If its your first trip to Paris, its a good idea to spend your first evening getting oriented to ensure the rest of your adventure goes off without a hitch. Theres no better way to do that than on this welcome stroll and city panorama. A local guide will introduce you to some of the most popular attractions while showing you how to navigate the city and giving you recommendations for later.
Your tour starts high up on the roof of Centre Pompidou for wonderful views of central Paris. Your guide will point out such iconic places as Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral and show you the places youll be visiting next.
Down at street level, head into the winding streets of the Marais and the old Jewish neighborhood, listening to stories of some of the ethnic groups that have shaped the city over the centuries. This is a favorite area among Parisians for its chic boutiques, trendy bars, and great restaurants, many of which your guide will point out. See such beautiful spots as Place des Vosges, Pariss oldest and most beautiful square, where Victor Hugo once lived and wrote stories like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misrables. Discover one of the citys htels particulier at Htel de Sully, and explore the secret Village Saint Paul.
Next, dig deeper into Paris history on the Ile de la Cit and Ile de St. Louis, two of the oldest quarters in the city. Here youll learn about the origins of Paris and how it evolved from a humble Roman settlement into the most powerful and progressive city in Europe. Youll also stop by classic attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette was held and sentenced to death.
Crossing the Seine to the Left Bank, your guide leads you through the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain des Prs, two of Paris legendary neighborhoods. As you explore the old haunts of writers and libertines, youll also learn the best places to eat and drink, including a local bakery that serves you some fresh French macarons.
Your tour ends after three hours but the information you receive, both historical and practical, will stay with you for a lifetime. From restaurant recommendations to how to use the Metro, your guide makes sure that you are ready to maximize the rest of your stay in the City of Light.