The Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Luxembourg gardens
I've been living 'Rive Gauche' for the past 25 years, so I'll be more than happy to share with you the secrets of this iconic neighborhood!
-The Latin Quarter, home of the famous Sorbonne University, with its winding little old streets always brimming with students.
-The Mouffetard market street, lined with bakeries, cheese shops, and fruits and vegetables stands.
-The picturesque place de la Contrescarpe, with its numerous cafés and restaurants
-The beautiful Hôtel de Cluny, built in the 15th century, over the ruins of a massive Gallo-Roman bath complex.
-The Arènes de Lutèce, remains of Paris' Roman heritage
-Saint-Germain-des-Prés and its legendary cafés and where, after World War II, the existentialists gathered in popular jazz clubs. Today, Saint-Germain-des-Prés hosts the most prestigious retailers and art galleries.
-The Luxembourg gardens, haven of peace in the heart of this bustling area. Every true Parisian loves it!
- Last but not least, the best macaroon-makers can be found near the gardens!
The itinerary will vary depending on your interests and could include some of the major landmarks, such as:
- The Sorbonne Univeristy (exteriors)
- The Panthéon (exteriors)
- The Mouffetard market street
- Place de la Contrescarpe
- The Luxembourg gardens
- Saint-Sulpice church
- Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Hotel de Cluny (exterior)
- Arènes de Lutèce
and so much more…
but it will also include my favourite lesser-known sights!
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 3 hours
Walking, bus, metro
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 € - - One day travelcard (metro & bus) : 7€
- Snacks and refreshments: 10-15€ ; small macaroon: approx. 2€
- Entrance fees, if any: 15€
I specialize in city walking tours (by foot or public transport) so I CANNOT offer:
- Tours outside of Paris (Versailles, Giverny, Normandy).
- Tours with a driver.
- Airport pick-up.
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Dear Anne I would like to thank you for your 'rive gauche' Paris tour on Saturday. The organisation of the tour was well managed and personalised and all my friends really enjoyed it. Your knowledge of Paris, its history, and customs is vast and well researched and it was a real plus having a bi-lingual guide given we were a mixture of French and English speakers! Congrats on a job well done and we may be back for further tours with you on future trips to Paris. Merci beaucoup! Charles