dame Cathedral

Visit some of Paris’ top historical sites and enjoy an in-depth experience at Notre Dame Cathedral on this half-day Paris sightseeing tour that’s great for history buffs. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel to city landmarks like the Louvre, Palais Garnier, Bastille Square, the Latin Quarter and Luxembourg Gardens. Then head to Ile de la Cité either by bus or Seine River cruise to visit Notre Dame, Paris’ iconic masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Learn about its history and significance from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Guided Walking Tour: Latin Quarter Including Notre-Dame Interior

Known as the famous Left Bank gathering place of artists and intellectuals, Paris’ Latin Quarter buzzes with the rich legacy of luminaries like Hemingway, Descartes and Dalí. Explore its bohemian past and hidden corners on a private, 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Trace the area’s history beginning with medieval times, and stroll past highlights like the Sorbonne, Pantheon, Shakespeare & Co. bookstore and shooting locations from Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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Private Tour: Explore Your Favorite Neighborhood in Paris

Get an insider’s perspective on Paris with a private walking tour of your favorite neighborhood. Learn local history, discover tucked-away treasures and get the scoop on the best places to eat, shop and explore. Take your pick of diverse neighborhoods including Montmartre, Eiffel Tower/Champs-Elysées, St-Germain-des-Prés, Marais/Bastille, Opéra/Louvre, Montparnasse or Panthéon/Latin Quarter. Enjoy the full attention of a private guide, who will customize your tour based on your interests and preferred pace.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Paris Latin Quarter Night Walking Tour

Uncover Paris’ complex and colorful history on a 2-hour walking tour of the exquisite Left Bank. With an expert guide, learn about the events and characters that have touched this famous neighborhood. Pass centuries-old universities, sprawling cemeteries and iconic sites like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Cluny Museum. From the Pantheon to the immaculate Luxembourg Gardens, you’ll discover how people, art and cultural revolution has shaped the City of Light.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Bohemian Paris: Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the heart of bohemian Paris on a walking tour of the Latin Quarter—one of the oldest parts of the city and a historic hotbed of intellectual and artistic inspiration. See the homes and former haunts of artists who were inspired by the area’s Left Bank romance, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Salvador Dalí. During the relaxed stroll, you'll see highlights including the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, and Sorbonne University while a guide shares tales from the long and luminous history of this classic Paris neighborhood.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$18.47 USD
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Medieval Paris Private Tour

Discover a side of Paris that existed before the modern-day glitz and romance on a private, 2-hour walking tour of the city’s medieval remnants. See well-preserved monuments that date back as far as 800 years, including the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Fountain of the Innocents, the Sorbonne and Hotel de Cluny, a former 14th-century abbey. A private art historian guide leads you through the city to unlock it's medieval mysteries. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 10 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$230.91 USD
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Paris Private 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Latin Quarter

Delve into the Latin Quarter, and discover centuries of French history on this private 2-hour walking tour in Paris. Follow a private guide through the Latin Quarter and take in top attractions including the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, once favored by writers such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Joyce and Millen. Discover an ancient Merovingian cemetery, hear the tale of St Julian the Poor and learn the origins of Paris’ scholastic heritage. Pass the Cluny Museum on route to the Sorbonne and the Pantheon, then finish in bustling Place Saint Michel.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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