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Paris Secrets Experience: Cheese, Art, and Local Life Walking Tour

Badge of ExcellenceParis, France
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Uncover the little-known treasures of Paris on this insider walking tour with a savvy guide. Explore arcaded pathways, hidden alleys and grand boulevards, marveling at Belle Époque architecture and visiting specialty food shops to sample macarons and artisan cheeses. You’ll see top attractions like the Louvre and neighborhood gems like quaint cafes in Le Marais district. As you walk, you'll learn the history of this contemporary city and its ancient roots.
  • Walking tour of Paris’ hidden treasures with an expert guide
  • Sample delicate macarons at a renowned pastry shop
  • Stroll through an arcaded pathway aside the Louvre Museum
  • Visit a vibrant Parisian outdoor market to sample fine cheeses and purchase souvenirs
  • Stroll past bustling cafes and inviting shops in Paris’ famous Marais district
  • Small-group format ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 1 Macaron in Paris’ most illustrious food shop
  • Cheese tasting session in a French fromagerie
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Place de la Madeleine
    Pl. de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France

    In front the entrance gates of the Madeleine Church, on the rue Royale sid - Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

  • 137 Rue Saint-Martin
    137 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris, France

    The tour will end in front of the Pompidou centre.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 6 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Dress standard: Standard dress, comfortable walking shoes, and an umbrella, depending on the weather.
  • Additional Information: Please note that the cheese shop we are working with is closed on Monday morning. We will replace this activity with another inclusion.
  • By joining this tour you support a locally owned fromagerie, La Fermette, that mainly works with small farmers.
  • Your tour also visits Pep’s, the last umbrella fixer in Paris, highlighting his role in reducing the environmental impact of our consuming habits.
  • You will pick up some responsible travel tips from your guide, such as where to find fresh water when you need to fill up your bottle, or where to shop in a sustainable manner.
  • While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great experience
Roger_W, Jun 2022
Our guide. He was amazing. Wealth of knowledge and fun to engage. Took us to areas of Paris we had never been to before on our many previous visits. Cheese tasting was an added bonus
Enjoyable Paris Walking Tour
Barry_L, Oct 2019
Wonderful guide and must see secret sites. A fun romp around Paris for the rich ... and the working.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent guide, but tour format could use improvement
Teri_Y, Oct 2019
Emelie is a wonderful tour guide and provides great information! Thank you, Emelie! However, the format of the tour itself could use some improvement. I suggest a different starting point that cuts down on overall walking distance, incorporate more information while on the move, and/or possibly consider either adding food stops or removing them from the agenda.
Raphael was the best!
Denise C, Oct 2019
I highly recommend. We had a total of 5 people on the tour. Raphael was knowledgeable and so cool! We had fun laughing with him. We tried Macron, cheese, bread and wine in out of the way places. It wasn't touristy and crowded. If you can do the all day tour I would. We were mad we didn't sign up. Didn't want to say goodbye!
James_E, Sep 2019
Nice tour. My wife and I were the only ones and we had a very educational tour of numerous sites. Some we have seen before but were treated to more history to help put these sites into context of the history of Paris. Totally recommend it!!
Places we would not have seen
EileenScoles_S, Sep 2019
Our guide Emilie led us on a wonderful walk to out of the way places we never would have seen. She was knowledgeable and added interesting and humorous tips along the way. We loved it!
Overall rating for Walking Tour
Martha_L, Aug 2019
Doine, our tour guide, was fantastic. She had a lot to show us and tell us about the vaious sections of Paris we visited. The Madeline and the Cheese samples were amazing. It was a very good tour. She told us about the Les halles and after the tour we went underground and shopped and ate at several of the stores we visited.
Paris walking tour
HansFredrik_N, Aug 2019
This was a great tour and fun to do after you have seen the “must spots” in Paris. We got a lot of interesting info on various aspects of Parisian life - old and current, life, buildings/monuments and locations from our guide Eugenia. Nice pace with good mix of stops through the whole tour. *Start point was a church - but it looks like a monument; not so easy to know you show up in the right spot :-)
Very good tour
PaulB7841, Jul 2019
It was great, guide was very good. Plenty to see, hear and talk about. Ended up being longer than 3 hrs, the time went pretty quick because it was pretty full. One review said the amount of cheese in the tasting was not good, but I thought it was fine. I would suggest talking a bottle of water along and there is a place to refill. It would be a great tour to do at the begining of a holiday to Paris, you learn plenty and see places you would want to go back to and spend more time at.
Interesting and good value
Roving07462791156, Jun 2019
A very informative and entertaining tour. Our guide Diona took us to places and provided historical facts that were new to us in spite of visiting Paris before. We would recommend.
Great insider's look at Paris neighborhoods
troy_m, Jun 2019
Half day tour of the hidden spots of Paris. Great tour guide and a very nice stroll around central Paris with local insight.
Deb's Paris Trip
Wanderer30350756796, Apr 2019
Doinna as the best! I loved the walking tour and would do it again! It was a great way to see Paris and get info on the history and the happenings now. The umbrellas were beautiful! The sculptures awesome! The oldest building in Paris was amazing! The food we had along the way was delicious! The markets were fun to look at - so fresh! I loved the flowers and the fruit and vegetables were so colorful.
Paris Walking Tour screes sites and hidden gems
Sylvia_K, Oct 2018
We very much enjoyed our tour with Raphael Bouvot. He was very knowledgeable and made the day a fun day.
ashleyalpers2, Sep 2018
Rafael (may be spelling his name wrong) was out your guide and was absolutely wonderful! We had a small group of 10 which was the perfect size for a tour. Rafael knew a lot of history and took us to places we wouldn't have seen without this tour. We ended up going to eat at one of the restaurants we talked about during our tour and the food was superb! This was a highlight of our trip to Paris!! HIGHLY recommend!!
Adele is a very engaging host to our...
Andy J, May 2018
Adele is a very engaging host to our tour and she sets a relaxed pace. We found that we had explored many of the areas she covered in the tour, but her knowledge added quite a bit of depth and understanding to what we were seeing. It was a small group of six of us with Adele, so individualized attention to all of the questions and needs of members of the group were well attended to. Overall, a very nice way to while away about three and a half hours in Paris becoming a more informed tourist!
Very nice experience! Adele is a...
Laura G, Mar 2018
Very nice experience! Adele is a very friendly guide who will instantly make you feel welcome. We very much enjoyed the cheese and macaron tasting - all in all highly recommended!
It was much better than we expected...
Andreas S, Feb 2018
It was much better than we expected. Our guide was very good at explaining the history of all the places we visited and we had a great, fun time.
Lots of walking through Paris that I...
Charmaine N, Jan 2018
Lots of walking through Paris that I felt like I saw everything that needed to be seen. Would do again or at least recommend to others!
We really enjoyed this walk, cheese...
MGR, Oct 2017
We really enjoyed this walk, cheese tasting plate (with intro to each cheese) and a very helpful informative guide. A very pleasant walk. It was a little disappointing the macaron tasting had to be on the street, they were doing some marketing event... and it didn’t distract from the morning.
Enjoyed this tour very much. Would...
June M, Oct 2017
Enjoyed this tour very much. Would never have found some of the great spots without. The cheese tasting was excellent although in a cafe and not at a market. Only negative for us was the timing being much longer than 3 hours which made it a rush for other things planned for the afternoon.


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