Old Paris: A Private Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais

Old Paris: A Private Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais

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      Paris, France
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 263
      • Pompidou Center: Step into the future when you visit this high-tech architectural tour de force, constructed of steel and concrete. The structure appears to be turned inside-out, with exposed ductwork and mechanical systems viewable from the exterior.
      • Stravinsky Fountain: Color and movement greet you at this work of public art, dedicated to composer Igor Stravinski. Different sculptures represent different musical movements within his orchestral ballet, The Rite of Spring.
      • Rue des Rosiers: “The Street of Rosebushes” is the center of the Jewish Quarter in Paris. The neighborhood has become notable for its high fashion boutiques and quaint shops.
      • Place des Vosges: The oldest planned square in Paris, Place des Vosges was created as a residential space, featuring identical house fronts in red brick with deeply pitched roofs.

      Meeting point

      Please meet your GoBe guide in front of the Bred Bank, outside Metro Rambuteau, 22 Rue Beaubourg. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign or your name.

      Helpful hints

      One guide for up to 15 people. Select 1 guide at check-out for your private group

      This is an outside walking tour so please be prepared for weather changes.

      Getting around

      This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Plan to stand and walk for 3 hours. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour

      Languages

      French, English, German, Russian, Spanish

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-FRA-PARI-EN-1011

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      High fashion has a long history along the Rue des Rosiers, as the district was home to many Eastern European Jews who brought their specialized clothing fabrication talents with them around the end of the 19th century. The neighborhood became known as the “Pletzl,” Yiddish for “little place.” The Jewish residents soon made way for the next wave of newcomers to the district, a large Chinese community. China sent its citizens to France to take on the jobs vacated by soldiers who left for World War I. Today, many of the descendants of these families run jewelry and leather goods operations.

      Le Marais welcomed another fashion-forward community starting around the 1980s: A sizeable Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender population. In fact, 40 percent of all LGBT businesses in Paris are located in Le Marais.

      Other residents of the Le Marais district aren’t as well known for their connection to fashion, but are famous in their own right. Jim Morrison also spent some time there. Victor Hugo occupied an apartment for a few years, while he was writing Les Miserables ­– though he’d hardly recognize it today with its collection of trendy bars, nightlife hot spots, hip restaurants and chic shops.

      What’s in a name?

      Le Marais translates to “the marsh” in English, and that’s precisely what covered the region until the 12th century, when it was converted to fields by local farmers. For 400 years, agriculture dominated – until France’s King Henri IV broke ground on what would become the first residence at the Place des Vosges. The building of his palace triggered a construction boom, as more royalty moved in and the wealthiest families wanted to be residents in this much-desired neighborhood. Interestingly, these elites – who built many of the opulent, magnificent homes you’ll see during your tour – weren’t deterred by the smell: Le Marais was among Paris’ most aromatically offensive neighborhoods, having been built on what was essentially a swamp.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Paris, France
      Bring money
      Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear warm layers

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