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Sorbonne Tours

Sorbonne
Built in 1653 by Cardinal de Richelieu, the impressive La Sorbonne building in Paris’ Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin) houses classrooms for several universities, including the University of Paris. In addition to a historic library, the Sorbonne campus—the intellectual heart of the student-filled district—features a chapel and an airy courtyard.

The Basics
Tours of the original Sorbonne building and grounds are by appointment only, bookable through the University of Paris. They are offered in French only, so the university recommends that visitors who speak foreign languages hire an interpreter.

Daytime Latin Quarter walking tours typically include a walk past the Sorbonne and library buildings, as well as the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris), and the Panthéon; evening tours showcase these landmarks illuminated under the night sky. Themed neighborhood tours range from photography walks to medieval tours for history buffs. Small-group tours are an intimate way to experience the area, while private tours allow you to customize the day’s itinerary according to your interests.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • La Sorbonne is ideal for academics, and history and architecture buffs.
  • La Sorbonne is often mistaken for a single prestigious university, but the Sorbonne buildings house classrooms for at least seven different schools.
  • Round out your trip to the Sorbonne with a stop at iconic Notre Dame and a picnic lunch in the Luxembourg Gardens.
  • Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne offers French-language courses on the Sorbonne campus that are popular for extended-stay visitors in Paris.

How to Get There
Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris (the 5th and 6th arrondissements on the left bank of the Seine), La Sorbonne is easily accessible on foot or public transit. The nearest stops are Cluny on buses 63 and 87, and Cluny–La Sorbonne on the metro’s line 10.

When to Get There
While there is no bad time to see the Sorbonne, fall and spring offer a glimpse into the bustling university atmosphere as well as the opportunity to people-watch from the neighborhood’s many cafés.

Famous Alumni
The University of Paris, housed in the Sorbonne building and others throughout the Latin Quarter, was attended by a handful of influential thinkers, writers, and Parisians. As you stroll through the streets, you’re walking in the footsteps of famed alumni such as theologian Thomas Aquinas, philosophers Roland Barthes and Simone de Beauvoir, painter Edgar Degas, scientists Pierre and Irène Curie, and author and activist Elie Wiesel.
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Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective on Paris with a private walking tour of your favorite neighborhood. Learn local history, discover tucked-away treasures, and get the scoop on the best places to eat, shop, and explore. Take your pick of diverse neighborhoods including Montmartre, Eiffel Tower/Champs-Elysées, St-Germain-des-Prés, Marais/Bastille, Opéra/Louvre, Montparnasse, or Panthéon/Latin Quarter. Enjoy the full attention of a private guide, who customizes your tour based on your interests and preferred pace.
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  • 2 hours
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$132.82
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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Known as the famous Left Bank gathering place of artists and intellectuals, Paris’ Latin Quarter buzzes with the rich legacy of luminaries like Hemingway, Descartes, and Dalí. Explore its bohemian past and hidden corners on a private, 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Trace the area’s history beginning with medieval times, and stroll past highlights like the Sorbonne, Pantheon, Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, and shooting locations from Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$86.90
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$86.90
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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Visit the Ile de la Cité and the Latin Quarter with a local guide on a 2.5-hour, small-group walking tour that explores one of Paris’ oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods. Trace Parisian history from ancient Roman ruins to the romance of the ‘Lost Generation,’ while following cobblestone streets past some of the city’s key landmarks.
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$86.90
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Bohemian Paris: Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Bohemian Paris: Latin Quarter Walking Tour

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Discover the heart of bohemian Paris on a walking tour of the Latin Quarter—one of the oldest parts of the city and a historic hotbed of intellectual and artistic inspiration. See the homes and former haunts of artists who were inspired by the area’s Left Bank romance, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Salvador Dalí. During the relaxed stroll, you'll see highlights including the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, and Sorbonne University while a guide shares tales from the long and luminous history of this classic Paris neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours
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$19.33
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$19.33
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The Heart of Paris: Sainte Chapelle & Surroundings Private Tour

The Heart of Paris: Sainte Chapelle & Surroundings Private Tour

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From Paris’s City Island to its neighbour, the Latin Quarter, discover the heart of Paris with a local insider. Explore the fabulous Luxembourg Gardens, beautiful churches, and the city’s most famous university. Follow your local host through the Latin Quarter and see how the hidden gems unfold before your eyes. Admire Saint-Sulpice and hear about the stories behind the second largest church in Paris.Did you know this landmark was featured in a famous film? Find out which one and more. Visit Notre Dame, which is still standing strong after the fire and take in this amazing example of gothic architecture as you hear about its stories and mysteries. Explore the Luxembourg Palace and gardens, a former royal residence. Head over to the Sorbonne University, where some of Paris's brightest minds get their education. Then enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Seine and inhale the aromas of a local flower market and end the tour with tons of information and tips for your future stay in Paris.
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  • 3 hours
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$92.67
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Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local

Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local

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Make your way through the Latin Quarter and see how the hidden gems unfold before your eyes. Admire Saint-Sulpice and hear about the stories behind this second largest church in Paris! Did you know this landmark was featured in a famous film? Find out which one, thanks to your local host. Follow your local host through the Luxembourg Palace and gardens. This former royal residence is now home to gorgeous greenery and statues. Spot the different architecture interwind in the Pantheon and learn all about its historical significance. The road of glory will lead you to the Sorbonne University, where some of Paris' brightest minds get their education. Dig more in-depth in the past and learn all about Lutecia, the Paris of the Romans, at the Roman Baths. Finally, end with a jewel: Notre Dame! This fabulous example of Gothic architecture survived a fire and still stands strong to tell its stories and mysteries.
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$51.09
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Withlocals Hip Side of Paris Safe & PRIVATE Tour with a Local Expert

Withlocals Hip Side of Paris Safe & PRIVATE Tour with a Local Expert

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This walking tour of Paris takes you to some of the city’s trendy neighborhoods and offers a good mix of sightseeing and soaking up the local vibe. With your guide, visit landmarks such as Notre Dame, Pont Marie Bridge, Sorbonne University, and Hotel de Sens. Stroll cobblestone streets, peek into one of the most picturesque bookstores in Paris, discover a concept store popular with locals, and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.64
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Medieval Paris Private Tour

Medieval Paris Private Tour

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Discover a side of Paris that existed before the modern-day glitz and romance on a private walking tour of the city’s medieval remnants. See well-preserved monuments that date back as far as 800 years, including the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Fountain of the Innocents, the Sorbonne, and Hotel de Cluny, a former 14th-century abbey. A private art historian guide leads you through the city to unlock its medieval mysteries. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 10 people.
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  • 2 hours
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$241.49
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Bonjour Paris! Your Fun Family Intro Private Tour

Bonjour Paris! Your Fun Family Intro Private Tour

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Orient your family to Paris on a private 2-hour kid-friendly tour. See some of the city’s top landmarks, including Notre-Dame de Paris, as well as locals-only hotspots. Fun games along the way are guaranteed to hold your child’s attention and help grow their love of travel and history. Leave with a long list of suggestions for activities, museums, and restaurants in Paris that both kids and adults will love.
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  • 2 hours
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$45.15
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Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter

Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter

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Discover the Gothic architecture, medieval artifacts and centuries of heritage on this art history walking tour of Paris. After a traditional Parisian snack of coffee and croissants by the Seine River, explore the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide. Visit the Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité and admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows in the nave. Finish your tour at the Conciergerie, once part of the Palais de la Cité. Your tour size is limited to eight to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$284.95
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CHARMING PARIS: Half day guided visit and photo reportage

CHARMING PARIS: Half day guided visit and photo reportage

There is a hidden world in Paris, full of little beautiful corners, colourful streets, small gardens and warm passages. In this CHARMING PARIS PHOTO SHOOT and GUIDED VISIT discover picturesque Paris, bring home professional photos and uncover Paris secrets with a local. Also, ask for advice to do your own photography. The perfect set of services only talented, cultivated and local photographers can approach. In this photo tour you will visit: Luxembourg garden Sorbonne area Quartier latin Notre Dame Ile de la cité Ile Saint Louis Le Marais You will get amazing professional photos in local photographers' best picks for unusual and charming locations and learn how Paris used to be and discover out of the path places. This tour was created by an Architect, and M.SC. in Theory of the Arts, and has been validated through the eye of our local photographers.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$256.29
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Latin District 2-Hour Private Tour: from the Middle Ages to Midnight in Paris

Latin District 2-Hour Private Tour: from the Middle Ages to Midnight in Paris

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Delve into the Latin Quarter, and discover centuries of French history on this private 2-hour walking tour in Paris. Follow a private guide through the Latin Quarter and take in top attractions including the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, once favored by writers such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Joyce and Millen. Discover an ancient Merovingian cemetery, hear the tale of St Julian the Poor and learn the origins of Paris’ scholastic heritage. Pass the Cluny Museum on route to the Sorbonne and the Pantheon, then finish in bustling Place Saint Michel.
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  • 2 hours
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$56.35
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Belle Époque private tour in Saint Germain

Belle Époque private tour in Saint Germain

In this tour, you will learn about different things from terrifying crimes, famous lovers, important figures of the Enlightenment and the ''Lost Generation" as well as East European diaspora. You will enjoy the view of the different types of architecture, from medieval to Haussmann and 'Belle Époque' ! You will find out about Saint Sulpice*, occult Gnomon, Dan Brown Da Vinci Code and the Priory of Sion. You will indulge yourself in the 'Belle Époque' atmosphere of literary cafes, seeing three famous cafes, the oldest coffee houses in Paris, celebrated for their famous clientele, places where once writers and philosophers gathered. You will admire the famous Sorbonne University*, Roman Baths* and astonish Gothic churches*. The tour end in the aria packed with restaurants for you to enjoy. Please note: *(from outside)
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  • 3 hours
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$283.35
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$283.35
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On the path of a lost river. Latin Quarter private tour.

On the path of a lost river. Latin Quarter private tour.

You will discover the Landmarks of Latin Quarter, learn about Paris from Roman times, enjoy a colourful street market with restaurants & shops with French cheese, find out where the brand intellectuals lived, where the steps from Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' are, following the natural waterway in the heart of Paris (a river who existed until the beginning of the 20th century). The American author Hemmingway, lived in the area just steps from the market street (rue Mouffetard). I will show you Gothic and Romanesque churches, secret streets, places connected with Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Priory of Sion, Roman roads, Roman ruins and a torture chamber, right downtown ! We will stroll the cutest part of Latin Quarter following the lost river Bièvre, that still flows under the street of Paris !
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$238.27
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Quartier Latin Stroll - 3h Private Tour

Quartier Latin Stroll - 3h Private Tour

Discover the oldest of Paris' neighbourhoods and it's transition in time In this tour we will see the main attractions of the Latin Quartier. While walking through this throbbing neighbourhood you'll be right where the Romans settled 2000 years ago, there are still some ruins standing! In this part of town you'll find parks, old middle-age streets, the Paris' most famous University, charming boutiques and stores, as well as one of Paris greatest monuments: the Pantheon.
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  • 3 hours
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$391.20
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$391.20
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Walking tour with private guide Latin quarter + free pastry 2H

Walking tour with private guide Latin quarter + free pastry 2H

History will no longer hold any secrets for you after this walking tour with Parisitour. In a small group and in the company of our tour guides and real experts from the city of Paris, the conditions are ideal for learning the secrets, anecdotes and surprise of the capital. With a history of over 2,000 years, Paris has lived and survived time. The capital of the most visited country in the world awaits you for a walk, with a glance at this city that is so dreaming.
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  • 2 hours
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$112.27
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$112.27
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Walking tour with private guide Latin quarter + free pastry 1h

Walking tour with private guide Latin quarter + free pastry 1h

History will no longer hold any secrets for you after this walking tour with Parisitour. In a small group and in the company of our tour guides and real experts from the city of Paris, the conditions are ideal for learning the secrets, anecdotes and surprise of the capital. With a history of over 2,000 years, Paris has lived and survived time. The capital of the most visited country in the world awaits you for a walk, with a glance at this city that is so dreaming.
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  • 1 hour
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$59.40
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$59.40
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Private Paris Night Tour - with Magic City Lights and Local Vibes

Private Paris Night Tour - with Magic City Lights and Local Vibes

Gain an insider’s perspective of Paris by night on a private tour, led by a local. Be immersed in the city’s after-dark ambience as you explore on foot, and gain insight into the city’s history and culture as you stroll by landmarks including the Luxor Obelisk and Pont Alexandre III. Pause regularly to capture moonlit snaps and receive personalized recommendations for the rest of your stay from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.00
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$121.00
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Spend a Day Like A Parisian: Customized Walking Tour

Spend a Day Like A Parisian: Customized Walking Tour

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Find out what it's like to be a Parisian on this private tour with a guide who introduces you to hip districts and discover places where locals hang out. Starting in the Latin Quarter, walk across the Seine to the Canal St. Martin and Village Saint Paul neighborhoods, and checkout vintage shopping, a bakery, a trendy home store, and more.
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  • 3 hours
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$72.47
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$72.47
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Discover the Latin quarter

Discover the Latin quarter

You will discover the classical Paris in an involving, informative and easy-going way with Guillaume.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$148.51
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$148.51
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Kid-Friendly Private Medieval Paris Tour with Latin Quarter and Panthéon

Kid-Friendly Private Medieval Paris Tour with Latin Quarter and Panthéon

This two-hour walking tour will lead you into the heart of one of the most historically important and vibrant districts in Paris, the Latin Quarter. Furthermore, you will also be able to see the inside of the fabulous Saint Etienne Church as well as the Panthéon. You will be accompanied by a highly-qualified kid-friendly guide and the whole family is sure to have a wonderful time as you explore the delights of Parisian history.
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  • 2 hours
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$238.80
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$238.80
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Latin Quarter: Immersive podcast walk to discover La Sorbonne and the Pantheon

Latin Quarter: Immersive podcast walk to discover La Sorbonne and the Pantheon

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of the 5th arrondissement of Paris! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with local experts to give you a unique and engaging experience of this charming neighbourhood! Join us on an exploration of the 5th - our favorite arrondissement - to get a more intimate peek into a regular day in the lives of Parisians. The walk will take you through a popular market street in Paris. You’ll get the chance to experience authentic cuisines, and walk along the streets of the Latin Quarter as you learn about the area’s history, architecture, and its cultural and literary influences.
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  • 45 minutes
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$6.51
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The Latin Quarter: Parisian Thinkers (Private Tour)

The Latin Quarter: Parisian Thinkers (Private Tour)

The Latin Quarter is one of Paris' most quirky and interesting neighbourhoods. It is an ambient juxtaposition of medieval backstreets, churches and grand Haussmman-style boulevards, which were built in the 19th century as part of Paris’ modernisation, the area takes its name from medieval times when the majority of local residents were clergy or students who spoke Latin. Your tour guide will direct you through the neighbourhood’s best cultural haunts: experience the wonders of medieval backstreets unchanged since their post-war beginnings, and see the narrowest street in Paris. Visit the city’s oldest church in St Julien le Pauvre and see one of the most famous academic institutions - La Sorbonne. Next stop off at the Panthéon, a mausoleum where many distinguished French figures such as Voltaire, Braille, and Rousseau were laid to rest. Then wander through the grounds of the stunning Luxembourg Gardens and Palace, the perfect place to feel like a true Parisian.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.59
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$233.59
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