We will be in Paris late september into oct and would like to know if anyone has taken an english speaking tour that they would recommend. We have been to Paris before but have not done a tour. We like history, architecture and food and any arrondisements. thanks
I've enjoyed the Paris Walks tours. I highly recommend the Chocolate Tour - interesting and yummy. You have to reserve in advance as the number is limited and usually full. For the others, just turn up at the meeting point. You can get their schedule online on their website.
We like the Paris Walks too. We have done several and they have all been interesting. I highly recommend the chocolate walk also.
I third Paris Walks. No chocolate for us, alas, but the Medieval Latin Quarter tour was very good.
Paris-Walks is fabulous indeed. Especially for history buffs. When I first went to Paris I took a through trips through www.paris-trip.com and they were also fantastic.
thanks to all for suggestion..I will look them up..and for me chocolate does great..marilynne
You might also look into the Paris Greeters program. A volunteer gives you a tour based on your preferences. There is no charge, but they accept donations to the program. We were given a 4 hour tour of the Marais. The guides can't accept tips, so we took ours out for a drink as a thank you.
Another vote for Paris Walks. They have their schedule online. I believe you have to reserve for the chocolate tour in advance, and it's a little more expensive than their regular tours. Most of them you just show up at the appointed place/time.
Iris Amice, who created the chocolate tour, and others, for Paris Walks does private tours as well. Here's what I wrote about her last August: If you want something tailored specifically for you, the woman who does the chocolate tour is a professional tour guide who can build a tour to fit your needs. She's an American who has passed the rigorous French government exams to be a licensed guide, testing her knowledge in all areas. Personally, I'm really impressed with her. Her name: Iris Grossman-Amice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Muguet Becharat was our guide for a Louvre tour a few years back. She's French but speaks impeccable English, is fully licensed, and utterly passionate about the Louvre and everything about Paris. She is also gracious and very well spoken, obviously well educated. She and her partner arrange custom tours. http://www.parissweetparis.com/Paris_Sweet_Paris/Your_Guides.html From their website: "Besides their love of art and architecture, they have developed a special interest for the French gastronomy and its history. Through PARIS SWEET PARIS tours, their ambition is to share this passion and their best gourmet addresses of the capital." (Just a suggestion based on a positive past experience, not a plug.)
The great thing about Paris Walks is that there are so many of them. You can easily fit one into your schedule. Even if you have no particular interest in, say, Hemingway, if that tour time works, go anyway. You won't just learn about Hemingway, but about the area he lived and worked in. (I took the chocolate tour, and another by Iris. She really is great.)
So great to get your ideas for tours in Paris..thanks everyone..am sending out emails for the ones suggested..We will be in Montmartre and then the Bastille area so might try and get something set up for those places..