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Paris Tour Guide Recommendation?

While there are two "Rick Steves' recommended tour guides" on this website for other parts of France, I don't find any recommended in/for Paris. Any recommended tour-guides for Paris? Headed there 9/5. THANKS!

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I have used Paris Greeters 3 times and they are very good,goto the web site, they have a variety of Tours.
Mike

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What did you want to see with a guide?

There are several guides in the area who also work for Rick. Véro is one who used to do private tours. She has moved out of Paris so is an hour or so away and I'm not sure what she is currently doing as far as private tours. She is very active on her FB and Instagram pages where she does virtual tours as well.

https://frenchgirlinseattle.com/tour-with-vero/

Another one, Virginie More also has moved out of Paris and it doesn't look like she offers anything in Paris any more.

There are some other resources. Corey Frye, A French Frye in Paris does tours and from watching his walking tours he would be great to tour with.

I've also done walks with Paris Walks but not sure what their schedule is since the pandemic.

www.paris-walks.com

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We took two walking tours with Sight Seekers Delight. We did Jewish Paris and Montmartre.
Both tours were exceptional. We were fortunate to be in a small group of 4 for both tours. They’ve been in business for about 10 years and survived the Pandemic! I still receive their newsletter. They have a variety of tours that might be of interest. We have recommended their company over the years.
https://sightseekersdelight.com/

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Véro is no longer doing tours. I’ve done 4 Paris Greeter walks and have enjoyed them, but if there is something very specific you want to see a private tour would be best. I’ve watched Corey Frye tours online and I think he would make an excellent tour guide.

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Thanks Andrea...I wasn't sure. I love the online walks she does and she just seems like such a fun person!

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I did "Paris Walks" of Montmarte. I thought it was excellent. They have a website and they offer many tours. I believe it was 50Euro, but this was at least 4 years ago

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I recommend Iris Amice, a fully-certified private guide based in Paris. Fully certified means she finished French tour guide studies and passed the French government exams although she’s an American, in addition to the studies she did in the States. She sometimes does a tour for Paris Walks and created the original Chocolate Walk for them, which is where I met her. Iris was also featured on a Globe Trekker episode about Paris. I’ve run into her leading a family in the Louvre. She’s normally booked way ahead through travel agencies but now with C19 she might have time.
From the US: 011 33 631 56 85 53
Within France: 06 31 56 85 53
Email: [email protected]

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Paris Greeters are not tour guides per se.
It's a non-profit group of local residents who offer to show visitors their neighborhood or favorite parts of Paris.
It's free, but the group will ask for a donation when you register on line.
I've had 2 different experiences with them, and enjoyed them both very much.
I don't know if Covid is impacting what they do, but you can google them and find out.
Paris Walks is a company that offers set tours on a schedule -- you can be in a group of 5 or 25 or anything in between.
They are also very good with a nice variety of options.
Corey Frye is an American married to a French woman and living in Paris.
He has a passion for Paris with a special focus on architecture and history.
I've taken 4 tours with him and can also recommend him. His groups will be 4 to maybe 7 or 8 people.
You can check out his videos on Facebook -- A French Frye in Paris -- to get a sense of his personality and approach.

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Bonjour all,

Véro here (France with Véro) a France-based Rick Steves tour guide. I saw my name mentioned several times in this thread. Thank you for the kind comments! It's correct I don't offer Paris tours anymore. I moved out of the city in the spring. I am a virtual tour guide based in Tours, Loire Valley. If you are looking for a tour guide in Paris, please reach out to me at [email protected] -- I will put you in touch with a friend of mine, an experienced tour guide who's been working in Paris for almost a decade. Merci et à bientôt!

I can also recommend Paris Greeters after a walk with a guide in 2018. Back in 2007 my daughter and I did an electric bike tour with https://www.parischarmssecrets.com/homepage-an We were lucky there was only 1 other person in our group and the guide was excellent.

I've also done several Segway tours with Fat Tire. Fun because of the Segways but although the guides were always pleasant and enthusiastic they were always American college students who knew a lot less about Paris than I.

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I second Florent from HeyGo. Just did a Marais tour with him and he is great! He loves history and took us to some off the beaten track places.