THIS is the tour to take!
The fact that it's free is just the icing on the cake!
Did the walk of Montmartre on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The guide was Oliver and he is a superb guide and just a good guy. He obviously enjoys what he does and likes to give little bits of interesting facts/tidbits about the French way of life.
I have been to Paris many times before and was lovin this tour- not a pre-recorded dribble that many big cities push onto the tourists. Engaging and a great way to learn a bit about the city.
Next time I'm back I will definitely take another tour with Discover Walks!
Oh and PLZ do be generous with these guides- they are working for your tips =}
Do you like the word "FREE"?
Me too! when I saw this eye-catching pink brochure at our hotel with the words "FREE guided tours of Paris" I said: "oh, this we have to see!"
It almost sounded too good to be true. No need to make any reservations, you just show up at the designated meeting place at the time mentioned and look for your tour guide who'll be wearing a pink shirt. Rain or shine, the tour goes on.
We already did a bit of exploring on our own, the day prior to showing up for the Left Bank tour and the meeting place was at the Opera House. They also have tours of Right Bank, Montmarte, Latin Quarter, etc.
We had a small group, only 6 people showed up, but I was delighted because our guide, Philippe (aka Bertrand) is a hoot! He spoke perfect English and was very gregarious. We came to find out that not only is he born and raised in Paris, but also lived in Los Angeles for 15 years.
He told us tidbits that only a real Parisian would know and he had a knack for telling stories. His funny anecdotes and even funnier personal stories are the things you wouldn't get from a run of the mill tour. JOIN Discover Walks tours -- it's only 90 minutes long but you would've gotten to know the city at a different level than if you've gone exploring by yourself!
For the Left Bank tour we visited: Jardin du Tuilliries, Opera House, walked around Rue St. Honore, Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde.
This tour is just splendid! I can't praise this company enough for doing free tours like this. (PLEASE tip accordingly!) Also at the end of the tour, he gives you a discovery walks "perks package", it has tips on saving time in Paris and even includes a river cruise coupon for only €4.50 (compared to other companies that were charging €12 up!)
We had two great tours on 9/11/10, one of the Latin Quarter with Pauline and one of Notre Dame with Bertrand.
Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides, what more can you ask for, they also included lots of little tidbits, you pretty much have to be Parisian to know. What better tour guides than locals!
We can't recommend them enough.
We were just in paris over the weekend and went on the landmarks walking tour.
They have 3 separate tours that are completly free!!
it works on a tip basis, so you can pay what you like.
We always go on a walking tour where ever we go in the world.
This one was very good.
It helped that Paris had so much to see and so much important history.
Great tour, great guide.
It was a shame we couldn't do the Notre dam or the Left bank tour
As part of my annual MBA reunion we had the pleasure of take three tours with the guys from DiscoverWalks.
First tour with Alexandre around Notre Dame, second tour with Bertrand around the Opera and finally with Hervé around Montmatre.
What shall I say: Amazing!
Guys, if anyone of sees a guy/girl in a pink vest standing around, make sure you'll spend some time with the tour.
Each tour is highly individual and entertaining. Not the usual throwing of dates and other facts but real interesting facts and hints (where to cut queues to the Louvre and other museums, get the best bread or icecream in Paris, etc.)
Again, I can only repeat: The best tours I've seen in years. In particular Alexandre is outstanding!
Go there, see them!
Picture it-- we show up in front of Notre Dame on a skin-burning cold January afternoon. It has been snowing all morning and we are bundled up. Enter Bertrand - our cheerful, funny, enthusiastic tour guide who spends an hour and a half taking us through the Latin Quarter. I literally forgot about the cold because Bertrand was so engaging and interesting. The one caveat- there wasn't a ton of walking, at least on our tour - we did a lot of stopping in front of notable spots and hearing about history, so if you're expecting a good mile or two of walking, this might not be ideal. I have never ever been on a tour so good that folks are willing to stand outside in the snow to hear more. Oh, right, and it's free. I can imagine wanting to do many more of these- especially on warm days- on future trips to Paris.
It was my third time in Paris when my travel partner stumbled along this tour company. I was apprehensive at first, thinking that the tour would be a memorized slew of information devoid of any slice of truth. I am happy to report that the Discover Walks tour of the Right Bank was quite the opposite.
Our guide, Bertrand, was charming, informative, and energetic; but most importantly he was a real Parisian graciously revealing real hidden treasures within the city he really grew up in. In other words, if you crave a genuine human connection with both your tour guide and the city of Paris, I would highly recommend this company. At no point during the length of the tour (about 90 minutes) did I ever feel as if I were just another tourist to our guide. Having experienced both the New Europe and Discover Walks tour companies I can say with complete confidence that you will have a much more enjoyable, fulfilling experience with Discover Walks.)
The best free tour to partake while in Paris. Our guide Alex, a native Parisian was very knowledgeable, funny, and informative. We met at the Opera House and from there went to Rue de la Paix, Place Vendome, into the Jardin de Tuileries where we encountered gypsy children trying to hustle some tourists, then stopped in front of Place de la Concorde where we departed. The tour was a good 1.5 hrs. Well worth your time.
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