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Feb 14th, 2009, 07:03 AM
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PARIS: what is your favorite walking tour?

We have spent some time in Paris and have enjoyed many of the neighborhoods and museums.

On our next trip, we'd like to dig deeper into one of the neighborhoods by taking a walking tour. There are so many out there, i thought it would be helpful to hear about your experiences and see what all of you would recommend.

We are especially interested in history and architecture.

A few I've been thinking about:

-- the evening electric bike tour by secret charms of paris

--paris greeters (we had an amazing experience with big apple greeters in new york).

-- something in the marais, since our apt is there

-- something in the islands, since i especially loved this area.

definitely open to other and any options!

Thanks in advance.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 07:42 AM
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Must this tour be in English? I've taken several interesting ones that were in French, there are a lot of good French neighborhood tours by registered guides that are very cheap, and always small groups. You don't need to reserve in advance, either, they are listed in a weekly guide (eg, Pariscope) under "Conferences".
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Feb 14th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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unfortunately, yes, it must be in english.
only our daughter speaks french. (we are traveling with our older teens)

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Feb 14th, 2009, 08:09 AM
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Borders and Barnes and Noble have a boxed set for about $14.95 of 50 cards that have maps on the front of the card and then info about the neighborhood and what you should see on them. I have bought them for Paris,Rome,London,etc. and they are great to throw in your bag and do a walking tour on your own.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 08:19 AM
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In addition to the cards mentioned above, see if you can find a copy of "Walking Pairs" by Gilles Desmons. It includes 30 walks with detailed maps and directions and excellent informative narrative. It's what DH is using to plan our next trip since this time he demands to be in charge since I've planned all our previous trips.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 08:24 AM
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i have seen a few different ones in guidebooks from the library.

try fodors, frommers, rick steves, and lets' go...

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Feb 14th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Any of Degas's walking tours, available by the Paris Super thread are amazing. I can't thank him enough!

If you can stand Rick Steves, you can download for free four different walking tours for France. These are playable on any Mp3 player, iPhone or iPod. One of them deals specifically with the architecture of Paris centered around the iles and Notre Dame.

http://www.ricksteves.com/news/trave.../audiotour.htm

There are printable maps there as well. The four are:
Historic
Versailles
Orsay
Louvre

I am not a RS fan but he has got these right IMO.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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ok, i am excited to check out all those options. they sound fantastic!

anyone have a suggestion for a "guided" tour?

thanks,
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Feb 14th, 2009, 10:03 AM
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You might try Michael Osman for a guided tour. It's one price no matter how many people you have. And lasts all day or until you cry for mercy. He can personalize a tour for you or you can choose one of his set tours. Even though we've been to Paris more times than I can ecall a day spent with Michael is alwaays a delight and something new to see.

His email is [email protected]

I'll post his website for you when I can look it up
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Feb 14th, 2009, 10:04 AM
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Here's his website

http://www.geocities.com/parisfinder/
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Feb 14th, 2009, 10:36 AM
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thanks, avalon!
do you remember how much he charges?


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Feb 14th, 2009, 10:49 AM
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I wouldn't like to quote his price here. But I just checked some other private guides and I can say, he charges less for an 8 hour day for however many people you have than most of them charge for a 4 hour tour for one person.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 11:06 AM
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Avalon:

Okay, how much do most guides charge for 4 hour tours of Paris?

Thank you.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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The one 1 looked at charged 170 euro per person, the other charged 365 euro for up to 4 people for 4 hour tours!
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Feb 14th, 2009, 11:38 AM
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http://classicwalksparis.com/

Try this one. It only costs 20 € per person and has lots of different themes. I have heard they are pretty good.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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thanks. i just sent him an email!
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Feb 14th, 2009, 12:23 PM
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My teenage daughter and I took the Paris Charms and Secrets electric bike
tour last summer and enjoyed it very much.

We were lucky in that there was only 1 other person on the tour with us and our guide, Delphine, was charming and knowledgeable.

The best part is those electric bikes work great! Nothing at all like those heavy slow Velib bikes.

The Segway tour is loads of fun too but it's all about the Segway.

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Feb 14th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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hi rob,

do you mind telling me a bit about your experience with the Paris Charms and Secrets tour?

What did you like best about it?

Would you recommend it for a family who has already
seen many of the sights?

I thought the evening tour seemed interesting. Which one did you do?

Thanks!


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Feb 14th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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Look at the Paris Walks website. They have many 2 hour walking tours throughout Paris including 2 really good one of the Marais. They are in English and cost 12 Euros per person. The groups can be large, depends on when you're going.
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Feb 14th, 2009, 04:51 PM
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thanks, chevre.

i checked paris walks, and they have some great tours, too. their marais walk is on a day when we're there.

the downside would be a really large group. how many were in your group?

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