Head to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris’ 19th arrondissement in the afternoon to meet your guide and begin your 3-hour walking tour. Set in open parkland on a hillside in northeast Paris, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a popular place to escape busy city life, and boasts panoramic views over the French capital.
Explore the pretty park with your guide and gain insight into its interesting history. Opened in 1867 during Napoleon III’s reign, it covers 61 acres (25 hectares) and takes pride of place among the city’s largest public spaces. During your tour, pass locals picnicking on the grassy slopes or walking their dogs, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Head up to the Temple de la Sibylle — inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy — and take in panoramic views over the lake in the foreground, Montmartre and the famous dome of Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.
Afterward, descend the steps and follow your guide on a walk through the winding streets and pathways below. Far removed from the busy roads and noisy traffic of central Paris, the attractive streets beneath the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont offer insight into a more peaceful side of the city that many visitors miss.
Enjoy a traditional French pastry and a drink in a local cafe, and perhaps take a moment to chat to any locals you meet. After three hours, return to your starting point to conclude your tour.