Private Walking Tour of Paris' Right and Left Banks
- More than a guide: Even by GoBe's high standards, your tour leader – officially known as a docent – is a standout. A Paris insider with scholarly creds, they'll bring you right up to speed on the origins, highlights, and character of this captivating city.
- Undivided attention: Your small private group can engage freely with your docent, get in-depth answers to your questions, and enjoy the flexibility of tweaking the walk's focus to your own particular interests.
- The Left Bank (Rive Gauche): Bohemian, cobbled, church-laden, and student-filled, this side of the Seine oozes with intellectual sparkle and artsy cafes made famous in 20th-century avant-garde lit. Highlights include the Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens, created in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, and the Pantheon, where many of French literature's greats are buried.
- The Right Bank (Rive Droite): This is Paris' hip, swank, grandly architectural international side – the side where the kings used to hang out. Crossing via the pedestrian Pont des Arts bridge, you'll encounter everything from the ornate Louvre and Palais Royale (with its cool courtyard art installation), to the renovated historic market district of Les Halles, and the strikingly postmodern Pompidou Centre.
- Discussion stops: At various points during the walk, you'll pause someplace scenic – like the riverside square at Place du Châtelet – to spend a few minutes talking about what you've seen, how it all connects together, and how this city's two distinct "halves" create a truly magnificent whole.
About This Paris Tour
Step into any bistro, brasserie, or cafe in Paris and ask a local which bank of the River Seine they love the most, and their opinion will surely be passionate (it's an inherently French characteristic). But in truth, each side of this city is so filled with charm and color, the best answer would have to be "both!"
In many ways, one half makes no sense without the other. But together? C'est magnifique!
Whether you're a party of first-time sightseers looking for an in-depth Paris intro, or repeat visitors curious to get a deeper perspective on what makes this city tick, this Paris Orientation "walking seminar" is a great way to go.
The setting is incomparable, the itinerary is well thought out, and your docent is a font of fascinating information – about the big landmarks, the small places that populate famous stories written about the Paris life (and paintings that depict it), the seemingly-endless array of splendid palaces and cathedrals, and the modern style and decadent fashion on display along tony shopping boulevards.
Nestled along the sensuous curves of the Seine and laced together by bridges and river islands that each have their own story, modern Paris doesn't really have a best side. It's got all sides covered.
After a half-day spent getting oriented with us, you will, too.
Tons of love
The graceful, steel-arched Pont des Arts walkers bridge you'll stroll across on this tour dates from 1984, having replaced an original of the same design erected in this spot back in Napoleon's times. This new one almost succumbed to romance at a young age, though. Over a million "love locks" (padlocks attached to its railings by visiting couples), weighing in at some 45 tons, were removed in 2015 after engineers concluded the whole shebang could fail and collapse into the Seine. Now, the locks are illegal here. But selfies are A-OK.
Please meet your guide in front of the restaurant Le Saint Andre, located at 2 Rue Danton.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
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.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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