Left Bank (Rive Gauche) Tours

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The Seine separates Paris into two halves: to the north is the Right Bank, and to the south is the Left Bank. Also known as the Rive Gauche, the Left Bank is home to some of the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower. Thanks to its universities and famous former residents, the Rive Gauche retains a romantic, literary reputation.

The Basics
From world-famous monuments to world-renowned universities, the Left Bank encompasses a variety of neighborhoods, communities, and Parisian attractions. Among its highlights are the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and the Catacombs of Paris, though that represents just a fraction of what the area offers. Broadly, the Left Bank is renowned for its intellectual and cultural aplomb. The Sorbonne and Shakespeare & Co are two legendary institutions in the vibrant Latin Quarter, and the area was once popular with writers and artists ranging from Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso to Jean-Paul Sartre.

Depending on your interests, there are dozens of ways to discover the Left Bank and its sights. Hop-on hop-off busses, Segways, and bike tours all offer overviews of the area, while private driving tours let you customize your itinerary. Alternatively, soak up the Rive Gauche’s je ne sais quoi ambience on a walking tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • While the Left Bank contains only six arrondissements (compared to the Right Bank’s 14), its status as a cultural heavyweight makes it just as important and diverse.
  • If you haven’t pre-booked Eiffel Tower entry, venture instead to the Tour Montparnasse, which offers impeccable views of the Left Bank and beyond.
  • Visit the iconic Café de Flore to people watch—and to see the spot where Pablo Picasso and Simone de Beauvoir spent their time.

How to Get There
The Rive Gauche is home to several major stations (including the Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse), which are served by the TGV, RER, and numerous Métro and train lines. Dozens of other Métro stations and bus lines traverse the area. Paris is also a city that rewards walkers and cyclists, and the Left Bank is no exception.

When to Get There
Paris is picturesque in all seasons, and there’s never a bad time to visit the Left Bank (although, like the rest of the French capital, it’s quietest in August). During the warmer months, linger in the Jardin du Luxembourg, stroll the Jardin des Plantes, or enjoy Eiffel Tower views from the Champ de Mars. When the thermostat drops, explore museums like the Musée d’Orsay, Musée de Cluny, or the Musée de l’Armée at Invalides.

Famous Left Bank Eateries
It isn’t a Left Bank tour without a bite (or several) to eat. Venture to the iconic Poîlane bakery for fresh bread; browse the lively street market on the Rue Mouffetard; sample macarons at Pierre Hermé; and go to a classic restaurant, like La Closerie des Lilas, for dinner.
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Open Tour Paris Hop-On-Hop-Off

Finding your way around Paris needn’t be challenging, thanks to this hop-on, hop-off bus tour. You’ll have the option of one, two, or three days of double-decker bus access, covering four routes with stops at most of Paris’s most important museums, attractions, and shopping areas. And with your ticket, you’ll get all sorts of freebies, including walking tours and on-board audio guides with narration in multiple languages.
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Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Ticket and Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover iconic attractions of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame at your own pace on a 2-day hop-on hop-off bus tour of the captivating French capital. Aboard a distinctive double-decker bus, admire the quaint cobbled streets of the Left Bank and the military splendor of Ecole Militaire. When an attraction captures your attention, hop off to explore further, and then simply hop back on when it’s convenient for you. Plus, this Paris hop-on hop-off bus tour also includes a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Louvre to use in the morning.
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Paris Food Walking Tour: Gourmet French Food

Sample the culinary delights of Paris on a walking tour through one of the city’s charming historic neighborhoods. Follow your taste buds and your guide to a handful of Parisian cafés, patisseries and specialty stores to sample authentic French favorites like croissants, foie gras, artisan cheese and fresh-baked bread, while your guide shares with you the history of the neighborhood. You’ll discuss the tastings that you enjoy and how they are used in gourmet French cooking, and top it all off with a glass of excellent French wine. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
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Paris Left Bank Wine Tasting and Walk

Discover the history and highlights of Paris’ Montmartre or Left Bank district with a wine and walking tour! Choose the neighborhood that most interests you, and spend 3 hours exploring with your knowledgeable, wine-loving guide. Pass by the famous monuments of Paris, such as Notre Dame, the Panthéon and the Sacré Coeur Basilica, and stop in at three charming Parisian wine bars along the way. Get professional tasting tips and learn about the famed winemaking regions of France as you sip and savor a selection of excellent wines.
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Stories and Secrets of the French Revolution: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the secrets and stories of the French Revolution during this 3-hour walking tour. Follow your historian guide to addresses relevant to the Revolution's history, including cafés where they plotted the destruction of the nobility, the location of a bloody assassination and the alley where the guillotine was invented. Along the way, listen to your guide's engaging narrative about the history and mysteries of the Revolution.
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Paris 3-Hour Literary Greats Walking Tour from 18th Century on

Learn about Paris’ literary greats on this 3-hour small-group walking tour. Explore the Left Bank where 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century luminaries worked, discover the Latin Quarter of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and see the favorite haunts of Sartre and Picasso, and where Oscar Wilde died in 1900. On route, unravel the writers’ lives and loves, break for coffee, and visit one of Paris’ legendary bookstores. Tour is limited to a maximum of 10.
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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.
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Private Tour: 2CV Paris City Highlights Tour

Make sightseeing more memorable by seeing the highlights of Paris from the passenger seat of a vintage Citroen 2CV. Let your private guide drive you through the city in one of France's most beloved vehicles, the Deux Chevaux. See the main attractions of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. Choose from several departure options in the morning, afternoon or evening.
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New Year's Eve Seine River Cruise

Cruise down the River Seine while enjoying a 3-course meal to kick off your New Year's Eve in Paris. Sip on a provided glass of Champagne, and indulge in 'foie gras' (specially fattened duck liver) while viewing the lights of Paris from the water during this 1.5-hour cruise.
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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.
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Paris Walking Tour for Children and Families

Enjoy a family-friendly stomp along Paris’ Left Bank and discover top city attractions in an exciting way on this 3-hour Paris walking tour. Sail toy boats on the pond in picturesque Jardin du Luxembourg or take a turn on the traditional merry-go-round. Harness your pedal power at the race-track or gaze in awe at life-size African animals at the Natural History Museum. Enjoy a diverse range of daytime activities ideal for kids ages seven to 12 — with the route decided by the kids themselves, who knows where you’ll end up!
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Half-Day Electric Bike Tour: Paris Along the Seine River

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Paris Street Photography Walk

Capture ‘decisive moments’ with your camera on this 2-hour photography walking tour in Paris. Bring along your DSLR unit or a camera phone, and learn from a professional photographer about technique, exposure, lighting, and composition as you stroll through some of Paris’ iconic neighborhoods — choose from the Marais, Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, or a nighttime tour around the Louvre and Left Bank. Whether you’re a beginner or a serious amateur, you’ll pick up plenty of artistic and technical pointers.
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Crêpes Party at Saint-Germain-des-Près !

Learn how to make typical The French Crêpes ! I offer a "Crepes Party" a pleasant moment, friendly & festive with a real immersion in the "breton" folklore, to learn to do the real recipe of my grandmother recipe "Crêpes" & "Galette". Of course, we will talk about Parisian life, and I will share with you the good advice to help you to live your trip to Paris, like a French! To develop your "French touch" !
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