Take an unforgettable walk through this picturesque village, immortalized by generations of the artists who lived here: Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec. See where many famous masterpieces now hanging in the Orsay Museum were painted. Cabarets including the Lapin Agile and the Moulin Rouge still stand as a colorful reminder of the bohemian days of the 1800s. Don’t miss the Place du Tertre and Montmartre’s pièce de résistance, the Sacré Coeur basilica, with its spectacular view of the city of Paris.
This neighborhood was once a hotbed of revolutionary activity. Many key figures of these turbulent times called it home. Jean-Paul Marat (and his famous bathtub), Danton, Desmoulin, and Dr. Guillotin, the promoter of the guillotine. An early women’s movement got its start here. See where the radical, Charlotte Corday, assassinated Marat, and how his death inadvertently had a reversal effect on that movement.
A lasting monument to a distant age, Notre Dame de Paris (“Our Lady of Paris”) is alive and vibrant with history. The construction of the cathedral began in 1163 and lasted 200 years. In 1830, condemned to demolition, it was rescued thanks to the efforts of author Victor Hugo. This walk takes a look at the fascinating history, the stories carved in stone and the symbolism both inside and outside a cathedral that has been at the heart of Paris for centuries.
A walk through the ancient streets of the Marais explores 1,500 years of Jewish life in Paris – both fascinating and tragic. An amazing cloister, the only one to survive the French Revolution, testifies to a dark period for medieval Jews. The tour also includes a visit to a synagogue or “shtiebl” pre-dating the French Revolution (when about 500 “unofficial” Jews lived in Paris), the Hector Guimard Synagogue and the imposing synagogue on rue des Tournelles.
Ernest Hemingway spent 18 months in this charming neighborhood, stunningly evoked in “A Moveable Feast” and “The Sun Also Rises”. Meandering through the Mouffetard market streets reveals the influence of the Latin Quarter on his writing. Other brilliant minds associated with this area include James Joyce, George Orwell, Honoré de Balzac, bad-boy poet Paul Verlaine, as well as Gertrude Stein and Ford Madox Ford.
Declared a protected area by Minister of Culture André Malraux in 1961, the Marais boasts over 100 beautiful mansions. This walk spotlights life during the Middle Ages and the district’s heyday in the 17th century. Highlights include contrasting churches and, on a more macabre note, the home of a high-society serial killer! The final stop is the magnificent Place des Vosges (home to Victor Hugo, the Marquise de Sévigné and France’s former Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.)
Paris is known as the city of 100 villages, and St-Germain-des-Prés is one of its most charming. This delightful neighborhood was a magnet for artists, writers and philosophers throughout the centuries. Sights include an old abbey church, ancient squares, artists’ studios and literary cafés.The tour culminates with the once-seedy hotel in which Oscar Wilde breathed his last, the studio in which Picasso painted “Guernica” and the celebrated École des Beaux-Arts.
Make a pilgrimage to the celebrated cemetery that many have dubbed “the empire of the dead” and mingle with the likes of Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas and Jim Morrison. We’ll visit the highlights of this 108-acre oasis, once situated outside Paris city limits.
A surprisingly peaceful promenade through a rich panoply of French and international personalities now at rest.
Superstar Ben Franklin arrived in France in 1776 to secure financial aid from the young colony’s only ally. Jefferson soon followed, as did John Adams, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and many more. See how the Age of Englightenment richocheted between the two continents, to assure one of the most resilient international friendships in the world.
Other tour options include national museums (Versailles, the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the Cluny Museum of Medieval Art, etc.), the church of Sainte Chapelle and ‘‘The Da Vinci Code.”
Tours on any specific theme or interest are easily arrangeable for both small and large groups. Tours can last from 2-3 hours to a full day, depending on your requirements. Car service available on request.