8. Le Marais District Private Walking Tour
Le Marais is one of the trendiest districts of Paris, home to great Parisian architecture, history and culture. Join an Expert Guide on the streets of Marais to hear stories about French nobles, Jewish people and the LGBT community who made this place their home. Discover a diverse and vibrant side of the City of Lights! Choose the 2,5-hour option to see the must-see sights and hidden gems of La Marais, Paris. Your adventure begins on the bank of the River Seine, where you can admire the beautiful Théâtre du Châtelet, Fontaine du Châtelet, and the Saint Jacques Tower, which is the only remaining part of a 16th-century church that was destroyed during the French Revolution. Follow your Private Guide to the lively square in front of the striking Neo-Renaissance city hall Hôtel de Ville and see also the Church of Saint Gervais and Caserne Napoleon, the former barracks of Napoleon Bonaparte. Great history and culture awaits you at every turn! Le Marais is a great place to witness different styles of Parisian architecture, from the lovely French-Gothic Saint Merri Church to modern landmarks like the colourful, kinetic Stravinsky Fountain and the avant-garde Centre Pompidou, which is first major example of an ‘inside-out’ building where its structural system, mechanical systems, and circulation exposed on the exterior. There are also many beautiful hôtels particuliers (urban mansions) to look at along the way, such as Hôtel de Sens, Hôtel de Sully, Hôtel de Breteuil and Hôtel Hérouet. The final stop of this tour will be at the oldest planned square in Pairs, Place des Vosges. Here you will admire the mighty Pavillon du Roi, the buildings where the famous writer Victor Hugo lived, and the historic Tournelles Synagogue. Choose the 3,5-hour option to also explore the nearby Ile de la Cité island, known as the birthplace of Paris. Skip-the-line tickets to Sainte-Chapelle are included in this tour to allow you to experience this top-ranked attraction without wasting time in long lines. Take a guided tour of the 13th-century royal chapel and marvel at its colourful Gothic interior with relics and notable stained-glass windows of biblical scenes. Other points of interest include sightseeing outside the monumental Notre Dame Cathedral, and other iconic sights such as the Palace of Justice and Conciergerie, the 14th-century royal palace and French Revolution prison.