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Uncover the cultural history behind contemporary Marais on a 2-hour walking tour of the central Paris district. With a local guide, wander the vibrant quarter, known for its deep-rooted Jewish community, picturesque street cafés, galleries and more. Stroll by notable locations like the Bastille, Hotel de Ville, Place des Vosges and Pompidou Centre, Paris’ treasury of modern art. Soak up Marais’ signature vibe on this fun and educational excursion!

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour through historic Marais with a friendly guide
  • Learn details of the Marais' colorful history, from royal residences to Jewish settlements to revolutionary battles
  • View renowned sites like Pompidou Centre, Place des Vosges and the Rue des Rosiers
  • Pass Jewish bakeries, bookshops and kosher food outlets

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What You Can Expect

Paris Walking Tour: Discover the Marais District

Explore Paris' vibrant Marais district during your walking tour

Wander through one of Paris’ oldest districts during this historical walking tour. Meet your expert guide near the Pompidou Centre (Centre George Pompidou), which celebrates modern art. Its eye-catching exterior design has made it a top Paris attraction, and this will be the first sight you'll see on your tour.

Follow your guide through the narrow lanes of the Marais, where the next point of interest is the Hotel de Ville (the town hall). This impressive building dates back to 1553 and is now the home of the Mayor of Paris. The large square in front of the Hotel de Ville hosts different attractions throughout the year, including an ice-skating rink and outdoor concerts.

As you walk, your friendly guide will explain the fascinating history of this district. The Marais was the site of the first Jewish settlement in Paris and continues to be the hub of the Jewish community today. Pass by the Memorial de la Shoah, an important Jewish site inaugurated in 2005 that stands as a powerful reminder of the Holocaust in France.

Next, see one of the best examples of Jewish culture in the Marais today – the cobbled Rue des Rosiers, home to Jewish bakeries, bookshops and kosher food outlets. Walk along this vibrant street with your guide, and make note of its popular cafes to come back to during your time in Paris.

Continue to the Place des Voges, one of the oldest squares in Paris and a highlight of the Marais. It was once a royal park and is considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Paris; it was also home to famous French writer Victor Hugo. Your guided Marais walking tour ends at the Place de la Bastille, the site of the famous Bastille prison that was stormed on July 14, 1789, marking the start of the French Revolution.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really interesting and unique. Knowledgeable and engaging guide!

caroline.alper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour and tour guide. Highly recommend if you want to know more about this interesting section of Paris.

Glenn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour with Kit! Loved it so much we booked the same company for Versailles the next day. 100 recommend.

petekind

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Excellent trip, good guide!

anita92024

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very very good tour and excellent guide. Learned a lot about the Marais district and what went on in the olden days and how it transitioned to the hip place it is today. A very worthwhile tour led by a charming guide (whose name escapes me. Please see that he gets proper credit.)

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent. Highly recommend. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable about the history of the area and was highly engaging.

maree

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We met our guide on a hot afternoon. Our guide Gill had a good grasp on French history, he was kind to stop in shady areas when giving his talks. If you want to have insight as to the make-up of this district this is the tour to take. mareeS.

Peter W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The guide was very personable and because only the three of us she went the extra kilometer. It was fascinating to learn about this district of Paris. We sense that the younger indigenous French generation are ashamed of what happened to the Jews during the Nazi occupation. This is a great way to utilize your time when making a short visit.

Amy-Jo W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Loved our guide's, Octavia, enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marais District. It was a great introduction to familiarize ourselves and we even stayed the rest of the day there AND went back another day.

Andrew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Had a great time with Stephanie. The Marais, has so much history, even if bloody. Great to know more before walking around blind to what is really around you.

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