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3.5 to 7 hrs (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Experience Paris like an insider, and see the city’s popular attractions and secret hidden gems on a full- or half-day private tour that’s designed just for you. With this custom, private tour, you choose what you want to see in the city, and your ideal day in Paris will be pre-planned for you, complete with round-trip transportation. Catch sight of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, or the Eiffel Tower. Whether you’re interested in history, art, food, or something else, your guide (who’s born and raised in the City of Lights) will help you make the most of your time in Paris.
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Basilica du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre – whichever you want!
  • Discover hidden gems that only a local can show you in areas like the Marais and the Latin Quarter
  • Experience Paris through the eyes of a private, local guide
  • Enjoy a hassle-free itinerary customized to your interests
  • Relax with complimentary transit and taxis and hotel pick-up
  • Take advantage of Europe’s #1 custom private tour company

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Full-day and half-day customized tours include metro tickets and taxi fares, plus hotel transfers.
Make the most of your time in Paris with this premium private tour that’s tailor-made to suit your desires. Before your tour date, speak with your guide ahead of time to share your interests and ideas so he or she can prepare a perfect itinerary in advance. Your personalized itinerary will provide you with your perfect day in Paris.

On the morning of your tour, meet your guide at your hotel. Make any final adjustments to your itinerary as you set out to see legendary Parisian landmarks Your guide will arrange all transportation, which may include riding public transportation or catching a taxi or two.

If you have specific ideas in mind, your guide will make them happen, while sharing a Parisian’s perspective along the way. Or let your guide pick local attractions and tucked-away gems that most visitors miss, such as the secluded side streets in the village of Montmartre. You set the pace for the day or half-day and stop as often as you like. When hunger strikes, your guide will lead you to some of the best dining spots in town, whether you crave a casual café or fine dining (own expense).

Admire the Gothic architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral, stand next to the Eiffel Tower and take in its structural beauty—whatever you do, it's up to you.

See below for a sample Itinerary of what your Paris experience could include. Meals, entrance fees and airport transfers are not included.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary:

9am: Your private guide meets you at your central Paris hotel. She gives you the local perspective on your neighborhood: the best bakeries, most convenient metro stops, and hidden-away gardens and parks.

9:15am: Head to the Île de la Cité to discover the island’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide tells you all the violent drama of its 1,000 year history. She points out the architectural details, big and small, which make this this gothic cathedral exceptional. We then explore the often-overlooked streets surrounding the cathedral.

10:30am: Walk along the UNESCO-protected banks of the River Seine to Île Saint-Louis. Remark how quaint and quiet this island in the very center of Paris can be. Stop for a treat at the legendary ice cream and sorbet parlor Berthillon. 

12:15pm: Next, travel with your guide to the Montmartre Trail. See the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Walk the very streets painted by impressionist masters like Monet and Van Gogh. On Montmartre, you see their legacy alive. Admire the gleaming Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre which crowns this hill. Then take in a panoramic view over Paris. See all the way to the towers of Notre Dame an the proud Eiffel tower.

1:45pm: As lunchtime approaches, your guide recommends the best Brasserie. You pick steak-frites, quiche, or whatever French cuisine you crave! As you relax, your guide books you for dinner at a trendy Parisian restaurant.

2:45 pm: After lunch, admire the grand tribute to Napoleon’s conquests: the Arc de Triomphe and embark down the world-famous Champs Elysées towards the Place de la Concorde.

3:30 pm: Enter the Tuileries Gardens, approach the Louvre palace and discover the story and many secrets about the monument!

4:00 pm: Bid your guide farewell as you arrive at the River Seine banks, just across the Orsay museum. Receive skip-the-line tickets so that you can continue your best day ever in Paris with the museum’s incredible collection of art. Visit this train station that became a museum with the most complete collection of impressionist’s paintings in the world – or save the tickets for any time during your stay.

Before parting, you exchange emails with your tour-planner, happy to have made a new friend in Paris.

Reviews

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S
, Jan 2019

Our guide Sean was fabulous. We got to see so much more in a day with him then we would have ever been able to do by ourselves. It was so wonderful walking the streets of Paris with him as he shared so much local knowledge that really enriched our experience. We travelled with our 12 and 15 year old kids and Sean quickly understood our interests and kept everyone engaged all day. Thanks Sean!

j
, Jan 2019

We had a local guide Matt, who wa great with the whole family and showed us a behind the scenes perspective of Paris, definitely worht the time.

M
, Oct 2018

I was a little nervous about doing a personalize tour but I am so glad we did. Alex our guide was super nice and so knowledgeable about the city, sites and history. We walked a lot but it was so worth it. I can't imagine seeing Notre Dame without a guide like Alex. Then he directed us to another cathedral which was amazing. The restaurant we went to for lunch was an out of the way non tourist place and the food was amazing. Worth every penny for the tour!.

J
, Sep 2018

What a great introduction to this beautiful city! Our guide is from Paris and was a fount of knowledge about history, art and culture. In addition he enjoys photography so when he saw my camera he knew exactly where to go for the best photography shots! I totally recommend this tour for first time travelers to Paris. We walked about 3 miles, saw all the things we had discussed in advance via email and saw Paris through the eyes of a local. It really doesn’t get any better than this!

K
, Jul 2018

I would recommend this tour to any first time visitor to Paris! Our guide was Florent and he was friendly, accommodating and informative. He took us to key spots in the city in the most efficient way while providing us with the city's rich history, and answering all of our questions. We were able to skip the line at the Louvre, and I wouldn't recommend going there without a guide. It would be easy to get lost and difficult to locate what you are most interested in.

C
, Jul 2018

Our private tour of Paris was by far our best day! Alex was a wonderful tour guide, personable, knowledgeable, and flexible! He took us to many of the main attractions that we wanted to see, but with the benefit of his wonderful explanations and stories about what we were seeing, it made them so much more meaningful! He also was able to take us off the beaten paths to his favorite creperies, bakeries and back alleys to experience life as a local Parisian! He taught us how to use the metro and gave us tips into what to see and where to eat for the rest of our trip. Excellent tour and definitely the way to go.

f
, Jun 2018

If you want to experience Paris beyond the crowded tourist attractions, this is the perfect way to do it. Request Alex as your tour guide!

Our half-day tour with him was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip to Paris a stay that included two Michelin Star restaurants and hitting many of the highlights on our own. My husband and I had a short stay in the city, and it was our first time visiting. We booked this half-day tour for our first full day in the city so we could get oriented and learn more about the culture from a local. A friendly email from a coordinator greeted me after booking, and we came up with the ideal schedule and itinerary - settling upon Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur, and Notre Dame. I also requested that our guide bring tickets to the Louvre for us to purchase from him so we wouldn't have to wait in the long line at the museum the next day. We met Alex in our hotel lobby at the appointed time, and he got to know us and our interests a bit before taking out a map of Paris and sketching out what he thought would be the best way to tackle the day.

From there, we were off! We stopped quickly at the Arc de Triomphe, learning about its history before taking the subway to Montmartre. Alex deftly navigated us to the Moulin Rouge and up the streets of Montmartre, pointing out nuances and interesting sights along the way. We learned about the famous street artists prevalent in this district and about the architecture of the city. He also took us to some delicious pastry shops and purchased desserts for us to try! And the bread! We stopped by a bakery in Montmartre famous for its baguettes and learned how to discern and appreciate its texture and crust. When we made it to the top of the hill, instead of just admiring the sheer size and ostentatiousness of Sacré-Cœur, we learned about the events leading up to its construction and its symbolism.

We ended our tour at Notre Dame, and we were fortunate enough to witness a Christian Orthodox communion ceremony and a beautiful choir performance. We learned so much about the church and its architecture as we admired its beauty. Afterwards, Alex gave us recommendations for other places to explore in our remaining days in the city as well as when we made a return trip.

This tour was so much more than we imagined and Alex is one of the best tour guides we've ever had. It was simply a treasure to walk the streets of Paris less traveled by the regular tourist crowd and take in the daily life of everyday Parisians. We learned so much and we will definitely be looking to learn more with Alex the next time we're in Paris!

J
, Jun 2018

Great guide who personalized the whole tour on the fly as she got to know more about us and our interests. Apart from all the places we saw, she also gave us information about how to navigate transportation and find what we were looking for in Paris. This tour was the first thing we did in Paris. Thank goodness! Without it, the whole trip would have been diminished.

M
, Jun 2018

Great! Luke was really good and very nice.

S
, Apr 2018

We had four of us with only one day in Paris at the end of a Viking River Cruise so I arranged a seven hour tour to focus on a few areas of Paris. Since the company charges per person this was pricey. Although our guide, Marie, was very lovely and knowledgeable she arrived late, finished the tour early far away from our hotel, and left us alone for lunch. We asked for a focus on French food and wine and that didnt happen. I suspect my request form was never reviewed.
Recommendations - review in detail with the guide at the beginning of the tour the exact plan so expectations can be met. The website advertises door to door service so at the end of the tour you should at least end at the subway station with ticket in hand.
Having read the reviews before I booked it looks like my experience was not the norm and the company issued a partial refund since our guide was not with us the full 7 hours.

B
, Apr 2018

This was a great way to start our week. It was our first full day in Paris and gave us a great understanding of the city. Marie was our guide and she was great. She provided a lot of great information as well as individual tidbits you wouldn't know exploring by yourself. Marie was a pleasure to spend the day with and we had a lot of laughs. Visiting Notre Dame the day before Easter was my highlight of the tour but everything was great. I highly recommend this tour especially to start your visit. Thank you Marie.

I
, Apr 2018

Tina was the best! Great tour, very informative and set at a good pace. Would highly recommend!

L
, Mar 2018

Our guide, Quentin, was so friendly and showed us so many wonderful things about Paris. Highly recommended!!!

L
, Mar 2018

Our guide, Quentin, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!

K
, Jul 2017

This tour was amazing! Our tour guide was great. I would definitely do this again!

j
, Jun 2017

My husband and I started out trip to Paris with this wonderful full-day walking tour with the lovely Marie. I highly recommend doing this at the start of your trip if you can - it is a great way to learn the city before being on your own. Communication prior to the trip was great via email and the company put together a great itinerary of what we should see based on our preferences, time in Paris, activity level, and reservations we had for later in our trip. Marie as a guide was just fabulous! She gave us a massive tour and we saw everything we wanted to. It was great because it helped us get our bearings in the city so that we knew where we wanted to go back to on our own and Marie gave us the history and context to go along with it all. We walked through a number of areas in the city Place Vendome, Opera House, Les Halles, Place de le Concorde, Tuileries Jardin, Ile de la Cite, Saint Germain Du Pres, Univesite, Pantheon, saw lots of covered passageways as I especially wanted to see those, experienced Notre Dame with Marie's wonderful commentary, and wandered the grounds of the Louvre and the gardens of the Royal Palace. She even showed us how to work the metro system just in case we ever needed to use it!. The company had even booked Musee D'orsay tickets for us just in case we ended up there at the end of the day! I loved that Marie was flexible to change the plan for the day as the tour progressed, based on what we were enjoying the most. She also pointed out and recommended places we should go to after our tour and advised us of places to avoid or skip. I have to add that we did follow her recommendations later in the week and were very happy we did! I wish we could have taken her with us for the rest of our trip to Paris as I truly appreciated her sharing love for her Parisian home! We covered a LOT of ground on our tour because we are able and fit walkers, but a word to the wise - wear VERY comfortable walking shoes as you walk for hours - and if you aren't capable of walking for long periods or distances, don't expect to see everything we did. We were very happy and excited to do this extensive tour, but Marie says she also works with those who want more breaks and who like to go at a slower pace. So, they have a little something for everyone! Would highly recommend working with this tour company. From two very pleased tourists :

E
, Jun 2017

We had a relatively large group 7 consisting of elderly in age down to a second grader. Our informative guide Luc made sure everybody felt included in the tour and was at all times conscious of the physical limitations of my older family members. Partially because we were only in Paris for the day, travelling there on an early flight from London and having to return that same evening, we did not have a lot of time to explore the city. Tour organizers very helpfully instructed us on the proper train to take from Charles de Gaulle airport into the city, and the commute was effortless. Luc met us as planned and tailored a perfect walking tour of Notre Dame cathedral and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Perhaps most memorable for me was the lunch Luc arranged. He took us to a place that prepared a duck confit, which he also recommended, that was easily the best meal I had during the 10 days I was in London, Paris, and Dublin. It is also turned out to be perhaps one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere.

I would highly recommend this tour whether you plan to be in the city for days or hours as we were.

H
, Mar 2017

Astrid was amazing!!! Made my whole family and myself really fall in love with Paris. Her knowledge was endless, she was such a joy to be around and was able to adapt and customize our experience on the fly as she got to know us and our interests. I cannot recommend her or this tour highly enough. I have traveled extensively, and this was one of my favorite experiences.

s
, Dec 2016

Our tour guide Alex was fantastic. He met us at the hotel at 930 and showed us everything we wanted to see. He gave us the insider tour of Paris and also recommendations for the rest of our stay.

J
, Dec 2016

We had very charming guide that made the day fun and interesting for both my 15 and 12 year old. He even bought them some macarons at his favorite shop : As it was our first time in Paris, he took us to places that we would not have known about or would have taken weeks to read and research if I even knew what to look for. We had planned other activities on other days and I did fwd the itinerary to the company so that we would not cover the same areas and that worked out fabulously. There was a lot of walking but it was at our own pace and we were able to linger when and where we pleased. We rode the metro and bus and had a great lunch at a bistro that he recommended. It was a great way to start our week in Paris with an overview of the beautiful city, I highly recommend!


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