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In depth tour of the Marais in Paris and guided tour of Drancy

Hi, we have been to Paris many times so are looking for information off the beaten path. Can anyone recommend a guide who can do an in-depth walking tour of the Marais?

What about a World War II walking tour of Paris?

A guide for Drancy? I read that the Shoah Museum offers tours to Drancy once month on Sunday but can't locate any further info.
Thanks for all the great advice. We are set. Thank you!

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If you’d consider a group tour, Paris Walks does a Marais tour and various tours with WWII themes.

I’ve taken at least a dozen of their tours over the years and the guides have generally been excellent.

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I did a fantastic food tour through Marais (and Montmartre on a separate trip which I highly recommend). It was with Secret Food Tours.

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Drancy was the site for rounding up first foreign Jews, then those holding French citizenship for the extermination camps in Poland.

One can see the sign "Drancy" as the TGV or ICE train slowly departs from Gare de l'Est going eastwards, ie to Metz or Forbach/Lorraine before crossing into Germany.

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We thoroughly enjoyed Sight Seekers Delight for a couple of tours. We did an excellent Jewish walking tour of Le Marais with owner Karen. Karen is knowledgeable, engaging and has a wonderful sense of humor. We also took another walking tour of Montmartre. An area with cobbled alleys, quaint cafes & hidden corners with the most unique atmosphere. It concentrated on the history of the artists who lived there. We stopped inside Basilica Sacré-Coeur and also enjoyed the magnificent view at the highest spot in Paris. They also offer a WWll tour that we would take on a return trip.

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I second the idea of Paris Walks. Their guides are excellent and as pointed out above they have a couple of tours that focus either on the Marais (always ensuring to include the Jewish history of the Marais) and one on the Occupation and the Resistance.

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Another vote for Paris Walks tours.
Such knowledgeable guides.

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When are you going?

Paris Walks is not back up to full strength based on the schedule on their website. It looks like this month they are offering a tour on Thursdays on the Right bank on Paris and the Occupation and Liberation. This one is so good that I did it twice pre-Covid. I did not care for the guide on the one that starts on the Left Bank (too hard to hear her) when I did it in 2019 but unknown which one of their usually awesome guides will be doing it now.

I also recommend the Liberation Museum in Paris- it’s free, closed on Monday. The Army Museum has a good WWII exhibit as well.

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Paris Greeters runs tours by volunteers who live in the neighborhood and who can customize to your preferences. They ask for a donation to their organization and maybe take your tour guide to coffee or lunch. Have to arrange in advance.