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Place de la Bastille: Our most recommended tours and activities

Paris: Cruise on the Saint-Martin Canal and the Seine River

1. Paris: Cruise on the Saint-Martin Canal and the Seine River

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault. Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine. Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux. Your adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen. Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you. This is when you enter the River Seine. From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

2. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

3. Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

Experience some of the hidden quarters of Paris and take in the city’s major highlights as you cruise the streets in a vintage Citroen 2CV convertible. See the grand avenues lined with well-known buildings and monuments, and also visit historical areas such as the Marais, with its village-like atmosphere. You’ll also see Place des Vosges, the oldest Royal place of Paris, on this unique 2-hour tour. Take a drive to the Arènes de Lutèce, the site of the city’s most important ruins from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris. The stones at the site date back to 200 A.D. What you’ll see: • Place des Vosges • Passage Sully • Village Saint Paul • Le Marais • Port de l'Arsenal • Bastille • Grande Mosquée de Paris • Butte aux cailles • Cité Florale • Arènes de Lutèce • Institut du Monde Arabe • Place Dauphine

Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

4. Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

Join an expert guide on a 3-hour tasting tour of Le Marais, and discover the local hangouts as you sample delicious food and wine. Start in front of the Centre Pompidou, Europe's largest modern art museum, nestled in an impressive contemporary building.  Then move on past Notre Dame to the Hôtel de Ville, the city's town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Pass an iconic bakery whose baguette was named one of the best in Paris.  Continue to Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, the center of the French gay scene, to see one of the oldest streets in Le Marais. Stop to sample a delicious macaron made by one of the city’s most famous pastry chefs, then enter the heart of the Jewish community. Discover a vibrant pedestrianized street full of falafel stands and Jewish delis.  Then continue to a wine and alcohol store to try iconic French liqueurs, such as Cognac, Armagnac, Absinthe, and Old Plum brandy. Feast on French charcuterie, including pâté, rillettes, and ham. Finally, you’ll walk to Place de la Bastille, passing the former home of the French writer Victor Hugo. The area is full of bars and restaurants, where you can continue to explore the City of Lights on your own.

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

5. Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Marvel at the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and more. You will admire the scenic panoramic views before continuing to the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  

Paris: Private City Tour in Citroën 2CV

6. Paris: Private City Tour in Citroën 2CV

For the 45-minute tour option your chauffeur will drive you past the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, La Madeleine, Place Vendôme, the Musée du Louvre and the Orsay Museum. This is the perfect highlights tour if you are pressed for time. In addition to the sights included on the 45-minute tour, the 1.5-hour tour will take you past Notre-Dame de Paris, the Ile de la Cité, the Trocadéro, the Invalides , the Champs de Mars, the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Petit Palais, the Grand Palais, and the President of France's residence , or the Palais de l’Elysée. You will have seen all of Paris's most iconic monuments and sights! The 3-hour tour Paris leaves no stone unturned! You will have the time to discover the amazing architecture and history of Paris in even more depth. You will take in additional sights, such as the Moulin Rouge, the Sacré Coeur, Place de la Bastille, and more. If you already know Paris and wish to go off the beaten track, or if you are interested in a particular theme, your driver will be more than happy to do his best to tailor your tour to your requests.

Paris: Amphibious Mini Bus and Canal St-Martin Tunnel Cruise

7. Paris: Amphibious Mini Bus and Canal St-Martin Tunnel Cruise

Experience a high-speed ride on the Seine River, the most beautiful avenue in Paris! On this 90-minute combined program, you’ll depart from the Port de la Gare and head down the river to the basin of Est Paris at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour. Then you’ll slow it down a bit with a cruise along the Canal St-Martin tunnels. If you’re looking for an exceptional team-building activity for your staff, or an unforgettable experience with family or friends, take them on this unique adventure on the Seine. Groups of 10 people can be accommodated on the cruise. You also might like to dine afterwards on one of the delightful floating restaurants on the river.

Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

8. Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

See the sights of Paris and learn its hidden secrets with a guided and private walking tour. Find the most emblematic places of the city and learn the romantic history. Watch the locals in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and taste sweet local crepes. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and see it all. Find yourself at the Louvre Museum, and stroll through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. Learn of the tragedy of Place de la Concrode, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and where the Champs-Elysees begins. Relax and watch the local life in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the most bohemian neighborhood of the city. Taste Parisian crepes while sitting in a bar with typical round tables. Visit the charming Ville Saint Paul in the Marais district and head to the elegant and must-see Place des Vosges. Venture to the beautiful "Ile de la Cité," and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral, on the banks of the Seine River. Get away from the tourist tide and lost in the curious and colorful streets that only your local guide can show you. Before the end of this fantastic day, your private host will guide you to get your tickets to visit the most famous monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: 2-Hour French Revolution Walking Tour

9. Paris: 2-Hour French Revolution Walking Tour

Explore the fascinating story behind the French Revolution and the tumultuous times that led to this key historical event in France on a 2-hour walking tour of some of the most historic sites in Paris. The French Revolution began on 14 July 1789, when the citizens stormed the Bastille prison. The prison no longer exists, although one of the city’s opera houses can now be found on the site, along with a column honoring the 1831 Paris Commune. The tour does not visit the location of the former prison, but there will be a lively discussion of the event. Walk to Les Invalides, used by the French army as an ammunition depot in the city. Hear how revolutionaries scaled the moat and stole over 30,000 weapons that were used in the attack on the Bastille. King Louis XVI was beheaded in the current-day Place de la Concorde on 21 January 1793. Stripped of all titles, he was guillotined in front of a large crown as simply citizen Louis Capet. The executioner testified that he had bravely met his fate. Take in the history at Place de la Concorde, before visiting the Tuileries Gardens and the Assemblée Nationale, enjoying plenty of great discussions about the Reign of Terror of the 1790s along the way.

Paris Marais Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

10. Paris Marais Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

This 2-hour private guided walking tour of the Marais takes you to a part of Paris that has the most interesting history of all the city’s neighborhoods. Originally a swamp, the land of the Marais was drained and it became habitable, soon enticing settlers. It developed into the center of the city’s Jewish community, remaining so to this day. Over the years it has had its share of ups and downs, falling from a chic residential area that was home to aristocrats and even a royal court, to a best-avoided shady slum. During the tour your guide will show you the many faces of this unique neighborhood, and tell you some interesting stories and about important historical events. The Marais is now going through a second renaissance and is reliving its finest days. With your guide you’ll have the opportunity to see the best it has to offer. Sites you’ll visit include Les Halles, Fontaine des Innocents, Centre Pompidou, Hôtel de Ville, the Pletzl area, the synagogue at Rue Pavée, Hôtel de Sully, Place des Vosges, and Place de la Bastille.

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What people are saying about Place de la Bastille

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The most amazing experience with the wonderful Celine! Everyone was waving at us and taking photos of the car. Such a great day, filled with so much fun and sight seeing you can’t do in a bus or larger car. The personal touch of a tour is the best part and honestly Celine was wonderful and so knowledgeable!

Very pleasant guide tour in the Marais and Quartier Latin area! You discover small streets and squares you wouldn't find otherwise with funfacts tailored to your nationality as the guide speaks your language! Would recommend!

Easy to find and our guide was great. Nice to learn about places and areas of the city we may not have found on our own.

Clement was knowledgeable and personable - we had a great time and would thoroughly recommend this trip to others.

Perfect amount of time to get a sense of the city. Driver was knowledgeable and friendly.