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Palais du Luxembourg
A highlight of the sixth arrondissement, the Palais du Luxembourg was built as a residence for former Queen of France Marie de’ Medici in 1625. Though the palace has lost none of its luster in the ensuing centuries, its purpose has changed: the once-regal address now houses the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.

The Basics
The Palais du Luxembourg has taken on numerous guises throughout its history. Originally created as a royal palace, it served as a prison during the French Revolution, housed senators appointed by Napoleon, and was occupied during World War II. Today, it houses the French Senate; as a result, you’ll often hear the building referred as “the Sénat.” Built in the Italianate style, and inspired by Florence’s Pitti Palace, the Palais du Luxembourg is also flanked by the Jardin du Luxembourg, a manicured public park that’s among the most popular in the city.

Generally, visiting hours are limited to days when the Senate is not in session (typically Mondays and Fridays) and group tours must receive advanced approval to visit. Otherwise, walking tours through the Jardin du Luxembourg are an excellent way to get acquainted with the site and admire the palace’s impressive exterior.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • For organized group tours of the palace, the Senate recommends requesting a reservation roughly three months in advance.
  • The Senate’s debates, typically held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, are open to the public, but visitors must obtain an invitation from a senator.
  • The Jardin du Luxembourg, modeled on Florence’s Boboli Gardens, contains numerous fountains, statues, greenhouses, and other attractions.

How to Get There
Take Métro lines 4 or 10 to the Odéon, Mabillon, or Saint-Sulpice stations, which are all located just a short stroll away. The RER B additionally stops at the Luxembourg station. Alternatively, buses 58, 84, 89, and 96 stop nearby. The site can also be accessed on foot, by Velib’, or by car.

When to Get There
During the third weekend of September, the Senate opens its doors to visitors during European Heritage Days. Otherwise, while the Palais du Luxembourg can be tricky for visitors to access, the Jardin du Luxembourg appeals to flâneurs year round. 

The Musée du Luxembourg
Located just steps from the Palais du Luxembourg, the eponymous museum is also a worthy stop. Originally located within the palace walls, it moved to its current location (in the palace’s orangery) in the 19th century. Today, it hosts a changing roster of temporary exhibitions.
Address: 15 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 75291, France
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The 10 Tastings of Paris With Locals: Saint Germain Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Paris With Locals: Saint Germain Private Food Tour

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Eat your way through Paris and taste the best of Saint Germain on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Tapenade and Macarons. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of the Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 3 hours
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Paris Private Tour in a classic French Peugeot 404

Paris Private Tour in a classic French Peugeot 404

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Discover Paris in a 1963 classic Peugeot 404, a vintage French car from the '60s. A unique way to explore the city with a local private guide. Cruise in style past famous attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Boulevard Saint-Germain, Opéra Garnier, and the Musée d’Orsay while a private driver and guide shares local history and legends. When booking, you can select from a 1 to 3 hours duration tour.
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Paris Sights and Bites

Paris Sights and Bites

Awaken all your senses while you eat your way around the most charming and sophisticated neighbourhood of Paris. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is considered as the soul of the City of Lights. It is home to the very best chocolatiers in the world and has a stunning mix of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. We will lead you to some of the most respected and passionate artisans to taste at least 7 delicious sweet and savoury bites. You will discover an award-winning food market, meet an "un-brie-leavable" cheesemonger and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, find out about its secrets and this tour woudn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite drink: Un verre de vin :) - glass of wine Meet the people behind the food!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Paris Sights and Bites

Private Tour: Paris Sights and Bites

In a Private group, Awaken all your senses while you eat your way around the most charming and sophisticated neighbourhood of Paris. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is considered as the soul of the City of Lights. It is home to the very best chocolatiers in the world and has a stunning mix of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. We will lead you to some of the most respected and passionate artisans to taste at least 7 delicious sweet and savoury bites. You will discover an award-winning food market, meet an "un-brie-leavable" cheesemonger and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, find out about its secrets and this tour woudn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite drink: Un verre de vin :) - glass of wine Meet the people behind the food!
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Paris Sweet Stops

Paris Sweet Stops

This is the capital of Mr. Eclair and Madame Macaron! So, no trip to Paris would be complete without a copious amount of dessert and a fun, delicious sugar rush while discovering the charming neighbourhood of St Germain des Prés which is known to house some of the best Chocolatiers in the world with the daily fresh aroma of pastries, luxury chocolates and other deliciously prepared foods by artisans and chefs filling the air. Our local fun and friendly guide will lead you to a stunning neighbourhood full of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. 8 to 10 Stops Chocolate and pastries Tasting Crisp and buttery fresh croissants from an award winner boulanger A Chocolat Chaud à l'ancienne (hot chocolate) to die for. Some of Frances finest chocolates
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Paris Sweet Spots

Private Tour: Paris Sweet Spots

In a Private group you will eat your way around St Germain des Prés. This is the capital of Mr. Eclair and Madame Macaron! So, no trip to Paris would be complete without a copious amount of dessert and a fun, delicious sugar rush while discovering the charming neighbourhood of St Germain des Prés which is known to house some of the best Chocolatiers in the world with the daily fresh aroma of pastries, luxury chocolates and other deliciously prepared foods by artisans and chefs filling the air. Our local fun and friendly guide will lead you to a stunning neighbourhood full of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. 8 Stops Chocolate and pastries Tasting Crisp and buttery fresh croissants from an award winner boulanger A Chocolat Chaud à l'ancienne (hot chocolate) to die for. Some of Frances finest chocolates
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  • 3 hours
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