Montparnasse à la folie

Montparnasse à la folie
  • Tous publics
  • Durée : 1h30
  • Rendez-vous à la sortie du métro Gaité

Montmartre n’a pas le monopole lorsqu’il s’agit d’aborder la bohême ! Montparnasse n’est pas en reste car nombreux sont les artistes comme Man Ray, ou Fernand Léger, à avoir pris leurs marques dans ce quartier qui connaitra son heure de gloire pendant les années folles. Folles ? Follement coloré, follement vivant, oui, encore un quartier souvent traversé mais rarement visité !

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L’Ile Saint Louis

L’Ile Saint Louis
  • Tous publics
  • Durée : 1h30
  • Rendez-vous à la sortie du métro Pont Marie

Bordée par quatre quais et desservie par six ponts, l’île Saint-Louis a gardé son charme authentique de petit village avec son artère principale et ses petits commerces. Favorite de quelques stars du show business, préservée du tourisme de masse, elle fascine par son architecture, séduit par sa tranquillité tout en regorgeant de secrets bien gardés !

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Crimes in Le Marais

Crimes in Le Marais
  • Tous publics
  • Durée : 1h30
  • Départ : Rendez-vous place de l’hôtel de ville, devant la poste.

De l’histoire des poisons à Guy Georges, le marais criminel ravira les visiteurs curieux en mal de sensations fortes. L’histoire de ce marais, de sa place des Vosges, de la Bastille ou du village Saint-Paul est arpenté à travers le prisme  de quelques grands criminels, du moyen-âge à aujourd’hui.

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Catacombes

Catacombes
  • Tous publics
  • Durée : 1h30
  • Réservation obligatoire. Max 19 personnes
  • Rendez-vous place Denfert Rochereau

Les catacombes ou plutôt l’ossuaire municipal vous plongera dans l’histoire souterraine de la cité. Inspiré de la Rome antique, ce dédale long de plusieurs centaines de kilomètres, ne cesse de fasciner flâneurs, poètes, et curieux en tous genres (célèbres ou pas !) depuis le XVIIIème siècle.

Riche en émotions et en découvertes cette visite vous permettra d’en apprendre plus sur les carrières parisiennes, la doublure de Paris, l’aqueduc d’Arcueil, mais aussi sur les pratiques funéraires.

Accompagnés d’un guide, vous évitez ainsi 2h de file d’attente et avez accès à 2 cryptes cachées du grand public.

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La Madeleine

La Madeleine
  • Tous publics
  • Durée : 1h30
  • Rendez-vous devant Ralph Lauren, place de la Madeleine

Quartier chic et élégant par excellence, le quartier de la madeleine  bordé par la place de la concorde gardé par l’église et fréquenté par la jeunesse dorée permet d’aborder l’histoire de ce petit bourg de pont l’évêque devenu au XIXème siècle le lieu incontournable des dandys parisiens.

Entre restaurants célèbres, salon de thé distingué et épiceries de renommée internationale, il garde des airs de petit village grâce à quelques passages bien cachés du néophyte.

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Faubourg Saint-Antoine

Faubourg Saint-Antoine
  • Tous publics
  • Durée : 1h30
  • Rendez-vous devant le 184 rue faubourg Saint-Antoine

Haut lieu de l’artisanat à l’orée de la bastille, le faubourg Saint-Antoine riche de ses venelles pittoresques, de ses cours, de ses passages et de son hôpital, n’a rien à envier à celui plus chic de saint honoré. Il jouera d’ailleurs un rôle clé dans les prémices de la révolution, comme il avait marqué l’histoire de l’art dans l’ébénisterie.

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Islands of the city and / or Ile St Louis

Islands of the city and / or Ile St Louis
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1:30 to 3:00
  • Place to meet to be decided

2000 years of history is told here. From Lutetia to Baron Haussmann … Hidden sites, anecdotes, uninmaginable crimes, these islands are abound with stories that made history with a capital H! Here and there, a magnificent equestrian statue, an unsuspected square, an imposing courthouse, a historical ice cream maker, Eloise and Abelard’s house, in short, a surprisingly high color tour !

Covered passages of Paris

Covered passages of Paris
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1.30
  • Appointement before the entrance of Palais Royal
  • End of the tour : on the “Grands Boulevards”.

Untill the engineer « le Baron Haussmann » transformed Paris, the city had a true medieval face. Among the changes of the mid 19th century, is the birth of a new architecture using iron and glass ! The covered passages or galleries of Paris provides a great example of what the city looked like. With its cafés, restaurants, its lively places around the Palais Royal, the theatres and all the entertainement of the time, will offer a unique insight into Paris of the 19th century.

Montmartre

Montmartre
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1:30 to 2:00
  • Appointment : place blanche, before the red mill
  • End of the tour : Place du Tertre.

Montmartre is not only the basilica, on the contrary. We will discover it’s bohemian, artistic, and even mystical spirit. Place of homes of many artists, we will also sink into what was the bush, passing through the “clos Montmartre” (vineyards) : the last vestige of a countryside outside the walls, not to mention windmills, cabarets and church ! A visit that would even surprise the Parisians !

Saint Germain in the fields

Saint Germain in the fields
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1:30
  • Meeting : in front of the church of Saint-Germain

We will begin at the the rich and powerful abbey where a small church still remains. After we will move to the main attraction, the golden triangle of the left bank. This consists of cafés de Flore, Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp. But St Germain is also famous for its jazz, and for being the creation of university in France. You will learn just why Saint Germain is the Intellectual district, center of the left bank. This district has been able to develop to become the rendezvous of many thinkers and many artists of the postwar period. But today it survives in many ways !

Paris Express

Paris Express
  • For everyone
  • Durée : one day
  • Departure : Place to define

See as more as you can in one day : from east to west.
If you want to make the most of your trip to Paris and get to see as much as possible within a day, this tour is for you !
We will start our tour at the cemetery, famous for its funerary art, you will discover a very big open-air museum and a particular atmosphere! We will be a short stroll away from Ménilmontant, and Belleville, which is Edith Piaf’s neighborhood !

We will walk on her steps before heading toward the hill of Montmartre.
From the bottom of the hill you will have your picture in front of the Moulin rouge and will keep on going, with the metro line 2, to the arc of triumph. The tour will end on the Champs Elysées where you will be able to shop, relax or have a well deserved coffee !

The extent of how much we can see and do will be entirely up to you. You get to choose how much time we spend at each location, how long to stop for lunch, and whether you decide to use public transportation, taxi, or simply walk !

The Marais

The Marais

  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1:30
  • Meeting place to define

From its beautiful mansions to the hidden courtyards, the Marais has many strengths. A sumptuous architecture, bustling shopping streets, gardens, a royal square a medieval enclosure, this cosmopolitan neighborhood offers several historical stories, such as the Jewish history, the Templars, the affair of the necklace … and many other surprises !

The Royal Way or the historical axis of Paris

The Royal Way or the historical axis of Paris
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 2:00
  • Appointment to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Carrousel garden.
  • End : Roundabout Elysian Fields.

From the jardin du Carrousel (Carrousel garden), through the Tuileries, this tour leads you to the Place de la Concorde, which was used to be called Place Royale or Place Louis XV before the revolution! Once on this site, the tour continues to the most beautiful avenue in the world, bordered by lush fairways and punctuated by theaters, cafes and restaurants recalling the splendor of yesteryear.

Tuileries garden

Tuileries garden
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1:30
  • Meeting point before the arc of triomphe of the Carrousel
  • End of the tour : concorde square

Half the size of the Pere Lachaise cemetery, it’s nevertheless the biggest garden in Paris (22 hectares) and the oldest. This open-air museum houses hundreds of sculptures dating back to the XVIIIth century, and some more contemporary also, as well as dozens of different types of flowers. This garden is the masterpiece of André Le Nôtre ! The gardener of the Sun king who spent almost all of his life to adorn, develop and embellish the Tuileries garden. A delightfull stroll !

Pere Lachaise cemetery

Pere Lachaise cemetery
  • For everyone
  • Duration : 1:30
  • Meeting point : before the main entrance, in front of Rue de la roquette”.

As big as the city of the Vatican, this visit appears as an open air museum. In 1804, the decision to transfer the cemeteries outside Paris was taken. The estern cemetery is the first to be created.  From Jim Morrisson’s tomb to Edith Piaf’s or Modigliani, the Pere Lachaise became the « place » to be burried since Moliere and La fontaine were placed there, in 1817.