Experience a New Concept of Walking & History Tours!
Meet the Locals has created a fun new way to experience the history of Paris. Our “Meet the Locals from the Past” visits are special history tours where you will see history through the eyes of a fascinating figure from the city’s past.At the start of the tour you will choose a character card at random from a deck of eight. (Tours are limited to eight people, to keep things intimate.) Your character might be a painter, a soldier, a countess or a courtier. The character card will give you a wealth of interesting facts about your character: when they lived, where they were from, or what they looked like.
Then, follow the tour to walk in the shoes of your historical character. But don’t worry, we won’t ask you to put on a costume! Just listen to your Welcomer to see where your character lived, ate, slept — or in some cases, lost their head! By the end, you’ll know whether your character became one of the heros of French history, one of its villains, or somewhere in between!
Here are just a few of the topics you can experience with Meet the Locals from the Past: Marie Antoinette and the Château de Versailles; the Storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution; the Roaring Twenties and the Montparnasse artists that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast; the medieval world of Notre Dame and the Marais; Montmartre painters from Picasso to Toulouse-Lautrec…The small size of our historical tours lets our Welcomers take you to the most interesting — and least-crowded — spots in Paris. So try one of our Meet the Locals from the Past walking history tours to travel back in time through Paris history!
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Relive the most famous day in the French history and retrace the route taken by the people who stormed La Bastille!3h €69 per person 6 MAX.
Stand face to face with crusaders, secret lovers, and hothead dukes who lived in this historic neighborhood3h €65 per person 6 MAX.
Meet the famous characters who lived the original “Vie Bohème” in Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century!3h €65 per person 6 MAX.
Travel back in time and meet mad kings and plotting marquesses who stayed in opulent private mansions2.5h €60 per person 6 MAX.
Peek behind the golden curtain at what life was really like in the Sun King’s opulent court5h €190 per person 6 MAX.
Follow Kiki, Queen of Montparnasse, and discover what were the Crazy Years 1920s – “les Années Folles”!2.5h €65 per person 6 MAX.