The dark side of Paris's oldest district
If you like history but prefer to hear about the dark side of it, this tour is for you!
The Marais is one of the oldest and best preserved district in Paris. It offers beautiful architecture, spectacular mansions, the quiet, majestic Place des Vosges, one of the very few pieces of the 12th century wall that surrounded the city. . . Ahh if walls could speak. . .
Well, they would tell you all about a poisoner named la Brinvilliers, how the Sun King was thrown into the arms of a one-eyed middle aged woman who taught him "love", all about Henri 2nd's atrocious death, the assassination of the Duke of Orleans and its many consequences on French history. . . .
You want to hear it all? Come and join me on this great tour!
Our tour includes stories as well as general history of the district, its royal inhabitants as well as Jewish community history.
(This tour can be adapted to children and families but please kindly let me know in advance!!)
We'll meet outside metro Station Pont Marie to start a 2. 30 hrs Walking Tour of Marais district, one of the oldest district of Paris located in the center-east of the capital, on the right bank of the Seine River. It is a very lively district filled with boutiques and restaurants and is especially popular on Sundays when the central streets are reserved for pedestrians. The Marais is the most famous Jewish quarter in Paris and in much of Europe, still maintaining strong traditions. The tour will end on rue des Archives (I can walk you back to the closest metro station, restaurant or a taxi station).
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Suggested by Guide: The tour starts outside metro Station Pont Marie on line 7, the pink line. I will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name.
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station
Duration: 2 hours
This is a walking tour, no transportation.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Euros - Plan to have a little change in case you would like a drink or snack on the way.
I have my driving license but I am not a driver guide, I can arrange a driver for you if you would like a city tour or day excursion!
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Caroline was excellent!! Very informative and not dry. She kept the tour interesting. Has a great command of the English language. We were very happy to have signed up with her worth every penny plus.