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Hotel de Ville Tours

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Hotel de Ville
An architecturally and politically important building, the Hôtel de Ville in Paris has housed various government bodies since the 14th century; it’s currently home to Paris’ mayor and city council. The landmark is famed for its decorative facade and well-appointed interiors, and it also hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The Basics
Hôtel de Ville—the Paris City Hall—dates to 1357. Initially housed in Maison aux Piliers, the landmark was rebuilt and expanded between 1533 and 1628. Considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, that building was burned to the ground by the Paris Commune government. Following a period of renovation that lasted from 1873 to 1892, its facade was reconstructed and its interiors redesigned.

Today, the monument is home to some of the city’s most important government offices, including Paris city council and the mayor of Paris. It can be seen on hop-on hop-off bus tours, as well as on bike and walking tours. Given its location on the Seine, Hôtel de Ville can also be admired on river cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Individual visits to the monument are currently suspended, though tour groups can file an application, preferably two months in advance.
  • The building is outfitted with elevators, disabled bathrooms, and other features that make it accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
  • Though much of the landmark is closed to individual visitors, Hôtel de Ville opens its doors during European Heritage Days, held each September.

How to Get There
Located in the Fourth Arrondissement, the Hôtel de Ville Métro station—served by lines 1 and 11—is just steps away from the monument, while the Châtelet – Les Halles station (served by lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14, as well as the RER A, B, and D), is less than a 10-minute walk away. Alternatively, take bus lines 38, 47, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 85, or 96. 

When to Get There
The Hôtel de Ville is currently best seen from the outside, as only planned group tours can enter. The interior is open to these groups every day except Sundays and bank holidays. It often hosts free Paris–themed temporary exhibitions and comes alive during the festive season with its annual outdoor Christmas market.

The Hôtel de Ville’s Interior
Although the landmark is only open to planned group tours, the interior is worth seeing as it’s filled with elegant murals painted by prominent 19th-century artists. The landmark is also famed for its extravagant function room, designed to resemble Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors.
Address: 5 Rue de Lobau, Paris 75004, France
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Seine River Bistro-Style Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise on board Paris en Scene

Seine River Bistro-Style Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise on board Paris en Scene

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Make the most of your time in Paris with a combination of a cruise on the Seine and a 3-course dinner. This 75-minute dinner cruise allows you to see the main attractions of the City of Lights while you enjoy a casual meal. Relax into a comfortable armchair facing one of the boat's windows, the better to take in the view, and watch sights like the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and Eiffel Tower drift by. Upgrade the experience to include wine or Champagne with dinner.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Seine River Sightseeing Cruise & Paris Illuminations Tour

Seine River Sightseeing Cruise & Paris Illuminations Tour

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Paris is fabulous any time of day, but to truly experience the City of Lights, you need to explore after dark. During this evening Paris and river tour, see illuminated attractions by both land and water, including the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Cruise along the Seine to admire top sights like the Eiffel Tower, and tour the city by either coach or minivan to see the city twinkling in the night.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vedettes de Paris Seine River Cruise Direct Access E-Ticket

Vedettes de Paris Seine River Cruise Direct Access E-Ticket

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Glide by the famous sights of Paris on a relaxing sightseeing cruise down the Seine River. See treasured riverside monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral from aboard a comfortable riverboat. Learn about the history of passing attractions through audio commentary, and upgrade to include your choice of French-inspired aperitifs and snacks.
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  • 1 hour
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The Original Marais District Food Walking Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings

The Original Marais District Food Walking Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings

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Get to know the Parisian neighborhood of Le Marais on a food walking tour with a guide who introduces you to local food vendors and artisans. You'll see sights like Hôtel de Ville and visit the oldest covered market in Paris, Marche des Enfants Rouges, as you learn about and taste the fine products found in this historical yet trendy district.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

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See Paris like a local as you pedal around its vibrant neighborhoods, lively markets and hidden sights on this small-group bike tour. Explore the famous Latin Quarter, the Jewish communities of Le Marais and the historic Place de la Bastille, as well as enjoying views of iconic landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral. With plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

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See the highlights of Paris and its lively bohemian quarter, Montmartre, with this morning or afternoon tour, including Île de la Cité. Enjoy a minivan tour of major Parisian monuments like the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, followed by free time in Montmartre. The tour includes pickup and drop-off at your central hotel; the small group size of no more than eight people ensures personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

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Dive into the gastronomic wonders of Paris on this tasting tour of the Marais. Explore the gay-friendly, eclectic district full of medieval architecture and Jewish-influenced eateries, and hear engaging historical commentary along the way. Crunch into a delicious baguette, try a macaron made by an esteemed pastry chef, and sample French liqueurs. Pass by top attractions including the Hôtel de Ville, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges, and la Place de la Bastille. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$111.67
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6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

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Marvel over medieval monuments and modern masterpieces on this private 6-hour of Paris. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around the Latin Quarter; admire icons like Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre; and pose for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower. Your itinerary is yours to customize as you please, so you could enjoy window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées, admire the grand architecture of Place de la Concorde or get off-the-beaten-track and seek out little-known sights.
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  • 6 hours
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Paris City Highlights Private Half Day Tour including Montmartre District

Paris City Highlights Private Half Day Tour including Montmartre District

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Experience Paris with a knowledgeable private guide on this half-day sightseeing tour by private minivan. You’ll see the city’s major landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées to Notre-Dame and the Louvre. Make several photo stops, and visit Montmartre, Paris’ legendary bohemian quarter where you have time to walk around and see its hilltop Basilique du Sacré Coeur. When booking, select a morning or afternoon tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$237.40
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Paris Highlights Immersive Coach Tour with Histopad

Paris Highlights Immersive Coach Tour with Histopad

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Short on time in Paris? This express city tour by comfortable coach introduces you to Paris’ world-famous attractions in just a few hours. Choose from several departure times throughout the day, and enjoy a convenient way to see major sights like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Pont Neuf, Place de la Concorde and more.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse/River Palace

Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse/River Palace

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Take a leisurely midday break in Paris without missing out on sightseeing with a 1.5-hour brunch cruise on the Seine River. Board your boat in Paris' city center and float down the Seine, admiring top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a brunch of both cold and hot dishes, including sweet and savory treats, and for a more luxurious meal you can even upgrade to add a half-bottle of Champagne per couple.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Le Marais District & Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Experience the oldest part of Paris with this guided walking tour of Le Marais. Along with a guide and a small group, you'll explore this historic district, passing through old parks and courtyards as your guide regales you with historic tales. You'll also get to spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter, full of kosher shops and restaurants and home to a large Parisian Jewish population to this day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Darkest Secrets of Paris

The Darkest Secrets of Paris

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Let's experience Paris’s dark side on a spine-chilling night walk! Paris is not only the city of love, but also a real haunted city. Many historical murders, crimes and fantastic legends have written the story of the city. We will spend two hours together during which we will discover the dark secrets of Notre Dame district, the french version of "Romeo & Juliette" tragic couple, the most famous ghosts of the city, and the captivating horror stories about the historical buildings. You will hear about supernatural places and creepy legends from the ghosts to the mysterious 'Vampire of Montparnasse'. We will visit the strangest murder spots and, if we are lucky enough, we will see a real ghost! ;) Just kidding. If you like creepy stories and legends, this is a must do experience!
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  • 2 hours
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15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

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First-time Paris visitors certainly have a long list of sights to see, and chances are, most of them are on the itinerary of this Paris sightseeing tour. Join your guide for a fun walk through the city, where you can see the top landmarks in just a few hours. Highlights include views of the Arc de Triomphe, Pont Neuf bridge, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower, complete with your guide's commentary as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.70
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Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

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 See Paris in a fun way and get some exercise in the process with this small-group bike tour. Two guides will show you all around some of the oldest parts of Paris, from the Ile Saint Louis to the medieval Marais and up to the Bastille, both on the Right Bank. You'll then cross the Seine to the Left Bank to visit famous areas such as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Latin Quarter.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.64
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City of Lights after dark

City of Lights after dark

Paris is known as the City of Lights, but it has a dark side as well. On this walking tour, discover the lesser-known stories of the city’s past, like the serial killers who called the city home. Visit the Hotel de Ville (where public executions used to take place), the former site of the city’s oldest cemetery, and other not-so-celebrated locations. Your guide shares onerous factoids and stories throughout the journey.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.64
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Paris World War 2 The German Occupation 1940-1944 Walking Tours

Paris World War 2 The German Occupation 1940-1944 Walking Tours

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If you want to come away with the most in depth, varied knowledge of this period possible in the time available then this tour is for you. This tour has been put it together to give you as much of the story as possible in a short space of time, from the lives of the average French person and how they coped, to the Jewish person living in constant fear to the German soldiers living the high life. From Collaboration, to resistance, to Liberation. This is the most in depth tour on this subject you could do in the few hours of your time it will take. Led by a passionate experienced guide who has lived in this city and studied the fascinating history of this period for over 15 years. Learn why for the French this period is often referred to as 'les annees noir' or the dark years yet we also tell stories of amazing bravery and fearlessness as as ordinary people risked their own lives to fight back and save those of others!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.67
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The Beauty of Paris by Bike Private Tour with a Local

The Beauty of Paris by Bike Private Tour with a Local

What could be more thrilling than flying through the streets of Paris on two wheels? Experience the child-like joy that only comes from biking as you whiz around from Le Marais to Centre Pompidou. Cycling is the locals’ favorite way to get around. So hop on, blend in, and discover Paris. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can see when you explore by bike. Paris is a city of contrasts. With narrow streets, trendy neighborhoods, and must-see historical landmarks. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the unmissable Champs-Elysées and the Louvre, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to Paris that only the locals see. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. Paris has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you are into its historic architecture or alternative districts, there is a local to suit you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.78
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Private Complete Paris Highlights & Must-Sees Tour with a local

Private Complete Paris Highlights & Must-Sees Tour with a local

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If you’re wondering how to see the best of Paris in just one day, this tour is what you need. Go to the must-sees of the city and cover more ground on this extended experience. See the essentials and learn what makes Paris such a fascinating place, from art to hidden gems, galleries, and landmarks. Get to know Paris and its main spots on a private tour that will give you a more in-depth insight of the city. Take time to smell the roses in Paris’ charming flower and bird market. Also, marvel at the sheer beauty of the Notre Dame, a renowned example of Medieval Gothic architecture, towering above the Seine. And how about the hidden gems? Of course, they are included! Climb to a chic rooftop bar to take in unobstructed, breathtaking rooftop views of the Eiffel tower. Stop and admire the beauty of Bridge Alexandre III and Grand and Petit Palais, before arriving at the Musée d’Orsay where you can find some of the finest impressionist works in existence.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$137.41
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Run the Lights

Run the Lights

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Paris reveals itself in all its splendor at night! In this experience, we’re going to jog along a 6km/10 km (3m/6 m) route passing by illuminated streets, bridges and monuments that make Paris deserve the title of City of Lights. The starting point of the tour will be Saint-Michel square, in the very heart of Paris. From there, your running guide will lead you on a round tour, at your own pace, past some shiny landmarks of Paris, such as Paris City Hall, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Concorde square, the Champs-Elysées avenue, the Eiffel tower, and much more! Some quick pauses are planned for pictures and refreshments along the way. Your running tour host will carry your belongings (small items only) inside his/her backpack and will have water and snacks ready for you whenever you feel like it. All you have to do is to put on appropriate running gear and to lace up your trainers!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.77
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$53.77
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Marais District Small-Group Walking Tour in Paris

Marais District Small-Group Walking Tour in Paris

Explore the Marais district of Paris, known for its architecture, stylish shops, cafes, and restaurants. With a guide, you'll take a walking tour around the neighborhood, listening to historical anecdotes and facts as you pass by attractions such as Place des Vosges, Hôtel de Ville, and Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis and see the Jewish quarter. During the tour, enjoy a stop at a cafe to relax like a Parisian.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.50
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Fall in love with Paris in 3 hours

Fall in love with Paris in 3 hours

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This tour is not about the usual tourist places - it is about the real Paris. To understand this city, it is not enough to visit the main attractions: you need to get off the familiar Google Maps direction. You will discover the chic passages and galleries, the luxurious Palais Royal and the old streets of Marais. You will live a real French life in the Montorgueil area and find the oldest market in Paris. During the walk you will see the Palais Royal, a magnificent palace of Duke of Richelieu. You will walk around the oldest district in Paris and find out the legend of the mysterious Knights Templar. We will visit the church of Saint-Eustache, where Moliere and Madame de Pompadour were baptized and admire the biggest organ in France. Discover Paris as a real Parisian and fall in love with this beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.69
Price varies by group size
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$71.69
Price varies by group size
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See 30+ Top Sights Paris Tour, Fun Guide + Wine Tasting Experience

See 30+ Top Sights Paris Tour, Fun Guide + Wine Tasting Experience

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.97
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$141.97

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