Literary Paris: Private Book Lovers' Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Paris

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Enjoy a 3-hour literary tour in Paris and mingle with the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Balzac, Sartre, and many others as you unlock the stories of the legendary Parisian writing scene. Hear interesting facts and anecdotes like why Hemingway called Paris a “moveable feast” or about an eccentric poet who walked his pet lobster around on a leash. See where Oscar Wilde drew his last breath, and visit the location of the original Shakespeare and Company bookstore. 
Once you meet your guide at a designated point, get ready for an interesting and educational tour that takes you through Paris' former hotbeds of intellectualism, which once housed a staggering amount of literary genius. Travel back in time to when the Left Bank of Paris was bursting with creativity, when brilliant minds toiled over manuscripts in smoky cafés while echoes of jazz wafted down the bustling Boulevard Saint-Germain. Let the romanticism of vintage Paris wash over you as your guide leads you from one poetic neighborhood to another, revealing anecdotes and little-known facts about the lives of Paris’ great writers. Explore the Latin Quarter, where Lost Generation alums Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald would chat over a drink (or five). Then explore the chic and stylish Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, where among art galleries and fashionable boutiques sit two of the city’s most iconic literary cafés. These were once favorite haunts of Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Picasso. Learn about the impact of the Beat Generation, and contemplate the wit of Oscar Wilde in front of the hotel where he spent his final days. Hear interesting facts and anecdotes like why Hemingway called Paris a 'moveable feast' or about an eccentric poet who walked his pet lobster around on a leash. Break up the action by enjoying a coffee break with your guide (included).Finally, head to the Odéon area of town as your guide evokes the memory of Sylvia Beach and the original Shakespeare and Company bookstore. Even though the original store closed long ago, you can explore the modern-day shop, a great place to find that perfect literary souvenir to take home.

What’s included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Private tour
  • A coffee break in an authentic French café

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Highlights

  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Small-group tour
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