You’ll meet your local guide and expert concierge by the statue of Louis the 14th, in the courtyard of the Louvre, one of Paris's most iconic sites and the world’s largest museum. You’ll learn about the controversial construction of the glass pyramid before we move onto the nearby Palais Royal, which the evil cardinal Richelieu built opposite the Louvre. There, you'll discover a very hidden yet marvelous gem of the capital city that’s a romantic promenade for lovers, but was once the heart of the prostitution industry for the Parisian bourgeoisie.
We’ll then stop at a metro station, where we’ll explain how the public transit system works, so you’ll be ready to explore on your own, stress-free!
From there, we'll move on to a local café, passing through another beautiful arcade, the gallery Vero-Dodat — one of Paris’ most historic shopping malls, dating back to the era of industrialisation and today home to Christian Louboutin's iconic shoe store, among other shops.
Take a left out of the gallery and enter a local café, where we'll sit in our own little private corner. Order up a latte (the famous “café creme”) with a croissant while your local Parisian guide gives you a quick yet thorough introduction to Paris's long and passionate history. Using a map of the city to help orient you, your guide will tell you where to go, what places are local and which are touristy, the different types of architecture to discover, what's not to be missed, and much more!
As we chat, you’ll discover a large plate of cheese and charcuterie, coming towards you, accompanied with a baguette and red wine (you are learning to be a real Parisian, after all). We’ll teach you your first words in French — the ones that will make all the difference to locals, as Parisians are appreciative of foreigners making an effort to speak the language.
We’ll flip through the day’s newspaper so you can be up on whatever current events are making local headlines while you’re in town. We’ll also browse through the paper’s entertainment section, so you can find out what’s on, from the theatre to the cinema to musical performances. We’ll let you know what’s available in English and explain how to book any events you want to see.
But wait, you can’t yet claim to be a real Parisian if you haven’t tried frogs’ legs and snails! We’ll sample some cuisses de grenouille and escargots, doused in their legendary garlic-butter sauce.
After all that, you should be able to fly with your own French wings! Your guide will give you tips for spending the rest of your day in the city. The metro, public bicycles, buses, and taxis are all nearby, so you’ll be in prime position in the centre of the city to explore some more on your own, new Parisian! We wish you a magnifique afternoon!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a latte and croissant, snails and frogs’ legs, platter of French cheese and charcuterie, one glass of wine.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring an umbrella if it’s calling for rain.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: The itinerary might be slightly modified on public holidays, when shops we usually visit may be closed.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.