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12th Arrondissement Tours

12th Arrondissement
Visit the River Seine-adjacent 12th Arrondissement for its natural and cultural attractions. Take a nature walk at the verdant Bois de Vincennes and stop at cultural hot spots such as Opéra de la Bastille and Musée de la Cinémathèque. Another unique offering: shop at Bercy Village, a restored wine market with cobblestone streets.

The Basics
The 12th Arrondissement on the right bank of the River Seine is perhaps best known as the home of the celebrated city park, Bois de Vincennes. The 12th is also an ideal foodie destination. Take a food walking tour to discover the best culinary stops around the neighborhood; tours typically visit the must-see food market, Marché d'Aligre, and various neighborhood confectionaries.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Among the 12th Arrondissement's attractions is the Château de Vincennes, a 14th century castle offering daily tours.
  • Don't miss a stop at Place de la Bastille, which was once home to the notorious Bastille prison.
  • For a unique take on urban renewal, stroll the Promenade Plantée—a walkway built on an old railway line.

How to Get There
The best way to reach the 12th Arrondissement is by metro. Plan to take the 1 or 14 lines to the Paris Gare de Lyon—one of the neighborhood's transit hubs. For easy access to the west side of the Bois de Vincennes, take the 8 line to Porte Dorée stop. For a visit to Château de Vincennes, take the 1 lines to the Château de Vincennes stop.

When to Get There

Though there's really no bad time to visit the 12th Arrondissement, expect more pleasant weather if you visit in spring, summer, or fall, since winter in Paris tends to be cold and dreary. Visit during the day if you want to explore the Château de Vincennes, and for Paris lights glistening along the water, take an after-dinner Seine stroll.

Exploring the Bois de Vincennes
Located at the eastern side of the 12th Arrondissement, the Bois de Vincennes is a sprawling green space perfect for taking a break from the energetic city. Gardeners especially appreciate the Parc Floral—with its 86 acres (35 hectares) of manicured gardens—while a stroll around the Park's Lake Daumesnil is another diversion. If you're excited about dining alfresco, bring a baguette and cheese for a romantic picnic at Promenade Maurice Boitel.
Address: Paris 75012, France
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Historical Paris Walking Tour to Vibrant Food Market

Historical Paris Walking Tour to Vibrant Food Market

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You are gonna live an amazing moment with a true Parisian woman ! As it has been 8 years that I am living in Paris I created a tour mixing some of our major architectural places and authentic living spaces. After this tour, you will know the real Paris, I can guarantee !
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.54
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$230.54
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Champagne & Luxury: VIP Day-Trip To The Champagne Region

Champagne & Luxury: VIP Day-Trip To The Champagne Region

Wine enthusiasts can uncover the best of France's famed Champagne region on this exclusive trip from Paris, complete with VIP travel, tastings, and a guide to lead the way. You're whisked from your Paris hotel through the French countryside, and stop in Reims to taste the area's outstanding varietals. Sip wines as you tour two Champagne houses, indulge in French cuisine with a 3-course meal, and enjoy hassle-free travel—all included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$3,206.00
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Paris Food Tour Small-Group Gourmet Experience with Lunch & Wine Tasting

Paris Food Tour Small-Group Gourmet Experience with Lunch & Wine Tasting

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Taste your way through Paris’ vibrant Bastille and St-Germain-des-Prés districts on this full-day gourmet walking tour. Eat like a true Parisian as you explore the vendor stalls of the Aligre Market, indulge your sweet tooth at the city’s best chocolatiers and sip French wines with a sommelier-led tasting. Rest your feet during lunch at a typical Parisian café and refresh with an afternoon tea-and-pastry break. Group size is limited to 8 for a personalized small-group experience. The tour includes lunch and all tastings.
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  • 7 hours
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