Paris will always be proud, strong and probably the most beautiful city there is.
I just passed the 600-tours mark last summer. Most 5 star reviews!
I'm a middle-school teacher with some time on my hands to guide tourists in Paris. Walking around the city and learning about its history is a hobby of mine. Sharing it with foreign visitors is always fun!
If you don't want to be rushed like cattle, please don't choose the boring hop-on hop-off busses. Paris deserves so much better ! My tours are neither a history nor an art class. They are aimed at making you fall in love with this amazing city. A pleasant discovery through all senses.
Whether you want to see the most famous monuments, the quaint neighborhoods, the historic downtown or go off the beaten track, I have the perfect itinerary for you, but you are always in control of the tour.
Paris is best seen on foot or bike (rental). If walking for three hours is a bit too much for you, we can always ride the metro or take a city bus to reach remote places, but I am not a big fan of driving a car here: there's too much traffic in the city to enjoy your time this way and it's now impossible to park anywhere.
I often custom-make my tours, so don't hesitate to ask! You're the boss. I can adjust tour duration, starting point, stops, anything you want. I always come and meet you at your hotel or AirBnb. You'll have zero stress!
Unusual requests have been frequent over the years: I can handle them ! You name it: organizing a surprise marriage proposal at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, stopping for cheese and wine at the tip of StLouis Island like Parisians do, or even trying all caramel macarons in town to decide which is best. . . Been there, done that!
I have been guiding small groups or individuals for 6 years now, it's become a real passion. I look forward to it each time. I have so many anecdotes and fun stories to tell you about my city. My tours are never boring, just read my reviews !
I have decided NOT to change my tour prices in USD this year. You shouldn't pay more because of bad exchange rate. I lose 20% but keep happy customers. So my tours are still the same price as in 2017 for American tourists coming to Paris.
SAFETY : There are some fake taxis at the airport. Only use taxis with a taxi sign on the rooftop and meter, or Uber. Pickpockets are around tourists of course, but simple measures can prevent these problems, like not putting wallets in your jeans' back pockets. Do not stop to sign petitions or hold babies. . . Gypsies are very inventive to distract your attention. This being said, we don't have guns. . . so no violent crime.
ABOUT THE LOUVRE : I cannot comment on the art. I am not a licensed guide for museums. If you want a detailed tour of Louvre, please hire a licensed guide on this website.
ABOUT THE PARIS PASS : There are two confusing passes: The "Museum Pass" gives unlimited access to national monuments and museums (but not always skip-the-line) for 2 to 5 consecutive days. Only interesting if you visit more than 2 museums per day.
The "Paris Pass" combines the Museum Pass and the Public Transport pass. It's very expensive and you should expect long lines to claim your pass. It's much cheaper to buy a day-pass at any metro station each morning (8 euros), and just get a special ticket to Versailles when you go (5 euros).
NOTE ABOUT THE EIFFEL TOWER : I cannot get you skip-the-line tickets. These can only be obtained by you on the tower's website for 25€. (They check name on the credit card matches that on ticket to avoid fraud)
OPENING HOURS: City Museums (like Carnavalet, Petit Palais. . . ) close on Mondays and are free. National Museums and Monuments (Louvre, Orangerie, Pompidou. . . ) are closed tuesdays, except Orsay and Versailles which close Mondays. Shops are usually open from 10am to 7:30pm, except Sundays.
A Recent Review of this guide
We so enjoyed learning all about Montmartre with David and we realize how wonderful it is to tour with someone like him who actually lives in the neighbourhood. He was responsive and flexible in planning and he gave us excellent directions to get to the meeting place. He was great on the history, really made the past come alive—and on everything from shopping to architecture to out of the way neighbourhoods....and we learned more about France generally too. He is terrific!
I can enter museums, taking you to the essential pieces, but I won't give commentary on the art. For that sort of art-focussed tours, I would rather you hired one of my licensed colleagues on ToursByLocal and rather use me for outdoor city walks. Thanks!