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Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

1. 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.

Paradis Latin: Cabaret Show and Dinner

2. Paradis Latin: Cabaret Show and Dinner

Upon arrival to this famous Cabaret of Paris, you will be welcomed by actors, dancers, and artists plunging you into a surreal and surprising atmosphere. After you take your seat, enjoy a delicious meal before the artists lead you in a magical and truly Parisian experience. An exceptional voice singer will evolve in the mythical Paradis Latin hall and provide a one-of-a-kind night of cabaret. The new Paradis Latin Show, “L’Oiseau Paradis” is everything for the senses, a tantalizing night of sensuality, poetry, emotion, humor and new technologies. Chose between 2 dinner-show menus and a special Valentine's Day menu: Prestige Menu Starters: • Semi-cooked foie gras with Guérande salt, smoked tea jelly and bitter orange Or • Avocado and ceviche of sea bream-passion in bamboo dress Or • Salmon ‘Paradis Latin’ dressed with tarama and caviar Main courses: • Brandade of cod and sweet potato Or • Can of Challans "poached-roasted", figs and blackcurrant sauce Or • Paradis Wellington, served medium rare Desserts: • ‘White dress code’ citrus-vervain Or • Grognardise ‘Strawberry-Vanilla’ Drinks: • 1/2 wine and 1/4 Champagne • Water included in the menu Gustave Eiffel Menu Starters: • Opéra of poultry, celery and duck foie gras Or • Snail and Paris mushroom casserole Or • Cream of carrot "lemongrass - ginger", gambas tartare and lime Main courses: • Lightly-cooked salmon with Asian flavors Or • Roasted-stuffed guinea fowl supreme, tian of autumn vegetables Or • Multicolore of vegetables, egg perfect and parmesan Desserts: • The "raspberry-passion" dress Or • Chocolate "Cancan" Drinks: • 1/2 wine and 1/4 Champagne • Water included in the menu For Valentine's Day enjoy a special menu with your lover at Paradis Latin. Valentine's Day Menu by Guy Savoy Starter: • Paradis Latin salmon, served two ways Main course: • Fillet of cod with sweet potato and a ginger-scented beurre blanc Or • ‘Side by side’ leg and supreme of chicken; truffled potato Parmentier Dessert: • Rhapsody on Rose

Paris: Paradis Latin Cabaret Show with Champagne Options

3. Paris: Paradis Latin Cabaret Show with Champagne Options

Enjoy your evening at the Paradis Latin with a special cabaret show. Sip on champagne and be dazzled by thrilling choreography and beautiful costumes in the stunning interior of this famous location, which was created in 1803 by Napoleon and rebuilt by Gustave Eiffel in 1889. Made in collaboration with the famous French choreographer and show director, Kamel Ouali, the show "L’Oiseau Paradis" (The Bird of Paradise) will take you on an artistic journey through themes of emotion, poetry and new technology, always with a passionate flair and a touch of humor. See the talented Diese on stage, finalist of “The Voice” TV program and the star of the show. Witness the work of nearly thirty artists and drink in the dynamic, youthful ambiance. The show will highlight contemporary artists while remaining faithful to the tradition of French cabaret.

Paris: Champagne at the Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

4. Paris: Champagne at the Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise

Discover Paris by night on this combination tour of 2 of its historic icons. First, you will experience the romance of the capital through a glass-enclosed Bateaux Parisiens boat. Climb on board at the Quai de la Bourdonnais on the Left Bank, and glide gently along the river admiring the city’s monuments lit up at night. Pass some of the historic bridges that make Paris so enchanting, and admire the architectural masterpiece of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the world-famous Louvre Museum and Tuileries Gardens. At the end of your river cruise, climb back on board a luxury coach for the drive to the Moulin Rouge at the foot of Montmartre. Built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, the Moulin Rouge is the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can, and you will watch the “Féerie” revue, comprising of a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 Doris Girls, and 1,000 costumes of feathers and glitter. Enjoy magnificent stage settings of rich colors and unique drawings created by Italian artists. Raise a glass of sparkling Champagne to the exceptional acts, and enjoy the eagerly-awaited return of the giant Aquarium, all set to original music from 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers!

Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

5. Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Explore one of the most famous parts of the “Rive Gauche” (Left Bank) of Paris. The Latin Quarter has been the land of students for over 1,000 years, and possibly the world's single greatest source of artistic inspiration – from Salvador Dali to Woody Allen, and from Hemingway and Joyce to Vargas Llosa. Visit some of the most amazing spots of the bohemian Paris such as the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, the bookstore Shakespeare and co., the hotel Cluny, the oldest cinema in Paris, to end in the magnificent Gardens of Luxembourg.  The 2-hour tour will take you through the heart of Parisian history and touches on everything from Medieval times to the great intellectuals on the planet. This is where Paris began many centuries ago and continues to be one of the most vibrant areas of the city.

Paris: Paradis Latin Cabaret Show for Under 26 Year Olds

6. Paris: Paradis Latin Cabaret Show for Under 26 Year Olds

Spend an enthralling hour and a half mesmerized by Kamel Ouali's upbeat choreography. A French choreographer, dancer, and director, Ouali is recognized worldwide for his various artistic collaborations (the Roi Soleil, the Dix Commandements, Cleopatre, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, etc.). See the talented Diese on stage, finalist of “The Voice” TV program and the star of the show, as she performs alongside magical creatures, dancers, comedians, and singers. Watch as new technologies merge into fifteen exceptional sets created by Alain Lagarde, a renowned creator of opera, musical, and theater sets. Examine and admire the 500 costumes created for the occasion by the Parisian fashion house "On Aura Tout Vu", which has designed costumes for some of the greatest international opera singers and ballerinas in the world. Choreographer Marie-Laure Philippon has teamed up with Kamel Ouali to create an authentic, modern and surprising French Cancan. Enjoy a dynamic, young, and glamorous show that remains faithful to traditional French cabaret.

Paris: Latin Quarter Pub Crawl Tour

7. Paris: Latin Quarter Pub Crawl Tour

On this guided bar tour around Paris, you will experience the best of Paris' nightlife and meet a bunch of new friends from all around the world.   A team of friendly and international night guides will take you through 3 bars, all located within the Latin Quarter of Paris. Your tour will also include a visit to the Long Hop bar, famous for their exciting nightlife. During the week, buy one drink and get a free shot at each bar. On the weekend, you will enjoy 3 shots, one in each bar, as well as free entries. Throughout the night your night guides will entertain you with different activities, such as flip-cup or Paquito, all of which will bring you closer together with the rest of the guests. Your tickets will also include entrance to all the bars and the club on the tour.

Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

8. Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

Choose one of six Paris districts to visit on a guided walking tour, each one steeped in history and filled with fascinating places to explore. Join your guide as they take you to the heart of your chosen Quartier and tell you all about its history, art, architecture, cuisine, fashion, and more. Le Marais: History and Fashion Discover the hidden treasures of Le Marais and find out why this district is a favorite amongst hip Parisians. Come see where history and architecture rub shoulders with hip boutiques, cool cafes, and gourmet eateries. Montmartre: The Artists' Quarter Visit the charming Parisian district of Montmartre with a local guide. Discover the Montmartre of Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh. See where artists lived, drank, danced, and painted, exchanging their paintings for food and art supplies. Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Intellectuals and Jazz on the Left Bank Join your guide as you dive into the fascinating past of this iconic Left Bank neighborhood. Hear captivating stories about Saint-Germain-des-Prés, once home to literary geniuses, rebellious students, and revolutionaries. The Latin Quarter: Literary Legends in Bohemian Paris Discover the vibrant and eclectic Latin Quarter on a guided walking tour. Stroll down cobblestone streets lined with quirky bookshops and lively cafes, see the Sorbonne, and admire the mighty Pantheon. The Covered Passages: Hidden Treasures and Chic Shopping Explore a lesser-known side of Paris and see hidden treasures often missed by other visitors. Discover the delightful covered passages filled with tiny boutiques and cafes, and learn about the best places to shop and grab a bite to eat in the city. Notre Dame and the Islands: The Heart of Paris Journey into the heart of The City of Lights on a guided walking tour through the islands of Paris. Admire the medieval architecture, splendid Renaissance mansions, quiet streets, and the beautiful banks of the River Seine.

Paris: 3-Hour Chocolate & Patisserie Walking Tour

9. Paris: 3-Hour Chocolate & Patisserie Walking Tour

Join this 3-hour gourmet stroll in the famous Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood. Explore the art galleries, boutiques, romantic passages and, of course, pastries and chocolate shops. Your local guide will meet you in the heart of Saint Germain des Près. Along the way, he will share with you the history of the neighborhood and its artisans, as well as anecdotes about the pastries and chocolates that you will taste. In total, 8 tasting stops will await you along this gourmet route. You will begin with a visit to Debauve & Gallais, where you will be seduced by their chocolates as Marie Antoinette did in 1779. Since then, the love of chocolate in Paris, especially in this district, expanded. Some of France's best pastry and chocolate chefs, known for their chocolates and macarons such as Pierre Hermé, Patrick Roger, Yannick Lefort and many others, settled in Saint Germain des Près. In this mythical district, as well as the neighboring Latin Quarter, you will admire some of the most beautiful monuments on the Left Bank of Paris such as the Church of Saint Germain des Prés and the Church of Saint Sulpice. You will also tread the cobblestones of the charming rue de Buci and contemplate one of the institutions of Paris, the Café de Flore. During this visit, you will taste chocolates, macarons and pastries. Your guide will teach you everything there is to know about these sweets while enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Paris: Explore with a Treasure Hunt on Non-Electric Scooters

10. Paris: Explore with a Treasure Hunt on Non-Electric Scooters

This 2-hour self-guided tour starts at the Louvre. You will cross the Carrousel Bridge to reach the left bank of the Seine where you will start collecting clues in order to crack the code that opens the Cryptex. Inside, there is the key to open the strongbox and get to the treasure!  As you explore and search for clues you will see many of Paris's famous landmarks including The Louvre, Orsay Museum, the Invalides, Alexander III Bridge, Alma Bridge, the Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower, and the famous Seine. 

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What people are saying about Left Bank

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,184 reviews

Our tour guide Fred was incredibly knowledgeable on the parts of Paris that we toured. He brought us around to many different parts of Paris and we got to see a new side to the city. We cycled in a group of 8 and Fred had a way of making us feel as though we were all friends and had known each other before the tour. Everybody looked out for each other. The bikes were so light and very easy to cycle. We had the option of a helmet and a basket for our belongings. If possible I would recommend doing this tour on a weekday when it’s less busy as the roads and paths we took were congested with people (we did Sunday afternoon). It wasn’t an issue as such and Fred reduced pace so we were all able to manoeuvre around the crowds together. You need to be a somewhat confident cyclist to travel around the city and be familiar with road rules and cycling rules (like signalling) to ensure a smooth cycle. There were many breaks on the tour and we were never cycling for more than 7 mins at a time.

This walking tour of Monmartre was amazing! Our guide Kasia was so knowledgeable and fun, you could tell she was passionate about the art and history of the area. We learnt so much and saw things we definitely wouldn't have noticed if we had just walked around by ourselves. Would 100% recommend.

We loved this tour! We weren't sure what to expect, but this tour was so much fun and very interesting. Our guide Kasia was amazing, she had so many interesting stories about the artists who lived in Monmartre and all the history of the area. Would definitely recommend :)

We loved the show, it is very worthwhile, the super attentive guide and great vibes. if i would go again

The show was fantastic. It is a modern and very tasteful take. Loved it.