Travel to the heart of the City of Light on this 3 hour small group walking tour. Le Marais is a neighborhood with the perfect Parisian mix of breathtaking architecture, trendy boutiques, delicious cafés and restaurants, and hidden gardens. On this in-depth exploration of the Marais, you’ll enjoy historical anecdotes and captivating stories that will only further the magic of Le Marais. Highlights include the Hôtel de Ville, Place des Vosges, St-Paul-St-Louis Church, and the famed Jewish quarter. Plus we’ve selected the most charming café stop, so halfway through you can relax and take in your surroundings like a true Parisian!
Your Marais walk begins at the city hall or Hôtel de Ville on the lower edge of the Marais - its public square which was once the site of public executions but is now home to seasonal events and concerts. Then you’ll explore deeper into the Marais to the see quaint narrow streets and original wood-framed medieval architecture.
After taking in striking remains of medieval ramparts and cobblestone alleys, you’ll follow a secret series of courtyards -one of the most charming and overlooked parts of the Marais. A walk inside a spectacular Baroque church will reveal little-known legends and mysteries sure to awaken the imagination.
The Marais was once a substantially Jewish neighborhood and much still retains of this history. There will be time for sobering reflection in front of the Shoah Memorial, which commemorates lives lost during the Holocaust. You’ll explore the Jewish quarter and the bustling Rue des Rosiers, home to this day to a number of Jewish eateries. You’ll also visit the elegant Place des Vosges, home to many famous characters through the ages including writer Victor Hugo.
The tour includes a collection of aristocratic city mansions from the exterior, guaranteed to transport you back in time. Your guide will also have plenty of foodie recommendations, so be sure to bring a notebook!