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Place de la Bastille: Our most recommended tours and activities

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

1. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

2. Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault. Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine. Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux. Your adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen. Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you. This is when you enter the River Seine. From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

3. Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

Experience some of the hidden quarters of Paris and take in the city’s major highlights as you cruise the streets in a vintage Citroen 2CV convertible. See the grand avenues lined with well-known buildings and monuments, and also visit historical areas such as the Marais, with its village-like atmosphere. You’ll also see Place des Vosges, the oldest Royal place of Paris, on this unique 2-hour tour. Take a drive to the Arènes de Lutèce, the site of the city’s most important ruins from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris. The stones at the site date back to 200 A.D. What you’ll see: • Place des Vosges • Passage Sully • Village Saint Paul • Le Marais • Port de l'Arsenal • Bastille • Grande Mosquée de Paris • Butte aux cailles • Cité Florale • Arènes de Lutèce • Institut du Monde Arabe • Place Dauphine

Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

4. Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

Join an expert guide on a 3-hour tasting tour of Le Marais, and discover the local hangouts as you sample delicious food and wine. You’ll start your Paris tour in front of the Centre Pompidou, Europe largest modern art museum, nestled in an impressive contemporary building. Then move on pass Notre-Dame to the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Pass an iconic bakery, whose baguette was named one of the best in Paris. Continue to Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, the center of the French gay scene, to see one of the oldest streets in Le Marais. Stop to sample a delicious macaron, made by one of the city’s most famous pastry chefs, then enter the heart of the Jewish community. Discover a vibrant pedestrianized street, full of falafel stands and Jewish delis. Then continue to a wine and alcohol store to try iconic French liqueurs, such as Cognac, Armagnac, Absinthe, and Old Plum brandy. Feast on French charcuterie, including pâté, rillettes, and ham. Finally you’ll walk to Place de la Bastille, passing the former home of the French writer, Victor Hugo. The area is full of bars and restaurants, where you can continue to explore the City of Lights on your own.

Paris: 2-Hour French Revolution Walking Tour

5. Paris: 2-Hour French Revolution Walking Tour

Explore the fascinating story behind the French Revolution and the tumultuous times that led to this key historical event in France on a 2-hour walking tour of some of the most historic sites in Paris. The French Revolution began on 14 July 1789, when the citizens stormed the Bastille prison. The prison no longer exists, although one of the city’s opera houses can now be found on the site, along with a column honoring the 1831 Paris Commune. The tour does not visit the location of the former prison, but there will be a lively discussion of the event. Walk to Les Invalides, used by the French army as an ammunition depot in the city. Hear how revolutionaries scaled the moat and stole over 30,000 weapons that were used in the attack on the Bastille. King Louis XVI was beheaded in the current-day Place de la Concorde on 21 January 1793. Stripped of all titles, he was guillotined in front of a large crown as simply citizen Louis Capet. The executioner testified that he had bravely met his fate. Take in the history at Place de la Concorde, before visiting the Tuileries Gardens and the Assemblée Nationale, enjoying plenty of great discussions about the Reign of Terror of the 1790s along the way.

Paris: Amphibious Mini Bus and Canal St-Martin Tunnel Cruise

6. Paris: Amphibious Mini Bus and Canal St-Martin Tunnel Cruise

Experience a high-speed ride on the Seine River, the most beautiful avenue in Paris! On this 90-minute combined program, you’ll depart from the Port de la Gare and head down the river to the basin of Est Paris at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour. Then you’ll slow it down a bit with a cruise along the Canal St-Martin tunnels. If you’re looking for an exceptional team-building activity for your staff, or an unforgettable experience with family or friends, take them on this unique adventure on the Seine. Groups of 10 people can be accommodated on the cruise. You also might like to dine afterwards on one of the delightful floating restaurants on the river.

Paris: 4-Hour Culinary Tour by Bicycle

7. Paris: 4-Hour Culinary Tour by Bicycle

Discover the culinary delights of the City of Light on this bike tour through Paris. Starting from the lively Beaubourg area with its street performers, you will pass through trendy Marais to reach Place de la Bastille and the craft studios of Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Start your culinary journey at a traditional French market. Enjoy coffee and a croissant and sample local cheeses and cold meats. Continue on eastwards past Parc de Bercy towards the River Seine. Learn more about the modern architecture of the National Library and the Arab World Institute. Next to the sculptures by contemporary artists in Jardin Tino Rossi, you can enjoy the fantastic view of the River Seine and the famous city islands with the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Paris: Private 3-Hour Craft Beer, Wine & French Food Samples

8. Paris: Private 3-Hour Craft Beer, Wine & French Food Samples

Join this private tour for the perfect Parisian day. Embark on a delicious adventure on this 3-hour Paris tour stopping off at iconic wine bars, bistros and brasseries. Take the time to get your foodie game face on with some iconic French food, wine and craft beers. The best things to do in Paris often revolve around food and wine. On this Paris tour, you will try some of the city’s famous specialties, from snails, to cheese or charcuterie, always paired with wine or beer. Your call what goes best together with the food. You’ll start this tour on Place de la Bastille, the place where the former Bastille prison once stood and where the French Revolution started. Learn about that significant part of French history that still defines the country. From here, you’ll move to your first stop, a historic bistro that looks identical to how it did a century ago. It’s here that you’ll try your first bite, some iconic French snails with a glass of wine. Continue your tour in Faubourg Saint-Antoine, formerly a working class neighborhood, known for its furniture artisans, blue collar feel and revolutionary vibe. From there, you’ll reach one of Paris’s most quintessential wine bars. At this friendly wine paradise, the bar serves locals and visitors with the same passion. You might still find old barrels where neighbors can just come and fill their empty bottles for a few euros. Here, you’ll learn about the long history of wine in France, while tasting some wine of course. You’ll also pair that wine with some of France’s best charcuterie: delicious pâtés, rillettes and smoked hams. From here, move to one of Paris’s oldest markets - Marché d’Aligre. Take a moment to wander on your own on this iconic bustling market full of delicious French products. Meet at the cheese seller stall to grab your beautiful platter of French cheese. After a brief explanation about the different cheeses, head to a famous beer bar that serves over 300 different beers. You’ll get to try three different tasters from three different kinds of beers produced in France, which you’ll pair with the cheese. Trust that while the wine and cheese gets all the credit, beer and cheese pairings are becoming more common. This is your chance to discover how well French cheese and Parisian craft beers go together. If you’re still in the mood, walk back to Bastille using a beautiful but completely unknown elevated former railway line that’s been turned into a park. The route offers great views over the neighborhood. The tour will end back at Bastille Square, unless you prefer to keep partying in the buzzing Aligre area.  

Paris: French Revolution Cycling Tour

9. Paris: French Revolution Cycling Tour

Discover Paris through the lens of the French Revolution on this cycle tour. Learn about the Terror, the guillotine, Bastille Day, and more as you take a ride through this fascinating and tumultuous period in French history. Ride along the scenic banks of the Seine River as you learn about Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI, Robespierre, and other major figures of revolutionary France. See the old revolutionary cafés and the spot where the first guillotine was built and tested. Familiarize yourself with the revolutionary spirit of the French people on this unique cycling tour of Paris.

Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

10. Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

See the sights of Paris and learn its hidden secrets with a guided and private walking tour. Find the most emblematic places of the city and learn the romantic history. Watch the locals in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and taste sweet local crepes. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and see it all. Find yourself at the Louvre Museum, and stroll through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. Learn of the tragedy of Place de la Concrode, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and where the Champs-Elysees begins. Relax and watch the local life in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the most bohemian neighborhood of the city. Taste Parisian crepes while sitting in a bar with typical round tables. Visit the charming Ville Saint Paul in the Marais district and head to the elegant and must-see Place des Vosges. Venture to the beautiful "Ile de la Cité," and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral, on the banks of the Seine River. Get away from the tourist tide and lost in the curious and colorful streets that only your local guide can show you. Before the end of this fantastic day, your private host will guide you to get your tickets to visit the most famous monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

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What people are saying about Place de la Bastille

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Superb ride with a passionate and fascinating guide (I think Yohan?! I don't know, he's Paul's colleague)! Discovery of unknown neighborhoods yet renowned, passage in more secret places and always the story or the anecdote around a subject. With humor and patience. We recommend! We will be back with our teenagers.

Highly recommended ! Thanks to our guide Fréderique, we have discovered nice well-known and lesser-known places. Not only was he able to tell fascinatingly about the history of Paris, but he also took the time to answer our questions.

Yesterday my husband and I enjoyed a relaxing cruise on Saint Martin's Canal. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The guide, who provided commentary in both English and French, was most informative.

I've done it 3 times already and I can't get enough of it. The guide is very welcoming and his presentations fair with a touch of humor. It's a nice cruise. thanks again

very good service from the super interesting cruise guide where you learn a lot of things to do as well between adults or like me with my 15 year old grandson who was delighted