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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!
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.
Great! Luke was really good and very nice.
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.
Tina was the best! Great tour, very informative and set at a good pace. Would highly recommend!
Our guide, Quentin, was so friendly and showed us so many wonderful things about Paris. Highly recommended!!!
Our guide, Quentin, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide was great. I would definitely do this again!
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 :
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.
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