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saige Jul 31st, 2011 12:30 PM

Paris Discover Walks Guided Tours
Anyone have experience with this group that provides walking tours of Paris?

Evidently they are tips only, no fee, tours conducted by locals. I'm interested in hearing about your experiences with them.

Thanks! Saige

roamer Jul 31st, 2011 05:06 PM

We've been on two of the tours - Notre Dame and the Left Bank. Both very enjoyable - friendly, knowledgable guides who obviously know and love Paris. I definitely recommend these tours.

saige Aug 1st, 2011 01:34 PM

Thanks, roamer!

Ronda Aug 9th, 2011 09:40 AM

I am having trouble making the link work this morning but am wondering how much you tipped. Is it a volunteer organization or in business to make money? Are you expected to tip as though you would have paid for the tour - like 25 or 35 euros?

adrienne Aug 9th, 2011 10:41 AM

Ronda - definitely do not tip E25 or E35. If you paid for a walking tour with Paris Walks (excellent company) each walk would be E12 so you can use this as a guide for tipping.

You tip the guide on the free walks because that is how they get paid.

Ronda Aug 10th, 2011 07:47 AM

Yes, I have used Paris Walks before. All of the walks available during our stay we have done or do not interest me so I wanted to try someone else. In SF there is a volunteer group from the library that gives tours and they are very informtive so wondering if it was the same kind of idea. Thanks.

Ronda Aug 10th, 2011 07:50 AM

I thought I read about a volunteer tour group here that are Parisians, meet you at your hotel, and informally guide you around. Have to do more research. Basically I was thinking that with this type of small group I might get to practice my French.

Michel_Paris Aug 10th, 2011 07:55 AM

If you want to practice your french...

Buy one of the weekly event guides...'Pariscope' or 'Officiel des Spectacles'. In those small magazines, you will see 'Conferences'. These are guided tours. at low cost. Offered in French.

I've taken a few, and they can be quite fantastic because they take you places where the standard tourist tours do not go. Laat one, we went into someone's business, went into their basement, and saw a medieval well.

I'm bilingual, so it worked out fine. My one weakness is that I did not always know which king ruled when..they seem to know their history :)

adrienne Aug 10th, 2011 07:56 AM

Ronda - here's what you're looking for.

You might also be interested in the free Notre Dame tour, led by knowledgeable volunteers. Excellent tour - I took it twice. It lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. Wed & Thurs @2.00; Sat @ 2.30. Meet under the clock inside the main entrance.

You'll be able to practice your French all over Paris. It's only in the snooty places that they look down their noses at you and insist on English.

Michel_Paris Aug 10th, 2011 07:58 AM

Michel_Paris Aug 10th, 2011 07:59 AM

Ronda Aug 10th, 2011 09:47 AM

THANK YOU! Exactly what I was looking for. I am always so amazed that there is always someone on Fodors who can answer any question!

Sue4 Aug 10th, 2011 10:42 AM


saige Aug 14th, 2011 09:19 AM

Thanks for all your informative posts and links!

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