Marais Private Tour

The Marais was the royal district of Paris from the end of the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. Nowadays it is an amazing open-air museum which is also famous for its trendy and fancy shops. The Marais private tour is done by a licensed tourist guide.

Photo of Place des Vosges to illustrate Le Marais private tour, Paris, France.

The Place des Vosges, formerly one of Paris Royal Square. Nowadays, it is one of the most romantic places in Paris.

Marais PRIVATE Tour Essentials 

From 130 € for 1 to 2 people + 25 € per extra person 

  • Guided tour in English available in 2 durations: +/- 2-hour or 3-hour.
  • Really private tour = your party only (6 people max.)
  • +/- 3 km to 4 km distance covered
  • Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
  • Flexible schedule  – 7/7 if available


What’s in the tour?

Sacred Architecture

16 & 17th Century Paris

French & Paris History

Middle-Age Paris

Civil Architecture


Paris Medieval City Wall

Baroque & Gothique Churches

Half Timbered Houses

Pletzl (Jewish District)

Village Saint-Paul

Hôtel de Sully 17e Century Mansion 

Place-des-Vosges Royal Square

Hôtel-de-Sens Royal Gothic Mansion

Your Private Tour Guide in Paris

Certified French national guide
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Developpement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
Postgraduate from Paris Dauphine-PSL University

Know more about Yves, your private tour guide in Paris

Glimpse on the 2H Marais private tour content

An Amazing Heritage

The Paris city wall of the 1200s which was commissioned by the King of France, Philip Augustus, before leaving for the third crusade.

Hôtel de Sens, built in flamboyant gothique at the end of the 15th century.

Some of the very few remaining Paris timber houses (15th century).

Numerous 17th (and 18th) century hôtels

  • hôtel d’Aumont
  • hôtel de Beauvais
  • hôtel Hénault
  • hôtel de Chalon Luxembourg
  • hôtel de Sully

Place des Vosges: The oldest of the 5 royal squares of Paris, inaugurated in 1612 by Louis XIII.

Hôtel de Ville de Paris – A Reference in Paris history from Middle Ages to WWII.

Saint Paul-Saint Louis church (17th century).

Saint-Protais Saint-Gervais church (15th to 17th centuries).

Photo of Hôtel de Ville de Paris (City Hall) to illustrate the Le Marais Private Tour

Photo, hôtel de Ville de Paris is one the most important historical Milestones of Paris. Strongly damaged during the Commune de Paris Révolution, it was rebuilt as close as possible to the original Renaissance Building. Crédit photo: Broaden-Horizons.

Photo of hôtel Maubuisson timber house to illustrate Le Marais private tour, Paris, France.

Hôtel Maubuisson, one of the very rare timber houses of Paris. Crédit photo: Broaden-Horizons.

A living district

Rue des Francs Bourgeois and its famous independent boutiques, fancy & trendy shops and concept stores.

Rue Saint-Antoine, the former main entrance of Paris.

The spice of the Pletz (Jewish district).

The stunning Village Saint-Paul with its antique dealers and vintage shops

Photo of a café in the south part of Le Marais to illustrate Le Marais private tour, Paris, France.

A café close to the quay of the Seine River in the south part of Le Marais. Its 1900s hundred facade is listed. In the background, Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais church. Crédit photo: Broaden-Horizons.

Photo of the Jardin des Rosiers to illustrate Le Marais private tour, Paris, France.

Photo, Jardin des Rosiers with some remains of the wall of Paris (built around 1200). The garden entrance is rue des Rosiers in the Pletz. The most impressive remains of the wall are just beside Village Saint Paul. Crédit photo: Broaden-Horizons.

MARAIS Extended (3H)

The Marais extended propose one extra hour walk. This extra hour is normally dedicated to discovered northern parts of the Marais where stands a lot of prestigious 16th to 18th Centuries mansions,

  • Hôtel Carnavalet
  • Hôtel de Soubise
  • Hôtel d’Albret
  • Hôtel de Châtillon
  • Hôtel Aubert de Fontenay (hôtel Salé) – musée Picasso
  • Hôtel de Marle – Institut Tessin, also known as the Centre culturel suédois

We don’t enter the mansions (hôtel particular); nevertheless, when possible, we walk a little in their yards or gardens.

Photo the Hôtel de Chatillon to illustrate the Le Marais private tour, Paris, France.

Hôtel de Châtillon, Marais, Paris. Crédit photo: Broaden-Horizons.

The extra time of the Marais extended tour can also be dedicated to going deeper into some themes or places of the tour or to discovering some hidden gems of the Marais as for example, the gardens of the hôtel de Soubise or some of the amazing boutiques of the Marais as the Méert one, a maison famous for its waffles since 1677.

Photo of the Archives Nationales Public Garden to illustrate the Marais Private Tour in Paris.

The garden of the hôtel de Soubise. Crédit Photo Broaden-Horizons.

Photo Méert boutique to illustrate the Marais Private Tour.

Boutique Méert, Marais, Paris. Credit photo Broaden-Horizons.

More about The Marais Private Tour

An Architecture Oriented Guided Tour

  • High Middle Age Gothic versus Jesuitical Baroque.
  • Canonical versus non-canonical church orientation.
  • Medieval timbered houses, cellars, and alleyways.
  • Civil Gothic with watch turrets, pinnacles, and gables.
  • The Italian origin of Renaissance architecture.
  • Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian architectural orders.
  • Classical 17th hôtels particuliersbetween court & garden” layout with their stone, or brick and stone facades.

People We Will Speak About During the Tour

  • Richard the Lionheart: King of England.
  • Saint-Louis, Philippe-Auguste, Charles V, Henri II, Catherine de Médicis, Henri IV, Louis XIII: Queens and Kings of France.
  • Napoleon I, Napoleon III: French Emperors.
  • Cardinal de Richelieu, Duc de Sully: French ministers.
  • Gabriel, Comte de Montgomery: Captain of the King’s Scots Guard.
  • Boccador: Italian architect of the Renaissance
  • Victor Hugo the famous writer.
  • Jim Morrison: American singer and poet

Things to know before Booking

Meeting Point
Close to Hôtel de Ville de Paris,
The exact meeting point is given in the booking document.

Access Métro line 1 station: Hôtel de Ville.

Marais Tour Attention Points

  • Tour is on foot.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks, or any other extra services.
  • Neighborhood tour: we don’t enter monuments unless otherwise specified. Nevertheless, we may enter Saint-Paul and/or Saint-Protais churches.
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
  • Weather: the tour will start on schedule rain or shine.

Book your Marais Private Tour

Choose below your tour: You will then be  asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hours of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.

Photo of the Hôtel de Donon to illustrate the Marais private tour Paris, France.

Hôtel Donon, Le Marais, Paris. Credit photo Broaden-Horizons.