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Castles & Cathedrals, the Gothic Paris - 2 hour tour

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Castle built 1345 to defend Paris

This is a tour of the few remaining remnants of "old Paris" - the city that existed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Come stroll with me through the charming Marais district, with a hidden castle, imposing renaissance palaces & baroque mansions, medieval timbered houses, leafy courtyards hidden behind carriage doors, charming private gardens & public fountains.  Discover the unique history that preserved this charming neighborhood from destruction.   

Learn how Haussmann transformed medieval Paris - click here
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The Medieval Heart of Paris - 3  hours* 

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Ile de la Cité

The two islands sitting in the center of Paris (Ile de la Cité & Ile St Louis) are among the best preserved areas of the city and represent its historic heart. 

Discover the first Royal Palace, built before Charlemagne on Roman Ruins.  Visit the medieval hall & kitchens, see the cell where Marie Antoinette was held prisoner before being guillotined.  Marvel at a 13th Century Royal Chapel, 70% of its  surface made of stained glass.  And  Notre Dame with a "virtual visit" of its history, its construction & its treasures.

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*Tour price does not include entrance fees to monuments

For more information on the Ile de la Cîté, click here

The Latin Quarter :  Romans & Revolutionaries - 2 hours*

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Paris Pantheon

Discover the treasures of the Left Bank of Paris, the city's Latin Quarter & St Germain-des-Prés.   Focused on the city's Roman roots, this tour will take you to the oldest parts of the city, including the vestiges of thermal baths and an arena where gladiators once combatted.

In the 18th Century the Left Bank was a hotbed of Revolutionary insurgents.  We will see where the Revolutionaries gathered,  plotted their insurrections against the King and invented the guillotine. 

 

We'll pause in a Renaissance Italian-style garden before seeing the Pantheon.  The tour ends in the Mouffetard district, a lively neighborhood first settled by the Romans that became popular with the students of Latin Quarter in the Middle Ages...and still popular with students to this day.