Rue Bonaparte and Rue Visconti
L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts on Rue Bonaparte is France's most acclaimed art school. It was founded in 1811 by Napoleon who lived on the street when young. On rue Visconti once lived Racine, and Balzac had his print shop at #17. Parallel to rue Visconti at #5 rue des Beaux-Arts, Edouard Manet was born in 1835. At #13 rue des Beaux-Arts is "L'Hotel", the garret hotel of Oscar Wilde fame and where he died, now luxuriously refurbished with 'themed rooms'. It is worth a visit if you are in the area.
On rue Jacob is the house and studio, now museum, where Delacroix lived and where he was frequently visited by George Sand and Frederic Chopin. Richard Wagner also lived on Rue Jacob, as did Thomas Jefferson when in Paris. At #7 Racine lived when young; Richard Wagner resided at #14 from 1841 to 1842; Ingres once lived at # 27 and Hemingway occupied a tiny upstairs room at #44. Natalie Barney's former residence is landmarked but not open to the public. In the garden you can see a small Doric temple bearing the inscription A l'Amitie, "to friendship." Off Rue Jacob is one of the most charming squares in Paris, Place de Furstenberg.
Rue de Buci
Rue de Buci is a pretty little marketplace surrounded by cafes and restaurants and leads into rue de Seine which is filled with galleries all the way to the river. On rue Mazarine was the theatre where Moliere made his first appearance as an actor and opened a theatre, the Comedie-Francaise. The oldest cafe in Paris, founded in 1686, Cafe Procope is in the same street.
The area around Odeon is famous for its art cinemas and restaurants and is a favorite meeting ground for students attending the Sorbonne, giving it a vibrant atmosphere.
Cour du Commerce-St-Andre
A partially covered quaint passage, it was built in 1776. The workshop where the first guillotine was built stood in this passage. It became a hotbed of revolutionary activity where Marat printed his revolutionary pamphlets. Danton and Desmoulin lived at #20, which was demolished during the building of blvd. St Germain by Haussmann in the mid-19th century. Danton's home has been commemorated by a statue of him at the Carrefour de 1'Odeon next to the Metro. On the nearby Rue de l'Ecole de Medecine Marat was stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday.
Rue de l'Odeon
Was the original home of Sylvia Beach's bookstore, Shakespeare and Company She is particularly associated with Hemingway and the publication of James Joyce's 'Ulysses', but she encouraged and helped Ezra Pound, Archibald MacLeish, Thornton Wilder and F. Scott Fitzgerald. At the top of the hill is the Theatre de l'Odeon, designed in 1782 to hold nearly 2,000 people, the largest in Paris at the time.
Every French king's brother was traditionally called Monsieur-le-Prince. This street was popular with resident Americans as James McNeill Whistler, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell
The oldest Abbey in Paris dating from 543 AD, and the heart of the sixth. This church has always been an important religious center, and over the years acquired immense property. The church got its name from the peasants who would come here on pilgrimage in the 8th century. Saint-Germain-des-Pres meaning Saint Germain of the Fields. Around the year 1000 a new church in the Romanesque style was built with three bell towers, two were destroyed but the third, the gate-tower, is still in place.
On the corner of the square in front of the church is the cafe 'Les Deux Magots' and nearby is the 'Cafe Flore', both of which are literary and artistic shrines associated with many writers and artists such as Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso and Apollinaire. Across the road is Brasserie Lipp favored by politicians, writers and celebrities.
The streets south of Blvd. St-Germain to the Seine are picturesque and have a real feel of 18th and 19th century Paris.
Work on the church of St-Suplice, at one time Paris's largest, began in 1646, but is still ongoing. It has one of the world's largest organs, comprising 6,700 pipes. The Chapelle des Anges (Chapel of the Angel) has two frescoes by Delacroix which were painted in Delacroix's final years and were a high point in his career. Outside the Church is a large square with the 1844 fountain by Visconti at its center. It is the location of the annual Foire de Saint-German held at the beginning of June and which lasts for a month. This fair has been an annual tradition for centuries.
• Musee de la Monnaie - Coins and historical documents
• Musee Delacroix - Home and studio of Delacroix
• Musee d' Histoire de la Medecine - Medical History
• Musee de la Mineralogie - Mineral museum
• Musee du Luxembourg - Art exhibitions
• Musee Zadkine - Home and studio of the Russian sculptor
• Musee Hebert - Works of painter Ernest Hebert 1817-1908
• Museum of Italian landscapes
Along the Seine from rue Bonarparte to rue du Bac is a pleasant place for strolling with its lovely view of the Louvre andthe high-class antique stores in the surrounding streets, called the 'Carre de Rive Gauche'. In mid-June there is a festival and street party when all the shops have an "Open House". The quai here is named in honor of Voltaire who died in a house on this spot in 1778. There is a cafE on the actual site and it is a great place for a short break from sight-seeing
Jardin du Luxembourg is the most loved park in Paris. It is large and has fountains, flowers, statues, tennis courts, concerts in the summer and on Sunday, Tai Chi. Within the park is located the Palais du Luxembourg, home to the French Senate. Next to the senate is the Musee du Luxembourg, which often has art exhibitions. Nearby on rue de Fleurus lived Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Tokas who opened their home to many famous expatriates, writers and artists, including Hemingway and Picasso.
Built in 1803, the first iron bridge in Paris. It was built for pedestrian use and has benches along its length. The bridge stretches from the Institut de France to the Louvre, and has one of the loveliest views in Paris.
Les Deux Magots
The café started life in 1813 as a drapery, selling silk and other luxury items. It took its name Les Deux Magots' from a successful play of that time: The Two Magots of China.
By 1884 Les Deux Magots had transformed itself into a wine merchant's on the corner of St Germain des Pres just as the area was transforming itself into a artistic quarter with the presence of the publishers Grasset and Gallimard and the theatre Le Vieux Colombier.
Legendary figures of the art world frequented Les Deux Margots: Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, Guillaume Appolinaire and in the tense pre-war atmosphere, Saint Germain des Pres became the intellectual centre of Paris : Gide and Malraux regularly ended up in discussions on the café terrace. Paul Eluard introduced Dora Maar to Picasso here.
Every morning, Jean Paul Sartre with Simone de Beauvoir would take his seat at Les Deux Magots and write for hours, often without pause, but sometimes stopping to talk to Ernest Hemingway, another regular customer.
Café Flore and Brasserie Lipp competed with each other for the favor of these artists and intellectuals. They became like community centers and over the years each group of friends would stake out their territory and discuss the ideas of the day.
Discover Saint Germain and the Luxembourg Gardens on a private walking tour with one of our professional photographers.
The 6th arrondissement is chic. It has always been regarded as an intellectual center with many writers, artists and creative people living here. It is the home of Paris publishing and antiquarian book and print dealers. Over the past few years many luxury fashion brands have located stores in the area. St-Germain was a center of bohemianism and existentialism in the glittering cafe society of the post-war years. Names associated with this period are Sartre and Camus and the singer Juliette Greco.
Young French teenagers spent nights in its jazz clubs and cabarets. Many famous French singers sang in the clubs or lived in the area, such as Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet, Guy Beart, Charles Aznavour. The home where Serge Gainsbourgh lived on rue de Verneuil has become a graffitied shrine. Jazz greats who played here include Sidney Bechet, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.
Avoiding the typical tourist traps for the most part, this superb tour will show you Saint Germain des Pres, the hidden corners and unexpected sights which you will capture forever with your cameras.
St Germain thru the Lens
Cost : 2 adults: 150 €pp /3 adults: 100 €pp /4: 75 €pp
We'll start the tour outside one of the oldest churches in Paris in St Germain de Pres opposite the Louis Vuitton store. From here we will take the back streets running parallel to Boulevard St Germain up to rue Bacci which is filled with people and cafes so a great place to learn photographic portraits. From here we will explore an exciting cobbled street which Benjamin Franklin walked on and borders by a small remaining piece of the ancient wall which Surrounded Paris. Time for a quick coffee and then head up the hill past the odeon Theatre and into the lovely Jardin de Luxembourg where there are always interesting shots - mens playing chess, kid with their boats on the pond, Tai Chi classes, a working beehive, gardens and more.
Oscar Wilde lived in a hotel at Quai Voltaire, as did French writer Baudelaire. The area has always attracted the great artists, writers, philosophers, revolutionaries and musicians: Voltaire, Rousseau, Robespierre, Danton, Benjamin Franklin, Bonaparte, Victor Hugo, Verlaine, and Musset.
Wilde Times on the Left Bank Private Tour
Cost : 2 adults: 99 €pp /3 adults: 79 €pp /4: 59 €pp
The historic associations in the picturesque 18th and 19th century streets between blvd. St-Germain and the Seine are really amazing. Famous residents include Delacroix, Richard Wagner, Thomas Jefferson when in Paris, Racine, Ingres, Hemingway and wealthy expatriate Natalie Barney who held literary salons for the "beautiful people" at her former residence. In the garden you can see a small Doric temple bearing the inscription "A l'Amitie" - to friendship.
Oscar Wilde lived in a hotel at Quai Voltaire, as did French writer Baudelaire. The area has always attracted the great artists, writers, philosophers, revolutionaries and musicians: Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Robespierre, Danton, Benjamin Franklin, Bonaparte, Victor Hugo, Verlaine, and Musset.
Wine Tasting - Dinner - Jazz
Spend an evening at one of the most famous traditional Jazz clubs in Paris where the greatest jazzmen in the world have appeared regularly since 1946. But start with a wine tasting and dinner close by.
Dinner & Jazz
Duration: 4 hrs
Available : Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Classic Dinner Code : PAR-LQJAZZ-9 Cost : 59€pp
Bistro Dinner Code : PAR-LQJAZZ-10 Cost : 79€pp
3 course dinner (drinks not included)
Entry Fee to the Jazz Club
8:00pm Meet at the restaurant for diner
9:30pm Jazz Entry
Transfers: There is a short walk between locations.
Paradis Latin welcomes you to the oldest Parisian cabaret and totally renovated, for an evening in its theatre built by Gustave Eiffel to watch the latest show "Paradis d "Amour".
Show with 1/2 Bottle of Champagne
Days Available: Nightly except Tuesday
Start Time: 9:30pm
Duration: Approximately 1 1/4hrs
Code : P-PDSE-S
Description: Welcome to the Grand Dame of french cabaret constructed by Gustave Eiffel in 1889.
Optional: End the evening with a half bottle of Champagne and 1hr Night Tour.
by executive Rover 75 sedan car. Code : P-EVE8S-R75
Cost: 2 Adults 160€pp / 3 Adults 140€pp
by stretch limo (max 8 passengers) Code : P-EVE8S-Limo
Cost: 2 Adults 245 €pp / 3 Adults 200€pp
Complete Diner + Show
Days Available: Nightly except Tuesday
Start Time: 7:30/8:00pm
Duration: Approximately 3 1/2hrs
Dinner & Show with Menu Festival
Optional: Pre or post 1 hr Night Tour by executive Rover 75 sedan car
Code : P-EVE8DS-R75
Cost: 2 Adults 210€pp / 3 Adults 190€pp
Dinner & Show with Menu Star
Optional:Pre or post 1 hr Night Tour by stretch limo
Code : P-EVE8DS-Limo
Cost: 2 Adults 330€pp / 3 Adults 280€pp
Celebrate a special occasion in the City of Lights and let our expert photographer capture these memories forever. For one hour he will photograph you in one the most beautiful locations in the world.
Left Bank Romantic Portrait Package
Duration: 3 hrs
Available : Monday - Saturday at 7:00pm
Code : PAR-ROM-2 Cost : 175€pp
3 course dinner (drinks not included)
CD ROM With all photo Taken
Description : Celebrate an anniversary, wedding or other special occasion in Paris one the most exciting and magical locations in the world.
Our professional photographer will capture your memories forever. For one hour he will lead you and your loved from Pont Neuf, Jardin du Luxembourg, and many charming streets in Saint Germain and en route capture the spontaneous emotions and expressions that tell the story of your visit.
At 8:00pm you'll be dropped off at highly praised Left Bank bistro for a 3 course dinner.
A CD ROM will be sent to your home with unedited high resolution images for you to be able to print.
Across the river from the Louvre, was originally a Beaux-Arts train station but by the 1950's its platforms became too short and it was up for demolition. An innovative restoration transformed the train station into a museum spanning art from 1830 to 1914.
Impressionist Highlights Tour
Includes: Museum Entry
Cost : 2 adults: 109 €pp /3 adults: 89€pp /4: 79 €pp
Special attention will be given to the Impressionists : Monet, Renoir and their disciples didn't’t merely reinvent landscapes and urban scenes but also traditional subjects such as portraits and scenes from everyday life.
Optional: Combination tour with the Orangerie or Marmatton Museum.
Visit the supplier to Joel Robechon and Helen Darouze. Imagine Basque Cheese with Cherry Jam, Porc Basque, Raisins in Sauterne or covered in Chocolate, Almonds dipped in Red Pepper chocolate and possibly a tasting of the real Balsamic Vinegar, and see the oldest cafe in France
Days Available: Tuesday to Saturday
Duration: 2- 3 hours
"This exciting gourmet tour will be led by a food expert will show you a selection of top quality food stores owned by some of the who’s who in the gourmet food world and not only that, what the best things to buy there are. In addition, after the tour you will be able to have a picnic and eat some of these delicious delectable's.
On the tour you will visit the most picturesque markets of the Latin Quarter. We will focus on cheese from the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, bread from a leading bread maker, foie gras, wine, pastry, Rilette de Goose, chocolate from an upcoming young chef and fruit of the season. The quality of the shops and the artisans is outstanding.
The aim of this wine tour is to immerse you in the authentic wine and bar culture of Paris. We have chosen to concentrate on the 5th arrondissement on the Left Bank because of its historic associations and interesting and picturesque ambience.
Days Available: Tuesday to Saturday
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Cost: 119 Euros per person decreasing after 2 people.
Includes: An English speaking wine expert and a tasting of 3 wines.
Excludes: Cheese & Charcuterie. But please feel free to order a plate in any one of the bars you visit for an additional cost. Transfers.
Left Bank Option
Description: Meet at the bottom of the picturesque rue Mouffetard, rich with history and once home to Hemmingway. Pass medieval churches and the Pantheon as you meander through the oldest part of Paris. (Ref# PAR-LBWP1)
Late Afternoon Wine & Cheese Tasting
Days Available: Friday & Saturday
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Type: Bistro Experience - Small Groups
Cost : 69 Euros per person
Includes: Wine tasting of 4 wines.
Description: Join us for an introduction in French wine and cheese in a cozy Latin Quarter wine bar. Your English speaking Sommelier will guide you through four wines, as well as their regions such as Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux and the Cote du Rhone while explaining the different families of cheeses.
As you learn about each wine's flavors and aromas, you will taste a variety of delicious cheeses such as Comte, Thome, Cantal and Brebis and which wine is perfectly paired with each cheese in order to create that perfect balance. (Ref# PAR-WT3)
Weekends are the perfect opportunity to visit a museum and take a lunch cruise on the Seine departing across from the Orsay Museum in the 6th arrondissement. Many interesting packages to choose from.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Lunch
Boarding: 12:15pm - Departure: 12:45pm - Return: 2:15pm
Includes: Assortment of starters + main course + gourmet coffee dessert + a drink.
Menu: Amuse Bouches assortment of vegetables, Mini Savarins with Lemon and Dill, Vegetable Tapenade with croutons
Main Course Choices:
Guinea fowl thigh flavoured with rosemary, assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables Hake back filet, green asparagus risotto and parmesan
Assorted Gourmet Dessert Plate:
Disc-shaped, butter cream with almonds, coffee cream - Chocolate cake - Tartare of mangoes pineapples and blueberries. Coffee
A glass of white, red or rosé wine or a soft drink.
Private Visit of the Orsay with a Qualified Licensed Guide
Code: P-MdP-L1 /P-MdP-L2
Cost: 2 Adults: 159€pp /3 Adults: 125€pp
Description: Meet at 9:30am or 3:00pm before or after your lunch cruise for a 2 hour private highlights tour at the Orsay
Orsay Museum followed by Early Dinner at the 58 Eiffel Tower.
Code: P-MdP-L5 without private guide /P-MdP-L6 with private guide
Includes: Museum Entry, Menu opera without drinks, 2hr private guide if selected
Excludes:Transfer to Eiffel Tower , Lift Tickets (about 6Epp)
Cost : 159€pp / 2 adults: 249€pp /3 adults: 209€pp /4: 199€pp
Description: After your cruise take the opportunity to visit one of the most wonderful museums in the world. Know for its superb collection of Impressionist Art, it also has one of the largest collections of Antique photography and an exquisite decorative arts section. You can visit on your own or one of our qualified licensed guides can escort you through the gallery for a private tour. At the end of the tour you will have time to stay at least another hour and have tea if you wish behind the famous glass clock. At about 5:30pm you will head over to the Eiffel Tower for an early dinner at 6:30pm on the first floor. You can take a bus directly along the Quai or taxi in about 10/20minutes.
Orsay Museum followed by a Romantic Horse & Carriage
Code: P-MdP-L7 without private guide /P-MdP-L8 with private guide
Includes: Museum Entry, Menu opera without drinks, 2hr private guide if selected
Excludes:Transfer to Eiffel Tower, Lift Tickets (about 6Epp)
Cost :2 adults: 159€pp /3 adults: 119€pp /4: 99€pp OR
Cost :2 adults: 249€pp /3 adults: 179€pp /4: 159€pp
Description: After your cruise visit the Orsay on your own or one of our qualified licensed guides. At about 5:30pm you will head over to the Eiffel Tower for your pre reserved 6pm Romantic Horse and Carriage for one hour.
Optional: Dinner at 6:3pm at the Eiffel Tower
Cost: 2 adults: 249€pp /3 adults: 209€pp /4: 199€pp