Lonely Planet Experiences: Latin quarter and Saint-Germain
Paris has certainly cornered the 'effortlessly cool' market, so why not join this Paris tour to infiltrate the scene? Walk the boho beat of Saint Germain, sample wine, and meat and cheese in a traditional wine house and hit the park for a casual game of petanque (+ wine!) for the win. Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world’s leading travel publisher. Lonely Planet Experiences powered by Urban Adventures bring stories to life in the best-loved cities around the globe.
Bohemian Paris Walking Tour Highlights
- Explore the tangled medieval streets of Paris
- Revel in the bohemian atmosphere of Saint-Germain
- Make a wish to come back to Paris in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral
- Savour cheese and charcuterie in a traditional wine house
- Play petanque in Paris’ oldest square with a glass of wine or pastis
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Inclusions: Local English guide, a plate of French cheese and charcuterie in a local wine house, and a game of petanque with a glass of wine.
Exclusions: A drink during the aperitif break, items of personal nature, and tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- Meeting point: In front the entrance gates of the Pantheon – Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris (closest metro Luxembourg on the RER suburban train line B). Your tour guide will be holding a distinctive red Urban Adventures sign.
- Starting time: 2.00 PM
- Ending point: In front of the Notre-Name cathedral, Metro 4 Cité
Join a local guide to discover the enigmatic charms of France’s capital on this enlightening Paris city tour that pairs secret local hangouts with delicious food and wine – a winning combo!
Start this bohemian Paris tour on Sainte-Genevieve Hill, a popular spot with local university students that offers impressive views of the imposing Pantheon. Next, stop in at the Luxembourg Gardens and soak up the romanticism of this quiet haven that offers a welcome break from Paris’ busy streets.
Continue to the vibrant Saint-Germain area, a hotspot for writers, intellectuals, musicians, and artists. Full of eclectic cafes, cool coffee houses, pokey bookshops, and lively street markets, it’s easy to see why Ernest Hemingway, Jim Morrison, and many others fell in love with the bohemian vibe of this area. Despite rising prices and gentrification, Saint-Germain has managed to retain its irresistible, artistic ambiance. This area is one of the best places to see that unbeatable, unique Paris charm, and this Saint-Germain tour shows you exactly what it means to be a local in the area.
Next on our Paris walking tour, we wander along the serene embankments of the Seine River, and we stop at a traditional wine store where you can sample a typical French charcuterie plate. Full of deliciously decadent cheese, salty cured meat, and rich pâtés, this is an authentic French gastronomic treat!
From here, we move to the beautiful surrounding square, the oldest in Paris, to play a game of petanque or bocci balls. This fun game is still played by many of Paris’ citizens and all over the country, and they even might have some tips on technique to share with us as we play. We also give you a glass of French wine or traditional pastis – who knows, it may help improve your technique!
After our game, we go toward the energetic Saint-Michel area and take a peek into Paris’ first English bookshop, nestled in a medieval house and packed to the rafters with novels, from the classics to modern masterpieces. This place is like Mecca for bookworms, and definitely not to be missed if you’re the kind of person who always has their nose in a good book!
Finally, we finish our Paris day tour with the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, where you can take photos of this legendary building and really fall in love with the beautiful city of Paris (if you haven’t done so already!). Could there be a better way to finish this Paris city tour rich in history, gastronomy, and art? Nope, didn’t think so.
Inclusions: Local English guide, a plate of French cheese and charcuterie in a local wine house, and a game of petanque with a glass of wine.
Exclusions: A drink during the aperitif break, ttems of personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Standard dress and comfortable walking shoes! Maybe an umbrella – it’s Paris!
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: Because we visit local shops on this tour, some may be closed unexpectedly. Should this happen, we will replace the stop with an equally delicious alternative.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of six 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 six. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mr. Brother Cecilia C. from Spain travelled on 18 Apr 2017:
Excellent tour to experience the local side of the Latin Quarter and the insights of Paris. Tim was an excellent guide, informative and funny! We recommend this tour to anyone who want to discover the real side of this city!
Mr. Catherine T. from Canada travelled on 03 Apr 2017:
J’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir dans cette découverte de Paris bucolique et hors des sentiers battus. Une balade fort sympathique et très enrichissante, Un chaleureux MERCI à M. Timothée Demelliers, jeune homme cultivé et enthousiaste !
Mr. Ronan M. from United Kingdom travelled on 24 Sep 2016:
Myself and my parents had the pleasure of enjoying the above tour with Arthur on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
It was “une journée parfaite” – beautiful weather, the most beautiful city in the world…..and the best tour guide ever!
It turned out to be just the 3 of us booked on the tour that day – so we basically had our own private tour guide!
Such a prospect may have been daunting for other guides – when normally the groups are bigger – but Arthur is a true professional and he took it all in his stride.
Strolling through the streets of Paris at a gentle pace was just ideal for my parents – they love to take their time.
The whole day was simply fantastic:
coffee in the Jardins de Luxembourg; interesting historical facts and anecdotes; hidden gems and places off the beaten track; the “secret car park wall”; and of course the “pièce de résistance” in Place Dauphine – food, wine, pastis and pétanque!
All in the company of our excellent guide – who felt like a friend to us.
We saw a whole different side to Paris – and Arthur kept us entertained the entire time.
He is extremely knowledgeable and is able to adapt the tour to your needs. We had already visited some of the places before (such as Notre Dame) so Arthur had no problem working out an itinerary which allowed us to venture elsewhere.
And our guide is also a world champion! We learned all about the sport of “footbag” and Arthur was able to demonstrate his skills.
That was a first for all of us – to be sitting enjoying some food & wine with a world champion – c’était superbe!
Arthur – I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful day we had.
I really appreciate you spending so much time with us – I know that you went way over the normal allowance – but we also broke Tim’s record!
You are the embodiment of the Paris Urban Adventures motto:
For us, in Paris, it was truly the “Best. Day. Ever.”
Mrs. Joan M. from Australia travelled on 22 Jun 2016:
An interesting tour that was also a lot of fun. Our tour leader, Alix, was knowledgeable and provided a lot of information, at the same time as making it an enjoyable experience. We particularly enjoyed the petanque and wine!
Mr. Donald C. from Australia travelled on 05 Oct 2015:
We did 2 Urban Adventures in Paris – both excellent – great guides Arthur and Alexis
Ms. Samantha C. from Australia travelled on 03 Oct 2015:
Arthur was a most personable and gracious host whose passion for Paris and the French way of life was infectious. Next time we come to France I just want to take him with us everywhere we go !! A hugely enjoyable and memorable afternoon. Thanks.
Mrs. Christine D. from France travelled on 29 Jul 2015:
Our tour guide, Alix was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with!
Mrs. Toni F. from Australia travelled on 05 Apr 2015:
Arthur was a great guide who provided us with a good insight into the Latin quarter. He was a lovely guy with a good sense of humour which made the tour really fun and we particularly enjoyed our stop for wine and charcuterie followed by a game of pétanque. Merci Arthur!
Mr. WEE TECK C. from Singapore travelled on 17 Nov 2014:
The guide that conducted the tour on 08 Nov 2014 was fantastic. She enabled the 4 hours tour to be fun and filled with interesting history of Paris. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and ever ready to answer any questions.
Mrs. Patricia H. from USA travelled on 12 Oct 2014:
The tour was fantastic. Our guide Arthur was amazing. His indepth knowledge of French history added so much to the tour. He was so easy to talk with, we had many very interesting, enjoyable conversations. I would highly reccomend Urban Adventure they are the best!
Ms. Donna S. from United Kingdom travelled on 01 Oct 2014:
Arthur’s knowledge and passion for Paris was palpable; as a first time visitor to the city, i’m so pleased to have a bit of insider knowlegde and dont just feel as though i’m another “tourist” – can truly appreciate my 26hrs there a whole lot more! Thanks also to Tim who went out of of his way to make sure I got on the tour as a last minute addition!
Mrs. Robwyn S. from travelled on 27 Sep 2014:
Alix was a wonderful guide…very knowledgable and friendly. She made the tour exceptionally interesting. I loved learning about the history!! This wS an outstanding tour and I would highly recommend it. Thanks Alix!!!
Mrs. Melissa D. from Australia travelled on 26 Sep 2014:
Alex was incredibly knowledgable and clearly loves her job. her communication skills were outstanding and nothing was too much trouble. We loved learning about the history and thought it was an excellent idea to start at the. Pantheon to learn its history, setting the context for the rest of the tour. We really enjoyed the game of pétanque too. We will certainly highly recommend this tour to others.
Ms. Jen M. from United Kingdom travelled on 15 Sep 2014:
Fantastic tour. Our guide Arthur was great – perfect blend of interesting historical stories with cultural insights and observations about current life in Paris. We had a great time.
Ms. Gitte W. from Australia travelled on 04 Sep 2014:
Arthur was amasing, funny, easy to talk to, very informative, and i loved the petang play. My 3. time in Paris and it was really good to see something different and at the same time get information on history. Thank you all very much.
Mr. Nigel M. from United Kingdom travelled on 23 May 2014:
Alix conducted an excellent tour of Bohemian Paris.
Mr. Dave M. from New Zealand travelled on 18 Apr 2014:
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour and our guide Maria was very knowledgeable and delightful. She made Paris come alive for us.
Mr. PAUL M. from USA travelled on 14 Apr 2014:
Arthur was very enthusiastic about living in Paris. He told many colorful stories about the French Revolution, and explained the historical significance of all of the places we visited. It was a great tour.
Ms. Sylvia K. from Germany travelled on 09 Mar 2014:
We were a small group of five giving a good chance to get detailed information. Our guide was really very nice and showed us some hidden places you would never find by yourself. Thank you!
Mrs. Kim G. from Australia travelled on 01 Aug 2013:
Excellent travel experience – great to interact with the locals!Our guide, Arthur, was great!
Mr. Derek R. from Australia travelled on 19 Jul 2013:
We did the two Urban Adventure walks on the same day in Paris with Maria and Tim respectively. We thoroughly enjoyed both walks and loved gaining insight to both the history of many of the iconic sites and having the opportunity to visit many “off the beaten track” areas. Excellent way to see Paris, particularly with limited time available.
Mr. Michael C. from Australia travelled on 06 Jun 2013:
We booked this tour through Expedia. The title said ”
Small-Group Tour: Experience Bohemian Paris Cheese, Charcuterie, and Wine Tasting”. To be honest, based on the title, I somehow thought we’d be getting a tour through different wineries so that we can sample various wines and cheese around Paris. 🙂 So my expectations were a bit different….In any case, Arthur did an awesome job showing us around Paris. He was very knowledgeable in letting us know the history behind some of the things we saw during the tour. He was also very upbeat about Paris and telling us some of his personal experiences living there as well.
Mr. Jan G. from Norway travelled on 15 Apr 2013:
Our guide, Arthur, did a great job. Happy to have him as guide.
Mrs. P. Rosemary M. from Canada travelled on 13 Nov 2012:
I think the tour starting at the Place de La Concorde starts too early…….I would have taken it if it started at 10:o0 A.M. It started at 9:00 A.M. Kelly was great and I really enjoyed the tour that started at the Pantheon.
Mrs. Mari T. from USA travelled on 09 Oct 2012:
Booked this tour because it was in the afternoon, and our flight was to land at 7:30 am. The flight was late, and we just made it from our hotel room via Metro to the meeting site at the Pantheon. This was the perfect low-key way to feel part of Paris after the hustle of travel. We saw things on the Left Bank that we would not have seen on our own, and found a few places that we would come back to later in our trip. We covered a lot of ground, but had enough pauses to allow our poor jet-lagged brains to take it all in.
Ms. Eliza A. from Australia travelled on 26 Sep 2012:
I work for Intrepid Travel so know the Urban Adventures product very well. I had high expectations and this trip exceeded them. It was the right mixture of fun, history and culture and our giude helped facilitate opportunities to meet locals. I’ve been to Paris plenty of times but learnt more than I expected to. My favourite part of the tour was playing petanque with a red wine in one hand in a little square in the backstreets of Paris. A truly local experience and something to remmeber for a long time!
Mr. Neville C. from United Kingdom travelled on 27 Aug 2012:
Travelled with Intrepid so knew what to expect – not disappointed. Recommended.
Ms. Zaynah A. from USA travelled on 20 Aug 2012:
The 4-hour “Experience Paris” walking tour was without a doubt the highlight of my trip to Paris. Our guide Tim was friendly, extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. This intimate tour of 11 people included historical sites, hidden gems, local hot-spots, and interesting tidbits which would not be covered in a typical big-name tour. For example, we saw the hotel where Jim Morrison is rumored to have died, the narrow back street where the first guillotine was located, and the bridge to which lovers attach a lock and throw the key in the River Seine, so that their love lasts forever! I have been to Paris once before and had already visited the major tourist attractions, and this tour gave me a different perspective of the city, which is exactly what I was looking for. But this tour would be perfect even for a first-time visitor who wants to avoid big crowds and long lines. Ending the tour with a game of petanque (bocce ball) was the icing on the cake. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour, and especially our wonderful guide Tim! By the end of it, you truly will feel like a local Parisian.
Ms. Linsey L. from USA travelled on 30 Jul 2012:
Kelli was an amazing guide, and we had a fantastic time on our tour. Having a small group provided for a much more intimate tour, where we got to know one another as we got to know Paris. Would highly recommend to any other traveler who is looking for something a little bit different.
Mrs. Cathleen O. from USA travelled on 11 Jun 2012:
Tim was a fantastic guide and a very warm and friendly person. We had a great time with him! We highly suggest taking this tour!!
Mr. PETER L. from Australia travelled on 15 May 2012:
We have done a few Urban Adventures (Istanbul, London, Amsterdam) and as per the previous tours the Paris Urban Adventure was fabulous. Our guide Tim as great, he knew his stuff and obviously loves his city. Tim showed us some sights we would never have seen on our own or on a city bus tour. You can see famous icons on your own but you couldn’t possibly see what we saw without a local guide, walking around and exploring!
Mr. David L. from Australia travelled on 13 Nov 2011:
I have taken a few Urban Adventures now and this was by far the best. Tim is knowledgeable, interesting and has clearly worked hard to be able to run a fantastic tour. I could not recommend him highly enough.
PS Just with Urban Adventure in general and the booking system – Urban Adventures don’t really need to be confirmed, certainly no office I spoke to wanted confirmation, could that be changed on the email sent out after purchase?