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Things to do in La Sorbonne

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Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

1. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Paris: Full-Day Cooking Class, Market Tour and Lunch

2. Paris: Full-Day Cooking Class, Market Tour and Lunch

Discover some of the secrets to French cuisine at a small group cooking class in Paris. Held in the Latin Quarter, the class is typically limited to between 3 and 7 people to keep things intimate and personal. You wlll be welcomed at 09:00 with croissant, coffee and tea. After getting to know each other, head to a nearby open air market to find the freshest ingredients for your class, and experience some of the local color of the Latin Quarter. Back at the school by 10:30, it’s time to build your menu depending on what ingredients were available. This will include an appetizer, main course, and a dessert focused on classic French techniques, such as ice cream and wine sauce. Learn how to plan a meal, and what can be prepared in advance. After about 2 hours of cooking - fortified with a glass of wine or 2 - it’s time to enjoy a delicious meal, paired with red and white wines and generous servings of cheese. Sitting in the beautiful setting, you will be joined by a native Frenchman whose complete mastery of the English language will help him share stories about French food and culture. Lunch typically finishes at around 15:00 - but nobody will be rushing you out the door!

Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour

3. Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour

Explore life in Paris 800 years ago on a 2-hour tour of the most important Medieval sites in the city, including the Hotel de Cluny, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Fountain of the Innocents. Your guide will tell you about the culture, art, and architecture of the Middle Ages while walking along Medieval streets to discover façades that retain their Medieval symbols. Along the way, visit the imposing Notre-Dame de Paris, the most important monument to Medieval Paris. Wander the Latin Quarter to see where the Medieval lives on today. Pass the Hotel de Cluny, a former mansion of Cluny abbots that is now the Museum of the Middle Ages. Go to the Sorbonne to see one of Europe's oldest universities, and marvel at the Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Tower, all that remains of the 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie. Learn the mercanitile history of Les Halles, and see the oldest intact fountain in Paris at the Fontaine des Innocents. You will even learn the surprising connections the ultra-modern Centre Pompidou has with the Middle Ages!

Paris: Private or Shared City Highlights Tour

4. Paris: Private or Shared City Highlights Tour

Discover the highlights of Paris on an interactive 4-hour tour with a live guide, available as a private or small group option. Travel the streets by minibus, and see more than you would on a walking tour. Meet your guide at the Opéra Garnier (Palais Garnier), and set off to explore the Latin Quarter, notable for the Sorbonne university campus and its bohemian vibe. Pass the scenic Place du Châtelet and imposing Louvre Museum, as well as the Haussmann-designed Place de l’ Opéra. Admire the triumphant Place Vendôme and the expansive Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Élysées. See the iconic columns of La Madeleine, the complex of buildings of the Ecole Militaire, and the museums and monuments of Les Invalides. Experience the sidewalk café culture of St. Germain-des-Pres. Enjoy ample photo stops along the way. Then, continue with a stop near Notre-Dame de Paris and Marais district, including the famous Place des Vosges. (Some access can be subject to the police authorization). Transfer to artistic Montmartre for a walking tour of Place du Tertre. Watch the pavement artists at work, and look at the white, wedding-cake basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Drive back to the city center for a drop-off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Family Dinosaur Tour in the Natural History Museum

5. Paris: Family Dinosaur Tour in the Natural History Museum

If you're looking for a family-friendly activity on your trip to Paris, you'll enjoy this private tour of the dinosaur exhibits at the Natural History Museum. Your guide will lead you into the world of dinosaurs and other animals from the prehistoric period and share lots of playful stories, anecdotes, and riddles along the way. On arrival at the Museum of Natural History, your guide will accompany you directly to the Anatomy Gallery. You will discover an impressive collection of animal skeletons, including that of a 20-meter-long whale. You'll also discover the gigantic skeletons of Diplodocus, Allosaurus, and Triceratops. Explore a time long ago in the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and mammoths, and arrive back in the 21st century with a little more knowledge about the history of life on earth.

Paris: Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private or Group Walking Tour

6. Paris: Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private or Group Walking Tour

Explore the Latin Quarter, the most popular part of the Left Bank district of Paris. Enjoy a private 2-hour tour with a professional guide and discover the highlights of a fascinating area that has inspired countless artists and other creative geniuses, including Hemingway, Woody Allen, and Salvador Dali, to name just a few.  The Latin Quarter is home to the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, the world-famous Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, and the breathtaking Luxembourg Gardens. This private tour will take you to the core of Paris history from medieval times to its present day's bohemian culture preserved in this charming student village. 

Paris: Latin Quarter Guided Tasting Tour

7. Paris: Latin Quarter Guided Tasting Tour

Your evening begins in an ancient Roman amphitheater, one of Paris's most impressive hidden gems. From there, head to a nearby local cheese shop run by two brothers. This old-school spot will give you an introduction to the fascinating world of French cheese: the history, legends, laws, and more! Next, step into a private tasting space at a bottle shop located in one of the area’s best-loved bistros. This place specializes in small producers, and there's no better place to learn about natural winemaking, heritage techniques and forgotten grapes. Enjoy a couple glasses of French natural wine paired with a charcuterie spread. Then it's off to a neighborhood bistro in the heart of the world-renowned, 13th-century Sorbonne. It's here where you'll discover just how the French Revolution changed the way we eat and drink here in Paris. Taste some unexpected dishes here: a delicious seafood bite and a bistro classic that should be on every foodie's list to try in Paris. En route to the next stop, enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter and discover some of Paris's most legendary monuments. Your final stop of the evening is a bar that dates back to 1520 and is located just across the street from Ernest Hemingway's former home. This spot specializes in historical drinks, and the owner has even written an entire book on absinthe. Drink the controversial spirit in the traditional way and wrap things up with a fun game to test your knowledge of some interesting facts about France.

Paris Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

8. Paris Latin Quarter 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

This 2-hour guided walking tour of the Latin Quarter takes you to the very heart of medieval Paris, and you’ll get an idea what this area, now renowned for its elegance and sophistication, used to be like. As you walk along the cobblestone streets, you’ll come across many students who attend the district’s various universities, including the Sorbonne, world-famous for its high standards and centuries-old traditions. The area exudes a youthful spirit of rebellion and progressive ideas, which are in contrast with the ancient streets and churches of the medieval era. This is Paris where tradition truly meets the future. Your tour takes you through the many layers of the Latin Quarter. Along with the historic monuments and beautiful, old-world architecture, you’ll find the hottest jazz clubs of Paris, as well as nightclubs, cocktail bars, and hip restaurants. Principal sites visited on the tour include Shakespeare and Company, Rue Saint-Séverin, the Church of Saint-Séverin, Hôtel de Cluny, La Sorbonne, the Panthéon, Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and the Luxembourg Gardens.

Paris: Latin Quarter Guided Walking Tour in German

9. Paris: Latin Quarter Guided Walking Tour in German

Together with your German-speaking tour guide, discover the lively Latin Quarter in the south of Paris on this private walking tour.   Also known as the student quarter of the French capital, the Latin Quarter is located mainly in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. This neighbourhood has everything your heart desires: see world-famous sights like the internationally-renowned Paris University of Sorbonne and the Pantheon, a domed neo-classic mausoleum. In contrast to these, you’ll also explore places off-the-beaten-track like smaller cafés and squares. Finally, discover a particularly impressive park, that stands in contrast to the popular avenues and boulevards of this district.   On this relaxed, German-language walk through the Latin Quarter, your guide will teach you all about the history of the district and its sights, as well as the everyday life of the city of Paris.

Paris: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

10. Paris: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

Receive a warm welcome to Paris with a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible. Discover main attractions and landmarks like Notre Dame and Jardin du Luxembourg in only 90 minutes. Get up-to-date tips on where locals like to grab a bite and unwind, or what about a unique family-owned restaurant in a local hotspot? On this private tour, your local guide will make sure you see Paris like a local. Your guide will have all your questions covered and will give you a city orientation to get you acquainted with Paris to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest.

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THANK YOU FRED! This was the perfect last minute decision we could have made on our last day in Paris. My mother is handicapped so we wanted to do something where she could enjoy the whole city and monuments without walking. Fred was so kind and thoughtful in this, he even had a small stool for her to help get into the car. I highly recommend Fred and this your service. This was the perfect way to get your family photos at all the must see spots in Paris. Thank you Fred! 10/10 would recommend!

This was one of the best things I’ve done in Paris. I felt like I went to a dinner party at a friend’s house and helped cook. I learned so much and felt quite at home as a solo traveler. Frederick was the best part, fun and so knowledgeable. Do not skip the market tour component.

Very pleasant guide tour in the Marais and Quartier Latin area! You discover small streets and squares you wouldn't find otherwise with funfacts tailored to your nationality as the guide speaks your language! Would recommend!

It was a great day, met some great people. Fredrick was a great instructor with a nice sense of humor

Mila was extremely well informed, articulate and fun. We learned a lot about medieval Paris with her