- More than a classic walking tour, get back in time and relive the French past
- Follow the steps of mad kings or plotting marquises who lived in Le Marais
- Enjoy intimate walking tour of 8 people maximum
- End with a complimentary drink with your welcomer in a typical French café
Damsels and Noblemen in Le Marais
“Meet the Locals from the Past” is our unique walking tour Marais that takes you back in the past to discover its rich History in a lively manner. Find out how past celebrities lived in private mansions and opulent gardens and be part of their history!
This exclusive tour will introduce you to some of the most aristocratic personalities and noble scallywags who resided in Le Marais. Here is how it works
- At the start of the tour, you’ll receive a Historical Character Card.
- This card will give you the chance to walk in the footsteps of celebrity preachers, mad kings or plotting marquises. Don’t worry! You won’t have to do any acting!
- Along the tour, your Welcomer will call your card. Just listen to the incredible life of your character!
Le Marais is a Parisian quarter positioned in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine. Every corner in Le Marais shares a crucial part of French History. It has been home to Paris’s first aristocratic neighborhood, a vibrant Jewish community, a duel field and backyard factories.
Marais means swamp in French — which makes it sound like a great place for a stroll, right? 🙂 Luckily, monks drained the swamp centuries ago and replaced with pastures and orchards. As you stroll along the picturesque part of Le Marais, between the Seine and Rue Saint Antoine, your welcomer will uncover traces of medieval Paris and travel you back in the moving times of the Middle Ages.
As centuries went by, Le Marais bloomed magnificent private mansions that became nowadays museums and cultural centers. Your welcomer will unveil the discreet foreign affairs and murder strategies that were once plotted behind their well-off façades.
Place des Vosges is your next stop. Rich in its history, this former Royal Square has witnessed major events during the past few centuries. Today, this square holds some of the most expensive flats in Paris. Listen closely to your welcomer, he will have so much to tell you about it!
As you go along this tour, enjoy a serene walk into the secluded courtyards of the Saint-Paul Village while learning about a former Royal Residence and its owners.
Last but not least, explore the vibrant heart of the Marais’s Jewish community, located at Rue des Rosiers. A beautifully designed synagogue is still to be seen around the corner.
Now back to the present! It is time for you to enjoy a drink with your welcomer in a typical French coffee shop! Feel free to explore the rest of Le Marais later on as it still has great areas to explore! Whether you are a shopping addict or a bar hopper (or both J), le Marais is considered today as the hub of Parisian fashion and trends.
Are we going to walk during 2.5 hours?
Of course not! The tour involves only 2.5 kilometers on flat ground so you will have plenty of time to stop, take pictures, and talk to your Welcomer. This tour is ideal if you want to wander through Paris at a smooth pace.
Can children attend this Walking tour Marais
Children are welcome but we highly recommend our Family Friendly Tours, as they are more adapted to youngsters. We provide them with creative and informative activities!
Won’t it be boring if I’m not a “History addict”?
You won’t ever think History can be boring after this walking tour Marais. It’s a very interactive and playful visit, with a bunch of fascinating anecdotes and facts. You will get historical information in a way you never experienced before!
Meeting Address: 99 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris - In front of Saint-Paul Saint-Louis church. Closest metro station: Saint-Paul (line 1) / ENDING POINT: Place des Vosges. Closest metro stations: Bastille or Saint-Paul (line 1)
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