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Historic Paris Free Tour

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Total time
2 h 20 min
Meeting point
Hôtel de Ville, outside the metro at exit 5, next to the Paris tourist office - look for a yellow umbrella.
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Elegant and monumental 19th century boulevards, medieval churches, the world’s best art museums, unbeatable spirit of its inhabitants and a delicate (or perhaps quite pronounced!) sense of superiority, that’s Paris! Welcome to the world capital of class, elegance, fashion, love, art and amazing cuisine! Occupying this spot continuously since the 17th century!

But Paris wouldn’t be all that without its history. Established on a marshy land surrounded by the river Seine by the brave Gallic tribe of Parisii, taken in a bloody battle by the mighty Roman Empire. It became a capital of the Franks in the 6th century and soon grew to be the political, economic, religious, and cultural (with the second-oldest university in Europe, la Sorbonne) centre of France. With a population of 200 thousand people, Paris was the most populous city in Europe in the medieval ages. Torn by wars with external enemies and internal religious massacres, with time it experienced a true explosion in the field of science and philosophy, becoming the very centre of the Enlightenment movement. Fed on new ideas, but most of all on extreme poverty and inequality, its people found in them the power to overthrow the royal regime, which ended up in the monarchs being finally guillotined. This in turn opened the way for Napoleon seizing power in the country and way, way beyond! People of Paris were (and are!) known for revolting so often that in the 19th century in order to prevent them from doing so a new city was built with wide boulevards, aqueducts, sewers and parks to both appease them and… make it harder to build street barricades. The symbol of its modernization became the Eiffel Tower constructed for the 1889 Universal Exposition, which Parisians hated and protested for decades, only to love it in the end.

On top of all the architectural, cultural and spiritual marvels of the city there is something you simply cannot miss – the wonderful food and wine which can be the sole reason for visiting Paris and France! So, before you go and have a picnic in one of the splendid city gardens, indulge in all the fromage, baguette and wine you can have, join our tour to get the perfect introduction to the incomparable Paris! See among others the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, the Eiffel Tower, beautiful and elegant boulevards and bridges, the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. Hear the stories of Quasimodo, Napoleon and Hitler and learn about their connections to the city of love and light. Hear stories about the most daring art theft in history (yes, we are talking about the Mona Lisa), love, desire, and revenge. Get to know Paris at its finest!

During this 3 hour tour, you will see and discover:

  • ︎Hotel de Ville(Paris City Hall)

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral 

  • Sainte Chapelle 

  • Conciergerie 

  • Pont Neuf

  • Pont des Arts

  • Louvre (history of the palace and museum)

  • Carrousel Arch

  • Tuileries gardens 

  • And much, much more!

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message


  • Meeting Point: Hôtel de Ville, outside the metro at exit 5, next to the Paris tourist office – look for a yellow umbrella.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • Language: English
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meeting Point
Hotel de Ville, outside the metro at exit 5, next to the Paris tourist office - look for a yellow umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 7 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.

Worst walking tour I have been taken

Rated 1 out of 5
1 day ago

I have taken a lot of walking tours in a lot of cities and I really enjoyed them but this particular one was terrible. Our Italian tour guide, Bianca, didn’t seem she knew much of the city’s history. It was all superficial information like “the Louvre is the home of the Mona Lisa”. I haven’t learned anything new. It was a bit of a waste of time, to be honest.


Pretty short and superficial

Rated 2 out of 5
5 days ago

Unfortunately, today’s historic Paris tour was a little dissapointing. Our guide was really nice but the information given were only scratching the surface of what could and should have been said about Paris‘ long history. More details and historic background would have really helped – especially considering that not everyone knows for example the background of French Revolution or Mai 68. The tour was also rather short (only 1.5h compared to the advertised 3h).


Amazing tour with Eva

Rated 5 out of 5
5 days ago

She is very passionate what she is talking about, very friendly and funny

Gave us good tips to explore the city.

One of the best tours I ve ever done.

Merci beaucoup



too short, it's advertised as more than 2hrs long.. but we ended after just 1.5 hrs

Rated 1 out of 5
5 days ago

pleasant tour guide, but missing the details and more historic facts and more stops. it felt very leisurely but not informative enough, could’ve been longer.


Amazing fun time

Rated 5 out of 5
6 days ago

Dawie was absolutely the best tour guide. He is funny, intelligent and knowledgeable. He has an amazing sense of humor and connects Paris’ amazing history with contemporary arts and zeitgeist. Loved the tour and can’t recommend enough to everybody.

Ashish Goel

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